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About Zach

Zach appears to be a typical teenager who enjoys playing video games and hanging out with his friends. However, when you spend a few minutes with Zach, you will quickly figure out that he is a determined young man devoted to making his dream of becoming a professional racecar driver a reality.

Zach was only four years old when he expressed an interest in racecars. He would line up 43 die cast racecars during NASCAR races on TV and have his own “race”. It wasn’t long before he told his mom and dad that he had the desire to become a professional racecar driver. So his mom and dad did some research and bought Zach a dirt racing Kart.

Zach began racing Karts on dirt at the age of five years old. After racing Karts for three years, including winning a championship, he moved on to pavement ovals in a Bandolero car at age eight. During his first year competing in the Thursday Thunder series at Atlanta Motor Speedway he experienced a part failure that resulted in a head-on collision with the pit wall. Zach was uninjured but unfortunately the car sustained major damage. Zach was undeterred and kept pushing to get the car repaired so he could get back on the track. He returned in the fall to compete in the Winter Flurry series at Atlanta Motor Speedway and finished 6th overall in his division. Zach saw even more success in 2011 when he won an INEX Regional Qualifier in his division. In 2012 he was becoming more consistent, winning another race and finishing third out of 17 drivers in the Thursday Thunder series.

As 2013 beckoned, Zach was determined to improve even more and he did exactly that, finishing 4th in the Winter Nationals, 2nd in Thursday Thunder and 9th overall in the INEX national standings in his division.

Additionally, Zach worked with Dwight Pilgrim from Atlanta Motor Speedway to introduce Bandolero racing to dirt tracks in Georgia. He tested multiple times at different tracks to help understand what adjustments would be required to race this car on dirt and to generate interest in Bandolero Dirt Racing. He won the inaugural dirt race at West Georgia and went on to be undefeated on dirt in a bandolero.

In the fall of 2013 when he was 12 years old, he moved from the Bandoleros into a much more challenging racecar on asphalt, a Legend car. He was able to make the transition very quickly. After only racing a Legend car a few times at AMS, the team went to compete in the INEX Winter Nationals in Auburndale, FL in February 2014. In the five consecutive days of competition, Zach brought home an impressive 6th place overall finish in the Young Lions division points out of a very tough field of 18 competitors from the United States and Canada. He returned to Georgia and placed 2nd in Young Lions in the Winter Flurry series at Atlanta Motor Speedway. In the spring Zach competed at a few other tracks in the southeast. With each race, Zach gained more confidence and was looking forward to returning to the Thursday Thunder series at AMS. Zach proved to be a serious competitor that summer at AMS capturing his first Thursday Thunder victory in July. He finished 2nd overall in his division and captured the “Legends Rookie of the Year” title at AMS.

During the final week of July, the team went on to compete in five races in six days in three different states at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Anderson Motor Speedway and Charlotte Motor Speedway. With the exception of one night in Charlotte he finished all races in the top five in his division including bringing home a win. With only days to rest Zach competed at Gresham Motorsports Park for the first time and brought home a victory there. He returned to Gresham for the remaining races in their series and won each of the races to become undefeated at that track.

Zach moved up to the Semi-Pro division in December 2014 and quickly found success by winning three consecutive races in the Winter Flurry series at Atlanta Motor Speedway. However, he came up two points short in his quest for a championship. He returned to Florida for the Winter Nationals, this time at a different racetrack, Orlando Speedworld. Zach secured a top ten finish in each of the five consecutive days of competition and brought home 6th place overall in points out of 28 Semi-Pro drivers from the Unites States and Canada.

After returning from Florida, Zach returned to his roots – he tested a legend on dirt for the first time at Senoia Raceway. He started competing in the Dirt Legends of Georgia series in March 2015. It didn’t take long for Zach to get into Victory Lane. At thirteen years of age, he became the youngest driver to win at Senoia Raceway on May 9th, 2015.

While Zach raced more frequently in his dirt legend, he was still competing in his asphalt legend as well. It was decided that for the first time since he began racing asphalt that he would not compete in the Thursday Thunder series. Instead the team focused on racing at Anderson Motor Speedway in Anderson, SC to help Zach improve his technique on a larger asphalt oval track. Anderson ran all Legend divisions together so Zach would also gain experience racing with more experienced drivers who raced in the Pro division.

Throughout the summer of 2015 Zach raced dirt legends regularly at Senoia Raceway and Cochran Motor Speedway and racing from time to time at Anderson Motor Speedway. He picked up some more wins and top 5 finishes proving to be a serious competitor on both asphalt and dirt.

In August he competed in the Xtreme Racing Series at Anderson Motor Speedway. The race was divided into two 20-lap segments and there was $1,000 on the line for the winner. He would be competing against twenty-five other drivers, including some of the top pros in country. Zach brought home a 6th place finish. He was also first in his Semi-Pro division with only drivers from the Pro division finishing in positions ahead of him.

Not long after that race the team decided to retire from asphalt legends. The team sold the asphalt legends and Zach continued to race only the dirt legend. Zach went on to win the Dirt Legends of Georgia Championship and was awarded with first place in his division, Semi Pro, in Dirt Legend INEX State (Georgia) national points. The team took some time off of racing to decide what the next step would be for Zach. Even though he wasn’t racing Zach wasn’t getting too far away from a racetrack. He started going to Atlanta Motor Speedway to mentor the young drivers who were taking over the reigns of his former legend cars.

In 2016 Zach made a very big step in his racing career. At the young age of 14, he moved up to a super dirt late model. After only a few practice sessions Zach began competing in races. When the Ray Cook Spring Nationals came to Senoia Raceway on April 24th, 2016 Zach was one of 26 competitors attempting to make the 22-car field which included some of the most experienced and successful drivers in the country. Zach’s qualifying laps were good enough to secure one of the top four spots in the Dash, locking him into the feature, starting 4th. He finished the 50-lap feature on the lead lap in 12th place. The following day he competed at Rome Speedway in the Ultimate Supers Series.. He had previously attempted to make the field in another Ultimate race at Smoky Mountain Speedway a few weeks earlier but didn’t make the cut. This time he was able to sure himself a spot and finished 19th.

For the remainder of 2016 the team plans to run the super dirt late model primarily at Senoia Raceway but will also compete at tracks and select events throughout the southeast.