RUNAWAY BAY, TX – official release — John Freeman of Runaway Bay spent most of Saturday night’s feature at Kennedale Speedway Park racing with George Gafford for second place before the laps run out and he finished third in the IMCA Southern Sport Mod race.
Saturday’s race helped even out the weekend for John, as he was also racing for second in Friday night’s race at Heart O’ Texas Speedway when the car he was racing with broke loose and John got hit from behind while trying to avoid contact in front, causing rear end damage to his No. 21 and ending his night.
After the Kennedale race, John was philosophical.
“Tonight definitely makes up for last night,” he said. “We had a fast car last night at Heart O’ Texas but we just had some bad luck there. That’s going to happen. It broke the upper left trailing arm and a C-clip in the rear end. It was really good to come here to Kennedale and be consistently fast all night again and end up with a solid third place run. We’ve been doing better with consistency and bouncing back from adversity as this year has gone on so I’m happy so far with our weekend.”
The team made it a three-day, three-race swing as they also took a Sunday drive to 281 Speedway. It appeared the day was heading in the right direction as he finished second in his heat. But there were signs that the track was already drying out and taking on a lot of rubber, not the best prescription for a competitive race on a dirt track.
John drew 11th starting spot for the feature event, and did his best to put the speed he had in the car to the ground and get to the front, but it just wasn’t to be. He fought hard for an 8th place finish but still got out of the car with a smile.
“Today was one of the days my driving coach tells me to focus on performance not on results,” John said. “We ran really well in the heat, but then I drew a bad starting spot and that put us in a hole on a track that was as dry as a bone. When the track is like that it’s nearly impossible to pass without wrecking people. I don’t race like that. So, we were really fast but we just couldn’t find the passing lane we needed to show it in the feature. I’m just thankful to have the support of my family and my team to go racing with like this and be as competitive as we are on a lot less than what some of the others are spending. My father and I are learning every time we go to the track and that makes it fun for me.”
About John Freeman
John Freeman is a 17-year-old student-athlete 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.
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