Zack Dohm goes into Saturday’s ULTIMATE Mid-Ohio Valley event at Richmond Raceway on a hot streak. The West Virginia driver has won three straight races at three different tracks in the Bluegrass State, scoring wins at Lake Cumberland Speedway, Ponderosa Speedway and at Richmond in the Rain Dodger 50 with the Southern All-Stars, with the latter coming just last weekend.
He returns to the 3/8-mile this weekend for another 50-lap event, this time for the Butch Shay Memorial. Dohm is also on a separate winning streak of his own in the Shay Memorial, having swept the weekend’s racing one year ago.
He has a chance to make it four in a row overall this weekend, and it comes at what he considers to be one of his favorite tracks.
“HWe just won a big race they had down there last Saturday. I love that track, it’s small and tight but we do really good there and it’s not real far away from my house,” Dohm told Speed51. “I’m looking forward to it, any big races they have down there at Richmond we try to go to. We’ll be there trying to win it again.”
Dohm and his team acquired a new Late Model last month, and it has quickly paid off. In 10 starts, he has won five races and has finished in the top-five in all but one occasion. One of those races include a third with the Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt Series at Florence Speedway, a career-best finish for him with the series.
With the victories, he has seen the money roll in as well. Saturday’s event pays $5,000 to win, which could knock his total winnings to over $30,000 in just a span of two weeks.
“I got a new Longhorn car maybe a month or a month and a half ago. It’s been awesome. The first night I ran fourth and the second night I was winning a big race at Ponderosa and had an oil line rub another one and I had to pull off. We ran second at Florence for $5,000 and ran third with the Lucas Oil guys at Florence.
“We won a $2,000 to win race, a $10,000 to win race, two $5,000 to wins and a $6,000, it’s paid for itself already,” he added. “It’s been really good, the last three races we’ve ran, we won and hopefully we can make it four Saturday.”
Richmond is a track Dohm has seen much success at over the years, with wins in nearly every big event the track has held. Along with his wins last weekend and in last year’s Butch Shay Memorial, he has also scored victories in the Butterball Memorial with ULTIMATE and in the Damn Yankees 50 with the FASTRAK Racing Series.
While he has had much success at Richmond, he can’t say the same about his father, who also competes in the Late Model ranks.
“It’s pretty technical, really. It’s flat, it’s narrow, not so narrow that you can’t pass on it. The straightaways are long for as tight as the corners are, you can’t overshoot the corners. My dad races too, he’s known for being wide open and on the gas. He doesn’t even want to go down there and race because he doesn’t think he’ll be any good because he doesn’t know if he can make himself slow down or not. When it gets slick, you’ve got to mentally make yourself slow down and drive the car straight.”
As he goes for his second-straight Shay Memorial win and fourth-straight overall, he says the key to winning at Richmond starts during qualifying.
“Racing always takes a little bit of good luck along with good preparation. You’ve got to be able to finish the race first. Hopefully we can qualify decent and not start too far back. I think as long as you can start in the first three or four rows you should have a pretty good chance.”
Stay tuned to Speed51 regarding broadcast information for the ULTIMATE Mid-Ohio Valley Super Late Model Series Butch Shay Memorial at Richmond Raceway.
-Story by: Koty Geyer, Speed51 National Correspondent – Twitter: @kgeyer3
-Photo Credit: Tyler Carr