The biggest Outlaw Super Late Model race in the country takes place this Wednesday night at Kalamazoo Speedway in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Kalamazoo Klash XXV will feature the top Outlaw SLM drivers in the country battling for 125 laps. Additionally, the ARCA/CRA Super Series will be in action for 125 laps around the world’s fastest 3/8-mile paved oval.
Today, we give you a look at the event “by the numbers.”
6 – Terry Senneker Jr. is seeking his sixth win in the Kalamazoo Klash. He’s won four of the last five and five of the last nine in the Kalamazoo Klash.
8– Former winner Tom Thomas has eight top-five finishes in the Kalamazoo Klash in 18 starts.
11.759 – Terry Senneker Jr. won the pole three years back with a lap of 11.759 seconds. That’s fast, but not as fast as the world record set at the Call of the Wild. Last year Andy Bozell lowered the world record at Kalamazoo to 9.465 seconds which is equal to 142.631 MPH.
16 – Andy Bozell has posted 16 top-five runs in the Kalamazoo Klash Outlaw race. He has four wins and a total of nine podium finishes.
25 – This will be the 25th running of the Kalamazoo Klash. The event started back in 1993 with Andy Bozell taking down the win.
40 – A total of 40 Outlaw Super Late Models are entered into this year’s Kalamazoo Klash. There are a few former winners in the field like Tom Thomas, Terry Senneker Jr., Jeff Ganus, Phill Bozell, Andy Bozell and Steve Needles.
56 – Brian Bergaker, driver of the No. 12, has logged seven top-10 finishes in his last seven starts in the Kalamazoo Klash. He was second in 2015 after charging from the 15th starting spot. This was his second consecutive second-place finish. He’s been in the top 10 every year since his first race in 2004.
125 – Both races will be 125 laps this season. The Outlaw portion of the Klash has had distances up to 200 laps in the past.
197 – Andy Bozell led 197 of 200 laps in the 1997 Klash. That is the most of any driver in the race’s history.
232: A long list of drivers have run the Kalamazoo Klash including notables like Kyle Busch, Matt Kenseth, Johnny Benson Jr., Bob Senneker, Scott Bloomquist, Ted Christopher, Mike Eddy, Gary Howe and Gary St. Amant.
382: Terry Senneker Jr. has led 382 laps in the Klash since he first won the race in 2008.
It’s Time for the 24: Can Tyler Roahrig finally get the Klash monkey off his back? The last three times he has run the race he has come home second. All three of those races were won by Terry Senneker Jr. Roahrig won the Glass City 200 last fall and perhaps that momentum will cary into Klash week.
Resume Padding: We have often joked with Kyle Busch that his bucket list of short track races that he has won is getting smaller, but one of those is the Outlaw portion of the Kalamazoo Klash. He tried in 2014 and won the template race but finished 23rd after dropping out after 30 laps in the Outlaw show.
Double Up: Steve Dorer and Kyle Busch will be doing double duty at Kalamazoo on Wednesday.
The Roll of the Dice: The Klash Outlaw portion in the past has been the roll of two dice plus eight. How’s that for putting fast cars in the back? We have seen winners come from 20th or deeper in the past.
Previous Kalamazoo Klash Outlaw Winners:
2016 Terry Senneker Jr.
2015 Jeff Ganus
2014 Terry Senneker Jr.
2013 Terry Senneker Jr.
2012 Terry Senneker Jr.
2011 Phil Bozell
2010 Rick Sexton
2009 Steve Needles
2008 Terry Senneker Jr.
2007 Johnny Benson Jr.
2006 Andy Bozell
2005 Lee Anderson
2004 Fred Campbell
2003 Tom Thomas
2002 Chris Orr
2001 Ken Scheffler
2000 Todd Curren
1999 Chris Orr
1998 Mike Vansparrentak
1997 Andy Bozell
1996 Bob Holley
1995 Brain Cloud
1994 Andy Bozell
1993 Andy Bozell
Past Kalamazoo Klash Template Winners:
2016 Brian Campbell
2015 Ali Kern
2014 Kyle Busch
2013 Phil Bozell
2012 Johnny Benson
2011 Johnny VanDoorn
-By Elgin Traylor, Speed51.com Southeast Correspondent
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