M-40 Speedway in Jones, Michigan has become a favorite track for the Roahrig family. On Wednesday night, JR Roahrig kept a family tradition going by winning the Big Gun Shootout Outlaw Racing Association event.
Between JR and his son, Tyler Roahrig, the two drivers have won the last seven of eight events either or both have competed in at the 3/8-mile oval.
“I don’t know what it is, but that track has been a good track for both of us,” JR Roahrig told Speed51.com powered by JEGS. “Tyler told me last night that between the two of us, we won the last seven of eight events. The only one we didn’t win was when we both crashed in this event last year.”
With Tyler on the sidelines recovering from a racing accident earlier this year, it was on JR’s shoulders to keep that strong run going at M-40 Speedway.
When the green flag dropped, Roahrig felt that his biggest challenger was going to be Jeff Ganus.
“Jeff Ganus was right behind me. Then two cars got in a wreck in front of us. I got hit on my door and Ganus hit me and put a hole in his radiator,” Roahrig recalled. “When he went out with that, I knew I could take my time and got the win.”
But it wasn’t an easy drive for Roahrig.
“We were racing on an American Racer tire, and I am not sure why, but everyone was badly loose,” Roahrig said. “We were loose as well, but were able to get a little better traction. Not sure if it was that I haven’t had much experience with the tires or what. Main thing is we got the win.”
The victory on Wednesday night wasn’t the only good news for the Roahrig family this week.
On Monday, Tyler visited with his surgeon and got clearance to put weight on his hip, which he broke back in April at Anderson Speedway in Anderson, Indiana. He is now able to walk around with the use of a cane.
“Tyler got permission to finally put some weight on his hip and was moving around pretty good,” JR Roarhig said. “In fact, he was begging me to let him get in the car and take a few practice laps. I told him that before winter we would get him back in a car. I think that will help him with his recovery process.”
Tyler is already planning on building a new car next year and has his current car up for sale.
He also said that he couldn’t wait for both of them to race together again soon. With Tyler out recovering from his injury, JR is only running some of the bigger, longer good paying races.
He is planning on running two more events this season, the Glass City 200 at Toledo Speedway on September 20th and the Main Event Outlaw race at Sandusky Speedway in Sandusky, Ohio on October 11-12th.
“I would probably race more if Tyler was racing,” JR Roahrig said. “If he was going to race, I might as well too. But with his injuries this year, I am enjoying racing the bigger events.”
Father isn’t doing badly with his son on the sidelines. He finished third in the Kalamazoo Klash one week ago and finished sixth at the Summer Sizzler 100 at New Paris Speedway.
Story by: Kevin Ramsell, Midwest Editor/Director of Business. Twitter: @KevinRamsell
Photo Credit: Photos by April