BEAVER DAM, WISCONSIN (June 17, 2023) – After Carson Macedo pulled the Albaugh – Your Alternative #41 to the back of the trailer on Friday night following his seventh place finish, he climbed out of the cockpit of his Maxim Racing machine. He took some time to debrief with his trusted JJR teammates and crew members – Philip, Clyde and Nathan. The night was over, but the preparation for continued success on Saturday commenced immediately. When the sun came up the next morning, the team was ready to work hard at getting their speedster and equipment prepared for another night of racing at Beaver Dam Raceway. This area is filled with so much rich history. In fact, back in 1886 town officials and residents hosted The Dodge County Fair, which they claimed was the “World’s Greatest County Fair” because it offered the finest entertainment with balloon rides, an observation tower, horse races and a Ferris wheel. Well on Saturday night, the World of Outlaws brought The Greatest Show on Dirt back to Dodge County to displace the fair as the town’s finest entertainment . . . at least for this weekend – and not officially of course. There were powerful sprint cars, racing tires ready to attack, snarling 410 cubic inch engines, wings and things that help them fly, and some of the best racecar drivers in the business ready and willing to showcase their talent. There were 24 teams back at the track and parked in the pit area ready to race in the $20,000-to-win finale of the 13th Annual Jim “JB” Boyd Memorial.
The tough California hombre that drives the JJR #41 was set and ready to roll again in Low-E Insulation Qualifying. Carson would be the 10th driver out on the track surface for his two timed laps aboard the Mesilla Valley Transportation (MVT)/Brown & Miller Racing Solutions (BMRS)/AutoMeter #41 Maxim. He waited patiently in the staging lane off turn two thinking through his qualifying strategy. His thought process was interrupted when the push truck nudge his rear nerf bar at the direction of the official to get his car rolling. His Kistler Engines power plant awoke and the vibration on the gas pedal alerted his right foot it was time to go to work. Carson got the horses all running at full speed as he took the green flag for his first timed lap. He was working the fast lane while making tracks and not looking back. The talented driver wheeled out of turn four and across the start/finish line to stop the clock at 11.542 seconds after lap one. Carson kept digging and entertaining the fans with his speed show. He raced out of turn four and down the frontstretch in the Albaugh #41 one last time towards the waving checkered flag, this time stopping the clock faster in 11.472 seconds. The quicker of his two circuits positioned the forty-one second quick overall. Jacob Allen driving the Shark Racing #1a made his mark and was the fastest driver of the night with a lap of 11.432 seconds to collect the Simpson Quick Time Award.
When the starting lineups were released for the three 10-lap heat races, Carson Macedo aboard the Albaugh – Your Alternative/High Performance Lubricants/Winters Performance Products #41 Maxim would get started from the pole position in the running order of the second heat race with David Gravel to his outside of the front row. It was a strong field of competitors with Brad Sweet starting from the third spot flanked by Brock Zearfoss in row two. Brenham Crouch and Austin Hartmann made up row three with Noah Gass the lone representative in row four after Jack Vanderboom scratched for the night. When all the drivers were in their proper starting spots, the flagman showed them the one lap to go sign. They pulled closer together down the backstretch in their two-by-two starting formation and when the field of competitors got to the middle of turns three and four their powerful 410 engines roared to life. It was David Gravel jumping into the lead with Carson Macedo right behind. Brock Zearfoss made a daring move off turn two to drive the Moose’s LZ Bar and Grill #3z into the show position ahead of Brad Sweet. Meanwhile, Gravel was building his lead on Macedo and had a lot of room between himself and his nearest competitor at the halfway point of the race. David Gravel would lead wire-to-wire to take the win with Carson Macedo coming home second followed by Brock Zearfoss, Brad Sweet, and Noah Gass in the top five.
By virtue of finishing in first or second place in their heat races, the drivers that earned a spot in the 8-lap Toyota Dash headed to victory lane to test their luck in the draw for starting position. Carson would be the fifth driver to pull a pill, so when it was his turn there were only two numbers remaining – the ‘2’ pill and the ‘6’ pill. Carson pulled the higher of the two which meant he would start from the outside of row three with Logan Schuchart’s Shark Racing #1s to his inside. Sheldon Haudenschild and Spencer Bayston would pace the field with Jacob Allen in the Shark Racing #1a and David Gravel in row two. They were not racing for money, but rather their starting spots in the first three rows for the feature. When the green lights illuminated around the track it was Haudenschild to the lead over Bayston and Allen with Gravel and Macedo right behind. David Gravel made his way up to Allen as the two battled for the third position. While they were dueling, Carson was able to drive the Albaugh –Your Alternative #41 to close in on the two talented racers but never got close enough to get into the mix. Sheldon Haudenschild would not be denied as he took the win over Bayston and Allen with Gravel coming home fourth. Carson Macedo held the fifth position with Logan Schuchart recording a sixth place finish.
There were no more chances as the teams in attendance all earned their way into the 40-lap NOS Energy Drink 13th Annual Jim “JB” Boyd Memorial feature finale event. Twenty four drivers and teams had locked into the available starting positions as the horn sounded throughout the pit area to call them out to the track. The work to get in was not easy, but there was still some heavy lifting ahead for these talented athletes if they wanted to finish in the higher paying positions at the front of the pack.
The engines for the field fired and the drivers rolled into their starting positions. It was time to go racing at Beaver Dam Raceway! Carson Macedo would get rolling from the inside of row three with Logan Schuchart right beside him. When the green flag waved it was Sheldon Haudenschild driving the NOS Energy Drink #17 into the lead with David Gravel quickly moving by Jacob Allen and Spencer Bayston to take over the runner-up position in the running order.
Inside starting Carson Macedo got shuffled back to seventh during the opening lap as the top lie was fast and dominant early. He was not deterred though as he remained poised and worked his way by fellow Californian, Giovanni Scelzi, to take over the sixth spot on the scoreboard.
With 7 laps in the books, the first caution of the night came out for Bill Rose who spun out in turn four right after getting passed by the leaders. As they were pacing under yellow flag conditions it was Haudenschild, Gravel, Bayston, Schuchart, Allen and Macedo in the top six.
When they went back to green it was David Gravel jumping into the lead ahead of Sheldon Haudenschild with Logan Schuchart passing Spencer Bayston for the third spot. Carson Macedo drove the Tarlton and Son/Premium Coach Group/Tiger Towing #41 into fifth ahead of Jacob Allen. Brad Sweet was also on the move in the NAPA Auto Parts #49 as he made his way by Jacob Allen too.
The four-time and defending World of Outlaws champion was fast and now dicing with Macedo for a spot in the top five. On lap 13, Sweet and Macedo were side-by-side coming off turn four with the KKR #49 taking the spot at the flagstand. The lap was recorded before the yellow came out for Noah Gass who came to a stop after shredding his left rear tire exiting turn four.
It was Gravel in the top spot followed now by Haudenschild, Schuchart, Bayston, Sweet and Macedo for the restart. David Gravel elected to restart from the outside which relegated those that were running in even positions to the inside row. When the green flag came back out it was Sheldon Haudenschild back to the lead over Gravel with Carson driving the JJR#41 into fifth ahead of Logan Schuchart in the Shark Racing #1s. Macedo and Sweet were cleanly battling for the better position on the track with Sweet keeping command of it.
Sheldon Haudenschild was on a mission at the front of the pack as he was extending the gap between himself and Gravel. But Gravel was not going anywhere as he was staying within striking distance and ripping the top. He was carrying speed and before you knew it he was closing again on the leader.
The battle for third was heating up too as Spencer Bayston, Brad Sweet and Carson Macedo were running nose-to-tail ready to wage war for the third and final podium spot. Sweet struck first as he passed Bayston and took over the third position. Carson Macedo then followed in the Albaugh #41 as he moved by Bayston into the fourth position. With the laps winding down time was running out. Sheldon Haudenschild shuffled under the checkered flag first following by David Gravel and Brad Sweet. Carson Macedo rode home fourth with Logan Schuchart hustling back to complete the top five. Another good run for Macedo and the forty-one at Beaver Dam Raceway!
A Top Five Run for the Forty-One in the Finale at Beaver Dam Raceway!
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