Most fingers pointed at Terry Senneker, Jr.’s No. 37 car when folks at Kalamazoo Speedway sought out the odd-son favorite for victory in Wednesday’s night’s Kalamazoo Klash. With wins in the 2012 and 2013 events as well as in 2008, plus a nearly flawless record in Outlaw Super Late Model competition this season, Senneker was a safe bet at another Klash victory.
Wednesday night, those premonitions proved true. Senneker dominated the final 50-lap segment and cruised to a third-straight and fourth overall Klash victory, which tied him with 12-time track champion Andy Bozell for the most victories in the nation’s most prestigious Outlaw Super Late Model event.
“This is great,” said Senneker in victory lane. “This is the best field of cars we’ve had in a long time for this race.”
Senneker set fast time in the 150-lap, three segment event with a new track record earlier in the day at Kalamazoo. He subsequently drew a 17 for an inversion, which forced him to work his way forward in the first 50-lap segment. Senneker got up to seventh while Jeff Ganus, the winner of another prestigious Outlaw event last week, the New Paris (IN) Summer Sizzler, led at the conclusion of lap 50.
The inversion at the end of the first segment worked perfectly in Senneker’s favor as it put him on the pole for segment two. He ended up finishing a second behind Brian Bergakker, but the third segment wasn’t quite as nail-biting.
Senneker drove away from the field at the drop of the green flag to start the third and final 50-lap stint. JR Roahrig caught up to Senneker as the leader navigated through traffic with 25 laps remaining, but once the traffic was clear, so was Senneker to pick up his fourth Klash win.
With three straight and four overall victories, would Senneker already be looking at 2015’s Klash as his shot to beat Andy Bozell’s record and score a fifth Klash victory?
“I would have to. This is our race. We come here every year and we love Outlaw racing. This is our Super Bowl.”
It would be an easy assumption that when someone as dominant as Senneker has been of late continues to score big victories such as the Kalamazoo Klash, fellow competitors would be getting a little agitated.
Not so, according to the four-time winner.
“It’s fun. The pressure of getting four in a row will be great next year. Everybody’s cheering us on, even the fellow racers. It’s a great group of guys and we have a lot of fun coming from way back in the field.”
Bergakker made a charge to get by Roahrig to finish second at the checkered flag. Steve Needles and Tom Thomas rounded out the top five.
Kyle Busch, who earlier in the night won the ARCA/CRA Super Series event at Kalamazoo in his own Kyle Busch Motorsports No. 51 template-bodied Super Late Model, retired from the Outlaw event early with mechanical problems and finished 23rd.
By Matt Kentfield, Executive Director – Twitter: @MattKentfield. Photo credit: Speed51.com
Unofficial Kalamazoo Klash XXII Finish
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