“We got to fourth pretty quickly after dropping back a bit at the start,” Freeman said. “We had a lot of cautions that kept bunching the field so we couldn’t really get away from the cars behind us. Then, by the time we got to the end of the race our car got really tight and I had to give some ground because I just couldn’t turn it where I needed to.”
On Saturday night at Kennedale Raceway Park in Kennedale, Texas, Freeman started third and was running fourth when he slipped on a restart, costing him several spots. He eventually finished 12th.
“Tonight wasn’t my best night as a racer,” John said after the Saturday night show. “But I’ll learn from my mistakes and use them to make myself better. The track was dark black from all the rubber it took and it got really dry and slick. I thought we had a good shot at a top five but it just wasn’t meant to be tonight. That’s just part of racing. The car is in one piece and we can focus on next weekend. I can’t thank my team and all of my supporters enough for making it possible for me to do what I love.”
The youngster added a final thought for the evening.
“It’s pretty humbling when you realize there are so many others watching every week who’d gladly trade places with you on your worst night as long as they were able to race. When I stop and think about that, it makes it pretty hard to be upset when things don’t go your way. We’ll learn what we can and do our best to do better next week!”
About John Freeman
John Freeman is a 17-year-old student-athlete from Runaway Bay, Texas who competes weekly in the nationally contested IMCA Sport Mod Division at Boyd Raceway in Boyd, Texas and Kennedale Speedway Park in Kennedale, Texas.
Currently in his second year of competition in the IMCA Modified division, John finished 7th in Southern Sport Mod points at Boyd last season and 10th at Kennedale.
He was also fourth in the 2013 IMCA National Rookie of the Year standings for the class.
Marketing partners for John, all based in Texas, include Karl Klement Ford and MJ’s Roofing and Construction of Decatur Wise County Detailing and Fabrication of Boyd, Olshan Foundation Solutions of Dallas and 1Stop of Texas in Runaway Bay.