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Tinkle Battles His Way to Eleventh Place Finish at Speedweeks Race 7

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Tinkle Battles His Way to Eleventh Place Finish at Speedweeks

Zachary Tinkle started the day looking forward to the last race of NASCAR Speedweeks at New Smyrna Speedway. Zachary Tinkle was second fastest in both practices. Then, it was time for qualifying. Unfortunately, Tinkle stalled the car on the start for his qualifying and got held up coming onto the track. Tinkle then ended up qualifying 10th, which is where he started in the race, missing the invert.

Zachary held his own throughout the 100-lap race. With a pit strategy, different from anyone else on the field, he waited longer for a mandatory pit stop, which allowed him to lead several laps and remain at the top of the field until he had a tire start to go down. Tinkle then, had to make a green flag pit stop. This put him five laps down. He went to work to battle his way through the field and keep out of trouble through several major wrecks in front of him. Tinkle ended the race in eleventh and three laps down. Tinkle finished every race of Speedweeks and kept the car in one piece throughout all the races.

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About Zachary Tinkle

Zachary Tinkle is an 18-year-old driving sensation based in Speedway, IN who currently races the #53 pro late model stock car with Tinkle Family Racing in the CRA/JEGS All-Stars Tour. He’ll be competing for Rookie of the Year honors as well as for the championship.

Zachary Tinkle is the 2019 Vore’s Welding CRA Late Model Sportsman Champion and 2019 Anderson Speedway McGunegill Engines Late Model Series Champion and Rookie of the Year. He also won the 2019 Vore’s Welding CRA late model sportsman Triple Crown Championship. In his 2018 rookie season in the same series, Tinkle was named PGG Sportsman of the Year and voted Most Popular Driver; finishing 5th in the championship.

Tinkle is the 2017 Central States Region Super Cups Champion as well as Fast Qualifier of the Year in the same series. He is the 2016 Rockford Speedway Wild Wednesday Super Cup Champion. Tinkle is the 2015 Illinois Super Cup State Champion for the Short Track Auto Racing Series (STARS) and 2015 Rockford Speedway National Short Track Champion for Super Cups. Rockford Speedway awarded him the “Lead, Follow, or Get Out Of My Way” award for his 2015 season. He’s been named 2015 Most Improved Driver and 2014 Rookie of the Year for Central States Region (CSR) Super Cups.

Tinkle has won a junior gas-powered indoor go-karting championship (Chicago Indoor Racing 2013) and three junior electric indoor go-karting championships (K1 Speed 2014 & 2015).

He has aspirations of racing at the highest levels of racing. He has family ties to the Richmond and Greenwood, IN areas and was born in Cincinnati, OH.

2019 – Vore’s Welding CRA Late Model Sportsman Champion, Anderson Speedway Champion and Rookie of the Year
2018 – CRA Late Model Sportsman series Most Popular Driver, Sportsman of the Year, 5th in Championship in rookie season
2017 – Central States Region Super Cups Champion and Fastest Qualifier of the Year
2016 – Rockford Speedway SuperCup Championship (2016)
2015 – National Short Track Championship for Super Cups, Illinois State Championship (Short Track Auto Racing Series)

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