ATTICA, OHIO (May 19, 2023) – After a hard fought ninth place run last Friday night in the Morgan Cup opener at Williams Grove Speedway with rain sweeping through Central PA on Saturday cancelling night two, the JJR #41 team was ready to get back up to speed in Ohio. The team worked hard throughout the week getting the Albaugh – Your Alternative #41 machine maintained, prepared, all shined up and ready to race in Ohio on Friday night at Attica Raceway Park. This 1/3-mile high banked oval has an active train track that runs near the speedway with beautiful farm fields off the backstretch. The track promoters do a wonderful job preparing the track which results in lots of action driving a memorable fan experience that keeps bringing them back for more each week! Fans were mingling throughout the team’s merchandise trailers behind the grandstands and enjoying the good food offered at the concession stands. There were 38 powerful 410 sprint cars parked throughout the pit area located outside turns three and four behind the catch fence. The teams were ready to get after it trying to beat the incoming rain associated with a cold front in the Buckeye State. These races pit the best drivers from Ohio against the always formidable and tough touring stars that make up the World of Outlaws. It was time to go racing at Attica Raceway Park!
Each driver would get two laps against the fast moving stopwatch in Low-E Insulation Qualifying to be rank ordered by their best speed and time. With the pit area filled with talent, the stout field was separated in half to make the time trial process a bit fairer for those that selected the lowest numbers during the pre-race pill draw. The Meyers Constructors/Larry David Farms/Xtreme Body and Paint #41 Maxim driven by Carson Macedo would be the 15th car out on the track in Group A. It would be two car qualifying at the same time, so Carson would share the track with fellow competitor Bill Rose hailing from Plainfield, Indiana. The Californian quickly got up to speed in the Albaugh #41 and raced by the flagstand to put the clock in motion. Eyes focused. Hands gripped. Pedal feathering with precision. Carson exited turn four and down the frontstretch to stop the clock after lap one in 12.745 seconds. He was fast and looking to be faster on lap two. The poised speed chauffeur was having fun in the forty-one. When he stopped the clock on lap two it displayed a quicker time at 12.599 seconds, which when all was said and done Carson’s fastest lap was second quick overall in Group A. Rico Abreu, also qualified in Group A, was recognized as the hottest shoe of the night with the fastest lap overall coming in slightly quicker than Carson at 12.513 seconds.
The single car part of the competition was completed and it was now time for the four 10-lap heat races where each heat race had 9 or 10 competitors vying for just 5 transfer spots to the feature. It was no fooling around time for the drivers and teams. Carson would get the Albaugh – Your Alternative/Bandy and Associates/Factory Kahne #41 Maxim started from the inside of the front row with Sandusky, Ohio driver Chris Andrews to his outside awaiting the start. As those two paced the field they were followed by Stuart Brubaker, Brad Sweet, Cale Thomas, Nate Dussel, Dale Blaney, Jacob Dykstra, and Bill Rose. The field was set and rolling slowly side-by-side preparing for some all-out high speed chaos. When the field exited turn four the pace changed quickly as the engines came to life when the drivers dropped their right foot. The field roared down the front straightway and into turn one. Tight racing everywhere with logic and patience thrown out the window (or roll cage in this instance). There were battles for position at the front of the field to the rear of the field and everywhere in between. That’s the excitement and racing that happens at Attica Raceway Park. When the opening lap was completed Carson was leading Stuart Brubaker and working to put some distance between himself and the second place speed racer. He was able to do that as by lap five he had put 1.5 seconds between himself and Brubaker. He continued to accelerate and show his speed off in the Greber Racing Components (GRC) #41 and by the time he took the checkers he crossed the finish line 1.8 seconds ahead of Brubaker who locked down the runner-up position and a spot in the dash. Chris Andrews raced home third with Nate Dussel and Brad Sweet securing the final three transfer positions.
Carson would be appearing in his 15th World of Outlaws (WoO) Toyota Dash of the season. In order to keep the pace of the show flowing the dash drivers drew for their starting spots at the WoO command center. Stuart Brubaker would get started from the pole position with Carson Macedo right beside him on the front row in the Border International/Boltz Family/Motor State Distributing #41. Row two would find Sheldon Haudenschild and Rico Abreu with row three being occupied by the talented duo of Donny Schatz and David Gravel. The last row found James McFadden and Cap Henry ready to go racing. The green flag dropped and Carson hustled the Albaugh #41 into position to take the lead over Stuart Brubaker. Just behind them though there was a fierce three car battle for the fourth spot going on between Haudenschild, Schatz and Gravel. Over the course of the 8 lap race the positions would be figured out in exciting fashion with Carson taking the dash victory over Rico Abreu who was followed across the stripe by Brubaker, Schatz, Haudenschild and Gravel with Henry and McFadden completing the finishing order for the dash.
The air horn sounded as the teams completed their last minute adjustments for the Friday night fight in the 35-lap NOS Energy Drink feature at Attica Raceway Park! The teams lined up in their starting position before going four-wide for the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series Whiskey Myers salute to the fans in the stands. The raced back into the two-by-two starting order as they awaited the waving of the green flag.
Carson was laser focused in the Mesilla Valley Transportation (MVT)/Liquid Trucking/WELD Racing #41 with his K1 Race Gear gloves wrapped around the steering wheel pacing from the pole position with Rico Abreu flanked off his right side nerf bar. The slow roll was about to end when the green flag waved and when the leaders came off turn four the green lights were on. Oh that sound and dirt flying is just magnificent, but short-lived as the yellow flag quickly was displayed when Spencer Bayston and James McFadden made contact entering run one sending both of them over the banking. Craig Mintz was also collected ending his night of racing.
When they got back going it was an all-California tussle for the lead with Rico Abreu out pacing Carson Macedo coming off of turn two to take the lead. There was action everywhere which made the price of admission so worth it as the full field was fighting wheel to wheel for position in tight quarters through the first set of turns. Abreu led the opening lap with Carson staying close enough with his pace.
Abreu was dominant in clean air during the first 5 laps of the race with Macedo close behind. They quickly reeled in the back of the field and soon would be dueling in a high speed navigational course while turning left. Carson was having fun and digging in the runner-up position aboard the Albaugh #41 tracking down Abreu’s fast #24. He was getting closer and made multiple attempts to unsuccessfully steal the lead between laps 6 and 9, but Rico Abreu knew he was there and stayed on the throttle.
The second yellow flag of the night flew, this time for the #2X of Ricky Peterson as he slid over the banking in turn four right after the tip two put him a lap down. It was Rico Abreu leading Carson Macedo followed by Donny Schatz, David Gravel, Stuart Brubaker and Sheldon Haudenschild. Rico Abreu chose the top lane for the restart putting the forty-one on the inside of the front row for the restart. Abreu brought them back to green and up to speed as Carson was now battling with Donny Schatz to maintain the second position after another failed pass attempt to take the top spot.
Rico used the battle and his speed to dart out to a 1.8 second lead at the halfway point of the race over Macedo with Schatz still close behind. There was incredible racing action everywhere, but none more exciting at the time than David Gravel wheeling and dealing in a race for position with Sheldon Haudenschild for fourth. Abreu was again racing towards lap traffic with Carson Macedo making a little progress as he was closing the gap between himself and the leader.
With 11 laps to go, Haudenschild made his way by Gravel for fourth as Carson was now close enough to the leader to again try to take the lead. He made a move in turn two, but was unable to make the pass. He slid to the top allowing Donny Schatz to motor underneath him as they raced side-by-side into turn three. Carson held onto the spot but with less than 5 laps to go it was shaping up to be a three car battle for the winner’s check between Abreu, Macedo and Schatz.
The three ultra-talented athletes were all digging and racing each other hard. Schatz worked by Macedo for second with 3 laps to go and was closing in on Abreu quickly for the lead. Carson was right there too. As they exited turn for coming to the white flag Schatz raced under Abreu to lead lap 34. Carson split the middle between Schatz and Abreu trying to wrestle away a position, but Abreu turned back under him on the exit of two. Donny Schatz raced to the win with Abreu and Macedo rounding out the podium spots. Sheldon Haudenschild came home fourth with David Gravel completing the top five.
Carson’s third place finish was his sixth WoO podium of the season. After rolling off the scales following the race he reflected, “I had a shot to win there and was competitive at the end.” He continued, “Clyde, Nate and Phil gave me a great car all night and we had speed, but the track was so slow you had to be patient.” A third place run is a respectable run as you get to stand on the podium when racing against some of the best in the business. Another good run for the forty-one!
Carson Macedo Comes Home Third at Attica Raceway Park While Beating the Weather! Photo Credit: World of Outlaws
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