Atomic Speedway FAST Series Freedom 40 Highlights
ALMA (OH) – Cole Duncan came into Atomic Speedway last Saturday night for the FAST Series Freedom 40 race and proved to the pit area and fan base alike what they already knew. A six time winner in 2019 and by the end of the night now a seven time winner on the season after he won the Freedom 40 FAST race, the fifth time he has won the fall Atomic event, and all in the last five years straight. He calls this track home and by far is the Atomic fan base favorite. Duncan would chase front row starter Brinton Marvel for the first 35 laps before getting a head of steam and sailed by coming off turn four on lap 36 to grab the lead and drive away to seal the deal. Lee Jacobs sailed third, Danny Smith fourth, and Ricky Peterson rounded out the top five in fifth.
“Boy, he (Marvel) was really good, man I went really hard there,” stated Duncan. “He did not make any mistakes, he was just in the wrong place at the wrong time. Right there in the middle when we got to lapped traffic he was a couple car lengths in front of me and I couldn’t get to him. I noticed on the last caution I pulled the wing back and got going it felt better then I caught the rubber just off the exit of turn four. I just stayed with the rubber as it moved down. He just didn’t know, the rubber kept moving down and he just kept running the same line he had been leading with the whole time. He’s doing a great job, he’s just young. He was out front all night, he just did know what the rubber was doing and he needed to move down.”
Marvel would blister off from the outside pole position as Duncan would pull up to second by the second lap. From there the chase was on. Marvel would dash to the top with a lot of momentum as Duncan went down low early to try and make up ground. Heavy lapped traffic at lap 18 and past the half Duncan moved up to the top searching for a line. At times it looked like Marvel was pulling away, just to see Duncan get a head of steam and close ground. By lap 32 Duncan closed and this time kept closing until that fateful pass at lap 35, a heartbreak for Marvel. Now on point, and somewhat of clean air Duncan set sail running his own line as he dashed past lap cars and to the checkers.
“I grew up watching my Dad race here,” noted Duncan. “This place is close to home, less than an hour away, the place has not changed that much. It’s my home track and no matter the track condition, it’s good. It is a cool place, last week I won here it was rough and heavy, tonight it was slick and took rubber the last ten laps, and it still produces good racing. I have a lot of sponsors around here, and it’s good that they can come watch us.”
28 well prepared FAST 410 Winged Sprint Cars were pit side as Duncan, Marvel, and Josh Davis won the three heat races with Ricky Peterson getting the B-Main honors. FAST has appeared three times at Waynesfield Raceway Park in 2019, and will finish off the season there this Saturday night in the Bob Hampshire Classic. NASCAR star Christopher Bell, who won the inaugural Bob Hampshire Classic in 2018, has indicated he will be back to defend his title at Waynesfield on Oct. 12. The 50-lap FAST feature will reward the winner $5,630. Also, in the FAST feature, the hard charging driver who advances the most positions from their original starting spot will earn an additional $63 for every position. And the crew chief of the winning FAST feature car will earn $630 in honor of Hampshire.
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October 6, 2019