VANDERPOOL HAS LATE-SEASON ISMA, KING OF WINS SPRINT SHOWS ON AGENDA
MADERA, Calif. (July 22, 2014) – West coast supermodified racer Kyle Vanderpool has two wins in four Winged Sprints vs. Supermodifieds Challenge events at Madera Speedway in 2014, including his recent Saturday, July 12 triumph over 410 sprint racer Tim Skoglund.
Vanderpool out-ran Skoglund by a 4.6-second margin at the finish of the 30-lapper and set the race’s fast lap at a blistering 12.896 around Madera’s one-third-mile oval.
In the two Madera Sprint vs. Super shows Vanderpool has not won, he’s finished second. Veteran supermodified racer Jim Birges scored the victory over Kyle on May 3, while Jeff Collins wheeled his supermodified to the win over Vanderpool Saturday, June 7.
Vanderpool’s two wins and pair of runner-up finishes have him leading the Madera Sprint vs. Super point standings by 15 markers over Skoglund. Two races – August 9 and September 13 – remain on the 2014 schedule with Sept. 13 the prestigious annual Madera Harvest Classic, a race Vanderpool won in 2013.
“We keep making changes to the car and really we’ve been a little inconsistent,” Vanderpool admitted after his July 12 win. “We’ve been working with a different wing mounting setup that has changed the car. The competition has been strong at Madera this year and we’ve been fortunate to win twice and finish second a couple of times. We’re all looking forward to the rest of the year.”
Madera has been attracting 10 to 12 cars to the Sprint vs. Super shows with six to seven 410 or 360 supers normally in attendance.
EAST COAST PLANS
Penix Racing’s No. 3 Belfab east-coast super will not be ready for this weekend’s Sandusky Speedway Hy-Miler Nationals in Ohio. Vanderpool did some ride hunting but it looks like the Californian will be sitting out this weekend instead of making a second consecutive attempt at the Hy-Miler.
As work in California continues to prepare Penix Racing east-coast super for competition, Vanderpool said the team is eyeing to run the Belfab chassis in the final three ISMA shows in 2014.
“We’re planning on running Oswego, Star and Thompson. We ran Star and Thompson last year and had some good speed so I’m really looking forward to getting back to ISMA shows at tracks we have a little experience at. This would be our first trip to Oswego for the Classic Weekend event and obviously I can’t wait for that one and I’m really hoping we can run it. Oswego is the home of supermodified racing in this country and it will be a real treat to run that track for the first time,” Vanderpool said.
Once the supermodified season concludes at Thompson in late October, Vanderpool and the Penix team will return to California and focus on Vanderpool taking a stab at some sprint car racing with the Davey Hamilton King of Wing Sprint Car Series November 21-23.
The three-night series will run Vanderpool’s home track, Madera Friday night, Irwindale Saturday and Kern County Raceway Park in Bakersfield on Sunday.
Penix Racing is anticipating fielding a sprint car for Vanderpool for the first time at these events. More news will be released later in the season as the King of Wing series approaches.
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