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Press releases, official race results and other noteworthy news from supermodified sanctions and tracks west of the Mississippi including Englewood Racing Association, Madera Speedway and more.

VANDERPOOL EYEING SUCCESS IN MUST SEE SUPER SHOWS AT AUTO CITY, LUCAS OIL

SANGER, Calif. – Kyle Vanderpool and the Penix Racing supermodified team are headed east once again for rounds three and four of the 2013 Must See Racing Super Modified Series.

The team will be at Auto City Speedway in Michigan this Saturday for the Summer Twin Super Sizzler before returning to the Midwest next weekend, June 29, for the much-anticipated Night of Speed at Lucas Oil Raceway, formerly Indianapolis Raceway Park, in Indiana.

Vanderpool has a good deal of confidence heading into the upcoming Must See shows. The California shoe has been dominant in the 410 supermodified division at Madera (Calif.) Speedway this year, winning three out of three main events and four in a row dating back to last season.

Vanderpool also showed good speed in his East Coast-style supermodified debut in May at Winchester and Anderson speedways in Indiana. Behind the wheel of the 2012 Belfab chassis for the first time in actual competition, Vanderpool raced to a sixth-place finish at Winchester and took home a solid third-place result along with a heat-race win at Anderson.

Heading into this Saturday’s show at Auto City, Vanderpool says his goal is to win, and he believes even with limited experience in east coast super racing, that goal is feasible.

“I think we need to believe we can go out there and win,” Vanderpool said. “We’re in the hunt. It’s totally different from the west coast racing, so it’s been a pretty big learning curve so far. I believe we have a really good shot at winning. The top-five cars in this series are all good, so we need to be on our A game, starting with the first practice session.”

Vanderpool, a veteran of west coast-style super racing, offered some interesting thoughts on the difference between the two forms of supermodified racing.

“The east-coast car rolls a lot more than the west-coast car,” Vanderpool began. “There is a lot more rotating weight, and the wing takes a lot of getting used to. I’m not completely used to the big wing yet and it moving around up there and it’s affect on chassis lift. And believe it or not, the west-coast car has a quicker throttle response, so that’s offered a pretty big learning curve. With the east-coast car you need to roll into the throttle sooner and almost keep your momentum up the best you can, where with the west-coast car that’s not as important because when you get to the throttle (the response) is right there.”

The Penix Racing team enters this weekend’s Auto City round sitting third in Must See Super Modified points behind two-race winner Dave McKnight and Kyle Edwards.

After Auto City and Lucas Oil, the team will return to California for a July 13 Madera show before coming back east for the July 20 Must See race at Lake Erie Speedway in Pennsylvania and the prestigious ISMA Hy-Miler Nationals weekend July 26-27 at Ohio’s Sandusky Speedway.

Remember to check out the new Penix Racing website, which can be found at PenixRacing.com or KVanderpoolRacing.com.

Penix Racing is also active on Facebook and Twitter, and they can be found at http://www.facebook.com/Penix-Racing or twitter.com/penixracing.
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Penix Racing is a supermodified racing team based in Madera, California. Penix Racing is the only supermodified team that owns east-coast and west-coast-style supers, and is the first team to regularly compete in events west and east of the Mississippi River.

Penix Racing and Kyle Vanderpool’s marketing partners are NH3 Plus, Inc., Administrative Solutions, Caps Brite Hot Coatings, Belfab Racing Products, Schaeffer’s Racing Oil, McGaughy’s, Tioga-Sequoia Brewing Co., K&N Filters, Simpson Race Products and SpeedMeetsArt.com.

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VANDERPOOL, PENIX OPEN YEAR WITH WIN AT MADERA

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.

Kyle Vanderpool in Madera Victory Lane
Vanderpool enjoying the spoils of victory Saturday at Madera
(Orange Freak Photography photo)

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.”

Kyle Vanderpool at speed at Madera Speedway
Vanderpool on track in Penix Racing’s Hyder chassis Saturday at Madera
(Orange Freak Photography photo)

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 Supermodified 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.”

Remember to check out the new Penix Racing website, which can be found at PenixRacing.com or KVanderpoolRacing.com.

Penix Racing is also active on Facebook and Twitter, and they can be found at http://www.facebook.com/Penix-Racing or twitter.com/penixracing.