The biggest Outlaw Super Late Model race in the country will be held next Wednesday, August 7 with the 27th Annual Kalamazoo Klash at Kalamazoo Speedway. The Klash has seen numerous stars compete with the Outlaws over the course of its history. Kenny Schrader, Adam Petty, Matt Kenseth, Scott Bloomquist, Ted Christopher, Johnny Benson, and more recently Matt Crafton, Bubba Pollard, and Kyle Busch have all made starts in a wedge-bodied Late Model unique to the Great Lakes area.
The current entry list is led by two-time defending Kalamazoo Klash winner Tyler Roahrig. The Plymouth, Indiana driver broke through for his first win in 2017 in a big way, holding off the 2015 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion Kyle Busch over the final 40 laps for the popular win.
Terry Senneker, the all-time winningest driver in Kalamazoo Klash history, is also expected to enter the race in what will be his first start of the year. The owner of Senneker Performance will look for his sixth Kalamazoo Klash win after a two-year hiatus from the event.
Three other former winners of the event are also entered for Wednesday night’s race. Twelve-time track champion and inaugural Kalamazoo Klash winner Andy Bozell will be going after a record-tying fifth win, while son Phil Bozell and 2009 winner Steve Needles will compete for their second wins in the race.
Former track champion Brian Bergakker is entered and will be looking to shake the monkey off his back and get his first Klash win. The three-time runner-up is coming off his second-straight Stan Yee Memorial win at Flat Rock Speedway on July 27.
Adam Terry and Craig Everage are entered having already won big races at the 3/8-mile oval this year, Terry at the Intimidator 100 and Everage at the All-Star 75 that served as the Klash tune-up. Both drivers have one thing in common with their wins: they beat two-time defending Kalamazoo Klash champion Tyler Roahrig in close finishes.
Defending track champion Todd Harrington is entered for Wednesday’s Kalamazoo Klash, leading a strong group of local contingent that included two-time track champion Mark Shook, multi-time Super Shoe Nationals winner Brandon Lyons, Paul Jakubik, Rick Senneker, Matt Frazier, Dave Sensiba, Jamison Russell, Zack Cook, Jesse VanAvery, Chris Nash, and Billy Shannon.
The east side of Michigan has seen an increased presence at the West Michigan track over the past few years. As of now, Justin Claucherty, Kyle Crump, and Hayden Sprague are set to make the trip east for the Klash.
The Hoosier State will be represented by South Bend Motor Speedway owner Kevin Sauer, multi-time South Bend track champion Rich Boal, and Andrew Devreese. Sauer has two other cars entered for the Klash with drivers yet to be named. With Kenny Wallace and Kenny Schrader having recently filled those seats at The Gambler, we could be in for a surprise come race day.
Several other drivers are expected to file entries in the coming days, led by former Klash winner Jeff Ganus and Tom Thomas, and former track champion Mike “Bubba” Brooks. Other drivers that could possibly be seen on race day include current Kalamazoo Speedway points leader Doug True, former Summer Sizzler winner Jack Landis, 2016 NASCAR Pinty’s Series champion Cayden Lapcevich, Harold Fair Jr., Andrew Brest, and Monte Tolan.
The ARCA/CRA Super Series will be on hand once again for their final race before their version of the Chase to the Championship begins. Johnny VanDoorn won a caution-free thriller over fellow Michigan driver Carson Hocevar in 2018.
Races for both the Outlaw Super Late Models and the ARCA/CRA Super Series will be 125-laps. The Outlaw Late Model portion will feature a competition on lap-100 if there is not a caution after lap-75. The winner of the Kalamazoo Klash will receive $10,000.
Both races will be streamed live via a pay-per-view broadcast on Speed51.com. Information about that broadcast will be announced soon.
Current Kalamazoo Klash Expected Entry List (Via Trackside Racing):
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-Story by: Koty Geyer, Speed51.com State Editor (IN/MI) - Twitter: @kgeyer3
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