VADO, NEW MEXICO (March 29, 2022) – As the traveling caravan of WoO stars started their trek East following the waving of the checkered flag at Perris Auto Speedway on Saturday night, the teams trucked across I-10 towards Phoenix and Tucson as they headed to Vado Speedway Park in New Mexico for some Tuesday night racing action. This beautiful state-of-the-art facility is home to a 3/8-mile clay, semi-banked oval that is a reflection of Royal Jones’ vision for the southwest racing scene. The dirt track is nestled in right off the exit of I-10 on Stern Drive as 23 teams parked throughout the pit area for the inaugural World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series event at the track. It was a nice day with gusty winds ranging in the 30-40 mph range, but the competitors were ready to fly in the Land of Enchantment!
When all of the hot lap groups concluded, it was time for Slick Woody’s Qualifying to see who would establish the top speed at Vado Speedway Park. Since it was everyone’s first time here in a 410 sprint car, the race to figure things out the quickest was on in time trials. Carson Macedo, aboard the Mesilla Valley Transportation (MVT)/Border International/KSE Racing Products #41 Maxim, would be the 17th driver to hop on the accelerator against the clock in time trials. Two laps. Complete focus. Lots of guts. Pedal down. The Lemoore, California driver stomped the gas and the Albaugh #41 entry took off as he raced under the waving green flag. He was digging as his Hoosier Racing Tires dug in and kicked the dirt up. The numbers on the stop watch read 12.662 seconds after his first lap. His Kistler Racing Engines power continued to work and do its’ job the next time around as he turned in a better lap at 12.534 seconds. Carson’s best lap was 9th quick overall behind James McFadden who set quick time, and New Track Record (NTR), with a lap of 12.215 seconds.
The JJR #41 would be in the last of three 8-lap heat races where the top two finishers would transfer to the DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash and the remaining drivers would secure their starting spots for the feature finale based on their finishing position. Cory Eliason and Brad Sweet paced the field from the front row directly ahead of Carson Macedo and Tanner Thorson. Noah Gass, Nick Parker and Logan Calderwood rounded out the starting grid when the green flag waved. The initial start was paused when Thorson got up over the cushion in the first set of turns. When the field restarted, Macedo was now flanked by Noah Gass. They tried again as the sweet sound of engines filled the air. This time it stuck and saw Eliason drive into the lead over Sweet. Carson drove the Albaugh – Your Alternative/Dissolvalloy Downhole Revolution/Boltz Family #41 into the show position. The track was tacky and fast so the competitors were screaming around Vado Speedway Park laying down lap times equal and better than in time trials. Eliason maintained control at the front of the pack throughout the entire race distance to take the victory over Brad Sweet and Carson Macedo, with Noah Gass coming home fourth, followed by Parker, Calderwood and Thorson who was scored with a seventh place finish.
Car owner and crew chief Philip Dietz and the JJR crew were hard at work making last minute adjustments on the Albaugh #41 for the 30-lap NOS Energy Drink feature. Carson would get started from the inside of row five with fellow Mesilla Valley Transportation (MVT) sponsored driver Kraig Kinser to his outside. Brad Sweet won the DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash to earn the pole position for the feature sharing the front row with Sheldon Haudenschild. Row two was made up of Donny Schatz and Jacob Allen, with James McFadden and Cory Eliason in row three. David Gravel and Spencer Bayston paced from row four as the field prepared to go green flag racing. Brad Sweet wasted no time taking control of the top position ahead of Haudenschild on the opening lap. Meanwhile, Carson was settling in and moved the Durst Inc./RaceDiecast.com/Winters Performance Products #41 into the eighth position. He maintained that spot in the running order over the first half of the race as track position was critical on this night. Brad Sweet was setting a quick pace at the front of the pack, but he was unable to shake the fast and pesky Haudenschild who wanted to steal the top position. As the leaders approached and began navigating through lap traffic it gave Haudenschild the opportunity he was looking for to make a valiant attempt to steal the lead with an aggressive move in turn four. Drifting up to the lap car of Logan Calderwood forcing him to get on the brakes allowed Sweet to turn his NAPA Auto Parts #49 back underneath the NOS Energy Drink #17 to reclaim the lead. With 11 laps to go, Carson had speed and raced into the seventh position. He quickly set his sights on chasing down Spencer Bayston for the next spot on the leader board. Over the last third of the race he was able to get close at times, but never close enough to make an attempt to pass for position. Brad Sweet would not be denied and was the first driver to race under the checkers as he collected his first win of the 2022 WoO season ahead of Sheldon Haudenschild. Donny Schatz rounded out the podium, with James McFadden and David Gravel completing the top five. Carson brought the Albaugh #41 home with a respectable seventh place finish, just behind Bayston, to secure his seventh consecutive top ten finish. A good run for the Lemoore, California driver and the forty-one!
A Top 10 Run at Vado Speedway Park for Macedo in the Land of Enchantment! Photo Credit: Trent Gower
Albaugh, LLC; Border International; Mesilla Valley Transportation (MVT); Saich Family; Tarlton and Son Inc.; Boltz Family; Complete Parts & Equipment Solutions; Durst Inc.; Liquid Trucking; Bandy & Associates Accountancy Corporation; Buckwalter Trucking, LLC; Dissolvalloy Downhole Revolution; Jansen Transportation; Larry Davis Farms; Meyers Constructors Inc.; Mr. Jim’s Racing; RaceDiecast.com; Sam I Am; Team Jack Foundation; Mark Burch Motorsports; T-FAB Custom Metal Fabrication; Tiger Towing; All Pro Aluminum Cylinder Heads; AutoMeter; Bell Helmets; BMRS (Brown & Miller Racing Solutions); BR Motorsports; C&R Racing; Crow Enterprizes; Engler Machine & Tool, Inc.; Factory Kahne (FK Shocks); Fibreworks Composites; FK Rod Ends; Greber Racing Components; High Performance Lubricants, LLC; Hoosier Racing Tire; Indy Performance Composites (IPC); ISC Racers Tape;K1 Race Gear; Kistler Racing Engines; KSE Racing Products; Maxim Racing; Motor State Distributing; Pro Powder Coating (PPC); Saldana Racing Products; Schoenfeld Headers; Smith Titanium; Vortex Racing Products; Walker Performance Filtration; Weld Racing; Wilwood Racing; Winters Performance Products; and Xtreme Body and Paint.
To stay connected with Jason Johnson Racing (JJR), go to www.jasonjohnsonracing.com.
To stay up-to-date with Carson Macedo and his success journey on and off the track, as well as to purchase his gear and merchandise directly, visit www.carsonmacedoracing.com.