Hatfield’s Tyler Leary won the 2018 Super Stock Championship at Monadnock Speedway two weeks ago. Leary had a stellar season in the division. He started at the New Hampshire quarter mile oval racing in the Super Stocks back in 2013.
Leary told 22News it felt good to finally capitalize not only for him but for the team.
” We’ve worked really hard at it the last six years. I think it was a well deserved one. Definitely wasn’t easy by any means. We worked hard for that one. We’ve learned a lot over the last six years. I have matured as a driver. Learned Monadnock and now it’s kind of a comfort for me how to drive the track and what the car is going to do. It makes it a lot easier on me and my guys for adjustments and how we setup our tire program and everything.” Said Leary
During the last race of the season at Monadnock, Leary was kind of nervous because he had never a won championship before. When the green flag dropped, he was driving very cautiously because there was 14 cars on the track and if something happened where Leary finished last and Solomon Brow who was second in points had won the race. Leary could of lost the championship. There ended up being a few cautions and few wrecks in the 25 lap Super Stock race that day.
His father Marty who is his spotter ended up telling Tyler there was only 11 cars left on the track at the time. That’s when all the nerves went away. He started to drive for the win. Leary started the race in sixth and fell back a little bit in the beginning but he worked his way up to second and finished in second.
His rookie year at Monadnock was chaos.
” I destroyed the car opening practice. It honestly helped my learning curve driving a bent up for an entire year. We didn’t have all the great sponsors we have now. It was kind of hard that year to fund the whole thing. Me and my dad did what we could do to get it straight. We knew there was some stuff that was off. I drove it and ended up finishing ninth in points my rookie year.” Said Leary
The last two years for Leary have been explosive with 12 wins. Leary has also raced at Stafford in the Late Model division. He won two races in the Late Model division during the 2017 season. This year he didn’t win a race at Stafford in the Late Model division but finished second in points.
Leary along with the other Monadnock Speedway NASCAR Whelen All American Series Champions will be honored at The Log Cabin in Holyoke in November.