Hurt Motor Ends Tyler Walker’s Trophy Cup Run

From Gary Costa, photo courtesy of John’s Racing Photos

Tulare, CA (October 23-24, 2009) – The SC Motorsports team had high hopes going into last weekend’s Trophy Cup race at the Tulare Thunderbowl. The team performed flawlessly Friday night, and things were looking strong for the 2009 King of California champion, Tyler Walker, until a hurt motor ended Walker’s night on lap-47 of the 50 lap feature event. The race would also mark the teams’ final race of a very successful 2009 season.

“We didn’t want to end our season like this, but what are you going to do?,” said Walker. “Tim (Kaeding) and Roth Motorsports did a great job, and we would like to congratulate them on their win.”

Walker’s evening would start out by qualifying the SC Motorsports, NMI Industrial Contractors No. 24 ninth quick out of the 67 cars that took time with a 13.564 racking up valuable points for Saturday’s finale. In his heat race Walker would cross the finish line in the third position. Walker would then lineup eighth in the star-studded 30 lap feature. When the field went green, Walker began his charge to the front and got locked into a duel with ASCS National point leader, Shane Stewart. The two sliced through traffic both knowing that every car passed is valuable points earned. Stewart eventually held off the pesky Walker for the third spot, with Walker finishing fourth.

Walker would accumulate 266 points from his Friday’s performance which positioned him third in points after Friday’s event. Only Shane Stewart (278) and Tim Kaeding (269) would garner more points than the gasser from Los Angeles.

The driver who has scored 11 victories to his credit this season, would glide the Scott & Kathy Chastain owned mount around the Thunderbowl Raceway, crossing the line in the fifth spot in his first event of Saturday evening, a 10 lap heat race.

For the 50 lap feature event, Walker would start deep in the field gliding the pristine JEI into his 22nd starting spot. When the green lights flashed on, Walker immediately began picking cars off. However, the motor began stumbling, missing, and not giving Walker the horsepower that he needed to run the cushion. When he tried to put it up against the cushion, the motor would stumble and bog down. Walker somehow remained competitive with a sick motor and was running around eighth when the motor finally let go, ending Walker’s night in the infield.

“The motor just wouldn’t run. Under the red, my crew chief Lee (Lindgren) asked what we should do. He told me to try a different line, and I did. It was working out for a while, but the motor let go,” the LA hot shoe said. “I can’t complain, we had a great year, and I’m just so happy to be doing what I love the most – racing Sprint Cars. I would like to thank all of our sponsors and fans – you guys make all of this worthwhile and possible – thank you so much. I would also like to thank Scott, Kathy and everybody on this team – you guys are the best!”

Everyone associated with SC Motorsports would like to take this time to thank all of you for your support during the 2009 season. If you’re interested in sponsoring the SC Motorsports team, please contact Gary Costa at 209.765.6173 or

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2009 Victories

10/2: Silver Dollar Speedway
8/22: Placerville Speedway
8/1: Petaluma Speedway
7/24: Silver Dollar Speedway
7/11: Santa Maria Speedway
6/18: Skagit Speedway
5/30: Placerville Speedway
5/16: Tulare Thunderbowl
4/25: Ocean Speedway
4/18: Petaluma Speedway
4/4: Antioch Speedway