posted February 05, 2001 10:57 AM
ZMH Motorsports gears up for 2001 USCS rookie title chase
By Robert Walden
KINGSPORT, Tenn. (Feb. 5) Ė Hank Hall, driver for the Kingsport, Tenn.-based ZMH Motorsports, running a limited schedule in 2000, his inaugural season racing a 360-sprinter with the United Sprint Car Series, now shifts his focus in 2001 to capturing the USCS asphalt rookie title.
Hall, after competing in a TQ Midget with the Southern Midget Racing Association for four years, stepped up to racing a full-blown 360 cubic inch sprinter with Pete Waltonís Georgia-based USCS in 2000. Hall plans to compete in several of the seriesí dirt shows in 2001, but a concerted effort will be focused towards winning the USCS asphalt rookie of the year title, which will be decided from the 10 series asphalt shows around the southeast.
"Man, making the move last year to the 360-sprinter was quite a step up from the TQ Midget," said Hall in reflecting on his rookie campaign. "During the four years racing the TQ we were fortunate enough to win a few races, but still, moving into an alcohol-burning, 360 cubic inch Sprint Car with a 25-square foot wing on top compared to the TQ was definitely an eye opener. Racing with the guys on the United Sprint Car Series was a great experience for me as a rookie driver because, besides being a bunch of great racers Ė they are just super guys to be around.
"Series president Pete Walton does a really good job in taking care of the guys who race with him. Considering I was a rookie, a lot of the racers went out of their way in trying to help me get my car working good at the different tracks we raced at. My goal last year was just to get some seat time in the car and try to bring it home in one piece, and I feel really good in what I accomplished. I ran in events on both asphalt and dirt with USCS last year, but Iíd have to say my biggest thrill was when we ran our North/South Shootout at Volunteer Speedway in Bulls Gap, Tenn. I had helped my cousin, Rick Norris, work with the Late Model teamís he has driven for over the years at Volunteer, but my laps in the Sprint Car was the first time I had ever tackled those high-banks. And man, that place is some kind of wicked-fast!"
ZMH Motorsports is proud to announce the signing of Bristol Lubricants as the official fuel supplier and Pennzoil as the official lubrication supplier of their No. 17z United Sprint Car Series race team for the 2001 racing season. Also on board is Engine Works (a division of Nickels Performance in Piney Flats, Tenn.) and Blue Ridge Janitorial Services in Kingsport.
"It is fantastic that Bristol Lubricants and Pennzoil have come on board as product sponsors with us for 2001, and we look forward to representing not only them, but also Engine Works and Blue Ridge Janitorial Services too," said Hall. "Iím very thankful for the financial help I receive, but like most all racers, I need more funding to really be able to race the way Iíd like to. As the old saying goes, ĎIt takes money to go fast Ė and the more you spend Ė the faster youíll go." Thatís so true, because unfortunately money does buy speed.
"I have a good engine that legendary East Tennessee racer John A. Utsman built for me in his shop in Bluff City, and itís good for what money I was able to put into it. But to realistically have a shot to run up front with the guys in the USCS, I need more motor. Being involved racing with a regional series makes it hard to locate financial marketing partners to go on the racecar, but Iím looking for the right situation to help me achieve what I truly feel I can do Ė and thatís consistently run up front with the leaders. Once you get to running up front, then youíre knocking on the door to visit victory lane."
Among the biggest supporters of Hall and his racing endeavors are his wife, Debbie, and son Zachary.
If you would like to come on board and take a "Ride on the Wild Side" with USCS driver Hank Hall and ZMH Motorsports for the 2001 racing season, give them a call in Kingsport, Tenn., at (423) 239-3833, or you may e-mail Hall at firstname.lastname@example.org