Wilson Returns To Fremont A Winner
In the Surfin’ Sweepstakes Sports Compacts, 14-year-old Mark Gillingham Jr. of Liberty Center, Ohio, scored his third career win in a crash filled event.
“I want to thank my dad and grandpa and King Road Auto Parts for all the parts I need to race,” said Gillingham.
Bryan Sebetto and Craig Mintz, both former Fremont track champions, would bring the 410 sprint field to the green for their 30-lap feature, with Mintz grabbing the early lead with Sebetto hounding him to the outside.
Cole Duncan would slip into third with Brian Smith, Dean Jacobs, D.J. Foos, Todd Heller and fast qualifier Wilson in tow. Sebetto’s challenge for the lead would come to an end on lap four when he went to the infield with mechanical woes, moving Duncan into second.
With six laps in, Mintz held a two-car length lead over Duncan while Smith, Foos and Wilson were locked in a fantastic battle for third. Foos would take the third spot on lap seven with Wilson moving into fourth. Mintz continued to lead Duncan by a couple of car lengths as Foos, Wilson and Smith battled for third. Wilson would eventually take third on lap 12 as the leaders prepared to race into lapped traffic.
Mintz would catch the back of the field at the half-way point as Duncan and Wilson closed. The lead trio of Mintz, Duncan and Wilson would dice through traffic and would be three wide on lap 17, with Duncan driving low to take the point and bringing Wilson into second. Duncan and Wilson would then race side by side over the next nine laps with Foos, Smith and Brad Bowman giving chase.
The event’s only caution flew with five laps to go when Broc Martin stopped on turn four with mechanical issues. The running order was Duncan, Wilson, Mintz, Smith, Foos, Caleb Griffith (up from 14th) and Chris Andrews (up from 17th). With a clear track and only a handful of laps remaining it appeared Duncan was headed to his second career Fremont win. When the green flew he pulled away slightly from Wilson as Mintz ran comfortably in third while Foos, Smith, Griffith and Andrews battled for fourth.
As they raced out of turn two headed to the white flag lap, Wilson got a tremendous bite on the bottom of the track and erased Duncan’s three car length advantage. Wilson dove low into turn three and he and Duncan raced side by side to the white, with Wilson holding a nose wing lead.
Wilson would stay glued to the bottom groove and would lead going down the back stretch, but Duncan charged to his outside the final two turns. Wilson would keep his car straight and rocket off the corner to the checkered. Duncan, Mintz, Foos and Smith would round out the top five.