FREMONT, Ohio — Cole Duncan exhibited maturity beyond his 28 years Saturday at Fremont Speedway as he was patient on a slick surface and with lapped traffic to claim the 410 sprint feature win on Custom Metal Works of Norwalk Night to open the racing season.
Duncan, who hails from Circleville, Ohio, took the lead on lap two and only had to survive one caution flag and heavy lapped traffic toward the end to score his fourth career Fremont win.
“This is old school Jim Ford Fremont (former track promoter). A lot of these guys have never watched when it was Jim Ford Fremont like this. I might not have a lot of experience on this track like this but I’ve watched a lot of races,” said Duncan. “We were pretty good all night with the exception of the heat race…we weren’t great. We went to work on it…threw a couple of things at it…we wanted to experiment a little bit. It paid off. It’s hard when you get out front like that.”
D.J. Foos finished second with Trey Jacobs, Byron Reed and Zeb Wise rounding out the top five.
Paul Weaver made it a clean sweep of the weekend in 305 sprint action, earning his 52nd career victory at “The Track That Action Built” putting him eighth on the track’s all-time win list. His victory Saturday came after he won at Attica Raceway Park the previous night.
“Pam and Steve Brown come on board last year to help me and I wouldn’t be here if it was for Dave Rice and Bob Hampshire at Hampshire Racing Engines,” said Weaver.
Shawn Valenti picked right back up where he left off last year in the Burmeister Trophy Dirt Trucks, inheriting the lead when early leader Jim Holcomb had mechanical woes and driving to his 56th career win at Fremont Speedway. He now sits sixth on the track’s all-time feature win list.
“Jim Holcomb had a fast hot rod…not sure what happened to him but tough to see him break. Just another awesome deal to be back in this truck. I have to thank Jeff Babcock for still doing it and Adam from A Plus Auto Center and Chris and John Brooks…they all help out,” said Valenti.
Feature (30 Laps): 1. 22-Cole Duncan ; 2. 16-D.J. Foos ; 3. 3J-Trey Jacobs ; 4. 5-Byron Reed ; 5. 11-Zeb Wise ; 6. 81-Lee Jacobs ; 7. 1-Nate Dussel ; 8. 4-Cap Henry ; 9. 35-Stuart Brubaker ; 10. 21N-Frankie Nervo ; 11. 3C-Cale Conley ; 12. 8M-T.J. Michael ; 13. 68G-Tyler Gunn ; 14. 23-Cole Macedo ; 15. 77I-John Ivy ; 16. 22B-Ryan Broughton ; 17. 2L-Landon LaLonde ; 18. 41-Thomas Schinderle ; 19. 70-Sye Lynch ; 20. 19-Jordan Ryan