Bakersfield, CA – Zach Telford has increased his Late Model travelling in 2021. The Middleton, ID driver has trekked to Slinger Super Speedway (WI) on multiple occasions, coming home with a top-10 finish in the “Slinger Nationals”. He has travelled south to Havasu 95 Speedway (AZ), made his first Northwest Super Late Model Series start at Magic Valley Speedway (ID) and made Spears Srl Southwest Tour Series starts at ALL AMERICAN SPEEDWAY – ROSEVILLE CA and The New Stockton 99 Speedway (CA). On August 14th, he will make his second trip to Stockton, once again joining forces with the Garcia Racing Team, in hopes of taking home a prize of nearly $30,000.
The 17-year-old will make his second start at Stockton 99 Speedway this weekend, after finishing sixth in his Stockton debut earlier in May. The “JM Environmental Inc. Wild West Shootout – Touch Too Much 227 presented by 51 FIFTY LTM.” will give Telford a second crack at the historic 1/4-mile venue. It is a facility that requires constant attention with each turn of the wheel, as he found out three months ago.
“My first impression of Stockton was that it’s a very difficult track, and I really had to be on top of the car to compete”, Telford recalled. “The fans are so awesome. They are super loud, and you can tell they enjoy being there!”
With the big payout for the winner at Stockton, there will certainly be increased competition for the victory on the 14th. Any driver who qualifies in the top-eight will be eligible to start in the back, for an additional $15,000 above the already impressive $10,000 winner’s check. It is a challenge that Telford looks forward to considering, in what is sure to be a thrilling event.
“That definitely makes it more exciting, and if I was given the chance, I would take it in a heartbeat because; how many chances are going you get at a track like Stockton.”
This will be Telford’s fourth start in the SRL, having competed once in 2020 at All American Speedway and just missing the season finale feature at the Bullring at LVMS, in a 42-car field. He has participated in several racing series and at various high-profile events, winning over 60 races in his young career. But the former Young Lion Legends Series Champion and “Sportsman of the Year” has found the competition in the SRL to be formattable, after his recent experiences.
Telford explained, “The SRL has definitely been the most close and exciting racing I have ever been a part of, and the exposure and experience it gives me really makes me want to come back every week.”
Telford will once again be in the Garcia Racing FURY Race Cars Super Late Model. The team has been strong throughout the season, while finishing third in the last SRL event at the $10,000-to-win “Salted Metals 100 presented by Pinnacle Peak Steakhouse” at Irwindale Speedway. They then travelled to Monroe, WA for the Summer Showdown at Evergreen Speedway. The team was running third on lap 160 of 200, in the $25,000-to-win event, when an alternator issue sidelined their effort. Still the team showed their potential with Dylan Cappello Racing behind the wheel. Telford will now get his chance to continue the strong efforts.
“It really does give me more confidence to see the car compete so well, it just puts it on my shoulders to be on top of the car”, Telford suggested.”
The youngest NASCAR Super Late Model, as well as Division 1 Modified winner, in the Idaho Region is excited to have the opportunity to compete with the Garcia Racing Team. He is also thankful for those who have made the opportunity possible.
“Obviously I’m thankful to my dad, as he is my number one supporter. I’m also thankful to the Garcia’s for the opportunity, as well as all my sponsors and fans that support and keep me going.”
On August 14th , Telford will join a hungry field of Super Late Model drivers trying to beat Derek Thorn to the finish line at Stockton 99 Speedway, attempting to score the $2,750 bonus in the Motor City Throwdown Challenge. The victor will also receive $10,000 for the win, thanks to the Winner’s Bonus from JM Environmental Inc. Another $1,000 will be paid out to the leader at the lap 127 break. A whopping $15,000 is available to a winner who qualifies in the top-eight and elects to start in the rear in this third round of the Wild West Shootout. Those numbers add up to a monster $28,750 payday. It would be the second highest winner’s share in the series 21-year history, behind the 2021 All-Star Showdown. It is a testament to the support of such great sponsors such as JM Environmental Inc., John Moore, 51 FIFTY LTM with Carlos Vieira, as well as Motor City Buick GMC.
The Spears Pro Late Models presented by Sigma Performance Services will also join the action, racing for $3,000-to-win. The Legends of the Pacific, B4 Cylinders, and Jr. B4 Cylinders are also on the card. Qualifying will begin for the Legends at 4:30 pm (PST). The Pro Late Models and Super Late Models will follow at 5:15 pm (PST). Opening Ceremonies and the Feature Events will follow.
Celebrating its twenty-first season in 2021, the SPEARS Southwest Tour Series is a regional stock car series competing on paved ovals in the southwestern portion of the U.S. “The SPEARS Southwest Tour Series…Where the Champions Race”.