One of the long time supporters of AMA Pro Flat Track, Tyler Porter is hanging up his steel shoe after having competed in the AMA Pro Flat Track Pro Singles Series for the last few seasons.
Porter, out of Paducah, KY. and the owner/operator of Fight For Dirt Track.com, was originally going to call it a racing career well before the end of the 2014 AMA Pro Flat Track Grand National Championship season. Talking with him at the Springfield Mile II on August 31, TP sited his busy career obligations with Memphis Shades and his busy travel schedule, as well as the several years he has competed in the Pro Singles Series as his reasons for hanging up his steel shoe.
Porter's InSlide Line column, which appears weekly on his Fight For Dirt Track.com site, is one of the 'must read' musings and informational stops for all-things flat track, and provides everyone with not only a great overview of the background and goings on in flat track, but with a generous dose of reality and amusement to keep things light, yet to the point.
In the shot above, Porter can be seen on his #28C Fight For Dirt Track.com/Performance Cycle & Dyno/Mack Daddy Racing-sponsored Kawasaki KX450F during one of the qualifying sessions for the AMA Pro Flat Track Pro Singles Series at the Peoria TT on August 21, 2011.
Always willing to have a good time and create an air of enthusiastic light heartedness to any and all things, Porter is shown with one of his 'special' autograph cards at the Springfield Short Track round during the 2012 AMA Pro Flat Track Grand National Championship season at the Illinois State Fairgrounds Multipurpose Arena on September 15, 2012, during the fan walk at the final National held at the facility.
TP called getting his chance to ride a Twins mount at the Springfield Mile one of his biggest and greatest dreams, and was finally able to realize that pleasure during round 3 of the 2014 AMA Pro Flat Track Grand National Championship on May 25. Porter showed up at the mecca of flat track with a gorgeous XR750 courtesy of fellow racer and close friend, Ben Knight, and was able to qualify for the Pro Twins Series non-points paying event over the Memorial Day holiday weekend late this spring.
Shown on the #28C Mack Daddy Racing/GFY Racing/Fight For Dirt Track.com-backed Harley-Davidson XR750 while running with Dylan Morin on the #26E Kawasaki of Simi Valley/Chris Cabinet Installation/Frank Baker-sponsored Kawasaki EX650 during one of the qualifying sessions of the AMA Pro Flat Track Pro Twins Series on May 25. Porter qualified a respectable 21st out of the 28 riders who took a timed lap, not bad for a guy who hadn't had a chance to compete at the track that is considered the 'Indy 500' of flat track races.
If you ask TP what his favorite track is, it won't take long for his eyes to light up and his smile to get ear-to-ear when he tells you Peoria. Unlike some racers who consider the track intimidating and scary, Porter always enjoyed making the trip to Thunder Valley.
In the shot above, TP can be seen throwing the #28C Mack Daddy Racing/Performance Cycle & Dyno/Fight for Dirt Track.com-sponsored Honda CRF450F through it's paces during one of the qualifying sessions at the Peoria TT during round 9 of the 2012 AMA Pro Flat Track Pro Singles Championship on August 12.
Even though he may be leaving the track in terms of competition, you can be sure that Tyler will still be a presence in the background at a lot of the Midwest races on the future calendar of the AMA Pro Flat Track Grand National Championship, and will be keeping us all informed on what is happening in the world of The Rolling Thunder Show and it's diverse and deep family of racers, sponsors and teams. So the next time you hit one of the fan walks at an AMA Pro Flat Track National, make sure you stop by and say hi to TP, as I guarantee you'll walk away with a smile and a good laugh courtesy of one of the great supporters of the greatest racing series on two wheels in the world.
And TP, thanks as always for being a great inspiration to us all and for keeping us in stitches each week with your support of this great sport!
You can read all about Tyler's final race below from last weekend's Pomona Half-Mile, where he got a chance to go out with a bang while riding one of the Zanotti Racing Honda rockets at the LA Fairplex facility.
Pomona Race Report: The Final Chapter