Tyler Roahrig has been one of the hottest drivers in Outlaw Late Model racing over the past several years. On Saturday night, he showed he isn’t slowing down anytime soon by winning his second Glass City 200 in three years at Toledo Speedway.
Just like at the Canadian Short Track Nationals two weeks ago, Roahrig came down pit road early in the event, this time on Lap 12 after a spin. He quickly worked his way back through the field, taking the lead on Lap 71 after Steve Needles fell off the pace. He led the final 29 laps and cruised to victory.
“I made a mistake there early and spun myself out,” Roahrig told Speed51.com. “I pitted because I was a little too free and made a minor adjustment because I was at the tail anyway; I didn’t have anything to lose. After that, the thing was on a rail. We got back up to fifth in what seemed like no time. This thing was so good. It was harder to move up once I got to the front.”
After his early race spin, Roahrig made quick work of most of the field, working his way up to third by the halfway point. On the final restart, he quickly passed early race leader Cayden Lapcevich for second and chased down Needles. As he got to within a few car lengths of the leader, Needles fell off the pace and his night ended with engine issues, giving the lead to Roahrig on lap 71. From there, Roahrig cruised to the win, taking the checkered flag and winning by nearly half a lap.
“I was just starting to catch Steve (Needles) it seemed like and his motor went sour. That’s a shame that happened because I was really looking forward to racing him. He’s one of the best here and in Outlaw racing, so I always look forward to racing with him. It was a great night.”
For Roahrig, it was his fourth consecutive win in Outlaw Late Model action. The streak started at Kalamazoo Speedway in August, picking up his second straight Kalamazoo Klash win and taking the season championship feature just two weeks later by holding off Jeff Ganus in a spirited battle. His last win came two weeks ago at Jukasa Motor Speedway in Canada in similar fashion by working his way through the field after an early pit stop and passing Brandon Watson late.
“This car is like four years old and it’s won almost thirty races,” Roahrig said. “It’s a Senneker Performance car and everything’s original from when it was built. I don’t know what it is about this car. I don’t know if I could duplicate it but it’s been awesome. I don’t think I ever want to get rid of it.”
Brian Bergakker finished a Glass City 200 career-best second, followed by 2016 NASCAR Pinty’s Series champion Cayden Lapcevich, two-time Glass City 200 winner JR Roahrig, and Mike Root rounding out the top five.
-By Koty Geyer, Speed51.com State Editor (Indiana and Michigan) – Twitter: @KGeyer3
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