CRA: J.R. Roahrig aiming for Sunoco wins

Salem, Ind. (February 19, 2002) & ...

Salem, Ind. (February 19, 2002) – After nearly finding victory lane in 2001, J.R. Roahrig is aiming for wins in the CRA Sunoco Super Series. The veteran late model driver will return for a minimum of 12 races and his complete 2002 racing plans are still undecided.

“I’m tired of finishing second, third or fourth. I want to win some races,” said Roahrig.

“I really enjoy running the Sunoco Series. It has some tough competition, and with all the races being less than five hours away, it’s fun to go racing on the weekend!”

Roahrig, of South Bend, Ind., began his racing career on the Northern Indiana short tracks. He garnered the late model championship at Plymouth Speedway in 1989 and the following year was the New Paris Speedway champion. He then moved to the ARTGO Challenge Series, which later became the Nascar Re/Max Challenge Series. He has one victory which came at I- 44 Speedway in Lebannon, Mo., on June of 1996. Roahrig has also made starts in the Gatorade All Pro Series.

In the inaugural year of the Sunoco Super Series in 1997, Roahrig made three appearances, placing among the top three on each occasion. He returned to the series in 2000 at his home track of Plymouth and finished third. In 2001, he raced a partial schedule, competing in nine events, posting six top-five finishes, eight top-tens and one pole.

“When I first started racing the series, there were two or three guys that could win races, but the competition has been pretty strong lately. There is a lot of good equipment and some great drivers,” added Roahrig.

J.R. Roahrig and the number 24 Gaerte Engines Dodge are looking for additional sponsorship for the 2002 season.

The 2002 Sunoco Super Series season opens at the quarter-mile Anderson (Ind.) Speedway on Saturday, April 20. For up-to-the-minute coverage, fans can visit the official series website at


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