Throughout the month of May, sophomore driver Tyler Johnston has had success in the Mini Stock division at Sunset Speedway.
"It’s been a good year so far with the solid top 10 finishes we’ve been having," Johnston says. "Hope it can carry on."
In the four regular racing events, he finished in the top 10 in each feature, while scoring his best career finish of fourth on May 19th. In the qualifying races, he has finished in the top five in all but one and that was due to an incident with another driver.
As a result, he sits fourth in points, 38 points behind third.
By the end of the year, Johnston would like to have his first career heat win under his belt. He has come close on four different occasions, finishing second each time. He would also like to consistantly finish in the top five in the feature events.
The Holland Landing, Ontario native got started in racing through the Cuttings.
"I was up here with Jim and Jay Cutting and they said they had a car for sale so we built it for the 2011 season," he says.
Last year in his rookie season, he finished 16th in points with a best finish of 12th in the feature event.
Certainly a year of experience and an off-sesaon to tweak the car has done wonders for this 16-year-old. One of the lessons he brings into the new season that he learned last year is patience.
"Patience is key and it's all about making the car turn," he comments.
Johnston says his racing hero is Dale Earnhardt Jr. as he has liked him since he was a kid, and his interests outside of racing are dirt biking and hanging out with friends.