By: Richie Murray – USAC Media
Du Quoin, Illinois (August 30, 2021)………Considered one of USAC Silver Crown racing’s most prolific drivers when it comes to victories and begins, Brian Tyler, will return to the USAC Silver Crown Nationwide Championship after a two-year hiatus for this Saturday evening’s Ted Horn 100 on the Du Quoin State Fairgrounds in southern Illinois.
Tyler (Parma, Mich.) will drive the Curtis Williams-owned No. 81 that had been wheeled by Shane Cottle for the previous seven seasons. As beforehand introduced, Cottle will end out the dust portion of the collection this season for DMW Motorsports beginning Saturday at Du Quoin.
Cottle and Tyler are good associates and truly competed as teammates for Contos Racing in the course of the Little 500 at Anderson (Ind.) Speedway on 9 events between 2009-2018. However all in good enjoyable, Tyler had a message for Cottle for when it’s time to hit the observe at Du Quoin.
“Shane instructed me, ‘I’d get the seat out of the dust automotive, and you should use the one out of the pavement automotive as a result of I might need a experience for Du Quoin,’” Tyler recalled Cottle telling him. “I stated, effectively, ‘I hope you’re there since you’re actually going to really feel unhealthy while you get beat by your outdated automotive!’ That’s simply the way in which we joke forwards and backwards.”
The Curtis Williams group sits third in USAC Silver Crown entrant factors with three races remaining. The plan is to have Tyler end out the season with the group beginning Saturday at Du Quoin, earlier than transferring onto the ultimate two races on Sept. 24-25 at Rossburg, Ohio’s Eldora Speedway, and on Oct. 10 at Ohio’s Toledo Speedway.
Ending the ultimate three races would put Tyler at 201 profession USAC Silver Crown begins, which might tie him for essentially the most all-time collection begins with Dave Darland. However, for now, the main focus for Tyler is on race quantity 199 at Du Quoin the place he’s beforehand gained at in 2008 – considered one of his 17 profession wins, which ranks third all-time – and the place he’s completed because the runner-up twice in 2004 and 2005. Then, they’ll take it from there.
“We’re going to do that race-to-race,” Tyler stated. “I’m going to run it and we’re going to see how we get alongside, how effectively we work collectively and see what occurs. I really like the Silver Crown automobiles and I actually just like the miles. I’m trying ahead to going again.”
Curtis Williams’ crew chief, Malcolm Lovelace, has lengthy admired the abilities of Tyler, the 1996-97 USAC Nationwide Dash Automobile champion. After making an attempt to safe Tyler’s employment with the group on a pavement solely foundation in yr’s previous, the timing was proper, and the chance rose this time round to make it a actuality.
“We’ve tried to get Brian earlier than when Shane (Cottle) stopped working the pavement for us a number of years in the past,” Lovelace defined. “However he had different racing commitments in the course of the races we have been attempting to get him for. I raced towards his brother, Invoice Tyler, in USAC again within the Seventies and Nineteen Eighties. We knew Brian slightly bit anyway however, I known as him up and we put that collectively final Monday.”
Regardless of being two years faraway from his most up-to-date USAC Silver Crown begin in 2019, Tyler hasn’t a little bit of rust on him as he’s stayed busy as a full-time competitor on the Nationwide Auto Sport Affiliation (NASA) path. Tyler earned his highway racing license simply final yr and has been competing repeatedly in highway course racing occasions over the previous couple of seasons, with fairly a giant twist.
Tyler has been a driver within the NASA Tremendous Limitless class aboard a Gold Crown automotive, the previous USAC-sanctioned machines designed for superspeedway use that competed on the pavement tracks of the USAC Silver Crown collection between 2006-07.
The category competes at highway racing venues equivalent to Barber Motorsports Park, Sebring Worldwide Raceway and at Daytona Worldwide Speedway, simply to call a number of, with an eclectic array of kit.
“I race towards Vipers, Corvettes, Mustangs, Camaros, Daytona Prototypes and outdated IndyCars. It’s a run what you brung class; there’s no guidelines,” Tyler revealed. “We’ve been first or second nearly each place we’ve been at once we didn’t DNF. We’re as quick as anyone there more often than not.’
Tyler’s quest is akin to Rodger Ward’s upset throughout a 1959 System Libre contest on the Lime Rock Park highway course in Connecticut – wherein he and his Ken Brenn Offy-powered midget defeated a mixture of elite sports activities automobiles. He significantly acquired a kick from going head-to-head and defeating highway course particular automobiles equivalent to Daytona Prototypes at Sebring together with his so known as “straight, entrance axle mannequin A,” elevating the ire of his competitors.
“(Officers) didn’t have any concept the place to place me,” Tyler tells. “So, they caught me in with all of the Daytona Prototypes. So, I’m working towards 1 / 4 to half-a-million greenback automobiles with this this outdated Gold Crown automotive. There have been like 15 of us there and I used to be seventh fast in qualifying and was working seventh or eighth within the race once we broke a clutch.”
Tyler’s NASA racing endeavors are described as a category designed for any 4 wheel (non-formula) autos that don’t slot in every other NASA class and are closely ready for severe pace. Efficiency modifications are limitless, and the one restrictions are these pertaining to security.
You may’t pigeonhole Tyler into one specific class. As a veteran of IndyCar, NASCAR Vans and Busch collection competitors, Tyler has all the time been ready for severe pace, particularly at Du Quoin, the place he returns Saturday evening to the place he’s made 19 prior begins relationship again to 1996 together with his most up-to-date collection begin coming there in 2019.
A jack of all trades who makes his dwelling away from the racetrack fixing any sort of kit that rolls up within the driveway of his Mount Nice, North Carolina house, whether or not it’s lawnmowers, boat, tractor, bulldozers, automobiles and vehicles, Tyler has proven the flexibility to grasp the identical sort of versatility on the racetrack, and he’s obtained that chance as soon as once more starting Saturday underneath the lights of the “Magic Mile.”
Saturday’s Ted Horn 100 options the USAC Silver Crown Nationwide Championship together with the twenty seventh Annual Invoice Oldani Memorial Prelims for UMP Modifieds.
Pits and registration open at 1pm Central. The ticket workplace and grandstands open at 4pm. USAC Silver Crown follow takes place from 5-6:10pm, with Silver Crown Fatheadz Qualifying at 6:30pm, UMP Modified warmth races at 7:15pm and the USAC Silver Crown Ted Horn 100 at 8:15pm.
Tickets shall be accessible on race day or by calling the Du Quoin Truthful workplace at 618-542-1535. Data and tickets may also be obtained by calling the Monitor Enterprises workplace at 217-764-3200.
Advance tickets (presale) are $25 for adults and $10 for kids 11 and underneath. Tickets on the gate on race day are $30 for adults and $10 for kids 11 and underneath. Pit passes are $35 for members and $40 for non-member adults. Pit passes are $20 for kids 11 and underneath.
Saturday’s Ted Horn 100 shall be aired dwell on FloRacing at https://bit.ly/2ZpafUr.