Canadian Tyler Scott comes through as Canada’s newest NHRA national event level winner…..

Many people had already seen the potential and those notions were all realized last Sunday when Tyler Scott won the TAFC crown during the NHRA’s NGK Spark Plugs 4-Wide Nationals (Concord NC).

Based from Exeter Ontario, Scott, who began driving for legendary Canadian team owner Larry Dobbs’ “Kardiac Kids” race team back in 2014, got his much deserved first win at the highest level for the NHRA’s Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series.

Ontario’s Kardiac Kids earned a much deserved first ever NHRA national event title — at Concord NC on Sunday.

After qualifying #4 with a run of 5.556 secs in the Harman HVS/Napier Tents Camaro, Tyler went on to best the eight other TAFC competitors on the zMax Dragway premises.

His savvy team owner Larry Dobbs and hardworking pit crew gave him a very calm race car to work with.  That was very evident during rounds one and two when consecutive times of 5.596 secs and 5.592 secs earned win lights over Bill Naves and Johan Lindberg.

Because of the odd number of cars entered (9) — Tyler then advanced to the final based on a shutoff single which earned him a date with Colorado’s Annie Whitely.  

There is no doubt that Annie was a pre race favourite — after she recorded both low ET and top speed of the event at 5.424 secs and 273.16 mph in earlier competition and also held lane choice for the final.  But in drag racing it is your last run that really counts and Tyler and his team were up to the task.  He combined a .047 RT with a lap of 5.705 secs at 252.28 mph to score — while Annie’s similar Camaro lost traction immediately.

Somewhat uniquely — Tyler Scott’s win came in what was in fact his first event of the 2019 season in the car — after a conflicting sports commitment (ice hockey) prevented him from racing with his team at the previous NHRA Gatornationals in March.

So in fact when Tyler made his first hit in the race car on Saturday morning, after poor weather had curtailed scheduled qualifying action on Friday, this event future outcome certainly did contain a few more than usual unknowns.

“There’s no doubt I had a few cobwebs — but I jumped back into the seat and got comfortable,” Tyler reflected.  “The crew really worked their tails off and they gave me a really competent car to drive — so I was able to gain a lot of confidence quickly going into eliminations.”

Wily Larry Dobbs has earned his very first NHRA national event victory!

“Larry Dobbs has spent his whole life in this sport — he’s been out here a lot longer than anyone — so this victory is for him,” he emphasized.  “And I can’t credit the crew and our sponsors enough — what they do allows me to do this.”

Tyler Scott’s racing career is really ticking along nicely.  His very first NHRA national event race was at Norwalk Ohio (2014) and his previous best event finishes were semi final placings at both Joliet (2017) and at the Charlotte fall race last year.

Posted by Bruce Biegler

Photos by Bruce Biegler & Steve Embling