BARBERVILLE, FLORIDA (February 9, 2023) – On Wednesday night Carson Macedo parked the Albaugh – Your Alternative #41 in victory lane for the first time in 2023 following round two to conclude the All Star Circuit of Champions (ASCoC) series portion of the 52nd Annual DIRTcar Nationals. As the sun began to peak over the Atlantic Ocean the next morning the racers, the teams, and sprint car fans around the globe all had smiles on their faces as the opening of the World of Outlaws (WoO) season was just a few short hours away with hot laps starting at 5:30 PM Eastern Time followed by qualifying. It would be the first of 87 scheduled WoO races in 2023. With 15 WoO regulars, there was a total of 36 race teams smiling and ready to compete with their drivers in the first of three nights of action at the Federated Auto Parts DIRTcar Nationals outlaw style.
With a full field of entries, but less than the required 38 to split the field, it would be single group time trials in Low-E Insulation Qualifying, with the order for the driver to go out being determined by the luck of the draw. For Carson Macedo and the JJR #41 team that meant they would be the 31st car out on the track to lay their laps down at speed. Wearing his K1 Race Gear race suit, the California wheelman climbed into his Fibreworks Composites seat and buckled into his Crow Enterprizes safety belts. He rolled up to the staging area as he watched the other drivers do their thing out on the track. Unfortunately what was unfolding was the track was slowing down quickly and he had a while to wait. When it was finally his turn to race for time, he pulled down one last time on his belts as the engine came to life is the Complete Parts & Equipment Solutions/Durst Inc/Wilwood Racing #41 Maxim. With his elbows up he blasted under the waving green flag to start the clock rolling. He maneuvered through the first set of turns and blasted down the backstretch carrying his speed through turns three and four as the sun began to set. When he crossed the line to complete the first of two laps he recorded a time of 13.999 seconds. With his racing boot already planted into the loud pedal he continued to attempt to build more speed the next time around. His efforts were not rewarded as the second lap was slight slower at 14.027 seconds. The better of his two circuits around Volusia Speedway Park positioned him only 23rd quick overall in time trials. Anthony Macri, last year’s leading sprint car feature winner, who pushed off fifth for his laps, ran the quickest lap of the night at 13.420 seconds.
Following the World of Outlaws format, the fastest two drivers from time trials in each of the four NOS Energy Drink heat race lineups would start from the front row. That positioned Carson Macedo’s Tarlton and Son/Buckwalter Trucking/AutoMeter #41 Maxim on the outside of row three in the sixth starting position. Fellow Californian Michael “Buddy” Kofoid sat on the pole with Robbie Price’s Sides Motorsports #7s to his outside. Ryan Timms was on the inside of row two with Noah Gass pacing beside him. Carson shared row three with Justin Peck as Tyler Courtney, Brock Zearfoss and Giovanni Scelzi filled out the remainder of the starting lineup for the 8-lap heat race. When the field got up to speed when they went green, it was Kofoid to the lead with Macedo driving into the fourth position on the opening lap. Carson was wheelin’ it and pressuring Noah Gass for the show position and on lap two the Lemoore, California driver took control of it. Now running in the third position he was in all-out chase mode to try to track down Robbie Price for the runner-up position. He was making progress but ran out of laps as Kofoid took the win followed by Price to lock down the two transfer spots to the Toyota Dash. Carson brought the Albaugh – Your Alternative #41 home third with Noah Gass and Brock Zearfoss securing the final transfer positions to the A-Main feature out of the second heat race.
With weather moving into the area track officials altered the schedule to try to get the 25-lap NOS Energy Drink feature in the books. Carson Macedo was slated to start 11th on the grid aboard the Border International/Larry Davis Farms/All Pro Aluminum Cylinder Heads #41 Maxim with Anthony Macri and Danny Dietrich on the front row. As they cars paced the track the rain began to fall forcing officials to postpone the running of the feature until Friday night at 5:00 PM Eastern Time before the regularly scheduled show. The crews loaded up their equipment early and turned their attention to a busy Friday.
Fortunately, the weather moved through the area and Friday was greeted with calmer skies and no rain. Carson and the JJR #41 team headed to the track early to prep for a competitive, and busy, night of racing in the Albaugh – Your Alternative #41. When the 8-minute horn sounded the teams finished up any last minute adjustments and the field pushed off to line up again to get the A-Main feature started. Carson was back in row six with Kasey Kahne pacing to his right. After the four-wide salute to the fans it was time to go racing “Outlaw Style” at Volusia Speedway Park in round three of the 52nd Annual DIRTcar Nationals presented by Federated Auto Parts.
The green flag waved and polesitter Anthony Macri drove into the lead ahead of Danny Dietrich and David Gravel. Gravel was all over Dietrich’s #48 and the next time around moved into the runner-up position so he could start his pursuit for the top spot. Meanwhile, Carson was hard at work racing for a spot in the top ten. Gravel was extending his lead at the front of the pack.
With eight laps to go, the yellow flag flew for Bill Balog slowed and stopped at the exit of turn two. David Gravel was in the lead over Anthony Macri and Danny Dietrich. Carson Macedo was sitting in the tenth spot with the Complete Parts & Equipment Solutions #41. Under the yellow, second running Anthony Macri headed into the infield pit area with engines issues ending his night.
When they restarted the race, David Gravel kept the Big Game Motorsports #2 in the lead with Danny Dietrich now battling with Buddy Kofoid for the second position. Carson was battling for position with a trio of cars and two laps later the action was slowed again, this time for Noah Gass who was off the pace in turn two with a flat right rear tire down.
David Gravel brought the field back to the green flag with Kofoid working his way by Dietrich for the runner-up position. Carson made his way by both Aaron Reutzel and Kasey Kahne to move into the top ten. Gravel was the first driver to the checkers ahead of Kofoid and Dietrich with Sheldon Haudenschild and Logan Schuchart rounding out the top five. Carson brought the Albaugh #41 entry home with a respectable ninth place finish. A good outcomes considering they got a bit behind the proverbial eight ball in time trials.
Carson Macedo Outruns the Rain to Collect a Top 10 Run in the 41 to Open the Outlaw Season! Photo Credit: Ascent Media
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