Casebolt fights off Babcock at Kokomo Klash
KOKOMO, Ind. (Oct. 16) — Outside front-row starter Steve Casebolt of Richmond, Ind., led all 25 laps Saturday at Kokomo Speedway for a $2,010 victory in the Super Late Model portion of the fourth annual Kokomo Klash.
With his softer tire compound giving up late in the race, Casebolt was able to fend off challenges from polesitter Jeff Babcock of Wayne, Ohio, for the victory in the season-ending event at the stronghold for non-winged sprint cars. | Slideshow
Duane Chamberlain of Richmond was third followed by Brian Ruhlman of Clarklake, Mich., who captured the night's modified feature. Greg Johnson of Bedford, Ind., rounded out the top five finishers.
Notes: Casebolt's MasterSbilt Race Car is sponsored by Dixie Chopper. ... Among drivers failing to make the main event: Dick Taylor, Jim Fairbanks, Phil Ausra, Rohn Moon, Kevin Mack and Frank Heckenast Sr. ... The event drew a whopping 337 race cars for the two-day, 10-division event.
Kokomo Klash: (1) Steve Casebolt, (2) Jeff Babcock, (3) Duane Chamberlain, (4) Brian Ruhlman, (5) Greg Johnson, (6) Kevin Weaver, (7) Bobby Pierce, (8) Mike Spatola, (9) Jim Moon, (10) J.R. Hotovy, (11) Tim Rivers, (12) Chris Streeval, (13) John Beck, (14) Eric Varner, (15) Dick Potts, (16) Steve Thorsten, (17) Brandon Thirlby, (18) Chad Stapleton, (19) Kyle Madison, (20) Dona Marcoullier. Fast qualifier: Hotovy. Heat race winners: Babcock, Casebolt, Ruhlman, Pierce. Consolation winners: Thirlby, Marcoullier.