PORTAGE, MI – Super Late Model heavyweight Phil Bozell will pull the lid off of his very busy 2019 schedule this Friday, as he sets his sights on Kalamazoo Speedway’s Intimidator 100.
Bozell and Car Owner Tony LeClair hope that an off-season spent rebuilding and upgrading their equipment will pay immediate dividends as they look to outrun some of the top Outlaw-bodied Late Model stars from across the Midwest.
“Even though it’s the first night of the season we’re still feeling the pressure to perform,” admits Bozell. “There have been a lot of hours spent in the shop lately and I think everyone on this team is waiting to see how the winter work is going to pay off.”
“This car has been rebuilt from the ground up and we absolutely believe that it’s ready to win some races this summer,” continues the veteran. “Tony gives us the absolute best stuff we could ask for. He puts his all into making sure we have a program that can run up front anywhere – and I want to make sure I repay that with performances he can be proud of.”
The former Kalamazoo Speedway regular hopes to generate immediate momentum with a win this Friday, as he hopes to set the tone for the remainder of a schedule that’s equal parts extensive and challenging.
“We’re aiming big (on Friday) because – no matter who you are – no one remembers you when you run second,” says Bozell with a grin. “That’s our mindset every single time we roll up to a pit gate anywhere in the country. We want to be remembered as the team that could get the job done against any field.”
On the heels of a number of pre-season tests, Bozell believes that his Performance Engineering Race Engines-backed program is ready to walk out of the legendary West Michigan oval with yet another notable addition to his resume.
“We can’t control what other teams do on the track but we can absolutely control wether or not we get outworked,” says the Portage, MI native in reference to the team’s exhaustive planning ahead of Friday’s 100-lap race.
“We don’t let ourselves off the hook when it comes to shop nights or test sessions. We’ve put a ton of energy into making sure that this car will be right when it comes out of the trailer on Friday night. So long as we don’t make a mistake and create extra work for ourselves I think that we have an awesome chance at getting this car to victory lane.”
Phil Bozell’s Tony Leclair-owned team is sponsored by Performance Engineering Race Engines, AMSOIL by Lynn Peterson , Next Generation Lawn Care.