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Cole Macedo 4th To Open Fall Nationals



PETERSEN MEDIA- Taking part in the final race weekend of the season at Silver Dollar Speedway in Chico, CA, Cole Macedo and the Tarlton Motorsports were strong both Friday and Saturday night as Macedo picked up a fourth-place finish to open the weekend before getting upside down in Saturday’s feature.


Friday night was solid,” Cole Macedo said. “I think we had a much better car than a fourth-place car, but anytime we made a move it got negated by a caution.”


With 59 cars checked into the Silver Dollar Speedway pit area for the Fall Nationals, Macedo opened the night up by timing the Tarlton and Son Inc./Complete Parts and Equipment Solutions/Executive Auto Sales No. 21 in third fastest in his qualifying group.


Lining up in the second row of his heat race, the Lemoore, CA pilot jumped into second as the race came to life. It was an important pass as his second-place finish locked him into the night’s six-lap Trophy Dash, which set the first four rows of the 30-lap finale.


On a hooked-up Silver Dollar Speedway surface, Macedo biked hard in the Dash and blew his left rear tire off the wheel and came to a stop. Able to restart the race, passing in clean air was difficult and his eighth-place finish put him in the fourth row of the feature.


While passing was still tricky in the feature, Macedo was able to work it work as he quickly raced into the Top-Five. Working into fourth on the eighth lap, Macedo took over third on the ninth lap when the leader slowed with a flat.


Chasing after second running Shane Golobic, Macedo did take over second briefly on lap 17 as they raced through traffic, but dense traffic allowed Golobic to sneak back by.


Late in the race, Andy Forsberg got by Macedo as they continued to rip through traffic and he was unable to get back on the podium in the final stanzas as he capped Friday off with a fourth place finish.


Back in action on Saturday night, a few more cars checked in the back gate and bumped the field up to 62 entrants on this night. With the track much slicker than Friday, Macedo still had plenty of speed as he timed in second fastest before racing to a heat race win.


Finishing third in the Dash, Macedo was locked into the second row to open up the 40-lap feature event.

Settling into third when the race came to life, Macedo took over the second position on lap three as he set his sights on race leader, Justin Sanders.


With the track freshly prepped before the feature event, the once slick surface had moisture back in it which created a tricky cushion at both ends of the track.


While tracking down Sanders early in the race, Macedo tripped the cushion in turns three and four and it resulted a wild flip into the fence off of turn four.


Able to climb from the battered car, Macedo’s night was over.


“I was bummed to have our night end the way it did on Saturday,” Macedo added. “We had another strong car that I think could have been a threat at the end of the race but it just didn’t work out. Thanks to the Tarlton’s, the Dyson’s, each and every partner we have with this race team, and my guys for their hard work all weekend.”



BY THE NUMBERS: Races: 55, Wins: 5, Top 5’s: 11, Top 10’s: 22.


ON TAP: Macedo and Tarlton Motorsports will be in action on Friday night at Kings Speedway in Hanford, CA before heading to Thunderbowl Raceway in Tulare, CA on Saturday.


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