At a track where all eyes were on Dalton Zehr, he did not disappoint. Saturday in the Island Resort and Casino Stateline Challenge and Round 4 of the TUNDRA Super Late Model Series Zehr picked up his second win of the year, but this one was extra special. This victory came at his home track of Norway Speedway.
I”’ve been racing with these TUNDRA guys for a long time and I’ve had pretty good success here at Norway, so they all kind of expected it out of me. It was a lot of pressure,” said Zehr in victory lane.
“We knew we had a strong car; we’d been testing here a lot. We come here and shake every car down, so we didn’t change anything on the car all day. We had what we had and we knew that, we just hoped it was enough and by the end of the race I think we had the fastest car. This is our home track, so obviously we have that home track advantage.”
Zehr was also the fast qualifier for the event and with the invert started the 60-lap event from the ninth position. He wasted no time working his way towards the front. In 20 laps Zehr moved himself into the top three and set his sights on then leader Nick Panitzke.
A caution on lap twenty four bunched the field that had become spread out across the quarter-mile track. Panitzke and second place Dan Lindsley battled side by side for the lead on the restart with Lindsley getting the advantage and the lead three laps later. Zehr followed Lindsley around Panitzke and moved into second.
With 25 laps to go Zehr searched for a way around the 79 of Lindsley. Lindsley was able to hold off Zehr’s pressure the home track driver made his move with 18 laps to go. Zehr went to the lead and never looked back.
Lindsley finished second and Mark Mackesy, who started in 14th, was third.
Zehr has now won nearly a half a dozen races this year in various forms of Late Model competition and now has a 16-point lead in the TUNDRA Super Late Model Series.
“It’s very exciting. We had an eight race stretch where we didn’t win anything and this was kind of like oh we’re back,” said Zehr, “They are hard to win, every one of them is hard to win. It doesn’t matter if you’ve won five in a row or haven’t won in fifty races, it’s still like flipping a coin, and you can’t make it fall on heads. It’s hard to win these races and I definitely appreciate every one of them because it could be the last.”
Round five of the TUNDRA Super Late Model Series is on July 26th in West Salem, WI at LaCrosse Fairgrounds Speedway.
By Jana Wimmer – speed51.com Correnspondent
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