Zastoupil ready to fight in the Streets
Terry Zastoupil's only goal during the first night of racing at the Southwest Speedway was to keep his car intact - no matter where he finished. Now that he's got one night of racing in his new WISSOTA Street Stocks car under his belt, the vetera...
Terry Zastoupil's only goal during the first night of racing at the Southwest Speedway was to keep his car intact - no matter where he finished.
Now that he's got one night of racing in his new WISSOTA Street Stocks car under his belt, the veteran racer can really get down to business.
"We had a real good first night, a little more than I expected I guess," Zastoupil said. "A new class, a new car, everything stayed together. We had a small problem in the feature where the gas pedal kept getting stuck to the floor. That wasn't a good thing on a rough and dusty track."
The mechanical problems forced Zastoupil to the back of the pack during the feature race last Sunday. However, he had showed a glimpse of promise, finishing fourth in his heat race.
The Dickinson driver knows it may take some time for him to get acquainted with the Street Stocks class, but he's up to the challenge.
"It's going to take a little while," he said. "It's definitely a big step up from where we were. We'll be competitive. It'll take some time."
Zastoupil spent the better part of the past decade building a rapport as one of the Speedway's leading Pure Stocks drivers.
He had the Season Championship wrapped up last season before an illegal part was found in his car following a post-race teardown. The subsequent disqualification dropped Zastoupil to third in the final standings.
Shortly after, he decided to sink his teeth into the Street Stocks and bought a car that Don Kuntz had raced at the Speedway last season.
"It was a top five car last year," Zastoupil said of his new ride. "If we can finish in the top five this year, we'll call it a success."
While he's focused in on becoming a top-level Street Stock racer, Zastoupil hasn't quite distanced himself from the Pure Stocks.
Zastoupil sold the ride that carried him to the brink of a Pure Stocks title last year to Brandon Deavy of Dickinson, who is in his first full year of racing at the Speedway.
He's also keeping a keen eye on his cousin, Brian Zastoupil, who is competing in the Pure Stocks.
"I'm kind of giving him a hand ... and watching my old car go round and round out there," Zastoupil said. "Of course, I've got to root for the guy I'm helping out."
While he's not helping out his cousin and watching his old ride run on the dirt, Zastoupil is gunning for WISSOTA's rookie of the year award.
While he'd gunning for a chance to attain the honor, the 45-year-old who has raced for more than 15 years admits he'd find it wildly ironic to even be considered for the award.
"It'll be an uphill battle, but I feel confident we'll be competitive toward the end of the year," Zastoupil said. "It'll take some time. But the challenge is half the battle. It's really exciting again. We're starting at the bottom rung of the ladder and we've got to prove ourselves and work our way up."