Mitchell Faccinto Thrills Home Track Crowd

Mitchell Faccinto (Joe Shivak photo)

HANFORD, Calif. — Local sprint car ace Mitchell Faccinto picked up a popular win at his home track by capturing Saturday night’s King of the West Cotton Classic at the Kellar Auto Speedway.

Faccinto drove his familiar Western Metal sponsored No. 37 to a $3,000 payday in the 30-lap grind around the King’s County Fairgrounds speedplant.

Faccinto finished ahead of rim riding Kyle Hirst and the new series point leader Bud Kaeding. Brother Tim Kaeding finished fourth just ahead of Cole Macedo.

Faccinto inherited the lead on lap no. 16 restart when leader Dominic Scelzi failed to come up to speed after taking the green flag at the start finish line. Scelzi looked to be headed for the win after making a strong move around leader Faccinto on lap five.

The race had just been red flagged when leader Buddy Kofoid did a tumble off the third turn banking while leading. Kofoid, who started outside the front row, had led the race’s opening few laps after a bold pass of pole sitter Chase Johnson.

The two young guns narrowly missed colliding coming off the fourth turn to complete the first lap. Johnson’s Thomas Family Racing No. 68 was forced high in the turn, nearly running out of race track and loosing six spots in the process.

Faccinto took advantage of the shuffle and moved into the runner up spot after starting in the second row. Kofoid’s red flag accident put Faccinto into the lead where he held off a number of charges by the rim riding Hirst. Kaeding started in the fifth row and battled his way to a podium finish, and retaking the season long points lead over Gio Scelzi who finished eighth.

The finish:

Mitchell Faccinto, Kyle Hirst, Bud Kaeding, Tim Kaeding, Cole Macedo, Cory Eliason, D.J. Netto, Gio Scelzi, Jason Statler, Mathew Moles, Craig Stidham, Sean Watts, Richard Vander Weerd, Luca Romanazzi, Bobby McMahon, Dominic Scelzi, Chase Johnson, Jarrett Soares, Jace Vander Weerd, Nathan Rolfe, Buddy Kofoid, Grant Anderson