Tyler Walker Retires From WoO Tour

HARRISBURG, NC (August 16, 1999) Last week, Tyler Jet Motorsports announced the signing of World of Outlaws star Tyler Walker to a contract to drive the teams initial NASCAR Busch Grand National entry. Today, Walker announced he was ...

HARRISBURG, NC (August 16, 1999) Last week, Tyler Jet Motorsports announced the signing of World of Outlaws star Tyler Walker to a contract to drive the teams initial NASCAR Busch Grand National entry. Today, Walker announced he was officially 'retiring' from the WoO ranks to concentrate on the new opportunity, "I guess you could say I'm retiring, at least for this season," stated the 20-year-old Walker. "My dad and I were talking after we signed with Tyler Jet last week and we decided the sooner I start learning about NASCAR racing and Busch cars, the better. Then after we ran so well at the Knoxville (IA.) Nationals this weekend, it was an easy choice to make. I'm not saying Ill never drive a sprint car again. I really love those cars and I will be forever grateful to the World of Outlaws organization for all the great experience and memories I gained there. It's just time to move on." To say Walker left the WoO ranks on a high note is an understatement. Competing in sprint car racing's Daytona 500, Walker won his Knoxville Nationals preliminary event from deep in the field and then took the 20-Lap main event on Thursday. When he exited the car, Walker gave the fans an extra thrill doing a full cartwheel and handstand before ending the gymnastic fete with a back flip. "The fans get pretty stoked when I do that," grinned Walker. "We had a great car at the Nationals. We were the only ones there to win our heat race from as far back as the 10th starting position. That, along with the feature win Thursday, put us on the front row for the A-main Saturday evening." There, Walker battled early leader Danny Lasoski before falling into the clutches of eventual winner, Mark Kinser. Later, a mechanical problem ended Walker's quest for victory saddling the youngster with a still very respectable sixth-place finish. "We ran a real hard tire compound and the right rear sealed over late in the race," said Walker. "That means the tire didnt get much heat in it and it got even harder as the race went on. I wasn't getting much traction and some guys were able to get by me in the late going. On one hand, I would have loved to go out winning the biggest race in sprint car racing. On the other hand, there were more than 160 sprint cars there from all over the country and we finished sixth. Sixth is pretty cool at Knoxville." Walker, who has already earned the nickname 'The Tyler Jet' around the Tyler Jet Motorsports shops, is looking forward to his new career in the NASCAR ranks. "I'm wide open, ready to go," said Walker, noting his BGN debut has tentatively been moved up to October 23 at Rockingham. "There's so much to learn. I could have stayed sprint car racing the rest of the season, but it would have been eating me up knowing I could be back at the shop learning about and testing Busch cars. There's also talk of doing some ARCA and Hooters Cup races to get me seat time, so my 'retirement' is not going to be a long one."

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Series NASCAR Cup , World of Outlaws
Drivers Mark Kinser , Danny Lasoski , Tyler Walker