Strong Start Provides Optimism for the Remainder of the 2020 Season
Mechanicsburg, PA – June 26, 2020 – By Addicted2Dirt PR & Media Management
It was two months later than originally planned but the 358 sprint cars were finally pit-side at the legendary Williams Grove, set to make their first appearance of 2020. 31 cars were signed in, with Newlin Racing and driver Zach Newlin among them.
The team had four races under their belt already, despite the long racing shutdown due to COVID-19, and had recorded three top 10’s. However, this was the first opportunity to measure their new 358 sprint car program at the track that is going to be the core of their 2020 season.
The Smith Concrete & Construction / J.W. Smith Auto Body / T&M Homebuilders, Inc. / Heather Sims, Realtor / Walker Performance Filtration / Newlin Bar Service #11z would start 4th in the first of three 8-lap heats. From each heat, 6 would qualify with the top 4 going to the redraw.
Zach jumped immediately to the high side on the start of the heat and moved into 3rd by the time the field reached turn 2. He continued building momentum on the cushion and it carried him into 2nd on lap 3. Over the remaining laps, Newlin was able to close a few car lengths on the leader. During the final lap, a fuel issue developed and he settled for second, which put the team squarely in the night’s redraw.
The team immediately went to work on the fuel line issue, found a bad fitting and replaced it. A quick test-fire of the car proved the problem was resolved. With that behind him, Zach had a moment to discuss the night. “We were decent in the heat even though the track had more grip than we expected. The track should come to us later tonight. We shouldn’t need to change much for the feature.”, he shared.
In the 12-car redraw the team found some good fortune, drawing the #3 pill, putting the 11z on the inside of row 2 for the feature event. The initial start of the main event was called back due to the pole-sitter jumping the start. By rule, the front two rows were swapped, putting Newlin Racing on the pole for the second attempt to get the race started.
When the green flag finally waved, Newlin looked strong. Running the bottom at both ends of the speedway, he was pulling away from the field off the corners. On lap 2, the caution lights flashed on, bunching the field again. On the ensuing restart, Zach again quickly put a few car lengths between himself and second place. By the end of lap 3, hopes were already beginning to build that tonight may be the night. It was too early to think about that, though. There were 17 laps remaining and some talented pilots in pursuit.
Suddenly, the car sputtered and slowed to a stop on lap 4. Another fuel issue had ended their solid bid for that first win in the 358 ranks. It was a disappointing ending to a strong showing.
The night had it’s clear positive message though: The team knows how to get around Williams Grove Speedway and are poised to accomplish the goal of parking the 11z on the front stretch sometime in 2020.
Next up: Port Royal Speedway on Wednesday, July 1st when the URC 360 sprint cars compete for $2000 to win as part of the 2020 PA Sprint Speedweek event.
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
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