Concrete Kicks Asphalt Notebook: Jimmy Zacharias' Marathon Race Day
Not many drivers race in three top-line classes during a season. Even fewer attempt to race in all three on the same race program. That was the task Jimmy Zacharias set for himself in last Saturday's "Concrete Kicks Asphalt" event at Shangri-La II. He did it with impressive results, leading two of his three features and recording two heats wins. His feature logbook showed a second, a third, and one DNF.
Jimmy has been a two-class performer since the Concrete Castle opened last July, driving his father Terry's equipment. In 2009, he was second to uncle Rick Zacharias in the Sportsman points and tied Rick for second in the Modifieds. A couple of weeks ago the Zacharias garage opened its doors to a pair of ASA Late Models purchased from Roland Teed. Both Jimmy and uncle Chris were fast the first time out on Race of Champions day, with Jimmy leading until fuel starvation sent him to the pits. Here' a quick look at Jimmy's long day at the office last Saturday.
Sportsman- Heat win, led laps 4-17 in the feature, finished second to Tony Hanbury.
Late Model- Led laps 12-18, pitted with smoke from under the car.
Modified- After a practice incident with his intended ride, he switched to the gold No. 71 "Mr. Jim Tribute Car" painted in his grandfather's colors, won his heat, and finished a charging third in the main event.
It's safe to say no one has ever won three features on the same day at either Shangri-La track. That milestone might not be far away.