J.R. Roahrig makes series debut at Salem

Pendleton, Ind. (September 29, 2003) -- One of the top Late Model racers in the state of Indiana, J.R. Roahrig will make his ASA Racing Series debut at Salem Speedway on October 4 in the Pep Boys 300 presented by Greased Lightning ...

Pendleton, Ind. (September 29, 2003) -- One of the top Late Model racers in the state of Indiana, J.R. Roahrig will make his ASA Racing Series debut at Salem Speedway on October 4 in the Pep Boys 300 presented by Greased Lightning Orange Blast. Roahrig will drive for the No. 71 Terry's Motor Sports entry with sponsorship backing from Terry's Automotive Group and Cub Foods.

"I'm looking forward to my debut at Salem. Everything came together so quickly with the No. 71 team," said J.R. Roahrig. "Salem isn't one of my favorite tracks, but I've had some success there and the high-anked ovals. Experience with long distance races in the NASCAR Midwest Series will be a huge bonus in getting adapted to the ASA program. I want to thank team manger Tom Lampe for giving me an opportunity to race in ASA," added Roahrig.

Roahrig has driven a car owned by Lampe in selected Late Model Special Events, winning races in Illinois at Grundy County Speedway.

In a Sunoco Super Series event at the .54-mile oval of Salem in May of 1997, Roahrig finished in third position, directly behind eventual series champion Kenny Tweedy and Brian Rievley. He also finished third at Winchester Speedway in 2002, one of the toughest high-banked tracks in short track racing. Roahrig has also enjoyed success on the high-banked oval of I-70 Speedway, producing several impressive runs in the NASCAR Midwest Series.

Roahrig, from South Bend, Ind., captured the 1989 track championship at Plymouth Speedway and was also the 1990 titlist at New Paris Speedway. Then he advanced to the NASCAR Midwest Series, garnering a victory at I-44 Speedway in Lebanon, Mo., in June of 1996. Roahrig finished in the top three on three occasions in select appearances in the Sunoco Super Series during the 1997 season.

In 2000, he returned to the Indiana-based Sunoco series at his home track at Plymouth, crossing the line in third. The following season, he raced a partial schedule, competing in nine events, posting six top-five finishes, eight top-tens and one pole. In 2002, Roahrig collected two victories at Angola Motor Speedway and Baer Field Speedway and placed sixth in the final standings.

The 2003 season Roahrig ranks fifth in the Sunoco standings with one race remaining. He has scored three top-five finishes and seven top 10s. Roahrig produced a best finish of second at Shady Bowl Speedway in Ohio. He also racked up podium finishes at Angola Motor Speedway and at the Anderson 400.

The 16th event of the 2003 ASA Racing Series is set for Saturday, October 4 at Salem Speedway in Salem, Ind. The Pep Boys 300 presented by Greased Lightning Orange Blast takes the green flag at 8:00 p.m. (Local) and will be telecast live on SPEED Channel.

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