Monday, November 7, 2016
Northwest Ohio Young Blood Ready to Impress in 2017
With drivers like Caleb Griffith and Bryan Sebetto stepping away from sprint car racing after the 2016 season there is now more room for the up-and-comers to shine. Tyler Gunn, Trey Jacobs and Jordan Ryan have proven their skills competing in the 305 sprint car divisions at Attica Raceway Park and Fremont Speedway. Now, with only a handful of years racing 410 sprints, they have proven they can compete with some of the best in Ohio.
Tyler Gunn hails from Napoleon, Oh. The 20 year old sprint car driver finished fifth in Fremont points with six top 10 finishes and an average finish of 12th in feature events. He finished seventh in the Fremont Attica Sprint Title (FAST) points with five top 10 finishes. He was the 2012 Attica, Fremont and FAST rookie of the year. He has also scored one win in his 410 career at Fremont Speedway.
Even though Gunn's season was shortened due to motor problems he still felt confident in his final races.
“It was a bit of a rough year with lots of ups and downs. We felt like we were finally starting to get our Maxim chassis rolling the last few races at Fremont with a second place and two sixth places runs.”
In the off season Gunn is working on new sponsorship deals and is looking forward to making announcements about his 2017 season in the upcoming weeks. He plans on running for FAST points along with some Buckeye Outlaw Sprint Series (BOSS) races.
“We'd like to do a little bit of traveling, hitting some new tracks and try to better myself as a driver and learn as a team,” said Gunn.
I fully expect to see Gunn rise to the top of the field next year.
Trey Jacobs was sidelined mid season this year with motor issues but still finished 14th in FAST points with five top 10 finishes. He also finished 13th in Attica season points with six top 10 finishes. This past year was the first full year in the 410 sprint division for the 25 year old driver from Wooster, Ohio. As of now Jacobs is looking for some new sponsors to help him race more in 2017.
“Most likely we’ll do the whole FAST series again and hopefully as many All Star races as I can and a few Outlaw races,” said Jacobs of his 2017 plans.
Can the son of famed racer Dean Jacobs follow in his father's footsteps and make his mark on racing? Given the right chances and opportunities I'm very confident that he will.
Jordan Ryan, 19, of Castalia, Ohio, cut his teeth in the 305 division at Attica and Fremont. He is a two time Attica 305 champion and a Fremont 305 champion with 20 career 305 wins between the two tracks.
It hasn't taken Ryan long to find victory lane in a 410 sprint car, taking his first checkered at Wayne County Speedway in Orville, Ohio on Aug. 27. He also returned to his 305 roots this year competing in three FAST 305 races posting one top 10 finish among other 305 starts at Fremont and Attica.
Ryan would eventually finish his season with a fourth place finish in points at Wayne County and a fifth place points finish at Attica.
Look for Ryan and team to continue running Attica and Wayne County for points in 2017 along with local All Star and World of Outlaw races.
“We might make a couple trips to PA to run Lernerville and Mercer. I'm also doing double duty at Attica full time in 305s and 410s,” Ryan said of his busy 2017 schedule.
In the coming years I can see Ryan being an absolute force to be reckoned with.
Racing resumes in Northwest Ohio with the Attica season opener on Friday, March 24, 2017.