Jessica Zemken Chili Bowl preview

Jessica Zemken to Help Carry ASCS Patriot Banner into Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Rochester, NY (December 13, 2007)- The Northeast has a storied history at the Midwest's Chili Bowl, a tradition that Jessica Zemken hopes to continue next month in ...

Jessica Zemken to Help Carry ASCS Patriot Banner into Lucas Oil Chili Bowl

Rochester, NY (December 13, 2007)- The Northeast has a storied history at the Midwest's Chili Bowl, a tradition that Jessica Zemken hopes to continue next month in Tulsa.

Zemken, fresh off a season where she became the first female competitor to win an ASCS sanctioned event, is set to embark on her second run at the Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Midget Nationals, January's largest race. She heads into the Tulsa Expo Center next month driving for a potent machine capable of winning at the end of the night.

The Sparkers, NY 21-year-old will pilot Jesse Denome's red No. 6 Spike Chassis, a ride that has seen Victory Lane a number of times with names such as Cory Krusemen and Damion Gardner behind the wheel. With such a successful background, "JZ" knows there are no excuses.

"I am honored to get the opportunity to drive for such a well established team with such great equipment," said Zemken. "I feel very confident in my team and my ability."

With Steve Watt of Maxwell Industries acting as Crew Chief, the ARP Fastners, Kaeding Performance, Advance Racing Shocks and Hoosier Racing Tires supported entry is expected to contend in a field that already has 300 entries. The entry list is comprised of competitors that not only come from every corner of the motorsports world, but are among the best at what they do.

"Yeah, the competition is pretty stout out in Tulsa, they are the best in the country and for myself to be considered a good racer I must be able to compete and be competitive with the best," said Zemken when asked about her competition. "I know that because of the number of entries a lot of the week in Tulsa will be about luck. Being paired with this team, I feel there is no reason that we can't be a top contender in the 2008 Chili Bowl."

In the 2007 Chili Bowl, Zemken was battling up near the front on her qualifying night when an on-track altercation resulted in a major crash. With the competition so intense, it all but ended the chance of the third year sprint car competitor to accomplish her goals. This time around, the focus has only intensified.

"After going out to the Chili Bowl in 2007 I feel like I have a better idea of what it's all about," added the college student. "I know the competition I am up against and I feel as though I will be more prepared all around this year."

Zemken is among three drivers familiar to the ASCS Patriot Region that were part of the first batch of entries that was released earlier this month. Coleman Gulick of Binghamton, NY and Glenn Styres of Ohsweken, Ontario are also making their second voyage out to the hometown of the American Sprint Car Series in pursuit of the Golden Driller Trophy.

-credit: www.JessicaZemken.com,

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Series Midget , Sprint
Drivers Damion Gardner