Trip to Home State Provides Boost for Reinhardt
New Oxford, PA – April 13, 2021
by Addicted2Dirt PR & Media Management
Feature Photo Credit: Rick Sweeten Images
Entering his first full time season with the series, Kyle Reinhardt was hoping to kick off the All Star Circuit of Champions points races with a solid weekend, but Attica Raceway Park in Ohio didn’t cooperate with his plans. A trip back to his home state to visit Bridgeport Motorsports Park in NJ a few days later, helped restore his confidence.
Friday’s Core & Main Spring Nationals program at Attica Raceway Park was canceled due to cold temperatures, taking away an opportunity to log some laps on a track he had not visited before and leaving Reinhardt with a one-day show on Saturday to accomplish his goal for the points opener.
Saturday night, April 3rd, saw 30 teams sign in to compete with the All Stars at Attica Raceway Park. The format called for timed qualifying to set the lineups for three, 8-lap heat races. Six cars would transfer to the A-main from each heat, with the balance of the field relegated to the B-main for a final shot at making the show.
Reinhardt was the 21st car to go under the clock. His lap was only good enough for 27th quickest overall, which put him 9th in the starting lineup for the third heat. Having learned a little from their qualifying laps, Reinhardt and team made some adjustments prior to the heat race. Those changes seemed to be paying off, as Kyle worked his way into a qualifying spot. Unfortunately Reinhardt made an untimely error and clipped one of the tires used to mark the inside of the racing surface. The contact was enough to get him upside down and inflict enough damage to end his heat race.
The team was able to make repairs in time to run the B-main, hoping to race their way into the main event, however Reinhardt, who started near the back of that event, found himself struggling with the handling and in too deep of a hole to recover, ending the team’s night with a 10th place finish in the consolation event.
The RQM Enterprises, Capitol Renegade No.91 unloaded at Bridgeport Motorsports Park in Swedesboro, NJ on April 6th to compete in the event dubbed as the “Posse Invasion”, as several teams crossed the border from PA to compete. Reinhardt was about to make his first laps on the speedway’s new 4-tenths mile configuration. Aside from a couple visits to familiar Pennsylvania turf in March, he was getting plenty of opportunities to learn from new facilities, with trips to Screven (GA), East Bay (FL) and of course, Attica (OH) already in his notebook this year.
Bridgeport’s format for the special event included a pill draw to divide the 30 entered teams into 3 heat groups. Each group would run a 3-lap timed dash to establish the starting order for their heat races later in the evening. The top 4 would be inverted. Reinhart was rolling pretty well and registered the 4th quickest time, placing him on the pole for the heat race. “We had some ups and downs throughout the night but we definitely started off strong and were making gains each time we hit the track“, Reinhardt noted.
Kyle capitalized on his starting position, jumping out front quickly on the start of the third heat race. He was never challenged, even withstanding a late race restart that put Ryan Smith, a recent winner in URC competition at the track, on his rear bumper. The heat race victory put Reinhardt into the 6-lap dash that would establish the starting order for the top 6 cars in the A-main. Unfortunately the dash draw turned up the six pill for the 91 team, putting Kyle at the back of the starting lineup for the dash. He was unable to make up any ground, but crossed the line 5th thanks to someone else’s misfortune.
Reinhardt rolled off from the 5th starting spot in the night’s 30 lap main event. In the opening laps, he slipped back a couple positions and as the leader completed lap 10, Kyle found himself in 8th trying to establish a rhythm. He was able to find his groove and gain back some of the ground he had lost, recapturing 7th just before the halfway sign. A restart after a late race caution presented an opportunity for Reinhardt to get more. Danny Dietrich made a hard charge to the low side as the field took the white flag. Freddie Rahmer, who had lined up right in front of Reinhardt, moved low to take the line away from Dietrich as the pack sailed into turn 3. This opened the door on the high side for Reinhardt to blast around the top and claim 6th as he flashed under the checkered flag.
The Neptune City, NJ native was pleased with the team’s night but acknowledged his own mistakes that probably cost the team a couple spots at the end of the night. “I was getting more and more comfortable as the night went. The changes (crew chief) Bob was making to the car were working for me. I just gave up too much at the start of the race.” Reinhardt shared. He continued, “I made some poor lane choices the first few laps and the guys around me pounced on it. There’s no room for mistakes when you’re racing against these guys. They are in attack mode 100% of the time.”
Overall it was a really good night for Kyle and the Jeff McCall/Wayne Quackenbush operation. A solid top 10 against this competition is nothing to hang your head about. Reinhardt just knew he could have had a little more, saying, “We could’ve been racing for 4th or 5th if I had made better decisions early in the race. I have some things to work on.” Reinhardt wrapped up his thoughts on the night with a knowing grin, commenting, “You can lose a lot quickly when you make mistakes out there. Track position is so much easier to give than take.”
RQM Motorsports would like to thank 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.
Kyle and team will work to maintain their momentum from Bridgeport when they compete in four All Star Circuit of Champions events in four days on a swing through Virginia and Pennsylvania. April 15th will take the team to Virginia Motor Speedway in Jamaica, VA. The weekend will see the RQM Enterprises, Capitol Renegade group haul to Williams Grove Speedway on April 16th, Port Royal Speedway on April 17th and Bedford Speedway on April 18th.
Photos from Attica and bridgeport
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