Wednesday night marks a crown jewel evening for Outlaw Super Late Model racers, as the discipline’s finest will descend upon Kalamazoo Speedway (MI) for Kalamazoo Klash XXVII. Not only will the Outlaws take on Kalamazoo Wednesday, but there will also be an ARCA/CRA Super Series event for Template Late Model competitors to add their name to the legacy of the Clash.
Before tonight’s race, which you can watch on Speed51 via our pay-per-view broadcast by clicking here, get up to speed with this By the Numbers preview.
3: Tyler Roahrig looks to win the race for a third-straight year after picking up wins in 2017 and 2018. He’d become only the second driver to accomplish that feat, joining Terry Senneker Jr. who did it first from 2012 to 2014.
3: Time trials for the Kalamazoo Klash will feature three laps on the watch. They will all be gunning for the fast time award.
3: Both Tyler Roahrig and Brian Bergakker have finished second in the Klash three times. For Roahrig, he’s been in the top-two spots five times in the last seven years.
4: Steve Needles is a four-time Klash fast qualifier. We don’t say polesitter as the Klash always has an invert among the top time trialers.
5: Terry Senneker, Jr. is the only five-time winner of the Kalamazoo Klash.
11.759: The Kalamazoo Klash qualifying record is 11.759 which was set by Terry Senneker Jr in 2014. Cooler then normal conditions led to the record along with blazing grip on the track. The Template Track record was also achieved on the same day by Kyle Busch with a 12.257.
17: Andy Bozell will be looking to make yet another run in the Kalamazoo Klash. He’s never missed a show at the Kalamazoo Klash. In all, Andy Bozell has 17 top five runs.
125: Both feature events will be 125 laps at Kalamazoo Speedway.
1993: The first Klash was held in 1993.
Kalamazoo Klash Winners
2018 Tyler Roahrig
2017 Tyler Roahrig
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
Template Super Late Models
2: Johnny VanDoorn became the first repeat winner of the Template Super Late Model portion of the Kalamazoo Klash in 2018.
4: The race will feature four former winners with Johnny VanDoorn, Brian Campbell, Travis Braden and Phil Bozell. Incidentally, Bozell is the one of two drivers to have won this race and the Kalamazoo Klash.
9: This will be the ninth running of the Klash Template race.
14: A total of 14 drivers on the pre-race entry list hail from the state of Michigan.
17: Josh Brock, driver of car No. 17, leads the ARCA/CRA Super Series point standing entering the final race of the regular season.
125: The race will be 125 laps.
Past Kalamazoo Klash Template Winners:
2018 Johnny VanDoorn
2017 Travis Braden
2016 Brian Campbell
2015 Ali Kern
2014 Kyle Busch
2013 Phil Bozell
2012 Johnny Benson Jr.
2011 Johnny VanDoorn
-Story by: Elgin Traylor, Speed51.com Southeast Correspondent
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