JACKSON, MINNESOTA (June 25, 2021) – After a successful night of competition on Thursday evening to kick off the Jackson Nationals with a top five finish, Carson Macedo and the JJR #41 team were back in the pit area at the Jackson Motorplex poised to continue their point scoring momentum. At the Jackson Nationals the first two preliminary night are all about the 2 Ps – Performance and Points. After his first night of work, the Lemoore, California hot shoe would carry over 416 accumulated points for his performance, which positioned him sixth overall in the standings. The entire JJR #41 team was looking to perform at a high level again on the second night of action to add to that total in the Complete Parts & Equipment Solutions #41 Maxim. Philip Dietz, Clyde Knipp, and Nate Repetz were focused on doing their part to help their driver drive forward on Friday night. There were 35 race teams back, checked in, and ready to race at the beautiful Jackson Motorplex for round two of the 43rd Annual AGCO Jackson Nationals.
Carson would be the 12th driver to push off in Slick Woody’s Qualifying. One driver. Two laps that are measured in thousandths of a second. It was go time for Carson Macedo! The Kistler Engines power came to life under the hood and he dropped his right foot to open the throttle as he started trucking in the Mesilla Valley Transportation (MVT)/Border International/Blackbeard LTD #41 as he took the green. He was wheeling and dealing sprint car style as he balanced speed, courage, and decision making to hit his marks. He completed his first lap with a great lap that timed in at 12.831 seconds. Hammer down he kept the Maxim Racing machine moving in fast forward looking to improve on his first lap. When he crossed the timing light the second time the lap was consistent but slightly slower as the clock read 12.891 seconds. His work in time trials qualifying resulted in him being 4th quick overall on the speed charts. Logan Schuchart set quick time with a lap of 12.591 seconds. Carson would earn 97 points for his qualifying effort bringing his two night accumulated point total to 513 points.
The starting grid for each of the four Drydene Heat Races is established off of the quickest time for each of the drivers from time trials, with the top eight in each heat race being inverted to put the fastest guy on the outside of row four. You have to get your elbows up and hope for a little luck to drive forward to maximize your point earning capability. When the lineups were posted The Boyd Family/C&R Racing/ISC Racers Tape #41 Maxim would get started from the eighth position in the fourth heat race with David Gravel in the Big Game Motorsports #2 to his inside. Russell Borland and Tim Kaeding were on the front row with Brian Brown and Giovanni Scelzi in row two, as Tim Estenson and Kerry Madsen were in row three. When the initial green flag waved, Macedo got a great start as there were five cars spread out looking to shuffle the running order early. Unfortunately, the yellow flag came out as seventh starting Kerry Madsen got up over the cushion and spun in turn one. The starting order was reshuffled moving Macedo to in the inside of row four with Madsen now perched in the eighth starting position. When they went back to green, Madsen used the outside lane to drive into the third spot as Macedo was running in the sixth position. Carson had a fast JJR hot rod and was right in the middle of a battle for position when another caution was displayed for David Gravel who looped it and was sitting sideways in turn four above the cushion. When they got restarted Madsen was in command of the lead, but a quick red was thrown when Russell Borland got out of shape and Tim Estenson got into him as he had nowhere to go and tipped over on his side. When the racing resumed, Madsen led with Macedo using the low line to drive underneath Giovanni Scelzi. He kept his momentum rolling and slipped underneath Tim Kaeding for the third position on the track. When the checkered flag was thrown, it was Madsen with the win over Brown, with Macedo bringing the forty-one home third, as Kaeding, Scelzi and Gravel completed the top six. Carson’s third place finish earned him an additional 90 points to bring his night two total to 187 points, and just as importantly his overall two night point total to 603 points.
As the second highest event points earner with 187 points for the Friday preliminary night of the Jackson Nationals, Carson made his way to the frontstretch to draw for his starting position in the DirtVision Fast Pass Dash. He would be the second driver, following Kerry Madsen, to put his hand into the oversized NOS Energy Drink can. When his hand came out it held the ‘1’ pill, which put him on the pole of the dash. He shared the front row with fellow Californian Shane Golobic. Lynton Jeffrey and Jason Sides were in row two. Brad Sweet and Jack Dover were in row three. Brian Brown and Kerry Madsen were in row four. Macedo and Sweet were the only two driver’s to make the dash both nights at Jackson. When the green lights came on, the Lemoore native mashed the accelerator and drove into the lead over Golobic. Behind the front two drivers there was a war going on between Jeffrey and Sweet. The two drivers were ripping it as they each wanted the third position. Slide jobs and close racing ultimately led to the two getting together slightly with Jeffrey spinning and getting up over the inside berm to bring out the yellow. When the race restarted, Macedo got a great start and rode the cushion around the high side as he built his lead and carried his speed to win by 1.867 seconds over Golobic with Sweet, Sides, Brown, Madsen, Dover and Jeffrey completing the finishing order.
Carson Macedo would be on the pole for the 30-lap NOS Energy Drink feature for the Friday preliminary night at the Jackson Nationals. A solid finish would assure him one of the four ‘locked-in” positions for the 43rd Annual AGCO Jackson Nationals finale on Saturday night. But he was just focused on taking care of the business at hand in the Dissolvalloy Downhole Revolution/Jonestown KOA/KSE Racing Products #41. It was time to go racing at the Jackson Motorplex. The green flag waved, Macedo hustled the forty-one to the front of the pack. He was fast and led the first five laps as he built a more than two second lead over Brad Sweet when the yellow was displayed for Brian Brown as he spun while racing with Kerry Madsen for the fifth spot. It was Macedo, Sweet, Golobic, Sides, and Madsen running in the top five when they came back to the green flag. Macedo’s Hoosier Racing Tires bit into the surface as he got another good start, but Sweet was fast two and went high to make the pass for the lead on lap 6. Macedo stayed poised and the next time by drove in low and slid up across the track to retake the lead coming out of turn two. He would lead through lap 12 when Friday night’s winner, Kerry “The Madman” Madsen, caught up to the leader in lap traffic in his Tony Stewart/Curb-Agajanian #14 and made the pass for the lead. Macedo was now in chase mode as he was trying to stay in close contact with the black and red #14. Another yellow flag for Brian Brown regrouped the field. When they got restarted, there was another yellow thrown, this time for DJ Netto who spun and made hard contact with the frontstretch wall. Back to green flag racing, Macedo now had his hands full with both Brad Sweet and Logan Schuchart. The three talented speedsters were nose-to-tail and side-by-side battling for the runner-up position. Macedo was relentless and would not relinquish the position to either of his fellow competitors. Kerry Madsen took the win to sweep both of the preliminary nights at the Jackson Nationals, the first driver to do so since Jason Johnson did it in 2018, with Macedo coming home second, Schuchart third, Sweet fourth, and Golobic rounding out the top five.
Carson Macedo’s second place finish earned him 247 more points to bring his overall, two-night cumulative total to 850 points. He and the JJR #41 team’s hard work and point scoring efforts paid off during the preliminary nights as they locked the Tarlton and Son #41 into one of the coveted four positions for the 43 Annual Jackson Nationals finale on Saturday night. The top four point scores and performers were Kerry Madsen (859 Points), Carson Macedo (850 Points), Brad Sweet (850 Points), and Logan Schuchart (840 Points). Each of those drivers were locked into the King of the Hill on Saturday night and assured themselves of a spot in the $50,000-to-win Jackson Nationals! A great night and run for the forty-one!
Hard Work Pays Off with a Runner-Up Finish on Second Preliminary Night of the Jackson Nationals!
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