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Dominant Blonde Tops Kalamazoo Biggie

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Jason Blonde on the winning run at Kalamazoo Speedway. (MSR photo)

KALAMAZOO, Mich. – If Jason Blonde had ever had a race car as dominant as the piece he brought to Kalamazoo Speedway on Saturday night, he couldn’t remember it on the winning lane.

Driving to his first win of the season in the Must See Racing Sprint Car Series presented by Engine Pro during the American Speed ​​US Nationals, Blonde piloted the #42 Bingham Farms Special to a commanding half-lap triumph over five-time series champion and longtime rival Jimmy McCune.

The Litchfield, Michigan native took first place in traffic on lap seven of 50 and never looked back after that. He blistered the 3-eighth-mile oval and survived a restart after a period of caution on lap 17 before quickly escaping to his mammoth race-winning advantage.

Afterwards, Blonde admitted he never realized how strong his car was, but was confident throughout the day that he would win the trophy in his home state.

“That was pretty strong,” remarked Blonde. “I still can’t believe we did so well tonight. Usually if you’re leading half the race and then you get a booking it’s either really good or it’s going really bad… but I have to say thank you [car owner] Tony Nosal and all my boys for sticking with it.

“Kalamazoo has been really good to us, but last year we finished second [Jimmy] McCune and I were determined not to let that happen again.”

Saturday night’s result marked the eighth win of Blonde’s Must See Racing career and put him fourth on the all-time list with Aaron Pierce and two-time series champion Troy DeCaire.

“It’s fun running with this group and we just keep going here,” Blonde said with a smile. “It takes a lot of good people to do what we do and I’m truly blessed to have such a group around me.”

McCune chased Blonde all night after leading the feature’s first six laps, but admitted after the race that Blonde “had covered the field” and that he was delighted to finish on the podium.

“It’s the first time I’ve put a smile on my face to finish second in a long time,” laughed McCune. “Congratulations to Jason. He was fast all night and his car was terribly good tonight. I tried the outside this restart and just drove up the circuit. From then on there wasn’t much we could do.

“I’m just happy that we’re done and that the car is in one piece tonight. After all the issues we had in the South last month, this seems like a much better place to start our season.”

Charlie Schultz took the lead in the series with his third place finish in John Reiser’s #9 sprinter.

The only warning during the Main Event was for Tom Geren’s slowing car, who appeared to have broken a chunk of suspension after 17 laps in the feature.

Canadian Ryan Litt, who finished fourth in the main event in his first consecutive start since 2019, started the night with the fastest time in qualifying with a lap of 11.236 seconds.

16-year-old Andrew Bogusz raced to his first Must See Racing Midwest Lights win in wire-to-wire fashion, taking control of the 25-lap main event from outside the front row and holding serve through three restarts on the front row first half before pulling away by 2.116 seconds in the closing stages.

The end:

Feature (50 rounds): 1. Jason Blonde [4]2.Jimmy McCune [2]3.Charlie Schultz [3]4.RyanLitt [6]5. Jacob Dolinar [1]6.Joe Liguori [5]7. Adam Biltz [7]8. Tom Jewell [8]9.Todd McQuillen [9]10. Joshua Kuster [10]11. Joe Spokesman [12]12. Andreas Bogusz [15]13. JJ Henes [18]14.Rick Holley [14]15. Tom Geren [13]16. Tim Henthorne [17]17. Cody Gallogly [16]18.Teddy Alberts [11].

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