High Cotton For Mitchell Faccinto

Michael Faccinto (37) charges under Shane Golobic en route to winning the Cotton Classic at Keller Auto Speedway. (Devin Mayo photo)

HANFORD, Calif. — Mitchell Faccinto won the 33rd annual Penny Newman Cotton Classic for the King of the West sprint car series Saturday night at Keller Auto Speedway.

Polesitter Faccinto stole the win from Kyle Hirst with a last-lap pass. Faccinto’s No. 37 Western Metal sponsored car was passed by Hirst’s Roth Motorsports No. 83 on the 18th lap.

A Bud Kaeding flip in the second turn on lap 28 set up a three-lap shootout. The low running Hirst got passed by the high-flying Faccinto on the front stretch coming to the white flag.

A desperate Hirst tried to retake the lead going down the backstretch but mashed the throttle too hard and did a wheel stand, losing valuable track position. Double duty driving Shane Golobic brought the Tarlton Motorsports No. 21x home in third.

The race’s first red flag came out quickly after the initial start when Eli Deshaies flipped at the end of the frontstretch.

After the restart, Jenna Frazier would bring out a yellow for her spin in the second turn. Lap 13 saw Cole Macedo do a 360 spin also in the second turn. Kaeding’s crash was the race’s final slowdown.

Faccinto drove for the same race team last year when he won the Cotton Classic for the first time at his home track.

The finish:

Mitchell Faccinto, Kyle Hirst, Shane Golobic, D.J. Netto, Dominic Scelzi, Willie Croft, Nathan Rolfe, Colby Copeland, Chase Johnson, Jason Statler, Justyn Cox, Jace VanderWeed, Dustin Golobic, Sean Watts, Jenna Frazier, Bud Kaeding, Cole Macedo, Richard Brace, Craig Stidham, Gary Paulson, Eli Deshaies