Tinkle Family Racing and Lorz Motorsports with driver Zachary Tinkle made the trip to Anderson, Indiana Saturday, July 14th for the fourth event of the season for the Vore’s Welding CRA Late Model Sportsman Powered by JEGS. The series competed on the fast ¼ mile of Anderson Speedway, another historic short track in Central Indiana. The challenging fast banked quarter mile has very fast racing in a small space, was once described by the legendary Dick Trickle as flying fighter jets in a gymnasium.
Zachary had been looking forward to racing at Anderson Speedway all season. Saturday’s field of cars for the PGG/Motion Motors 100 was one of the best the CRA Late Model Sportsman has had in recent years. The PGG/Motion Motors 100 was the second event of the new Triple Crown Series, which will feature three 100-lap, $2000 to win events, and a points fund that will pay the Triple Crown Champion $1000. The Championship event of the Triple Crown Series will be at Baer Field Speedway on August 18th.
Zachary got a couple of good runs in both practices trying to get his car dialed in for the 100 lap event. Zachary and the crew once again had to endure another extremely hot Indiana afternoon, as the heat index was close to 100 degrees during practice. Zachary qualified 14th out of the 19 cars who took times. The team and Zachary then prepared to battle in the 100 lap feature event.
Zachary again accomplished all his goals during the PGG/Motion Motors 100, he completed all the laps, and got his fourth straight top ten finish with the series, getting a hard earned ninth place finish. Zachary had some good on track battles with several cars on the tight fast quarter mile track, gaining more valuable experience with every lap and every race he competes in.
With his fourth straight top ten finish with the series, Zachary is now in third place in series Championship points behind fellow series rookie Chris Shannon, the current series Championship point’s leader and Tony Brutti who is in second. The series only has two more regular season events before it begins its four race Championship Chase to crown the 2018 series Champion.
Zachary was very happy with his finish and his racing in the PGG/Motion Motors 100, “I really enjoyed racing at Anderson Speedway, this was a race I had circled on our schedule that I was really looking forward to. I was a little disappointed with our qualifying, but we survived and accomplished all our goals again for the race, got a ninth place finish and passed several cars. I have to thank all my sponsors and also want to thank Vivian Darr for being our gas supporter at Anderson today!”
Next Event: JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour Kil-Kare Raceway Saturday, July 21st.
About Zachary Tinkle:
Zachary Tinkle was the 2017 Central States Region (CSR) Super Cups and 2016 Rockford Speedway Wild Wednesday Super Cup Champion. Tinkle was the 2015 Illinois Super Cup State Champion for the Short Track Auto Racing Series (STARS) and 2015 Rockford Speedway National Short Track Champion for Super Cups. Rockford Speedway awarded Tinkle the “Lead, Follow, or Get Out Of My Way” award for his 2015 season. He was named 2015 Most Improved Driver and 2014 Rookie of the Year for CSR. Tinkle currently is a development driver in a pro late model for Lorz Motorsports in the Vore’s Welding CRA Late Model Sportsman Series competing for the series championship and for Rookie of the Year honors and select JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour pro late model races.
About Lorz Motorsports:
Lorz Motorsports is a driver development team based in Midlothian, IL created by former ARCA racer Mike Lorz. The team has fielded drivers in multiple series levels in CRA (Champion Racing Association) including current ARCA/CRA Super Series driver Austin Kunert and Vore’s Welding CRA Late Model Sportsman Series and JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour pro late model driver Zachary Tinkle. In 2017, the Lorz team won the Pit Crew of the Year Award. Previous successful participants in their program include NASCAR® drivers Michael Annett and Landon Cassill.
About Vore’s Welding CRA Late Model Sportsman Powered by JEGS series
2018 will be the will be the 12th season of competition for the Vore’s Welding CRA Late Model Sportsman Powered by JEGS that crowned its first Champion in 2006. Past Champions include Keith Sterkowitz in 2016 and 2011, Billy Hutson in 2007, Tony Dager in 2008, Charlie Hanna in 2009 and 2010, K.C. Spillers in 2012 and was the 2017 Drivers Champion, Mark Lambert in 2013, Greg Van Alst in 2014, Jason Atkinson in 2015, Eddie Van Meter in 2016 and Jason Neal was the 2017 Owners Champion.
2018 will be the eighth season of competition for the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour Presented by Chevrolet Performance. Past Champions with the series include 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Rookie of the Year Erik Jones in 2011, NASCAR Xfinity Series competitor Daniel Hemric in 2012 and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series competitor Cody Coughlin in 2013 and again in 2016.