New Pairing Continues to Dial In Right Combination
Millerstown, PA – September 14, 2021
by Addicted2Dirt PR & Media Management
featured photo credit: J.G. Photography
When a new sprint car team takes shape in the late season in Central Pennsylvania, there is no easy path to getting laps and learning to work together to dial in the car for the new pilot. They will face a lot of tough competition in what amounts to PA’s own version of the “month of money”.
Zach Newlin’s phone rang only weeks ago. While there were still quite a few races remaining on the 2021 schedule in the area, most of them at this time of year are shows that include touring groups and large car counts. That didn’t deter this new pairing from their agenda.
Friday 9/10: 55 cars, Qualifying 7th in group, Heat 8th, C-main 13th
Newlin was one of a stout field of 55 to enter All Star Circuit of Champions competition at Port Royal Speedway for The Night Before the 50. A qualifying lap of 16.399 placed him 7th quickest of the 11 drivers in group A.
The Millerstown, PA native started 7th and held a firm grasp on the spot in the first heat race for the first six laps, but was challenged by Tyler Reeser as the 8-lap heat drew to a close. The top four finishers would move on to the A-main, while 5-7 would go to the B-main and 8-11 to the C-main. Newlin ultimately finished 8th, costing him a spot in the B-main.
The 10-lap C-main started off well for Newlin. From his 4th starting spot, he surged forward on the opening lap, claiming the 3rd position. Only the top two finishers would move on to the B-main, so Zach would need to lasso one more spot to advance.
The red lights flashed on and All Star officials called the red flag over the one way radios as the field as about to complete lap one. Unfortunately, as Newlin slowed near the start/finish line, Danny Dietrich did not. He collided with the right rear of Newlin’s No.29. The impact damaged the headers and destroyed the tire, top wing, nerf bar and W-link, ending the night for the Pryde Motorsports team. They were officially credited with a 13th place finish.
Saturday 9/11: 57 cars, Qualifying 21st, Heat 7th, C-main 3rd, Non-Qualifiers Race
A little elbow grease and sweat late Friday night and Saturday afternoon had the Del Grosso, Gio’s BBQ, Robert Lee Jr. Trucking, R&B Auto Proz, Quality Masonry, Grove Financial & Associates, Dillman Hauling, Ron’s RV Sales No.29 ready for action again. The team returned to Port Royal Speedway Saturday night for the 54th Annual Tuscarora 50.
The hefty purse offering $54,000 to win and $1,500 to start drew 57 teams to the Juniata County half-mile oval for the early September tradition that leverages its own unique format.
The field was divided into two flights for qualifying. Within each flight, the field would then be divided into three heat races based on lap times. A 4-car invert meant the fastest car in each heat started 4th, while the 4th fastest qualifier started on the pole. The remainder of the field lined up by qualifying time behind those four. Only the top three finishers would advance to the A-main, while 4th-6th would move to the B-main and everyone from 7th back would go to the C-main.
Zach Newlin registered the 21st fastest lap of 29 cars in Flight A, which placed him 7th in the starting lineup for the third heat. Once again, Newlin got a strong start and grabbed the 6th position away from Hunter Schuerenberg. A couple laps later, the No.55 of Schuerenberg battled back and reclaimed the spot. Newlin worked hard to run down the All Star regular for the final spot in the B-main but was unsuccessful and finished 7th.
The C-main resulted in yet another case of one spot short. After starting 5th officially, Newlin took the green in 4th when the polesitter couldn’t make the call. It took three attempts to get the race started. When it did finally get rolling, Zach was able to take 3rd over Lucas Wolfe and pull away by a few car lengths. Newlin went on to finish 3rd, just missing the transfer to the B-main.
The night wasn’t quite over for Newlin. Port Royal Speedway runs a non-qualifiers race at the end of the program, including a nice payout, to give those teams a chance to make something for their efforts. Zach lined up 8th for the 20-lap event and held the 7th position until the halfway point. He slipped a couple spots late in the race and eventually finished 9th.
The weekend results won’t grab any headlines for Newlin, but there were small victories and several positives to carry forward. He and the team were there to learn and to build, and they accomplished that.
“I want to thank Allen for the opportunity to run his equipment. Hopefully we can keep building on what we’ve started here. I also need to thank all my partners who help make this possible for me. I couldn’t do this without Grove Financial & Associates, Dillman Hauling, Ron’s RV Sales, my family and a lot of other people“, Newlin commented.
Zach Newlin and Pryde Motorsports have not determined what’s next on their schedule, but the pairing does plan to race together more in 2021.
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Zach Newlin (29) awaits his turn in qualifying at Port Royal Speedway during The Night Before the 50
More Photos from Port Royal Speedway 9/10 & 9/11
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