The Kalamazoo Klash XXIV at Kalamazoo Speedway (MI) is set to showcase a number of accomplished drivers on Wednesday night, including a number of previous Klash winners. But there was a time when it looked like the most recent winner might not make it out at all.
Jeff Ganus comes in as the defending winner in just his second race back since suffering a foot injury back in May. Ganus was involved in a major motorcycle accident that was caused when a deer wondered onto the roadway.
“I just try to listen to everything the doctors say for making the best for me in the future, at first it wasn’t looking so good,” Ganus told Speed51.com powered by JEGS. “Then I started doing a lot more therapy and building everything back up then I got a lot better. Now I’m pretty good, everything is pretty much healed up now, we’re good to go.”
Ganus already has a good deal of time in his No. 5 car, competing at the Summer Sizzler at New Paris Speedway (IN) last week, an event he has won twice before. He would not record his third Sizzler win due to a steering problem that sidelined him early after a solid qualifying run.
“It was fun,” he said of his first race back. “We had an issue at New Paris and blew apart a steering line, but I think we had a good car and a good shot at it. Just couldn’t catch any luck.”
The 2015 ARCA Gold Cup and Main Event Racing Series champion has a lot of confidence in himself and his equipment, to believe he definitely has a shot to repeat in his return to “The Zoo”.
“I’m hoping so,” Ganus said of his chance at going back to back. “We’ve been working hard on the car since before New Paris and since before we unloaded it on Friday morning. We’re still working on it, trying to make sure everything’s perfect and ready to go.”
Though the circumstances are big heading into Wednesday night, Ganus is completely focused on the task ahead and ready to get down to business.
“It’s going to be an exciting race for sure. I’m more focused on going there to try and do it again, I’m looking forward to it for sure.”
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-By Connor Sullivan, Speed51.com State Editor (CT, MA, Long Island) – Twitter: @Connor51CT
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