Trackside Now: The Kalamazoo Klash
Andy Bozell Wins Kalamazoo Klash Number-Four
Wednesday, 1:30pm ET - We’ve hit the halfway mark of race-day practice for the Kalamazoo Klash and a familiar name is at the top of the speed charts.  Terry Senneker, nephew of the legendary Senneker brothers from this area (including former ASA National Tour Champion Bob Senneker) and 2006 Kalamazoo Outlaw champion, leads yesterday’s fast timer Steve Needles and Mike Zordan at the top of the list, followed by Andy Bozell and Jerry Drake in the top-five.

Wednesday, 11:35am ET - The Midwest’s finest Outlaw-bodied Super Late Models are busting the Kalamazoo Speedway infield at the seams today in preparation for the 15th running of the Kalamazoo Klash tonight. 

For some of our loyal readers who may not know what Outlaw-bodied SLM’s are, nor know what the Kalamazoo Klash is all about, people around here have one question for you…where ya been? 

Outlaw-bodied Super Late Models can be best described in this way.  Picture a Super Late Model that competes in series such as CRA or PASS South getting into a crash on the track with a Dirt Late Model.  If you picked all the body panels and parts off the ground and built a racecar, you’d have an Outlaw SLM.  There’s no “ABC” templates (the Approved Body Configuration is the body-template policing organization in several Super Late Model series around the country) to be found here, just some badass looking rocketships on wheels. 

The Kalamazoo Klash is one of the most prestigious short track events in the country.  It’s the Snowball Derby and Oxford 250 combined for the drivers of these Outlaw SLMs.  More than 70 cars are expected for today’s 157-lap feature.  We’ll have more on the qualifying procedures and more later on in Trackside Now, but all of the drivers will be hoping to make the 26-car starting lineup to go for the more than $30,000 winner’s purse.

Outlaw SLM's have a totally unique look that make them bad fast around places like Kalamazoo.  (51 Photos)
Forty teams took to the .375-mile Kalamazoo Speedway on Tuesday night for an open practice session.  Steve Needles, who has dominated the weekly Outlaw SLM features at Kalamazoo so far this season, set fast time with a lap of 13.318, good for over 101mph on the high-banked bullring. 

We'll have continuous updates from the track all day here on Trackside Now.  Practice begins at noon, followed by qualifying at 3:30pm.  Feature events should start around 6:30pm.
TUESDAY'S KLASH PRACTICE TIMES
1.  Steve Needles 13.318
2.  Tom Thomas 13.380
3.  Phil Bozell 13.462
4.  Brandon Lyons 13.462
5.  Andy Bozell 13.470
6.  Andy Ponstein 13.474
7.  Joe Bush 13.477
8.  John Delayre 13.480
9.  Ross Meeuwsen 13.505
10.  Johnny VanDoorn 13.519
11.  Curt Spalding 13.531
12.  Rich Jackson 13.532
13.  Mike Zordan 13.538
14.  Dakota Carlson 13.547
15.  Rick Sexton 13.569
16.  Terry VanHaitsma 13.570
17.  Mike Brooks 13.575
18.  Mike Root 13.612
19.  Jordon Dahlke 13.618
20.  Alec Carll 13.638
21.  Richard Kinsey 13.659
22.  John Long 13.674
23.  Adam Terry 13.674
24.  John Chapman 13.678
25.  Jerry Drake 13.684
26.  Mike Thayer 13.693
27.  Paul Pelletier 13.732
28.  Jack Landis 13.743
29.  Chris Orr 13.744
30.  Doug True 13.768
31.  Michelle Sexton 13.790
32.  Greg Himes 13.858
33.  Matt Corliss 13.873
34.  Buddy Head 13.881
35.  Patrick Kirkendall 13.927
36.  Todd Dougherty 13.962
37.  Scott Cunningham 13.997
38.  Darrell Howard 14.032
39.  Corey Ryman 14.062
40.  Kelli Jo Hofacker 14.103

Kalamazoo track point leader Steve Needles was quickest in Tuesday's practice.
Wednesday, 2:45pm ET - Since we mentioned the old ASA National Tour, the Kalamazoo Klash field has several ties to the now-defunct short track series.  Besides the Senneker family here with Terry Senneker, former ASA star Dave Sensiba is here in the #46 machine.  Hank Miller, son of ASA legend Butch Miller, is here, as well.  Also, former ASA star and current NASCAR regular Johnny Benson is back to defend his Klash victory from last year.  Former ARCA champion and ASA competitor Tim Steele’s #16 machine is here with young driver Johnny VanDoorn behind the wheel.

There are just a few more minutes left in practice for tonight's Kalamazoo Klash.  Race officials have called for a driver's meeting at 3:10pm which we will be attending and we'll have all the details on how tonight's qualifying procedure will go down.


Johnny VanDoorn's #16 is a throwback to his car owner Tim Steele's days behind the wheel of HS Die-sponsored #16's. 
Wednesday, 4:03pm ET - Qualifying is underway.  While more than 70 cars were pre-entered, only 56 are scheduled to take time.  The #09 machine of Rick Sexton withdrew just after practice.

The qualifying procedure is as follows:  Each car will be given three consecutive green flag laps for their time trials.  The top-24 qualifiers will be automatically locked into the 157-lap Kalamazoo Klash later tonight.  Starting spot 25 will go to the highest Kalamazoo Speedway Outlaw Points competitor not locked into the field.  The 26th and final starting spot will come from the winner of the Klash Shootout, a B-Main feature. 

The field for the B-Main "Shootout" is to be set by the fastest half of the non-locked in cars, based on their time trial speeds.  The bottom half will race in the Klash Bash non-qualifiers race.

Wednesday, 3:00pm ET - Practice has concluded and Terry Senneker was quickest. 
KLASH PRACTICE TIMES
1.  37 Terry Senneker 13.127
2.  82 Tom Thomas 13.212
3.  14 Steve Needles 13.238
4.  101 Joe Bush 13.272
5.  26 Kenny Head 13.277
6.  83 Andy Bozell 13.292
7.  20 Hank Miller 13.312
8.  32 Ross Meeuwsen 13.313
9.  4 Jerry Drake 13.322
10.  00 Andy Ponstein 13.326
11.  21 Brandon Lyons 13.364
12.  9 Mike Root 13.367
13.  77 Terry VanHaitsma 13.372
14.  1 John Delarye 13.384
15.  8 Phil Bozell 13.396
16.  5 Jeff Ganus 13.401
17.  46 Dave Sensiba 13.406
18.  40 Curt Spalding 13.429
19.  16 Johnny VanDoorn 13.450
20.  10 Johnny Benson 13.454
21.  84 Mike Brooks 13.458
22.  12 Tim DeVos 13.473
23.  16 Billy Shannon 13.485
24.  8 Dakota Carlson 13.496
25.  01 Phil Massuch 13.501
26.  37 Jordon Dahlke 13.526
27.  00 Alec Carl 13.535
28.  51 Adam Terry 13.541
29.  5 Richard Kinsey 13.543
30.  5 Greg Himes 13.548
31.  09 Rick Sexton 13.559
32.  11 Jeff Bozell 13.574
33.  14 Mike Thayer 13.577
34.  16 Scott Cunningham 13.577
35.  31 Todd Harrington 13.579
36.  32 John Lang 13.586
37.  40 John Chapman 13.611
38.  08 Rich Jackson 13.613
39.  24 Cory Kruzel 13.614
40.  72 Scott Hantz 13.639
41.  3 Matt Corliss 13.650
42.  x Marty Crawford 13.652
43.  7 Michelle Sexton 13.685
44.  0 Rich Hardy 13.709
45.  44 Paul Pelletier 13.717
46.  60 Rick VanHouten 13.729
47.  17 Corey Ryman 13.733
48.  28 Buddy Head 13.740
49.  48 Darrell Howard 13.776
50.  10 Dan Roodvoets 13.862
51.  22 Rick Hahn 13.874
52.  89 Patrick Kirkendall 13.875
53.  35 Andy Rutherford 13.877
54.  64 Todd Dougherty 13.916
55.  1 Kelli Jo Hofacker 14.052
56.  1 Jason Adkins 14.150
57.  93 Doug True 19.561
2006 Kalamazoo Outlaw track champion Terry Senneker was quickest in Klash practice.
Wednesday, 4:24pm ET - Drivers, officials, crew members and fans alike are here at Kalamazoo Speedway enjoying the Kalamazoo Klash, but everyone here is doing so with a heavy heart. Lee Anderson, an Outlaw Late Model driver and friend to many in these racing circles, tragically lost his life in a lake accident on July 7th.  Just days before his accident, Anderson was competing in an Outlaw event at M-40 Speedway (MI).  Anderson also competed regularly at Kalamazoo and owned a business, Perfect Circle Race Cars, that built and rebuilt many Outlaw and template-bodied Super Late Models that ran around Michigan.

A scholarship fund is being set up for Anderson’s young daughter Kaileigh.  The scholarship organization is selling t-shirts and decals here at Kalamazoo and several Klash drivers are sporting #18 decals on their cars.  Steve Needles is even having all drivers sign the hood of one of his racecars that will go to the winner of the 50-50 drawing later tonight.

Fans line up to get their Lee Anderson Memorial t-shirts
Wednesday, 7:11pm ET - Johnny VanDoorn passed Rich Jackson for the lead on lap 15 and held off a hard-charging Tim DeVos to win the 50-lap Klash Shootout and earn the 25th starting spot in tonight's Kalamazoo Klash.  DeVos wound up one spot short of making the show and was followed by Jackson, Scott Cunningham and Todd Harrington.
Steve Needles
Joe Bush
Andy Bozell
Ross Meeuwsen
Andy Ponstein
Terry Senneker
Tom Thomas
Hank Miller
Kenny Head
Adam Terry
Mike Root
Brandon Lyons
Dave Sensiba
Jeff Ganus
Richard Kinsey
Johnny Benson
Dakota Carlson
Curt Spalding
Mike Brooks
John Delarye
Phil Bozell
Phil Massuch
Jerry Drake
Jordan Dahlke
Terry VanHaitsma
Billy Shannon
Alec Carll
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Todd Harington
John Chapman
Tim DeVos
Marty Crawford
Greg Himes
Scott Cunningham
Rich Jackson
Scott Hantz
Mike Thayer
John Long
Matt Corliss
Cory Kruzel
Doug True
Michelle Sexton
Rick VanHouten
Jeff Bozell
Paul Pelletier
Dan Roodvoets
Patrick Kirkendall
Andy Rutherford
Corey Ryman
Rich Hardy
Rick Hahn
Kelli Jo Hofacker
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Jordan Dahlke was the last driver to clinch a starting spot on time. 
Wednesday, 6:37pm ET - The "Klash Shootout" competitors are lined up on the frontstretch for their 50-lap feature.  The winner of the race will go home at the end of the night knowing they made the feature race later tonight.  The rest will just go home.

Rich Jackson and Scott Cunningham will lead the field to the green flag.

Wednesday, 5:12pm ET - The 24 drivers who locked in starting spots in qualifying are now on the track for a brief tire scuff session.  Every driver will have to start the race on the tires that they qualified on, but on lap 100, the field will be brought to the pit area for a 20-minute break.  At that point, teams will be allowed to put on the new tires that they are scuffing right now.  Those two tires are the only ones that can be changed in the feature race unless one goes flat.

Wednesday, 4:33pm ET - Qualifying has wrapped up and Steve Needles has set fast time with a lap of 13.119, earning him the ARP Bodies fast qualifier award.  Jordan Dahlke was the last driver to transfer to the A-Main on time.  John Chapman will start scratch on the field in the Klash despite qualifying 30th because he was the highest non-qualifying driver in Kalamazoo Speedway's point standings.
Johnny VanDoorn
Tim DeVos
Rich Jackson
Billy Shannon
Todd Harington
Scott Hantz
John Long
Greg Himes
Alec Carll
Terry VanHaitsma
Mike Thayer
Cory Kruzel
Matt Corliss
Marty Crawford
Doug True
Scott Cunningham
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KLASH SHOOTOUT FINISH
Wednesday, 9:32pm ET - Andy Bozell has won his fourth Kalamazoo Klash.  Stay tuned for more

Wednesday, 9:27pm ET - Andy Bozell has taken the lead on lap 129 by using the high line around Sensiba.  Sensiba fell to third as Joe Bush followed Bozell by.

Wednesday, 9:25pm ET - The caution flew on lap 123 for the spun car of Mike Brooks.  On the restart, Bozell took a peek around Sensiba for the lead, but Sensiba held strong and continues to lead lap 130.

Wednesday, 9:17pm ET - Andy Bozell has worked his way around Joe Bush on the high side of the track to take second on lap 118.  Dave Sensiba continues to lead by about a full straightaway.

Wednesday, 9:17pm ET - The green flag is back out for the run to the checkered flag and Dave Sensiba leads Joe Bush.

Wednesday, 8:52pm ET - Kenny Head has picked up the $1000 bonus for being the leader at the lap-100 break.  Teams now have 20 minutes to make necessary changes to their cars, including putting on up to two fresh tires, while the fans finally have a chance to catch their breath after some intense action at Kalamazoo Speedway. 

Head rolled a dice on the frontstretch to determine the invert at the front of the field for the final 57-lap sprint to the finish and it landed on "five." That will put Dave Sensiba and Joe Bush on the front row when the field gets the green again.  Brandon Lyons, Andy Bozell and Kenny Head will make up the rest of the top-five on the restart.

Wednesday, 8:41pm ET - Major developments as the leader, Terry Senneker, has been taken out by lapped traffic on lap 85.  Off the fourth turn, Richard Kinsey and Phil Bozell made contact just ahead of Senneker.  Kinsey's #5 car went for a spin high on the frontstretch and Senneker had nowhere to go.  There's water pouring out of the front end of Senneker's car and he has taken the once-dominant car to the pit area.  Kenny Head has taken the lead now, followed by Brandon Lyons, Andy Bozell, Joe Bush, Steve Needels, Dave Sensiba and Johnny Benson.

Wednesday, 8:35pm ET - It's now lap 75 and there's just 25 laps before the 20-minute break.  Senneker continues to show the way through tons of lapped traffic.  Kenny Head chases him in second, while Brandon Lyons is holding off Andy Bozell for third.

Wednesday, 8:29pm ET - Lap 50 now and Senneker continues to hold off Head and Lyons up front, but the big guns are coming.  Andy Bozell now runs fourth and is hunting down the top-three, followed by Dave Sensiba and Joe Bush.

Wednesday, 8:19pm ET - Adam Terry looped his #51 machine in turn one for the caution flag on lap 35.  Terry Senneker reeled in Kenny Head when the leader was caught in heavy lapped traffic.  Senneker used a lapped car as a pick in turn one on lap 32 to take the lead.

Wednesday, 8:11pm ET - Lap 25 now and Kenny Head is checking out from Terry Senneker in second.  The fast qualifiers, who had to be inverted at the start are all bunched together in the back half of the top-10.

Wednesday, 8:11pm ET - The first yellow of the night has flown for debris in turn one on lap 13.  Running order is: Kenny Head, who took the lead from Lyons on lap 11, Lyons, Terry Senneker and Mike Root in the top-five.

Wednesday, 8:06pm ET - The green flag is out and Brandon Lyons shows the way. 

Wednesday, 8:03pm ET - Engines have fired and we're just moments away from the start of the Kalamazoo Klash.

Wednesday, 7:45pm ET - Rich Hardy dominated the 35-lap Klash Bash non-qualifiers race.  The field for the 15th Annual Kalamazoo Klash is preparing to fire engines for the 157-lap feature event.  The top-12 qualifiers were inverted, putting Brandon Lyons and Mike Root on the front row.  Outside introductions of the 26-car field are about to begin and once the green flag drops, we'll have continuous updates from flag to flag here on Trackside Now.
Rich Hardy
Andy Rutherford
Jeff Bozell
Corey Ryman
Paul Pelletier
Rick VanHouten
Buddy Head
Darrell Howard
Rick Hahn
Todd Dougherty
Kelli Jo Hofacker
Patrick Kirkendall
Jason Adkins
Dan Roodvoets
Michelle Sexton

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KLASH BASH FINISH
The field for the Kalamazoo Klash gets ready to rock.
Wednesday, 10:32pm ET - If Andy Bozell knows anything, it's how to get around Kalamazoo Speedway.  For the fourth time in his career, the veteran short track racer has won the most prestigious Outlaw Super Late Model race in the country, the Kalamazoo Klash.  Bozell was recently inducted into the Michigan Racing Hall of Fame, and he showed exactly why on Wednesday night.  With a car that worked perfectly on the outside groove, Bozell took the lead on lap 129 and checked out over the final laps to win Klash number-four.  Joe Bush finished a distant second, followed by Steve Needles, Kenny Head and Dave Sensiba.

We'll have a full race report with Bozell's emotional comments about win number-four later in the week here on Speed51.com
Andy Bozell
Joe Bush
Steve Needles
Kenny Head
Dave Sensiba
Brandon Lyons
Johnny VanDoorn
Jeff Ganus
Jerry Drake
Mike Root
Richard Kinsey
Jordan Dahlke
John Delarye
Adam Terry
Mike Brooks
John Chapman
Andy Ponstein
Phil Massuch
Dakota Carlson
Johnny Benson
Phil Bozell
Terry Senneker
Hank Miller
Tom Thomas
Ross Meeuwsen
Curt Spalding

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UNOFFICIAL RESULTS
Bozell and his crew celebrate Klash victory number-four.