AMHERST - Amherst's Ryan Mackintosh has made the most of his entry into Bandolero racing south of the border. Mackintosh participated in several Bandolero races in North Carolina over the weekend enjoying an impressive showing against some of the top Bandolero racers in the southeast United States, some of whom are three years older than the E.B. Chandler Junior High student.
We expected Ryan to run well, but we didn't expect him to run with the leaders and lead laps right away with the level of competition he is running with here, team owner Dan Snyder said. We are hoping he will be able to schedule more races with us this year. I expect he will have a great summer racing in Nova Scotia.
On Friday, Mackintosh raced at Concord Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C., placing fifth in the qualifying race and eighth out of 15 Young Guns cars for Dan Snyder Racing.
The Number 24 Scotia Hyundai Bandolero worked very well and Mackintosh drove hard, starting from the back of the pack and finishing eighth - just seven car lengths behind the race winner.
On Saturday, the scene shifted to Orange County Speedway in Rougemont, N.C. and a three-eights mile, 20-degree banked track. Despite engine problems in the second practice, Mackintosh's crew was able to make some changes and get him back on the track in time for the race with him leading a lap in front of a huge grandstand crowd.
OCS requires restrictor plates on the Bandoleros to keep the top speeds around 115 km/h. Despite being Mackintosh's first experience with restrictor plates, he managed to stay with the lead pack of cars finishing seventh.
Six of the top 10 drivers in the United States INEX points championships were in both races with Mackintosh placing ahead of two of them. His race on Sunday back in Concord was cancelled because of rain, but he was scheduled to race last night under the lights at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Charlotte, home of NASCAR's Coca-Cola 600 later this spring.
"It was a lot of fun. These guys are good, but I can run with them", Mackintosh said. "I'm hoping to get down here again to race."
Mackintosh thanked Dan Snyder Racing for giving him the opportunity to race and crew chief Chris 'Woody' Woods of Kannapolis, N.C. and Daniel Hemeric (2008 National Pro Legends car champion) for their assistance.
He's also appreciated of the support from Angus Furlong at Scotia Hyundai and his teachers from E.B. Chandler for their understanding of his missing a few days of school.
Mackintosh will be racing the complete Scotia Speedworld schedule this summer as well as a full slate of two-stroke karting events in the Maritimes.