Cole Macedo averted catastrophe Saturday at Fremont Speedway.
The Lemoore, California driver thought his chance at a win was over when, during a red flag fuel stop, a hole was found in his tire. Ray Brooks Racing Team went to work on a plug and Macedo drove to his second straight Fremont win on All Pro Aluminum Cylinder Heads Night.
Macedo leads the points at Speedway in the Fort Ball Pizza Palace 410 Sprints and at Attica Raceway Park. He pads his lead in the All Pro Aluminum Cylinder Heads/Kistler Racing Products Attica Fremont Championship Series as well.
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 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.
“Thank you Ray Brooks for everything you do for us. Jim Linder has these shocks tuned in to perfection. I have a lot of confidence right now that we can compete with anyone.”
Fostoria’s 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.
“We have worked hard to get this car better and it’s beginning to show,” Valenti said. “We’ve done some 360 racing and it has helped us in the 305 division.”
Cygnet’s 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.
“I’ve learned a lot racing with my dad for so long and we’ve made some adjustments to this truck and it’s working,” Babcock said. “When Shawn starts up front you really have to step up your driving. I drove that number 7B for a lot of years and to pass it was kind of surreal.”
Duan Zablocki was second in the 30-lap 410 sprint feature, followed by Travis Philo, Craig Mintz and Harli White.
Bryan Sebetto was second in the 25-lap 305 sprint A-main, followed by Dustin Stroup, Brandon Moore and Matt Foos. Sebetto didn’t go to the scales and was scored with a 16th place finish.
Valenti was second in the 20 lap dirt truck feature, followed by Dave Gumby, Keith Sorg and Ben Clap.
Speedway is host Saturday to Crown Battery night for AFCS points for the 410 and 305 sprints, with trucks as well.