Bob Senneker was one of the all-time short track racing greats. Hailing from Grand Rapids, Michigan Senneker’s racing career started in 1963 at the Grand Rapids (MI) Speedrome (now closed). He had a small stint behind the wheel of a Supermodified but a horrific flip lead him to venture away from open wheel cars to Late Models.
Throughout the 1960’s Senneker accumulated Late Model track titles at the Speedrome along with Michigan race tracks; Berlin Raceway, Kalamazoo Speedway, and Tri-City Speedway.
Senneker’s win count is estimated around 500. He was most notable as a competitor in the American Speed Association. Senneker was the 1990 ASA champion and holds the top spot for all-time series victories with 85 over second place Mike Eddy with 58. Some of his most prominent victories included the Winchester 400 (7X) at Winchester (IN) Speedway and the All-American 400 at Nashville (TN) Speedway.
Senneker made 8 attempts in the NASCAR Cup Series between 1968-1983 with a 13th place finish in the 1968 Daytona 500 in a home built race car. He was inducted into the Michigan Motorsports Hall of Fame in 1988.
Senneker 84 at the 1989 Snowball Derby. (Photo from the Bobby Foster Collection)
(Photo from Michigan Motorsports Hall of Fame)