ROSSBURG, OHIO (July 14, 2022) – After an action packed opener in the 6th Annual Jokers Wild on Wednesday night that saw Carson Macedo wheel the Albaugh – Your Alternative #41 to a runner-up finish behind race winner David Gravel, everyone was excited to see what night two had in store at Eldora Speedway. The stakes were raised on this night as it showcased the return of the Historical Big One event with a lucrative purse on the line with the winner getting a $100,000 share of the promoter’s purse. After working on the car during the day to prepare for the evening of action, Philip Dietz and the JJR crew comprised of Clyde Knipp and Nate Repetz rolled their Maxim Racing entry out of the trailer in the infield pit area. Under the blue skies with the sun shining brightly overhead and low humidity, 59 sprint car teams were back at “The House that Earl Built” amongst the cornfields ready to compete to earn their share of the purse at the famous Northwest Ohio speed plant.
As is usual and customary in World of Outlaws competition, the evening got started with My Place Hotels Qualifying to see who could run the quickest lap around this fast half-mile oval they call “The Big E” in time trials. But unlike the usual World of Outlaws format, all of the cars qualified in one group no matter what the car count instead of dividing the field into separate qualifying groups. This speed facility is one of Carson’s favorite race tracks. By the luck of the draw, the former two-time winner last season at Eldora would be the 22nd driver to take on the high banked oval aboard the Liquid Trucking/Brown & Miller Racing Solutions (BMRS)/Indy Performance Composites (IPC) #41. He would hit the track with Shark Racing’s Logan Schuchart as the two competitors took to the track. When Carson dropped his right foot on the accelerator his Kistler Engines power propelled him up to speed and he took the green flag. The seconds on the clock were moving by as he covered the real estate at Eldora – quickly. He stopped the clock at 13.322 seconds on lap one and followed it up with an even better lap of 13.144 seconds on lap two. The better of his two attempts resulted in him being fifth quick overall on the night. Giovanni Scelzi set quick time with the only sub-13 second lap at 12.967 seconds.
Before the World of Outlaws timing and scoring officials could put together the heat race lineups for the six 10-lap heat races, they had to spin the “Wheel of Misfortune” to see what the inversion would be for each race. The unique format for the Historical Big One shuffles the starting lineup putting the fastest drivers back in the field so they have to use that speed and battle their way forward. No matter what happened each of the heat races would be stacked with talent. The wheel spun and when it stopped it landed on the ‘5’ which meant the top six in time trials would start from the inside of row three in their respective heat races with only the top three finishers in each race advancing to the feature. The Lemoore, California native chauffeuring the Mesilla Valley Transportation (MVT)/High Performance Lubricants/Factory Kahne Shocks #41 Maxim would get started from row three as he rolled to the inside of Cale Thomas on the starting grid of the fifth heat race. Chris Windom and Ayrton Gennetten paced from row one with Logan Wagner and Tyler Courtney in row two. Cole Macedo lined up on the inside of row four behind his brother with Lachlan McHugh to his right, as Greg Wilson and Skylar Gee made up row five. When they went racing it was Chris Windom to the front with Tyler Courtney right behind. Carson got a strong start but was stuck in the low line and when they entered turn one pushed up across the track but maintained the fifth position in the running order. On lap 2, Tyler Courtney drove by Windom for the lead and started to run away from the field. With 4 laps to go, Carson moved into the fourth position and needed one more position to lock down a transfer position. He was chasing the Zemco #1z of Logan Wagner and when the flagman raised the double sticks to indicate 2 laps to go Carson maneuvered into the show position. Courtney took the win over Windom with Carson driving the Albaugh #41 home in third.
The lineup was set using the unique format for the 40-lap Historical Big One feature event. Carson Macedo would get started from pretty far back as he was slated to begin from the 17th starting position in the Albaugh – Your Alternative/Buckwalter Trucking/Larry Davis Farms #41 Maxim as he shared row nine with Jacob Allen. Second generation driver Sye Lynch would start from the pole with Tyler Courtney by his side. When the racing went green it was Courtney to the lead over Lynch. A yellow was displayed following the completion of the first lap after Dave Blaney made contact with the wall and rolled to a stop on the track. It was Tyler Courtney, Sye Lynch, Kerry Madsen, Kyle Larson, and Brad Sweet running in the top five early. Carson had gained two position and was running in the 15th position under the yellow. When they got restarted though Carson was caught up in a gaggle of cars and got shuffled all the way back to 20th in the running order. More determined than ever he started to gain a position back one at a time as he had a good racecar. By lap 8, he fought his way all the way back to the 11th position and was poised for more when another yellow flag flew, this time for third place running Sye Lynch who stopped on the backstretch. Tyler Courtney was still at the front of the pack ahead of Kyle Larson as the front two drivers were followed by Kerry Madsen, Kraig Kinser and now David Gravel who had entered the top five. When the engines re-fired though Kyle Larson was forced to the work area to change a right rear tire. He was not the only one though as Kraig Kinser also had to visit the work area to replace his right rear tire. The restart order was now Tyler Courtney, Kerry Madsen, Brad Sweet, Rico Abreu and David Gravel. Tyler Courtney brought them back up to speed but before they could complete a lap the red flag flew for Kraig Kinser who made contact with Jacob Allen and was upside down in turn two. A single file restart with 32 laps to go saw Tyler Courtney maintain command of the lead spot with Rico Abreu taking over the second position and looking to challenge the leader. Carson Macedo meanwhile moved the JJR #41 into the top ten on lap 10. The third caution of the night came out on lap 14 for Zach Hampton who exploded his left rear tire. Carson would restart from the tenth position and when the field went back racing under green he controlled that same spot. Tyler Courtney and Rico Abreu were about to put on a show for the fans as the two talented drivers were embroiled in a battle for the lead and racing hard for the number one position. Rico Abreu took ownership of it on lap 19 and then led the next two circuits before Tyler Courtney reclaimed the lead. Carson again lost a few positions in the running order and began making his way back entering the top ten with 17 laps to go. The race for the lead was getting even more exciting now as 14th starting Brent Marks was locked down and entering the contest for the lead. With 15 laps to go, the driver from Myerstown, Pennsylvania took the lead and led the remaining laps to claim the Historical Big One win and the $100,000 check that goes with it. Tyler Courtney came home second in the Clausen Marshall Racing (CMR) #7BC followed by Rico Abreu who rounded out the podium. Brad Sweet brought the NAPA Auto Parts #49 home in the fourth position and Logan Schuchart drove a heck of a race to complete the top five. Carson Macedo did a terrific job battling to bring the Albaugh #41 home with a commendable 8th place finish on the night. Another good run for Macedo and the forty-one!
A Sprint Forward Results in an Eighth Place Finish in the Historical Big One for the JJR #41! Photo Credit: Cameron Saich
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