Ryder Wells Partners with Seaboard Controls for 2024 Racing Season

By Seth Eggert, Associate Editor

When 17-year-old Ryder Wells makes his first Late Model starts under the NASCAR Regional banner, he’ll have a new long-term partner on board, Seaboard Controls.

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The custom electrical control panel company has entered a long-term sponsorship of the Lumberton, TX native. The up-and-coming driver is the first that the Philip Muro-founded company has sponsored. The United States Marine Corps veteran is utilizing the same philosophy that guided him in his military service to both Seaboard Controls and the partnership with Wells.

“Seaboard welcomes the opportunity to support Ryder in achieving his goals,” Muro said. “His desire to succeed reminds us that if you believe, you can achieve. I note the same determination in him as I recall having back in 1981 when Seaboard was started.

“We are happy to have Ryder represent us and look forward to seeing our brand racing around the track on the side of his car. I think this is an opportunity for Seaboard to assist someone in reaching their goal, and we welcome the opportunity to do so.”

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Although Wells is making his first Late Model starts at 17, he has been competing over the past eight years in go-karts, Micro Sprints, Pro Trucks and more. The partnership with Seaboard Controls brings him to North Carolina and Mike Darne Racing’s Late Model team at Tri-County Speedway.

Though he is a rookie in Late Model competition, Wells will also be working in the shop at Mike Darne Racing. That work regiment is one that led him to a runner-up finish in Pro Trucks at Houston Motorsports Park by one point.

“I am very appreciative and thankful for Mr. Muro and everyone at Seaboard Controls for having faith in me to represent them and go racing with me on the track,” Ryder said. “This is a big step for both of us, and I intend to make them proud by parking their logo in victory lane.”

Having gone from falling in love with racing after he watched clips on YouTube to now competing in Late Models, Wells is aiming to learn as much as he can.

Wells’ first Late Model race at Tri-County Speedway is scheduled for Saturday, May 11.

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