KALAMAZOO, Mich. – Tyler Roahrig was both lucky and good Wednesday night at Kalamazoo Raceway, inheriting the lead after late-race chaos up front and then holding off Brian Bergakker to win Kalamazoo Klash XXVI for outlaw super late models.
The complexion of the 125-lap feature changed with 37 to go, when then-leaders Jeff Ganus and Tyler’s father, J.R. Roahrig, tangled with the lapped car of Bryan Richards and crashed on the frontstretch.
The incident took both cars out of contention and set the younger Roahrig up as the leader for the first of two late restarts. Bergakker drove by Phil Bozell when the green flag waved on lap 88 and gave chase to Roahrig, but got his real chance to pounce with 17 to go.
At that point, Bozell spun after contact with Steve Needles in the race for third, setting Bergakker up on the front row with Tyler Roahrig for the final restart of the night.
He actually got the better of Roahrig briefly on the restart, but unfortunately for Bergakker, Roahrig was simply too strong.
‘The Rocket’ regained the top spot from Bergakker with 13 laps remaining after a fierce side-by-side battle and drove off to the victory, worth $10,000 to the 27-year-old from Plymouth, Ind.
Bergakker crossed the line second, 2.037 seconds in arrears, followed by Adam Terry, Bozell and Brandon Lyons.
Mark Shook, Monte Tolan, Todd Harrington, Andy Bozell and Tom Thomas completed the top 10.
Needles pulled his car pitside after being penalized for the contact with Phil Bozell, being credited with 15th in the final rundown.
Tyler Roahrig, Brian Bergakker, Adam Terry, Phil Bozell, Brandon Lyons, Mark Shook, Monte Tolan, Todd Harrington, Andy Bozell, Tom Thomas, Jack Landis, Doug True, Billy Shannon, Bryan Richards, Steve Needles, JR Roahrig, Jeff Ganus, Doug Rodanhisler, Matt Frazier, Craig Everage, Andrew Brest.