For Immediate Release
April 3, 2013
Tyler Hershey has up and down first weekend. Williams Grove up next for Hershey Racing…
With the weather wreaking havoc on the local racing season for the early part of 2013, tracks, drivers and fans were starting to wonder if the season would ever see a green flag. Mother Nature’s answer was yes and although cold, the lack of precipitation this past weekend was a welcome sight in the Mid-Atlantic region as Tyler Hershey’s 2013 season finally got under way this past Friday night at the Winchester Speedway.
With Winchester’s season opener doubling up as the first race in 2013 for the Three State Flyer Series; the event drew 39 of the best Super Late Model Teams in the region. A $3,000 payday awaited the winner of the 35 lap feature, which started off with time trials, heat races and a B-Main. Usually having a late qualifying number is not the best draw but when Tyler rolled his Hershey Racing Engines/MBH #74 onto the Virginia 3/8 mile there was very few of the 39 cars in attendance left to qualify. Using the late draw to his advantage Tyler knocked off a couple of great laps taking him all the way up the podium to 2nd quick behind only fast timer Rick Eckert. A heads up draw would see Tyler start the 2nd of 4 heats from the pole position and trail leader Jason Covert late in the 10 lap race. With one lap to go, Hershey tenaciously powered the Black/White/Red JWP Environmental sponsored machine around the outside to record a very popular win. The redraw would put Tyler starting the feature from the outside of row number four and would see the front cars battle back and forth over the course of the 35 laps on a track that was a little rough yet still very racy. When the dust settled Tyler would bring the car home in the 7th place, starting what is sure to be a very promising 2013.
The next night saw the Three State Flyer Series head north up Interstate 81 to the Hagerstown Speedway. An outstanding field of 44 cars signed in to tackle the big half mile on a cold Easter eve. Unfortunately for Tyler and the family owned Hershey Racing Team, things didn’t go as planned as a sub-par time trial put the team a little behind for the rest of the night. Fighting the handling, the team failed to make the 24 car starting field and had to watch the 35 lap feature from pit road.
“I guess you need to take the bad with the good” said Tyler with a laugh. “We were really good on Friday and Saturday we were just a little off. We did find out why I struggled Saturday on Monday when we went through the whole car to see where we went wrong. When you’re even a little off racing with the type of competition we were up against this weekend it shows. We now have the problem solved and I can’t wait to get back to Hagerstown to give it another shot” added Hershey from his race shop.
“My guys worked real hard this weekend and along with Huey and Billy at MBH I can’t thank them enough” said the 22 year old College student. “That was only my 6th and 7th race in one of Huey’s cars and we are still learning every time I roll on to the track. I am as excited for this year as I have ever been because I know I have a great car under me with great sponsors and fans behind me. I am very humbled by what Mom and Dad sacrifice to make sure we are racing and I hate it for them when we have off nights. The person I probably need to thank the most is my fiancé. Jenny knows what it is like to be a racing widow with all the long hours in the shop throughout the week yet she continues to support me in my dream. I wouldn’t want to do it without her right there with me” stated Hershey.
The team will turn its attention to familiar ground this Friday with a trip to Williams Grove Speedway where Tyler is the 2007 358 Late Model Champion at the historic half mile in Mechanicsburg, PA. Plans have the team then returning to Virginia’s Winchester Speedway this Saturday for a $2000 to win show.
Keep up to date with all of Tyler’s racing news on his official web site at www.tylerhershey.com. You can also find Tyler on Facebook & Twitter.
Tyler Hershey Racing Sponsor Spotlight – Schaeffer Oil
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Tyler Hershey Racing would like to thank all the team’s sponsors for their continued support:
Hershey’s Racing Engines, JWP Environmental, Inc., ALH Bookkeeping & Business Services, Blue Fish Marketing, KRS Graphics, MBH Race Cars, Ramsey’s Septic Service, Fred Design with associate help from 340 Defense, Keizer Wheels, VP Racing Fuels, Hooker Harness, HTMA, The Brake Man, Schaeffer Racing Oil, Bell Helmets, & SignDesign/Bill Funk.
Upcoming Races: Tentative, Subject to change without notice
April 5th – Williams Grove Speedway
April 6th – Winchester Speedway
April 13th – Winchester Speedway
April 20th – Hagerstown Speedway – Lucas Oil
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