The season-ending Hoosier 100 once again brought big names to the Kalamazoo Speedway for the final weekly points show of the season. After coming just short one year ago in the season finale, it was 2015 Kalamazoo Klash champion Jeff Ganus finding redemption and picking up the win in dominating fashion.
“The Constantine Comet” started 11th and quickly worked his way through the field, passing fast qualifier and former Klash champion Steve Needles on lap 43 and leading the rest of the way. He would be challenged by JR Roahrig throughout the middle stages, but even the two-time Glass City 200 and Summer Sizzler winner had nothing for the Constantine, MI native in the end.
“We got here today and unloaded and were really good, I knew we would be pretty good,” Ganus told Speed51.com. “It just sucks we couldn’t bring this one to the Klash, we just had some issues going on and we couldn’t get it figured out in time, but I was impressed with how this thing drove. It’s a new car this year and it was pretty good. It had a lot of turn and a lot of drive and we were able to get ahead.”
The current Springport Mid-Michigan Speedway points leader picked off multiple positions even before taking the green flag after the field stacked up coming to the start, ending four drivers’ races before it even bega. From there, he worked his wayinto second in short order and would soon after take the lead.Right around when he took the lead, Ganus’s No.5 machine started showing smoke out the back. Despite the smoke, he was never worried about overheating but admitted he was baffled by the higher temperatures after not having any issues with that in previous races with the car.
“We weren’t that hot, I think we were only at 230 on the water temp,” he explained.“We really haven’t raced this car but only like a couple 40-lap races. We ran one at Springport earlier in the year and never ran warm at all, but we got this thing running so good.”
Roahrig, two-time track champion Mark Shook, Intimidator 100 winner Adam Terry, and Billy Shannon rounded out the top five.
The Outlaw Super Late Model title picture was a tight one heading into the Hoosier 100, with the top three separated by just five points after qualifying and seven total
drivers who had a mathematical chance at the coveted track championship. After 100 laps and several points lead changes throughout the race, it was Adam Terry beating out Rick Senneker and Doug True for the popular, yet emotional track championship.
Speed51.com will have more on that story in the coming days.
While the points season may be over at the West Michigan 3/8-mile oval, there is still plenty of racing left. The Call of the Wild is next Saturday, August 31when the Billboards hit the track for the popular event. The racing season at Kalamazoo endson September 27-29 with the Super Shoe Nationals.
Outlaw Super Late Model Hoosier 100 Results:
-Story by: Koty Geyer, Speed51.com State Editor (IN/MI) – Twitter: @kgeyer3
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