Solid Night, Solid Season, Solid Future
Millerstown, PA – November 19, 2021
by Addicted2Dirt PR & Media Management
featured photo credit: SprintCarNews.com / Rick Rarer
Kyle Reinhardt and the Capitol Renegade team have already been thinking about the 2022 season for several weeks, if not longer. There is much to plan and coordinate to prepare for a season that is comprised of over 70 races spanning 9 months as theirs did in 2021. Before they could fully turn their attention to that task, there was one more race to run. The traditional final 410 race in the country: The Capitol Renegade Sprint Showdown at BAPS Motor Speedway.
11/13: Sprint Showdown, BAPS Motor Speedway – Newberrytown, PA
(38 cars, Qualifying: 2nd in Group 2 & 3rd overall, Heat: 2nd, A-main: 7th)
The November weather in Central Pennsylvania is notoriously unpredictable to say the least. Some years fans are able to show up to the season finale in t-shirts, other years winter coats are the apparel of choice.
2021 brought its own memorable combination of elements. Rain and wind moved in during the late morning, making for a chilly autumn day. It didn’t matter though. This was the final race of the season, so when the weather passed, and the sun popped out briefly in the
midafternoon, the race teams, and loyal Posse race fans poured into the facility, equipped
with the aforementioned winter coats.
The Capitol Renegade, Champion Hi-Tech Lubricants, Henry’s Wrecker Service No.91 was one of 38 cars signed in for action Saturday afternoon.
The annual season-ending event employs a somewhat unique format that uses a pill draw to divide the field into groups of 8-10 cars each. Teams remain in their groups for hot laps, time trials and heat races. To allow for spacing during time trials, half of each group takes to the track at a time for three green flag laps under the clock. Heat races would be 10 laps, lined up by time but with the top 4 inverted, and the top five finishers transferring directly to the A-main. The winner and the fastest qualifier go to the redraw.
Reinhardt’s pill draw landed him in the first half of a very stout qualifying group number two. The Neptune City, NJ native was up to the task though as he attacked the 4-tenths mile oval, turning in a lap of 14.736. It turned out to be 2nd best in his group and 3rd best in the entire field.
The inversion meant Reinhardt would take the green in his heat race from the 3rd starting spot. On the initial start, Logan Schuchart claimed the lead and Freddie Rahmer kept Reinhardt at bay in 3rd. In the midst of lap two, Tyler Ross got upside down, bringing out the red. On the ensuing restart, Reinhardt charged hard and wrestled 2nd away from Rahmer. He then set his sights on Schuchart and the lead but couldn’t get close enough to challenge and settled for the runner up finish.
Main Event Recap
Reinhardt’s qualifying efforts garnered him the 10th starting spot in the 30-lap A-main. The Capitol Renegade, J&J Auto Racing mount was competitive from the start. Reinhardt quickly found his rhythm and began moving forward. He was able to claim 9th early on, then 8th by lap ten.
Despite being tested by a couple restarts, which are double-file by rule at BAPS Motor Speedway, Kyle managed to hold his ground. By lap 21 Reinhardt had claimed 7th from Jacob Allen. Allen, a World of Outlaws regular, didn’t give up easily though and the pair exchanged sliders for several laps until Reinhardt finally claimed the spot for good. From that point on, there were no cautions to bunch the field and Reinhardt wasn’t close enough to take a shot at Anthony Macri for 6th.
“We had good speed all night and we raced well. We were better than we had been in recent outings, so that’s a good way to finish the season. We’ve been getting back to basics and giving the car what it needs. It’s been responding well, so my confidence is up too as a result“, Reinhardt shared.
“Looking back on 2021 now that we are done, it wasn’t a bad year for us. It was tough going on the road for the first time. We kept plugging away though and we learned a lot as a result of traveling and seeing a lot of new places for the first time”, Kyle reflected.
“We got our first All Star win and our first quick time. We had some good nights, but we also had some tough ones. I feel like we left a lot on the table“, Reinhardt concluded.
Reinhardt and the Capitol Renegade team plan to hit the road with the All Star Circuit of Champions again in 2022, so the offseason will be short and very busy. Preparing a shop, a hauler, and multiple cars for the grind of a long season requires a lot of planning and coordination. Often teams work as hard or harder from November to February as they do during the season.
“We are still looking to fill the crew chief role on the team, so hopefully we can do that soon. I’m looking forward to 2022. We know we can take what we learned this year and improve. We already have goals. Obviously, we want to be more consistent, but we also believe we can win multiple races and put ourselves in the top 5 in All Star points“, Reinhardt said.
Thanks to Our Partners!
RQM Enterprises would like to express their appreciation to all their partners for the continued support! Thanks to Capitol Renegade, Capitol Custom Coaches & Trailers, Champion Brands, Fibreworks Composites, Henry’s Wrecker Service, J&J Auto Racing, FK Rod Ends, Kinsler Fuel Injection, Brown & Miller Racing Solutions, Kelly Racing Fuel, B.C. Walter Trucking, Arai Americas, Auto Meter, KSE Racing Products, InTech Trailers, Fel-Pro, Taylor Ignition Wires, Miller Welders, K&N Filters, Mettec, AL Driveline, Jesel Valvetrain, DMI, All-Pro Aluminum Cylinder Heads, ISC Racers Tape, HMS Motorsports, Ultra Lite Brakes & Components, Rider Racing Engines, Saldana Racing Products and HP Engines for their support during the 2021 racing season.
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