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A TALE of TWO DRIVERS STEVEN TINER and KYLE HIRST --> 15 months ago Steven Tiner and Kyle Hirst joined forces to open a racer-oriented shop in Chico, CA. The 2100 sq. ft. location, named Tiner Hirst Enterprises, resulted from over three years of discussion between the sprint car drivers.
Kyle Hirst is a 3rd generation racer following his grandfather, Joe Hill, and father, Rick Hirst into the world of open wheel racing. He first raced a quarter midget at age 4 at Prairie City, but quickly moved on after a half season because passing on the outside was not allowed. A nearby dirt track raced outlaw karts and Hirst had found his training ground.
Discovering Red Bluff and Cycleland, Hirst continued racing outlaw karts until turning 16, a point at which strapping into a sprint car was done for the first time. He recalls his debut was at Chico in a 410 and
hitting an infield tire in hot laps. That moment is credited with causing his father’s hair to start turning gray.
Now age 31, Kyle figures he had around 80-100 outlaw kart wins and approximately 100 sprint car wins. He only ran for a track title once as a rookie and thinks he finished 3rd in points, earning the rookie of the year award.
His first win came as a 17 year old at Santa Maria and since has won four NARC titles plus he has collected the championship for the first two years of the Sprint Car Challenge Tour. Hirst has the current point lead in the SCCT series with two race remaining.
With the new business being only 5+ months old, Hirst, wife Amy, and daughter Emma had their lives turned upside down when the disastrous Camp Fire destroyed most of their hometown of Paradise. November 8, 2018
at approximately 6:30 am the Camp Fire started and became the deadliest in California history with at least 51 fatalities from Paradise and destroyed the majority of structures in the city.
Full article on Trophy Cup website: https://www.trophycup.org/auto-racing/a-tale-of-two-drivers/