The last time Kyle Lee made the trek from his home state of Pennsylvania to Virginia Motor Speedway in Jamaica, Virginia, he made the feature field for the ULTIMATE Super Late Model Series’ USA 100.
Unfortunately, his night would end shortly afterwards.
“Last year, we had some bad luck,” Lee explained to Speed51. “We weren’t bad, we were getting better all night. We kinda struggled qualifying, got up on the wheel a little bit, qualified through the B-Main. The car was getting better, I was getting more comfortable with the track, and then unfortunately we had the ignition wire come off.”
Lee finished 30th that night, completing just three laps before the electrical issue.
One year later, Lee is excited to return to Virginia Motor Speedway for the King of the Commonwealth, competing for the $20,000 winner’s payday in one of the major races for ULTIMATE Super Late Model competitors.
“We’re excited to go back,” Lee said. “Last year we made the race and made maybe two laps and had some electrical issues with the race car, so we didn’t get to compete. This will be the biggest race we’ve been in, other than last year.”
Typically, Lee competes with the ULTIMATE Northeast Super Late Model Series. However, the King of the Commonwealth is one of a handful of events co-sanctioned with the ULTIMATE Southeast Super Late Model Series.
Lee says Virginia Motor Speedway presents a unique challenge compared to the circuits he races in the Northeast, but he is gaining familiarity with the venue.
“VMS is different from any other track, for sure, but this will be exciting to get some more laps around there,” he said. “This year will hopefully be our best year there yet. It’s mainly about experience for me with a new crew chief this year. We’re hoping to be competitive.”
Lee opened the ULTIMATE Northeast season with a second-place finish in a barnburner at Hagerstown Speedway (MD). He now has four career top-five finishes in the series, with three coming last season en route to a fifth-place finish in the final season standings.
Lee says he did not enter 2019 with visions of chasing the ULTIMATE Northeast championship, but more strong runs could change his mind.
“We’re on the fence right now,” he stated. “We weren’t initially planning on running for it, but if we run the next few races and get a pretty good standing it’ll be hard not to.”
An announcement regarding a live video broadcast for the event will be made soon.
-Story by: Zach Evans, Speed51.com Southeast Editor – Twitter: @ztevans
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