During the summer you would find a lot of 17 year olds getting a summer job, hanging at the beach or pool with friends and enjoying the time off, but for Brittney Zamora it’s been a busy summer in the race shop and on track during her Rookie Year of Super Late Model racing.
Zamora is entering her senior year at Kennewick High School in Kennewick, WA but when class resumes in a few weeks she can share a “Show & Tell” only a few teenagers could offer. Zamora ranks among the Top-5 in the chase for the 2016 NWSLMS Championship and leads the Jefferson Pitts Racing Rookie of Year standings with three races left in the season.
The second-generation driver made the move up this past year from being very dominant in Mini Stock races around the Northwest while also making selected starts in Limited Late Model racing.
Zamora has embraced the change to Super Late Model competition, she explained.
“The toughest part about driving my Super Late Model verses the Mini-Stock has to be adapting to a new driving style and racing against a group of drivers who are talented no matter where they stand in the field.”
Zamora is following in the footsteps of her dad, Mike, who was a very accomplished Super Late Model driver himself with multiple wins and a Late Model Challenge Series championship to his credit. When asked if she feels pressure following in her dad’s footsteps the young driver said it has the opposite effect.
“Being a second-generation driver, I feel it doesn’t add pressure to how I do, but it just gives me more support from others since they know where I come from.”
Her debut season in the NWSLMS has been very strong so far finishing in the Top 10 in three of her first 5 races. While happy with the results so far, Zamora still aims to improve in the closing weeks of the season.
“My rookie season is going pretty good so far. We’ve had some obstacles to overcome with it being a new car and my first year, but I have already learned so much in just these past five races.”
With the NWSLMS being involved with some historic races during the year it’s been a special season so far for the youngster.
“My favorite part has to be that I’ve gotten to be in the big races this series runs. Ever since I was little I always loved watching races like the Apple Cup, Idaho 200 and Fall Classic. I love that I now get to be apart of it.”
Heading into the second-half of the season Zamora is eager to revisit some of the tracks from earlier in the year.
“I am looking forward to heading back to the tracks for the second time this year now that we know what to expect and how to set the car up. My main goal for the rest of the season is to stay in the running for both points and for rookie of the year.”
Next up on the list for the number 52, the same number her dad drove in his racing career, is the tricky and fast Spokane Super Oval for the Park Model Homes 125 Presented by CAL this weekend.
“I’m so excited for this upcoming weekend at Spokane Super Oval. Last time there we had a good car, and we’re having a solid run until 6 laps to go and our motor blew. I’m hoping that this time around we have a good race that will keep us in the running for points.”
With the points battle close throughout the top-10 in the championship standings drivers like Zamora, Mitch Kleyn, Braeden Havens and Ed Thomsen will all be looking to close in on Garrett Evans and Ryan Wells in the title chase. Take those drivers and add in heavy hitters like Tayler Riddle along with a very strong local contingent and it shows you why the race at Spokane Super Oval will be a must watch event.
Action gets underway Friday with an open practice session for the NWSLMS teams. Saturday features the NWSLMS Park Model Homes 125 presented by CAL main event along with three local classes.
For a complete weekend schedule and ticket information visit Spokane Super Oval website at http://www.spokanesuperoval.com
-Northwest Super Late Model Series Press Release & Photo