BRISTOL, TENNESSEE (April 25, 2021) – After rain delayed the Saturday’s portion of the program, Carson and the JJR #41 team were back in the pit area for an early start at Bristol Motor Speedway to wrap up the Bristol Throwdown. Following a third place finish on Friday night, the JJR #41 crew were ready to get back to work in Thunder Valley with 26 cars lining pit lane. The goal, which never changes for the team, was to continue to find the speed necessary to move the Meyers Constructors Inc./Border International #41 Maxim forward throughout the night and compete at the highest level from time trials through the waving of the checkered flag at the end of the $25,000-to-win feature event. It was time to go racing in Tennessee!
There was once again one group for time trials in Slick Woody’s Qualifying with Carson set to hit the track in the Jonestown KOA/FK Rod Ends/Larry Davis Farms #41 as the fourteenth time trial competitor. The Lemoore, California wheelman pounded the accelerator and took the green at full speed. Like a warrior, he bravely navigated his Maxim Racing high speed machine into the first set of turns and then quickly focused his attention on the next set of turns, which come up fast when you’re in the cockpit of a high powered sprint car. When he completed the first lap the stopwatch read 13.494 seconds. With the air flowing over the top of his Vortex Racing Products wings, Macedo continued his relentless assault against the demanding track and ticking hands of the stopwatch throughout his second lap, this time recording a slightly slower lap at 13.507 seconds. The quicker of his two laps was 8th quick overall to start the night of racing action.
The 8-lap Drydene Heat Race lineups were compiled and posted and before you knew it the 8-minute horn was sounding to alert the speed demons in the heat races it was about time to get going World of Outlaws style at Bristol Motor Speedway. The top six finishers from each heat would transfer to the feature, but the coveted first two finishers would also advance on to the dash to lock themselves into at least one of the top six starting positions depending on where they finish the dash event. Philip, Clyde, and Nate rolled The Boyd Family/High Performance Lubricants/Greber Racing Components #41 Maxim back away from the hauler to push to the staging area for the second heat race. Carson would get started from the inside of row two with Parker Price-Miller sharing the row with him in the two-by-two starting order. David Gravel and Giovanni Scelzi paced the field from the front row as James McFadden, Spencer Bayston, Rico Abreu, Derek Hagar, and Mason Daniel made up the remainder of the starting grid. The pace truck pulled off the racing surface and when the drivers saw the green flag waving the chalk dust started to fly off turn four with polesitter Gravel to the lead over Scelzi and Macedo. Carson was working the low line and running in the show position as the laps waned down quickly around the half-mile oval. David Gravel took the heat race win by 0.836 seconds over Scelzi with Carson Macedo bringing the Tarlton and Son Frame-2-Finish #41 Maxim home third as James McFadden, Spencer Bayston, and Parker Price-Miller locked down the final transfer positions.
Missing out by one position to advance on to the DirtVision Fast Pass Dash, Carson would keep an eye on the track to prepare for the high paced feature event. When the Last Chance Showdown (LCS) was completed, the lineup was set and the drivers were all staging for the 25-lap World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink feature in the finale of the Bristol Throwdown. All the hard work and preparation was done. This is what the fans came to see as the drivers and the teams anxiously awaited the waving of the green flag to start the race as they lined back up following the four-wide salute to the fans in the stands. It was now show time at Bristol Motor Speedway with Macedo getting started from the outside of the fourth row alongside Cory Eliason. Polesitter Logan Schuchart and fellow front row starter David Gravel brought the field up to speed as the flagman gave them the signal to go full speed. The leaders were followed by Donny Schatz, Paul McMahan, Gio Scelzi, and Aaron Reutzel into turn one. This half-mile track is fast and technical, but these professionals make it look easy at incredibly high speeds in dirty air. When the first lap was completed, Schuchart was leading Gravel as Macedo raced from the 9th position. With two laps in the books, the yellow flag flew as Kraig Kinser and Derek Hagar spun entering turn one to slow the action. Carson Macedo would restart from the tenth position. When they got restarted the Lemoore, California native picked up to positions and was now running in eighth. Another yellow flag was thrown on lap 7, this time for Sheldon Haudenschild who looped the NOS Energy Drink #17 in turn four. Schuchart was still leading with Donny Schatz now in second and David Gravel in third. Carson would get going from eighth and when the green flag was out he dropped his right foot again. Brock Zearfoss used the low line to steal the position from Macedo, but Macedo stating his march forward taking the spot back using the top side. He kept up his speed moving forward and gained another position as he got by Cory Eliason for seventh. Schuchart was still leading, but now Gravel was closing quickly in a fight for the lead. David Gravel would get the top spot as they raced to the waving white flag. Heartbreak for Schuchart though as he rolled to a stop to bring out the final yellow flag just before the checkers flew for Gravel. Also, just prior to the yellow flag coming out Macedo aboard the Dissolvalloy Downhole Revolution/Factory Kahne Shocks #41 Maxim was embroiled in a fierce battle for position with Spencer Bayston in the Indy Race Parts #71. Macedo would restart sixth with David Gravel leading Schatz to the flags. David Gravel picked up the win over Schatz, Aaron Reutzel, and Giovanni Scelzi with Paul McMahan coming home fifth. Carson Macedo focused and raced forward to earn a sixth place finish in the Bristol Throwdown finale. A good run for the forty-one team in the finale in Thunder Valley!
A Strong Run for Carson Macedo and the JJR #41 Team in the Matinee Finale of the Bristol Throwdown Weekend!
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