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October 18, 2013

BOWMAN: It's time for racers to Klash

Kokomo Speedway will put wraps on season with 2-day show.

Dirt track fans of all shapes and sizes are in for a treat this weekend with the seventh running of the Kokomo Klash, an event that brings to an end yet another action-packed season of racing at the Kokomo Speedway.

Tonight, the Sprints, Midgets, UMRA TQ Midgets, 600 Micro Sprints and Thunder Cars will take to the ¼-mile bullring, to the delight of open-wheel fans.

Saturday, the fendered crowd will be in for a treat when the Late Models, UMP Modifieds, Sportsman and Street Stocks will be on hand.

Thomas Meseraul is the defending Sprint Car champion and Tracy Hines is a two-time defending champion in the Midgets. Justin Peck picked up the 600 Micro Sprint win a year ago and Nick Spiedel garnered the UMRA TQ Midget win. In the Thunder Car portion of last year’s event, the always-tough Ervin Turner took the checkered flag.

All of the above-mentioned drivers are expected to be on hand to defend their titles in the event that is rapidly becoming one of the most anticipated in the Midwest each fall.

A year ago, the fendered portion of the event was arguably the most entertaining as Alan Vochaska earned the hard-fought win in the Late Model A-main. Brian Ruhlman captured the UMP Modified race but was ejected from competition later in the night while competing in the Late Model feature for rough driving. Randy Petro (Sportsman) and Lee Hobbs (Street Stock) were the other winners in last year’s event.

Since the event’s inception seven years ago, only Hines and Hobbs have managed to score multiple wins. While the competition is as stiff as any event anywhere, the car counts continue to grow steadily as well and this year should be no exception.

“Every year this event has grown and grown,” said Rob Goodman, the brain-child behind the event. “The thing that makes it so special is that there are drivers from every corner of Indiana and surrounding states showing up to compete because it’s the last chance to race until the next season.”

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