BARBERVILLE, FLORIDA (February 5, 2021) – Coming off a win on Thursday night in the All Star Circuit of Champions (ASCoC) Southern Tour finale, Carson Macedo and the JJR team were excited to be back at Volusia Speedway Park to kick off the 2021 World of Outlaws (WoO) NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series season to close out the DIRTcar Nationals. It has been 90 days since the 2020 WoO season concluded at The Dirt Track at Charlotte and there has been a lot of changes and work done at Jason Johnson Racing (JJR). Co-Owners Philip and Brooke Dietz have assumed ownership of the racing operations piece of the business, with Bobbi Johnson continuing to lead the merchandise efforts, welcomed Carson Macedo back to the JJR #41 sprint car team eager to continue their success journey aboard the Mesilla Valley Transportation (MVT)/Tarlton and Son Inc./Complete Parts & Equipment Solutions #41. There were 33 drivers and teams registered on Friday evening to open up the WoO season in the third of five races that make up the 50th Annual DIRTcar Nationals.
Carson would go out late again for his two time trial laps as he would be the 26th driver to hit the track aboard the Greber Racing Components (GRC)/Meyers Constructors Inc. #41 Maxim. When Jacob Allen completed his two laps, Macedo was ready to perform his solo high speed performance around Volusia Speedway Park. The track had a lot of moisture in it, but it started to gain some grip around the top as time trials progressed. The driver of the forty-one nestled back into the cockpit of his Maxim Racing machine and powered out of turn four under the waving green flag. His best lap around the track was the first of two with a time of 13.408 seconds. The time was good enough to position him 7th quick overall in time trials.
When the World of Outlaws timing and scoring official completed the heat race lineups, Macedo would sit on the outside of row three beside polesitter Aaron Reutzel in the third Drydene Heat Race of the night. Row two was made up with Justin Peck and Brock Zearfoss, as Tyler Courtney, Mason Daniel, Tim Shaffer and Ian Madsen completed the starting grid. The initial start of the 8-lap race was waved off as WoO officials deemed that Macedo started too soon. He got docked two spots, where he would start from the fourth position, and the race was restarted. Aaron Reutzel drove the Roth Motorsports #83 into the lead with Justin Peck chasing him. Macedo had his sights set on Peck’s rear nerf bar and over the first 4 laps was in hot pursuit. The top two spots in the Drydene heat races are very important because those two finishers advance into the DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash. Macedo was now positioned to make the pass and he completed it coming out of turn four to complete lap five. Reutzel had used the clean air to his advantage and had a sizable lead. He took the win as Macedo charged back to finish in the runner-up position with Peck, Tyler Courtney and Brock Zearfoss securing the final transfer positions to the feature.
The top two finishers from each of the four heat races were called to the stage to reach into the oversized NOS Energy Drink can to pull their starting position for the DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash. The Lemoore, California driver would pull the ‘4’ pill to position himself on the outside of row two for the 6-lap dash. Jacob Allen and Sam Hafertepe Jr. would lead the field to the green from the front row with Reutzel and Macedo in row two. Brad Sweet and Brent Marks were in row three, as David Gravel and Logan Schuchart would start from row four. When they went green flag racing, Hafertepe shot into the lead over Allen as Macedo wheeled the Liquid Trucking/Pro Powder Coating (PPC) #41 Maxim into the show position. Hafertepe had the field covered and led from start-to-finish to take the win over Allen, Macedo and Sweet as Marks, Gravel, Schuchart and Reutzel completed the finishing order.
After the UMP Modifieds completed their second feature, the horns sounded as the teams finished up their last minute adjustments and headed to the staging area for the $10,000-to-win 30-lap NOS Energy Drink World of Outlaws DIRTcar Nationals feature. Carson sat patiently until the push truck nudged him and fired off his Kistler Engines power as he paced slowly putting heat into his engine. He was ready to hustle in the Team Jack Foundation/T-FAB Custom Metal Fabrication/Tiger Towing #41 to open up the Outlaw season. After the famous 4-wide salute to the fans who came out to see the stars of the sport, it was time to go racing at Volusia Speedway Park. The soft rumble of the idling motors was quickly replaced with the roar of the engines when the green flag waved over the field. Jacob Allen seized the top spot from the start as Macedo was running in the fifth position as he was racing with David Gravel who was piloting the Big Game Motorsports #2. The track was fast and physical for each of the drivers, so their skills were only matched by their athleticism as the race went on. Brad Sweet was stalking down Allen for the top spot and made the pass for the lead on lap 9. Sweet was cruising in the NAPA Auto Parts #9, but Jacob Allen, Logan Schuchart, David Gravel and Carson Macedo were not about to surrender their pursuit of the leader. But Donny Schatz, who started from the 18th position, was battling through the field using the low side of the speedway’s surface and would soon enter the mix in the top five. Sweet would not be denied as he collected the opening night win over Schuchart ad Schatz as David Gravel and Carson Macedo rounded out the top five. A good night for Macedo and the JJR forty-one team!
A Top Five Finish For Carson Macedo To Open the 2021 World of Outlaws Season!
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