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.
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.