DUBUQUE, IOWA (June 18, 2021) – It is always nice when the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series visit and entertain fans at tracks that are located on county fairground properties across the country. From early on in the history of grassroots racing, it was tracks like these that welcomed people in the community to experience the sport of racing and the popularity grew from there. From Knoxville Raceway situated on the Marion County Fairgrounds to Port Royal Speedway located on the Juniata County Fairgrounds, and a number of other great race facilities across the entire United States, these fairgrounds still host and welcome fans at these historic facilities. On Friday night, the stars of the World of Outlaws made their debut at the Dubuque Fairgrounds Speedway, where race promoter Kevin Kotz and his team greeted them for their second scheduled race over a ten day span. There were 21 haulers parked throughout the pit area as the drivers and teams were working to prepare for the night of action.
Since this was the first time the World of Outlaws were to the 3/8-mile track, a new one-lap track record was assured to be established in Slick Woody’s Qualifying. Philip Dietz, Clyde Knipp, and Nate Repetz had the High Performance Lubricants/Jonestown KOA/Schoenfeld Headers #41 Maxim ready for their driver as he climbed in and buckled into his Fibreworks Composite seat with his Sharp Advantage custom fitted insert. Carson Macedo would be the 18th driver to push off for his two laps against the fast moving second hand of the stopwatch. When he took the green flag he was focused on executing his speed strategy and hitting his marks. With the clock measuring his on track performance, the numbers read a slower than expected 13.021 seconds after the completion of his first lap. He picked it up the next time around and this time was much better at 12.727 seconds after the second lap was finalized. The quicker of his two qualifying laps was fourth quick overall for the night. Aaron Reutzel was the quick timer at Dubuque Fairgrounds Speedway and now holds the one-lap track record at 12.512 seconds at the track.
With the heat race lineups tabulated and set by each driver’s fastest qualifying time for the three 8-lap Drydene Heat Races, it was time to go racing at the Dubuque Fairgrounds Speedway! The goal is to run in the top two finishing positions in each of the heat races to earn a spot in the dash event. Carson Macedo would get started in the first and fastest heat race from the outside of row one with Aaron Reutzel sharing the row with him. Secured comfortably in the Border International/FK Rod Ends/ISC Racers Tape #41, Carson was ready to get to work. The front row starters were followed in the two-by-two formation to start the race by Kerry Madsen, Brad Sweet, Jacob Allen, Josh Schneiderman, and Russell Borland. The action was about to get fast and furious and did just that when the flagman waved the green flag over the field. On the opening lap, Carson drove the forty-one into the top spot using the high side of the speedway to lead the field after the first circuit. Reutzel had his Roth #83 moving and was within striking distance of the leader. He kept the pressure on, but the Lemoore, California speedster had his elbows up and was focused on the goal. That goal was attained as he raced under the waving black and white checkered flag to take the heat race win over Reutzel by 0.897 second with Madsen coming home third, Sweet fourth, and Jacob Allen rounding out the top five.
Putting the Tiger Towing/Chalk Stix Torsion Bars/KSE Racing Products #41 Maxim into the 6-lap DirtVision Fast Pass Dash, Carson would get rolling from the outside of the front row with Aaron Reutzel again beside him in the pole position. David Gravel and Donny Schatz were in row two, with James McFadden and Sheldon Haudenschild in row three. When they came through turns three and four for the initial start, Macedo went high and slammed the accelerator. Unfortunately, his early response cost him as he was penalized two starting spots for jumping the start. He lined up in the fourth position and on the next restart David Gravel drove the Big Game Motorsports #2 into the lead over Reutzel, Schatz, and Macedo. He was fast in the clean air and made quick work of the six laps to capture the victory with Reutzel following him across the line 1.280 seconds behind as Schatz, Macedo, Haudenschild, and McFadden rounded out the dash finishing order.
The lineup was set for the 30-lap debut feature at Dubuque Fairgrounds Speedway. The track surface was wide and had changed throughout the night. It is a technical track, so they drivers were earning their pay to entertain the fans that came out to support them and the race promoter. Carson Macedo would get started in the All Pro Auto/Logo Daddy Graphics/RaceDiecast.com #41 Maxim from the outside of row two. As the fireworks were displayed in the sky just over turns three and four, David Gravel and Aaron Reutzel would bring the field to the green. Gravel would take the early lead with Reutzel, Schatz, and Macedo holding down the next spots in the running order. Reutzel was moving on the high side of the track and made the pass on Gravel for the lead on lap 10. Carson was keeping the leaders within striking distance over the first 10 laps with Schatz and Gravel between the #41 and the leader. On lap12 the yellow was displayed for second running Gravel who was slowing with a flat right rear tire. It was the first of many on the night. He headed pit side and rejoined the back of the field. Under the same yellow though Aaron Reutzel also was forced into the work area as he had a left rear tire losing air fast. Donny Schatz inherited the lead with Macedo in second, McFadden in third, Haudenschild in fourth, and Brad Sweet entering the top five for the restart. When racing resumed it was short-lived as it only lasted two laps before Wayne Johnson exited turn four too high and made contact with the outside retaining wall sending him into a series of rolls down the frontstretch. This evening was getting more interesting with on-track incidents than normal. It was about to get even more interesting as a few more drivers headed to the work area with flat tires. When they did go back to green, there was a traffic jam and when the dust settled Brad Sweet was on his side after getting caught up with Jacob Allen. Both went to the work area with Sweet tagging the rear after repairs were made on his NAPA #49. When they finally got back to racing it was Donny Schatz chasing his 300th career WoO victory with Carson Macedo and James McFadden chasing down the leader of the race. McFadden passed Macedo and made his way into the runner-up position. Over the last 10 laps though Carson had his hands full as he too now had a right rear tire going down. He was trying his best and made a determined effort, but with one lap to go his right rear tire expired. After heading to the work area, with no work time allotted as it was past the halfway point of the race, his night ended when the field went back to green flag racing, He was scored with a disappointing 15th place finish after a strong night at Dubuque Fairgrounds Speedway. Donny Schatz was able to hold off challenges from McFadden to collect his coveted 300 win with Kerry Madsen rounding out the podium. Despite the outcome for the JJR #41 team on this night, everyone at Jason Johnson Racing (JJR) would like to extend a sincere congratulations to Donny Schatz for his milestone 300th victory. A legend and true champion of the sport!
After a Strong Night in the Debut at Dubuque Fairgrounds Speedway, Carson Relegated to a 15th Place Finish After Tire Goes Flat in the Waning Laps of the Feature! Photo Credit: Ascent Media
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