Zach Newlin’s 20+ Years in Racing are Full of Milestone Achievements
Millerstown, PA – September 30, 2020 – By Addicted2Dirt PR & Media Management
Zach Newlin may be the guy you’ve never heard of, but should have. He has amassed quite a resume of success in his racing career as he has steadily conquered one milestone after another through the racing ranks. He started racing go-karts in 1998 at the age of 10, stepped up to 600 micro sprints in 2005 and moved into 305 sprint cars in 2013. Zach enjoyed success at each level, including being nationally ranked in the IMCA RACEsaver 305 series for several years. It’s always easiest to stay where you are successful and comfortable, but for Newlin, as the calendar turned to 2020, it was time for a new challenge.
Sure, being able to field a 410 sprint car would’ve been great. That’s every sprint car driver’s holy grail. That just wasn’t in the cards though. So, the team’s focus turned to putting a 358 sprint car on the track. That goal was still going to require some things to align to achieve it. Good fortune was on their side and the pieces came together to move the family team, Newlin Racing, up another rung on the ladder, into the 358 sprint car ranks. Little did they know how quickly that small step would pay dividends and lead to a big step.
Despite a two-month racing hiatus earlier in 2020 due to the pandemic, by late summer Newlin had registered solid runs and showed his talent in the 358. In August, Shawn and Austin Burke came calling with an offer to drive their Burke Motorsports 410 sprint car at BAPS Motor Speedway on a Sunday night. It was just a chance to try it out, with no promises beyond that night. Newlin had been on their radar for a while but they were waiting for the right time. This seemed like it.
The night at BAPS went well for the Burke/Newlin combination. They made the show and enjoyed racing together, so they tried it again on Labor Day at Port Royal. Again things went well, with Zach making the show and earning the Hard Charger Award by advancing 10 positions on the tough daytime surface. By this time, the appetite for more had been established. The team decided to enter a few more events in mid-September, including three consecutive nights, with the latter two being All Star Circuit of Champions events.
Those nights in the Burke Motorsports entry not only seemed to be accomplishing the goal of gaining experience in a 410 sprint car but they were also building Newlin’s confidence and accumulating knowledge he could apply in the seat of his 358 sprint car. During 2020, Zach Newlin has conquered several more career milestones. Some he had hoped to achieve this season and some he couldn’t have imagined would happen, at least not this year. Newlin recorded his first career 358 sprint car victory, which was also his first career win at the famous Williams Grove Speedway, something that had been a goal for a long time. The achievements didn’t stop there. He was awarded the 358 sprint car Rookie of the Year at ‘The Grove’, competed in his first 410 sprint car race and competed in his first All Star Circuit of Champions events.
This weekend, the sprint car chauffer nicknamed “Zach Daddy” will reach another career milestone. He will strap himself into the orange #54 Grove Financial & Associates, Dillman Hauling, LLC., Kriner Racing Engines, Sander Engineering, DMI, Burke Motorsports, Maxim Chassis, 410 sprint car and go into battle as a rookie member of the PA Posse against the best in the world, the World of Outlaws, in the 58th Champion Racing Oil Williams Grove National Open.
2020 has been quite a year for Zach to say the least. You never know when opportunity will knock. You just have to keep working hard and be ready to make the most of it when it happens. It seems he has done that. What is Newlin thinking as his first Outlaw competition approaches? He had a very honest answer to that question. “Don’t suck!“, he replied with a laugh. Humor is never very far away during any conversation with Newlin, but he takes his racing seriously. His response only demonstrates he’s relaxed and ready for whatever the experience brings. His expectations are realistic but that doesn’t mean his goals aren’t high.
It’s been a long road to this milestone and there are no doubt more on the horizon. Below is a photo gallery that will give you a glimpse into Zach’s 20+ years in racing that led to his opportunity to compete against the top professional drivers in the world. Behind every photo are countless hours of work, numerous tough nights at the track, long hours at the shop and many great memories. All of them were necessary to get to this point. To see his full list of accomplishments and bio, click here to visit Zach’s driver page on Addicted2DirtPR.com
Given how 2020 unfolded in such an unpredictable fashion for Zach Newlin, what milestones might 2021 and beyond bring for the talented wheelman? Nobody knows for sure, but I would suggest you pay attention. It’s bound to be an interesting, entertaining and successful ride.
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