ATTICA, OHIO (July 11, 2023) – July is the warmest month in the Northern Hemisphere on average . . . and it was about to get even hotter with five big races over five consecutive days with a lot of moolah on the line along the way. There certainly is no rest for the weary though for the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series teams. After racing to victory in the Larry Hillerud Memorial Badger 40 at Wilmot Raceway on Saturday night, Carson Macedo and his fellow World of Outlaws (WoO) racers were back at the track on Tuesday night, this time at Attica Raceway Park, for the 35th running of the $15,000-to-win Brad Doty Classic to start the busy stretch in the Buckeye State. The event honors the fierce competitor and always friendly as well as kind human being who raced in the WoO series back in the 80’s in a career that was cut short by a racing related injury in 1988. Brad Doty continues to be a great ambassador for the sport of sprint car racing and promotes this special race. Attica Raceway Park is a high banked, 1/3-mile oval with no guiderails around the turns or down the backstretch. As the night of action goes on, the cushion inches its way up ever so close to the top edge of the race track making it technical for these drivers at the high speeds they race. Too much and they end up over the banking looking for a way back onto the track if they are lucky. Too little and well they just can’t carry their speed enough to fend off the competition in these tight racing quarters. It is a fine line to balance, but that is why they are the professionals. That fine line also creates incredibly exciting racing for the fans as the drivers kick the dust up. The event always garners a ton of support from the race teams and the racing community. It was no different on Tuesday night as 48 race teams were signed in to compete for the victor’s trophy at the end of the night at Attica Raceway Park.
As the Chessie Seaboard CSX 3272 mixed freight train slowly chugged by on the rail tracks that run just outside the frontstretch parking area at the track, the drivers were getting ready to deliver their best performance at speed against the clock in Low-E Insulation Qualifying. Carson would be the 8th driver out in Group A for his two time trial laps in the Kistler Engines/All Pro Aluminum Cylinder Heads/Saldana Racing Products #41 Maxim. He pulled his red Crow Enterprizes safety belts snug one last time as the push truck pulled up to his rear nerf bar to assist in getting his engine fired. He rolled out of the staging area located off turn four and onto the track with the hot pedal down. Carson was making speed looking to beat the second hand on the clock as he was out on the track for time trials with Travis Philo. He wheeled his Maxim Racing chassis through the first set of turns on the cushion as the next set were awaiting him down the short back straightaway. When he arrived, he kicked the dirt up as his Hoosier Racing Tires were gripping the still relatively moist racing surface. He exited turn four stopping the stopwatch after lap one in 12.923 seconds. He continued to be relentless behind the wheel as he was digging for more the second time around. He is a tremendous competitor and raced cleanly around Attica searching for the checkered flag. When he raced under it this time, he stopped the clock at 12.691 seconds on lap two. His best effort on the second lap positioned him fourth quick overall when the final racer completed his laps in Group A. Kyle Larson would run the fastest lap of the night out of Group A with a lap of 12.545 seconds to earn the Simpson Quick Time Award.
To no one’s surprise each heat race lineup was absolutely loaded with talent from front to back based on each driver’s best timed qualifying lap. When searching the posted lineups, Carson Macedo’s Albaugh #41 would get going in the second of four heat races where the California speedster would get rolling from the outside of the front row. He would share the row with Wooster, Ohio’s Sheldon Haudenschild in the NOS Energy Drink #17. Michael “Buddy” Kofoid and Zeb Wise were right behind in row two with Daryn Pittman and J.J. Hickle in row three. Australian Jamie Veal and Illinois’ Chris Windom placed from row four with Cap Henry, Bill Rose, Travis Philo and Frank Rodgers following.
Each driver would have ten laps in their heat event to race and secure a starting position in the feature event. If they could win or come home second, those drivers would get a shot to race for their starting position in the first four rows of the feature in the Toyota Dash later in the night. As they paced from the starting spots, Carson formulated his early race strategy as he peered through the shield of his Shifty Illusions custom painted Bell Racing helmet.
When the green flag waved it was time to execute his strategy as the driver from Lemoore, California had the Complete Parts and Equipment Solutions/AutoMeter/Wilwood Racing #41 Maxim on the move running in the second position behind Haudenschild as they entered turn one as he delicately blasted around the cushion on the high side. He got hung up on the cushion for a split second and that allowed Kofoid to race by into the runner up position in his Roth Motorsports #83JR.
With one lap down, the red flag was thrown to stop the field when Bill Rose tumbled on the frontstretch after making contact with Cap Henry through turn four. The top five at the time was Haudenschild leading Kofoid, Macedo, Pittman and Wise when they came back to the green flag.
The green was back out as Sheldon Haudenschild powered back to the lead with a three car battle for the second spot heating up between Kofoid, Macedo and Pittman through the first turn. When they exited turn two, Carson came out ahead in the Albaugh #41 with Kofoid and Pittman right behind. Sheldon Haudenschild was putting on a high speed show up front as Carson put some distance between himself and Kofoid as the laps began to wind down. Sheldon Haudenschild race to the heat race win over Carson Macedo and Michael “Buddy” Kofoid with Daryn Pittman and Zeb Wise locking down the final two transfer positions out of the second heat race.
Earning his opportunity in the 8-lap Toyota Dash, Carson headed down to the horse track to draw for his starting position in front of the packed house for the Brad Doty Classic. James McFadden and Giovanni Scelzi would lead the field to the green from the front row with Shane Stewart and Kyle Larson in row two. David Gravel and Carson Macedo were set up in row three with Parker Price-Miller and Sheldon Haudenschild perched in row four. When they went racing it was McFadden to the lead in the Roth Motorsports #83 ahead of Giovanni Scelzi and Kyle Larson. On lap 3, Larson raced by Scelzi into second as Carson now started to put pressure on Scelzi for the show position. Macedo would move the Albaugh – Your Alternative/Engler Machine & Tool/FK Rod Ends #41 into third, but when they exited turn four Macedo, Haudenschild and Scelzi were racing three wide for the position. Haudenschild entered turn one on the bottom with Scelzi on top and Macedo in the middle. When they came off turn two it was the Nos Energy Drink #17 now holding the third position with Scelzi battling by Macedo for fourth. James McFadden to the dash win over Kyle Larson with Sheldon Haudenschild and Giovanni Scelzi right behind. Carson Macedo came home in fifth place followed across the finish line by Shane Stewart, Parker Price-Miller and David Gravel.
Earning one of the 24 starting spots in the 40-lap Ohio Logistics 35th Annual Brad Doty Classic presented by Gill Construction, LLC, UUI Underground Utilities, Inc., CALLIES, and CK Mechanical feature field was only half the battle if you wanted to be standing in victory lane at the end of the race. The remaining fight would be a doing everything you could as a driver to create speed while navigating forward through the dust. The winning driver would have to do that while also racing in tight quarters attempting to avoid any issues or trouble on the track.
The engines were fired and the drivers were finding their place in the two-by-two starting formation. Carson would get started from the fifth position aboard the Mesilla Valley Transportation (MVT)/Tarlton and Son/Greber Racing Components (GRC) #41 Maxim. He would pull alongside Shane Stewart in row three. The talented duo paced behind front row starters James McFadden and Kyle Larson as Sheldon Haudenschild and Giovanni Scelzi rolled in row two.
All of the pomp and circumstances had concluded with fireworks overhead. It was about to go down and it was now time to go racing at Attica Raceway Park! The green flag waved as the song from the bellowing 410 engines sang in the northern Ohio air. It was Kyle Larson going directly to the lead with McFadden, Haudenschild and Scelzi right behind. Carson had the Albaugh – Your Alternative #41 in sixth behind Shane Stewart with David Gravel chasing him.
On lap 2, the first caution of the night was displayed for Trey Jacobs who spun in turn four to slow the action. Kyle Larson had his #57 up front with McFadden and local favorite Sheldon Haudenschild chomping at the bit to get back to green. When the green lights came back on, Larson maintained the lead but Haudenschild and Scelzi moved by McFadden to take the second and third spots over on the scoreboard. Carson Macedo also moved into the top five as he raced in front of Shane Stewart.
On lap 5, another caution flag slowed the racing action when Skylar Gee, Brock Zearfoss and Brandon Spithaler all got together in turn three and headed to the Federated Auto Parts Work Area. The field regroups with Larson bringing them back to the waving green flag with Haudenschild on the hammer in the NOS Energy Drink #17 and staying close to the leader.
Brandon Spithaler brought out the next caution on lap 12 when he spun. The top five in the running order was Kyle Larson, Sheldon Haudenschild, Giovanni Scelzi, Carson Macedo and now David Gravel who battled forward to move into the fifth position. When they went back to racing there was no change at the front of the pack although positions five through ten were tightly contested.
On lap 23, Carson Macedo moved the Albaugh #41 past Giovanni Scelzi into the third position behind Larson and Haudenschild as the drivers at the front of the pack made their way through the flying dust and high speed traffic. The talented racers were making their way around Attica Raceway Park and overcoming everything that was being thrown at them.
Kyle Larson was still in command with Sheldon Haudenschild and Carson Macedo now tasked with trying to track him down. On lap 31, the final caution of the night was thrown bunching up the field for a nine lap dash to the finish for the cash. The green lights came back on and Larson scooted back into the lead with Haudenschild’s NOS Energy Drink #17 and Macedo’s Albaugh – Your Alternative #41 doing their best to attempt to keep pace. Larson soon was gone but Carson was keeping Sheldon within striking distance. Macedo was working the low side in one and two and closing some ground and then ripping it around the top in turns three and four. But he could not catch him as they both followed Kyle Larson across the finish line at the 35th Annual Brad Doty Classic to lock down the other two podium spots. Donny Schatz made a late race pass on David Gravel to finish fourth and fifth respectively. Another good run for Macedo and the forty-one, this time at Attica Raceway Park!
A Third Place Run for the Forty-One in the 35th Annual Brad Doty Classic Starts the Busy Week of Racing in the Buckeye State for the JJR #41 Team! Photo Credit: CS Productions – Cameron Saich
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