FREMONT, Ohio – Cole Macedo averted catastrophe Saturday at Fremont Speedway.
The Lemoore, Calif., driver thought his chance at a win was over when, during a red flag fuel stop, a hole was found in his tire. His Ray Brooks Racing Team went to work and plugged the tire and Macedo drove to his second straight win at the third-mile dirt track.
Macedo, who leads the points at Fremont Speedway in the Fort Ball Pizza Palace 410 Sprints and the points at Attica Raceway Park, is looking to make it three crowns as he pads his lead in the All Pro Aluminum Cylinder Heads/Kistler Racing Products Attica Fremont Championship Series presented by the Baumann Auto Group.
The win wasn’t easy as numerous race stoppages made for a marathon event. Macedo took the lead from Duane Zablocki with just 10 laps to go, utilizing a lapped car as a pick. A caution with five laps to go didn’t stop Macedo as he drove away for his sixth career Fremont victory worth $4,000.
“I was worried sitting over there while the crew worked on that tire,” Macedo said. “There was a lot of yelling… I was a little panicked but they did their job perfectly. This team is just hitting its stride. We’ve got great speed every night and that’s because of all the hard work of these guys in the shop.”
Zablocki finished second, ahead of Travis Philo, Craig Mintz and polesitter Harli White.
Shawn Valenti took the lead of the Fremont Federal Credit Union 305 A-main on lap three and drove to the victory. Valenti now has 69 career wins at the track and is closing in on all-time career feature win leader Art Ball who has 76 victories.
Jeff Babcock took the lead from Valenti on lap three of the Burmeister Trophy Dirt Truck feature and pulled away to his second career win at Fremont.
Feature (30 Laps): 1. 18-Cole Macedo ; 2. 9Z-Duane Zablocki ; 3. 5T-Travis Philo ; 4. 09-Craig Mintz ; 5. 11N-Harli White ; 6. 35-Stuart Brubaker ; 7. 12-Kyle Capodice ; 8. 7N-Darin Naida ; 9. 8M-TJ Michael ; 10. 2L-Landon Lalonde ; 11. 11G-Luke Griffith ; 12. 7T-Troy Vaccaro ; 13. 12G-Corbin Gurley ; 14. 2+-Brian Smith ; 15. 33W-Caleb Griffith ; 16. 22-Dan McCarron ; 17. 2-Joe Adorjan ; 18. 16-DJ Foos ; 19. 49I-John Ivy ; 20. 6J-Jonah Aumend ; 21. 23-Chris Andrews ; 22. 21-Larry Kingseed JR ; 23. 68G-Tyler Gunn ; 24. 20-Danial Burkhart