PETERSEN MEDIA- Returning to the seat of the Tarlton Motorsports entry over the weekend, Cole Macedo would make his first career start in the coveted Trophy Cup that benefits the Make a Wish Foundation. Making the feature events during Thursday and Friday’s events Macedo’s weekend would come to a close during the Saturday night semi.
“We couldn’t get timed in like we needed to Thursday or Friday night, but we took advantage in our heat race to make both prelim feature,” Cole Macedo added. “With Saturday being points based, we were in the ‘B’ and we were unable to transfer into the feature. All in all, I am happy with how my first Trophy Cup went.
Thursday night Macedo opened the 25th Annual Trophy Cup up by timing the Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino/Elite Landscape Construction/Tarlton and Son, Inc. backed No. 21x machine in 20th quickest in qualifying time trials.
Racing his way to a heat race win, Macedo would automatically lock himself into the 30-lap feature event as he looked to make up big points leading into Saturday night’s finale.
Taking the green flag form the 19th starting position, the Lemoore, CA driver would look to work his way forward as he gained valuable laps around the difficult Thunderbowl Raceway. On the 18th circuit, Macedo would have issues on the front corner of his car after contact with the retaining wall, and it would result in him pulling off the racing surface as he would be credited with a 22nd place finish.
Looking for better points on Friday night, Macedo would time in 17th quickest on this night, and just as he did on Thursday night he would pocket a heat race win to again punch his ticket into the 30-lap feature event.
Hoping to have a better result on this night, a lap 11 flip down the front straight away would bring Macedo’s night to a close as he found himself in the second row of his Saturday night heat race.
Working his way to a second place finish in his heat, Macedo would move into the star-studded Trophy Cup ‘B’ where he would roll off from the 11th starting position with just four drivers advancing to the feature event.
Issues under the hood of Macedo’s entry would plague him once the race came to life and it would force him back to the trailer on the race’s second lap.
“It was disappointing with how our weekend ended, but it was a good first attempt at it I thought,’ Macedo added. “I feel like each night I learned something new about the high side at the Thunderbowl, so hopefully in 2019 I can use that to my advantage. Big thanks to all the Tarlton’s for their support. It was great to finally get to run this race.”
The Tarlton Motorsports team would like to thank Elite Landscape Construction, Tarlton and Son, Inc., Executive Auto Sales, Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino, Pabco Gypsum, Bandy and Associates, All Star Performance, Yokut Gas, and BG Lubricants for their support through the 2018 season.
BY THE NUMBERS: Starts-31, Wins-1, Top 5’s-11, Top 10’s-14.
ON TAP: Cole and Tarlton Motorsports will return to action November 2nd and 3rd at Stockton Dirt Track.
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