ROSSBURG, OHIO (May 8, 2021) – The trek East for Carson Macedo and his fellow World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series competitors traveled to Eldora Speedway, affectionately called The Big E, located in Rossburg, Ohio just off Route 118 for a two-day #LetsRaceTwo event with the USAC National Sprint Cars. It had been 588, scratch that 589 days after the postponement, days since the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series raced at this premier track. This facility is one of the finest in the country and produces some incredible high speed racing action that keeps both the drivers and the fans on the edge of their seats . . . if you are even able to stay sitting. There were 37 410 sprint cars down in the infield ready to take to the high banks of Eldora Speedway on Friday night with the JJR #41 team preparing the Mesilla Valley Transportation (MVT)/Border International Maxim for the evening of action before Mother Nature moved in a took over the timing and pace of the schedule.
Happy Birthday (May 7th) Philip Dietz, Car Owner and Crew Chief of the JJR #41, Who Celebrated On Friday Night Through the Delay and Postponement Doing What He Loves . . . Making Racecars Go Fast!
After a long five-hour rain delay and the calendar flipping to Saturday, Sea Foam Motor Treatment hot laps were run before the pit area was busy as the drivers and teams preparing in the early morning hours for Slick Woody’s Qualifying. This is a fast half-mile oval, but the difference between a good lap in time trials and a great lap sometimes comes down to hundredths or even thousandths of a second. Everything matters. These athletes have incredible fast muscle twitch reactions and would need to be at the top of their game on this lightning quick surface. Back on September 22, 2020, the new track record was set by David Gravel in the Jason Johnson Racing (JJR) #41 with a lap of 12.599 seconds on the first night of the Governor’s Reign. Carson would be the 17th car to push down the staging lane and onto the track in turn one in The Boyd Family/RaceDiecast.com/Sam I Am #41 Maxim to begin his two solo laps at speed. He pedaled down and got his Kistler Engines power plant singing as he wisped through turns three and four to take the green flag. He was up on the wheel as he steered his way around the blazing fast half-mile. When he crossed the timing stripe the first time the clock read 12.937 seconds. He stayed on the loud pedal and circled the second time around with an equally impressive, and faster, lap of 12.838 seconds. When the final competitor, Jason Sides, completed his laps against the clock, Carson’s best time was seventh quick overall to start the night. Quick time was set by David Gravel with a lap of 12.608 seconds.
Following the completion of time trials, in the early morning hours, track and World of Outlaws (WoO) officials collaborated and made the decision to suspend competition for the night and postpone the remainder of the program to Saturday to make the #LetsRaceTwo a doubleheader event with the remainder of Friday’s postponed show running in the afternoon the Saturday’s show being held at night.
After hot laps were completed, the WoO timing and scoring officials had the 8-lap Drydene Heat Race lineups compiled and posted for the teams to prepare for competition. Carson would get started aboard the Greber Racing Components (GRC)/FK Rod Ends #41 from the second starting spot in the front row beside polesitter Tyler Courtney. They paced the field ahead of Daryn Pittman in the Swindell SpeedLab #39 and Wayne Johnson in the #2c, with Cory Eliason, Brad Sweet, Brent Marks, Zach Hampton, and Sam Hafertepe close behind. When the green flag waved through the air Macedo drove hard down the frontstretch and into turn one with Tyler Courtney leading in the NOS Energy Drink #7BC. Seventh starting Brent Marks was squeezing down to the bottom and making his way forward as he was running third early. He was relentless and worked him way by Macedo into the runner-up position. Courtney raced his way to the checkers to take the win over Marks with the two locking into the DirtVision Fast Pass Dash. Carson drove across the finish line in third followed by Brad Sweet and Daryn Pittman with Cory Eliason securing the final transfer position.
With the 24-car field set for the 30-lap NOS Energy Drink feature, it was time to run for the money at Eldora Speedway in the first half of the #LetsRaceTwo event at Eldora Speedway. Carson would get started from the inside of row sixth from the 11th starting position in the Complete Parts & Equipment Solutions/ISC Racers Tape #41 Maxim. Sheldon Haudenschild and Tyler Courtney made it an all NOS Energy Drink car front row followed by Brent Marks and David Gravel in row two. When the Whelan safety lights around the high-banked half mile changed from yellow to green the race was on with Sheldon Haudenschild to the lead. The action was fast and furious throughout the field with Carson running in the eleventh position. There was not a lot of grip around the track surface, so the drivers had to navigate the technical track using their skills and talents. The yellow would be displayed with two laps in the books for Brian Brown, who was running in the seventh position, who got sideways and spun in turn four. Carson would restart from the tenth spot and would drop back one position when racing went green. They got two more laps recorded when another yellow was thrown, this time for Spencer Bayston, when he lost power in the CJB #5 and rolled to a stop. This time Carson would restart tenth again but dropped his right foot and was battling for position with Brock Zearfoss in the Moose’s LZ #3z. Macedo moved the forty-one into eighth, but Zearfoss took the position back the next time around. Ian Madsen also made it by Carson who now was running in the tenth spot. Macedo returned the favor and reclaimed the position the next time around from Madsen ad the leaders started to race through lap traffic. At the halfway point of the race the track started to take on some rubber with Macedo piloting the Mesilla Valley Transportation (MVT)/Border International #41 from the ninth position. There were now 13 laps to go and another yellow slowed the field. This time the caution was for Logan Schuchart’s Shark Racing #1s who headed pit side after Aaron Reutzel made incidental contact with him getting him sideways off turn four as he made contact with the outside wall. Sheldon Haudenschild was still leading Brent Marks with Carson Macedo restarting from the eighth position. When they got back going at speed though the racing action was short lived when Brock Zearfoss flipped in turn two landing on Justin Peck who had nowhere to go, with Jac Haudenschild tipping the Pennzoil #22 on its side as points leader Brad Sweet spun to avoid the mayhem. Sheldon once again led the field back to the green with Marks, Reutzel, Gravel, and Courtney giving chase. Carson made a bold move entering turn one on the low side with 6.5 miles to go and passed two cars to earn the sixth spot in the running order. Marks would race by Sheldon to take the lead with the laps winding down. Brent Marks, in his family owned #19, took the win over Haudenschild, Reutzel, Donny Schatz, and Gravel with Macedo being scored sixth as he crossed under the waving checkered flags. But when Sheldon rolled across the scales he was deemed too light and disqualified which moved everyone up a position with Macedo officially rounding out the top five. A great run, even after a delay and postponement, for Carson and the JJR #41 team!
Macedo Gets After It at Eldora Speedway After Long Delay to Start the #LetsRaceTwo Event!
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