SWEDESBORO, NEW JERSEY (May 18, 2021) – After a busy past week in Pennsylvania racing against the best the PA Posse had to offer at both Lincoln and Williams Grove, Carson Macedo and the JJR #41 turned their attention to New Jersey to get after it at the reconfigured Bridgeport Motorsports Park, which is a 4/10-mile high banked dirt track built inside the original monster 5/8-mile Bridgeport Speedway. It is billed as “The Kingdom of Speed” and has a deep and rich racing history. The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink teams along with the local teams were lining up waiting for the pit gates to open at 2 PM as they were ready to explore the track at speed hoping to walk away with the lion’s share of the evening’s purse. There were 30 drivers signed in at the pit gate eager to climb into their high speed offices to do some work in front of the fans that packed the grandstands at this beautiful facility.
It was a beautiful and sunny day in the Garden State and the evening of action would get started with Slick Woody’s Qualifying, where each driver would get a chance on the track to race as fast as they can against the clock. The three-time WoO winner this season from Lemoore, California would be the fifth driver out to push on the track at the end of the back straightaway for his two laps aboard the Mesilla Valley Transportation (MVT)/ISC Racers Tape/Winters Performance Products #41 Maxim. He wasted no time getting the ponies in his Kistler Engines power running as he race towards the green flag and whisk through the first set of turns. He continued his speed and turned his first lap in 13.223 seconds. He then followed that up with an even more impressive lap of 13.215 seconds which put him at the top of the speed charts. When the last qualifier took the checkered flag, the better of Carson’s two laps was quick time overall, his first of the 2021 season, and just as noteworthy it was a New Track Record (NTR) at Bridgeport Motorsports Park. A great start to the night.
Earning the pole position in the first of three 8-lap Drydene Heat Race events beside Salfordsville, Pennsylvania’s Freddie Rahmer in the #51, he was ready to continue his success. The front two drivers in the heat race were followed by Sheldon Haudenschild and Anthony Macri with JJ Grasso, Danny Dietrich, Brock Zearfoss, Dave Brown, Alex Bright, and Zack Burd lining up in the remainder of the starting grid. When they hit the chalk stripe laid down in turn four, Macedo stomped on the accelerator and drove the Complete Parts & Equipment Solutions/Durst Inc./Waco Metal #41 into the lead before the quick yellow flag flew when Brock Zearfoss got crossed up and spun in turn one. A complete restart ensued and Macedo again raced into the lead this time with Rahmer, Haudenschild, and Macri tracking close behind. Carson was fast, in fact he was turning laps early in the heat race that were equivalent to his time trials laps. He was in command at the front of the pack and building his lead with each passing lap. He took the white flag and was on his way through the first set of turns when fourth running Freddie Rahmer made contact with the wall as hit right rear tire hit the wall on the exit of turn four and pulled the nose into the frontstretch wall bringing out the yellow. Instead of an eight lap heat race, they now would go green-white-checkers to end the race. Sheldon Haudenschild was now on Macedo’s bumper for the restart. Carson got a good start and maintained the lead. He would not be denied and took the heat race win over Anthony Macri who had a killer slide job to take the second spot from Haudenschild who came home third. Coming home fourth was Danny Dietrich, fifth was JJ Grasso, as Brock Zearfoss battled back to claim the final transfer spot.
Making his way into the 6-lap DirtVision Fast Pass Dash he headed to the stage to draw his starting spot for the event. He pulled the lowest pill in the oversized NOS Energy Drink can, the one, which positioned the Meyers Constructors/Tiger Towing/High Performance Lubricants #41 Maxim on the pole beside Anthony Macri. Logan Schuchart and Giovanni Scelzi sat in row two, with Brent Marks and Donny Schatz pacing in row three. They were racing for their starting positions in the 30-lap feature. The green flag waved and there was a three car battle for the lead between Macedo, Macri, and Schuchart. Macedo came out of turn two with the lead over Macri and was making tracks and definitely not looking back. Macri was fast also, but there was about one second between the two young, talented drivers at the front pf the pack. With Macedo firmly in command of the lead, it was sixth starting Donny Schatz moving forward as he moved into the show position after making a pass on Logan Schuchart for the position. Macedo raced to the dash victory over Macri and Schatz with Schuchart, Marks, and Scelzi completing the finishing order.
Carson Macedo Sets a New Track Record (NTR) at Bridgeport Motorsports Park with Quick Time of 13.215 Seconds!
Perched on the pole for the 30-lap feature in the Mesilla Valley Transportation (MVT)/Engler Machine & Tool/All Pro Auto Reconditioning #41 he was ready to bring the field up to speed as they took the green flag in the Garden State! He powered his way into the top spot coming down the frontstretch and through turns one and two. Anthony Macri was right there down the back chute and attempted a slide job on the first circuit entering turn three that did not stick as Carson turned underneath him and kept the lead. The forty-one was fast early and he started to put some distance between himself and now second running Logan Schuchart who took the runner-up spot from Macri on the second lap. By lap 6 though Carson’s speed allowed him to catch up to the back of the field and he was now starting to deal with slower traffic. This gave the driver of the Shark Racing #1s the opportunity he needed to close in on the rear nerf bar of Macedo. Macedo was running clean lines and searching for the fastest was to navigate the traffic. He led the first 11 laps before Schuchart used the extreme low line entering turn one to position himself with a clean line to drive into the lead off turn two into the lead. Macedo now was chasing Schuchart in the second spot and now fighting with 10-time WoO champion Donny Schatz who claimed the third spot. A yellow flag on lap 14 for tenth running Aaron Reutzel regrouped the field and put Macedo on the outside of Schuchart for the side-by-side restart. They went green and Macedo used the outside lane to roar into the lead coming off turn two. The pass for the lead was unfortunately negated when the red flag came out for Brock Zearfoss and Wayne Johnson who flipped in turn one. Both drivers were ok. They would now restart in single file formation with Schuchart leading Macedo and Schatz for the next two laps before the yellow flag came out for a slowing Ryan Smith in turns three and four. Another double file restart would give Macedo another chance, but Schuchart would not relinquish the lead and Macedo settled back into the runner-up position. He was keeping the Shark Racing entry within his sight lines and on lap 22 made an aggressive move with a slide job to momentarily take the lead back before Schuchart calmly turned down and drove back into the top spot. Schuchart would not be denied and took the win by 1.737 seconds over Carson with Macri, Schatz and Sheldon Haudenschild rounding out the top five. Congrats to Logan and the Shark Racing team on their win. While sitting on the frontstretch Carson replayed the race through his mind stating, “I feel bad for my guys.” He continued, “I had a car to win, but just lost it in traffic. I was making speed through the middle, but I didn’t know where to be in traffic. I went to the top and Logan drove right by me on the bottom. He did a good job.” Another great run for the forty-one!
A Runner-Up Finish at Bridgeport Motorsports Park for Carson Macedo and the JJR #41 Crew!
Mesilla Valley Transportation (MVT); Tarlton and Son Inc.; Complete Parts & Equipment Solutions; Saich Family; Border International; Dissolvalloy Downhole Revolution; Jonestown KOA; Durst Inc.; Maxim Racing; The Boyd Family; Liquid Trucking; Meyers Constructors Inc.; Tiger Towing; Pro Powder Coating (PPC); Waco Metal; High Performance Lubricants, LLC; Kistler Engines; Team Jack Foundation; Mark Burch Motorsports; All Pro Auto Reconditioning; K1 Race Gear; AutoMeter; Bandy & Associates Accountancy Corporation; Bell Racing USA; Blackbeard LTD; Brown & Miller Racing Solutions (BMRS); Buckwalter Trucking, LLC; C&R Racing; Chalk Stix Torsion Bars; Crow Enterprizes; Engler Machine & Tool, Inc.; Factory Kahne (FK Shocks); Fibreworks Composites; FK Rod Ends; Fuel Safe Racing Cells; Greber Racing Components; Hoosier Racing Tire; ISC Racers Tape; Jansen Transportation; KSE Racing Products; Larry Davis Farms; Logo Daddy Graphics; Mr. Jim’s Racing; MSD Performance; RaceDiecast.com; Sam I Am; Schoenfeld Headers; T-FAB Custom Metal Fabrication; Vortex Racing Products; Walker Performance Filtration; Weld Wheels; Wilwood Racing; and Winters Performance Products.
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