Most race fans are accustomed to seeing Dalton Zehr in the bright red No. 119 Super Late Model; however, this year the Port Orange, Florida driver has a new look and a new ride. He’s joined forced with Redline Speedsports and will pilot the 7-11 Super Late Model for the 2016 season.
“Dalton comes to Redline Speedsports with great work ethic, knowledge of car set-up and relates to our fans whether they are younger or older,” Redline Speedsports Owner Wayne Brevik told Speed51.com. “He’s a perfect fit on how I need to brand my team.”
Zehr got a taste of what Brevik and Redline Motorsports had to offer at Dells Raceway Park’s (WI) Fall Shootout last year. That led to off season talks and eventually a deal came together for him to get behind the wheel full time.
“The car and team was showing signs of speed at Dells Fall Shootout last year,” said Zehr. “Unfortunately we had a flat tire early in the race. As we were loading the car we started talking about running a race or two together next year. During the off season our goals continued to grow into a full schedule.”
And when Zehr say full schedule, he really means a full schedule. The group plans to run full time for points at State Park Speedway (WI), Marshfield Motor Speedway (WI) and Golden Sands Speedway (WI). The team might even add another big Wisconsin show to the mix if things are going well.
“My goals are to contend for the championship at all three tracks,” said Zehr.
So far he’s well on his way towards contending for titles at the Central Wisconsin tracks. Zehr owns two fast time awards and a top-five finish at State Park Speedway. He leads the point standings at Marshfield and already picked up a win at both Marshfield and Golden Sands.
“The beginning of the season started off a little shaky,” said Zehr, “But each time we had the car on the track we had speed. It has been phenomenal working with Wayne. He’s a positive and hardworking guy that has blended well with my team.”
The Marshfield win came at their season opener, while the win at Golden Sands Speedway was a ‘big one’ according to Zehr, coming on Memorial Day in the Trickle 99 event.
To win that event was freaking awesome,” said Zehr. We had some bad luck at start of the season, so to get the win was a big boost for the team.”
Zehr looks to put another one in the win column at Marshfield Motor Speedway and stretch his point lead Wednesday night as he competes in the Dick Trickle Memorial race.
-By Jana Wimmer, Speed51.com Midwest Editor – Twitter: @Jwimm22
-Photo credit: Dalton Zehr Racing