Preparations for the 2018 Short Track Draft presented by PFC Brakes on Speed51.com are underway. The ballot was recently revealed and sent out to a panel of industry experts to determine the top 51 short track racing prospects in North America.
As we prepare for the draft, we’ll be taking a look at a handful of drivers and providing scouting reports just like you would see ahead of the NFL Draft. These scouting reports will take a look at a driver’s on-track performance, as well as other qualities that may make or break their chances of making it to the top levels of NASCAR.
We continue our round of scouting reports today with a look at Brittney Zamora, one of the top female racers in the country.
Current Level: Super Late Models
Hometown: Kennewick, WA
Last Year’s Draft: “Just Missed the Cut”
Highest Pick: 2017 (“Just Missed the Cut”)
Anticipated 2018 Pick: 30th-40th
The Skinny: Zamora will be looking to make her debut in the top 51 for the Short Track Draft presented by PFC Brakes after just missing the cut in 2017. She is coming off a stellar year that put her on the map in 2017 as not just a top female racer, but one of the top up-and-coming drivers on the West Coast. She is also one of just seven drivers to be named to the Kulwicki Driver Development Program for the 2018 season.
Rising, Falling or Holding Steady: Rising
Talk about filling up a racing resume in one year? Well, Brittney Zamora did just that by winning two races on the Northwest Super Late Model Series in 2017, becoming the first female driver to win a Super Late Model race in the Northwest. Zamora put together a season-long performance that made her the first ever female driver to win a Super Late Model touring series championship in the Northwest when she won the NWSLMS championship during just her second full year of SLM racing.
On-Track Accomplishments: B
Zamora is coming off a strong 2017 season in the Pacific Northwest, gathering two wins at two different tracks and six top-five finishes during the NWSLMS eight-race season. Zamora raced against some of the best in the Northwest; however, the B grade is based on her lack of success during her trips to the Las Vegas Fall Classic and Chilly Willy 150. While her two victories were impressive, we also believe that only having two career Super Late Model wins may hurt her stock compared to other drivers in this year’s draft.
One of Zamora’s strengths is her personality. You will always find a smile on her face and she’s still very young at heart. Zamora has grown up in a small, family-owned team that began in the karting ranks. She then made the jump to Mini Stocks before making the leap to Super Late Models. With success at each of the levels, she still shows her humbleness. She is one of the most talkative drivers you will find at any autograph session.
She has a very caring and giving personality to her as it shows with her attending college at Washington State University to become an elementary school teacher.
Sponsor Appeal: A-
Success on the track and off the track makes Zamora great for sponsors. Zamora has the girl next door look to her that makes her perfect for marketing. She just signed on for the TV show “Super Girl” for her sponsor in 2018.
She’s very active off the track, making appearance at different events and locations to promote her sponsor and races. She was a finalist for the NASCAR Drive for Diversity program this year and gained coaching that will help her attract more sponsors as she moves up the ranks.
She has always kept her composure, even during some tough incidents during the race season and always makes sure to thank her sponsors first.
A few more trips to victory lane could certainly help her earn extra credit and bring her grade to an A+ in this category.
Social Media: A
Zamora is very active on all three major social media platforms; Facebook, Twitter and Instagram with a growing fan base on each. She always posts about upcoming races, appearances, results and photos.
Zamora is also a member of the 2018 Kulwicki Driver Development Program. Her social media exposure and coverage has exploded over the past month since joining the program.
Zamora is putting a lot of miles in during the 2018 season as she will go for the 2018 NASCAR Super Late Model championship at Evergreen Speedway, which is located four hours from her home. She’s also added some signature events to her schedule for 2018 including the prestigious Montana 200 and Summer Showdown 200. Both races bring some of the best in the country and Zamora will have a chance to see where she stacks up.
Zamora will also return to the Wenatchee Valley Super Oval twice in 2018, one of the tracks that she won at in 2017. There are also some potential plans to add more races down south during the Winter of 2018.
Zamora will be chasing some tougher competition in 2018, which will give her the opportunity to grow even more as a driver.
-Text by Speed51.com Staff
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