RANSOMVILLE, NEW YORK (July 30, 2021) – Philip Dietz along with his JJR #41 team headed to the hamlet of Ransomville, located in Niagara County just off the southern shores of Lake Ontario about 30 minutes from the Canadian border, for The Big “R” Shootout at the 4/10-mile Ransomville Speedway oval. After weather and public health concerns have canceled the scheduled shows here the last few years, it was good to be back in the state of New York with the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series. When the team arrived, they were greeted with brilliant blue skies with some crisp white clouds to welcome them back to Ransomville. There were 26 teams situated in the pit area ready to compete so they could leave with the $10,000 ransom check to be delivered in victory lane to the winner at the end of the night.
With the water flowing swiftly over Niagara Falls just to the south, the competitors waited patiently in the staging area for Slick Woody’s Qualifying to begin their assault at Ransomville Speedway. The one lap track record here was established by Donny Schatz back on October 16, 2017, with a fast lap of 12.629 seconds. Carson climbed into the cockpit of his Liquid Trucking/ISC Racers Tape/KSE Racing Products #41 Maxim Racing machine and buckled in to his Crow Enterprizes safety belts as he was slated to be the 13th driver out in qualifying. One stopwatch. Two laps. Twenty-six individual competitors racing against the clock to see who is quickest. When the Kistler Engines fired under the hood of the forty-one, the Lemoore, California racer stomped on the accelerator and maneuvered under the waving green flag. The clock was rolling and so was the driver of the MVT #41! When Carson completed his first lap, he did it in 14.409 seconds. He stayed on the gas and wisped around Ransomville one last time, this time recording a better lap in 14.219 seconds. The better of his two circuits in time trials put him seventh quick overall on the speed charts. Kraig Kinser was the fastest driver of the night with a lap of 13.949 seconds.
The starting lineups three 8-lap Drydene Heat Races were posted. Carson Macedo’s quickest lap in time trials positioned him on the inside of row two beside Jason Sides in the first and fastest heat race. Kraig Kinser and Brad Sweet led the field from row one, with Dave Axton and Brock Zearfoss in row three, Carl Bowser and Joe Kubiniec in row four, as Mike Stetler completed the starting grid. The pace vehicle led the field as they aligned two-by-two and headed off the racing surface as the drivers headed to the green flag. Entering turn one, Dave Axton and Joe Kubiniec both flipped on the opening lap in turn one bringing out the red flag. When the field went back to green flag racing, it was Brad Sweet to the lead over Kraig Kinser with Carson driving the Mesilla Valley Transportation (MVT)/Border International/FK Rod Ends #41 into third using the low side as they entered the first set of turns after Jason Sides got a good start. Carson was working the low line close to the white painted tractor tires lining the infield and immediately turned his attention to the second running Kinser. He catapulted off turn two and quickly closed the gap on the #11k. He continued to pound the bottom the next lap as Kinser was now within striking distance through turns one and two. Carson changed lines at the other end of the track as he went up to the cushion and made a bold move around the top to take over the second spot. Brad Sweet had checked out by this point and led flag-to-flag to take the win by 3.961 seconds over Macedo with Kinser, Sides, Zearfoss and Bowser locking down the final four transfer positions.
The Lemoore, California driver drove the JJR scooter over to the frontstretch for the draw for starting position for the DirtVision Fast Pass Dash. He would be the fourth driver to select a pill and when he did luck was on his side as he pulled out the ‘1’ pill to start from the pole. Brad Sweet would start second with Sheldon Haudenschild and David Gravel in row two, and Aaron Reutzel and Paulie Colagiovanni in row three. The track was get slicker for the drivers, which makes it tricky and technical for all of the racers. When the green flag waved, Macedo led Sweet down the frontstretch in a drag race to turn one. When they exited the first two turns it was Sweet leading Macedo with Aaron Reutzel on the move. After the first lap was completed, Haudenschild spun as he entered turn one high and got loose spinning to a stop to bring out the yellow. When they restarted, Macedo was running second behind Sweet but momentarily took the lead before Sweet reclaimed it and definitively took control of it. Before too long Macedo was now contending with Reutzel who tracked him down. Reutzel moved into second on lap three with Macedo digging. Sweet took the win with Reutzel coming home second, Macedo third, Colagiovanni fourth, Haudenschild fifth, and Gravel sixth.
It was now time for the 30-lap NOS Energy Drink Big “R” Shootout at Ransomville Speedway. Carson would get the Albaugh – Your Alternative/Dissolvalloy Downhole Revolution/BMRS #41 Maxim rolling from the inside of row two. At the drop of the green. Aaron Reutzel raced into the lead over Brad Sweet as Paulie Colagiovanni charged in front of Carson to claim the third spot. With two laps completed, the yellow was displayed for the #00 of Danny Varin who had a flat right rear and other mechanical issues ending his night. Carson would restart fourth. The green flag was back out and Reutzel again raced into the top spot over Sweet. Carson was racing in the low lane and struggling to keep pace. He would fall back to eight as Kraig Kinser, David Gravel, Donny Schatz, and Sheldon Haudenschild hustled by him. Reutzel was leading and Paulie Colagiovanni was fast and passed Sweet just before the halfway point of the race and was closing in on Reutzel for the lead. With the laps waning and with three laps remaining at Ransomville Colagiovanni was right there with Reutzel. With 2 laps to go, fifth running Sheldon Haudenschild loses right rear tire and caution is displayed. Carson would restart from the sixth position with Reutzel leading the field back to the starting line in single file restart order for a green-white-checkered finish. Reutzel to the bottom Colagiovanni to the top. Reutzel held him off using the low line to take the win over Colagiovanni, Kinser, Sweet and Gravel with Carson coming home sixth. Another consistent and good run for Macedo and the forty-one in front of a jam packed facility at Ransomville Speedway!
A Sixth Place Finish in The Big “R” Shootout at Ransomville Speedway! Photo Credit: Thomas Barth
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