Wagner Begins Sturdy With New-Look Zemco No. 1 | SPEED SPORT

Logan Wagner (1) battles Anthony Macri at Port Royal Speedway. (Dan Demarco picture)

PORT ROYAL, Pa. – Since Logan Wagner took over Zemco Racing’s iconic No. 1 in 2018, he’s carried the workforce’s conventional black coloration scheme.

This 12 months, although, Wagner has his personal look and, for the primary time since Sean Michael drove the automobile in 2002, the Zemco machine sports activities a white livery. If there’s a 12 months for the three-time reigning Port Royal Speedway monitor champion to earn a signature look, it’s this one.

The 29-year-old has a shot to affix Keith Kauffman as solely the second driver within the historical past of the half-mile filth monitor to win 4 straight dash automobile monitor titles.

Kauffman achieved the feat from 1978-’81.

“Our different vehicles had been historically based mostly round different individuals’s designs that used to drive the previous Zemco automobile,” Wagner stated. “They had been like, ‘we would like you to have your personal automobile.’ I prefer it. It has a little bit intercourse attraction. Somewhat pink. Some white lightning. I’m into it.”

Wagner’s new-look journey is among the sleekest within the Port Royal pits. The quantity is a metallic gold and the pink lightning bolt alongside the wing panel is completely different from the automobile’s earlier lightning bolt variations.

It’s a refreshing change for Wagner. Whereas he has a shot to make historical past alongside Kauffman, one of many biggest dash automobile racers central Pennsylvania has seen, he’s making an attempt to considerably enhance on a one-win season from a 12 months in the past.

“It’s simply enjoyable,” Wagner stated. “The entire crew is plenty of enjoyable. It makes my job enjoyable.

“We had the consistency, however we didn’t have these characteristic wins,” Wagner added. “ final 12 months, we have to study from it and construct off it. We have to come again into this 12 months and say, ‘Hey, we’ve a brand new hotrod, we’ve a brand new automobile, and we’re going to be that a lot better.’”

To date, Wagner is off to a strong begin. In two races this 12 months at Port Royal, he’s completed fifth and third. Most significantly, he’s had photographs to win.

“The Zemco crew does plenty of work,” Wagner stated. “And I get to reap the advantages: have quick race vehicles.”

After a three-win debut season within the Zemco automobile in 2018, Wagner busted onto the scene with six wins in 2019. 5 of these wins got here at Port Royal and the sixth was the celebrated Jim Nace Memorial Nationwide Open at Selinsgrove Speedway. Final 12 months, although, the lengthy layoff from COVID-19 and stiffer competitors toughened issues for Wagner.

This 12 months, Wagner is concentrated on bettering his automobile management and, like all racer, adapting sooner to trace situations.

Relying on how issues are going, he and the Zemco workforce might try the sixtieth working of the Knoxville Nationals and the Kings Royal at Eldora Speedway.

For now, the main focus is Port Royal, the place Wagner has the chance to place himself in particular firm by the tip of the 12 months.

“I simply go week-to-week, and if I can capitalize on the options [at Port Royal] then the championships will comply with,” Wagner stated. “We simply must hammer down characteristic wins after which get these championships.”

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