Roahrig Rules Kalamazoo Klash Again

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Tyler Roahrig in victory lane Wednesday after winning the Kalamazoo Klash at Kalamazoo Speedway. (Jim Denhamer Photo)
Tyler Roahrig in victory lane Wednesday after winning the Kalamazoo Klash at Kalamazoo Speedway. (Jim Denhamer Photo)

KALAMAZOO, Mich. — Tyler Roahrig captured the outlaw super late model portion of  Kalamazoo Klash XXVII at Kalamazoo Speedway Wednesday night.

Roahrig, the 28-year-old speedster from Plymouth, Ind., raced to his third consecutive outlaw super late model Klash victory at the three-eighths mile paved oval.

Roahrig wheeled his Inwood Racing, First Choice Auto Body/Schneider Auto Sales/Team Spirit Custom Trailers/George’s Grain Farm-sponsored No. 24 into the lead on lap 92 and sailed to the $10,000 win over Adam Terry.

Tyler Roahrig (24) takes the lead from Adam Terry as the pair head towards turn three during Wednesday night’s Kalamazoo Klash at Michigan’s Kalamazoo Speedway. (Stan Kalwasinski Photo)
Tyler Roahrig (24) takes the lead from Adam Terry as the pair head towards turn three during Wednesday night’s Kalamazoo Klash at Michigan’s Kalamazoo Speedway. (Stan Kalwasinski Photo)

Terry, who started on the pole in the 22-car field, had led since lap one only to see Roahrig take the lead after a double-file restart.

Roahrig took the checkered flag with a 1.684-second margin over Terry, who was followed by Phil Bozell and Steve Needles.  Roahrig’s dad J.R. Roahrig finished fifth, with four time Klash winner and fastest qualifier Andy Bozell taking sixth.

Jeff Ganus, Brian Bergakker, Justin Claucherty and Craig Everage rounded out the top 10.

“At the start of the race, I couldn’t go anywhere,” said Roahrig after his win.  “We were all running single file around the bottom.  I took a chance on the outside (groove).  I had nothing to lose at that point and the car was really good out there.  It was a good race with Adam (Terry).

“I want to dedicate this one to my grandpa (Stan Roahrig).  We lost him over the winter.  If it wasn’t for him, none of us would be racing.  It’s hard without him here.  He was here for the last two (wins) and I’m proud that he was here for those.  I really miss him.”

Earlier, Kevin Sauer won the nine-car, 20-lap last chance/semi feature, which put him in the starting field.

Kyle Crump won the companion ARCA/CRA Super Series feature.

The finish:

Tyler Roahrig, Adam Terry, Phil Bozell, Steve Needles, J.R. Roahrig, Andy Bozell, Jeff Ganus, Brian Bergakker, Justin Claucherty, Craig Everage, Kyle Crump, Doug True, Billy Shannon, Monte Tolan, T.K. Whitman, Matt Frazier, Kevin Sauer, Todd Harrington, Mark Shook, Steve Dorer, Terry Senneker, Rick Senneker.