Zachary Tinkle and his Lorz Motorsports Team will be competing in the upcoming Vore’s Welding CRA Late Model Sportsman Powered by JEGS event on Labor Day Weekend on the famed High banks of Winchester Speedway as part of the traditional World Stock Car Festival. The Monday, September 3rd event is a very special event for Zachary and the whole Tinkle family as Zachary will race that day in loving memory of his Grandpa Larry Darr who passed away last November after a battle with esophageal cancer.
“Winchester Speedway was a very special place for my Grandpa Darr,” remarked Zachary. “Winchester was important to my Grandpa as he grew up near there, attended races there and knew it had a national reputation as a tough track to race at. When I told him that Winchester would be on my race schedule in 2018, he said, ‘If you can race there, you can race anywhere. I can’t wait to watch!’ Unfortunately my Grandpa is not going to be able to watch me in person, but he will be there in spirit!”
His Grandpa Darr regretted not being able to see Zachary race at Winchester, he last saw Zachary compete in a Mini Cup race at Anderson Speedway last year. The team had a test session at Winchester Speedway last year, but Grandpa Darr was too weak to attend. The team is planning to celebrate Grandpa Darr’s life with a group of his friends attending the event to watch Zachary race on the High Banks of Winchester Speedway, which was where Zachary saw his first ever race as a young boy with his father.
Tinkle Family Racing will have a special designed t-shirt that people can wear for that event. The artwork on the shirt is the same illustration that Zachary has worn on his helmet during the 2018 season. It says ‘In Loving Memory Larry Darr.’ It’s a drawing of Larry Darr on his beloved 1985 low-rider Harley-Davidson – the only vehicle he bought brand new. Many people knew Larry because of his love of bikes. He was sought out by people to rebuild Indian motorcycles because he would even forge his own parts because he wasn’t impressed with some of those offered aftermarket. He also restored old Fords – namely Model A’s.
Following is the link to the t-shirt. Both Tinkle Family Racing and Lorz Motorsports Team members will be wearing these at the track. https://zacharytinkle.com/product/in-loving-memory-larry-darr-short-sleeve-t-shirt/
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 CRA Late Model Sportsman 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.