Winning a championship is an impressive accomplishment, as is winning a title while winning the final race of the season. Now for the second straight season, Brittney Zamora has done just that, taking the 2018 Northwest Super Late Model Series championship by winning the season finale at Wenatchee Valley Super Oval (WA).
At just 19 years old, the now two-time champion from Washington State can’t think of anything better.
“I don’t know, that’s pretty good huh? It’s super cool because last season we won this race at Wenatchee to end the 2017 season championship. So, I was saying before the weekend started how cool it would be to repeat that and end the year the same way. That was goal coming in and to make it happen is great. My team is amazing, they helped me get there,” Zamora told Speed51.com.
Zamora’s win Sunday night was her second NWSLMS win this season and it was a tough objective despite starting in the second row from the 125-lap race. She also had to beat two of the best drivers in the Northwest region in order to get to victory lane.
First, she took on the likes of one of the all-time best in the Pacific Northwest, Garrett Evans. From there, she challenged polesitter and early leader Gracin Raz.
“The competition was stout this weekend, they gave me a run for my money. It wasn’t easy to win that race,” Zamora admitted. “Gracin Raz put up a good fight for the lead there, and I really had to work to get around Garrett Evans. It was a fun race, I started third, and stayed patient. I didn’t want to ruin my chances at the championship early in the race.”
The early going was also tough as Zamora had a tough time getting into a rhythm with her No. 52 Super Late Model.
“There were a lot of cautions which threw us off a little because I was good on long runs. We got one [long run] at the end of the race; we had a 60-lap green flag run. It helps running at one of my favorite tracks, too.”
It was the end to a successful season that Zamora and her team could not have envisioned early in the year. They had not planned on hunting for a title, choosing instead to focus on other endeavors. But early strides called for a change of plans.
“The second race of the year at South Sound we won and that got us the points lead, and we kept it through the entire season, which was pretty cool. We weren’t originally planning on running the full Northwest Series, but eventually we did after those first two races. We had a good lead which we kept up over the season.”
Between a great season on the track as well as off the track, which included her selection to the 2018 Kulwicki Driver Development Program, Zamora strongly believes she is building a resume that will draw the attention of car owners from across the country willing to give her a ride further up the racing ladder.
“I like to think so, two wins and a championship two years in a row. We’ve been improving as a team and I believe that we can continue to get better,” Zamora said. “We’re just at the beginning, I’m trying to move my way up the ranks. Hopefully I can do that either with Toyota or the Drive for Diversity Combine. Hopefully one of those can work out, and we can move our way up.”
Zamora and the No. 52 team will conclude their season at The Bullring at Las Vegas Motor Speedway (NV), October 19 and 20 for the Senator’s Cup Fall Classic.
-Story by: Connor Sullivan, Speed51.com Northeast Editor – Twitter: @Connor51CT
-Photo credit: Brittney Zamora Twitter