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Zac Zakowski Podiums at Midwest Spring SXS National
Midwest Spring SXS National UTV Race Report

Sherwood, WI (5/16/2018) - Countryside Auto Transport's Zac Zakowski returned to the track where he honed his skills as a young go-kart racer, scored a podium and put in two excellent come-from-behind charges during the Midwest SXS Spring National. The two-day event was held at US Air Motorsports Raceway in Shawano, WI.

Zac Zakowski SXS National

The races were held on a specially built course that comprised the facility’s renowned asphalt drifting and go-kart circuit, along with a specially built dirt short course. The race was put together by Johnny Greaves, CJ Greaves, and Rodney VanEperen as a way to kick off the Midwest short course racing season.

Zac Zakowski SXS National

On Saturday, Zakowski competed in the Pro Modified race, and he finished third. Zakowski put in consistent laps on the tricky course to score the podium. Zakowski grew up racing go-karts at the track.

“What an awesome event,” said Zakowski. “I got my brains beat out, but it was a good run. I actually used to race go-karts here when I was seven to 12 years old. It’s so close to the house and we had to go do it to bring back some memories. The course was tricky, but enjoyable. It was a nice payday, too.”

Zac Zakowski SXS National

On Sunday, Zakowski started last in Pro Modified after missing qualifying due to a mechanical issue and moved up 11 positions to finish 10th. Zakowski enjoyed his trip through the field.

“We started in the back of the field in the mod race and I enjoyed driving through the field,” said Zakowski. “It was an exciting race, but it took a lot of work.

In the Pro Stock race, he started 14th and steadily progressed through the field to finish sixth. It was Zakowski’s first race in the class, and he was happy with how he performed.

I’ve never driven a stock car so I had no idea what I was going to do, but it went well,” said Zakowski. “The cars are so close in performance that it makes for a hectic day in traffic.”

Zac Zakowski SXS National

Zakowski was running Kenda’s Kongur Tires. The brand new tires have a light truck inspired tread pattern and were perfect for the dirt and asphalt circuit.

“The Kenda Kongurs have an automotive-type tread,” explained Zakowski. “They were hooking up like crazy. It was slippery and you really had to plan out what you were going to do. At the end, you couldn’t plan it out because of the dust, so I just had to brake check and go.”

Zakowski is planning to run the four-race Lucas Oil Midwest Series, as well as select GNCC events. The Lucas Oil Series kicks off June 15-17 at Crandon International Off-Road Raceway in Wisconsin.

Zac Zakowski 2018 Sponsors:
Countryside Auto Transport, Zakowski Motorsports, Johnny Greaves Motorsports, Amsoil, Kenda Tires, Straightline Performance, Spider Graphix, Apex Moto Marketing, Powersports 1, Evans Coolant, STM Powersports, DP Brakes, TB Performance

Zac Zakowski TORC Off Road Championship
Amsoil's Zac Zakowski finished out the 2017 TORC season 4th in the Pro Mod UTV Points Championship

Zakowski finished sixth in Friday’s race and a earned a pair of eighth-place finishes Saturday and Sunday. Though he had an off weekend, his consistency this season paid off with a fourth-place in points.

“The weekend didn’t go the way we wanted, but we locked in fourth in points which is great,” said Zakowski. “We did pretty well in a brand new car with the Yamaha and a new series. We were up there fighting for third for a while, but we had some mechanical issues and a couple of bad races. We’re happy with fourth. I’m new to a stick shift and this was a learning curve for me. We learned a lot and got the car faster and faster.”

Zakowski debuted a new set of Kenda Tires during the weekend. He used the races as a test session and came away with a good impression of the new rubber.

Zac Zakowski TORC Off Road Championship
Kenda's Zac Zakowski tested out a new proto-type tire at the TORC season finale, which worked great at ERX

“These Kenda tires are so new they don’t even have a name yet,” said Zakowski. “We were trying this new tire and they worked great. We got to test these ,and it’s something we’re going to run next year.”

Racing is a team sport. For Zakowski, his team is his family. In addition, two key people helped him achieve the top five in points.

“We get some help from sponsors, but it’s just us coming out, having fun,” said Zakowski. “Without them, I wouldn’t even want to come. Todd Blum from TB Performance did all of our engine building and he’s also my crew chief. He does all of the mechanic works and makes sure the car is ready to go. Jason at Straightline Performance has been great. He’s doing all of our tuning and making sure our electronics are dialed in. Without him and Todd, we wouldn’t have done as well as we did.”

Zac Zakowski TORC Off Road Championship

So what are Zakowski’s plans for the off-season? He’ll be making a stop at the Ironman GNCC where he may be racing.

“We’re going to the Ironman GNCC and do our breast cancer T-shirt sales,” said Zakowski. “We’ll be there, but I don’t know if I’m going to race. We’ll see.”

The Ironman GNCC is scheduled for October 28-29 at Ironman Raceway in Crawfordsville, IN.

Zac Zakowski Sponsors:
Countryside Auto Transport, Zakowski Motorsports, Johnny Greaves Motorsports, Amsoil, Kenda Tires, Straightline Performance, Spider Graphix, Top The Podium, Powersports 1, Evans Coolant, K&N, STM Powersports, DP Brakes, TB Performance

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