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Easton’s Tyler Schmidt, a Modified racer in Heartland Park Topeka’s Super Saturday Showdown dirt track series, is still looking for that elusive first win in the division.
But the 22-year-old Schmidt has been putting himself in contention week after week, which is a sign that he’s getting closer and closer to reaching the winner’s circle.
“I haven’t won a Mod race yet so that’s why we’re fighting so hard for our first one,’’ Schmidt said.
Schmidt finished second in the July 14th feature at Speedway and has been 10th or better in the past four races, improving to 12th in points.
“I’m making a lot of progress from where we started,’’ Schmidt said. “I don’t have a background in Modified racing at all, so for competing with the people we’re competing with, I feel like we’re doing well.
“These guys have quite a bit more backing than I do and I think we’re doing really well for as little of knowledge that we have in the sport.’’
Schmidt made the difficult jump from Factory Stock to Modified about four years ago.
“I started out in Factory Stock and ran there three years and jumped right to a Modified,’’ he said. “It’s a big jump. We missed a couple of rungs on the ladder.’’
Schmidt’s objective this season is to continue making progress and end the year with a bang.
“My main thing this year is not be too worried about points but try to finish the season off strong and maybe get a couple of wins,’’ Schmidt said. “That’s my goal and then hopefully that momentum carries into next season where we can make some stuff happen next year.’’
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