Zachary Tinkle’s MiniCup Rookie of the Year Dream

Zachary Tinkle’s MiniCup Rookie of the Year Dream is available in paperback

Picking up where Zachary Tinkle’s MiniCup Decision left off, as soon as he shakes hands with the president of the super cup league, Zachary is asked what his goal is for the season. Without hesitation, he replies, “Rookie of the Year!”  Little did he know how much hard work and dedication it would take to achieve that goal.

Zachary Tinkle’s MiniCup Rookie of the Year Dream takes the reader through the trials and tribulations of Zachary’s first racing season as the racer with a team that hadn’t even so much as changed oil in a car before. It was an uphill battle to compete for ‘Rookie of the Year’ as an underdog in a highly competitive field.

This book shows what a person can do with drive, persistence, team work, and an attitude of pressing forward when it feels like all is lost. It inspires people of all ages to pursue their dreams no matter what life throws their way.

About Zachary Tinkle

Zachary Tinkle is the 2019 Vore’s Welding CRA Late Model Sportsman Champion and 2019 Anderson Speedway McGunegill Engines Late Model Series Champion and Rookie of the Year. He also won the 2019 Vore’s Welding CRA late model sportsman Triple Crown Championship. In his 2018 rookie season in the same series, Tinkle was named PGG Sportsman of the Year and voted Most Popular Driver; finishing 5th in the championship.

He was the 2017 Central States Region (CSR) Super Cups and 2016 Rockford Speedway Wild Wednesday Super Cup Champion. In 2015, Tinkle was the Illinois Super Cup State Champion for the Short Track Auto Racing Series (STARS), Rockford Speedway National Short Track Champion for Super Cups, awarded the Rockford Speedway "Lead, Follow, or Get Out Of My Way" award and Most Improved Driver for CSR Super Cups. For 2014, he was Rookie of the Year for CSR.

In 2020, Tinkle is competing full-time in the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour.


“I loved the book! It is very interesting to me to see the “other” side of racing…..  all the things that can happen to the racer that might become a DISASTER!”

— Susan Deery, Rockford Speedway


“This book has a good outlook of what it’s truly like for a racer and his or her team.  You have to ‘stick with it’ through everything to accomplish your goals. Zachary’s story encourages anyone with a goal to never give up.”

— Glen Myers, Mazon Speed Bowl & Grundy County Speedway Hall of Fame


“This is a must-read for all kids who are pursuing a dream. When all things seem to be falling apart and disaster looms, hang tough and persevere. Reading of Zachary’s start in automobile racing, facing the daunting challenges of a new adventure and conquering against a lot of odds will be an inspiration for children in all walks of life. I am waiting for the next chapter!”

— Terry McGraw, motorsports photographer and author of Shutter Speed Reads blog


“This book is for everyone that has a dream. It inspires people to not only dream the dream, but live it and experience it fully through thick and thin.”

— James L. Ambruoso ‘JimmyA’ of Finish Line Photos /

Rockford Speedway Photographer / NASCAR Ambassador


“This is a short story of a young boy living out his dream of becoming a NASCAR race car driver, one goal at a time.  My favorite part of the book was how Zachary described getting into his race car, suiting up for practice, and his first time on the track. I could almost feel how he felt.  I liked the fact that he was going through very tough times at the track. In his words, disasters, and through his persistence, patience and love of the sport he was able to rise above it all, and continue toward his goals.  Zachary doesn’t take full credit for his success. He shares it with his family and friends. This, along with hard work, good attitude, and ability to have fun has helped Zachary in reaching his goals.  Becoming Rookie Of The Year fulfills another goal and brings him one step closer to his destiny of becoming a NASCAR racer, and giving that President a helicopter ride to his first Daytona 500.  This book shows first hand that setting goals, sticking to them, and never giving up, is the fast track to the top.  I recommend reading Zachary Tinkle’s Mini Cup Rookie Of The Year Dream.”

— Steve Naples & Pat Gremo of Central States Region Super Cups


“As a coach for young aspiring racers, this book is something that I have been needing to give to my students for a long time!  The author, Zachary Tinkle, who is actually a young aspiring racer himself does an amazing job of showing us how to overcome the ups and downs of getting into this competitive sport.  Racing is like no other sport out there, and it has a lot to do with making sure you have the right equipment in place, but most of all the right attitude. Thank you Zachary for being a great example to all kids and to all young racers. I will reccomend this book to all my students!”

– Annamarie Malfitana-Strawhand, Motorsports Marketing Coach and Driving Career Mentor, Marketing At Full Speed



About Laurren Darr

Laurren Darr finds joy through the bonds created through pet fashion between humans and their pets. She is on a mission to unleash the overall visibility of the pet fashion industry through empowerment of pet fashion professionals. She has over twenty-five years marketing experience and has consulted with companies of all sizes- specializing in trade show marketing. Darr has won over 40 marketing awards and is a #1 best-selling author.

More importantly, she's been a pug lover since her first rescue of White Pines Tuttie circa age five. Tuttie was a magnificent creature that let little Laurren do everything with her. They played together, bathed together, ate together, and slept in the same bed. Most of all, Tuttie was completely happy to let Laurren dress her up, put clippy earrings and lipstick on her, and push her around in a laundry cart. She understands the deep roots and connections created between humans and animals through fashion because of this kinship. Her book about Tuttie, Lipstick On A Pug, won the Dog Writers Association of America Maxwell Medallion for 2015 Children's Book of the Year.

Her publishing imprint, Left Paw Press, has printed numerous books on pet fashion, pug children's, medical, racing, and coloring. PugDala Coloring Book, a mindfulness coloring book, also won a Maxwell. In August 2013, Laurren combined her marketing experience and lifelong love of pet fashionology to launch the Pet Fashion Guild, an organization created to provide educational materials and tools for pet fashion professionals.

She's been named a "Paw-er Woman" by Fidose of Reality blog and was a 2015 & 16 finalist for Pet Industry Woman of the Year by Women In The Pet Industry. In 2018, Pet Age named her a Woman of Influence. Laurren earned her pet fashion certification from Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in New York City in 2015. Laurren now lives in the Racing Capital of the World in Indiana. Her life is busy with her race car driving son, Zachary Tinkle and geneticist husband, Brad Tinkle.