BEAVER DAM, WISCONSIN (June 19, 2021) – In the third of eight races over a ten day period, the JJR #41 team trucked Mesilla Valley Transportation (MVT) style into the state known as America’s Dairyland to race at Beaver Dam Raceway in the Jim “JM” Boyd Memorial event after a strong run at Dubuque on Friday night was deflated with a flat right rear tire late in the race. The town of Beaver Dam became famous when the Milwaukee Railroad came through back in 1856, which encouraged settlement and fueled growth. Their other claim to fame is that the Dodge County Fair, which began in 1886, is the “World’s Greatest County Fair” with balloon rides, horse races, and a Ferris wheel for all to enjoy. But, on this Saturday night Carson Macedo and the stars of the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series pulled into town and would be on the track to put on a show at the 1/3-mile racing facility. There were 27 teams represented in the pit area located off the backstretch and turn three.
The Lemoore, California racer went out late as he would be the twenty second driver to attack Beaver Dam Raceway’s surface during Slick Woody’s Qualifying in the Mr. Jim’s Racing/Sam I Am/ Buckwalter Trucking #41 Maxim. Back on June 24, 2017, Daryn Pittman established the one-lap track record here with a time of 11.071 seconds. Not one to shy away from the accelerator, with a smile on his face and fire is his eyes, Carson locked down the shield of his orange Shifty Illusions custom painted Durst Inc. themed helmet and hit the track. With the gas pedal mashed he was looking to make quick work around Beaver Dam in the JJR #41 entry. He was attacking the track on the first lap and got up over the cushion in the last set of turns which scrub some time off resulting in a lap of 11.747 seconds. Without hesitation he stayed after it the second time around recording a much better time of 11.390 seconds. The better of his two laps positioned him third quick on the final speed charts when the last qualifier, Wayne Modjeski, took the checkered flag. David Gravel ran the fastest lap in time trials with a time of 11.273 seconds.
Carson’s time trial performance positioned him to start from the pole position in the third of three 10-lap Drydene Heat Races set for the night. He would get The Boyd Family/Engler Machine & Tool/Walker Performance Filtration #41 rolling from row one beside Aaron Reutzel in the Roth #83. When the racing went to green, he powered his way off the bottom and into turn one. The track was fast around the top side. Macedo wheeled the forty-one into turn one and slid up across the track to find the cushion in front of Reutzel to take the lead. Reutzel got up over the cushion and regathered it as Brock Zearfoss in the Moose’s LZ #3Z hustled into the runner-up position. Carson was in command and was making tracks and not looking back. He would race under the checkered flags 1.250 seconds ahead of Zearfoss with Reutzel, Wayne Johnson, and Josh Schneiderman rounding out the top five with Jeremy Schultz securing the final transfer spot in the heat race.
He headed to the frontstretch to draw for his starting position in the 8-lap DirtVision Fast Pass Dash. Good fortune was upon him as he pulled the ‘2’ pill, which put him on the outside of the front row beside fellow California native Giovanni Scelzi. James McFadden and Sheldon Haudenschild sat in row two with David Gravel and Brock Zearfoss manning row three. When racing went green, Macedo drove the Greber Racing Components (GRC)/Jansen Transportation/Wilwood R #41 Maxim down the front straightaway and dove into turn one on the low side. Scelzi carried his momentum around the top to maintain the lead with Macedo and Haudenschild digging behind him. The top was still the preferred line around Beaver Dam and Scelzi used it to his advantage to take the win over Macedo and Haudenschild with Zearfoss, Gravel and McFadden completing the field run down at the finish.
The finish in the dash meant Carson would get started from the front row alongside Giovanni Scelzi for the 40-lap 11 Annual Jim “JM” Boyd Memorial feature event at Beaver Dam Raceway. The field was stout and the racing surface was widening allowing for multiple lanes. The drivers lined up in rows of two behind the Beaver Dam pace truck as they readied for some high speed action. Polesitter Giovanni Scelzi and Carson Macedo crossed the chalk stripe with Scelzi getting a terrific start driving into the lead ahead of Carson wheeling his Mesilla Valley Transportation (MVT)/T-Fab Custom Metal Fabrication/Weld Racing Wheels #41 from the second position. They were flying around the track and it did not take the leaders long to catch the back of the pack. By lap five they were already navigating the slower cars in the field. That gave Carson Macedo and third running Sheldon Haudenschild an opportunity to close the gap on the leader. They were able to do that and at one point they were essentially nose-to-tail at speed around Beaver Dam. Haudenschild was focused on passing one car at a time with the forty-one next in line. On lap 14, Haudenschild made the pass for position relegating Macedo back to the show position after the Lemoore, California driver got slowed up by the lap car of Josh Walter on the exit of turn four. Sheldon continued his hot pursuit of Scelzi and at the halfway point of the race was within striking distance and took the lead. It was now Haudenschild, Scelzi and Macedo in the top three positions with David Gravel and Brad Sweet using the low line to close in on the JJR #41. Macedo found himself embroiled in a battle for position with Gravel. Carson was able to hold him off for most of the race, but with 5 laps to go surrender the third position to Gravel. The next lap he lost another position to the always hard charging Brad Sweet. Sheldon Haudenschild would capture the checkers ahead of Scelzi and Gravel who rounded out the podium, with Brad Sweet and Carson Macedo rounding out the top five. His fifth place finish was his 21st top five in 37 races to this point of the season (a 56.76% top five success rate). A good run for the forty-one team as they got back on track at Beaver Dam.
The JJR #41 Team and Carson Macedo Get Back On Track at Beaver Dam Raceway with a Top Five Finish! Photo Credit: Chuck Stowe Images
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