PORT ROYAL, PENNSYLVANIA (October 9, 2021) – After their 21st place finish on Friday night in the Nittany Showdown opener, Philip Dietz and the Jason Johnson Racing (JJR) #41 Sprint Car Team trucked west again on U.S. Route 22/322 to Port Royal Speedway for the final night of World of Outlaws (WoO) racing in Pennsylvania of the 2021 racing season. The stop in Juniata County has been a familiar one throughout history as the Pennsylvania Railroad (PRR) used to have a station located just to the east of the Juniata County Fairgrounds that brought frequent visitors and supplies to the agrarian area. Port Royal is also the halfway point between the Pennsylvania’s Capital city of Harrisburg and the college football town of University Park, which is the home of the Pennsylvania State University Nittany Lions. In a slight twist of irony, two sprint car racing rich areas were also meeting on the football field in Iowa City, Iowa on this day as the #4 ranked Penn State Nittany Lions traveled west to play the #3 ranked Iowa Hawkeyes. But, for those in attendance at the track affectionately called “The Speed Palace” all eyes would be focused on the 38 teams that were back in the pit area on Saturday night preparing to deliver some high speed entertainment for the fans in the stands.
With just enough race teams entered for competition to meet the threshold, the field was again split into two groups for time trial qualifying. Carson would be the fifth driver, in the Mesilla Valley Transportation (MVT)/Border International/Brown & Miller Racing Solutions (BMRS) #41, to take to the half-mile racing surface in Flight A for his two laps at speed being measured by elapsed time from start to finish. Peering through the shield of his Shifty Illusions custom painted Bell Racing Helmet, the California speedster stepped on the right pedal and blasted under the waving green flag as his Kistler Engines power guided his journey. He was movin’ and groovin’ at this beautiful facility. The seconds were ticking by and when Carson stopped the clock after his first lap it read 15.660 seconds. Elbows up he stayed on the loud pedal the second time around turning in another very consistent lap of 15.659 seconds. The better of his two attempts yielded him the eleventh best time in Flight A on the night. David Gravel was the quickest driver of the night with a lap of 15.324 seconds in Flight B.
When the WoO Timing and Scoring officials posted the starting lineups for each of the four 8-lap Drydene Heat Races, Carson Macedo would get started aboard the Tarlton and Son/Albaugh – Your Alternative/Larry Davis Farms #41 Maxim from the outside of row three. He was joined in the row by Lance Dewease in the famous #69k. Spencer Bayston and Logan Wagner were in the front row with Logan Schuchart and Lynton Jeffrey in row two. The calm before the storm was quickly replaced by full speed chaos when the green lights illuminated around the track. On the initial start it was Bayston to the lead with Macedo get bobbled up behind Jeffrey allowing eighth starting Ryan Taylor an opening to drive around the outside into fourth ahead of both him and Dewease. Bayston was blasting around the top and showing the way around Port Royal. Carson was back up on the wheel and started his fight to get back into one of the five transfer positions. Both Dewease and Macedo passed Taylor back and started dicing with Jeffrey. By the midway point of the race they both had made their way by Jeffery to take control of the transfer positions. Bayston was not contested and took the heat race win over Logan Wagner by 1.775 seconds with Logan Schuchart, Lance Dewease, and Carson Macedo rounding out the top five to advance into the feature event.
With an early start to the program due to potential weather it was before 9:00 PM on the east coast when the horns sounded for the 30-lap World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink feature finale of the Nittany Showdown. The teams finished up their last minute prep and rolled their speed chauffeurs onto the fast and racy half-mile oval. The Meyers Constructors/Greber Racing Components/Smith Titanium #41 Maxim rolled onto the track with Carson Macedo focused in his office. He would get started from the inside of row nine, so he had some work to do navigating through dirty air. Spencer Bayston and Jacob Allen led the field with Brent Marks and Kraig Kinser in row two. Brad Sweet and Kerry Madsen comprised row three, Logan Wagner and David Gravel were in row four, as Logan Schuchart and Anthony Macri paced from row five. When the green flag was displayed it was Spencer Bayston racing the CJB #5 into the top spot as he was ripping the top of the track. They were setting a torrid pace until the yellow flag was thrown with 9 laps in the books as eighth running Kraig Kinser slowed on the track and head pit side. It was Bayston in the top spot followed by Allen, Marks, Madsen, and Gravel. Carson had worked his way up to 14th place with almost a third of the race in the books. Back to green, Bayston again was in his own zip code as he was the racing up near the fences. Carson was racing with a gaggle of cars for position as the racing action was tight. Bayston was relentless and never looked back as he collected his second win of the season over David Gravel and Donny Schatz with Kerry Madsen and Jacob Allen rounding out the top five. Carson was able to secure a 15th place finish to end his swing through the Keystone State in the JJR #41. While not the results they were looking to post, the team will remain focused with five races remaining on the schedule . . . all of which they have had past success at through the years!
A Top 15 Finish in the Nittany Showdown Finale for Macedo and the JJR #41 Team! Photo Credit: Cameron Saich
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