By BILL FOLEY
“Thanks to Covid” neophyte Modified driver Tyler Jashembowski is racing in his first DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park.
It might seem a little bizarre that COVID has a role in Tyler’s racing exploits, but that indeed is the case.
Explaining his situation the southeastern New York driver said, “I go to school at the University of Buffalo majoring in Engineering. With COVID putting all of our classes on line I got to race. I get up early down here, go to class and get my work done. I am here because of COVID. I will be graduating with an engineering degree in May.”
Jashembowski wasn’t really one of those drivers you would expect to haul to Florida.
He said, “We have a new Bicknell and a good JPM engine, but this place definitely isn’t like Orange County.”
Of his first experience on Tuesday night he explained, “In warm ups the car felt good, but we did make adjustments because it was a little tight. It was similar in the heat and consi. I really just hoped to get in the feature as the track was very technical.”
However, in the main even he got caught up in a pile up and said, “Well, the right side of the body needed repairs as well as a header.”
Tyler is here for one reason as he noted, “seat time.”
Continuing, he said, “We will run ever feature and I am gaining seat time. I would like to finish in the top 15. We don’t have a lot of expectations, but want to do as well as possible.”
Talking about his racing he said, “This place is awesome. I’ve only been to two other tracks in my career and that is Orange County where we race all the time and two years ago I went to Fulton during Super DIRT Week. I really need seat time to learn and get better, and thanks to COVID, I am actually getting that seat time.”
Tyler is the nephew of Frank Jashembowski who was a contender where ever he went.
The young driver explained, “I ask him questions all the time and he really helps me.”
The team didn’t accomplish its top 15 goal on night two with a 20th and the first car down a lap, but they will keep plugging and gaining valuable on track experience.