The Nascar Canadian Tire Series (NCATS) season came to a close Sept. 22 at the Karwatha Speedway in Fraserville, Ont., with lakecity racer Ryley Seibert completing his rookie season with a strong finish in 10th place, leaving him 11th overall in the series.
Next season Seibert and his team are hoping to return to race again in 2014 and are motivated to come back stronger than ever.
Throughout the 2013 season Seibert won many prestigious awards including the Dodge/Mopar-Powered Quick Three Award seven times, the VTech Free Pass Award and the Rookie of the Race award five times.
These awards add to the long list of awards Seibert has achieved through his hard work and dedication to the sport, including a scholarship to Race 101’s Racing Program back in 2010.
The next honour Seibert hopes to achieve is the Nascar Canadian Tire Series’ Most Popular Driver for 2013. Every year the series hosts a ballot for fans to cast their vote for their favourite driver.
As the sport is dominated by Eastern athletes Seibert is hoping his fan base will help to put a Western driver on the podium.
“The fans have been very supportive of me through this season, both through the highs and lows,” Seibert said.
“I’m hoping they will continue their support by casting their vote.
“The Eastern provinces have huge support for their athletes, but I’m hoping with a combined group effort we can have a driver from the west.”
Seibert noted voting for him isn’t solely a vote for himself, but is also a representation of all the hard work and effort his whole team has put in over the season to have the car running.
Crew chief Keenan Magnant and crew members Brendon Kohnke, Cory Price, Ryan MacLauren, Jeff Stenbacher, Julie and Les Bellai and Trevor Seibert all took time to volunteer and help Seibert through the season, despite having their own full-time careers and families.
“We are a small team,” he said. “Our funding comes from local ‘ma and pa’ shops and all of our crew is comprised of dedicated volunteers. If something breaks we are the ones that have to fix it on our own time. We don’t have the luxury of having a full-time crew whose sole purpose is to maintain the car.
“A win would be a great representation of drivers and teams who still have to put on their work boots come Monday morning.”
Seibert is calling on his fans to cast their votes daily until Nov. 15, 2013. Fans can cast their vote daily on multiple devices until Nov. 15 at 11:59 p.m. eastern standard time.
You can vote by visiting NCATS’ website at www.nascarlocalracing.com/series/canadian_tire_series or by following the link on Seibert’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ryleyseibertracing, or at hometracks.nascar.com/2013_Most-Popular-Drive-Poll_NCATS_presented_by_Mobil-1.