PETERSEN MEDIA- Kicking 2023 off on Saturday night at Placerville Speedway, Cole Macedo was well on his way to a sixth-place finish until a late race incident relegated him back to 12th when the race came to a close.
“Our first night out in the Tarlton Motorsports No. 21 was shaping up to be a really good night overall until a spinning car ended our run through the field,” Cole Macedo said. “We struggled a bit early in the night as he figured out some things, but Drew and the guys really worked hard, and we were really good in the feature.”
Checking in at Placerville Speedway on Saturday night as a break in the weather allowed the track to dry out and get an event in, Macedo timed the Tarlton and Son Inc./Complete Parts and Equipment Solutions/Executive Auto Sales backed No. 21 in 13th fastest in qualifying time trials.
Lining up on the front row of his heat race, Macedo needed to pick up the win to earn a spot in the very important redraw. Going toe-to-toe with Sean Becker during the opening laps of the heat, Macedo ultimately settled into second, where he finished, and locked himself directly into the 25-lap feature event.
Rolling off the grid from 13th based on his qualifying effort, Macedo had his hands full on the tight confines of Placerville Speedway as he was mired deep in the starting grid.
Moving into 11th when the race went green, a lap one caution reset the field and put them in double file formation for an early restart. This restart went even better for the Lemoore, CA driver as he quickly jumped into ninth as we maneuvered around the high banked bullring.
Moving into ninth on the fifth circuit, Macedo continued to get better as laps clicked off and he took over the eighth position on the race’s eighth lap.
Holding down eighth past the halfway point, Macedo jumped into sixth with six laps left and looked to be on his way to a very strong finish. With the track widening out in the closing laps, Macedo closed in on the Top-Five however a car getting out of shape in front of him resulted in him coming to a stop.
Relinquishing the sixth position, Macedo went to the tail end of the lead lap cars for a two-lap dash to the checkered and ended his night with a 12th place finish.
“It was great to get a night in with all this weather,” Macedo added. “Drew and the guys did a great job all winter long, and it was nice to get out and race. I want to extend a big Thank You to the entire Tarlton family as well as our great supporters Sean and Felicity Dyson, the Durst family, and Reston Farms with mark and Laura House. We are all really excited for the year to come.”
Tarlton Motorsports would like to thank Tarlton and Son Inc., Complete Parts & Equipment Solutions, Executive Auto Sales, Empire Machinery, Durst, Reston Enterprises, Bandy and Associates, FK Shocks, FK Rod Ends, System 1 Ignition, Vortex Wings, and BG Lubricants for their support.
BY THE NUMBERS: Races: 1, Wins: 0, Top 5’s: 0, Top 10’s: 0.
ON TAP: Tarlton Motorsports and Cole Macedo are slated for a return trip to Placerville Speedway on Saturday night.
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