Zampa Brothers Look to Double Team PLM All-Star Showdown Competitionadmin
Stock car racing is a family affair, and that is especially true with the Zampa family. Joey Zampa was a three-time winner in the Spears Srl Southwest Tour Series, participating in the years from 2002 to 2007. Now his sons will make their initial foray into the series, as Logan and Dylan Zampa will make their Pro Late Model debut’s in the “SPEARS Pro Late Model Series presented by Sigma Performance Services”. That debut will occur at the “Sunrise Ford All-Star Showdown presented by West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame” weekend at Irwindale Speedway on February 6th.
Both Zampa’s are best known for their exploits in the Madera Speedway Nut Up Pro Late Model Series. Logan Zampa scored the biggest win of his career, when he recorded a victory in the $10,000-to-win “Short Track Shootout” in 2018. Logan has only run partial season in the series, but has finished seventh, eighth, and 10th in the championship standings, over the last three seasons. He has scored a win, eight top-five and 13 top-10’s during that period. He will now move to the “SPEARS Pro Late Model Series presented by Sigma Performance Services” in 2021. He will make his debut next weekend, looking for a $15,000 victory.
“The new SRL Pro Late Model Series is gonna be awesome, and I’m very excited for this season”, the elder brother commented. “This event is probably ranked up at the top of my biggest events ever attended in a Pro Late Model, besides my $10,000-to-win Short Track Shootout win. We wanted to branch out and move away to different tracks and different competition, to show how much hard work and talent comes out of our small two car garage.”
Logan is currently a student at Napa Valley Junior College, with plans to transfer to Sac State for the Fall Semester in 2021, studying Electrical Engineering. With his schedule, he is thankful for the opportunity to compete in the “Pro Late Model Showdown 150” on the 1/3-mile inner oval at Irwindale Speedway. He admits that it takes a lot of help to participate in events like these.
“I wouldn’t have been able to make this event with all the help from family, friends, and sponsors”, Logan reflected. “I would like to thank Halm Metal Fab, Huckfeldt Well Drilling, Anderson Logging Inc, David’s Racing Products, Sierra Speed & Technology, Valley Fabrication, Allied Propane Service, Allied Auto Stores, Competition Carburetors, and my mom and dad for making all of this possible.”
The younger Zampa is 17-years old, and currently a Junior at Napa High School. He was also a regular in the Madera Speedway Nut Up Pro Late Model Series in 2019 and 2020. He participated in the Junior Late Model Division in 2018, finishing tied for second in the standings with Tanner Reif, and just behind 2020 ARCA Menards Pro Series West Champion Jesse Love. Dylan finished third in the championship standings in 2019 and eighth in 2020, despite missing a race. He accumulated two wins, eight top-five and 11 top-10’s in 17 starts those two seasons.
Dylan is still looking for his first signature win in the Pro Late Models, despite his impressive wins at Madera. Next weekend’s event would be the perfect opportunity to get that win, in a field that now boasts 34 entries. The $15,000 check would be a great boost for the small team from Napa, CA. It would also be a great way to start off his championship effort, at a new track for the championship hopeful.
“We wanted to travel to new tracks to become a better team, and I want to become a better race car driver. We’re very excited to race this Irwindale race on February 6th, and hope to win that $15,000 check.”
Dylan is also thankful for the sponsors and team members who help him make it to the track, and participate in the SPEARS Pro Late Model Series.
I’d like to thank Anderson Logging, Valley Fabrication, Performance Friction Brakes, Mike Doss, Duane Sharp, Competition Carburetors, Allpro Coatings, Allied Propane, Allied Auto, Superior Bearing & Supply, Sierra Speed & Technology, J2 Performance, David’s Racing Products, and Jensen’s Ornamental Inc.”
With the help of Bob Bruncati and the West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame, the 2021 “Pro Late Model Showdown 150” will pay $15,000 to the winner of the 150-lap feature event at Irwindale Speedway. The Spears SRL Southwest Tour Series, as well as the Spears Modified Series will also join the action, racing for $30,000 and $5,000, respectively. An optional Test Day is slated for Thursday, with the official Practice Day getting underway on Friday.
Saturday will see the Pro Late Models practice from 11:00 AM to 11:45 AM. Qualifying for all divisions will begin at 2:30 PM. The Modifieds will go first followed by the Pro Late Models and Super Late Models. Opening Ceremonies are slated for 4:30 PM, with “B”-Main Events set for 5:00 PM. The “Pro Late Model Showdown 150”, “Modified All-Star Showdown 100”, and the “Sunrise Ford All-Star Showdown 200 presented by the West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame” will round out the weekend’s action.
For those unable to attend, the event will be shown live at www.SpearsRacing.TV and on a delayed basis on MAVTV.
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”.