Brian Tyler Hands ...
Brian Tyler Hands #94 Crew a 24th at Memphis
After rain forced the cancellation of qualifying, USAC- veteran Brian Tyler and the #94 NuHouse Properties Chevrolet team knew they had their work cut out for them in Sunday's Sam's Town 250 at Memphis Motorsports Park as they would start 35th according to owner's points. The team had been able to practice only four-tenths off the pace of the fastest car of Jeff Green in Happy Hour, which told them they had a shot at a strong run on Sunday.
As Tyler started to work his way forward, he radioed to the #94 crew a tight condition in the center of the turns. "The car was pretty good from the start. We made some adjustments on it as the race went on. It was really fast in the low lane, but when I moved into the high groove it started to push a little. We were able to fix that and it made the car even better," said Tyler.
Tyler came a little close to meeting the outside wall at one point in the race as he battled several other cars in typical short-track fashion. "There were about 4 of us racing for position and I just came out on the short end of the stick on that one. I got rubbed enough that the car just came out from under me, but I was able to regain it," said Tyler.
The #94 team was able to finish two laps down in 24th, marking the team's best finish since a 21st at Bristol back in August. "I think we would have been able to gain a few more positions near the end of the race, because we were turning good laps. We just got caught down a couple of laps, which really hurt us."
Team owner Fred Bickford was very pleased with Sunday's run. "I was really happy with how well Brian performed this weekend. Some people have a certain level of natural ability, and then you have to teach them the rest. There are others that are just natural talent, and that is Brian," said Bickford. "Everyone did a great job on pit road, especially Rick and Scott who helped lead the team this weekend. We kept going in the right direction with the adjustments because Brian communicated what he was feeling really well. If you know what is wrong with the car it is simple to know which bolt to turn. We ran a 9 in practice and when Brian told me what he was feeling I made a change to one shock and we went out and ran three 4's in a row."
"Being a rookie team we ended up doing pretty well. I'm a rookie driver, so I bring it to pit road a little slower than the veterans do, and the team pits the car a little slower than the top teams, but that's because we are a rookie team. We will improve on all that. I'm still learning to get used to these Busch cars. There are a lot of differences between them and the USAC cars I am used to running," said Tyler.
Despite Tyler having only four starts in the Busch Series, Bickford has faith that Tyler is the right guy for the job. "We have been looking really hard for the right driver to pilot our car, and I think we have found it in Brian. We are really looking forward to running with Brian again."