Midland, TX – Tyler Young, a 23-year-old Midland, Texas native, has been living in Mooresville, N.C. for the past few years and building a CARS Pro Cup Series race team that would be the central hub of his burgeoning racing career. This weekend, he returns “home” to drive the family-owned Randco Industries/Young’s Building Systems/SSI Chevrolet in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in the Windstar World Casino 400.
The personable racer scored a milestone victory in the CARS Pro Cup Series in 2012 when he brought his No. 02 home first at one of NASCAR’s most famous short-tracks, Hickory Motor Speedway, in Hickory, North Carolina. He has amassed numerous fast qualifier awards in the series and last year finished in the top five in series points. It was in 2012 that he also climbed behind the wheel of a NASCAR Truck for the first time, taking on the legendary Rockingham Speedway. “That was an experience,” Tyler said earlier this year. “We had a tire go down there but we finished the race in 28th and learned a ton about racing at that level. ”
That learning curve continued throughout the season with stops at Kentucky (finished 23rd), Bristol (20th) and Martinsville (30th) as his performances got progressively better.
This year, he returned to “The Rock” and finished 24th before taking on his biggest challenge yet, the 1.5 mile Charlotte Motor Speedway. Unfortunately, a spin and a crash ended his day early with a 29th place finish at Charlotte but the team was upbeat and positive that they could take what they learned there and build on it in their return to The Lone Star State this weekend.
“We get a little better every time out,” Tyler said. “We know we’re not on the level that the big teams are and I still have a lot to learn as a driver. We don’t have the resources those teams do and we are seeing almost every track we go to for either the first or second time. But I feel like our hard work each day gets us a little closer to where we want to be. We’re finishing in the 20’s right now but we’ve had a top 15 Truck in some of those shows. The result doesn’t always show how well we’ve performed. If we can get start finishing top 15 and then eventually the top 10 that would be huge for us. I couldn’t be more proud of all the guys in the shop because they keep digging deeper to make it happen. Right now it’s just about finishing races and getting seat time and data so we can use that to get better the next time out.”
Tyler says that potential sponsors looking for value for their marketing dollar need look no further than this team if they want to get into NASCAR on a budget.
“Because we are not a huge operation we have much more flexibility than a lot of teams do. We can offer a company a really exciting at-track experience because we are smaller and more able to entertain and interact with them more. We can also work with their marketing team to find the best way to customize a package that gives them the opportunity to engage with the NASCAR audience and elevate their marketing efforts at a lower investment price. We’re excited about where we’re at right now. We’d love to talk with any companies interested in getting into the top levels of our sport and show them what we can do!”
You can bet that Tyler will have many family and friends cheering him on at Texas Motor Speedway this weekend as he attempts to qualify for and complete the distance in the Windstar World Casino 400. In true Tyler fashion, he won’t let that distract him. He’ll be too busy focusing on the task at hand.
“It will be really cool to go back to Texas as a driver in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series,” Tyler smiled. “It will be fun to see some family and friends and to have them there at the track. But once practice starts it’s all about making the race and then finishing the race. If we can accomplish that goal maybe we’ll throw a big party after it’s over and everybody can come out and hang with us!”
In Texas that would probably be more accurately translated as “A good ole’ fashioned throwdown!”