Zach Newlin Wins a Thriller at Williams Grove

Will Go For Back-to-Back Wins This Friday at Williams Grove Speedway

Mechanicsburg, PA – July 31, 2023

by Addicted2Dirt PR & Media Mgmt

Photo Credit:  Jeremy Zarfos Photography

Zach Daddy is back.  Back in victory lane.

Zach Newlin knows how to win races.  He won a ton of them in his 305 sprint car years and he won in his first year in a 358 sprint car back in 2020.

Since then, it’s been a tough stretch for Newlin.  He has not found victory lane while running a limited 358 sprint car schedule combined with some 410 sprint car outings in a few different cars.  A mix of bad luck, mechanical issues and some good runs have made up the past couple seasons.  None of those nights was quite good enough to get himself or his team on the front stretch after the race though.

Friday night Newlin reminded everyone he hasn’t forgotten how to wheel a sprint car to victory lane.  He came out on top after a thrilling battle with Kody Hartlaub in the closing laps at Williams Grove Speedway.


  • Date:  7/28/23
  • Event:  358 Summer Series
  • Track:  Williams Grove Speedway
  • City, State:   Mechanicsburg, PA
  • Quick Stats:  25 cars, Heat 2nd (2), A-main 1st (3)


Up On the Wheel Late

Newlin’s night started off with a decent pill draw that put him on the front row for his heat race.  A poor start dropped him back to 3rd on the opening circuit and by mid-race he found himself nearly a second back from the runner up spot.  He continued to grind and close the gap, finally reclaiming the 2nd spot on the final lap.

I have to give a big thanks to Dereck Locke’s son.  He pulled my pill for me tonight and put me on the front row of that heat.“, Newlin shared with a grin.  

The redraw gave Newlin and the Manchester Hydraulics, Marlow’s Metal Fabrication, Safety Kleen, Lee Chassis Repair & Components, Will’s Lawncare, Mansberger Motorsports No.21m the inside of the second row to start the Summer Series 25-lap feature event.

Newlin got bottled up a bit in traffic on the initial start of the A-main and slipped back to 5th.  He went to work on 4th place Cody Phillips and after a few unsuccessful attempts to slip by on the low side, changed lanes and wrestled the spot away from Phillips using the high side in turn three.

A few laps later he used the high side again off turn two to take 3rd away from Jayden Wolf.  With a car that was clearly on point Friday night, Newlin continued his march forward.  He moved into 2nd on lap nine.

One lap later Newlin took command of the race, snatching the lead away from Chris Frank.  He went on to survive a restart and build a comfortable lead.  Meanwhile, Kody Hartlaub was marching forward as well.  The 7th place starter moved into the runner up spot with ten laps remaining and set his crosshairs on Newlin’s No.21m.

Hartlaub caught Newlin with a power move going into turn one to start lap 21.  Newlin battled back, diving under Hartlaub into turn three and had regained the lead before the line.  The pair ran wheel to wheel and nose to tail, dicing through lapped traffic over the remaining laps. 

Newlin held on for his second career 358 sprint car victory by a mere 0.741 seconds.

I looked up at the board and saw Kody was in second.  I knew he was really good.  I just got too complacent with the lead and slowed my pace too much. I had the wing in the trunk to get off the corner but that’s not good for running the cushion, so it was a handful.“, Newlin said. 

He (Hartlaub) certainly woke me up.  He raced me clean I don’t know if I raced him clean on the front stretch but it’s been a few years since we were here (in victory lane) so I wasn’t going to give up easily.

It feels good to be back here in victory lane.  It’s been way too long.  Getting Dan (Mansberger) a win has been a goal of mine and we finally did it.

Up Next

Zach and the Mansberger Motorsports team will return to Williams Grove Speedway on Friday, August 4th looking to go back-to-back in another 358 Summer Series race.

Newlin has quietly been working to put his family’s team back together to compete in the 410 sprint car ranks.  That work is about to pay off.  He expects to make the 410 debut for the familiar 11z during the month of August!  Be sure to follow Zach’s social media outlets listed below for the latest information about when and where that debut will happen!

Fans will see a lot more of Newlin in 2024.  He plans to compete in both the 21m (358) and 11z (410) going forward into next season.  


Season Stats

6 races, 1 wins, 2 top 5’s, 3 top 10’s, 4 top 15’s


Trivia Question

The answer to our last trivia question is Zach’s racing-related business is Newlin Bar Service!  The business offers a full Torsion Bar Dyno service to sprint car, midget/lightning sprint and micro sprint team.  New Bar Service also carries a full line of new and used torsion bars for all your sprint car, midget and micro needs!

Now, on to this week’s question!  What year did Zach win the 358 sprint car Rookie of the Year Award at Williams Grove Speedway?

The answer in the next press release!


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(photo credit: Jeremy Zarfos Photography)
(photo credit: Jeremy Zarfos Photography)

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Ron’s RV Sales

Butler Hill Maple Farm

Tuscarora Roofing Co.

Dillman Hauling

FIT Transportation

Grove Financial & Associates

Precision Auto Repair Services & Detailing

Christine Booher, Realtor


Strange Oval

Walker Performance Filtration

Newlin Bar Service


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2 replies
  1. Pam Reese
    Pam Reese says:

    The answer to your trivia question is 2020. And you gave it away in your article

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