Monday, May 31, 2010
Seibert scores solid top-10 result at hometown track; Williams Lake racer also tests NASCAR stock car at Thunder Mountain Speedway
May 31, 2010, WILLIAMS LAKE, BC – Ryley Seibert finished eighth on Saturday night at his hometown track Thunder Mountain Speedway. The Williams Lake, BC, teenager overcame adverse conditions in the 100 lap main event to score the impressive finish.
After qualifying fourth of 16 entries in time trials the rookie Seibert started the main event in 12th position. ARCA Series rules state that a rookie driver must start behind the experienced competitors.
“We knew we’d have to start deep in the field,” said Seibert. “But on top of the tough starting spot I got trapped behind some slower cars and lost a lot of ground to the leaders.”
Seibert nearly fell a lap down early in the race, but he started advancing in the middle portion of the event. He battled tough competition and an ill-handling race car to earn a solid eighth place result.
“I’m pleased that I got more seat time,” said Seibert after the race. “Every lap in these powerful race cars is a learning experience. To score another top-10 finish is something to be proud of.”
Seibert entered the weekend’s event second place in the ARCA OK Tire Challenge Series. The result should keep him near the top of the standings.
Helping Ryley through radio communication was his spotter and father Trevor Seibert who is a veteran car racer. Trevor Seibert competes on the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series, and his voice is a comforting presence for Ryley in pressure situations.
“It makes it easier for me to focus knowing that I have dad’s experience to rely on,” said Ryley. “Having a good spotter is key to being successful in longer races.”
Trevor Seibert’s NASCAR Canadian Tire Series season starts on Father’s Day Weekend at Mosport International Raceway near Toronto, Ontario.
Ryley tests NASCAR Canadian Tire Series car
Ryley got more valuable seat time Thursday night at Thunder Mountain Speedway when he turned practice laps in Trevor’s NASCAR stock car. The younger Seibert hopes to compete on the national series in coming years, and Thursday’s practice went quite well.
“There’s a lot more horsepower in dad’s NASCAR series car,” said Ryley. “My goal is to compete in the Canadian Tire Series within the next year or two, and the car felt really comfortable.”
Seibert’s next racing action will come at the other end of the radio when he spots for dad Trevor at Mosport. For more information on Ryley Seibert, search Ryley Seibert Racing on Facebook. The launch of Ryley Seibert’s website is coming soon.