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Kasey Kleyn Hopes to Make First Montana 200 Memorable

Kasey Kleyn has won the last three Northwest Super Late Model Series presented by RaceCals events on the schedule entering this weekend's Montana 200.


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Arguably, the hottest driver in the Pacific Northwest hails from the town on Quincy, WA. That teenage driver has won the last three Northwest Super Late Model Series presented by RaceCals (NWSLMS) events on the schedule. He has now pushed his NWSLMS career win total to four. But this weekend, Kasey Kleyn will be seeking his first Super Late Model marque event win, with a winner’s purse of $10,000 in the 33rd Annual “Montana 200”, at the Mission Valley Super Oval (MT).

Kleyn’s previous four series victories have been impressive, but he has yet to earn a payoff of more than $4,000 in those efforts. As the 2024 championship leader, Kleyn will be forced to consider points racing versus an aggressive effort to take home the big prize money. Further complicating his effort is the fact that he will miss one series event, due to a schedule conflict. Even so, Kleyn will approach Saturday’s 200 lap affair with the same attitude that has produced three wins in 2024, and a solid lead in the NWSLMS championship.

“We always come to the track focused on winning the race”, Kleyn told the Northwest Super Late Model Series. “If we can win this weekend, it could be a big points boost, because of the number of cars that are showing up. But if we were to get involved in an incident, we would switch our thinking from winning the race, to getting the car to a good finish, and to not miss out on valuable points.”

Kleyn has been close to winning several marque events in the Pacific Northwest. In 2023 he almost scored a $10,000 win in the “Apple Cup 125” at Tri-City Raceway RMEC. A last turn miscalculation found Kleyn spinning leader Jonathon Gomez, resulting in a ninth-place finish. He returned to the “Apple Cup” in 2024, finishing second to Northwest Legend Garrett Evans. In the 2024 “Leonard Evans Memorial 150”, Kleyn looked to have the fastest car, but contact while leading sent him around and to the rear of the field. He drove through the field to the second position but ran out of time.

This weekend, Kleyn hopes to put the near misses behind him and pick up his fourth series victory in-a-row. It will be a tough task, with over 30 Super Late Models expected, but the “Fall Classic” Pro Late Model winner will certainly be in the mix around lap 200.

The “Montana 200” will be Round #6 of the 2024 NWSLMS schedule and will take place at the Mission Valley Super Oval, paying $10,000 to win. Teams will check in on Thursday July 11th and will be treated to a barbeque at the Undem Cabin. Friday will see Tech, Practice, Qualifying, and Qualifying Heats. The Hobby Stocks will also compete on Friday. Saturday will find the series participating in Practice, a Last Chance Qualifying Race (as needed) and the 33rd Annual “Montana 200”. The Mini Stocks will join the NWSLMS on Saturday.

For those unable to attend the popular show, the race will be streamed LIVE on Racing America.


The Northwest Super Late Model Series is the premier regional touring Super Late Model series in the Northwest. The series has many valued partners including RaceCals, Hoosier Racing Tire, McGunegill Engine Performance, AR Bodies, Penske Racing Shocks, Five Star Bodies, AFCO Racing / Longacre Racing Products, Franks Racing Radio, Jefferson Racing, Impel Motorsports, The Fan’s Connection LLC, Northwest Road and Drive, and The Ti Company. For more information on the series visit www.nwslms.com or on Facebook and Twitter.

-Story and Photo Credit: Kevin Peters, NWSLMS Media

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