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April 12, 2013

Shawn Wood's Inside Track column: Car owners stay with Walker

When the news broke that Tyler Walker was arrested after being involved in a high-speed police chase through several states on Jan. 30, car owner Charlie Sorokach, was bummed out,

"I thought it was a lot worse that what he told me what it was and I figured that I was losing my 410 driver for the year," Sorokach said.

A Minersville resident and life-long coal miner, Sorokach said that what the fans see at the track is a different Tyler Walker than he sees at his race shop.

"Tyler is very family oriented," he said. "He treats my wife Dawn and I with the utmost respect along with the crew. On nights that we were unloading the car at the shop, he's contacting his family, letting them know how the night went."

Sorokach has been around the racing scene since 1982.

He raced street stocks at Big Diamond Speedway and Penn National Speedway before moving to the Super Sportsman class in 1992. He raced in the class until 2003. His best Super Sportsman finish was second at Silver Spring Speedway.

This is the 10th year for the Sorokaches as owners of a 410 sprint car.

"My wife didn't want me driving anymore, so we decided to venture off into the 410 class," he said as to how he got his start as a 410 owner.

Over the past decade, the list of drivers who have raced for the Sorokaches includes Richie Hartman, Alan Cole, Chad Kemenah, Justin Henderson, Curt Stroup, Jessica Zemken and Walker.

"You can't put many girls in the car and do what she can do with it," Sorokach said of Zemken.

He's been helping Zemken out at the track this season and she is expected to drive a few shows for them this year.

Sorokach said their biggest wins came over the past two years during the Pennsylvania Sprint Car Speedweek in 2011 (Henderson) and last year (Walker).

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