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18-year-old John Freeman of Runaway Bay had a sixth (Mountain Creek Speedway) and a seventh (Kennedale Speedway Park) place finish in his two IMCA Southern Sport Mod races this past weekend.
Mountain Creek is a tough little quarter-mile track and Freeman took to it like a duck to water. After a third place finish in his qualifying heat, he started ninth in the feature race.
He didn’t stay there long.
“Within four laps we were battling my buddy Tyler Webb for fifth place,” John said with a grin. “I went to the top to see if I could get around him, but the top didn’t have the grip I needed and we fell back a bit. We restarted seventh after a caution and got to sixth, racing with Ronnie Welborn for fifth the rest of the race. That was a fun race. We showed great speed on a slick track, and were in the mix the whole time. In a division as competitive as this one is, that’s a good night.”
Saturday night at Kennedale, the team was optimistic. Unfortunately, things didn’t fall their way quite the way they had on Friday.
“We missed the setup bad in our heat,” the driver said. “Nobody expected the track to be as tacky as it was. We finished fifth, which set us back to fifteenth to start the feature. We knew we were going to have to race hard to get up to the front from way back there.”
The race was filled with caution flags early on. John made steady forward progress, finally getting to ninth. A spinning car made contact with the right front of Freeman’s No. 21F, bending his Upper A-arm on the suspension. The same car eventually got into him again, damaging his right side door.
“We ended up still passing two more cars in the final laps to finish seventh,” Freeman noted. “Even though our result was a little better Friday and we had damage on Saturday, being able to pass 8 cars on a tacky track is not a bad day. I think if we’d been able to start further up we had top five speed, but these past couple of races have encouraged us that we have our speed back now so we just have to work on making the right decisions on and off the track to keep us up front.”
Freeman returns to action at Red River Speedway in Wichita Falls, Texas on Friday night and Kennedale Speedway Park on Saturday.
Keep up with Freeman Racing and John Freeman through their website at www.FreemanRacingTX.com.
CREDIT: Freeman Racing