ROSSBURG, OHIO (September 24, 2021) – Coming off a fulfilling victory in the Second Annual Tom Tarlton Classic last Saturday night at Keller Auto Speedway in California, Carson Macedo and the Jason Johnson Racing (JJR) team were looking to keep their momentum going in the BeFour the Crowns Showdown at Eldora Speedway on Friday night. The half-mile, high speed oval nestled in the middle of cornfields in northwest Ohio has always been one of Carson’s favorite tracks. When the JJR team was here the last time back in July, the Lemoore, California racer finished on the podium three times celebrating in victory lane twice after winning the Jokers Wild and Knight Before (or Day After) the Kings Royal, as well as, finishing third to Kyle Larson in the 37th Annual Kings Royal. With crisp, blue skies overhead, the team crossed the track in their Border International and pulled into their pit stall as there were 36 410 sprint car teams registered and ready to roll at the Big E.
Based on the number drawn at the pill draw, Carson would be the 14th driver out for Slick Woody’s Qualifying aboard the Dissolvalloy Downhole Revolution/Durst Inc./Greber Racing Components (GRC) #41 Maxim. He climbed into his office and buckled in to his Crow Enterprizes safety belts. After waiting patiently in the staging area he rolled up onto the banking of turn one and woke up his Kistler Engines power with his right foot. He had the forty-one up to full song as he came out of turn four and raced under the waving green flag to start the time measuring his speed. He raced hard through the first set of turns and hustled all the way down the back straightaway. When he exited turn four and blasted across the timing stripe to complete lap one he had recorded a time of 13.314 seconds. Carson was already well on his way around the famous half-mile oval that Earl Baltes built a second time. When he crossed under the black and white waving checkered flag, his second lap at Eldora in time trials came in at 13.383 seconds. The faster of his two laps was tenth quick overall on the night. David Gravel established the quickest lap of the night at 13.058 seconds.
World of Outlaws Timing and Scoring officials posted the starting lineups for each of the four 8-lap Drydene Heat Races where the top five finishers lock in to the feature event. Based on his time trial position in the overall order, Carson would get started in the second qualifying race from the inside of row two in the Mesilla Valley Transportation (MVT)/Jonestown KOA/Tiger Towing #41 with Sheldon Haudenschild sharing the row with him. Logan Schuchart and Kasey Kahne led the field from the front row. As the field paced in sync in their two-by-two starting formation they headed down the backstretch. When they reached the chalk stripe in turn four their engines came alive as they raced down the frontstretch and under the green flag. It was Schuchart to the lead with Brad Sweet getting a fantastic start and driving on the low side into the third position ahead of Haudenschild and Macedo. Sweet would pass Kahne for second. Macedo worked the low line and moved into third on lap three with a low side pass of Kahne and Haudenschild coming out of turn four. Schuchart had built a sizable lead over Sweet with Macedo still giving chase. Logan Schuchart went on to secure the heat race win over Sweet and Macedo, with Jacob Allen and Sheldon Haudenschild securing the final two transfer positions.
Missing out by one spot for an opportunity in the DirtVision Fast Pass Dash, Carson and the crew focused on getting his speed chariot ready for the feature. The starting field was set for the 30-lap World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink BeFour the Crowns Showdown feature event. Philip Dietz, Clyde Knipp, and Nate Repetz were all focused on completing their jobs as they finished up preparation of their Maxim Racing car for their driver. Carson finished putting tearoffs on his Bell Racing helmet and was ready to put on a show for the fans in the Albaugh – Your Alternative/C&R Racing/Engler Machine & Tool #41 Maxim. The air horn sounded as the crews finished up their work and rolled their entries onto the track to await the start of the money paying race. Carson would start from the tenth spot in the starting field beside James McFadden. The engines fired and the drivers lined up in their starting positions. The drivers went four-wide with the fireworks blasting to illuminate the sky in spectacular fashion as they saluted the fans in the stands.
The field of cars realigned in their side-by-side starting formation as the yellow lights dimmed in anticipation of the green flag. Exiting turn four they were on the hammer after being given the green light. Donny Schatz and Wayne Johnson led the parade into turn one. Donny Schatz led the opening lap with Wayne Johnson running second. In the opening laps, Carson was running in the eleventh position on the slick racing surface. He would move into the top ten on the third lap and search for speed around Eldora. A lap 11 caution for Brad Sweet, who had a flat right rear tire, slowed the action and regrouped the field. Carson would battle with Sammy Swindell when they got restarted, but it was all Donny Schatz at the front of the field. But, Schatz had company as Logan Schuchart had the Shark Racing #1s moving and was positioning himself right before the yellow flag to challenge the leader. Schatz continued to lead through lap 21, but surrendered the lead to the hard-charging and determined Schuchart the next lap around. Carson continued to battle for everything he could get throughout the remaining laps. Schuchart went on to collect the win over James McFadden and David Gravel with Donny Schatz and Tyler Courtney completing the top five. Carson crossed the finish line in the ninth position to secure his 62nd top ten finish of the 2021 season (an 83.78% top ten success rate). Another good run for Carson and the forty-one!
Rolling on the High Banks of Eldora Speedway, Carson Macedo Races to a 9th Place Finish! Photo Credit: Cameron Saich
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