POCAHONTAS – Two years ago, Tyler Pedersen was helping with Sioux Rapids racer Roger Tripp’s IMCA stock car when he got the wild idea that he’d like to be a racer, too.
Now he’s behind the wheel of a hobby stock he co-owns with his father and has his sights set on something special in the future:
“I grew up around Roger Tripp and helped work on his stock cars. And I started loading his car and got the idea I wanted to do it. So, we bought a sport compact.
“This year, I want to just try to get to learn the car and tracks and maybe get into tech once or twice (by finishing top four in a feature). Eventually, I want to qualify for Super Nats (IMCA Super Nationals).
“I’d like to race late models someday.”
The new car hasn’t hit the track yet this season. His home track, Clay County Fair Speedway, won’t kick off its season until June 7, and his other regular tracks – Kossuth County Speedway in Algona, Buena Vista Raceway in Alta, and Hancock County Speedway in Britt – are still a week or two away from getting underway.
Tyler has also raced at Sports Park Raceway in Fort Dodge. The 15-year-old hotshoe already has a racing nickname, too:
“A buddy of mine and I were gettin ready for racin season and he said, ‘Your nickname needs to be “Triple Threat,” because you’re fast into the corner, fastest out of the corner, and unstoppable in the straightaway.”
Tyler says he loves the competitiveness of dirt track racing. And while he hasn’t really had any big challenges to face, yet, he says his happiest moment so far came last season when he scored his first top-four finish and had to go through a tech inspection.
He also has a piece of advice for others who want to get into racing, too:
“Don’t go out and expect to win instantly. Hold your line and get to know your car.”
Tyler says he has dedicated this season to the memory of his grandparents, who passed away earlier this year. Click HERE to follow him throughout 2021 and beyond.
(Photos provided by Pedersen Racing)
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