Kyle Reinhardt Captures Career Best World Finals Finish on Opening Night; Misses Field on Final Night

Concord, NC – November 11, 2022

by Addicted2Dirt PR & Media Management

Feature Photo Credit:  Apex Media

Kyle Reinhardt unloaded his Capitol Renegade / Capitol Custom Coaches & Trailers / Champion Hi-Tech Lubricants / J&J Auto Racing No.91 at The Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, NC last week with his team’s performance trending in the right direction.  

 

That trend, combined with two A-main appearances in the 2021 edition of the World Finals, had the Capitol Renegade team feeling optimistic about their chances to finish out the 2022 season on a positive note.

  

November 2:  World Finals / The Dirt Track at Charlotte / Concord, NC  [52 cars, Qualifying 9th Flight A, Heat 6th (5), B-main 2nd (3), A-main 13th (22)]

 

Opening night brought 52 teams to compete in the 4-day World of Outlaws sanctioned event.  This year’s scheduled called for the sprint car teams to compete on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.  

 

Teams would compete in full shows on Wednesday and Friday, then heat races for Saturday’s finale would be lined up by points accumulated during the previous two races.

 

Wednesday and Friday’s format info
 
Reinhardt’s night got off to a good start when he registered the 9th quickest lap of the 26 cars to go under the clock in Flight A qualifying.  The effort provided him with the inside row three starting spot in heat number one.
 
With the top five finishers from the 8-lap race transferring directly to the Wednesday night A-main, Reinhardt was in position to capitalize.  That said, the spot would still need to be earned, especially given the stout field on hand.
 
Tyler Courtney was able to win the 3rd row battle for the 5th spot on the opening lap and Reinhardt wasn’t able to wrestle it away.  He settled for a 6th place finish, which relegated him to the B-main for his final shot to make the night’s finale.
 
From his 3rd starting spot in the B-main, Reinhardt needed to record a top four finish to transfer to the main event.  From the drop of the green on the 12-lap race, he made it clear he was going to control his own destiny.
 
Reinhardt grabbed the lead by using the high side on the opening lap and went on to build a comfortable lead for most of the race.  As the race reached the closing laps, Brent Marks powered his way into the runner up position and began to put pressure on the leader.
 
Strategy was on display as Reinhardt took the low line away from Marks as the pair sailed into turn three with just over two laps remaining.  
 
Reinhardt held the lead for another lap, then Marks edged in front briefly before the Neptune City, NJ native drove back under him going into turn three on the final lap.  Marks turned under Reinhardt off turn four and beat the Capitol Renegade No.91 to the line by 0.375 seconds.  It was an exciting few laps, but in the end all that mattered was Reinhardt was in the show.
 
From his 22nd starting spot in the 30-lap A-main, Reinhardt appeared to struggle in the early going.  He dropped as far as 26th before finding a rhythm and some room to race.  The forward progress started on lap seven.  
 
Reinhardt reached the 19th spot on lap thirteen, but it took another ten laps before the car and the track would really come to him.  On lap twenty three he turned his fastest lap of the race.  Over the final five laps, he rolled the bottom with great success, climbing from 18th all the way to 13th at the checkered flag.
 
The finish was a career best for Reinhardt at the World Finals, improving on his 2021 result by a few spots.
 
November 4:  World Finals / The Dirt Track at Charlotte / Concord, NC  [52 cars, Qualifying 10th Flight B, Heat 10th (5), C-main 3rd (4)]

 

Friday’s second chance to accumulate points started off very similar to Wednesday for Reinhardt, who registered the 10th quickest lap of the 26 drivers to hit the track in Flight B.  Once again, he would take the green for his heat race from the 5th starting spot, needing only to remain in the top five to transfer to the main event.

 

The opening lap of heat number four is where Reinhardt’s week took a turn the wrong direction.  A bunched up start led to a four wide situation in turn one, forcing his No.91 above the cushion.  He managed to avoid contact but rolled to a stop, bringing out the caution.

 

Reinhardt was able to restart and join the rear of the field, but it would be tough to recover the track position in a short eight laps.  He finished a distant 10th, dropping him into the C-main and leaving him with slim odds of making his way to the A-main.

 

Reinhardt would need to finish first or second in the 10-lap C-main to advance to the B-main.  From his starting spot outside row two, he claimed the 3rd position on the opening lap.  He was unable to close the gap enough on runner up Eric Riggins to mount a serious challenge.

 

Reinhardt’s night ended much earlier than expected with the 3rd place C-main finish.  The real price of the disappointing night was a low point total to add to his solid first night, which would make Saturday night’s main event slightly more difficult to reach.

 

November 5:  World Finals / The Dirt Track at Charlotte / Concord, NC  [52 cars, Heat 7th (7), B-main 8th (9)]

 

Saturday’s program consisted of four 11-car heat races.  The top ten starters were set heads-up by points from the first two night, and they were joined by a top four finisher from the non-qualifier’s race that opened the night.  The top five finishers from each heat race would move on to the A-main, and the remaining teams would compete in a B-main for the final four starting spots.

 

The ripple effect of Friday’s heat race troubles was clear.  Reinhardt’s two day point total placed him 7th in heat number four.  He took 6th on lap two with a slide job on Kraig Kinser and set his sights on the final transfer spot.  At the halfway point, Kinser forced his way back around the No.91 off turn four.  Reinhardt couldn’t mount another challenge and settled for a 7th place finish.

 

The B-main would be an uphill climb for Reinhardt, needing to reach the top four in twelve short laps from his 9th starting spot to make the show.  He gave it everything he had, climbing has high as 7th by the time the caution flag appeared with three laps complete.

 

The ensuing restart didn’t go Reinhardt’s way.  He lost the track position he had gained, slipping back to 9th again.  In the closing laps he raced his way back into 8th but that’s where the week, and season, came to an end.

 

We had decent speed this week.  We weren’t great but things just didn’t go our way Friday and we got behind.  I want to give a shout out to Cheerwine, Carolina Beverage Corp and Arthur Carver IV for coming on board this week to help us out at the World Finals.  I also want to say thank you to Capitol Renegade, Champion Hi-Tech Lubricant’s, Henry’s Wrecker Service and all our other partners who have supported us all season.“, Reinhardt commented.

 

Overall our season wasn’t up to our expectations, but with the speed we found the past month we feel better going into the offseason.  We feel like we have something to build on for 2023.”  

 

Up Next

 

That’s a wrap for Kyle’s 2022 season!  Follow his social media outlets listed below, as well as Addicted2DirtPR on most social media platforms, for future announcements about his 2023 plans!

 

Season Stats

 

75 races, 0 wins, 10 top 5’s, 20 top 10’s, 37 top 15’s

 

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