Sixteen-year-old Zachary Tinkle has quickly become one of the Champion Racing Association’s (CRA) fastest developing drivers. Based out of Speedway, Indiana, Tinkle has grown to become a fan favorite to those who attend events in the region.
Tinkle started off the year winning the CRA Late Model Sportsman feature during the Redbud 400 week at Anderson Speedway. The 2018 Speed51.com Most Popular Driver for the CRA Vore’s Welding Late Model Sportsman Series continued his 2019 success by adding three more wins throughout the season.
This past weekend, Tinkle won the Winchester 40 Late Model Sportsman feature during the 48thAnnual Winchester 400 at Winchester Speedway. With that win, he also claimed the 2019 CRA Vore’s Welding Late Model Sportsman Series championship.
“This is amazing,” Tinkle said. “This has been the dream season for me and this is the best season of my career.”
Tinkle’s team had a factory reset during the offseason with a new team, new cars and pretty much new everything. Tinkle can’t thank his team enough for all the hard work put in.
“Everybody on the crew, they did a hell of a job this season,” Tinkle said. “And you know, it was a lot getting the new team together, new car, pretty much new everything. Kind of a reset.
In addition to winning the CRA Late Model Sportsman championship, the youngster also won the championship at Anderson Speedway (IN) and the CRA Triple Crown championship.
“We come out here and we won championships,” Tinkle stated. “Four wins this year all across the series and three championships, so pretty amazing season so I'm very happy about that.”
Tinkle has been racing for as long as he can remember. Having the support from his sponsors and family have been key to Tinkle’s quick progression over the last five seasons.
“My mom always said I came out the womb wanting to race so I just always had a knack for it,” Tinkle said. “For as long as I can remember, I've always wanted to be a race car driver.”
In addition to his successes on the race track, Tinkle has a long list of accomplishments away from the track as well.
Tinkle has published his own book called “Zachary Tinkle’s Decision.” The youngster has also captured numerous awards from his time at Rockford Speedway and other tracks across the Midwest. Despite being only 16, the future is bright for Tinkle. As the success keeps coming, the growth on track will surely follow.
Tinkle is grateful for everyone who has helped get him to where he is today.
“I'd like to thank all my sponsors for their support and always supporting me,” Tinkle said. “I also want to thank the fans who listen to Speed 51 and come down here to the races. You know, we couldn't do this without you guys.”
-Story by: Alex Gallacher, Speed51.com Correspondent
-Photo credit: Speed51photos.com