We are less than a month away from the start of Outlaw Super Late Model season in the Midwest, with the Intimidator 100 at Kalamazoo Speedway (MI) scheduled for Friday, April 24. With that said, we decided to take a look at the top racers in the discipline today.
Without further ado, here are the top 10 Outlaw Super Late Model drivers going into the 2020 season.
#1) Tyler Roahrig – As they say, in order to be the man, you’ve got to beat the man. The driver affectionately known as ‘Kid Rocket’ has won nearly everything there is to win in the wedge-bodied wars over the years. He’s won the Kalamazoo Klash each of the last three years, becoming only the second driver to win three straight. He’s also added four Summer Sizzlers, two Glass City 200’s, two Intimidator 100’s, two Stan Perry Memorials, two OSLM Canadian Short Track Nationals’, a Gary Terry Follow Your Dreams 125, a Growler 100, a Big Gun Shootout, and a Main Event XXIX win. He also took the Sweet Manufacturing Outlaw Super Late Model Series title in 2018. Additionally, he’s added wins at Berlin, Midvale, Spartan, Plymouth, and South Bend in recent years.
#2) Steve Needles – Needles landed with car owner Brian Short in 2016, and the pair have seen success ever since. He is the two-time defending Main Event Racing Series champion, to go along with an ARCA Gold Cup title in 2016 and a Berlin Raceway track title in 2013 against one of the most stacked weekly fields in recent memory. He is the 2009 Kalamazoo Klash winner and went back-to-back in the Intimidator 100 in 2012 and 2013. He’s also a three-time winner of the Main Event and a former Joy Fair Memorial winner. He was on his way to a Glass City 200 win last September before a $1 gasket failed under yellow late in the race and ended his night.
#3) Terry Senneker – While his starts behind the wheel are few and far in between these days due to Senneker Performance commitments, ‘Skinny’ is still one of the favorites anytime the No. 37 pulls onto the track. He owns the all-time mark for Kalamazoo Klash victories with five. Other marquee wins include the 2012 Glass City 200, a Joy Fair Memorial, and three Main Events. He also owns four track championships in total between Kalamazoo and Berlin.
#4) Brian Bergakker – Bergakker was crowned the 2019 ARCA Gold Cup champion and has gone to victory lane in the last two Stan Yee Memorials at Flat Rock Speedway. The Middleville, MI driver has made his biggest mark at Kalamazoo, where he has a 2012 crown to go with a 2015 Intimidator 100 win and three runner-up finishes in the Klash. Elsewhere, he also owns a 2014 Berlin track championship and has two Main Event race wins to his credit.
#5) Jeff Ganus – The ‘Constantine Comet’ came on strong at the end of the 2019 season by winning the Hoosier 100 and the Super Shoe Nationals at Kalamazoo, as well as scoring three wins in one day at the Michigan Cup at Springport Mid-Michigan Speedway on his way to the track title. Ganus is the 2015 Kalamazoo Klash winner and a two-time Summer Sizzler winner. He’s also made his presence known in the eastern region, scoring two Main Event Racing Series titles and winning Main Event XXV at Sandusky Speedway.
#6) J.R. Roahrig – High-level Outlaw Super Late Model racing is a family affair for the Roahrigs. While Tyler has been winning nearly everything there is to win in recent years, his father J.R. has proven he can still get the job done in major events. He has two wins in the Summer Sizzler (2011, 2018) and the Glass City 200 (2014, 2017), and also won the final Big Gun Shootout to date at M40 Speedway in 2014.
#7) Phil Bozell – The former ARCA Menards Series winner scored two wins in 2019, one coming at Berlin Raceway during the Money in the Bank 150 and the other coming north of the border at Jukasa Motor Speedway during the Canadian Short Track Nationals. Bozell pulled off the trifecta at Kalamazoo Speedway in 2011, winning the Intimidator 100, Kalamazoo Klash, and capturing the track championship over father Andy in the same year. He is also the 2010 Summer Sizzler winner at New Paris Speedway.
#8) Adam Terry – Terry started 2019 by outdueling Tyler Roahrig to win the Intimidator 100, then ended it by winning his first Kalamazoo Speedway track championship to go along with multiple track championships at Plymouth Speedway. He has a third and a second in the Klash in the last two years. 2020 has the potential to be a big year for Terry as he looks to go back-to-back at Kalamazoo.
#9) Andy Bozell – The Michigan Motorsports Hall of Famer has had one of the most successful Outlaw Super Late Model careers out of any driver. Four Kalamazoo Klash wins, 12 Kalamazoo Speedway track championships, other track titles at Galesburg Speedway, Spartan (now Corrigan Oil) Speedway, M40 Speedway, and Southwest Michigan (now Mottville) Speedway, and wins in the Intimidator 100, Big Gun Shootout, and Summer Sizzler just begin to tell the tale of what ’12-Time’ has done in his storied career. While the wins don’t stack up in the stat sheet like they used to, fans can still see the famed No. 83 up front in any given race.
#10) Frank Jiovani – ‘The Shark’ is coming off a season where he scored his first Flat Rock Speedway track championship. Jiovani is a two-time ARCA Gold Cup champion with wins at both Flat Rock and Toledo to show for it. While he hasn’t ventured outside the I-75 corridor aside from a trip to Jukasa in 2018, that changes for the 2020 season as he has the Intimidator 100 and Kalamazoo Klash at the 3/8ths mile marked on his calendar.
-Story by: Koty Geyer, Speed51 National Correspondent – Twitter: @kgeyer3
-Photo credit: Speed51.