Tyler Roahrig’s 50th career win came at the event that helped spawn the legend of “Kid Rocket.” One year after running out of fuel while leading with three laps to go, Roahrig scored redemption with a fifth win in the Summer Sizzler at New Paris Speedway, extending his overall win record in the Outlaw Super Late Model crown jewel.
The Plymouth, Indiana driver started 18th after setting fast time for the fifth year in a row and methodically worked his way through the field throughout the 100-lap event. He found himself in second after the final restart with 33 laps remaining and challenged Kalamazoo Speedway track champion Adam Terry for the race lead.
Roahrig would do what he’s done in the Sizzler multiple times over the years – make the race-winning move on the outside. He took the lead from Terry with just less than 20 laps to go and checked out, leading the fourth Roahrig-Terry 1-2 finish since the start of 2019.
“The start of the race we got a few spots just by virtue of a few restarts, then we kind of plateaued. We just had to wait for everyone to wear out a little bit,” Roahrig told Speed51. “My car kind of came alive on the outside, it still wasn’t great. We ended up in the top-five and in second finally.
“I got behind Adam there and I thought I could roll him on the top. I waited there a little and waited and I’m sure he knew I was looking on the bottom and he was guarding the bottom, expecting me to go there. I went around on the top then. This car works good on the outside, I don’t know why but that’s what won me the race a few times.”
Roahrig’s win comes just one year after a yellow with three laps to go erased a nine-second lead and ultimately costed him the win after running out of fuel. After a recent scare at South Bend two weeks ago in the Jim Blount Memorial, his team went through the car to make sure it wouldn’t get to that point again.
Thursday night’s win gives him five in the event, three more than father J.R. and Jeff Ganus, the only other two drivers with multiple wins in the Sizzler.
“I knew we would not have an issue tonight. Two weeks ago at South Bend I ran out of gas, luckily it was on the way to victory lane. I actually figured out what was wrong with the car this week and got that fixed, I’m pretty sure that’s what caused me to run out last year too. It paid off this year and it feels good to get five of these now, maybe I can get five more by the time I quit.”
After admitting to struggles at times during 2020 in the Outlaw, he has now won two straight major races after his Jim Blount Memorial win two weeks ago. Add a Sprint Car win in the Glen Niebel Classic at Anderson Speedway on July 11, and he has won his last three events regardless of race car.
While the next major Outlaw Super Late Model show is yet to be seen, there are two major Asphalt Non-Wing Sprint Car races on Roahrig’s radar.
“We’re riding a big wave of momentum, I feel like. We’ve won our last Sprint Car race, we’ve won our last two Outlaw shows. I don’t know when our next Outlaw show will be but we’ve got some big-time Sprint Car races coming up, I’m looking forward to those. The Night Before the 500 at Lucas Oil Raceway and the Little 500, that’s a bucket list race for me. Things are going good and it makes things a lot easier at the shop.”
Terry finished second after starting on the pole, his best-career finish in the event. Former winners J.R. Roahrig and Jack Landis finished third and fourth, while Jacob Maynard rallied from 21st to round out the top-five.
-Story by: Koty Geyer, Speed51 National Correspondent – Twitter: @kgeyer3
-Photo Credit: Speed51 Photo
Summer Sizzler Results:
- Tyler Roahrig
- Adam Terry
- J.R. Roahrig
- Jack Landis
- Jacob Maynard
- Cayden Lapcevich
- Kenny Whitman
- Andrew Devreese
- Kevin Sauer
- Rich Boal
- Matt Frazier
- Donny Klotz III
- Jeff Ganus
- Wade Berger
- Mark Shook
- Steve Needles
- Austin Maynard
- Shawn Amor
- Vern Sauer
- Stave Stacy
- Craig Everage
- Doug True
- Corey Ryman