There are many people in motorsports that wear multiple hats throughout their careers, whether it’s as a driver, mechanic, or spotter. There are also people that will cross the line from race team to the role of race promoter, official, or even track owner. Rarely do you find a person that works both sides of that line.
While a certain former NASCAR Cup Series champion named Tony Stewart is one of the most notable, lifelong Dirt Modified competitor Tyler Siri has gotten into the race track business in Dundee, NY at the Outlaw Speedway, site of the Short Track Super Series Outlaw Showdown this coming Wednesday, June 20.
After a one-year hiatus, the Modifieds from the Short Track Super Series North Region return to Finger Lakes, just up the road from Watkins Glen International Speedway. The series has generated some of the most talked about competition in all Modified racing this season. Siri is excited to have the series back on home ground, especially with such a tough batch of home track drivers, including himself, ready to take part.
“We're looking forward to it. I know a lot of the guys that race on our track are going to be here. Brett Deyo and the Series that he does is something else, and we're excited to have them back at Outlaw for a hell of a show. I'm looking forward to seeing what the outsiders have against our weekly guys,” Siri told Speed51.com.
Behind the wheel, Siri made headlines over the winter with a victory during the DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park. Since beginning the local schedule Friday’s at Outlaw and Saturday’s at Five Mile Point Speedway (NY), the No. 5 team has been unable to replicate their early success.
“That was back in February but it was a great win for us. We've been really strong back home this year, we've just had bad luck,” Siri stated. “Saturday nights at Five Mile Point, we've had one of the fastest cars every week, we just got wrecked three out of four weeks, so no luck there. But, the last two weeks at Outlaw we finished second on both nights, so we're coming along at Outlaw.”
As for those Friday nights at Outlaw, Siri does not just sit back and let his staff do all the work while he searches for checkered flags. He has his own routine for race night, and it will not change while he races in STSS competition next Wednesday.
“I’m very much hands on. I do all the track prep before the race and during the race. I sit atop my hauler with a radio and my phone, watching over everything and making sure everything is running the way it should be,” Siri explained. “It's hard to race too, because you're putting in so much effort towards the race night overall. It doesn't matter if it’s a regular Friday or a special event, I'm always involved 200-percent. It helps also having great people around the track if they're in all the different areas; we have 70 people working each event, so I’m not alone.”
As for Siri’s thoughts of winning Wednesday’s Outlaw Showdown, he knows he has the car capable of winning, but he also knows the competition he is up against, especially on the home front.
“Absolutely, we can win. I'm happy with where the car is at right now. But you got Matt Sheppard who's been unstoppable everywhere he's gone, he'll be a tough guy to beat. You got other guys like Friesen and 20 other guys that can win that race. Tell you what, it's going to be an awesome show for the fans.”
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-By: Connor Sullivan, Speed51.com Northeast Editor – Twitter: @Connor51CT
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