Zach Newlin Closes Door On Challenging 2022 Season
Fast Car and Strong Run Comes Up Short at Williams Grove Speedway
Mechanicsburg, PA – September 26, 2022
by Addicted2Dirt PR & Media Management
Feature Photo Credit: Chris Hockley / WRT Speedwerx
The 2022 season has been a frustrating one for Zach Newlin to say the least. There never seemed to be an opportunity to get in a rhythm and build any consistency or momentum.
He occupied the seat of a couple different 410 sprint cars over the course of the season, as well as wheeling the Mansberger Motorsports No.21m 358 sprint car.
Various circumstances led to his departure from both 410 seats after just a handful of races in each. Weather, combined with some off-track matters, reduced his already limited 358 schedule by a handful of races. When Newlin did hit the track, things just didn’t quite go his way.
Friday night’s 358 race at Williams Grove Speedway was the season finale for Newlin. The goal was simply to end on a high note and start his off-season with something positive to build on.
September 23: Williams Grove Speedway / Mechanicsburg, PA
[35 cars, Heat 4th (4), A-main 23rd (16)]
Heat lineups for the 35 cars signed in were set by pill draw. The top five finishers from each of the four 8-lap contests would transfer directly to the A-main. All non-transfer cars would get one additional shot to make the show via the B-main. The feature lineup would be ‘heads up’ in finishing order from the heat races, followed by the top four finishers from the B-main.
Newlin started outside row two in the fourth heat race. He slipped to 5th on lap two when the No.2 of fifth place starter Kody Hartlaub got by. Two laps later, Newlin raced past Dave Hollar’s No.10H to get back to 4th. Every spot gained in the heat race was worth four spots on the A-main starting grid, but 3rd remained out of reach to the checkered flag.
From his 16th starting spot in the night’s 20-lap finale, Newlin initially lost ground. He fell to 19th in the early going before he finally began chipping his way toward the front. The Millerstown, PA native worked his way back to 16th by lap six.
A few laps later, Newlin reached 14th and had found his groove, turning his fastest lap of the race on lap thirteen. As he began lap seventeen, working past more competitors on the low side of the speedway, he made contact with the inside fence and abruptly brought an end to his night. He was officially credited with a 23rd place finish.
“We had a fast car. Our finish is on me. I messed up.“, a frustrated Newlin said.
“I felt great and was passing cars, but I clipped the inside guard rail coming off turn two and bent the front axle. We had a top ten car tonight. That’s just how our season has been. Either we get caught up in something, we have a part failure or it’s self-inflicted. That’s how it goes sometimes. I’m ready to turn the page to 2023.“
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