Cover man Tyler Speer in the headlines

Cover man Tyler Speer in the headlines

TOLEDO, Ohio (March 5, 2017) -- Congratulations ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards racer Tyler Speer, who made the front cover of this month's edition of Speedboat magazine.

"Pretty cool...they did an article about our season, winning the championship," said Speer.

Speer won the 2016 world championship in the Pro Modified division of the Lucas Oil Drag Boat Racing Series. Speer also found time to compete in ARCA Racing Series events last year at the Illinois State Fairgrounds and DuQuoin State Fairgrounds mile dirts, finishing a respectable 7th at both tracks.

"We want to run more with you guys, but right now we're planning on running the dirts, if not more. We'd love to run the road course. We'll just have to see how our stuff shakes out on the boat side."

The "if not more" thing is the hard part considering that the Woodstock, Georgia driver is not only running the full Pro Mod tour again in 2017, but adding selected events in the Top Fuel division, which is tantamount to the NHRA Top Fuel tour, but across water rather than asphalt.

"It's going to be a really busy year. We plan to run half the season in the Top Fuel boat and run the full season in Pro Mods. It's going to take a little more work on the Top Fuel side, but we still hope to run a couple ARCA races...that's the plan."

In the meantime, it's back to rebuilding boats, ARCA cars and helping out in the family-owned business.

"The family business is Pro Boat. We do anything and everything to boats on the performance side. We sort of have a niche market on the east coast. There are tons on the west coast but we're one of the few that build and work on boats on the east coast."

When Speer isn't working in the family business, he's got plenty to do for the race season ahead.

"We're pretty much rebuilding everything on the boat side. We tear everything down, redesign it and put it all back together...freshen everything up for the new season. Pretty much the same as we'll do for the ARCA stuff."

Don Radebaugh