A trip back to victory lane had been a long time coming for Edergerton, OH driver Jack Landis. Landis’ winless drought dated back to the 2009 season when he brought home three victories in the Super Pro Series. After a string of bad luck the past few seasons, that luck finally turned around for the veteran driver on Wednesday night in Fort Wayne, Indiana when he scored the win in the Hoosier 100 at Baer Field Speedway.
"I know I took a little time on that victory lap, but when you’re my age, you don’t know when the next one is going to be so I needed all I could get,” Landis told Speed51.com powered by JEGS. “We just had a good car tonight and I could not be more proud of my team and all the help and hard work it took to get me here.”
Baer Field Speedway is one of the many tracks Landis could run with his eyes closed. He has turned countless laps around the half-mile oval in his career in everything from CRA Super Series to Super Pro Series and Outlaw Super Late Models. He made it obvious that he had the fastest car on the track throughout the 100-lap event, keeping his lead stretched between three to six seconds over the second place driver of JR Roahrig.
Another name that is easily recognized in the Midwest is that of the three-time Kalamazoo Klash winner Terry Senneker Jr. Senneker set the fast time for the evening and claimed a $200 cash bonus put up for the fast qualifier. Senneker started seventh after he set the inversion.
The race started at a quick pace with Flat Rock Speedway (MI) native Eric Lee and Fort Wayne’s own Lightening Larry Zent bringing the field to green. Zent lead just past the first quarter of the race until Tyler Roahrig, who had issues with his fast machine, brought out the yellow flag.
With madhouse style restarts in affect Landis, who was running third, elected to take the outside lane and restarted on the high side of leader Zent. At the green Landis pushed ahead of Zent and took the lead stretching it out to almost half of a track advantage.
A caution came out on lap 93 which closed up the gaps in the field and JR Roahrig started on the high side of Landis. They beat doors to the green flag and the lap that followed, but Landis was able to get the edge up and clear Roahrig. From there, it was smooth sailing to the checkered flag for Landis.
JR Roahrig, who helped prepare the car that ended up beating on this night, didn’t make excuses after the race.
“I’m done helping him out now, he’s too fast,” Roahrig joked. “We had a good car tonight, but Jack is one hell of a driver and he knows what he is doing. We bounce some ideas off of each other, but Jack had the best car tonight.”
Landis also pointed out that his success on Wednesday night wouldn’t be possible without the help of the Roahrigs.
“Tyler has been under this thing, on top of it and helping us. JR is the same way, they are great guys and it was great banging doors with him the last few laps. Whew! I loved it.”
Hoosier 100 Unofficial Race Results
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