HAGERSVILLE, Ontario — Traveling to events across North America, Tyler Roahrig is putting himself on the map one race at a time as he continues collecting checkered flags. His latest win came at Jukasa Motor Speedway this past weekend.
For the second straight year in a row, the Michigan native picked up the victory in the Outlaw Super Late Model event, but as he said this year, “wasn’t as pretty as last year, but probably a little more entertaining.”
Last season, Roahrig started on pole and dominated from the green flag to the checkered flag.
Though this year, he wouldn’t set the quick time, rather qualifying sixth for the 75-lap event at the 5/8 mile oval. Unable to make up ground, Roahrig made a crucial decision when the race’s second yellow came out at Lap 17.
“At the start of the race, we weren’t that good,” he told POPULAR SPEED. “I was so loose in the center, and we had that caution there 16 laps in. There were 15 cars on the lead lap, so I thought if I pit now, I could probably make it back up there.”
Roahrig added that it was an easy decision to make for him as running fourth at the time, he felt the car wasn’t set-up right to score the victory.
“I got nothing to lose,” he said. “As far as I’m concerned, second is as good as 10th. I wanted to at least do my best to win the race, and I knew I couldn’t do it in the situation that I was in.”
Restarting from the tail of the field, Roahrig began to make up ground, getting back into the top-five at the halfway mark. From there, he continued to move forward, eventually passing Brandon Watson for the lead with 15 laps to go.
“It was no easy task,” he said. “I drove this thing for everything it had and the motor was hot, and just it was pretty stressful. Got around the 9 car there – had a hard race with him. Clean race overall I thought, put on a good show on at Jukasa for the fans. That was pretty awesome.”
Roahrig was also set to compete in the Canadian Stock Car Nationals on Sunday, but a mechanical failure in practice saw his team have to load up early.
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