ODESSA, MISSOURI (April 30, 2021) – Following a fourth place finish at Jacksonville Speedway on Thursday night, the JJR #41 team focused on their attention forward as they headed back to western side of Missouri to race at the two-day FVP Platinum Battery Showdown at the newly renovated, state-of-the-art I-70 Motorsports Park. After a 35 year hiatus, it was a welcomed return to the track located off Exit 41 of Highway 70 in Odessa, Missouri for the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series. The excitement around this event has been building for both the drivers and fans as 29 teams unloaded their cars in the pit area to race in front of a full grandstands of fans. It was time to go racing at I-70 Motorsports Park!
Philip Dietz, Clyde Knipp, and Nate Repetz were hard at working getting the Meyers Constructors, Inc./Jansen Transportation #41 Maxim ready for their driver from California to time trial in Slick Woody’s Qualifying. Carson was ready in his Durst Inc. K1 Race Gear suit and climbed into his Fibreworks Composites/Sharp Advantage custom fitted race seat. He rolled into the staging lane to await his turn on the track as he would be the eighth driver out on the track. With a tap on the rear nerf bar his power came to life and he was off to the races. As he exited turn four he had his speed built up as he took the green to start the clock. The seconds started ticking by on the stopwatch. Carson was focused as he was hitting his marks and carrying his speed forward. When his transponder broke the timing stripe after lap one, the stopwatch read 13.096 seconds. Not knowing his time inside the cockpit, Macedo continued to connect his horsepower to the racing surface with his fast foot planted in the accelerator. The second lap around I-70 Motorsports Park was 13.130 seconds. The better of his two times was third quick overall.
The Durst Inc./KSE Racing Products/Mr. Jim’s Racing #41 Maxim carrying Carson Macedo would start from the pole position in the third of three 8-lap Drydene Heat Race events. He shared the front row with another talented young driver Giovanni Scelzi with red hot Brad Sweet behind in row two with Jason Sides. Parker Price-Miller, Jacob Allen, Mason Daniel, Garet Williamson, and Joe B. Miller completed the starting lineup. The prior two heat races the outside front row starter got the jump and the lead to take the win. The Lemoore, California driver was poised and ready to break that trend. When they entered turn three they started to pick up speed and when they hit they chalk Macedo raced into the lead over Scelzi as the two drivers were nose-to-tail at speed in turn one. Macedo stayed the course and used his Kistler Engines power to start to put some track surface between himself and the hard-charging Scelzi with each passing lap. When the checkered flag waved over the field it was Macedo and Scelzi beating Sweet to the finish line with Price-Miller, Sides, and Allen securing the remaining transfer positions.
Making his way to the stage to select his starting position for the 6-lap DirtVision Fast Pass Dash, Carson was hoping for a little luck. He pulled the ‘4’ pill, which put him on the outside of row two beside Brian Brown. David Gravel was on the pole with Brock Zearfoss in the Moose’s LZ #3z as a front row partner. Kyle Larson and Giovanni Scelzi made up row three. Gravel jumped into the lead with the green flag waving. Macedo drove the Weld Wheels/Walker Performance Filtration/Liquid Trucking #41 Maxim into third on the opening lap. The track was lightning fast and these professional athletes handle the speed with incredible precision from inside those cockpits. Gravel would take the win over Zearfoss and Macedo as Brown, Larson, and Scelzi crossed the stripe close behind.
The starting grid was set for the 30-lap feature for the grand re-opening of this beautiful facility at I-70 Motorsports Park. Macedo climbed into his office ready to do some work around the racing surface in Odessa, Missouri. He would pull the Team Jack Foundation/High Performance Lubricants/Chalk Stix Torsion Bars #41 Maxim into the center of the four-wide salute to the fans in the packed grandstands. The Greatest Show on Dirt was back at I-70 Motorsports Park and the excitement was in the air. It was time to go racing at I-70! The green flag waved and Brock Zearfoss bolted into the lead over Gravel with Macedo wheeling it from the fourth position behind Brian Brown. He was fast and determined, but Giovanni Scelzi was coming quick and stole the fourth position from Macedo on lap 6. Not deterred, Macedo kept his composure as his Hoosier Racing Tires dug into the surface and pulled him closer to Scelzi each lap. There was some terrific racing between these two young and talented stars of the sport. Macedo caught Scelzi on lap 9 and moved back by the #18 to reclaim the fourth position. Zearfoss was still leading Gravel and Brown as the leaders started to navigate through lap traffic. On lap 10, the red flag was displayed for Mason Daniel who had a hard crash in turn four after incidental racing contact with fifth running Kyle Larson. The driver was ok, but the engines silenced while track officials cleaned up the accident. When racing resumed, David Gravel drove the Big Game Motorsports #2 into the lead over Zearfoss with Brown and Macedo moving into the picture. But ninth starting Brad Sweet was on the move and wanted to get in the mix. He did just that on lap 12 when he passed Carson Macedo for the fourth position using the bottom of the track and he was looking for more. So was Macedo as he set his sights on Brian Brown who just got passed by Sweet too. Macedo tracked Brown down and with 8 laps to go moved into the fourth spot. He then set his sights on third place running Brock Zearfoss. He was making tracks and not looking back. With 3 laps to go he passed Zearfoss and was now running in the show position behind Sweet who took the lead from Gravel. A yellow came out for Zearfoss who had front end damage and spun in turn four to end his night of competition. The single file restart order was Sweet, Gravel, Macedo, Brown, and Larson. When the green flag came back out, it was a three car battle for the runner-up position between Gravel, Macedo, and Brown. Brown drove the FVP #21 into second and quickly started to close the gap on your leader Sweet. Sweet would not be denied as he secured his seventh win of the season over Brian Brown and David Gravel who completed the podium. Carson brought the forty-one home in fourth with Kyle Larson rounding out the top five. Another consistent and good run for the forty-one!
A Top Five Finish at The Grand Re-Opening of I-70 Motorsports Park in Odessa, Missouri!
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