by Jacob Hord, @HordRaceWatcher
What a weekend in Ohio. Between the beginning of All Star Ohio Speedweek, and the 26th, and 27th Dirt Late Model Dream races at Eldora, there was no shortage of action.
- Speedweek kicked off Friday and Saturday before having Sunday off. Ian Madsen took home the win at Attica Friday, and Cole Duncan scored one for the locals Saturday at Fremont with a last corner pass on Danny Dietrich.
- Dietrich led all but the last couple hundred feet of the feature Saturday before Duncan squeaked by on the outside at the line. It was Duncan’s third career Speedweek win.
- It shouldn’t be a surprise that Duncan clicked off the win. He finished runner-up twice at Fremont last October with the All Stars.
- According to my records, Cole Duncan is now one of twelve drivers that own an Ohio Speedweek and Pennsylvania Speedweek win. Don’t be surprised if Dietrich becomes the thirteenth driver this week.
- Ohio 410 points leader Cole Macedo had a good run Friday, coming home fourth after a race long battle with Skylar Gee with a damaged car. Saturday was a bit different, as Macedo missed the feature.
- Friday night’s winner Ian Madsen also had his luck change on Saturday. Madsen missed the feature as well, and had to use a provisional. He finished 19th, and would not score any Speedweek points.
- Speaking of Speedweek points, Danny Dietrich leads by four points over Cory Eliason. Cap Henry, Justin Peck, and Tyler Courtney round out the top five.
- With Madsen’s win on Friday, he became the 24th different winner in the Buckeye State this year.
- There is now a four way tie for most wins this year, with Cole Macedo, Cole Duncan, DJ Foos, and Broc Martin all having three wins.
- There’s a pair of Californian’s joining the mix for Speedweek Starting Monday. Fresh off his Indiana Midget Week title, Buddy Kofoid will be piloting the second CJB car Monday at Wayne County, and Tuesday at Sharon P2. After spending four days at Eldora for the Dream’s, and the Nascar All Star Race on Sunday, Kyle Larson will also be hitting Wayne County, Sharon, and Waynesfield.
- Speaking of the Dirt Late Model Dream’s at Eldora… Big Sexy Brandon Overton had a ‘Dream’ Dream week (pun intended), winning every feature he was in, so four feature wins in total.
- Two of those feature wins paid a little cash. His Thursday win netted him $127k, while the Saturday win scored him $126k. His prelim wins both won him $10k each, bringing his grand total to $273k. Not bad for four days of work.
- Kyle Larson competed in his first Crown Jewel late model race as well. He finished 13th on Thursday, and sixth on Saturday.
- Ohio’s Ryan Missler, who won the FloRacing contest to send him to his first Dream, had his weekend ended prematurely, getting caught up in a crash Friday night. He would call it a weekend afterwards.
- Craig Mintz also had a short weekend. He was qualifying at Attica Friday night when he jumped the ledge in turn four, sending him tail-tank first into the front stretch wall. This broke the rear of his chassis. Mintz was OK and watched the feature from home with his family.
- Brian Smith may not have had the night he wanted at Fremont Saturday, but rumor has it he did beat both Blake Anderson and Calvin Knapp at his HotWheels track. These wins may be tainted though, as Knapp claimed the race was rigged.
- In 360 action Friday night, Harli White picked up her second win aboard the Ed Neumeister 11N at Limaland. This was her second win of the season, both at Lima with the NRA. Friday was a nice $4k payday for the Oklahoma native.
- Ohio native Tyler Street picked up his second win of the season, and his third career 410 win Saturday at I-77 Speedway in West Virginia with the OVSCA. Street is still searching for his first 410 win in Ohio.