One of the Northwest’s top young stars will get her first crack at the national Super Late Model scene at an upcoming crown jewel event.
Two-time Northwest Super Late Model Series champion Brittney Zamora has joined forces with Willie Allen Racing (WAR) for the All American 400, as well as her first appearance with the team in the Pro Late Model ranks this Saturday night at Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway.
After running full-time in the ARCA Menards Series West last season, Zamora has spent 2020 competing in her home state of Washington. She has a win at South Sound Speedway to her credit and has finished outside the top-five just twice all year in a Super Late Model.
With the racing season in the Northwest over just after it started, she was feeling the itch to get back behind the wheel. It has since led her to perhaps the Nashville area’s most potent team.
“I’ve been primarily racing on the West Coast this year, especially with everything that’s been going on. It’s been hard to find tracks to race at,” Zamora told Speed51. “My season’s over on the West Coast and there’s been some races out here that I’ve always wanted to race, some prestigious races that I want to step up into. After my last race I came over here and started working on sponsorship and reaching out to people.”
Saturday night’s 100-lap local Pro Late Model show gives Zamora an opportunity to get laps around Nashville in race conditions before arriving for the All American 400 on Halloween weekend. While she has never been to Nashville, her team is no stranger to the facility. Allen is a former track champion and a 2020 race winner, while WAR-affiliated teams have won the last two track championships with Michael House and Jackson Boone.
“It’s my first time working with Willie Allen Racing so we’re looking to get that first race out of the way so we’re more confident as a team going into the 400. I’ve never been to this race track, I’ve watched one practice session there but as a driver I’ve never been on the track.
“There’s a lot to learn there, it has 18 degrees of banking and it’s pretty bumpy in one and two. Just to get all that stuff and to be able to learn about it before you go to such a big weekend is a lot. It helps you get that knowledge so you already know what to expect going into the 400 so you can focus on what you need to do when you get there.”
While she took part in select ARCA East races last season, this will be her first time East of the Mississippi in a Late Model. The high banks of Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway and the 400 laps provide a challenge Zamora has never seen before in a Late Model.
Two weeks out from the 36th All American 400, preparation for the event has already started for Zamora.
“That’s going to be a fun race. It’s a race I grew up watching and to be able to participate in it this year is a really cool opportunity. 400 laps is no joke, that’s for sure, so I’ve been training for it and studying in-car cameras and just watching the races from past years. It’s a fun race and that’s why we’re going out racing in the Pro Late Model, just to get some track time to help me gain that much more knowledge on it for the 400.”
With a new challenge ahead of her, she is unsure what to expect this weekend and the All American 400. Zamora feels confident going into the two events with a strong team behind her
“I’ve never raced here and there’s going to be a new crowd of racers I’ll be competing against. I’m not sure what to expect as far as on-track results for this weekend but I have a great team behind me, I have really good equipment. I’ve been doing my part off the track to help us succeed this weekend.
“A top-five would be great for my first time at this track, I think there’s going to be a field of 20 or 25 cars. A top-five would be great and anything more than that would just be a cherry on top. As far as the 400 goes, keep your nose clean and ride along for the first couple hundred laps so you can be there at the end of the race.”
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-Story by: Koty Geyer, Speed51 National Correspondent – Twitter: @kgeyer3
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