Byront Reed won the Jim Ford Classic at Fremont
The dash finished with Cole Duncan at the front, earning him the pole for the big feature. Reed, Martin, Mintz, Philo and Conley followed in that order….setting the lineup for the first 3 rows of the A. The B main was stacked. Swindell had transferred from the C, but was too far back to even hope to make it with only twelve laps to do it. Brubaker won it, followed by Cap Henry, D.J. Foos, Jordan Ryan and Tim Shaffer, who came up to grab the last transfer spot…which put him on the tail end of the A main.
The A main was a 40 lapper. I was hoping for another miracle from Shaffer, like the night before…. but the odds were stacked against him. Even with 40 laps, this seemed impossible. Cole Duncan looked to be the favorite. But in a stroke of terrible luck, his racer came to a stop in turn two a few laps before the race would go green. He did not return. Man, I felt so bad for Cole! When the green dropped, Reed grabbed the lead followed by Mintz, Martin and Philo. We had a yellow on the first lap for Olsen. He left on the hook. The race went green and stayed that way until lap 19 when Henry tangled with Keegan. Henry was moving up too, coming up to sixth from seventeenth. The running order was now Reed, Mintz, Martin, Philo, Thomas, Keegan, Andrews and…and Tim Shaffer! Up to eight from last!
On the restart, Philo and Thomas get together with Thomas flipping violently. Both retired to the pits and were okay. Now Shaffer was in sixth…with 20 laps to go! The race went green the rest of the way. Reed’s lead evaporated when he got to traffic and on lap 34 or so, Martin passed Mintz for second and set after Reed. On the last lap, Martin had a run at Reed but just finished short at the checkers. The finish was Reed, Martin, Mintz, Andrews and Shaffer.
That was a good race and a great weekend spent at Fremont. Thank You Fremont, thank you racers, and thank you Jim Ford, for keeping the racetrack going. Hopefully, the next race on my schedule is at Wayne County for the All Stars on October seventh. Then at Mansfield the next weekend for the All Star make up feature and an All Star regular show….double features