The memorial event is now in its ninth year following Tyson’s death on July 21st at the Seattle Harborview Medical Centre on July 21st ,2010.
Tyson was a longtime friend, spanner man and crew chief for Travis Rilat a former ASCS Champion in the North West USA. While there is a somber nature surrounding these events, they become by their very nature much sought after by the local and interstate Sprintcar Teams. To be able pay homage to one’s friend is a special bond share by the South Australian fans, promoters and teams.alike!
The race is restricted to 360 Sprintcars run over 31 laps and Travis Rilat has won the event on three occasion in honor of his longtime friend. Last Saturday night it was Luke Dillon’s who had his name engraved on the perpetual trophy but only after some frantic early challenges that saw the South Australian drop to fourth after starting on the front row alongside Mark Caruso.
Affectionately known to fans as “The Spud” the 31-lap race went wire to wire although the race was marred by the last lap mishap to Chad Ely when he smacked the wall on turn four as the Dillon, Quinn and Evans passed the flag to victory lane .
The Tyson Perez is runs inside the Mainline DynoLog Dynamometer All Star Sprintcar 360 Series and after the race track promoter Searle announced the date for next years Tyson Perez as April 21st 20120 at the Mount Gambier Track
The Tyson Perez Memorial Feature Race 31 Laps
1st SA81 Luke Dillon, 2nd SA14 Brendan Quinn, 3rd SA44 Dan Evans, 4th SA16 Brad Keller, 5th SA33 Mark Caruso, 6th V29 Michael Tancredi, 7th SA96 Brendan Guerin 8th V16 James Wren, 9th SA32 Ben Gartner 10th SA22 Chad Ely, 11th SA11 Scott Enderl, 12th V6 Eddie Lumbar, 13th V4 Phil Lock, 14th V65 Kane Newcombe, 15th V75 Mitch Smith, 16th V50 Darren Clarke, 17th VA2 Boyd Harris, 18th SA91 Mike Fox -DNF
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