Tyler Roahrig doubled down at Midvale Speedway (OH) Tuesday night, winning the Main Event Racing Series Freedom 100 for his second win of the July Fourth weekend.
The Freedom 100 was delayed a day due to mother nature dumping rain on Midvale Speedway Monday night. Despite the delay, 21 cars were still around to give the near-capacity crowd a 100-lap feature with a $5,000 payday for the winner.
Tyler Roahrig started from the third position after a 10-car invert. After a few early cautions that prevented any laps from counting, the field was able to get into a groove. That long run allowed Roahrig to track down leader Gary Whipkey on lap 32. Roahrig faced a few late challenges on restarts from Bud Perry, but was able to hold off the No. 10 car and take home the $5,000 prize.
Roahrig told Speed51.com powered by JEGS that he wished he could have started further back in the field.
“Didn’t qualify the greatest, I think that is kind of my fault just for not having a lot of laps here. Started up front, which I don’t really like doing,” he stated. “I like starting in the back so I can pass more cars, better show for the fans and more fun for me. We started fourth, bided our time. Just kind of tried to keep them at bay behind me. Bud’s really fast, I just wanted to make sure I had good restarts. Actually the last 10 laps I think he was catching me a bit. I was kind of out of front brake or something, car was getting really loose into the corner. I had a sizable enough lead at that point so I just had to be smooth and keep it in one piece.”
Local favorite Alex Rosenberry set quick time, but struggled getting through the field following the 10-car invert. His night was further complicated by a spin due to a flat tire. J.R. Roahrig’s night ended early following a crash with Tony Urdiales, which resulted in Urdiales car launching over Roahrig and on top of the turn one wall. Both drivers were OK following the incident. Glenn Gault Jr. had a part failure at the start of the race, bringing out the first yellow of the night. His team was unable to make a repair, retiring without completing a single lap.
Tyler Roahrig’s successful weekend kicked off at New Paris Speedway on Saturday, July 1 for the Sizzler Tune-Up. His win over the 15-car field locked him into the track’s Summer Sizzler in August. Both New Paris and Midvale were a part of Speed51.com’s Summer Thunder, and can be replayed by signing up and watching at www.speed51.com/summerthundertv.
The Main Event Racing Series season continues at Dixie Speedway (MI) on July 14, before visiting Toledo Speedway (OH) on August 5. The Outlaw Late Model touring series will return to Midvale Speedway on September 3, before concluding their season with the 30th annual Main Event weekend, September 22 through 24.
-Patrick Hahe – Speed51.com State Editor (IN, MI & OH)
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