Keep up to speed with CW11 Seattle’s own sponsored race car driver, Brittney Zamora! She keeps a play-by-play of her week behind the wheel and is here to share the thrills on the track! For more info on Brittney, check out her bio here!
When: Saturday, April 28th
Race: Leonard Evans 150 @Wenatchee Valley Super Oval (Super Late Model)
Qualified: 1st out of 23 cars
Invert: I drew a 10 car invert, putting me on the outside of row 5 for the race
Finished: 2nd place out of 23 cars
Friday Practice: The car handled great all day. My feedback is only getting better and my crew and I only had to make slight adjustments to the car including raising frame heights, making minor chassis adjustments and adjusting to a slight tight in the center of the corner, which was causing the car to be free on exit. We quickly fixed these issues and were on the right track. We ran on old tires due to our budget and remained in the top 5 all day against a field all on new tires. We knew we had to be on our A-game after winning the Neal Newberry 125 here at this track last year, hoping to defend our win.
Saturday Race Day: Morning practice went really well. My team and I didn’t want to make any adjustments on our free corner exit because we knew that new tires would help grip up as well as the fact that this track also grips up as it cools down at night. For qualifying I was the second car to turn a lap and I put her on the top of the charts with a 12.741. I watched as the rest of the field made their turns and when it was all said and done, I had qualified on pole for the race, beating out NW multiple time champion and Summer Showdown winner Tayler Riddle as well as the WA state NWAAS SLM champion Trenton Moriarity. My team and I were ecstatic but knew this was only the beginning of our work. I drew a 10 car invert putting me on the outside of the 5th row for the race. This meant that I had a lot of work to do to get back up to the front of the field, knowing I would have to be aggressive, patient, make smart decisions as well as not giving up an inch on the track.
Race: Starting 10th, I made some great moves, both on the inside as well as the outside. By lap 25 I made my way up to fifth position and avoided multiple wrecks. While going around these wrecks I lost 2 positions putting me back to 7th. After a few more cautions behind me, I worked on a few more drivers and was back up in fifth position. At this point in the race I was having to adjust brake bias as well as make minor changes to my line and braking points due to the car being extremely tight in the center of the corner. I made the right adjustments and was able to knock off 2 more spots, putting me in third by lap 75/150. Clicking off another spot on lap 104 put me in second place. From here on out, I was racing with one of the greatest drivers in the NW, Tayler Riddle, but knew I was capable of winning the race. I made a mistake on the next restart, falling in right behind him into second. I was learning where I was stronger than him on the track and was working to pass him coming off of the corner exit. Right when I was going to make my move another caution came out on lap 148/150 and this time it was a two lap shootout. I started on outside first row and hung on the outside for a while and fell just short coming to the checkered. I am improving tremendously and will apply what I learned from that re-start to all upcoming restarts.
Next Race: May 5th – Twin 55’s
Where: Evergreen Speedway
Car: Super Late Model