Seat Time Equals Learning
Millerstown, PA – June 2, 2021
by Addicted2Dirt PR & Media Management
Feature Photo Credit: Leister Photography
Despite 20 years of karting, 305 sprints and 358 sprints, Zach Newlin was only 12 races into his 410 sprint car career when he walked into the pit area on Monday for the rain-delayed Weikert Memorial at Port Royal Speedway. Another race means more experience. He’s not gaining it the easy way either. Half of those previous events were against the All Stars or the World of Outlaws.
The $29,000 to win All Star Circuit of Champions sanctioned event at ‘The Speed Palace’ on Memorial Day would serve as Newlin’s 13th career 410 start, and yet again it would be against the All Stars.
In his laps against the clock in the Burke Motorsports/Grove Financial & Associates/Dillman Hauling, LLC. No.54, Zach Daddy was able to record a very respectable lap, timing 26th quickest out of the 43 cars that attempted qualifying. The effort provided him with a starting spot on the front row of the second heat race. Since the format for the special event uses a system that awards drivers points during qualifying and heat races, his only objective was to stay up front, or very close to it. Points awarded in the heat races are based on where you start vs. where you finish, commonly known in the sport as ‘passing points’. Early in his heat race, Newlin was holding his own, running in the top 3 against stout competition. As the race progressed, he slipped a few more spots, ultimately finishing 9th and capturing far fewer points than he was aiming for.
“My lack of experience in a 410 cost me there. A few of those spots are on me“, Newlin admitted. With no time to dwell on it, he tucked the lessons learned away and prepared for the B-main. Only the top four finishers would transfer to the A-main. Newlin knew his 13th starting spot in the last chance qualifying race would be tough to overcome but laps are laps. Seat time is seat time. It’s an opportunity to learn. He managed to work his way forward as far as 9th for a handful of laps, then eventually settled for a 10th place finish in the 20-car field. It wasn’t good enough to make the A-main but it was progress for the team in only their second outing of the 2021 season.
Next up for Newlin, tentatively, is a trip back to Port Royal Speedway on Saturday, June 5th. It will be Camera and Autograph night, so be sure to stop by the pits to take a photo and say hello during the time designated by the track. Follow the social media outlets listed below for all of Zach’s schedule updates.
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Photos from 5-31-21 at Port Royal Speedway
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