MECHANICSBURG, PENNSYLVANIA (October 22, 2022) – Philip Dietz guided the Jason Johnson Racing (JJR) team back to the state of Pennsylvania one last time in 2022 after rains from Hurricane Ian postponed the $75,000-to-win finale for the 60th Annual Champion Racing Oil National Open back on October 1st. As the team trucked Mesilla Valley Transportation (MVT) style east on the Pennsylvania Turnpike, the foliage on the trees had more vivid colors than when they left earlier this month as they evolved through the traditional autumnal change. This time the race teams were greeted with sunny skies overhead and day time temperatures in the high-60s with no rain in the forecast. It was a picture perfect day to roll out the special green scheme design they unveiled at the Knoxville Nationals. There were 44 competitive teams registered and ready to go at Williams Grove Speedway looking to add their name to the prestigious list of winners for this race.
With the pit area packed with talent, there would be two separate groups for My Place Hotels Qualifying. The Albaugh – Your Alternative #41 with Carson Macedo behind the wheel would be in Group A and push off third along with Kyle Moody for time trials. Philip, Clyde and Nate finished up their work to make the car fast and Carson was poised now to do his part against the clock. When it was his turn, the Lemoore, California native flipped down the shield on his Bell Racing helmet and wrapped his fingers around the steering wheel. He got up to speed and when he exited turn four the green flag was waving overhead. He was hustling his Kistler Engines speed around the paperclip shaped oval looking to squeezed every last thousandths of a second out of the clock measuring his performance. When he raced under the white flag in the Boltz Family/Winters Performance Products/Team Jack Foundation #41 he stopped the clock on lap one at 16.709 seconds. He stayed focused and on the loud pedal the next time around looking to pick up more time on the clock. He swept through turns one and two and down the long backstretch into the final set of turns. Carson exited turn four and powered his way under the checkered flag in 16.691 seconds. The quicker of his two laps was good enough for ninth quick overall in Group A. Sheldon Haudenschild ran the fastest lap of the night overall out of Group A with a time of 16.481 seconds.
The lineups for the four 8-lap heat races were posted by the World of Outlaws officials so the drivers would know who they had to race against to earn a spot in the evening’s feature finale. When scanning the lineups, the JJR #41 would start on the inside of row three in the first and fastest heat race. Quick timer Sheldon Haudenschild shared the front row with the nation’s leading feature winner Anthony Macri. Justin Peck and Brad Sweet lined up in row two. Carson and Lucas Wolfe were side-by-side in row three with Dylan Norris, Cory Eliason, Freddie Rahmer, Kraig Kinser and Michael Millard filling in the remaining rows. The top two finishers from each heat race would earn a spot to race in the DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash to determine their starting spot in the first four rows of the feature. The drivers in finishing positions three through five in each heat race would also transfer into starting spots throughout the field for a chance to race for the big money. The field paced slowly around the famous half-mile as they worked their way to the chalk stripe across turn four. When the front row reached the stripe, white dust flew and the air was filled with the sweet sound of 410 sprint car engines as they raced towards the waving green flag. Sheldon Haudenschild led Anthony Macri Justin Peck as Carson scooted the Tarlton and Son/Buckwalter Trucking LLC/KSE Racing Products #41 by Brad Sweet into fourth. Sheldon was showing his strength in the NOS Energy Drink #17 at the front of the pack as he was alone out front. With a few laps to go, Anthony Macri had a tire going down allowing Peck to skip by to take control of the runner-up position. Haudenschild took the win by a whopping 4.278 seconds over Peck with Macri hanging on for third at the finish line over Macedo with Sweet rounding out the top five.
Missing out on competing in the DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash, Carson and the JJR #41 team went to work to make adjustment to their entry for the 40-lap National Open feature at Williams Grove. The 24 car field was set with an additional four drivers joining the grid using a provisional to fill in positions 25 through 28. It was an all Pennsylvania front row with Lance Dewease and Brent Marks pacing the field. David Gravel and Spencer Bayston represented the World of Outlaws in row two with James McFadden and Justin Peck in row three. Carson would get started back in row seven in the 13th starting spot as he was on the inside with Logan Schuchart in the Shark Racing #1s. When the field came to the green flag it was Dewease showing the way over Marks. Carson Macedo was stuck on the middle of chaos back in the middle of the pack and got shuffled back to the 16th spot in the running order with a whole host of competitors’ right behind him looking to get by for position. Macedo was popping wheelies and had his hands full in dirty air in the early going, but on lap four started to calm things down and begin his movement back forward. The first of five race stoppages happened on the fifth lap for current point leader Brad Sweet who sat on the frontstretch with a broken rear end to finish his night. Dewease led Marks, Bayston and Gravel back to the green flag as Carson got his Kistler Engines power revved up. This began a long stretch of green flag racing that allowed the drivers to get into a rhythm. Over the next 20 laps Brent Marks was able to keep pace with the race leader Lance Dewease and Carson was able to pick up one position when the competition yellow was displayed on lap 25 so the crews could fill the fuel tanks. When the engines re-fired, Lance Dewease would lead from the point position over Brent Marks, David Gravel, Spencer Bayston and James McFadden. Carson would get the Albaugh – Your Alternative #41 started from the 14th position. Back to speed the field was shuffling from the front to the back. Carson moved up to 13th place and was pressuring Brock Zearfoss and Logan Schuchart for more when Daryn Pittman hit the turn four wall forcing him to roll to a stop at the end of the frontstretch. Lance Dewease led Marks, Bayston, Macri and Gravel back up to speed with Carson now dueling for a spot in the top ten when the red flag flew for a three car accident in turn four. Brock Zearfoss spun in the middle of the turns collecting TJ Stutts leaving nowhere to go for Giovanni Scelzi who flipped high in the air. All of the drivers were ok as the remaining drivers prepared for the single file restart. When they dropped their right foot it was a race to the finish with Marks continuing his chase of Dewease. Carson was up on the wheel with 10 laps to go as he moved his way into the top ten. Dewease would not be denied as he raced to his fifth National Open career win over Marks and Macri to complete an all-Pennsylvania podium. Carson persevered and brought the Mesilla Valley Transportation (MVT) #41 home with a 9th place finish to end the season of racing at Williams Grove. Another good run for the forty-one!
A Ninth Place Finish for Carson Macedo and the JJR #41 Team in the Williams Grove National Open! Photo Credit: Cameron Saich – CS Productions
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