Sterling Heights, MI (Thursday, July 9, 2020) - Typically when planning to attend the Intimidator 100, the traditional season opener at the Kalamazoo Speedway, you’re trying to decide whether to wear a hoodie or bring blankets. April seems so long ago, but patience has paid off for track officials. The track will finally be able to get its 2020 season underway this Friday night, July 10th, after receiving approval from Kalamazoo County officials on Monday.
Even though the ongoing pandemic has wreaked havoc with most race tracks schedules, the Intimidator 100 will once again kick off the 71st season at Kalamazoo, paying $3,500 to the winner. The Outlaw Super Late Models have been able to hit a couple of race tracks prior to this week’s opener, with Andy Bozell and J.R. Roahrig picking up victories in recent weeks. Bozell, a 12 time Kalamazoo Speedway track champion, kicked off his 2020 season with a dominating performance at Galesburg a few weeks ago. Roahrig found victory lane this past Saturday at Springport Mid-Michigan Speedway. Both are expected to be on hand Friday, along with some of the best Outlaw Super Late Model drivers in the region.
Defending Intimidator 100 and returning track champion Adam Terry will be on the property to defend his turf. Multi-time and defending Kalamazoo Klash champion Tyler Roahrig, 2019 ARCA Gold Cup Series champion and former Kalamazoo track champion Brian Bergakker, 2019 Flat Rock Speedway Outlaw Super Late Model Champion Frank Jiovani, along with former Kalamazoo track champions Phil Bozell and Mark Shook, are all expected to be in competition. Over the years the Intimidator 100 has become one of the top Outlaw Super Late Model events in the Great Lakes area.
The event comes just one week on the heels of controversy after Kalamazoo Speedway officials planned to host the event on Friday, July 3rd. Thursday, the Speedway received a call from Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s deputies, advising them to call the local health department regarding the upcoming event. The call ended with Kalamazoo Speedway postponing The Intimidator 100 until an unknown date, as Health Officials stated the event would not have been in compliance with the latest Executive Order from Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s office. On Monday, the track challenged the ruling and announced early Monday evening that The Intimidator 100 was back on the schedule.
Template Late Models, Street Stocks, Outlaw FWD, and Zoo Stocks will also be in action. General Admission tickets will be available on race day at the track ticket office beginning at 3:30 pm. Tickets are $15.00 each and kids 10 and under are free. Qualifying will begin at 5:20 pm, and the “features only” event kicks off at 7:30 pm.
Horsepower Happenings co-host Rich Frantz will be on-site and providing updates throughout the event on the Horsepower Happenings Facebook page, and on our Twitter page @hphpodcast.
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Story by - Rich Frantz, Motor City Racing Promotions
Photo - Michael Wood