BRANDON, SOUTH DAKOTA (June 25, 2022) – When the calmness of the night set in following their emotional win on Friday night, Carson Macedo and the JJR team had locked the Albaugh – Your Alternative #41 Maxim into to the highest paying event in South Dakota sports history along with David Gravel, Buddy Kofoid, and Brock Zearfoss. Those four drivers had to await their turn on the track on Saturday night in the Weikert’s Livestock King of the Hill competition to see where they would start the feature. All of the other drivers had to race their way into the feature through the four qualifying races. When the sun came up in The Mount Rushmore State on Saturday morning the excitement for the High Bank Nationals $100,000-to-win race was brimming for all of the competitors and fans. No one was more excited though than the driver of the JJR #41. He was excited to race for the money at Huset’s Speedway!
In this special event, the starting lineup for the first four rows of the feature would be set by the finishing order of the Weikert’s Livestock King of the Hill challenge. The format featured the top four point earners and the winner from each of the four qualifying races. There would be seven rounds with two cars on the track for 2 laps at a time. The driver with the fastest lap time stays out and advances on to the next round. Every round earns the winner a better starting position in the High Bank Nationals finale.
Round 1 – Featured Hunter Schuerenberg against Sheldon Haudenschild. Haudenschild would drive the NOS Energy Drink #17 into the next round with a lap time of 10.717 seconds.
Round 2 – Logan Schuchart would be Sheldon’s foe in this round, but it would be Schuchart who earned the right to move onto the next round with a lap of 10.584 seconds.
Round 3 – James McFadden rolled out onto the track to take on Logan Schuchart. The driver of the Roth Motorsports #83 would not be denied by the talented Shark Racing driver as the native Australian turned a quick lap at 10.664 seconds.
Round 4 – Brock Zearfoss was ready to get the Moose’s LZ Bar & Grill #3z up to speed against McFadden. When they stomped on the loud pedal, it was McFadden securing another round victory with a lap of 10.749 seconds.
Round 5 – The talented driver of the Roth Motorsports #83 now had to face Michael “Buddy” Kofoid. When they started the clock it was Kofoid who stopped it the quickest at 10.670 to move on.
Round 6 – Buddy Kofoid’s competition in this round was none other than Carson Macedo aboard the Albaugh – Your Alternative/Mesilla Valley Transportation (MVT)/Tarlton and Son #41. Both drivers mashed the loud pedal with Kofoid establishing the quickest lap after lap 1 at 10.769 seconds. But, Carson got up on the wheel the next time by and beat Kofoid’s lap by a mere 0.001 seconds as he was timed at 10.768 seconds on lap two.
Round 7 – David Gravel aboard the Big Game Motorsports #2, the high point driver after two nights of hard fought competition, would be Carson Macedo’s dueling partner in the final round. The winner would earn the pole position for the $100,000-to-win High Bank Nationals. When their engines came a live, Carson’s Kistler Engines power drove him forward as he turned a quick lap at 10.758 seconds. Gravel was fast but unable to match it as Carson earned the pole position in the Complete Parts & Equipment Solutions/Durst, Inc./Liquid Trucking #41 Maxim.
The calculators were all put away as the points from the first two preliminary nights were set. The 24 drivers and teams that earned their spot in the 40-lap High Bank Nationals $100,000-to-win feature event certainly deserve this opportunity. Tod Quiring and his team at Huset’s Speedway did an outstanding job all week giving the drivers and teams a great track to compete and entertain the fans. They were terrific hosts and proudly announced next year’s event would pay $250,000 to win, making it the highest single event pay day for sprint cars. Now it was time to go racing in Brandon, South Dakota for a lot of Ben Franklin $100 bills. Carson Macedo and David Gravel earned their front row starting spots and paced the field as fireworks erupted overhead in front of a packed house. It was time to go racing in the High Bank Nationals at Huset’s Speedway!
When the green lights lit up it was Carson Macedo driving the Boltz Family/Factory Kahne Shocks/Meyers Constructors #41 into the lead over David Gravel and Buddy Kofoid. The driver of the forty-one would dominate during the early going, but quickly caught the rear of the field. As he began racing through traffic Gravel and Kofoid closed in. By lap 11 they were all nose-to-tail at the front of the pack. Carson was trying to get by Carson McCarl. McCarl hot the frontstretch wall, and gate, causing his right rear to go flat. When he hit the gate it opened and hit both second running David Gravel and Logan Schuchart. The contact broke Schuchart’s right rear shock and caused his tire to go flat and caused damage to Gravel’s right rear. Under red flag conditions as the track crew repaired the gate, David Gravel’s team did a terrific job doing what they could within the rules to make some repairs for their driver. They were unable to finish up when the air horn sounded resulting in a two position penalty on the restart for Gravel. He would restart from fourth.
Carson Macedo would bring them back to the green flag in the Albaugh #41 with Buddy Kofoid, James McFadden, David Gravel and Brock Zearfoss right behind. When they reached the halfway point of the race it was all Macedo. On lap 23 the yellow was again displayed, this time for debris on the track as a wheel cover was laying on the racing surface up in turns 3 and 4. Carson brought the field back up to speed in the Dissolvalloy Downhole Revolution/WELD Racing/Greber Racing Components (GRC) #41 Maxim. The green lights were quickly replaced by red ones when a multi-car incident sent Brooke Tatnell flipping violently down the frontstretch. Riley Goodno, Logan Schuchart, and Mark Dobmeier were also involved in the front straightaway fracas. When they re-fired the field of competitors would restart in single file order with Carson again leading the field. He had a fast hot rod and was able to build his lead in clean air. It was Macedo, Kofoid, McFadden, Gravel, Zearfoss and Sweet at the front of the field. Carson was in control of the top spot over the course of the first 34 laps before his tire started going away. Kofoid was able to sneak by bringing McFadden along. Carson was fading as he was trying to hold on to the end. The race for the lead was exciting between McFadden and Kofoid with the Roth Motorsports #83 leading, but Sheldon Haudenschild was blasting the high line and coming fast. Haudenschild would make the race winning pass on the last lap racing to the $100k victory over McFadden and Kofoid with Gravel and Macedo rounding out the top five. The Greatest Show on Dirt did not disappoint in this one as they put on one terrific show that will be remembered for quite some time. Carson and the team did a terrific job salvaging a top five finish, but this one certainly will hurt for a few days as he was in control of the lead for 85% of the race (34 of 40 laps). All-in-all a great four days of racing for the talented driver from Lemoore, California and his JJR cast of characters. They will leave with their heads held high and focus on returning to their winning ways next week at Cedar Lake Speedway in the two-day Independence Day Spectacular event.
A Top Five Finish for Carson Macedo in the High Bank Nationals Finale at Huset’s Speedway! Photo Credit: Trent Gower
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