ZACH BRINGS HOME FIRST LATE MODEL WIN!

This past weekend was very exciting for Zach and our team. Last Friday, Zach got his drivers license so he is now legally able to drive off the track. His 17th birthday was coming up on June 12th. Zach received the best early birthday present he could imagine when he finally got his first win in a late model Saturday night at Senoia Raceway.

Prior to hot laps Zach went out to have a good look at the track surface. There had been a rain shower not long before the pit gates opened and we weren't sure how it would affect the track surface. Based on what he saw, he felt the track would end up slicking up by feature time.

During qualifying Zach was at the top of the leader board in qualifying until Dalton Cook ran a faster lap that bumped Zach down to second quickest.

Zach continued to watch the track surface throughout the night as other divisions raced. The moisture was gradually leaving the track and just as Zach had predicted, the track surface was slicking up. He made a few more adjustments to the car and waited to be called to the grid for his 30-lap feature.

Zach started outside pole in the feature and the second the green flag dropped he charged around the topside and took the lead coming out of turn 2. He immediately started pulling away from the field as he drove down the backstretch. By lap 11 Zach caught the rear of the field and started lapping cars. He continued to sail around the high side of the track building his lead to a half a track over Clint Smith who was in P2. Zach had lapped up to P7 and was running down P5 and P6 who were racing each other for position. Before Zach was able to lap them one of the drivers spun out bringing out the caution on lap 16. On the restart, Zach launched like a rocket into turn one and started flying around the top side inches from the outside wall. He once again caught lap traffic and found himself behind two drivers racing side by side. Zach attempted to thread the needle in between the two cars coming out of turn 2 but the hole closed quickly and he had to back off from the pass. The following lap as they went into turn one, Zach dove between the two cars and made an exciting clean pass. As the laps were counting down we were holding our breath waiting for the white flag. When the checkered flag dropped, Zach was four and a half seconds ahead of Clint Smith who finished P2.

Zach takes us the the race, "The car was on a rail and the track surface was just how I like it. It was the first time I've been able to race consistently on the high side without making any contact with the wall. It feels so good to get that monkey off my back and get that first win. I've been close before several times but just never could get it done. I have to thank my parents for all of their support which allows me to chase my dream and Logan Williamson for his help in the pits. Also have to thank EDI, Napa of Kennesaw, GW Performance, Clint Smith Racing, Hoosier by Brian, Jay Dickens Racing Engines, Rocket Chassis, Tray Sees Photography, Motorsports Engine and All Star Graphix for their support. I would also like to give a shoutout to all of the fans who support short track racing by coming out to the racetracks."

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