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Zach Wins Again

SenoiaVL62015Not long after the team arrived at Senoia Raceway Saturday, they were wondering if Zach would be able to get on the track at all that night. The skies opened up before hot laps and the rain came down really hard. As the rain ended, a rainbow formed in the sky above the track. Maybe Mother Nature knew what she was doing after all. The crew at Senoia worked diligently to make sure the races would go on that night.

Due to the rain delay the track announced there would be no heat races. That meant drivers would lineup for their features based on how they drew for starting positions in the heats. Luckily Zach had a good draw and would start outside pole (2nd) out of 11 legend cars. Only a few legends went out for hot laps and Zach was one of them. The track was very slick but Zach was able to give his crew chief some input on what adjustments to make before the feature.

When the green flag dropped in the feature race, Zach wasted no time getting to the front of the pack. There were only two cautions and Zach was able to retain his lead on the restarts. During the final laps of the race, Jason Treschl did make a charge to challenge Zach, but Zach was able to stay out front and take the checkered flag for the 3rd time at Senoia.

Zach said, "This is a great Father's Day gift to my dad. I think going out for hot laps was the right call. We watched how the track was changing throughout the night so he made an air pressure adjustment just before we went out for the feature and I think it really helped. I would like to thank the crew at Senoia for working so hard on the track so we could get the races in tonight."

Zach will be doing double duty this weekend. He will return to Anderson Motor Speedway in South Carolina this Friday night and onto Senoia Raceway on Saturday night.

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Zach Brings Home Two 2nd Place Finishes

IMG_20150612_221725_resizedFriday, June 12th, was not just an ordinary day for Zach. It was his 14th birthday and he was going to Anderson Motor Speedway to race that evening. One of the team's primary focuses in 2015 is to improve Zach's skills on the larger 3/8-mile tracks on asphalt. While he's had good finishes at Anderson in the past, he has never been able to run up front competing with the leaders. That all changed on Friday.

The team brought a new setup that Zach hadn't ran before at Anderson. During hot laps and qualifying, Zach ran lap times which placed him about mid-pack in the 13-car field. The Crew Chief went to work and made some changes hoping it would help Zach in the feature. Zach started the feature from 5th place and from the drop of the green flag it was evident the changes to his car had worked. He quickly moved through the field to the 2nd place position. He and the leader pulled away from the rest of the field and battled hard. There were several cautions during the race and on the restarts Zach had to restart to the outside of the leader. It was a challenge but he was able to get back down to the bottom of the track quickly, securing himself in the 2nd place position behind the leader. Zach finished the 20-lap race in 2nd place -- his best finish so far at Anderson. He also ran the fastest single lap of all of the drivers during the feature race, gaining nearly two and and half tenths from his qualifying lap time. One thing to keep in mind is at Anderson they combine all of the legend divisions and run them all together. Zach was running up front with drivers who are classified as Pros and have more experience than Zach. Zach is able to learn alot from racing with these guys.

The following day, Zach returned to Senoia Raceway to race his dirt legend. The team made the decision not to go out for hot laps. The track had just been watered and was very slick. Zach and his dad both knew that the track conditions would be very different when Zach went out for the heat race and they may not be able to learn very much about the car's handling during the 3-lap practice session.

Zach had drawn pole for the 1st heat race for the legends. Jason Treschl (#90) was starting outside pole. Jason and Zach have had a history of some close racing with each other so the anticipation was high for a close, exciting race. The two battled hard for the lead during the entire 6-lap heat race. Zach won by the nose of his car securing the pole for the feature. You can watch the 6-lap heat race at this link:

The feature was up next. On the first lap a car ran up the wall on the back stretch and flipped several times. This brought out the red flag. The driver was ok although the car was probably totaled but the car did it's job in protecting him. There was a complete restart. The racing among the cars from 2nd-6th place was the some of the most intense racing action we have seen at Senoia. There was contact at times due to the close, hard racing. One time Zach got completely sideways in the middle of turn one. He was able to make the save and quickly regained the positions he had lost. Although Zach gave it everything he had he couldn't bring home the win and had to settle for 2nd place. Here is a video from the feature:

As you know Zach runs a go pro camera inside his car. We recently added another go pro that is rear facing so we can see what is happening behind him. Zach created a video that combines the two go pros from the Senoia feature race and you can watch it here:

Zach stated, "I would like to thank Doug Stevens for providing us with the awesome new setup and the great tires for Anderson. It felt really good to finally be able to run up front with the leaders." He said this about Senoia, "The drivers at Senoia are becoming more competitive each week. I had a blast racing with Jason during the heat race and the other drivers during the feature. It was some of the closest racing we've had at Senoia and I can't wait to come back next week. I can't thank my parents and sponsors enough for their support with my racing."

Overall it was a very successful racing weekend for Zach. We will be returning to Senoia Raceway this Saturday night, June 20th. You can follow Zach's racing on Twitter/Instagram @zlracing24, on the "Leonhardi Motorsports" page on Facebook and on his website, www.leonhardimotorsports.com.

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Results from Anderson Motor Speedway

The team went to Anderson Motor Speedway on Friday June 5th. Zach qualified 8th out of 15 cars. The crew chief made some changes to the car and it appeared to help Zach during the feature race. However, around halfway, a car spun bringing out the caution. While Zach was driving around under caution his motor began to smoke. He came into the hot pit and the crew chief determined that the mechanical issue with the engine could not be repaired so our night ended early. Hoping for better luck when we return to Anderson on Friday, June 12th (Zach's 14th birthday).
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Zach on PRN at the Track's radio Show

Zach was a guest this week on PRN's At the Track radio show. Listen to Zach talk about racing at Senoia Raceway on dirt and his racing plans for this summer.

Listen on the PRN mobile app (download to your cell phone), or at this link GOPRN

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Zach Returns to Victory Lane at Senoia

Zach was in full "Zach Attack" mode Saturday night at Senoia Raceway. The night started with a great draw for outside pole in the heat race. Zach led every lap of the 6-lap heat securing the pole position for the legends feature race.

"The car was perfect in the heat race", Zach explained. "The track was smooth, very fast and had a lot of grip."

Zach led the field to green for the 15-lap feature. However, Zach's car didn't handle quite as well as it had in the heat race and Zach really had to work to retain the lead throughout the race. There were several cautions and the restarts were intense. Zach explained, "I was getting alot of pressure from Pilgram (#73) and Treschl (#90). We had a hard battle last week and it was the same this week. It wasn't an easy win at all. I was really struggling in turns 3 & 4 to get the car to turn. I wasn't sure how much longer I could hold Pilgram and Treschl off." However, Zach managed to stay out front, leading every lap of the feature and brought home his second win at Senoia Raceway!

Zach stated, "I would like to thank my sponsors and marketing partners for their support and my dad for all of the work he does managing the car. I'm really having a great time racing dirt!"

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Zach Wins on Dirt at Senoia

Zach 1st Senoia VictoryZach started racing legends on dirt in March 2015 and it didn't take long for him to find Victory Lane. With the exception of his first race in a dirt legend, Zach has been consistently finishing in the top four. However, in order to be able to bring home a win some changes had to be made to the car's handling. The Crew Chief (Zach's dad) went to work and when Zach completed hot laps Saturday evening he knew the car would be more competitive.

Zach started the feature in 6th place, but early on had to restart in the rear of the pack when a car spun in front of him. Contact was made but Zach's car escaped damage. Once the field went back to green, Zach started working his way through the field to the front. There were several more cautions and Zach had strong restarts. He battled his way to the front taking it three-wide at times. He was hungry for his first win in a legend on dirt and it showed. At the end of the 15-lap feature Zach had secured his first victory!

Zach stated, "I would like to thank my marketing partners, sponsors and my parents for all of their support! I would also like to thank the Hicks family (Joshua drives the #56 legend on dirt). Joshua encouraged me to try racing a legend on dirt and his dad, Scott, has been very helpful in offering advice to my dad to improve the setup."

The night before Zach's first win in a legend on dirt, Zach raced at Anderson Motor Speedway in South Carolina on a 3/8 mile banked asphalt track and finished 5th out of 16 legends. Zach had not raced at Anderson since July of 2014. Once again his Crew Chief made major changes to the setup of Zach's asphalt car and by the end of the night, Zach was running within a tenth of the leader.

Although Zach won three of the races in the Winter Flurry series at Atlanta Motor Speedway, he came up two points short and placed 2nd in the series. For the first time since Zach began racing bandoleros, he will not be competing regularly in the Thursday Thunder series at Atlanta Motor Speedway this summer. Instead the team is going to be focusing on racing at Anderson Motor Speedway on a regular basis. Zach will be competing in two special racing events at Anderson in 2015 as well. The first will be the "Summer Slam - Road to Nationals" August 14th in the new Xtreme Racing Series. This is a special racing series with higher purses for drivers. Zach is also planning to compete in the 2015 INEX Asphalt Nationals at Anderson Motor Speedway November 12-14th. This is the national competition for legend cars in 2015. The team may also race a few select races on other asphalt tracks as his schedule permits.

Zach will also continue to compete in the Dirt Legends of GA series at Senoia Raceway and Cochran Motor Speedway which includes a special event at Senoia Raceway Labor Day Weekend -- the Xtreme Racing Series "Driven Steering Wheels -Duel in the Dirt 25's" on September 4-5th.

Zach is excited about the team's racing plans for 2015. On a personal note Zach will be finishing up his last year in middle school next week and will begin attending high school in the Fall.

You can keep up to date with Zach's racing plans and results on his website, www.leonhardimotorsports.com, by following his racing Facebook Page, "Leonhardi Motorsports" or by following on Twitter/Instagram "@zlracing24".

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Zach Makes Dirt Racing Debut

FB_IMG_1427743004508March has been a very busy month for Zach. On March 7th, Zach went to Senoia Raceway to race a legend car on dirt for the first time. He started the feature in 6th place based off of a pill draw. Within the first three to four laps Zach had moved up to 3rd place. He was running down the leaders when he had to go low in turn one to maneuver around a lapped car and found himself in some slick mud. He spun over a berm which sent a pile of mud underneath the car, damaging the oil cooler and putting an end to his night. Overall, Zach still felt positive about his first experience racing a legend on dirt and couldn't wait to return to give it another shot. He was going to return the following Saturday but the track chose to focus on improving the racing surface and did not run any races.

On Saturday, March 28th he raced at Atlanta Motor Speedway in the 5th installment of the Winter Flurry series. Zach took the checkered flag in his heat race and started the feature on the pole. He led about nine laps before Jensen Jorgenson was able to make a pass for the lead. The race ran caution-free until three laps to go due to a car spinning in turn four. On the restart Zach made a move underneath Jensen coming out of turn two and took the lead. However, Jensen took the lead back coming out of four, moving Zach up the track. This allowed the cars behind Zach to follow through trapping Zach on the outside. On the last lap Zach was on the outside going into turn three when a car moved up the track making contact with Zach. Zach spun around and crossed the finish line in last place. "Today was disappointing after winning the last three Winter Flurry races. However this is a part of this sport and I just need to put it behind me and move onto the next race." Zach said. He continued, "I'm really trying to just stay focused on the racing and not the points. Jensen and his sister, Taylor, have proven to be tough competitors. I would like to thank Doug Stevens for all of his support along with my parents and my marketing partners. Without them I wouldn't be able to do what I love doing."

That same evening Zach returned to Senoia Raceway. This time the legends were given the oppotunity to run one heat race prior to the feature. Zach started 4th and quickly made his way to the front by the completion of the first lap. He went onto lead every lap of the race; securing the pole position for the feature. However, Mother Nature had other plans. Before the legends could get the opportunity to compete it started raining and the remaining feature races were cancelled.

On March 28th, the team traveled to south Georgia to another dirt track, Cochran Motor Speedway. Zach not only was making his debut at Cochran, but he was also debuting a new design on his dirt legend car. It was sporting a new wrap that was based on a design created by Zach. Tim Gilstrap at New Beginning Signs in Cartersville, GA worked with Zach on the final design for the wrap.

Zach ran pretty good in hot laps and finished 2nd in his heat race. He started the feature in 4th place. Early in the race Zach slid off the track off of turn three. The caution came out and Zach had to restart in the rear. Zach was able to move forward through the field in the caution-filled race. He came across the finish line in 2nd place. Zach said, "I'm very happy with my first race at Cochran. I was battling with a tight car all night. We will make a few changes that should help the car's handling when we return to the track. Racing a legend on dirt has been alot of fun and I expect we will be seeing more drivers giving a legend on dirt a try. Dirt Legends of Georgia is doing a great job promoting the racing series at Senoia Raceway and Cochran Motor Speedway."

On Friday, April 3rd the team will return to Atlanta Motor Speedway for the final race in the Winter Flurry series. Hot laps will begin approximately around 6pm. Grandstands will be closed, but you can purchase infield passes at the Security Command building located near the main entrance to Atlanta Motor Speedway. Infield passes are $12 for adults, $5 for ages six through 11, and children ages five and younger are admitted for free.

The following night on April 4th, Zach will be back at Senoia Raceway. Zach stated, "I am really excited to return to Senoia. I've heard the track surface was awsome this past Saturday night. All of the hard work the track has put into getting the racing surface right is finally coming into place. There is alot of buzz about this track and the drivers enjoy running there."

On Saturday night at Senoia, The pit gates will open at 4pm, grandstands at 5pm and hot laps will begin at 6pm. Heat races and qualifying will start at approximately 7pm with the Kids Easter Egg Hunt planned for just prior to 8pm and the feature races.

Grandstand ticket prices are $12; ages 5-12 are $5; four and under are admitted for free. Access to the pit area is available for $25; ages 5-12 are $12; four and under are free. Trackside parking is available on a first come, first serve basis. Trackside parking is only accessible through the pit area and pit passes must be purchased.

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Zach Finishes 6th Overall at Winter Nationals

The 2015 Legend Winter Nationals took place February 16th-20th at Orlando Speedworld. This was Zach's first time competing at this track -- a very fast 3/8 banked oval. The Semi Pro division was by far the largest and most action-packed division. This resulted in a great number of cautions/red flags during most of the races. On Monday and Wednesday Zach was involved in a caution early in the race and had to restart in the rear. He was able to get back through the pack and secure top 10 finishes all week long! His best finish was on Wednesday when he finished 5th after an hour-long, caution-filled race.

Out of 28 Semi Pros, Zach finished 6th overall for the week. Zach would like to thank Doug Stevens, Matt Drake, his parents and his marketing partners for all of their support during the Winter Nationals.

Zach Scores Another Win

wf4winThe fourth race in the Winter Flurry series at Atlanta Motor Speedway took place on Saturday, January 31st. Zach was running some fast times in practice but felt a few changes could make the car's handling even better for the heat race. Per the pill draw, Zach started second in the 2nd heat for the Semi Pro division. The changes appeared to have loosened up the car's handling a little too much, making it difficult pass the leader in the eight-lap heat race. He secured a second-place finish in the heat which would place him starting fourth in the 20-lap feature. The crew went right to work on making changes to improve the car for Zach in the feature.

Zach strapped in and waited on the grid for the feature to begin. This feature, however, was having issues getting the first lap completed. The first two attempts to go green resulted in cautions before the cars made it through turn two with cars spinning out in front of Zach. Zach advanced his starting position to outside pole (2nd) as a result. The third time was the charm as Zach was able to clear the pole sitter coming out of turn two and take the lead. However, this race was not done with cautions. In fact it was full of them. There would be six more cautions throughout the 20-lap feature. Each caution allowed the original pole sitter, Taylor Jorgensen, to get closer and closer to Zach and before too long she had secured 2nd place. Zach had to endure several restarts with Taylor right on his bumper and had to fight to keep the lead. Zach was able maintain the lead and take the checkered flag, making it three wins in a row at AMS!

Zach explained, "The changes we made to the car after the heat race really helped the handling but it still took a few laps for the car to really take off. Those restarts with Taylor behind me were challenging. I would like to thank Doug Stevens, my parents and my marketing partners for all of their support". While Zach was excited about winning again at AMS, he was also excited about running his fastest lap time at AMS to date.

The Winter Flurry series will take a break until March 21st. In February the team will head down to Florida for the Winter Nationals at Orlando Speedworld 2/16-2/20. This will be a new track for Zach. The track at Orlando Speedworld is a banked 3/8 mile track -- larger and faster than the 1/4-mile of AMS.

Speed Shift TV has announced they will be broadcasting all five days of the Legends Winter Nationals live online with their pay-per-view service. You can watch Zach's races live online from your smartphone, tablet or computer!! For more info go to www.speedshifttv.com!

Upon his return from Orlando, Zach will be testing a legend car on dirt at Senoia Raceway in Senoia, GA. It's been a while since Zach has played in the dirt but he's looking forward to it!

You can follow Zach's racing by "liking" his Facebook Page, "Leonhardi Motorsports", or going to his website, www.leonhardimotorsports.com. You can also follow Zach on Twitter and Instagram at "zlracing24".

Zach Wins Winter Flurry Race #3 at AMS

20150117_133313_resized_1It was a beautiful day at AMS and a great day for racing. Per the draw, Zach would start 4th in the first heat. Within the first lap, Zach was able to make his way to the bottom and secure third place behind Taylor Jorgensen. Several laps later Taylor was able to slide in underneath the leader to make a pass with Zach tucking in behind her and following through as well.

Although he made a few attempts to pass for the lead, he wasn't able to clear Taylor completely and finished in second place. Zach stated, "I felt the car was loose in the heat and I didn't want to push too hard. I expressed how the car felt during the heat race to Doug Stevens who was managing our car. He made some changes based on my input and hopefully we will be better in the feature".

The changes appeared to have helped Zach. In the Semi Pro/Young Lions feature, Zach would start third. Taylor Jorgensen was on the pole, Woodrow Mullis (filling in for Bailey Woodall) started 2nd and Taylor's brother, Jensen started directly behind Zach. When the green flag dropped, the inside row was able to clear the field coming out of turn two. Taylor, Zach and Jensen ran nose-to-tail in that order for 13 laps with only a few cautions occurring during the race. On the following lap Zach was able to get underneath Taylor and make a pass despite pressure from Jensen on his bumper. Zach never looked back and brought home win #2 in the Winter Flurry series.

Zach said, "I would like to thank Doug Stevens for managing the car today in my dad's absence. He made the right changes and the car's handling improved in the feature. This race with the Jorgensen's was one of the most intense races I've ran in legend cars at AMS. I'm really excited to win another race in this series. I would like to thank my family, sponsors and fans for all of their support. Can't wait to return to AMS on the 31st for Winter Flurry #4!”

Following the race at AMS on the 31st, he will be heading down to Orlando Speedworld in Florida for the Winter Nationals February 16th-20th.

You can follow Zach's racing by "liking" his Facebook Page, "Leonhardi Motorsports" or on his website, www.leonhardimotorsports.com. You can also follow him on Twitter and Instagram at "zlracing24".