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Zachary Tinkle


When he saw a minicup car at a car show, he HAD to try it. He raced the half scale stock cars for four years, winning many accolades and championship titles along the way. His mom and dad were his team and crew those four years. Going from never having even changed oil in a car and to providing Zachary with a championship-winning car. In every situation, Zachary got everything out of the car that it could give on the race track.

In 2014, he was Rookie of the Year for Central States Region Super Cups. For 2015, Tinkle was the Illinois Super Cup State Champion for the Short Track Auto Racing Series (STARS), Rockford Speedway National Short Track Champion for Super Cups, awarded the Rockford Speedway "Lead, Follow, or Get Out Of My Way" award and Most Improved Driver for CSR Super Cups. He won the 2016 Rockford Speedway Wild Wednesday Super Cup Championship and 2017 Central States Region (CSR) Super Cups Championship.

In his last year racing the minicups, he also trained in a late model because the jump to a late model in 2018 was going to be huge. He had to learn to shift, handle a car twice the size, and go from 20 hp to 425 hp on different tracks.

In his 2018 rookie season in the Vore's Welding CRA late model sportsman series, Zachary Tinkle was named PGG Sportsman of the Year and voted Most Popular Driver; finishing 5th in the championship.

Tinkle currently races a pro late model in the Vore's Welding CRA Late Model Sportsman Series competing for the series championship and part time in the McGunegill Engines late model series at Anderson Speedway. Although he was on a team in his first late model season, Tinkle Family Racing has formed its own team to have the focus exclusively on Zachary and his quest for the championship.

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