Once again another race season has come and gone for Zaskowski Motorsports. 2012 was another great season for us, we raced often, turned on lots of win lights and best of all we had a ton of fun. All together we were on the road for 17 race weekends from March through October and along the way we collected our second division championship!
Dad and his Chevy II were awesome all year. The car ran real good and the driver was a killer on the tree every run. One of the highlights of 2012 was at the NHRA division 3 points meet in Norwalk, OH where they had a special Super Stock showdown at night in front of a huge crowd. We struggled earlier in the weekend getting the car to launch correctly so we loosened up the front shocks and let it launch! Dad was voted by the chosen fan judges as the wheel stand contest winner. Dad made his presence known winning rounds at almost every race he went to. At the NHRA US Nationals for class he was the slower car by almost one tenth of a second but when they raced for the trophy Dad gained two tenths of a second starting line advantage against his competitor and held on for the class win. In Columbus, for the Northern Sportsnationals, Dad worked his way through eliminations and got beat 6th round. He was only two rounds short of winning his first national event. For next year the Nova will get a fresh 327 engine and a new clutchless transmission to help push the car into the high 9 second times. The faster engine / transmission combination combined with Dad’s great reaction times will surely get him into the winners circle again next year.
The stock eliminator portion of our operation with Shane as the driver underwent major changes to start out the year. The beautiful 94’ Camaro he raced last year was sold and has a new home in Albuquerque, NM. We didn’t go long without a car though… About 1 hour after making the partial delivery with the 94’ Camaro we were purchasing a white 1986 Camaro. The Camaro we purchased is a nice car that runs a slower class and is a car that Shane can race the wheels off and get some more seat time. The car first went through a mini makeover at the Zaskowski motorsports shop before hitting the track. Once on the track Shane immediately was comfortable in the car and it showed in his driving. He was hitting the tree great and the car was very consistent, but it seemed like for the first few races Shane’s opponents were determined to not let him get the win light. Shane did make it to the third round at a few races this summer and to the fourth round up bracket racing at the Mid-Michigan Motorplex. For next year the 86 Camaro we have named “Whitie” will have its makeover completed with a rebuilt engine and transmission. With the car all fresh and ready next year Shane plans to hit all of the NHRA division 3 races and chase after the division 3 stock championship.
My racing season started out in Belle Rose, LA driving Charley Downing’s awesome 2010 mustang stock eliminator car. The car is fast, a blast to drive and I felt at home in it. I was able to win class and qualify for the bonus CIC race with the other class winners. After 6 rounds of racing in the CIC race we were standing in the winner’s circle! On Sunday for the regular eliminations I advanced to the 5th round before being beat. After collecting parts for over 5 years to build a new motor for my Super Stock car it was finally ready to run this past spring. The first time we ran the engine in the car we were testing up at the Mid-Michigan Motorplex. They had a heads up 10.00 index class that the engine ran great in and I won the class. Nice test session! The next race was the div 3 points race in Norwalk, OH where I made it to the final round before being beat, which qualified me for the JEGS allstars race for the second year in a row. In the JEGS allstar race in Joliet, IL I won 1st round then red lit by 11 thousandths of a second in the semifinal round. For IHRA Nitro jam weekend in Martin, MI I had the opportunity to drive Phil Veldheer’s 69 Camaro stock eliminator car in two races. The first race didn’t go as planned and I got beat 2nd round (when my steering wheel came off,) but Sunday’s pro am race went great and we found ourselves in the winner’s circle taking pictures! Coming down to the end of the year I was in third place in the Division 3 super stock points with a chance to still take over the points lead. In a last ditch effort we decided to make the 14 hour drive to Reynolds, GA to attempt to gain some points. The race was great and I made it to the final round before being beat, the runner up finish gained me enough points to take over the points lead by 1 point! We are the 2012 division 3 Super Stock Champion!
It is hard to believe that another racing season has come and gone and it is almost winter time again. We have a busy winter ahead of us making improvements and updates to our cars to ready them for the 2013 racing season! Be sure to check out our detailed 2012 schedule with complete results and the sponsor THANKS page with the companies that help us out and links to their websites. For more information and pictures check out www.zaskowskimotorsports.com. We look forward to talking with you soon, have a great off season!
Zaskowski Motorsports video under the lights durring the wheelie contest in Norwalk, OH