Getting back on track…literally and figuratively
Mechanicsburg, PA – July 17, 2020 – By Addicted2Dirt PR & Media Management
After two disappointing outings due to motor issues, followed by two weeks on the sideline while the motor was repaired, Newlin Racing’s goal for their return was pretty simple: Finish.
Friday night at Williams Grove Speedway the 358 sprint cars joined the All Star Circuit of Champions 410’s for the Tommy Hinnershitz Classic. 28 cars signed in and lineups were set for three 8-lap heats for the 358’s. 6 would qualify from each, with the top 4 going to the redraw.
A good draw placed the Smith Concrete & Construction / J.W. Smith Auto Body / T&M Homebuilders, Inc. / Heather Sims, Realtor / Walker Performance Filtration / Newlin Bar Service #11z of Zach Newlin on the outside of the front row for heat 1. Polesitter Steve Owings rode the high side to an early lead, while Zach settled into second and pursued Owings. Following a lap 6 restart, Newlin pulled even with Owings entering turn 3 and continued to race side by side for the next lap. Newlin put himself in front by about a half car length entering turn 3 on the final lap but Owings was able to regain the lead coming off turn 4 to win by a car length at the line. The finish was still good enough to put the 11z of Newlin in the redraw.
The motor that had spent over a week in the care of Hammaker Racing Engines was doing its job. The team just needed to monitor track conditions during the 410 A-main and make the right decisions to give Zach the chance to move forward from his 10th starting spot in the 358 feature event.
The feature event saw very limited passing. Newlin was able to run just inside the top 10 for the entire race, withstanding multiple restarts that bunched the field. The track surface was very slick, causing most of the field to cling to the bottom groove where a small amount of moisture remained in the surface. That made passing possible only when someone slipped up out of the groove. Zach was able to keep his J&J Chassis in that groove and execute a pass on a lap 14 restart to record a 9th place finish.
It wasn’t a podium finish but it was a solid night and the team had the opportunity to learn what worked and what didn’t for the conditions. You can’t do that from the sidelines, so they were happy to be back in the game. On to the next race, which as of now is set for July 31st at Williams Grove.
Zach’s assessment of the night: “We finished!”, he said with a grin. Mission accomplished.
We want to express our sincere appreciation to our sponsors and marketing partners!
Smith Concrete and Construction
J.W. Smith Auto Body
T&M Homebuilders, Inc.
Heather Sims, Realtor
Walker Performance Filtration
Newlin Bar Service
Advanced Septic Services
Hershman Racing Fuels
Kirby Kitner Excavating
River Bend Hop Farm & Brewery
BR Motorsports Ignitioneering
American Legion Post 177 Newport
The Podium Awards
Fastner Specialties Motorsports
Fans can follow Newlin Racing during the 2020 season at:
Follow or contact Addicted2Dirt PR & Media Management at:
(Twitter) @Addicted2DirtPR #TeamA2D