BEAVER DAM, WISCONSIN (June 17, 2022) – For the first time this season, Philip Dietz and the JJR #41 team trucked North to the state that has coastlines with two of the Great Lakes (Lake Michigan and Lake Superior) – the state of Wisconsin. The schedule of the traveling tour of sprint car stars with the World of Outlaws brought Carson Macedo and his competitors back to Beaver Dam Raceway for the two-day 12th Annual Jim “JB” Boyd Memorial event. Beaver Dam, which was established in 1841, is located in Dodge County and home to just under 20,000 residents that when racing is not in town usually spend their time fishing and boating on the surrounding lake and river. On Friday night though many of them came out to watch the 33 teams compete for the winner’s share of the purse at their beloved 1/3-mile banked clay oval.
When the time trial order was set for My Place Hotels Qualifying, Carson Macedo in the Albaugh – Your Alternative/Mr. Jim’s Racing/Sam I Am #41 Maxim would be the 23rd driver out on the track. He had two laps to get the most out of his opportunity against the rapidly moving second hand of the stopwatch. He climbed aboard his speed chariot and buckled in tight with his Crow Enterprizes safety belts. Secured into his Fibreworks Composites with a Sharp Advantage custom fitted seat insert, the always smiling California driver was ready to do his thing at Beaver Dam. When it was his turn Carson rolled onto the track and dropped his right foot on the accelerator. He took the green flag and was using his Kistler Engines power to propel him forward at speed. He masterfully circled the oval with an impressive lap of 11.119 seconds on the first lap. As his Vortex Racing Products wing was cutting through the air and providing the necessary downforce, he maintained his momentum as he was searching for a little bit more speed and time off the clock. When his second lap performance was measured he found it as the clock read 11.102 seconds. The better of his two laps ended up being second quick overall on the night. Sheldon Haudenschild went our early and established the fastest lap of the night, which was a New Track Record (NTR), at 11.025 seconds.
His fastest qualifying lap in time trials positioned Carson in the pole position in row one in the second 8-lap heat race. The top five finishers in each of the heat races would advance to the feature, with the winners and runner-up finishers also advancing into the dash that determines their starting position. Philip, Clyde and Nate went about finishing their business as Carson climbed into his office to prepare for battle aboard the Complete Parts & Equipment Solutions/Liquid Trucking/Boltz Family #41. When they aligned in their side-by-side starting order, Donny Schatz would line up parallel to Macedo on the front row with James McFadden and Brock Zearfoss behind in row two. JJ Hickle, Austin Hartmann, Dave Uttech, and Scott Biertzer filled out the remainder of the starting lineup as the field exited turn four they got the green flag to go racing. Carson got the jump on Schatz as they crossed the chalk stripe, but all for naught as the yellow quickly came out for Austin Hartmann who made contact with the outside wall on the frontstretch. When they restarted, Macedo again lurched into the lead over Schatz as they raced towards turn one. Schatz and McFadden were up on the wheel chasing Macedo until lap 2 when the yellow as again displayed for the #4B of Scott Biertzer who slowed to a stop on the track. Another double file restart gave Donny Schatz an opportunity to seize the lead, but Carson would have none of it driving the Albaugh #41 back to the front when racing resumed. He never looked back taking the heat race win by 1.669 seconds over Schatz with McFadden coming home third as Brock Zearfoss and JJ Hickle rounded out the top five.
Carson earned his way into the DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash for the 16 time this season in 27 races where he would start from the third starting position beside Aaron Reutzel. The drivers in row two paced behind front row starters Sheldon Haudenschild and David Gravel with Spencer Bayston and Donny Schatz in row three and Logan Schuchart and Rico Abreu in row four. The track was still very moist from the rain earlier in the week which made it fast. When they got rolling it was Haudenschild to the lead, with Gravel and Macedo pressuring him for the top position on the scoreboard. Sheldon was fast in the NOS Energy Drink #17 and was on command. He led from wire-to-wire in the 6-lap race to set the starting lineup for the first four rows of the feature winning by 2.709 seconds over Gravel who came home second. Carson brought the Meyers Constructors/Liquid Trucking/FK Rod Ends #41 Maxim home third followed by Spencer Bayston with Schuchart, Reutzel, Schatz and Abreu completing the finishing order in the dash.
When the Micro-Lite Last Chance Showdown concluded, the field was set for the opening night 35-lap 12th Annual Jim “JB” Boyd Memorial feature event. The horns sounded summoning the drivers and teams to stage their cars on the still very wet and fast racing surface. Carson rolled out the Mesilla Valley Transportation (MVT)/Border International/Wilwood Racing #41 Maxim prepared for action. The 24 car field was set and it was time to go racing at Beaver Dam Raceway! As the yellow lights dimmed being replaced by the green ones, the engines of these 410 beasts came to life with Sheldon Haudenschild picking up where he left off in the dash in the top spot over Gravel and Macedo. But before a lap could be completed, the red flag was displayed as there was a violent three car flip involving Kraig Kinser, Josh Schneiderman, and JJ Hickle at the end of the backstretch. All the drivers were ok. After an extended red flag stop so the track crew could replace the divots ripped out of the racing surface from the accident they attempted to restart and get a lap in the books. Before they accomplished that though the red again was displayed, this time for James McFadden in the Roth Motorsports #83 who flipped in turn two resulting in extensive damage to his entry. The third attempt was a charm though as Haudenschild drove into the lead when the green flag waved. Carson used the inside line to follow him into the runner-up spot with Gravel right on the forty-one’s tail tank. On lap 4, the red lights flickered on an off around the speedway followed by the yellow lights with no causation on the track. That caused a double file restart where Macedo pulled to the outside of Haudenschild hoping to seize the opportunity. Sheldon though was strong and when they re-fired the engines he roared back into the lead. The leaders were setting a torrid pace and it did not take long for Haudenschild to catch up to the back of the pack and begin navigating the lap traffic. Carson was able to close the gap on the leader somewhat during that phase of the race but another caution on lap 16, this time for Robbie Price in the #7s who had a flat right rear tire slowed the action. The leaders again has a clear racing surface in front of them and when they went back to green flag racing Haudenschild was content setting the pace from the first position building just over a one second lead ahead of Macedo. With less than five laps to go, Carson began reeling in the leader and on the last lap was right on Haudenschild’s tail tank when they entered turn three. He was unable to make any serious attempts to take the lead, but let him know he was there as Sheldon raced to his sixth win of the season with Carson bringing the Albaugh #41 home second followed by David Gravel who rounded out the podium on night one. Spencer Bayston and Logan Schuchart rounded out the top five.
On the frontstretch Carson explained, “The lap cars were tough. You really had to hustle around them with how much grip the bottom had. They were setting a descent pace around the bottom, which made it hard to get by them. I knew that was probably my best bet, but I just couldn’t get there when I needed to.” He continued, “I happy with second as this definitely was a team effort. Philip, Clyde and Nate did a tremendous job. Definitely a great night though, and we’ll take it this into tomorrow hoping to make it a win.” Another great run for the forty-one!
Carson Macedo Drives the Albaugh – Your Alternative #41 to a Runner-Up Finish at Beaver Dam Raceway! Photo Credit: Trent Gower
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