HAMBURG, NY – Following a wildly successful return to Open Wheel Modified competition in 2017, veteran Scott Wylie has confirmed he will once again be back behind the wheel of a Paul Graff-owned Sportsman Modified in 2018 as the team sets out for another aggressive schedule that will see them traverse New York and Pennsylvania whilst racing against some of the best of the best Modified racers in North America.
“I couldn’t be more excited to be back with Paul Graff next season,” beams Wylie. “We have a team there that’s more than capable of hunting down wins every time the trailer door comes down. 2017 was huge for us. We gelled as a team and really came together to put up some great numbers. We were better with every start that we made.”
Perhaps the high point of Wylie’s 2017 season was his George Decker Memorial win at Holland Speedway. The event – a Western New York staple – drew some of the top Sportsman Modified talent from across the region and provided the ideal stage for Wylie to showcase his seemingly limitless potential.
“The George Decker Memorial win was enormous for us,” explains ‘The American Dream’. “That’s a marquee event. Anyone with a Sport Mod wants to add that win to their resume.”
“When we won that event it really showed us how good our team can be,” adds Wylie. “We have a real high ceiling. If we can channel that kind of potential in 2018 then there’s no doubt we’ll be a force to be reckoned with on a weekly basis.”
In addition to his triumph at Holland, Wylie and co. earned a bevy of podiums throughout the season, including a notable 3rd place outing during the lauded Race of Champions weekend at Lake Erie Speedway.
“It feels amazing to be back racing close to home again,” explains Wylie. “The Sportsman [Modified] scene is in a real healthy place right now and it’s an exciting thing to be a part of. I’m really looking forward to giving our team another chance to stake a claim at being one of the best programs around.”
“The chance to have this type of equipment and backing doesn’t come around every day,” continues the well-spoken family man. “I’m aware of just how lucky I am to be in this position. It’s a huge honour. And I’m ready to do what we need to do to outrace the rest of these guys all season.”