LAWTON, OKLAHOMA (October 29, 2021) – After Mother Nature washed out the initial attempt to get the Red River Rivalry in the books back in the middle of April, Carson Macedo and his fellow World of Outlaws stars were ready to give it another shot with Fall weather in the air over the Sooner State. The Lemoore, California native, along with his Jason Johnson Racing (JJR) crew, headed southbound to “Okie” country to start a two-day weekend of action to resume the Red River Rivalry starting at Lawton Speedway in Oklahoma on Friday night. This 3/8th mile dirt oval that is nestled in the southern portion of Oklahoma has produced a lot of good racing throughout the years. On this night, as the 2021 season comes closer to the end, there were 24 competitors at the World of Outlaws (WoO) driver’s meeting listening intently with regards to the rules, safety protocols, and the race program’s itinerary.
Last year when the WoO stars visited Lawton Speedway on September 18, 2020, the two-time defending WoO champion and current points leader Brad Sweet set the new track record with a lap of 12.490 seconds which equates to an average speed of 108 miles per hour. This year’s field was set for time trials in Slick Woody’s Qualifying as Carson Macedo would push out 20th in the Complete Parts & Equipment Solutions/T-FAB Custom Metal Fabrication/Bell Racing USA #41 Maxim. He was settled in at the office and ready to get to work wheeling the forty-one around Lawton with his KSE Racing Products helping him steer his way around the track. When Joe Bob Lee completed his laps at speed, the Lemoore, California racer jumped on the accelerator and let loose as he took the green. He raced hard around the first set of turns and when he crossed under the waving white flag he ran a fast lap of 12.581 seconds the first time around. Staying focused and all out the next time around as he searched a different lane for speed, Carson turned in a second lap at 12.855 seconds. His first lap though was a good one and was quick time on the night for his 5 Slick Woody’s Quick Time of the year.
With the completed time trial order used to set up the starting lineups for the three 8-lap Drydene Heat Races, quick timer Carson Macedo would line the Tarlton and Son/Team Jack Foundation/Mark Burch Motorsports #41 Maxim up from the pole position in the first and fastest heat race with Aaron Reutzel sharing the front row with him. Jason Sides and Sheldon Haudenschild settled into row two with Kasey Kahne, Ayrton Gennetten, Marcus Dumesny, and Danny Jennings making up the remainder of the starting lineup. Wheel-to-wheel they paced to the chalk strip with Macedo using his Kistler Engines power to propel him into the lead entering turn one. He has the Mesilla Valley Transportation (MVT)/High Performance Lubricants/Jansen Transportation #41 moving as he started to build a lead throughout the early laps over Reutzel. Carson never wavered throughout the race and charged under the checkered flag to take the win by 2.264 seconds over Reutzel and Sides with Haudenschild and Kahne rounding out the top five.
Moving into the 6-lap DirtVision Fast Pass Dash he headed to the frontstretch to stick his hand in the oversized NOS Energy Drink can to see where he would start. When the pill was revealed it had a ‘4’ printed on it, which positioned him on the outside of row two with Aaron Reutzel to his inside this time. Logan Schuchart sat on the pole with fellow Pennsylvanian Brock Zearfoss in the Moose’s LZ #3Z sharing the front row with the Hanover native. David Gravel and Donny Schatz joined the lineup in row three. When the green lights illuminated it was Schuchart into the lead over Zearfoss and Macedo who raced hard into the show position. Schuchart was in command at the front as the field settled into their running positions. Logan would race to the win by 1.531 seconds over Zearfoss to earn the pole for the feature event with Macedo, Reutzel, Gravel and Schatz completing the finishing order in the dash.
When the modifieds 20-lap feature concluded, it was time for 35 laps of exciting action with the speed stars in the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink feature. Carson zipped up his silver Complete Parts & Equipment Solutions K1 Race Gear uniform and climbed into his Fibreworks Composites/Sharp Advantage custom fitted seat preparing to do battle at Lawton Speedway. The field rolled out onto the track and waited to be pushed off to fire their engines. Logan Schuchart was poised on the front row with Zearfoss eager to challenge him. Carson Macedo sat in the third starting position mapping out his game plan with Aaron Reutzel to his right side. After saluting the fans in the stands, Logan Schuchart brought the field to the green flag as Macedo used the low line in his Albaugh – Your Alternative/Liquid Trucking/Jonestown KOA #41 Maxim to race underneath Zearfoss for the runner-up position. Schuchart was setting a good pace, but Macedo was not letting him get to far away. Keeping the Shark Racing #1s in his sights as the leader approached the rear of the field, the Lemoore racer started to close the gap. On lap 6 an opportunity presented itself and Macedo took pounced on it to take the lead. Now it was Carson’s turn to make the high speed decisions at the front to race around the slower cars under green flag conditions. He was doing a masterful job as the action behind him heated up for the runner-up position between Schuchart, Reutzel, and Schatz. Carson stayed the course and just focused on doing his best to keep his speed up and hit his marks lap after lap. Before he knew it the white flag was waving over the forty-one indicating one more lap was between him and the winner’s check. Carson never wavered taking the win by 5.573 seconds over Logan Schuchart with Donny Schatz securing the last spot on the podium as he finished third. Brad Sweet and David Gravel rounded out the top five. Carson lapped the field up to the eleventh position by the race’s end. What a run for the driver and forty-one team!
The jubilant winner was greeted be teammate, friend and car chief Clyde Knipp in victory lane as he climbed out of the cockpit. After the confetti fell celebrating his victory, he smiled and shared, “These guys (his JJR team) continue to deliver and make my job so much easier behind the wheel.” He continued, “This car was incredible tonight. I’m speechless.”
Moving and Grooving at Lawton Speedway to Take the Checkers in Dominant Fashion! Photo Credit: Trent Gower Photography
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To stay connected with Jason Johnson Racing (JJR), go to www.jasonjohnsonracing.com.
To stay up-to-date with Carson Macedo and his success journey on and off the track, as well as to purchase his gear and merchandise directly, visit www.carsonmacedoracing.com.