MECHANISCBURG, PENNSYLVANIA (May 14, 2022) – After the opening night of the Morgan Cup at Williams Grove Speedway, Carson Macedo and the JJR #41 team were back in the pit area more determined than ever to keep their momentum moving in the right direction on Saturday night. Today the speedway still sits amongst the agricultural fields of Cumberland County, just outside the small borough of Mechanicsburg. This area has a deep and rich history related to transportation outside of racing. Back in 1837, the Cumberland Valley Railroad (CVRR) completed its line and Mechanicsburg was designated as a water station where workers would restock the locomotive with firewood and water. While they may drink a little different type of “water” during their time in this area, the members of the Beer Hill Gang are simply incredible fans and they wanted to see some spectacular sprint car racing Pennsylvania style as they competed against the traveling WoO stars. There were 41 teams back at the track with their eye’s and efforts all focused on position their driver in the best spot to win the $17,000 winner’s share of the purse on the last night of the Morgan Cup.
After a rain delay, the evening formally got started with time trials for each of the drivers in My Place Hotels Qualifying. This part of the show really displays the mechanical prowess of the teams with the technical talents of the driver. Sure there is a little luck sprinkled over top of it depending on track conditions related to when you go out for your two laps, but nonetheless it is an important part of the show. However the three elements come together dictates how good you are out of the box and can make or break your evening. Carson climbed into the Albaugh – Your Alternative/Engler Machine & Tool/FK Rod Ends #41 Maxim as he prepared to conquer the unique shaped half-mile racing oval in Group B. He rolled into the staging area and waited for his turn as he was the fourteenth car out. When it was his turn the Bell Athlete flipped down the shield of his Shifty Illusions custom painted lid and went to work. He sped down the front straightaway and under the waving green flag. He was making tracks and not looking back. When he completed the first of two circuits the clock read 16.517 second. Carson kept his right foot planted in the gas pedal the next time around searching for any lost seconds. His first lap was a really good one so that would be a challenge. The second lap was consistent at 16.518 seconds. The quicker of Carson’s two laps was at the top of the sped charts for Group B and the quickest overall when time trials were completed. A great start to the night for Macedo and his #41 team.
There were four 8-lap heat races on tap with Carson starting from the pole position in the third qualifying race beside fellow Californian Rico Abreu. The current WoO point leader and 3-time champion Brad Sweet would get started from row two with TJ Stutts to his outside as Kraig Kinser, Tim Shaffer, Giovanni Scelzi, Ryan Smith, Noah Gass, and Jeff Halligan maneuvered in to their starting positions to complete the starting grid. Carson paced wheel-to-wheel with Abreu and drove the Tarlton and Son/Boltz Family/Border International #41 Maxim off the low side as he drag raced Abreu to the first turn. Abreu used the bottom lane to exit turn two with the lead with Macedo close behind. With three laps in the books the yellow flag came out for Kraig Kinser who made heavy contact with the outside frontstretch wall exiting turn four as he battled with Giovanni Scelzi for the final transfer spot. The field regroup and when they went back to green it was Abreu, Macedo and Sweet at the front. Rico showed off his speed and talent by taking the win by 1.132 seconds over Carson with Brad coming home third, TJ Stutts fourth, and Giovanni Scelzi securing the fifth position.
Earning his way into the 6-lap DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash, Carson headed to the frontstretch to see where he would start the event. There are eight pills in the oversized NOS Energy drink can and he pulled the ‘5’ pill out, which would position him on the inside of row three with Matt Campbell to his outside. Jacob Allen and Sheldon Haudenschild would start on the front row with Brent Marks and Rico Abreu in row two. The talented duo of Donny Schatz and David Gravel paced from row four. When the green flag waved it was Allen to the lead over Haudenschild with everyone at the front settling into the same position they started in. David Gravel was able to move into the sixth position when a yellow flag came out on lap 4 for Donny Schatz who slowed to stop with mechanical issues. When they restarted it was all-out fast as Abreu continued to lead Haudenschild, Marks, Abreu and Macedo. Jacob Allen earned the win as he was followed across the finish line by Haudenschild, Marks, Abreu and Macedo in his Albaugh #41 with Campbell, Gravel and Schatz completing the finishing order,
After another rain delay following a brief but consistent rain shower that moved in during the early laps of the Last Chance Showdown (LCS), it was finally time to go racing in the 30-lap Morgan Cup feature at Williams Grove Speedway. Who would earn the Morgan Cup – the PA Posse or the WoO? Two young World of Outlaws stars, Jacob Allen and Sheldon Haudenschild, would lead the field to the green with PA Posse representative Brent Marks and outside invader Rico Abreu in row two. Carson Macedo would be repping for the World of Outlaws as Matt Campbell proudly was the face for the PA Posse. The eight minute horn sounded and Carson rolled the Complete Parts & Equipment Solutions/WELD Racing/FK Rod Ends #41 onto the track as he awaited a push truck to fire his engine. The field was set and ready to go and they wasted little time to get the action started. It was Allen to the lead on the opening lap with Carson using his Kistler Engines power to drive from his fifth starting position into the third spot in the running order. They were fast on this moist surface and by lap seven the leaders began to navigate lap traffic. On lap 8, the first yellow flag of the night was thrown for Kyle Moody who appeared to get spun coming down the backstretch causing him to spin and almost turn over. The field lined up in their two-by-two starting order with Macedo inside of Marks in row two. When Allen brought the field back to the green it was Brent Marks using the outside starting spot to claim the third position. Another yellow flag on lap 9, this time for the #69k of Lance Dewease who spun atop the cushion in turn one, slowed the field again. This time Carson Macedo would start outside Brent Marks for the restart behind Jacob Allen and Sheldon Haudenschild. When they came off turn four for the restart Macedo returned the favor using the preferred outside lane but all for naught as the third yellow flag came out this time for Brock Zearfoss who was off the pace and rolled to a stop. Marks would get the third position back for the single file restart and when they went back to green flag racing it was Allen, Haudenschild, Marks, Macedo and Abreu running in the top five. On lap 23, Brent Marks moved into the runner-up position making the pass of Haudenschild and was in hot pursuit of the leader Allen. Carson was a little further back in the fourth position. When the final caution of the night came out on lap 28 for Matt Campbell the field tightened up for a run to the finish. Fuel loads were getting low and causing a concern. Jacob Allen brought the field back to the green flag with Marks, Haudenschild and Macedo all right there in the mix. Allen would slow as he ran out of gas relinquishing the lead to Marks as Macedo drove the Albaugh #41 into the second spot ahead of Haudenschild. Brent Marks would claim the Morgan Cup for the PA Posse over Carson Macedo who drove home second with Sheldon Haudenschild completing the podium positions. With light fuel loads at the end of the race, the podium finishers headed to the scaled and during the post-race inspection the forty-one car came up light resulting in disqualification. After a strong night that saw him set quick time, this turn of events relegated his to be scored with a 26 place finish. Very disappointing for sure, but Carson and the JJR #41 team will use the adversity to refocus on their season goals and be back with a vengeance on Tuesday night at Bridgeport Motorsports Park in Swedesboro, New Jersey.
Carson Macedo Sets Quick Time in My Place Hotels Qualifying at Williams Grove! Photo Credit: Trent Gower
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