TULARE, CALIFORNIA (March 12, 2022) – After a seventh place finish on Friday night, Carson and the JJR #41 team pulled back into the pit area at Thunderbowl Raceway on the grounds of the Tulare State Fair for the final night of high speed action at the 1/3-mile oval. They were surrounded by some of the toughest competition on the country as these California regulars are at the top of their game . . . especially when the World of Outlaws (WoO) are in town. Add to that fellow California native Kyle Larson, the defending NASCAR champion and all around racing extraordinaire, and you have to be on your game throughout the night if you want to be in contention to hold the checkers at the end of the evening.
A high pill that rolled out of the bingo carousel at the draw positioned Carson as the 27th driver out for his two laps against the clock in Slick Woody’s Qualifying in the Mesilla Valley Transportation (MVT)/Motor State Distributing/KSE Racing Products #41 Maxim. He pushed off onto the track’s surface and hit the accelerator to get his ride started. The track seemed to have slowed a bit from the early goings, but he was determined to do his best with the opportunity he was given. He is familiar with this racy oval as it is close to where he grew up. He used that experience to turn in a lap of 13.505 seconds the first time around. He stayed on the gas searching for more speed the second time but came in slightly slower at 13.571 seconds. The better of his two laps ended up 16th quick overall. California native Brad Sweet set quick time with a lap of 13.263 seconds.
When the WoO Timing and Scoring officials posted the heat race lineups, the driver of the Albaugh – Your Alternative/Complete Parts & Equipment Solutions/BR Motorsports #41 would sit on the outside of row two with Austin McCarl to his inside. Those two speedsters would follow Cory Eliason and Dominic Scelzi who paced the field from the front row. Tanner Thorson, Chase Johnson, Kerry Madsen and Kaleb Montgomery filled out rows three and four for the 8-lap heat race where the top two finishers would advance to the DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash and positions three through five would lock into the feature event. The paced slowly around until they came through turn four when the all pounded the loud pedal. Carson maneuvered his mount into the show position behind Scelzi and Eliason. The field was fast and Macedo was staying close to Eliason. With two laps to go, Macedo was right there and made an attempt to steal the runner-up position but could not make the pass. He was not about to give up and tried one last time o the last lap to no avail. Dominic Scelzi took the win over Eliason with Macedo, McCarl and Madsen securing the final three transfer positions.
Starting from the 12th position in the 35-lap NOS Energy Drink Feature finale, Philip and Carson debriefed and were looking for a setup solution that would enable them to move forward through the pack of competitors aboard the Greber Racing Components (GRC)/FK Rod Ends/Schoenfeld Headers #41 Maxim when the green flag was displayed. Spencer Bayston and Cory Eliason would be in row one to lead the field to the green flag. They were followed by the Scelzi brothers, Dominic and Giovanni, with Brad Sweet and Kyle Larson in row three. Carson shared row six with James McFadden who was chauffeuring the Roth #83 entry. After they saluted the fans with their traditional four-wide salute, the green was displayed with Bayston leading early for the second night in a row. Carson was wheeling the forty-one and entered the top ten just 3 laps into the race. He was working the high side and then moved to the bottom to find lanes to make passes. An early caution flew for McFadden who spun to slow the field on lap 6. When they restarted, Carson was battling for position with Sheldon Haudenschild and Colby Copeland for track position. He made his way into the eighth position. At the front of the field, Bayston surrendered the lead to Dominic Scelzi on lap 10 as Carson continued racing for position in the second five on the track. McFadden brought out another caution on lap 13 as he was turned around again. When they restarted it was Dominic Scelzi, Spencer Bayston and now Kyle Larson racing for the lead. The action came to an abrupt stop when Donny Schatz flipped in turn two after apparently making contact with the inside wall. When they got back going, it was Scelzi leading as Larson was waiting for his opportunity. He was patiently aggressive and took over the top spot on lap 19. Carson had moved into the seventh position and was involved in some clean and tight racing for position. Kyle Larson would not be denied in his home state as he took the victory over Brad Sweet and ninth starting David Gravel who rounded out the podium spots, Bayston came home fourth and Rico Abreu made a late race pass on Eliason to secure a top five finish. Carson finished in the eighth position sandwiched between the two Scelzi brothers with Dominic coming home seventh and Giovanni finishing ninth. It was Carson’s fifth top ten finish of the early season. His consistency is key, but he and the team are hungry for more podium finishes and wins. Another good run for the forty-one!
Macedo Puts the Albaugh – Your Alternative #41 Into the Top Ten at Tulare!
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