Team Will Return to Williams Grove This Weekend
Abbottstown, PA – August 1, 2023
by Addicted2Dirt PR & Media Mgmt
Photo Credit: Jeremy Zarfos Photography
Kyle Keen has been working as hard as anyone in the pit area. So far in 2023 that hasn’t translated directly to the results one should get in return for the effort. Mechanical issues, a learning curve behind the wheel and some flat out bad luck in the form of pill draws just haven’t worked in his favor.
That’s racing though. Everyone goes through it.
Teams have to keep chipping away and grinding it out to be ready when everything comes together. That’s exactly what Kyle Keen Motorsports is doing. The recent weekend brought two more tests for the young wheelman.
- Date: July 28, 2023
- Event: 358 Summer Series
- Track: Williams Grove Speedway
- City, State: Mechanicsburg, PA
- Quick Stats: 25 cars, Heat 5th (4), A-main 15th (15)
- Date: July 29, 2023
- Track: Lincoln Speedway
- City, State: Abbottstown, PA
- Quick Stats: 28 cars, Heat 6th (9), A-main 18th (18)
One Spot Changes Everything
Keen started 4th in his heat race Friday night at Williams Grove Speedway and with the top four making the redraw for the 358 Sprint Car Summer Series event, he was in a good position to kick off the night.
At the halfway mark of the 8-lap qualifying race, Keen lost the spot and slipped to 5th. He was unable to recover the position and missed the redraw.
Instead of having a shot at starting in the front few rows of the A-main, he lined up 15th for the night’s finale. In the early going, Keen slipped back as far as 19th but battled back to finish 15th at the end of the night.
“We were off a little in the heat race and it showed. Had a good start and just couldn’t capitalize on it. In the feature I thought the car was pretty good, just got stuck on the bottom early in the feature and took too long to get going.”, Keen said.
Climbing Out of a Hole
Another unfavorable pill draw put Keen 9th on the grid to start his heat race Saturday night at Lincoln Speedway in Abbottstown, PA, but the Fine Line Auto Body, Keen Parts/CorvetteParts.net, Doubling Gap Ranch, Shetron, Auction & Equipment, LLC., Wicked Dog Grille, Heishman Racing Fuels, Wicked Cushion, DL Lehman Construction, Gearhead Coffee, Jeremy Zarfos Photography, Coyle’s Lawn Maintenance, 2B Wrapped, 4 Leaf Clover Farms, Turn 2 Terribles Podcast & Media, Kyle Keen Motorsports No.17 was up to the task. He charged his way up to 6th and into a transfer spot a few laps into the race. Although his progress stopped there, his effort was good enough to transfer directly to the A-main.
Starting deep in the A-main field, Keen was hoping for forward progress similar to his heat race. It never materialized. He was mired in traffic and ended up 18th at the end of the night.
“Another rough pill draw had us start pretty deep in the heat. We had an awesome car for the heat race and we’re able to shoot up to 5th from 9th. In my opinion, we should have ran 3rd but I made a few mistakes that probably cost us a handicap spot.”, Keen shared.
“In the feature, the track was very blown off and start position was really important. Disappointed we weren’t able to do much passing, but that’s par for the course sometimes as the second feature on the racetrack.“
“Thanks to Ant Bay for coming up and serving as crew chief for us this weekend, we had a lot of fun!“
Kyle and the team will look to rebound from last weekend when they return to Williams Grove Speedway this Friday, August 4th for another 358 Summer Series event!
9 races, 0 wins, 1 top 5’s, 3 top 10’s, 5 top 15’s
The answer to the last trivia question is Kyle Keen would most like to race at Bridgeport Motorsports Park in Swedesboro, NJ someday!
Now, on to this week’s question. What is Kyle’s favorite restaurant?
The answer in the next press release!
DL Lehman Construction, LLC.
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He is also highly skilled at general carpentry and provides high quality results for his customers.
If you have any concrete construction needs in the Central Pennsylvania region, give Dustin a call at 717-226-0914! His work is top notch!
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THANKS TO OUR PARTNERS!
The entire team would like to express their appreciation to all their partners for the support during the 2023 racing season!
Fine Line Auto Body
Keen Parts / CorvetteParts.net
Doubling Gap Ranch
Shetron Auction & Equipment, LLC.
Wicked Dog Grille
Heishman Racing Fuels
DL Lehman Construction, LLC
Jeremy Zarfos Photography
Coyles Lawn Maintenance
4 Leaf Clover Farms
Turn 2 Terribles Podcast and Media
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