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May 27, 2021 – We are just two away from the inaugural American Speed U.S Nationals at Kalamazoo Speedway in Kalamazoo Michigan. The event was originally scheduled to kick off this Friday night May 28. Cool temperatures and the forecast of rain forced postponement of Friday’s racing action. The event will now be consolidated into a one-day program this Saturday night May 29. Final preparations continue for one of the biggest one-day open wheel extravaganzas ever showcased on Memorial Day Weekend in the state of Michigan.


The May 29 event will feature three different classes of winged open wheel machines racing on the same night headlined by the return of Supermodifieds to Kalamazoo for the first time in nearly 17 years. The event will also feature the Must See Racing Sprint Series presented by Engine Pro and an appearance of the Must See Racing Maxima Racing Oils Midwest Lights Series.


 This will be the first appearance of Supermodifieds at Kalamazoo Speedway since June 11, 2004 when the “Dion Parish Memorial 30” was held. Parish was a local Supermodified driver who lost his life at the track in a practice crash the previous fall. Moe Lilje won that last event nearly 17 years ago.

The MSR sprint car portion of the event has already topped 20 entries with drivers entered from six different states. Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Virginia, North Carolina, and Florida are represented. The roster also features multiple champions from several different pavement sprint car associations, giving it true national event status.

The nation’s top two leading pavement feature wins leaders Troy DeCaire and LJ Grimm are also entered. DeCaire if fresh off his seventh victory after capturing a Granite Super Sprint Series event at Monroe, Washington. Grimm trails DeCaire closely with five total wins in 2021.


Other drivers of note include 5-time MSR champion Jimmy McCune, defending MSR champion Anthony McCune, 6-time AVSS champion Jason Blonde and former Midwest Supermodified Association champion Charlie Schultz.


The MSR sprints will battle it out Saturday night for 50 laps with the winner taking home $5,000. Saturday’s program will also include a complete program for the Maxima Racing Oils Midwest Lights Series. The Midwest Lights Series is a 602-crate engine winged sprint car series. The series features several young and up-and-coming drivers.


A full field of MSR Lights and MSS Supers are expected. Several drivers will be doing double-duty competing in multiple divisions this weekend including Joshua Sexton, Charlie Schutz, and JJ Henes among others.


For those unable to make it, the event will be streamed live on through the Speed Sport network. A one-day viewing pass for $19.99 is currently being offered.  A high-quality production for this event has been planned.