Streaking DeVilbiss speeds to Wild West Modified Tour crown

Zane DeVilbiss won seven times in all and ended the series with a record six straight feature wins in topping point standings for the IMCA Modified Wild West Tour. (Photo by Melissa Coker, Melissa’s Out On A Limb Photography)

FARMINGTON, N.M. – The stars aligned again this season for Zane DeVilbiss with the return of the Wild West Tour.

DeVilbiss owned a dozen wins and a championship from the tour’s initial 2007-2014 run. He won seven of nine events, including a record six straight in capturing the 2019 IMCA Modified tour crown.

“We won the tour in 2010 but I think we were a lot more prepared for a traveling series this year,” said DeVilbiss, from Farmington, N.M. “Everything worked in our favor. The car was really good every night – the consistency of the car was huge – and having raced at all the tracks before is never a bad thing.”

DeVilbiss got his first tour win of the season on May 4 at Aztec Speedway, in the 100th event in Wild West history.

The record-setting streak came with wins at Diamond Mountain Speedway, Winnemucca Regional Raceway, Battle Mountain Raceway, a doubleheader sweep at Sweetwater Speedway and Idaho Falls Raceway.

“Rock Springs has always been one of my favorite tracks and the Idaho Falls race was a lot of fun. We’d won there in 2010, too,” he said. “Being able to win six times in a row is something you always dream of but I never thought it would happen.” 

The two-time national and seven-time Shaw Race Cars Western Region champion also topped point standings at Sweetwater this season.

DeVilbiss won 19 of his 32 starts in 2019. His career total of 183 checkers is ninth on the all-time IMCA Modified wins list.

He’ll keep busy building chassis before getting an early start toward career win number 200 next season in Arizona.

Starts 9                    Wins 7                           Additional Top Five’s 2

HIS CREW: Parents Nick and Shannon, Darcy and daughter Zoie. 

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