Story Behind 358 Sprint Car Rookie’s Late Start Is an Interesting One
Carlisle, PA – May 11, 2022
by Addicted2Dirt PR & Media Management
Feature Photo Credit: Jeremy Zarfos Photography
Addicted2Dirt PR and Media Management (A2D PR) is happy to announce we have formed a new partnership with Kyle Keen Motorsports.
A2D PR will handle promotion of the race team and their marketing partners via press releases and social media, in addition to events, videos and other creative outlets. Race fans will consistently receive the latest information, including the team’s plans, inside stories, news and results.
“I’m excited to get started working with A2D. I always have a lot of ideas to help us grow our team and take care of our partners, but it can be difficult to find the time to do it properly. This new relationship will help us a ton with that.“, Kyle Keen commented.
Kyle Keen has been around racing his entire life, but the story of how he finally ended up behind the wheel himself is not what you would expect.
His father, Shawn Keen, raced Super Sportsmen in the mid-90’s, then 410 sprint cars from ’97 to ’03. After giving up the wheel, he owned cars for other notable wheelmen like Mark Smith and Skip Jackson.
His grandfather, the late Jesse Keen, was a staple in Central Pennsylvania sprint car racing. His untimely passing 10 years ago this month left a void in the racing community that simply cannot be filled. He was a highly respected man who got into racing by owning sprint cars, like the famous 5w that was driven by Randy Wolfe, and later backed Randy’s son Lucas when he took on the Outlaw tour. He went on to own highly successful cars that were piloted by some of the sports’ best, such as Tyler Walker and Daryn Pittman, along with many others.
Despite his family’s involvement in racing, Kyle was too busy as a two-sport athlete growing up; football and basketball. Racing just wasn’t on his radar at the time.
Fast forward to 2018 and along came iRacing, the cutting edge online racing simulator. Then 23 years old, Keen jumped in. And he was very good at it.
“I did really well on iRacing that year and I thought to myself, ‘I think I could drive a real race car’.“, Keen shared with a chuckle. “So, I talked to my dad, and we ended up buying a 305 sprint car and the things I needed to get started. The first year (2019) was ok, but the next year we really got going pretty good. We were always competitive, and we scored a bunch of top-1o’s.”
After racing in the highly competitive 305 sprint car division in 2019 and 2020, Kyle stepped out of the seat in 2021. He and his wife were working on buying a house and racing didn’t fit in the budget at the time. Instead, he sold his equipment and spent the race season serving as crew chief on friend Kenny Heffner’s 305 sprint car.
“I missed being behind the wheel last year, but I learned a lot about setting up these cars by working for Kenny.“, Keen said.
He couldn’t stay away for long. During the offseason, Keen bought some equipment and made the move up to the 358 sprint cars for the 2022 season.
“We’ve only run five races in the 358, but we’ve made all five features and we have one top-10. I’m racing against a bunch of guys who have a lot more laps than me, so I’ll take those results. I’m still learning obviously. We’ll keep getting better as the season goes. I believe we can be a regular top-10 team by the time the season wraps up.“, Keen commented.
“I want to thank my dad for everything he does, and I want to thank all my partners. I appreciate everything they do for me. I got a late start on this racing thing but with their help, I’m getting to do something I love. We’re going to do everything we can to give back to them and get them up front this year.“, Keen concluded.
Kyle will join the 358 field at Williams Grove Speedway on Friday, May 20th for their long-delayed 2022 debut at the legendary oval in the Fine Line Auto Body / Keen Parts / Doubling Gap Ranch / Shetron Aution & Equipment, LLC. / Wicked Dog Grille / Heishman Racing Fuels / Wicked Cushion / DL Lehman Construction, LLC. / GearHead Coffee / Jeremy Zarfos Photography / Coyles Lawn Maintenance / One Nine Design, No.17k.
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5 races, 0 wins, 0 top 5’s, 1 top 10’s, 2 top 15’s
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