Cole Macedo Rules 360 Cotton Classic

Cole Macedo
Cole Macedo celebrates in victory lane at Keller Auto Speedway. (Devin Mayo photo)

HANFORD, Calif. – Nineteen-year-old Cole Macedo picked up a spotlight victory for his young career by triumphing in Saturday night’s Sprint Car Challenge Tour event at Keller Auto Speedway.

Macedo, the younger brother of World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series regular Carson Macedo, piloted the Mike Phulps Motorsports No. 56 sprinter to a crown-jewel 360 win by starting from the pole and fending off a charging Justyn Cox.

Saturday marked the teenager’s first SCCT victory.

“What a night!” exclaimed Macedo after the race. “I can’t thank the entire No. 56 team enough for all their hard work this year. This feels great and it’s a great way to head into the Trophy Cup (at Tulare Thunderbowl Raceway) next week. To pick up my first SCCT win … it’s just an amazing feeling.”

The event was held as part of the 34th annual Cotton Classic at the high-banked three-eighths-mile oval and co-sanctioned by the regional Kings of Thunder Sprint Car Series.

Cox crossed the line second, followed by sprint car legend Jac Haudenschild, who was piloting a Rico Abreu Racing entry in preparation for next weekend’s Trophy Cup.

Sean Becker and Michael Faccinto completed the top five, ahead of D.J. Netto, Tucker Worth, Kalib Henry, Danny Faria Jr. and Zane Blanchard.

Rico Abreu won the headlining NARC/King of the West Sprint Car Series main event.

The finish:

Cole Macedo, Justyn Cox, Jac Haudenschild, Sean Becker, Michael Faccinto, D.J. Netto, Tucker Worth, Kalib Henry, Danny Faria Jr., Zane Blanchard, Grant Duinkerken, Mitchel Moles, Jake Haulot, Colby Johnson, Chris Ennis, Kyle Offill, Colby Copeland, Kyle Hirst, Landon Hurst, Willie Croft, Tim Kaeding, Ben Worth, Luca Romanzzi, Jake Hagopian.