KNOXVILLE, IOWA (April 17, 2021) – After rain washed out the entire World of Outlaws weekend schedule of racing action at Lawton Speedway and Devil’s Bowl Speedway, a team decision in Rocky Mount was made to keep the wheels rolling on the Liquid Trucking/Buckwalter Trucking #41 to the Sprint Car Capital of the World in Knoxville, Iowa to take part in the season opener at the historic half-mile oval. There were 37 410 competitors and teams signed into the pit area ready to lift the lid on the black gumbo clay of Knoxville Raceway.
After hot laps the competitors were lined up in the push off lane waiting for their turn on the track for their time trial laps. Time trials at Knoxville Raceway showcase two cars at the same time spread out around the track. Carson Macedo would be joined by Brian Brown as the two talented drivers were the twelfth set of speedsters to push out for their qualifying laps. The Kistler Engines power came to life in in the Complete Parts & Equipment Solutions/T-FAB Custom Metal Fabrication #41. He was settled in at the office and ready to get to work wheeling the forty-one around Knoxville. With his KSE Racing Products helping him steer his way around the track he was all out on his first lap and rocketed to the top of the speed charts with a quick lap of 15.258 seconds. His second lap was considerably slower at 16.187 seconds, but his first lap time withstood the test of time as he set quick time to start the night at Knoxville. He earned 140 points as the quick timer. The Lemoore, California driver commented, “Philip, Clyde, and Nate are just doing an incredible job with the car.” He continued, “I am just happy with the forty-one’s speed right now.”
The heat races lineups invert the top six fastest drivers in each heat, which put the Californian on the outside of row three in the Team Jack Foundation/Mark Burch Motorsports #41 Maxim for the first heat race with fifth quick Brian Brown to his inside. Tucker Klaasmeyer and Lynton Jeffrey were on the front row with AJ Moeller and Terry McCarl close behind in row two. As the field came through turn four the drivers dropped their right foot and took the green. Carson was on the outside and got bound up a bit behind Terry McCarl early at the start and was competing from the fifth spot. He settled in and started his march forward moving by McCarl into fourth entering turn one before setting his sights on Klaasmeyer for the show position. Brian Brown took the lead from Lynton Jeffrey as Macedo stole the third position from Klaasmeyer. A caution flag was shown for Bobby Mincer who rolled to a stop on the inside of turn four bringing the field together for the final laps as a shootout. Brown would get them restarted and take the win after 8 laps followed by Jeffrey, with Macedo coming home third as Klaasmeyer and McCarl completed the top five. Macedo earned an additional 16 points for his third place finish resulting in a cumulative total of 156 points. That point total was the highest of the evening and would put him into the feature on the outside of row four as they invert the top 8 point earners to start the feature.
After the checkers flew over the B-Main, the field was set for the opening night 20-lap feature at Knoxville Raceway. Macedo climbed into the All Pro Auto Reconditioning/Brown & Miller Racing Solutions (BMRS) #41 Maxim ready to display his talents from his eighth starting position. Davey Heskin and Austin McCarl were scheduled to start on the front row, but before the race got started McCarl surrendered his position as he headed to the work area with an unidentified fuel leak. That moved the scheduled outside row starters on the grid up one row when racing would go green, moving Gio Scelzi to the front row, Sam Hafertepe Jr. to row two, and Macedo to the outside of row three. When racing got up to speed on the opening the lap, Macedo got a great start but the green flag was quickly replaced by the red when Brian Brown got upside down on the bottom side of turn two. A complete restart saw Gio Scelzi take command of the top spot with Macedo maneuvering from the fifth position. Carson was quickly closing on Davey Heskin for position and made the pass on the high side coming off turn two before passing Hafertepe on the low side entering turn three. It was Gio Scelzi leading Aaron Reutzel and Carson Macedo with Scelzi building a large lead in open air. The leaders caught the back of the field and started to navigate lap traffic. This task is never easy even though these professionals make it look easy. Macedo used this as an opportunity to drive the Mesilla Valley Transportation (MVT)/Border International #41 closer to Reutzel for the runner-up position. The two talented drivers were racing cleanly and making some headway. They were closing in on the leader with 10 laps to go before both drivers would encounter problems with 8 laps to go that changed their nights significantly. Macedo tapped the outside wall exiting turn two and had his right rear tire go down bringing out the yellow forcing him to relinquish his third running position. He headed to the work area to get some new rubber on the right side. Simultaneously, Reutzel made contact with Josh Schneiderman in turn one and two ending his night. Macedo was able to rejoin the rear of the field for the restart to salvage his evening of work. Gio Scelzi continue to lead the field, but 14th starting Sheldon Haudenschild was coming and coming quick as only a Haudenschild can do. With one lap to go, Haudenschild made the pass for the lead and collected the win over Scelzi, with Austin McCarl recovering from early challenges to complete the podium from the back of the pack. Carson fought back to earn a 12th place finish on this night at Knoxville Raceway. A good night for the forty-one . . . but oh what could have been. That’s racing!
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