MECHANICSBURG, PENNSYLVANIA (July 24, 2021) – After finishing seventh on Friday night to open the Champion Racing Oil Summer Nationals at Williams Grove, Carson Macedo and the JJR #41 team were back at the historic oval to chase after the Summer Nationals championship trophy and winner’s share of the purse on Saturday evening. On an absolutely beautiful day in Central Pennsylvania, the fans streamed through the admission gates ready to get fully entertained by the best in the sprint car business doing their things at speed. Philip Dietz, Clyde Knipp, and Nate Repetz rolled the Mesilla Valley Transportation (MVT)/Jonestown KOA/Wilwood Racing #41 out of the trailer to prep for the evening of action. There were 33 teams checked in for action.
As all nights begin in World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink competition, it was time for Slick Woody’s Qualifying where each driver attacks the track and races against the clock. While they may make it look easy, it is a challenge and these courageous warriors get after it using the load pedal. Carson Macedo, with his characteristic smile on his face, would push out onto the track 30th for his two laps aboard the Tarlton and Son/Pro Powder Coating (PPC)/All Pro Auto Reconditioning #41 Maxim after drawing the ‘53’ pill to start the night. He would hit the track with Freddie Rahmer who was looking to do the same thing . . . make it around the historic half-mile oval the quickest way possible. Carson pedaled down and his Kistler Engines power propelled him up to speed. He took the green and was focused on doing what he does best – go fast! When he raced across the timing stripe after lap one, after bobbling slightly on the cushion in turn four, the clock recorded his lap at 17.848 seconds. He stayed on the hammer and was looking to trim any time possible on lap two. As only time can tell, the stopwatch proved he did it reading 17.536 seconds this time as he rolled to the scales located in the back pita area. When the final qualifiers took the checkers, the quicker of Carson’s two laps netted him 8th quick overall on the night in qualifying. The driver with the top speed on night two at the Summer Nationals was your final qualifier, Sheldon Haudenschild, for the second night in a row with a lap of 17.262 seconds.
The four 8-lap Drydene Heat Races were set with Carson Macedo starting on the outside front row aboard the Complete Parts & Equipment Solutions/Durst Inc./Bandy & Associates #41 Maxim beside Lance Dewease’s #69k. James McFadden and Wayne Johnson were in row two, Jacob Allen and Alan Krimes in row three, with Dylan Norris and Chris Arnold in row four. When the forty-one crossed the chalk stripe he raced side-by-side down to begin the long front straightaway with Lance Dewease, but by the flagstand he had the lead in clean air heading into turn one. Dewease was giving chase from the second position but Macedo was on the move. He was making tracks and not looking back as he was making consistently quick laps and adding to his lead over the #69k each lap. Carson never looked back and led flag-to-flag to take the win by 3.527 seconds over Dewease with McFadden coming home third, Johnson fourth, and Krimes fifth.
Earning a coveted opportunity to race in the DirtVision Fast Pass Dash, he headed to the frontstretch to stick his hand into the oversized NOS Energy Drink can to pull his pill to see where he would start. As only luck would have it he pulled the highest number in the can – an eight – which put in out the outside of the last row to start the 6-lap race in The Boyd Family/Tiger Towing/Vortex Racing Products #41. Donny Schatz and Friday night’s winner Sheldon Haudenschild were on row one, Anthony Macri and Lance Dewease in row two, David Gravel and Brent Marks in row three, with Lucas Wolfe on the inside of Macedo in row four. When the green flag waved the dash to earn their starting spot in the feature was on. Carson quickly moved into the seventh position and was in hot pursuit of Macri for the sixth position. On lap three, he caught Macri and raced him hard entering turn three on the low side and sliding up across the track to the cushion to take control of the sixth position. Sheldon Haudenschild was leading at the front of the pack, but the racing throughout was intense. Carson was able to whittle down some of the gap between himself and fifth running Gravel throughout the remaining laps. Haudenschild beat Schatz to take the win with Dewease, Marks, and Gravel completing the top five. Carson brought the Mesilla Valley Transportation (MVT) #41 home sixth with Macri and Wolfe completing the finishing order.
Carson gained a row with his performance in the dash and would start sixth in the 30-lap feature NOS Energy Drink Champion Racing Oil Summer Nationals feature finale beside David Gravel driving the Big Game Motorsports #2. Sheldon Haudenschild and Donny Schatz would lead the field to the green flag after the four-wide salute to the fans as is traditional with The Greatest Show on Dirt! The green flag waved and it was Donny Schatz to the lead over Brent Marks and Sheldon Haudenschild. Macedo maneuvered into the fifth position at the start and was right behind fourth running Lance Dewease in the opening lap of the race. The next time around Carson made the pass on the famous #69k and National Sprint Car Hall of Fame driver to take over fourth. It was all green flag action early as the top four were all within striking distance as they entered the middle stages of the race. Marks and Haudenschild were in an intense battle for position with Macedo digging right behind them. With 10 laps to go, Marks made the pass for the lead on Schatz with Haudenschild following. The top four, including Carson Macedo in the Tarlton and Son Frame-2-Finish/Winters Performance Products/Fuel Safe Racing Cells #41 Maxim, were now nose-to-tail and dicing for position. Marks and Haudenschild were throwing slide jobs and on lap 22, Haudenschild made contact with Freddie Rahmer with the #51 rolling to a stop on the top side of turn two to bring out the yellow. Carson had just passed Schatz for third and had a run on the leaders, but the yellow negated the pass and the drive forward. He would restart fourth and when they went back to green the Marks v. Haudenschild battle continued with a lot of high speed racing between to two talented stars. Marks would come out on top to claim the $20,000 winner’s check followed by Haudenschild, Schatz and Macedo with Dewease coming home fifth! Another good run for the forty-one! It was his 31st top five finish this season, a 58.49% success rate, and his 14th consecutive top ten finish in a row. Carson and the JJR #41 team will now regroup and prepare to invade New York next weekend with races at Ransomville on Friday night and Weedsport on Saturday night.
Champion Racing Oil Summer Nationals Concludes with a Top Five Finish at Williams Grove! Phot Credit: Cameron Saich
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