The 24th Kalamazoo Klash was a “Clash of the Titans” on Wednesday night at Michigan’s Kalamazoo Speedway. Terry Senneker Jr., a four-time winner of the Klash came from the rear of the field to battle with Tyler Roahrig, who has won just about every Outlaw Late Model race under the sun in 2016.
Senneker had the inside and Roahrig restarted on the outside. Surprisingly, Roahrig powered to the lead from the outside to the delightful roar of the huge Kalamazoo crowd.
From there it looked as though it was Roahrig’s night to finally win the Klash. He started to pull away from Senneker as the laps wound down.
Then the caution out once again, this time with 14 laps to go. Roahrig took the outside again on the restart, but Senneker roared back by and pulled away to take the win, his fifth in the Klash.
“To put on a show like that and re-line us up over and over and to pull it out against Tyler who is the hottest driver in all the Outlaws, it’s great,” Senneker told Speed51.com powered by JEGS. “We’ve worked really hard on this.”
For Roahrig, who just last week won his second straight Summer Sizzler at New Paris Speedway (IN), this one stung a bit. He came up to congratulate Senneker in victory lane, but later Roahrig was sitting in a chair in his pit area looking straight ahead with a blank stare just reliving everything that went on to change the fate of his race.
“I’m just thinking of what I could have done differently,” Roahrig said. “Maybe I could have taken a different lane on the restart, but I don’t think it would have mattered. Those last 10 laps my engine was missing so badly he would have passed me no matter what. I’m a little disappointed, but finishing second isn’t bad in the Klash.”
Winning his fifth Klash wasn’t the only reason why this night was so special for Senneker. Brian Campbell won the ARCA/CRA Super Series feature just prior to the Outlaw race, and he did so in a Senneker Performance race car, prepared by Sennker himself.
“That means a great deal for me,” Senneker said. “I’ve been trying to get template cars out there for a while now. It’s so difficult. Brian has been terrific for me and my family.”
For an on-demand replay of Wednesday’s Trackside Now coverage of the Kalamazoo Klash presented by FK Rod Ends, click here. To watch a replay of the video stream of the race, click here.
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-By Rob Blount, Speed51.com Southeast Editor – Twitter: @RobBlount
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Kalamazoo Klash XXIV
Kalamazoo Speedway, Kalamazoo, Michigan
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