PAIGE, TEXAS (March 4, 2022) – After the “Dirty South” tour through Mississippi and Louisiana was rained out last week, Philip Dietz and the JJR #41 team pulled out of Rocky Mount, Missouri and trucked south in their Border International for their 735 mile, one-way trip to Cotton Bowl Speedway located off Friendship Road in Paige, Texas, for two consecutive nights of racing in the Texas Two Step. Last year, Carson Macedo and the team finished just outside the top ten during both nights of action. The California-born driver, fresh off a win at Keller Auto Speedway in the Tarlton #21 last weekend, and the JJR team were eager to get back to the 3/8-mile dirt track in the Lone Star State to get back up to speed to improve on last year’s performance. The pit area at Cotton Bowl Speedway was populated with 29 cars with drivers and teams that were all ready to rock-n-roll.
Carson Macedo would be the 19th driver out on the track aboard the Durst Inc./All Pro Aluminum Cylinder Heads/High Performance Lubricants #41 Maxim in Slick Woody’s qualifying. He was comfortably nestled into his office with his Crow Enterprizes safety belts secured and tightened. With a tap on the rear nerf bar from the push truck, his Kistler Racing Engines power came to life and he dropped his business foot to summon all the horsepower he could to generate speed as he raced towards the waving green flag. On lap one he focused on hitting his marks in an attempt to lay down his best lap. Every second and more was being measured by the stopwatch and when he completed the first of two laps his time was 13.925 seconds. He kept his elbows up the next time around and delivered a consistent but slightly slower lap at 13.977 seconds. The faster of his two laps positioned him 16th overall on the speed charts when time trials were completed. Jacob Allen blasted around Cotton Bowl Speedway and recorded the fastest lap of the night in time trials at 13.538 seconds.
With his qualifying effort in the books, Carson would start sixth in the talent-filled first heat with the top 6 finishers transferring to the feature event. Quick timer Jacob Allen was on the pole and shared the front row with Sheldon Haudenschild. Logan Schuchart and David Gravel paced from row two. Kasey Kahne shared row three with Carson with Donny Schatz, Carson McCarl, Bill Rose and Dalton Stevens rounding out the starting field. When the green flag was unfurled, it was Allen to the lead with Macedo taking command of the fifth position. He was searching the surface to find the fastest way around as he was now contending with the always formidable Donny Schatz. Allen would not look back over the 8 laps distance and took the heat race win over Logan Schuchart and Sheldon Haudenschild with David Gravel and Donny Schatz rounding out the top five. Carson Macedo brought the Complete Parts & Equipment Solutions/WELD Racing/Liquid Trucking #41 Maxim home in the sixth and final transfer position.
When he exited the cockpit he downloaded with his team and they went to work to prepare the Albaugh – Your Alternative/Mesilla Valley Transportation (MVT)/Boltz Family #41 for the 30-lap NOS Energy Drink Feature. He would get rolling from deep in the field from the outside of row eight in the 16th starting position. The air horn sounded to alert the teams it was about time for some high speed action at Cotton Bowl Speedway. Cory Eliason and Brad Sweet would lead the field to the green flag with James McFadden and Logan Schuchart starting from row two. The inside lane was the preferred lane, and it showed when the green flag waved as McFadden vaulted into the lead and the inside row starters gained track position. Carson Macedo started on the outside and was stuck back in the dirty air early on. The focused driver from Lemoore, California was up on the wheel of the forty-one and determined to move forward. McFadden was leading Eliason, but the battle within the top five was raging with Brad Sweet, Sheldon Haudenschild and Logan Schuchart eager to move up the scoreboard. The yellow came out on lap 8 for the leader McFadden who had a right rear tire going down. He rejoined the field after his crew completed their work in the work area. When they went back to green it was Eliason to the lead with high speed chaos ensuing behind him. Carson was up on the wheel too and working hard to gain positions with each passing lap. By the midway point of the race he was sitting just outside the top ten and trying his best to track down Brock Zearfoss on the tricky track. At the front, Haudenschild was now giving Eliason all he could handle and made the pass for the lead on lap 22. The driver of the Stenhouse/Marshall Racing #17 would not look back and took the win ahead of Eliason and Sweet with Schuchart and Schatz rounding out the top five. Carson brought the JJR #41 home with an eleventh place finish to end the night. The driver and team will return to Cotton Bowl Speedway on Saturday night for the final chapter of the Texas Two Step!
Carson Macedo Secures an Eleventh Place Finish to Open the Texas Two-Step! Photo Credit: Chad Warner
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