Bob Haynes and Kyle Carpenter Team Up For a Supermodified Run at Oswego Speedway in 2004 Change was abundant in the super modified world during the winter months of 2004. The mecca of super modified racing, Oswego Speedway, in the midst of an...
Bob Haynes and Kyle Carpenter Team Up For a Supermodified Run at Oswego Speedway in 2004
Change was abundant in the super modified world during the winter months of 2004. The mecca of super modified racing, Oswego Speedway, in the midst of an ownership change. The supermodified pits look to be overflowing with the open wheeled machines as the gates open for the upcoming season.
While many familiar faces will line the infield, many new additions are making plans for the 2004 summer at Oswego. One of the new car and driver combinations will bring a longtime crewman and a rookie to the lakeside oval. Bob Haynes, who grew up within an earshot of the track, takes the ownership role, and he will team up with Kyle Carpenter, an accomplished open wheeled midget driver.
Haynes fulfilled a lifelong dream becoming an owner in the off season "This is something I wanted to do, something I always wanted to try," Haynes said. "The car is Dave Lair's 44, the newer car of his two cars. It is a good car and has been very quick many times in the past. I weighed many options, but came to the conclusion that starting with good used equipment is the cheapest and easiest way to get your feet wet as an owner. Dave is a great friend and he made me an offer that I couldn't refuse"
Like many Oswegonians, Haynes grew up at the race track. "Racing always has been a big part of my life. There have been many Saturday nights at the track, first as a spectator, and second as a crew member. I worked with Tim Nelson as a crew member from 1982 to 1994. Tim is one of the most knowledgeable people in racing and I learned a lot from working with him.
Since then I've worked with Dave on the 88 and eventually the 44. Being an owner is something I wanted to try, and we'll go out and do the best we can we the funding we have. I think with some modifications, this car has the potential to contend every week. I'm very excited at the prospect of teaming up with Kyle and his dad. Kyle really impressed me last year. He is the complete package, and has 78 feature wins in carts and midgets on his resume. I think the fans at Oswego are going to fall in love with this kid"
Kyle Carpenter is the hired gun for the team. Carpenter finished just out the top ten in the demanding NEMA midgets last year, and brings his talents to the fast 5/81s for 2004. "We would like to run the full season, " said the 19 year-old Gloucester, Massachusetts resident. We would like to run as much as we can, learn as much as we can, have some fun."
"I met the Haynes family through Bobby Santos," Kyle explained. "Bobby III was driving one of the Lair team cars, and they had a second one. They needed a driver, and I was lucky enough to get the chance to drive it."
Kyle's first super modified race was none other than the grand daddy of them all, the Oswego Classic. In his first appearance in the powerful supermodified, Kyle qualified for the star-studded show, and despite brake failure brought the car home to a very respectable 23rd place finish.
"Kyle and I are on the same page," Haynes said. "He's a smart guy, that can give you good information. That should help us a lot. Kyle and my son are friends and they're actually responsible for the formation of our team. Kyle's s dad Brad has been around the sport a while, he started out with Bentley Warren in the 1970s. Brad and Kyle are both hands-on kind of guys who aren't afraid of hard work. "
Kyle was in a super modified three times at the end of last year. He ran at legendary tracks Oswego, Star and Thompson. "The car was quick each time," he commented. "It was just little mechanical things that I think we can work on. It was fun to drive, and it should be fun to give it a shot. We're going to run the full Oswego schedule, and do as much with the NEMA and USAC midgets as much as we can, and as long as the money holds out.
Additionally, because Bob and his family lives in Connecticut and own the only supermodified based in their state, we would love to run the Stafford Springs and Thompson ISMA shows. The RaceDepot.com helps us, as that's the racers online store from the Seymour's." Kyle's full time job is with Seymour Racing Enterprises, in Marlborough, Mass.
The trip from Gloucester to Oswego will be a 10 hour ride each way, each weekend, proving the dedication the team has this summer.
Change is in the wind this off season in the super modified division. The new Haynes-Carpenter team is loaded with potential, and should be one of the teams to watch as the racing season develops at the local lakeside oval.