BEETON, ON – While funding restrictions have grounded Tyler Seaboyer’s initial plans to chase a Sunset Speedway Mini Stock championship in 2019, the popular third-year regular will still be fielding a partial schedule at the Innisfil oval.
Seaboyer’s family-run outfit has yet to finalize a final schedule for their upcoming campaign, but has confirmed that their focus will be on quality rather than quantity.
“We didn’t want to come out with a program that was anything less than our best,” says Seaboyer. “Finishing third in points last year was an incredible accomplishment – but we just weren’t able to put together the sponsorship support to follow-up with another proper fulltime season
“If we raced fulltime (in 2019) it would be at the risk of sacrificing a big part of our program. We’d be stretched too thin and I didn’t want to do that. I’d sooner run a part-time schedule knowing that we’re a threat to win when we show up than race fulltime as a field filler.”
The Beeton, ON native became the surprise of the 2018 season with his steady podium finishes, eventually finishing 3rd in the championship standings in only his second full season in Sunset’s sneakily-competitive Mini Stock division.
“I’m not sure there’s another roster at Sunset that can have you banging your head against the wall like the Mini Stock division,” smiles Seaboyer. “There’s not a single team out there interested in making your night easy. They’re there to test you – and it’ll either break you down or make you better.”
“We used every single night as a motivator. It made us stronger as a team, without question, and I know that we’re able to move forward with the best version of our program that we’ve ever had.”
Seaboyer will lean heavily on the lessons learned throughout his sophomore season in 2018 to chase wins in the perennially-talented division, as he continues to carve out a reputation as one of the Mini Stock scene’s burgeoning young stars.
“Every night last year we loaded up feeling like we either improved or had a way better understanding of what not to do,” explains Seaboyer. “Our notebook is a lot thicker than it was at this time last season and that’s what’s going to be the difference-maker when we’re hunting down wins this summer.”