Salem, IN (January 3, 2002) & ...
Salem, IN (January 3, 2002) – For the first time in the history of the Indiana-based Kendall Late Model Series, they’ll compete in a double header at Kalamazoo Speedway on Wednesday, July 3rd and at Angola Motor Speedway on Thursday, July 4th in 2002.
“Racing back-to-back events has not been something we have done in the past, but the combination of racing at Kalamazoo Speedway and Angola Motor Speedway tied in with the long Holiday weekend seemed to be a natural fit for a huge special event for both tracks,” said series director Glenn Luckett.
Scott “Hurricane” Hantz who has made a lot of laps at both ovals is very excited about the two events. “It’s a great idea to have a double header at Kalamazoo and Angola with the tracks only being 90 miles apart,” said Scott Hantz. Both ovals require very similar setups, so I’m looking for two great nights of racing on July 3rd and 4th. “
The inaugural race at Kalamazoo Speedway will be a 150-lap event that will feature a 28-car starting field. Many of the competitors of the Kendall Series have competed at Kalamazoo including 2001 champion Brian Ross, 2000 champion and rookie of the year Scott Hantz, 2002 rookie candidate Todd Currier and three-time winner Bobby Blount. The event is expected to draw several racers that compete on a weekly basis in the super late model division at Kalamazoo Speedway.
"I think having a race at Kalamazoo Speedway takes the series to another level,” said Glenn Luckett. “The series has an opportunity to compete in a new market at one of the premier short tracks in the United States. The interest the area race fans have already shown has been tremendous!"
Series veteran Matt Hagans also believes the double header will be a huge success. “Kalamazoo is a hot bed of short track racing and Angola has showcased some of the best Kendall races, so I’m really exciting about the running at Kalamazoo and Angola in consecutive nights, “ said Matt Hagans.
Angola Motor Speedway has been a fixture on the Kendall Late Model Series schedule since 1998 when Walkerton, IN, resident Bobby Blount won the inaugural event. A total of five events have been held at the .375-oval with 2000 series champion Scott Hantz sweeping both races in 2001.
The 2002 Kendall Late Model Series tour will kick off at the quarter-mile oval of Anderson Speedway on Saturday, April 20. The complete 18-race schedule will be released very soon. For up to the minute coverage, visit the official series website at www.kendalllatemodels.com.