Column By: MIKE TRAVERSE / RPW – ACCORD, NY – Tyler Romer is still a young fellow, but has been a racing fan for many years.
Over the past few years, he has gotten some racing experience in Enduros, first at Accord, and then Lebanon Valley and OCFS.
At the 2021 Eastern States Weekend, he made his first start in the Street Stock division and came away with a good finish. And now, this driver is ready to race the 2022 Street Stock schedule at OCFS.
“I was introduced to racing at a young age, around 3. I went to my first NASCAR race at Pocono with my parents. We sat in the Victory Club Terrace and I was hooked from day one,” Tyler said.
Enjoying racing as a spectator so much in his early years, it was inevitable that sooner or later, Romer would get the itch to start racing.
“I would always bug my dad about wanting to race and he told me that when the time was right, I would get my chance,” Tyler said.
And he finally got his chance after many years down the road.
“In the summer of 2017, I would make my first laps at Accord in the open competition Enduro,” Romer said. “I started at the back of the pack and I had a very respectable finish inside the top 10 without a scratch on the car. I’ve had some successes at Lebanon Valley in their Eve of Destruction events in the Reverse Enduro. I’ve won the last two and hope to make it 3 in a row this year.”
After running the Enduro races here and there, Tyler wanted to move upward with his racing endeavors.
“When my cousin Paul Harding decided to hang up the helmet for good during the 2021 season, I purchased his Street Stock from him. My first start was at the Eastern states Weekend. That was a fun race. I also had a 4th at the Enduro at the Marky Traverse race. The track had a lot of grip and I ran it to it’s fullest potential.”
And it’s not your typical looking Enduro car that Tyler races. It’s a 2002 Lincoln Town Car!
You may notice that the #6 on Romer’s car has a familiar looking style.
“My favorite driver from day one has been Ryan Newman. Both of my 2022 cars will have paint schemes as tributes to Ryan,” Tyler said.
Tyler is approaching 2022 not looking to set goals that he thinks would be out of reach.
“I don’t want to set goals that might be unachievable. So I will start small and work my way up. Rookie of the Year this season with some top 10’s and next season, hopefully some top 5’s and possibly, a win.
2022 sponsors on the #6 include Eager Beaver Stump Grinding of Saugerties, NY (Keith and Kathy), A. Messina & Sons Scrap in Modena, NY (Chris), Harding Automotive (Paul Harding), Ashley’s Homemade Soaps (Dawn, Brian and Ashley) and Bodmer Family Foot Care (Dave and Jill).
Looking ahead, Tyler would eventually like to move up in class, the 358’s or perhaps Pro Stocks. But for now, he just wants to get some experience in the Street Stocks with the best finishes he can get. And he wants to continue to build upon being a clean racer, something he’s proud of.
“Going into 2022, I look back at the races I’ve run and I truthfully can’t remember ever intentionally wrecking someone or getting into them with a purpose to take them out.”
OCFS fans, keep your eye on the #6 this season. Looking forward to seeing how Tyler Romer progresses over the course of the season. He has the enthusiasm that us fans of the sport like to see.