PAIGE, TEXAS (March 20, 2021) – After recovering from a tough night and a hard charging 13th place finish to kick off the Drydene Texas Two-Step presented by American Lube Supply, the California driver of the Jason Johnson Racing (JJR) #41 was back at Cotton Bowl Speedway for the finale in the Tarlton and Son/Complete Parts and Equipment Solutions #41 Maxim. The sun was shining through the clear Texas skies over the 3/8-mile speedway as track officials worked the surface. The pit area was bustling with 25 teams registered to do their best as there was $10,000 awaiting the winner for whomever stood atop the podium in victory lane at the end of the night.
After hot laps were completed, each of the race teams prepared for Slick Woody’s Qualifying so they could attempt to lay down their two fastest laps out on the track by themselves against the clock. The Waco Metal/Pro Powder Coating (PPC) #41 was scheduled to be the fourth car out on the track with Carson Macedo behind the wheel. He wheeled his Maxim Racing machine under the waving green flag to start the clock on his first circuit. With the track surface very different than on night one, he would complete his first tour around Cotton Bowl Speedway’s 3/8-mile oval in 16.058 seconds. He kept his right foot planted and was listening to his Kistler Engines/Engler Machine & Tool power humming at high speed as he navigated to hit his marks the second lap, turning in a time of 15.948 seconds. His second attempt was the quicker of the two laps and position him eighth overall in the time trial order.
When the timing and scoring officials posted the starting lineups were completed for the three Drydene Heat Races, Carson would start from the third position in the second heat race sharing row two with the talented Gio Scelzi for the 8-lap qualifying race. There would be a long delay between time trials and the heat races as track officials laid water down to try to improve the racing surface for the racers. The time the track officials spent to make the surface better was appreciated by all of the racers. Brock Zearfoss and Cory Eliason sat on row one and brought the field to the green flag. At the start, Macedo powered the Liquid Trucking/Factory Kahne Shocks/Blackbeard LTD #41 from the fourth position in the running order as he battled for position with Scelzi. Zearfoss was in command at the front running in front of Eliason, Scelzi and Macedo. He would lead wire-to-wire to take the win with Eliason, Scelzi, Macedo, Aaron Reutzel and Josh Baughman securing the remaining transfer positions.
As the track continued to evolve, Carson worked with Philip Dietz, Clyde Knipp, and Nate Repetz to make some decision setup wise, hoping to find some speed and traction before the track started to take on rubber. The horns sounded summoning the 24 drivers to the speedway for the 30-lap NOS Energy Drink feature. Macedo would line his High Performance Lubricants/All Pro Auto Reconditioning #41 Maxim on the inside of row six with David Gravel to his outside. With the fans in the stands on their feet and the television audience tuned in on DirtVision, Texas was about to see the best in the business battle it out on Cotton Bowl Speedway’s 3/8-mile oval. When the engines all came to life it was Brad Sweet driving into the lead from the outside of the front row. Carson drove into the top ten after the completion of lap one and would hold that position throughout the first 11 laps. Sweet lost the lead to a hard-charging Jacob Allen on lap 11 before Allen had some misfortune and flipped in turn one on lap 13 bringing out the red. Macedo would restart ninth, with the odd numbered starting position restarting from the outside row in the two-by-two grid. He spun his Hoosier Racing Tires on the restart and fell back to the eleventh position. He would fight from that position for the remainder of the race. Brad Sweet would race from the front and lead the remaining laps to collect the victory over Brent Marks and Cory Eliason with David Gravel and Sheldon Haudenschild rounding out the top five. Macedo pulled into the back of the hauler with the car in one piece and an eleventh place finish. A good night at the Drydene Texas Two-Step at Cotton Bowl Speedway.
An Eleventh Place Run for Macedo on Night Two of the Texas Two-Step at Cotton Bowl Speedway!
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