A pair of female competitors stole the show in the Northwest Super Late Model Series’ first ever visit to Meridian Speedway this past weekend.
The tight quarter-mile oval tucked right on the outskirts of Boise, Idaho posed for some intense racing for the touring Super Late Model series.
Despite the 105-degree weather, the race fans of Southern Idaho made their way out to Meridian Speedway to watch one of the biggest races of the season.
Brittney Zamora of Kennewick, Washington, the current NWSLM points leader, showed up at the track for the first time on her A-game. The teams received an optional test day Friday and practice Saturday where Zamora lead two of four practice sessions.
She maneuvered the quarter mile like a veteran as the recent high-school graduate qualified on the pole for the NAPA Auto Parts 125. After a six-car invert was drawn Zamora would start sixth and that would shuffle fellow female competitor Brooke Schimmel onto the pole.
The green flag dropped and Schimmel jumped out to the lead. While she faced a few challenges, she remained out front and led all 125 laps for her first Super Late Model Win.
“We went into this race looking to improve on our best of a sixth-place finish. To end up here in victory lane is an incredible feeling,” an emotional 15-year old Schimmel said in victory lane.
Schimmel had a dominant car in the feature event only being challenged a few times by local racers Chris Fenton and John Newhouse.
“This is all a group effort. I can’t thank all of my guys enough for the phenomenal car that they gave me because they made this all possible for me,” she stated.
The race is the second consecutive race that has been won by a female as Brittney Zamora won the previous race, also her first NWSLM win, in Roseburg, Oregon.
Zamora battled her way up through the field but was caught up in an incident with a lapped car that shuffled her back to the tail end of the field. She would claw her way back up to collect a fourth-place finish behind Schimmel, Chris Fenton and Jan Evans.
“This track is really tricky and we just couldn’t catch a break. It’s really hard to pass on this track so when we went backwards it was a process to try and work our way up again,” Zamora explained.
Still leading the points Zamora takes the series to the next event at Spokane Super Oval for the Park Homes 125 in Spokane, Washington on July 29.
Fans can relive the action of the NAPA Auto Parts 125 at Meridian Speedway by watching a live replay of the event as part of the Summer Thunder TV series.
Click here for more information and to watch the full on-demand broadcast now.
-By Hannah Newhouse, Speed51.com Southeast Correspondent – Twitter: @HannahNewhouse
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