Rodgers Continues Ascent Up West Coast Sport Mod Ranks With Stellar 2021 Campaign

Chico, CA (11/16/2021) For 19 year old Tyler Rodgers, it hasn’t taken long to become a household name in Northern California IMCA Sport Mod competition. The 2017 Silver Dollar Speedway Rookie of the Year has rode a steady trajectory up the Nor Cal Sport Mod ranks over the past few years, firmly entrenching himself as a favorite to win each and every time his #44 Twyzted by Evo Northern Sport Mod hit the track. 

Tyler’s 2nd win of the season at Quincy’s American Valley Speedway

2021 saw the family based Rodgers Racing team primarily focus their efforts towards the northeast portion of the state, with over half of the team’s 23 starts coming at Susanville’s Diamond Mountain Speedway and Quincy’s American Valley Speedway. That diligent focus paid off in a big way for Rodgers and the team, who after mechanical gremlins on opening night, went on to win 5 of the next 6 races at the Quincy venue en route to a dominant championship run. 

The 2021 American Valley Speedway title would mark the first track championship in Rodgers’s young career, finishing in the runner up spot twice in his first 2 years at Silver Dollar Speedway before beginning to travel more the past 2 years. 

Rodgers wouldn’t completely abandon his local track however, making 2 starts at the Dollar in 2021, highlighted by an awesome battle with Phillip Shelby on Pepsi Night that nearly saw Rodgers take home the prestigious trophy for a second consecutive season. 

Despite a full slate of local racing, the team continued to travel this past season. Making the trip down for the inaugural Sport Mod show at Petaluma was one that meant a little more to the team, as the 3/8ths mile gumbo oval is what the team considers to be their true home track. With the unique Petaluma surface requiring a steep learning curve, the team was happy with their 4th place finish on the night. 

While many would agree that Rodgers’s track title at Quincy was easily his top achievement, one underrated facet to his 2021 season was his ability to consistently run up front when out of state. The team made 3 trips across state lines to White City Oregon’s Southern Oregon Speedway, each trip proving that Rodgers could compete (and win) against the Northwest’s finest. 

Rodgers’s first Oregon start of 2021 at the annual Haudenschild Tribute was nearly perfect. Out the gate the 44 machine was fast, posting quick time in qualifying by a whopping 3 tenths (setting a new track record in the process) before comfortably winning his heat race and trophy dash. The feature looked to be going the same way before lapped traffic played a factor late, dropping Rodgers to a 2nd place finish. Rodgers showed the same speed for the inaugural PSM Showdown a month later, but issues all weekend limited the team to a 6th place finish in the $2500 to win feature. 

Just like in 2018, Rodgers rose to the occasion at the R Charles Snyder Salute, winning his heat race before outlasting multiple challenges from the likes of Ryan Peery and Matt Sanders to take the opening night win. Night 2 would not fare so well, getting spun on the 2nd lap of the main before limping home to a 6th place finish. 

For 2022, Tyler’s plans are currently undecided. 

Tyler would like to personally thank each and every one of his sponsors and supporters who made this season a possibility, including:

Twyzted Motorsport

Uncle Matt 

Uncle Nick 

Grandma & Bud

Superior Fuel Cells 

Kevin’s Auto and Fleet 

Gandy and Staley Oil Co.

Mom 

Dad

Baker Trucking 

Tahoe Pure Water 

Top Notch Cleaning 

KPR Racing and Fab 

Aunt Toni 

TnT Guide Service

Season Stats:

Starts: 23

Wins: 7

Top 5’s: 13

Top 10’s: 16

Best Finish: 1st (7 times)

Heat Race Wins: 11

Track Champion at American Valley Speedway

Marysville: 

3/20: 4th

Susanville: 

4/2: 2nd

4/3: DNF

5/7: 1st

⅝: DNF 

7/3: 6th

Merced:

Al Miller Memorial 4/16: DNF

Al Miller Memorial 4/17: 13th

Quincy: 

5/1: DNF 

5/15: 1st

5/29: 1st

6/5: 2nd

6/18: 1st

6/19: 1st

7/18: 1st

Southern Oregon:

6/12: 2nd

7/23: DNF

7/24: 6th

9/3: 1st

9/4: 6th

Silver Dollar: 

7/4: DNF

8/20: 2nd

Petaluma: 

8/14: 4th

Most Nabs Top 5 Finish Against Some Of The Nation’s Best At Historic Bristol Dirt Nationals

Bristol, TN (3/21/2020) Already one of the most recognizable names in midwest dirt racing, Red Oak, Iowa native Josh Most once again thrust himself into the national spotlight with a stellar run at the Inaugural Bristol Dirt Nationals. 

Most, who had been battling vertigo the week heading into the event, was a rocket out of the gate aboard his 2019 Edge going from 4th to 2nd in short order during Tuesday’s rain delayed heat race. Most would roll off 5th in his first preliminary feature. Just 2 laps in, Most was riding well in 4th, battling side by side with Adam Birck. As both drivers entered Turn 3 fighting for the same piece of real estate, the two touched wheels, sending both of them around to bring out a caution. 

Over the ensuing 14 laps, Most would claw his way back from 24th to 11th, but a last lap spin to avoid a car chopping off his nose would ultimately give him a 21st place finish for the evening. 

Wednesday’s heat race gave Most a bit harder of a climb to the feature as he started 7th. Within only 3 laps, Most had made his way to 2nd, where he’d go on to finish. 

With passing points playing a big factor in preliminary feature lineups, Most would slot in 3rd in the starting order. Though he fell back to 4th early on, Most carried a big wave of momentum to go from 4th to 1st in a 2 lap span. Most would have to survive a late restart with just 3 laps to go, but he would successfully fend off a hard charging Matt Looft to win Wednesday’s preliminary feature. 

By virtue of Wednesday’s win, Most had punched his ticket to Friday night’s $5,000 to win finale. With the 12 drivers who already transferred in being lined up by overall points for the week, Most would roll off 12th, as Tuesday’s rough feature really hampered his total points. 

Most, the owner of Edge Chassis, wasn’t the only Edge driver that made the big show, as Ankeny, Iowa’s Austin Kaplan also grabbed a starting spot by winning one of 4 Sport Mod LCQ’s on Friday night.

Most made it look easy during the opening 2 circuits, driving from 12th to 7th before a Lap 4 caution bunched the field back together. Most would restart 6th and make quick work of Trey Stamper before settling in behind Zack Tate. 

With just 7 to go, Most would finally get by Tate after a grueling battle. The field would bunch up one last time with 2 to go, with Tate regaining 4th on the following restart. Most threw everything he had at Tate over the final 2 laps, but would end up finishing 5th. 

When asked about his thoughts on the event as a whole, Most said “I’d had a rough week before we got there. I was in and out of hospital being diagnosed with vertigo. The event was way more prestigious than most can imagine. I have won an a main at the Chili Bowl on qualifying night, made a Saturday night B main, I’ve won Deery Brothers and SLMR races in Late Models, I’ve ran upfront at usac midget and non wing sprintcar races and this event is right at the top with everything out there. I wish I could have sight seen more, but I was trying to take it easy. I hope we all get the opportunity to do it again.”

Josh Most would like to thank each and every one of his sponsors and supporters who made this one of a kind experience possible, including:

Gage Agronomy 

Rolf Construction 

Lance Most Trucking

Capital Signs 

Dirt Defender 

Fast Shafts 

Advance Racing Suspension 

Red Oak Welding Supply 

Badger Racing

Monte Most

Bad Brad at Velocita

Tim Luv Tire Demon

Results:

Day 2 Heat: 2nd

Day 2 Feature: 21st

Day 3 Heat: 2nd

Day 3 Feature: 1st

Day 5 Main Event: 5th
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