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What Went Down....with Adam Fenwick
Hello again short-track fans and welcome to this weeks edition of What Went Down. There were several events on the schedule this week, but the biggest of them was certainly the Kalamazoo Klash for outlaw super late models at Kalamazoo Speedway in Michigan.
So who won and took home a big $10,000 check? Letís find out...
FINALLY: After coming up short oh so many times, Phil Bozell finally claimed the big pay day by winning the 19th running of the Kalamazoo Klash Aug. 17 at Michiganís Kalamazoo Speedway.
The victory was big not just on a personal level, but also on a family level for Bozell, who now joins his father Andy Bozell as the only father and son winners of the Kalamazoo Klash at the historic three-eighths-mile asphalt oval.
Bozell came on strong in the final 50-lap segment of the 150-lap event. Johnny Benson, Jr., the former NASCAR Nationwide and Camping World Truck Series champion, started the final segment with the lead but quickly gave it up to Terry Senneker.
Senneker led for a few laps but Bozell, who dispatched Benson for second on a lap 105 restart, quickly gave chase. Five laps later Bozell made the race winning move, slipping past Senneker to take the lead for good.
Steve Needles, the 2009 event winner, was second. Benson, who won the 75-lap super late model race earlier in the day, was third ahead of J.R. Roahrig and Trent Hellenga.
KEEP ON CHASING: Chase Elliott added two more victories to his resume last weekend, with wins in the CRA Super Series for super late models Friday at Dixie Motor Speedway in Michigan and the JEGS CRA All-Stars Tour for crate late models Saturday at Indianaís Winchester Speedway.
On Friday at Dixie Motor Speedway Elliott didnít have the best car, but what he did have turned out to be much more important: luck.
Elliott was chasing Becca Kasten on the white flag lap when Kasten suddenly slowed, handing the lead and the victory to a very surprised Elliott. It turns out Kastenís No. 51 ran out of gas because of the excessive amount of caution flag laps earlier in the night.
The following night in Indiana Elliott came on strong at the right time when he drove by leader Erik Jones on lap 73 in the 100-lap event. Elliott held on to the lead for the remainder of the event to earn his second victory in as many nights.
ASPHALT TIDBITS: Despite three victories this year on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, Ted Christopher suddenly finds himself out of a ride after team owner Eddie Whelan opted to shut down the No. 36 modified operation.
The Christopher and Whelan, together since 2006, earned 17 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour events during their time together as well as the 2008 series championship.
In other modified news, the annual North-South Shootout that was previously held at North Carolinaís Concord Speedway has a new home for the second time this year.
The event, which features a tour-type modified race and a CRA-sanctioned super late model race, was originally scheduled to be held at South Carolinaís Myrtle Beach Speedway.
However, after the death of event owner and promoter Charles Kepley, things changed and the event has been moved to North Carolinaís Caraway Speedway. The event will still host the tour-type modifieds and CRA-sanctioned super late models in addition to hosting a pair of 50-lap events featuring SK modifieds and the USA Modified Series.
Other winners this weekend were...
Chad McCumbee (ARCA Racing Series at the Illinois State Fairgrounds)
Clay Rogers (Pro All Stars Series South super late models at South Boston Speedway in Virginia)
Ronnie Bassett, Jr. (UARA-STARS Late Model Series at Anderson Motor Speedway in South Carolina)
Nathan Haseleu (ASA Kwik Trip Midwest Tour for super late models at Raceway Park in Minnesota)
Jeff Taylor (American-Canadian Tour for late models at Oxford Plains Speedway in Maine)
Les Hinckley, Jr. (Valenti Modified Racing Series at Seekonk Speedway in Massachusetts)
CRA Super Series super late models at Berlin Raceway in Michigan (Aug. 24)
NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour combo race at Bristol Motor Speedway in Tennessee (Aug. 24)
Valenti Modified Racing Series at Thompson International Speedway in Connecticut (Aug. 25)
ARCA Racing Series at Madison International Speedway in Wisconsin (Aug. 26)
NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour at Caraway Speedway in North Carolina (Aug. 26)
American-Canadian Tour late models at Circuit Riverside in Nova Scotia (Aug. 27)
Pro All Stars Series North super late models at White Mountain Motorsports Park in New Hampshire (Aug. 28)