Eighteen year old Tyler Worley began his racing career when he was just 13 years old.
Instead of starting out in go karts as many young racers do, Worley jumped right into “big” bulky stock cars.
He started out in the Street Stock division racing in the weekly series at Newport Speedway in Newport, Tennessee. The Fairview, N.C. native won in his first year.
That prompted a move to the Late Model division again at Newport in 2011 with a top five finish in his rookie year.
For the last three seasons, Tyler and his family-backed team have competed in the Southeast Super Truck Series and have been to every points event the series has had since it began.
Worley lists his dad, Billy Worley, as the most influential person in his racing career.
Billy has been apart of the sport for more than 35 years, working for the famed Banjo Mathews at Banjo’s Performance Center in Arden, N.C while crew chief for another local talent, Robert Pressley, when he was tearing up the short tracks in the Carolinas. He also worked with another Carolina “Hot Shoe”, Donnie Bishop, in 2001 and 2002.
Worley’s mom Terri and sister Ashley attend every race and while he couldn’t make it without all the family support, Tyler says his girlfriend Jasmine Manos, is his biggest supporter.
“When I’ve had a bad night at the track or a great night, she is always proud of what I do.”
A 2013 graduate of Reynolds High School, Tyler is now enrolled at Asheville Buncombe Technical College in the machinist program while also working full time in the family-owned business “Blue Ridge Automotive”.
While most young men when asked where in 10 years they would like to be in their racing career, you would probably hear “the Sprint Cup Series”.
Tyler is setting his goals on a more realistic destination. He just wants to be a consistent contender in each race he competes in, no matter what the level is.
And if its in the SEST series, that will be just fine with him.