Duncan Passes Dietrich on Final Corner to Win Ohio Sprint Speedweek Feature at Fremont

Cole Duncan. (Jim Fisher photo)

By Tyler Altmeyer
FREMONT, Ohio (June 12, 2021) – Leading the only lap that matters, Lockbourne, Ohio’s Cole Duncan put FloRacing All Star Circuit of Champions presented by Mobil 1 fans on their feet Saturday night at Fremont Speedway, capping round two of Cometic Gasket Ohio Sprint Speedweek presented by Hercules Tires with a last lap pass, a last corner pass, over race-long leader and Pennsylvania Posse invader, Danny Dietrich. The last-ditch effort not only secured a $6,000 payday for Duncan, pilot of the Helms Construction/Ohio Heating/No. 22C sprint car, but also a fifth-career victory against the Tony Stewart-owned organization, his first at “The Track That Action Built” and his first Series win since 2018.

Impressive enough, Duncan’s Fremont performance also solidified Hercules Tires Hard Charger honors, as his victory march commenced from eighth on the grid.

“That was one hell of a race,” an elated Duncan said in victory lane, who officially passed his father, Rodney, on the all-time All Star wins list; Rodney owns four. “I look up to my dad a lot and to pass him in the win column, in this fashion, is pretty cool. These All Star wins are tough to come by. This is a really tough field of cars and I’m not sure it’s been this tough since my dad raced with the Series in the late 90’s and early 2000’s. As soon as I got the wing back, I knew we were going to be good tonight. I just want to thank all of the fans for coming out. This is one heck of a crowd.”

Despite starting eighth on the 40-lap grid, Duncan proved his winning potential right from the drop of the initial green, powering his way to fifth by lap six before utilizing a pair of back-to-back lap nine cautions to climb his way to third. Monrovia, Indiana’s Justin Peck raced just ahead of Duncan in second with Danny Dietrich holding down the fort at the front of the field.

The main event’s final caution appeared on lap 13 setting up what would ultimately turn into a long-winded, 27-lap battle for the top three positions. For Duncan, it was all about patience, as well as perseverance, working every inch of Fremont Speedway’s wide and slick surface to keep pace with Dietrich and Peck, even as the front runners weaved through traffic which appeared for the first time on lap 20.

Lap after lap, Duncan hounded Peck for second, soon relying on a slingshot move to get by the Buch Motorsports entry, doing so through turns three and four while leaning on a thin and quickly fading cushion. Duncan’s lap 31 move on Peck would come into play one more time before the conclusion of the 40-lapper, but not until the last 50 yards. All over Dietrich at the white flag, Duncan set up his winning move at the exit of turn two, powering down the backstretch before returning to the turn three cushion. Dietrich did his best to block at the exit of turn four, but Duncan found his way through, narrowly escaping contact with the Gettsyburg-native and the turn four wall.

“I’ve never had that much patience in my life,” an exhausted Duncan continued. “I knew I had a run off of two on Danny, and I knew Peck was making the bottom work in three but I was better on the top. I figured if I showed Danny my nose, he was going to block that line, so I said ‘screw it’ and hung it out on top. He raced me clean though coming off of the corner. I don’t think you could have put a piece of paper between our wheels and my wheels and the wall.”

“He was coming,” Danny Dietrich said, driver of the Gary Kauffman Racing No. 48. “I tried to lean on him a little bit to hopefully get him to check up so I could beat him back to the line. Cole is always good here. It’s just a tough one to swallow after leading that many laps. Thank all of you fans for coming out. We love coming to Ohio. Ohio puts on the best racing, in my opinion.”

Cometic Gasket Ohio Sprint Speedweek presented by Hercules Tires will continue on Monday, June 14, at the home of “Orrville’s Historic Oval” – Wayne County Speedway in Orrville, Ohio. Like the opening rounds, the Wayne County stop will award a $6,000 payday.

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Contingency Awards/Results: Fremont Speedway |Saturday, June 12, 2021:
Event: Cometic Gasket Ohio Sprint Speedweek presented by Hercules Tires
Entries: 44
C&R Racing Hot Laps: Cap Henry | 13.094
Dixie Vodka Fast Qualifier: Danny Dietrich | 13.121
Ford Performance Heat #1 Winner: Lachlan McHugh
All Pro Aluminum Cylinder Heads Heat #2 Winner: Justin Peck
Hunt Brothers Pizza Heat #3 Winner: Travis Philo
Mobil 1 Heat #4 Winner: Rico Abreu
Kistler Racing Products Heat #5 Winner: Cap Henry
Kear’s Speed Shop Dash #1 Winner: Danny Dietrich
Elliott’s Custom Trailers and Carts Dash #2 Winner: Zeb Wise
Classic Ink USA Screenprinting & Embroidery B-Main Winner: Greg Wilson
Rayce Rudeen Foundation First Non-Transfer: T.J. Michael
FloRacing A-Main Winner: Cole Duncan
Hercules Tires A-Main Hard Charger: Cole Duncan (+7)

Floracing All Star Circuit of Champions presented by Mobil 1
Ohio Sprint Speedweek
Fremont Speedway
Fremont, Ohio
Saturday, June 12, 2021

Dixie Vodka Qualifying
1. 48-Danny Dietrich, 13.120[6]
2. 16-DJ Foos, 13.131[1]
3. 35-Stuart Brubaker, 13.200[5]
4. 101-Lachlan McHugh, 13.349[3]
5. 26-Cory Eliason, 13.357[12]
6. 7BC-Tyler Courtney, 13.391[11]
7. 27S-John Ivy, 13.407[4]
8. 22C-Cole Duncan, 13.410[20]
9. W20-Greg Wilson, 13.427[7]
10. 1-Nate Dussel, 13.452[2]
11. 5-Paul McMahan, 13.468[16]
12. 13-Justin Peck, 13.520[10]
13. 91-Kyle Reinhardt, 13.526[9]
14. 25R-Jordan Ryan, 13.546[8]
15. 23-Chris Andrews, 13.633[15]
16. 11N-Harli White, 13.694[22]
17. 5R-Byron Reed, 13.703[14]
18. 10-Zeb Wise, 13.744[31]
19. 5T-Travis Philo, 13.823[23]
20. 14-Chad Kemenah, 13.849[18]
21. 24-Rico Abreu, 13.856[29]
22. 49X-Cale Thomas, 13.877[36]
23. 8M-TJ Michael, 13.879[43]
24. 24W-Garet Williamson, 13.880[33]
25. 18T-Tanner Holmes, 13.937[21]
26. 4-Cap Henry, 13.938[42]
27. 22M-Dan McCarron, 14.009[17]
28. 9Z-Duane Zablocki, 14.024[13]
29. 3C-Cale Conley, 14.055[27]
30. 19-Brandon Spithaler, 14.067[37]
31. 55V-CJ Leary, 14.095[26]
32. 7-Zane Devault, 14.121[25]
33. 07-Skylar Gee, 14.125[40]
34. 55-Hunter Schuerenberg, 14.135[35]
35. 28-Tim Shaffer[41]

Ford Performance Heat Race #1 (8 Laps)
1. 101-Lachlan McHugh[1]
2. 48-Danny Dietrich[4]
3. 35-Stuart Brubaker[2]
4. 16-DJ Foos[3]
5. W20-Greg Wilson[6]
6. 1-Nate Dussel[7]
7. 91-Kyle Reinhardt[8]
8. 27S-John Ivy[5]
9. 25R-Jordan Ryan[9]

All Pro Aluminum Cylinder Heads Heat Race #2 (8 Laps)
1. 13-Justin Peck[1]
2. 5-Paul McMahan[2]
3. 26-Cory Eliason[4]
4. 7BC-Tyler Courtney[3]
5. 5R-Byron Reed[6]
6. 14-Chad Kemenah[7]
7. 23-Chris Andrews[5]
8. 22M-Dan McCarron[8]
9. 9Z-Duane Zablocki[9]

Hunt Brothers Pizza Heat Race #3 (8 Laps)
1. 5T-Travis Philo[2]
2. 18T-Tanner Holmes[1]
3. 22C-Cole Duncan[4]
4. 55V-CJ Leary[6]
5. 11N-Harli White[3]
6. 7-Zane Devault[7]
7. 3C-Cale Conley[5]
8. 21N-Frankie Nervo[9]
9. 2+-Brian Smith[8]

Mobil 1 Heat Race #4 (8 Laps)
1. 24-Rico Abreu[3]
2. 10-Zeb Wise[4]
3. 55-Hunter Schuerenberg[5]
4. 49X-Cale Thomas[2]
5. 11-Ian Madsen[7]
6. 24W-Garet Williamson[1]
7. 2-Ricky Peterson[8]
8. 12-Kyle Capodice[6]
9. 22-Ryan Broughton[9]

Kistler Racing Products Heat Race #5 (8 Laps)
1. 4-Cap Henry[3]
2. 28-Tim Shaffer[5]
3. 07-Skylar Gee[1]
4. 19-Brandon Spithaler[2]
5. 8M-TJ Michael[4]
6. 3J-Trey Jacobs[7]
7. 18-Cole Macedo[8]
8. 17B-Bill Balog[6]

Kears Speed Shop Dash #1 (4 Laps)
1. 48-Danny Dietrich[1]
2. 13-Justin Peck[5]
3. 5T-Travis Philo[2]
4. 4-Cap Henry[3]
5. 24-Rico Abreu[6]
6. 101-Lachlan McHugh[4]

Elliotts Custom Trailers and Carts Dash #2 (4 Laps)
1. 10-Zeb Wise[2]
2. 35-Stuart Brubaker[1]
3. 26-Cory Eliason[3]
4. 22C-Cole Duncan[4]
5. 16-DJ Foos[5]
6. 19-Brandon Spithaler[6]

Computer Man Inc C-Main (10 Laps)
1. 17B-Bill Balog[4]
2. 22M-Dan McCarron[1]
3. 21N-Frankie Nervo[2]
4. 9Z-Duane Zablocki[6]
5. 12-Kyle Capodice[3]
6. 2+-Brian Smith[7]
7. 25R-Jordan Ryan[5]
8. 22-Ryan Broughton[8]

Classic Ink USA B-Main (12 Laps)
1. W20-Greg Wilson[2]
2. 27S-John Ivy[1]
3. 5R-Byron Reed[4]
4. 1-Nate Dussel[7]
5. 8M-TJ Michael[5]
6. 11-Ian Madsen[6]
7. 11N-Harli White[3]
8. 18-Cole Macedo[15]
9. 14-Chad Kemenah[8]
10. 23-Chris Andrews[13]
11. 3C-Cale Conley[14]
12. 91-Kyle Reinhardt[12]
13. 17B-Bill Balog[17]
14. 3J-Trey Jacobs[11]
15. 24W-Garet Williamson[9]
16. 7-Zane Devault[10]
17. 2-Ricky Peterson[16]
18. 22M-Dan McCarron[18]

FloRacing A-Main (40 Laps)
1. 22C-Cole Duncan[8]
2. 48-Danny Dietrich[1]
3. 13-Justin Peck[3]
4. 5T-Travis Philo[5]
5. 4-Cap Henry[7]
6. 10-Zeb Wise[2]
7. 35-Stuart Brubaker[4]
8. 26-Cory Eliason[6]
9. 101-Lachlan McHugh[11]
10. 24-Rico Abreu[9]
11. 7BC-Tyler Courtney[18]
12. 28-Tim Shaffer[15]
13. 5-Paul McMahan[13]
14. 55V-CJ Leary[20]
15. 55-Hunter Schuerenberg[17]
16. 49X-Cale Thomas[19]
17. 1-Nate Dussel[24]
18. 16-DJ Foos[10]
19. 11-Ian Madsen[25]
20. W20-Greg Wilson[21]
21. 07-Skylar Gee[16]
22. 5R-Byron Reed[23]
23. 27S-John Ivy[22]
24. 18T-Tanner Holmes[14]
25. 19-Brandon Spithaler[12]
26. 17B-Bill Balog[26]