Currently sitting third in the Signs of Innovation Mini Stock standings at Sunset Speedway, Tyler Seaboyer is quick to admit that it hasn’t been smooth sailing since May.
“So far the season has been an up and down roller coaster, filled with very mixed emotions,” he told SHORT TRACK MUSINGS. “It’s taken a lot to get up to this point. I’m not going to say I’m unhappy with how the season has gone, because I am thrilled about it, but I know my inexperience has costed me a lot at times.”
One of the biggest nights of the year for Seaboyer was on June 30, when he scored his first career feature win as he held off Daniel Montanari at the checkered by a nose.
“That race did mean a lot to me,” he said. “It was total shock to be honest. I really wish my mom and dad could have been there to enjoy it. But I also know the mistakes I made that race were very noticeable and almost costed me that win.”
Compared to last year where he only scored a season-best 11th-place finish, he has been consistently inside of the top-10 contending up front every week in 2018.
“Last year, it was like I was kinda thrown to the wolves,” he commented. “They eliminated the lower division so I had no choice. With not knowing much when I built the car, I did what I could . Now that I look back at it was more do what ever you can to to survive the night – where this year I’m actually learning to race!! I’m learning more about set up and how changes effect the outcome on the track. I’ll be honest I’m no expert; there’s a lot of times people talk to me at the track about stuff and I have no clue what they are talking about. It’s seat time that I need, as I really am one of the least experienced in the class, but I’m learning as I go.
“There’s still along road ahead of me. I’ve come along way since the start of this season. This season’s success comes down to all my hard work and never give up attitude.”
Now with no finishes outside of the top-six, including back-to-back podium finishes entering the next night of competition, the thoughts of a second win are lingering for both Seaboyer and fans alike.
“I am getting really close to a second feature win I think,” he said. “But it’s gonna take not only a great night of driving like the show I put on last week but also a lot of effort to make sure the car is ready to go every night. It’s not always the fastest car that wins; it’s the most consistent car.”
For Seaboyer, his interest in racing began as a kid going to Peterborough Speedway with his dad, and discussion of a car. It wasn’t something that happened then, but rather the push to go racing came from his mom.
“She was always on me about not working my life away and that it’s only so long, you need to enjoy it when you have it,” he commented. “It’s no secret that I overwork myself at times but I learned a hard lesson in life. Sadly, it took my mom and dad’s passing to realize that. The year my mom past it was up and down and I had a work injury that put me on the sidelines for a little, which kinda took away everything I cared for. That’s not a great feeling. So I somehow came up with the idea that a mini stock car would give me something to care about and work towards. So from then on, it was definitely an uphill battle but I made it. It’s a love hate relationship though.”
For those who are looking to join the division, Seaboyer says the key is realizing that you’re not going to start winning right away, as it’s going to take time to get here.
“It’s gonna take time not only the time that you need to put in to to the car to improve it as well as maintain it, but also it’s seat time,” he said. “That’s the biggest thing. It takes a lot of time and effort. One of the most important things I was told and I always remember is, “to finish first, you must first finish.”