Cole Duncan in the victory lane at Waynesfield Raceway Park. (Photo by Wayne Riegle)
WAYNESFIELD, Ohio – Cole Duncan has often compared driving a 410 sprint car in Waynesfield Raceway Park to piloting a fighter jet in a gym.
If so, Duncan was an elite driver at Waynesfield on Saturday as he defended his field against invaders at the All Star Circuit of Champions, running a late race pass for his salary of $ 5,000.
It was the driver’s second All Star victory of the year in Circleville, Ohio, and the sixth series victory of his career. He used a warning with five laps to go to hunt down and pass Cory Eliason, who claimed his first All Star victory of the year on Friday night, with three laps to go. While most of the peloton used the extremely high line or bottom groove of the arenas, Duncan placed his upper wing in the trunk and rolled perfectly down the middle of the track for the victory.
Waynesfield promoter Shane Helms gave Duncan an extra $ 1,000 for defending the FAST series against the All Stars.
“I think the only thing that was going to screw me up before this reboot was the traffic. Traffic was kind of reduced to where I wanted to be. He’s had one hell of a reboot and I wasn’t sure I would make one… we have five laps but we’re going to need all five. We were terrible in the qualifying race… I wasn’t trying to save my tire, we were just so bad. My guys got down to business and got back to what we know how to work. Shane Helms and Greg gave us a hell of a race track tonight. I don’t think we can ask for better than that. When the track gets slippery we kick the wing back and the car has run fine and I can bring the speed into the turn. They were throwing crumbs from the bottom and I could use them for traction, ”Duncan said.
Cap Henry and Eliason took the field back to green for the 30-lap All Star feature and after a first-lap warning Henry took the lead over Eliason, Tyler Courtney, Max Stambaugh and Zeb Wise. After three laps of side-by-side racing, Eliason took the lead in lap four. Henry didn’t give up and Courtney joined in her challenge for the lead.
Eliason raced through traffic through the 10th Circuit allowing Courtney to close as Wise ran in third with Henry and Duncan chasing him. Another warning on lap 14 gave Eliason a clear track and he took the opportunity to pull away slightly from Courtney. By lap 18 Duncan was on his way, placing third and two homers later led under Courtney for second.
Eliason had built a substantial lead but Duncan started to pull away when the yellow flew away with five laps to go with the race order Eliason, Duncan, Justin Peck, Courtney and Spencer Bayston. Eliason put on a great restart, but Duncan maintained his midline and closed quickly, diving under Eliason for the lead on lap 27. Duncan walked away for the victory over Eliason, Peck, Bayston and Henry.
In another action, Jared Horstman led the 25 laps of the K&L Ready Mix NRA Sprint Invaders to secure his fifth championship in the series.
1.22C-Cole Duncan ; 2.26-Cory Eliason ; 3.13-Justin Peck ; 4.11-Spencer Bayston ; 5.4-Cap Henry ; 6. 7BC-Tyler Courtney ; 7. 55-Hunter Schuerenberg ; 8. 91-Kyle Reinhardt ; 9. 16-DJ Foos ; 10. 5-Ian Madsen ; 11. 97-Greg Wilson ; 12. O7-Skylar Gee ; 13. 17B-Invoice ticket ; 14. 81-Lee Jacobs ; 15. 18-Cole Macedo ; 16. 3C-Cale Conley ; 17. 21N-Frankie Nervo ; 18. 5M-Max Stambaugh ; 19. 14-Chad Wilson ; 20. 10-Zeb Sage ; 21. 23-Chris Andrews ; 22. 7M-Geoff Dodge