Kalamazoo Speedway hosting Kalamazoo Klash
GALESBURG, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Wednesday night, the Kalamazoo Speedway will seat the biggest crowd in 65 years.
But we are told the recent racing death involving tony Stewart will not overshadow this exciting event.
Short track racing is in Kyle Busch's blood.
"It's all I know, I think that oil runs through my veins." said Busch.
We got up close to the NASCAR legend Tuesday night, watching him as he learns the curves preparing for the Kalamazoo Klash.
"I think the race is going to be really good, it's going to be a lot of fun. And it's my first time here, so it's a neat opportunity to see if I can stack up against the local guys," he said.
Before our interview with the Busch tonight, we were asked not to bring up what happened to his fellow NASCAR driver Tony Stewart, after police say he accidentally hit and killed another driver during a recent race in upstate New York.
But the tragedy will no doubt be on the minds of fans heading to the clash.
"It's going to be on my mind for a while; it affects the whole racing family," said driver Andy Bozell Jr. "You hate to see a young driver killed like that, but in the sport of racing accidents happen."
The owner of the Kalamazoo Speedway, Gary Howe, told us if anything, Stewart's accident will spur change.
"I think a lot of tracks will take notes and a lot of people will have meetings and so forth, but many many tracks will make some changes," said Howe.
As for the safety procedures in place at the Kalamazoo Speedway, Howe reassures us his track is ahead of the game.
The Kalamazoo Klash starts Wednesday night at 6:30. The pits open at 9:00 a.m.