Terry Senneker, Jr. has accomplished a rare feat over the past two years at the Kalamazoo Klash. The competitive nature of the historic Outlaw Super Late Model event has been known for its level playing field, which made Senneker’s back-to-back victories seem even more incredible. Over the 21 Klash events, only one other driver won the race two straight years; 12-time Kalamazoo track champion Andy Bozell.
When the lights go on at Kalamazoo Speedway and the Klash’s live 51 TV video broadcast hits the airwaves of Speed51.com on Wednesday, August 13, Senneker will be out to earn his fourth Klash victory, which would tie him with Bozell for the most all-time in the prestigious event.
If he’s going to do it, Senneker will have to hold off Bozell, NASCAR superstar Kyle Busch and the top talents in Outlaw Super Late Model racing in an event that will thrill the always-packed grandstands and the fans at home worldwide who can watch the Klash live on 51 TV for just $19.99.
It’s an event that Senneker and just about every other Outlaw Super Late Model racer anticipates each year and it’s one that will make for a fun show for anyone tuning in.
“It’s the pinnacle race of the year,” said Senneker. “Kalamazoo is the kind of track that just automatically puts on great racing. It’s a track where the winner of the race can start at the tail of the field and be able to drive to the front. The track doesn’t seem to be real abrasive or eat down tires. It’s a great facility. It’s kind of centrally-located so all the Midwest guys can get to it pretty easily, too. The history of it is a big deal too. It’s been around for a long time and some big names have won it over the years.”
While Kalamazoo has a stacked field of regulars, there will be a number of invaders from the nearby Berlin Raceway, plus other tracks and regional touring series all looking to reclaim the Klash crown from Senneker.
“There’s always a good, strong field of cars,” added Senneker. “It’s always a battle between the Kalamazoo locals, the Berlin guys and then the guys who come in from all over to win this race.”
Senneker will be pulling double duty on Klash raceday. He will be behind the wheel of one of his own Senneker Performance creations in the ARCA/CRA Super Series template-bodies Super Late Model portion of Kalamazoo Klash XXII, which will also be seen on the 51 TV live video broadcast.
One of the top drivers that Senneker will have to contend with for both Klash victories will be NASCAR champion Kyle Busch. Busch will be driving a car built by Senneker in the Outlaw event as well as his own Kyle Busch Motorsports template car for the CRA event, which will make for two formidable entries for Busch at Kalamazoo.
“I think it’s great that Kyle’s racing in both events,” added Senneker. “He’s going to be in one of my chassis in the Outlaw race. I’ve never met Kyle myself, but I’m looking forward to meeting him and helping him out if he has any questions on what’s different on the Outlaw versus what he’s used to on his template car.
“Some guys talk about the Cup guys coming in and beating up on them, but I think it’s a real good gauge to see where we’re at and how we stack up against a premier driver. I know the car that Kyle will be in, but we’ll be able to see how we stack up against him in driving ability. Even with his template program, we can see how we stack up with our cars against his.”
Fans can watch Senneker, Busch and the rest of the Outlaw Super Late Model and ARCA/CRA Super Series fields battle for supremacy in the prestigious Kalamazoo Klash via a live 51 TV video broadcast on Wednesday, August 13. For just $19.99, fans can tune in and watch some of the nation’s top short trackers take on Kalamazoo Speedway through a multiple-camera production of the historic event.
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– By Matt Kentfield, Speed51.com Executive Director. Photo credit: Speed51.com