The first major Outlaw Super Late Model race of the season brought some of the discipline’s best to Kalamazoo Speedway for the 20th Annual Intimidator 100 Friday night. After one hundred laps, a surprise winner graced victory lane as St. Joseph, Michigan’s Adam Terry held off one of Outlaw Super Late Model racing’s best in Tyler Roahrig for his second feature win and the biggest win of his career.
Steve Needles would lead the first handful of laps before falling out of the race and handing the lead to J.R. Roahrig. Roahrig would lead for nearly half the race while fending off challenges from Andy Bozell, the younger Roahrig, and Terry. After an incident involving the J.R. Roahrig and Bozell on lap 63, Tyler Roahrig would inherit the lead.
There would be another yellow one lap later, setting up the final restart of the race. After Tyler Roahrig chose the outside line, Terry would charge from the inside to take the lead from Roahrig off the restart and hold off furious charges from the Plymouth, Indiana driver throughout the last thirty-six laps for the Intimidator 100 win.
“We had our chance on a restart and he gave me the inside line and we took advantage of it and got a good run through one and two,” Terry told Speed51.com. “I managed to come out with the lead and just held our line. Gave him a lane on the outside when he was there, tried to race him clean.”
The final thirty-six laps was a game of cat and mouse between Terry and Roahrig as they drove through lapped traffic. Roahrig would not let Terry get ahead by more than a few car lengths as they raced side-by-side and even three wide with lapped cars through the final run to the checkered. With all the action taking place between the two drivers, they raced clean to the checkered until Terry went for a spin after taking the checkered flag as they encountered lapped traffic in the final turn.
“Lapped traffic was fun and exciting,” Terry said. “He got a few good runs and we were three wide a few times with lapped cars. He raced me incredibly clean. He’s the best there is in our series and our cars. To be competitive with him means as much as anything.”
While Terry was celebrating the biggest win of his career, Tyler Roahrig was dejected after a second place finish. The two-time defending Kalamazoo Klash winner felt like he gave the win away after the last restart.
“We got the lead there by virtue of staying out of a wreck,” Roahrig said. “It just wouldn’t go after that for that restart, it was just tight. Really from the start of the race, my car just wasn’t quite as good as I was hoping. It wasn’t a bad race, second’s not bad. I feel like I kind of gave it away there, but congrats to Chris and Adam. He definitely earned it.”
After years of watching his late brother Gary Terry compete and win major races at Kalamazoo in the late 1990’s and early 2000’s, Adam Terry was able to earn himself a crown jewel victory at the fast 3/8ths mile. After climbing out of his car in victory lane, he walked over to the right side of his car and kissed the driver name sticker of his brother.
“I got to watch my brother win a lot of them. To finally get any win here is important, and to be a hundred lapper with the type of field we had today, it justifies all the hard work we put in through the offseason and it makes it well worth it.”
-Story by: Koty Geyer, Speed51.com State Editor (IN & MI) – Twitter: @kgeyer3
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