For the fourth straight year someone new was celebrating in Flat Rock Speedway’s victory lane at the Joy Fair Memorial in Flat Rock, Michigan. This time, it was one of the best in Outlaw Super Late Model racing who added his name to the memorial event’s record books.
Terry Senneker, Jr. took home the win in the ARCA Gold Cup Series event after a wild battle with fellow Outlaw star Jeff Ganus.
“That was an exciting race,” Senneker told Speed51.com powered by JEGS in victory lane. “It definitely was a good one for all of the fans tonight.”
Senneker was one of the fastest cars at Flat Rock Speedway, although he qualified deep in the field in the 11th position. But that was exactly where he needed to be when pole sitter and last year’s winner Justin Schroeder drew an 11 for the inversion. That put Senneker on the pole.
Jeff Ganus started mid-pack and quickly made his way up to the back bumper of Senneker’s No. 37 and the battle started. Senneker was able to hold off Ganus until the first caution of the race came out 60 laps into the 100-lap dash.
Ganus was in command for much of the second half before a late-race caution gave Senneker another chance. Senneker and Ganus battled side-by-side for the first two laps after the restart before Senneker cleared Ganus and took the lead for good.
“That was a heck of a battle with Ganus,” added Senneker. “When he got the lead on the restart and pulled away, I thought that was it and that we wouldn’t be able to catch him. He’s one of those drivers I wish I could always race with. He raced me hard and he raced me clean and you have to respect that.”
Ganus claimed the season opening ARCA Gold Cup win at Toledo Speedway for the Outlaw Super Late portion of the 7-Up Twin 100’s, with Terry Senneker finishing one spot behind him. Saturday, Ganus wasn’t able to replicate that result, instead coming one spot short.
“We were running really hard and I just got a little too tight there in the end and (Senneker) kept rolling through the center really well.”
With the win, Senneker became the fourth winner of the event, along with Harold Fair, Jr., Justin Schroeder and Phil Bozell. Senneker added the Joy Fair Memorial to his list of prestigious victories that already includes four wins at the Kalamazoo Klash and the Glass City 200.
Many of the drivers in the field will head south to the Angola Motorsport Speedway in Angola, IN on Wednesday night for the prestigious Stan Perry Memorial.
-By Mikayla Kugler, Speed51.com Midwest Correspondent – Twitter: @MikaylaKugler
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Joy Fair Memorial Unofficial Results – Flat Rock Speedway (MI)
|5||71||Harold Fair Jr|
|24||33||Stan Yee Jr|