Going into the 2019 Living Lighting, Scott Reinhart Trailer Sales Ltd OSCAAR Pro Sprint campaign, Tyler Cullen was one of the drivers that had a lot of people talking in relation to the series’ youth movement. With him and fellow teenager Jaden Riddell having come up through the ranks together, it sparked a small rivalry.
“My goal is to beat Jaden this year,” Cullen commented back in March. “He’s been a stone in my side for a little while, and I kind of want to get revenge on him and try to beat him this year. I also want to do the best that we can this year and just kind of be competitive, podiums if we can, and maybe contend with Daniel (Hawn) and all them. That would be really good for our team this upcoming season.”
While everything did not come together easily as envisioned, Cullen was able to accomplish his goals, as his sixth ranking in the final standings was higher than Riddell’s eighth.
Cullen started off the year, running inside the top-10 through the first feature of the campaign at Sunset Speedway en route to a sixth-place finish. He then returned to his roots at Grand Bend Speedway, once again putting together a solid performance en route to finishing fifth.
The return to Sunset at the end of June showed the continued growth of the young man’s talents, as he was able to run inside the top-five in both features, as high as second in the first feature, en route to a pair of fifths in the 20-lap affairs. Unfortunately, the top-five streak came to an end a week later at Flamboro Speedway when motor issues took Cullen out of contention early.
The mechanical issues carried over to Peterborough Speedway, with Cullen being forced pit side early in his qualifying race. He bounced back in the feature, turning a pole starting spot to a fifth-place finish. He also got some redemption at Flamboro, scoring an eighth when he returned there near the end of July. It seemed he was back in his groove, as the month finished off with a fifth at Sauble Speedway.
The month of September began with the series’ second trip of 2019 to Grand Bend Speedway, and another fifth-place finish for Cullen. He then finished eighth in the first feature at Sunset Speedway, before rebounding from a mid-race spin to place sixth in the second 25-lap affair.
Frostoberfest at Flamboro would not go smoothly, with Cullen running into mechanical issues in qualifying, before a mid-race incident in the feature took him out of contention. He completed the season with a seventh-place finish at Peterborough.
Despite being faced with adversity, Cullen proved once again why a lot of people have their eyes on him and his future in the division, with expectations for success to come. On behalf of OSCAAR, congratulations Tyler on your success this year; we look forward to seeing you back on-track in 2020.
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OSCAAR’s 2019 racing season is supported by several dedicated partners including Queenston Chevrolet Buick GMC, Knightworks Design, Living Lighting Canada, Scott Reinhart Trailer Sales Ltd., American Racer, and Grisdale Race Products.
By: Ashley McCubbin