Stan Perry was a name everyone knew and loved around the Midwest racing circuit. Perry, known as the Godfather of the Ohio Posse, died of a heart attack at the age of 60 in 2007, but now his name lives on through a race honoring the personable racer at Angola Motorsport Speedway in Indiana each year. Perry was a winner and champion at the facility.
Some of the best Outlaw Late Model drivers gathered Saturday for the ninth annual, 110-lap, Stan Perry Memorial at the 3/8-of-a-mile oval in the Northeast portion of the Hoosier State.
Tyler Roahrig was able to continue his Outlaw Late Model hot streak by making it two wins in less than a week. He won the inaugural Gary Terry Memorial at Kalamazoo Speedway on Wednesday and grabbed the checkers Saturday at Angola as well for his second-straight triumph in the Stan Perry Memorial.
“I didn’t know Stan personally, but I sure would have liked to,” Roahrig told Speed51.com powered by JEGS.
Saturday was an extremely hot day at the Angola Motorsport Speedway in Indiana, but that certainly didn’t slow down either of the two Roahrig drivers that showed up to the track. The father-son duo of Tyler and JR showed 15 other drivers how to get around the tricky-track during qualifying. JR turned the fastest lap with son Tyler in second position.
“Angola hasn’t really ever been one of my favorite tracks, I couldn’t really ever find a groove that I liked until last year and that rolled over into this year,” explained Tyler.
The 15-car inversion was one of the deepest Speed51.com has ever witnessed. That put fast-qualifier JR Roahrig on the inside of the eighth row.
Veteran Mike Kugler and second-generation racer Hunter Jack led the field to the green. It was Jack who led just past the halfway mark until Tyler Roahrig made what would be the pass for the victory.
“This week has been a great one and I really couldn’t ask for too much more,” stated Roahrig, who also competed in a Pavement Sprint Car Friday night at Toledo Speedway in Ohio.
Behind Roahrig, the drama certainly built throughout the race. At one point, Tyler’s dad, JR, was sent to the tail for being involved in an incident on the track. That didn’t stop a hard-charging father. He charged through the field and found himself battling for the final podium position, only to get involved in another scuffle, this time with 16 year-old Hunter Jack. Both drivers were sent to the tail of the field. Roahrig fought through the field once again and when the checkered flag dropped he ended up second behind his son.
“It was quite an eventful race out there,” JR admitted. “We had to go to the back a couple times and we just had to recoup and try again. I am really proud of Tyler, this is two years in-a-row now here and he won on Wednesday night. He is really on a roll.”
Roahrig now has trophies from two of the Crown Jewel races in Outlaw Late Model compeition. Next up will be the Kalamazoo Klash on August 10th.
Story By: Mikayla Kugler – Speed51.com Midwest Correspondent – Twitter: @MikaylaKugler
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