Last season, Tyler Bare wrote a Cinderella Story in the USA 100 at Virginia Motor Speedway (VA), taking the win in the ULTIMATE Super Late Model Series feature for his first career Super Late Model win and a $20,000 payday. Saturday, Bare will be looking to turn his season around with another storybook run at the Jamaica, Virginia half-mile.
One year later, the monumental victory still seems like a dream for the Rockbridge Baths, Virginia native.
“To be honest, I think it’s still sinking in,” Bare told Speed51. “I don’t think it’s all gone away yet. It’s just a big deal for us.
“It was just a big deal,” added Bare. “It was a lot of money and a lot of good drivers there. Dale McDowell was there, Brandon Overton was second. It was a big deal.”
It was also a special moment thanks to Bare’s racing lineage. Tyler is the grandson of Tommy Bare and son of John “Booper” Bare, with all three generations of Bares holding track championships at Virginia Motor Speedway.
“To have my dad and my granddad race their whole lives, I grew up in it,” said Bare. “To have someone like that stand behind you and give you what you need to know and confidence, knowing that you can do it is the biggest thing.”
However, the 2019 season has not started as planned for Bare, as he and his team are looking for speed. Bare hopes a return to a familiar place can get the team back on track.
“The way the season has started off, it makes you feel a little bit down going to a big race like this,” Bare admitted. “I’m happy to get back to somewhere I know. I’ve raced there a lot and been there with my dad a lot, I’ve run a lot of laps there. I think this could be the place to get us right back where we need to be. I feel pretty confident this weekend.”
Bare is looking for a strong run this weekend to build some momentum heading into the summer. Even with the slow start to the year, Bare won’t rule out the possibility of a return to victory lane.
“I’d be happy with a top-five,” said Bare. “That’s not winning. Of course, I would like to win. I expect to go down there to try to win. We leave the shop every weekend going to win, we don’t work on our stuff all weekend to not think we have a shot to win. I’d be really happy with a good top-five finish. I think that would boost our racing and get us back on track. That is my biggest goal for the weekend.”
Race fans unable to make the trip to Jamaica, Virginia for the USA 100, featuring the $20,000-to-win ULTIMATE Super Late Model Series feature, will be able to watch the event for free on Speed51. Click here for more details.
-Story by: Zach Evans, Speed51.com Southeast Editor – Twitter: @ztevans
-Photo credit: Tyler Bare Racing Facebook