MESQUITE, TEXAS (April 1, 2023) – Carson Macedo extended his top ten finish streak for the season to 11 on Friday night in the preliminary show for the Texas Outlaw Nationals, making him 11 for 11, as he and his JJR #41 teammates returned ready to get back at it at Devil’s Bowl Speedway for championship night in the Texas Outlaw Nationals. The black Albaugh – Your Alternative #41 rolled out of the trailer and glistened under the Texas sun. Surrounded by Johnson family and friends as this is relatively close to Louisiana Cajun Country, Philip Dietz, Clyde Knipp and Nate Repetz were hard at work doing what they do best as the prepared their Maxim Racing entry for competition. It was a beautiful day for racing and the pit area were filled with 31 again, this time looking to race for the $20,000 winner’s check that awaited the first one to the finish line at the end of the night.
With the time trial order for Low-E Insulation Qualifying being arranged by the luck of the draw, Carson Macedo would be the 25th car out aboard the Mesilla Valley Transportation (MVT)/C&R Racing/T-FAB Custom Metal Fabrication #41 as he would be paired with Kasey Kahne for their two laps against the clock. The Devil’s Bowl racing surface was heavy and fast so these drivers were poised to show some speed on Saturday. The 2019 WoO Rookie of the year has been fast this season already collecting 3 quick times. He patiently waited in the push off lane until it was his turn on the track. He flipped the shield down on his Shifty Illusions custom painted Bell Racing helmet as the Kistler Engines power fired under the hood. He entered the track off turn two and was hammer down by the time he got into turn three as he headed towards the waving green flag on the frontstretch. He flew by the flagstand as he was piloting the forty-one at speed. He ran through the first set of turns cleanly before charging down the backstretch and through the last of turns. His first lap was a good one at 13.757 seconds, which at the time vaulted to third in the qualifying order. The determined Lemoore, California native was not done yet though as he kept digging for more, but only the stopwatch would tell. When he raced under the waving checkered flag the story the clock told was an even better one. Carson and the JJR #41 were now on top of the speed charts with an even better lap at 13.617 seconds. That time would stand and Carson would collect his series-leading fourth WoO quick time award.
His best qualifying lap put him on the pole for the first of three 8-lap heat races. The track was widening out, but still very fast. It would not be easy though as this heat was loaded with not only speed but also talent. Brad Sweet, the four-time WoO series champion and winner on Friday night, would share row one with Macedo with Kasey Kahne and Sam Hafertepe Jr. in row two. Sheldon Haudenschild and Bill Balog were pacing from row three with Bill Rose, Blake Hahn, Brock Zearfoss, Jacob Allen, and Brett Becker rounding out the starting grid. The field was set two-by-two as they came to the green flag with Sweet using the fast surface and outside lane to his advantage to drive into the lead over Macedo at the start. Carson had the Albaugh – Your Alternative/Greber Racing Components/All Pro Aluminum Cylinder Heads #41 Maxim hustling and was staying within striking distance early. Brad Sweet would not be denied though as he sailed to the heat race victory, leading wire-to-wire, to take the win with Carson Macedo coming home second ahead of Sam Hafertepe Jr and Kasey Kahne with Bill Balog and Sheldon Haudenschild locking down the final two transfer spots out of the first heat race.
Earning a spot in the 6-lap Toyota Dash, Carson made his way over to the frontstretch to draw for his starting spot and meet with Chase Raudman. As it turned out the trip was well worth it as when he pulled his hand out of the oversized NOS Energy Drink can he was grasping the “1” pill. That put him on the pole for the dash with the finishing order setting the starting lineup for the first 6 starters in the feature. Penngrove, California native Michael “Buddy” Kofoid would join Lemoore, California’s on the front row with Brent Marks and James McFadden in row two and Brad Sweet and David Gravel in row three. The track was still heavy, but moisture was still coming up out of the track. The six talented racers came to the green as Macedo and Kofoid drag raced down the frontstretch hoping to be the first one to the turn. Kofoid got there and Carson slipped up across the track in the Complete Parts & Equipment Solutions/Mr. Jim’s Racing/Pro Powder Coating (PPC) #41 Maxim getting over the edge of the banking off turn two relegating him back to fourth when the field exited turn two. Buddy Kofoid was now leading McFadden, Marks and Macedo with Gravel and Sweet close behind. The race went non-stop with Kofoid winning to earn the pole position in the feature with McFadden coming home second and Brent Marks third. Carson Macedo recovered to earn a fourth place finish as Brad Sweet came home fifth and David Gravel sixth.
With a capacity crowd in the grandstands it was now time for the 30-lap NOS Energy Drink Texas Outlaw Nationals championship featureat Devil’s Bowl Speedway. With $20k awaiting the winner, the crews made their final last minute adjustments before pushing their cars and drivers out onto the track. Carson was focused and ready to go aboard the Liquid Trucking/Vortex Racing Products/Walker Performance Filtration #41. The engines were firing and it was time to go racing in Mesquite, Texas with a fireworks display lighting up the sky off turns three and four!
The green flag was out as the field of competitors exited turn four with James McFadden seizing the led over Buddy Kofoid. When the leaders exited turn two onto the elevated backstretch it was McFadden, Kofoid and Carson Macedo in the show position with Brent Marks on the rear nerf bar of the JJR #41.
With 3 laps in the books the first caution flag was displayed for Robbie Price’s #7s as he slowed and limped to the work area in the pits before rejoining the field at the back. It would be James McFadden bringing them back to the green with Kofoid, Macedo, Marks, Gravel and Sweet right behind.
McFadden continued to be fast in clean air as he maintained the lead as Carson was looking for an opportunity to make his way by Kofoid into the runner-up spot. The lightning fast surface enabled the leaders to catch up to the rear of the field in a few lap as they began to navigate the lap traffic. It certainly proved a little more difficult as the track was fast for everyone and relatively narrow yet. But all of the speed stars at the front of the pack were doing a masterful job getting through traffic.
On lap 27, Brent Marks got crossed up dueling for the show position with Carson Macedo as the duo entered turn one. He regained control and blended back in the seventh position, but the yellow flag was displayed. Marks got to maintain the spot he blended into, but now there was a 3 lap dash to the finish with McFadden leading Kofoid and Macedo in the Albaugh #41 with Gravel and Sweet in the mix too.
When the action went back to green is was the Aussie superstar controlling the top spot with Kofoid and Macedo behind. The top five were all relatively equally spaced out and James McFadden raced to the win with Buddy Kofoid coming home second and Carson Macedo rounding out the podium in the Texas Outlaw Nationals championship finale.
Always looking to collect victories, Carson Macedo reflected on his night by stating, “The track was really fast tonight.” He continued, “It was hard to pass there in the feature. I felt like we got to traffic and I thought that would maybe mix it up, but it seemed like the lapped cars, once we got to them, we would kind of stall out behind their wings and go just as fast as them.” It was Carson’s 70 podium finish in his young career. While not the win they were looking for it still was another good run for the forty-one!
Carson Macedo Drives the Albaugh #41 to a Podium Finish in the Texas Outlaw Nationals Championship Finale! Photo Credit: World of Outlaws
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