BRANDON, SOUTH DAKOTA (June 22, 2022) – Competitors arrived at Huset’s Speedway under picturesque blue skies on this Wednesday in South Dakota to begin four consecutive nights of racing. Mother Nature certainly has played some games with the team at Huset’s Speedway over the past month, but they never wavered. Over the Memorial Day weekend a severe storm devastated the facility at Huset’s Speedway, but Tod Quiring and his team at the track went to work and did a spectacular job rebuilding their beautiful facility to a point where they were ready to host the originally scheduled World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink race date presented by Ace Ready Mix/Myrl and Roy’s back on Sunday, June 5th. That night of racing was unfortunately rained out and rescheduled to tonight, the day before the inaugural three-day Huset’s High Bank Nationals kicks off. Even though time has passed, we wanted to extend a huge thank you and expression of appreciation from everyone at Jason Johnson Racing (JJR) to Tod, Doug Johnson and the entire team at Huset’s for their dedication and hard work. Their grit and determination guided their journey to success. The delay though only added to the excitement and anticipation for these four consecutive nights of racing at Huset’s Speedway. When the pit gates opened there was a strong field of 46 cars that came through the gates as they headed to their parking spot for the high speed night of action in the outside pit area.
The stout field of competitors was split into two separate groups for time trials due to the large field of entries. When the order for time trials in My Place Hotels Qualifying was posted Carson was slated to be the 11th driver out in Group A to attack the 1/3-mile, high banked oval in his race against the clock. Terry McCarl set a blistering lap of 10.319 back on May 10, 2009, that still represents the track record for sprint cars. The Lemoore, California native climbed into the cockpit of his Albaugh – Your Alternative/T-FAB Custom Metal Fabrication/Pro Powder Coating (PPC) #41 Maxim and headed to the staging area to wait for his turn. He pushed off and when his Kistler Engines power fired he dropped his right foot and accelerated towards the waving green flag overhead. The clock was running as the talented driver hit his marks at speed. When Carson’s transponder broke the timing light after his initial lap the time was recorded was 10.790 seconds. Hustling like he was late for a workout, he stayed in the throttle throughout the second lap hitting his marks and this time the clock caught his lap at 10.755 seconds. The faster of his two laps ended the night second quick in Group A with Logan Schuchart securing the best lap overall on the night out of Group A at 10.705 seconds.
Time trial result for each driver matter quite a bit as they set the starting lineups for each of the four 8-lap heat races. The competitors from Group A make up the starting lineups in the first two heat races with those who time in from Group B starting in the last two heat races. When scanning the lineups after they were posted by World of Outlaws Timing and Scoring officials, Carson would line the Liquid Trucking/Bandy & Associates/Vortex Racing Products/Larry Davis Farms #41 on the front row of the second heat race beside David Gravel. Giovanni Scelzi and Justin Henderson tucked in behind them in row two followed by Parker Price-Miller, Dusty Zomer, Tim Shaffer, Kaleb Johnson, Cody Hansen, Brant O’Banion, and Alan Gilbertson. The track had a lot of moisture in it and was still a bit narrow, which meant it was going to be fast and getting a good start was imperative. Carson did just that when the green flag waved as he drove out of turn four to gain the lead over Gravel heading into the first set of turns. His elbows were up as he led lap one. The Californian never looked back as the Albaugh #41 was fast and he was enjoying the ride. With the fast track he was able to close in on the rear of the field with 3 laps remaining. That slowed his pace slightly and allowed David Gravel to close the gap slightly. Carson would not be denied though as he raced under the checkers to secure the heat race victory by 0.648 seconds over Gravel, Scelzi and Price-Miller, with Henderson locking down the final transfer position.
Earning a spot for the 17th time in the 6-lap DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash, Carson was hoping he had a little luck on his side when he drew for his starting position. He would be the third driver to stick his hand in the oversized NOS Energy Drink can and pulled out Jaxx Johnson’s favorite number – five. That would put Carson on the inside of row three beside David Gravel with Buddy Kofoid and Logan Schuchart ahead in row two and Donny Schatz and Brad Sweet behind in row four. Polesitter Kasey Kahne and fellow front row starter Spencer Bayston paced the field and brought the field up to speed. It was Kahne to the lead over Bayston with Gravel moving up into fourth and Macedo settling into the sixth position in the running order in the Mesilla Valley Transportation (MVT)/High Performance Lubricants/Motor State Distributing #41. Kasey Kahne used the clean air and clear track in front of his to set the pace. Buddy Kofoid used the low line to take second place from Spencer Bayston as Gravel gave chase. Kahne would take the win over Kofoid with Bayston, Gravel and Schuchart completing the top five. Carson brought the Albaugh #41 home sixth with Donny Schatz and Brad Sweet completing the finishing order.
The 24 car field was set for the rescheduled 30-lap NOS Energy Drink feature at Huset’s Speedway. The eligible cars rolled onto the track and awaiting the sign to push off. Prior to the start a little drama unfolded as 19th starting Justin Henderson did not have the required right rear tire on by rules and was sent pit side to put the WoO marked tire back on. Unfortunately he did not have it in the infield and was scored 24th. In addition, Brian Brown elected to forego his starting position and start from the rear of the field. When the other drivers settled into their starting positions it was time to go racing in South Dakota! Kasey Kahne claimed the early lead in his FuelMe #9. Carson was hunkered down into his starting position in the early stages of the race aboard the Albaugh – Your Alternative/RaceDiecast.com/Tiger Towing #41 Maxim but starting his march forward on lap 9 when he moved into the top five. With Kasey Kahne still showing the way at the front of the field, Carson picked up another position on the track on lap 13 to move into fourth in the running order before getting by Spencer Bayston on lap 17 for the third position as they raced through lap traffic. Meanwhile, David Gravel was moving forward and making some noise racing for the lead. He took the top spot from Kahne on lap 16, but two laps later flipped on the frontstretch after contact with the wall while passing a lap car right at the flagstand to bring out the red flag. Kasey Kahne would inherit the lead back with Macedo in the runner-up position followed by Bayston. Kahne shoes the inside lane for the double file restart and when they went back to green flag racing it was the KKR #9 back to the lead. Bayston stayed low and maneuvered by Macedo to steal the runner-up spot away. Bayston then capitalized on an opportunity when Kahne got up over the cushion in turn two as he drove into the lead. Carson would follow him to gain the second spot on the scoreboard with Kahne close behind. With less than five laps to go, Carson was able to close the gap on the leader as they again navigated through traffic. He was right there with two to go, but was unable to gain track position at speed. Spencer Bayston collected the opening night win over Macedo in the Albaugh #41 by 0.888 seconds with Kasey Kahne coming home third followed by Buddy Kofoid and James McFadden.
A Podium Run for Carson Macedo and the Forty-One at Huset’s Speedway on Wednesday Night! Photo Credit: Trent Gower
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