BRAND-NEW OXFORD, Pa. – Last April, Kyle Reinhardt left his design work in New Jersey and also relocated to Central Pennsylvania to chase his imagine competing a sprint auto full-time.
Now, after 2 periods in Posse nation, the 26-year-old is saddling up for one more strong change.
Next period, Reinhardt will certainly sign up with the Ollie’s Bargain Outlet All Star Circuit of Champions and also take objective at a long-lasting quest with the assistance of Wayne Quackenbush and also Jeff McCall.
Quackenbush, the basic supervisor of Capitol Renegade, has actually acted as Reinhardt’s auto proprietor in the No. 91 considering that 2017. Meanwhile McCall, a citizen of Cherryville, N.C., has actually come on board as a co-owner and also important component of Reinhardt’s exploring jump.
McCall has experience helping Dave Blaney and also, most lately, Trey Starks.
“This is what I’ve been working toward for the past several years,” Reinhardt claimed of hitting the trail with the All Stars. “It’s a huge deal for myself. Just to be at this level, to know we’re going to race at this level every night, with a full-time crew and being out on the road, it’s been a long time coming.”
Reinhardt safeguarded just one win this year, a May 31 triumph at Selinsgrove Speedway, and also ran slim on sources by the end of the period.
He feels this undertaking is securely backed and also one he couldn’t skip.
Quackenbush and also Reinhardt have actually made steady gains in the last few years and also the enhancement of McCall militarizes a progression. McCall brings a nationwide account to the table, having actually crewed for Blaney in the World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series in 2001 and also 2002. He likewise assisted launch Scott Gobrecht’s sprint auto group in 2016 with Starks behind the wheel.
“I’m just excited to get going,” Reinhardt claimed. “I can’t thank Wayne and Jeff enough. They are the ones that are making this happen.”
Bob Curtis is readied to come on board as Reinhardt’s staff principal, one more essential enhancement in this jump to the exploring phase. Curtis, that has experience helping names like Donny Schatz, Daryn Pittman, Shane Stewart, and also Fred Rahmer, really launched the action.
The journeyman staff participant called Reinhardt lately and also recommended the suggestion of running the complete All Star excursion.
Even though Williams Grove and also Port Royal Speedways had actually enhanced their track handbags, the choice of what to do was an easy one for Reinhardt.
He’s stayed unwavering concerning this objective considering that the first day.
“There is a lot of money to be won, but at the end of the day I’ve been working to get on the road since I’ve been racing sprint cars,” Reinhardt claimed. “The reward you reach run the All Star offer can transform your race program a heap. You obtain tow cash and also pit passes. When you do 60 races in Pennsylvania, your expense might be extra.
“This deal was a no-brainer for me,” he included.
Reinhardt includes his name to a collection that’s readied to see lots of adjustment in its lineup.
While three-time ruling champ Aaron Reutzel and also professional Paul McMahan have actually left, Ian Madsen, Tyler Courtney, and also Bill Balog have actually signed up with the excursion for following period with their numerous skills and also returns to.
Series runner-up Cory Eliason is likewise established for the title chase and also has actually progressively advanced every year with Rudeen Racing.
Where does Reinhardt match that image? It’s a concern he’s currently played with his head lot of times, recognizing he’s mosting likely to be ideal in the center of the battle royal.
But there are lots of unknowns bordering his approaching undertaking: brand-new tracks, untried components and also items, a brand-new group, and also a brand-new difficulty.
What he doesn’t need to stress over is the problem of determining a well-handling race auto. Over the previous couple of years, Reinhardt has actually normally played the staff primary function offered his interest for the sporting activity and also mechanical expertise.
What’s taken place with time, however, is undesirable stress factors inside the race auto, the moment where a sharp mind is required.
“I know what I’m capable of and I just question my ability to set my own car up because I question it the whole time I’m racing, you know what I mean?” Reinhardt claimed. “That was the biggest fight I’ve had all season. … I constantly question and I don’t really focus on driving.”
This obtained significantly negative in the last fifty percent of 2020, after Reinhardt trashed 2 of his 3 vehicles throughout the nine-race, nine-day Pennsylvania Speedweek. In truth, those were the only on-track events Reinhardt was associated with all period.
But after his June 30 accident at Grandview, where race-leader Christopher Bell rammed right into the back of Reinhardt right as the yellow for one more case appeared, rate decreased and also stress installed.
Since Reinhardt junked one more auto 2 evenings prior at Lincoln, he wished to economize on his currently rigorous sources, so he made rash repair work and also remained to utilize it.
The structure, nonetheless, was curved and also Reinhardt didn’t understand it up until virtually a month and also a fifty percent later on.
“It was so busy, we never really had a chance to fix it,” Reinhardt claimed. “It seemed like we were obtaining oppress each week. At completion of the day, when we took a seat and also took a look at all the outcomes and also took a look at what occurred, we delighted in. We enhanced a great deal from the year prior to and also the previous years. Nothing to hang our heads around. It simply seemed like throughout the period, I anticipated extra out of myself.
“At the end of the day we were happy with it.”
Reinhardt wishes incidents like those can be stayed clear of following year with aid from McCall, and also specifically Curtis, that will certainly work as a much-needed coach for a 26-year-old racer simply attempting to take on a committed mind.
“I think that’s going to be the biggest thing,” Reinhardt claimed. “I hope the results show that.”