Brittney Zamora earned the nickname “Super Girl” this season after obtaining a sponsorship with the CBS show, Super Girl. She would back the nickname up by winning her second straight Northwest Super Late Model Series championship and establishing herself as one of the top up-and-coming racers in the country.
Zamora entered the 2018 season with loads of momentum, fresh off her 2017 NWSLMS title. To begin the year, Zamora was named one of the seven members of the 2018 Kulwicki Driver Development Program and put her name on lists across the country as one of the next female racing stars.
The 19-year-old Kennewick, Washington driver has taken her ground in the Northwest as a driver to beat no matter what track she visits. She picked up two more wins this year in the NWSLSM. Her first win came at South Sound Speedway (WA) in just her third visit to the tight ⅜-mile oval. The two-time series champion finished out her 2018 season just like she did in 2017 with a win at the Wenatchee Valley Super Oval in the final race of the year.
“2018 was unique because of running full time at Evergreen Speedway (WA) in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series and planning on not running the full NWSLMS,” Zamora told Speed51.com. “It turned out that we were able to make all NWSLMS races, so that was a great opportunity for my team and I to prove ourselves, as well as backup our first championship.”
Running both the NWSLMS and Evergreen Speedway proved to be a tough task for Zamora and her family team to take on.
“This season was probably our most challenging yet,” she explained. “Finding the time and money to compete in two full series was a hard task but all of our success and getting those wins plus the championship all make it worth it.”
When it comes to bullring style tracks in the Northwest, Zamora has put her name at the top of the list to win any Super Late Model race at those tracks. She has taken demand of Wenatchee Valley’s Super Oval over the past three series races with two wins and a second-place finish, including taken down track owner and Northwest racing legend Garrett Evans.
“I’d have to say my highest point of the season came at the very last race at Wenatchee. I had secured the championship by just taking the green flag and from there we ended up winning the race as well. It was deja vu from the same race, the Neal Newberry 125, last year in 2017.”
Although racing two different series provided challenges, Zamora had few struggles adapting to Evergreen Speedway and was in contention for a championship heading into the final race, which happened to be a joint Evergreen and NWSLMS event.
“My lowest point of the season was probably getting wrecked out championship night at Evergreen Speedway,” Zamora said. “I went into that night leading the Budweiser Crown Championship and lost it all in one incident. We struggled throughout the year at Evergreen, having many highs and many lows, but knowing that we were in favor to walk away with a championship was the light we’ve been working so hard for, then it getting taken away from us was really upsetting. Unfortunately, that’s how racing goes sometimes.”
Zamora knows that a season with two wins is something that many drivers would enjoy. However, being close to having a third victory made her want to have at least one of those races back to redo.
“If I could have one race back, it would be the second race at South Sound Speedway with the NWSLMS,” she stated. “The first race at South Sound we led for over half the race, had a great car and won the race. We returned to the second race hoping to get the same results but unfortunately got tangled up in a wreck and later also had a few issues causing the engine to overheat. We had to bring the car in and call it done for the night. Definitely not the results we had wanted after winning the previous race.”
In seven starts for the NWSLMS, Zamora had two wins, four top-five finishes and five top 10’s. The NWSLMS had strong fields with an average of 22.7 cars per race.
Zamora has already had a busy off-season after winning her second series championship. She was signed to a three-race deal with Toyota Racing Development with hopes for more in 2019, she made her second visit to the NASCAR Drive for Diversity Program, tested a K&N car for Bill McCanally Racing and was awarded the NASCAR Wendell Scott Award for Diversity.
The $500,000 question for Zamora that many fans of short track racing across the country want to know: what are the plans for next year?
“As for next year, I don’t have an answer for what my plans are. Hopefully I’ll find out soon so I can share it with everyone.”
-Story by: Jeremy Anders, Speed51.com Northwest Editor
-Photo credit: Northwest Super Late Model Series