There’s No Substitute for Seat Time
New Oxford, PA – June 10, 2021
by Addicted2Dirt PR & Media Management
Feature Photo Credit: Brent Smith Photography
As the All Star Circuit of Champions (ASCoC) prepared to make a swing through Illinois and Wisconsin just after the Memorial Day holiday, Kyle Reinhardt reflected on his first experience with Midwest bullrings just two weeks prior. Those nights had provided some valuable information for both the driver and the team. It was time to apply what they had learned and put themselves to the test once again.
6/3: Fairbury American Legion Speedway, Fairbury, IL
(Qualifying 5th overall/2nd in group, Heat 4th, A-main 17th)
The series rolled into Fairbury American Legion Speedway (FALS) in Illinois to kick off the 4-race swing that was co-sanctioned with the IRA (Interstate Racing Association). The event drew a field of 32 cars, including Reinhardt and the Capitol Renegade No.91 team. Right out of the gate they showed progress, recording the 5th quickest overall lap in time trials. The lap was good for 2nd in Reinhardt’s group.
Reinhardt’s qualifying effort was very good but being second quickest in your group is often a tough spot. He would need to win the heat race to control his own destiny and make the dash redraw. Otherwise, he would need to rely on others and circumstances to fall his way to make the dash. He took the green from the 3rd starting spot in heat number three but came home 4th, missing a shot at the dash. According to the All Star rule book regarding the dash redraw, “The Heat Winner then the Quickest Transfer from each Heat AND then the top Two (2) from overall time trials that also advance to the A-main through their heat race will, random draw for dash starting position”.
The Neptune City, NJ native rolled off 15th in the A-main, but wasn’t able to mount any forward charge. Reinhardt took the checkered flag in 17th and then offered his brief insights on the night. “We were much better in time trials tonight, so I’m happy about that. We just missed it (the setup) in the feature“, he shared.
6/4: Wilmot Speedway, Wilmot, WI
(Qualifying 17th overall/6th in group, Heat 5th, A-main 11th)
The tour ventured north into Wisconsin on Friday for stop number two of the four ASCoC/IRA events. 39 teams entered competition, setting up 5 qualifying and heat race groups for the night. Reinhardt’s qualifying effort was a respectable 17th overall, however it was only good enough for 6th in his group, which meant he would have a little tougher road to a good finish at the end of the night.
Step one of the road back was checked off when Kyle managed to advance from 6th to 5th in his heat race, just making the transfer and putting himself into the A-main for the night. Reinhardt started 17th in the 30-lap feature event and immediately went to work on step two of the road back, charging forward to reach the top 10 by lap 8. Midway through the event, a torrid battle among several cars saw Reinhardt slip back to 12th but he continued to battle and ultimately cross the finish line in 11th. Given the way the evening started, the finish was definitely good enough to consider step two of the road back complete.
6/5: Plymouth Dirt Track, Plymouth, WI
(Qualifying 2nd overall/2nd in group, Heat 5th, Dash 3rd, A-main 8th)
Rolling another two hours further north, the traveling band of racers unloaded on the Sheboygan County Fairground to race at Plymouth Dirt Track, a one-third mile bullring located an hour north of Milwaukee. It was yet another new venue for Reinhardt and the Capitol Renegade team, which was the norm thus far in 2021, their first season touring with the series. They were one of 36 teams who signed in to take a shot at the $6,000 winner’s share that was up for grabs in the 30-lap main event.
Once again, Reinhardt posted the 2nd quickest time in his group, but this time it was also good enough for 2nd overall in time trials. Recalling the dash redraw rule mentioned earlier, this meant good news for the Rookie of the Year candidate and his crew. They were locked into the dash, as long as they were able to transfer in their heat race. That meant Reinhardt needed to finish in the top 5 of his heat race, which he accomplished.
Like his most recent opportunity to participate in the dash redraw, Reinhardt would have a little luck shine on him. He drew the pole of dash number one, giving himself a good shot at starting on the pole of the A-main if he could fend off his competitors in the 4-lap dash. Bill Balog, who has many more laps at the Wisconsin track, managed to get by Reinhardt to win the dash, while Kyle settled for a 3rd place finish.
Starting 5th in the feature event, Reinhardt was competitive and engaged in a multi-car battle inside the top 10 throughout the 30-lap event. In the closing laps, the No.91 of Reinhardt faded slightly but still logged a solid 8th place finish.
6/6: Angell Park Speedway, Sun Prairie, WI
(Qualifying 19th, Heat 7th, B-main 2nd, A-main 19th)
To conclude the 4-race series, 26 teams rolled into Angell Park Speedway, just over an hour west of Milwaukee. To open the night, Reinhardt registered the 19th quickest time in the field. Given their improved qualifying efforts on the bullrings so far on the trip, the result was disappointing but it was another opportunity to learn.
The struggles continued in the first heat race. Reinhardt started and finished 7th, landing himself in the B-main. On the bright side, he was able to race from 4th to 2nd in the B-main, giving himself and the team the 20th starting spot in the A-main. The tough night continued, with Reinhardt ultimately riding home 19th.
“Overall we improved nightly, until Sunday, so overall we’re happy. We time-trialed better on the smaller tracks than we had been. I feel like I definitely improved at that“, an encouraged Reinhardt commented. He continued recapping the week, “We’re figuring stuff out night by night and racing a little better at these types of places too”.
Looking ahead to Ohio Speedweek, Reinhardt thinks his time on the Midwest bullrings the past month will pay off. “These tracks were slick to a curb. Slick is something we’ve been struggling with, so these races showed we’re heading the right direction. We’ll carry that into Ohio where most of the tracks are slick as well.”
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.
Arguably the toughest stretch of the All Star Circuit of Champions’ season starts Friday, June 11th at Attica Raceway Park in Attica, OH. The race kicks off Ohio Sprint Speedweek for Kyle and the Capitol Renegade team. The 2021 edition of the summer tradition consists of 8 nights of racing in 9 days. The full Speedweek schedule is included below.
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