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.
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
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,
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
“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.”
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
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
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