MADERA, CA March 23, 2013 – Kyle Vanderpool and Penix Racing opened the 2013 supermodified season with a big win this past weekend in the Winged World Series at Madera Speedway in California, the track’s season-opening event which featured 410 and 360 supermodifieds, NCMA sprint cars and USAC / BCRA midgets.
The Penix team debuted its faithful Hyder chassis with a new setup and shock package combination. The team disregarded all notes from the previous two seasons in trying to keep the car consistent throughout the length of the a main event, and not simply fast on fresh tires and falling as the race progresses, an issue Vanderpool had cited several times over the last couple seasons.
Vanderpool was fourth fastest of 11 supers in attendance in practice before qualifying a close second to Eric Silsby in time trials. The 24-year-old Californian won his heat race in a tight contest over Jim Birges.
Starting fifth in the feature, Vanderpool wheeled his NH3 Plus-sponsored machine to the lead by lap eight. Silsby was not to give up, however, as he stayed within striking distance of Vanderpool throughout most of the 50-lapper. Silsby would close from time to time, but he was unable to mount a serious challenge, crossing the stripe four seconds back of Vanderpool.
“I think that’s the best we’ve had the car since we’ve run it,” Vanderpool said after the race. “The new setup we have is outstanding and the shock package seems to be working very well. We ran our fastest lap on lap 48, which probably made us happier than actually winning the race! I have to thank the entire crew for their hard work – Danny, Shane Vanderpool, my wife Kami, Jeff Gardner and of course, Don and Chuck Penix. Also want to thank all of our great sponsors for making this deal possible.”
Another interesting note is that Penix Racing has removed all cockpit adjustments from their 410 super to prepare Vanderpool for the upcoming East Coast supermodified events in which the team will compete with their new Belfab chassis.
“Eliminating the onboard adjustments is certainly different for me,” Vanderpool admitted. “But we’re focused on doing well on the East
Coast and anything we can do to get more ready is definitely a plus. We’re looking forward to getting out their with the Belfab this May.”
Next up for Penix Racing is another 410 super show, May 4 at Madera. The month will heat up May 18-20, when the team travels to Indiana to compete with its 2012 Belfab for the first time at the Must See season-opening swing, which comprises a Saturday, Sunday twin bill at Winchester Speedway and a special Monday weekend capper at Anderson Speedway, the “World’s Fastest High-Banked Quarter-Mile.”
- Penix and Vanderpool Racing Coast-to-coast in 2013 (wingsideup.wordpress.com)