BARBERVILLE, FLORIDA (February 12, 2022) – After earning the KSE Hard Charger Award on Friday night at the DIRTcar Nationals, Philip Dietz and the JJR #41 team were back at the track with Carson Macedo hoping to continue their speed and momentum in the finale of the 51st Annual DIRTcar Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park. After a lot of racing activity throughout the day at the facility, the track crew went to work to prep the surface for the evening of racing. There were 32 cars back in the pits for the final night of World of Outlaws sprint car racing.
The Lemoore, California native would be the fourth high speed daredevil out on the track in Slick Woody’s qualifying aboard the Albaugh – Your Alternative #41 Maxim. The track was taking rubber with the surface evolving quickly. He rolled onto the track and mashed the loud pedal as he took the green flag. The seconds were ticking by on the stopwatch and when he stopped them after lap one it read 14.181 seconds, which at the time vaulted him to the top of the speed charts. His second lap was slightly slower at 14.262 seconds. There were still a lot of cars to go and the track seemed to be getting quicker with each set of drivers that took time. Carson’s lap one time positioned him 21st overall when time trials were completed, which meant he and the team had some more heavy lifting to do on this night of competition. Cory Eliason set quick time with a lap of 13.738 seconds.
Not deterred, Carson and the JJR #41 team went about their business as they prepared for the first and fastest heat race that was laced with talent from top to bottom in the starting grid. Cory Eliason and Brent Marks were in row one, Aaron Reutzel and Spencer Bayston made up row two, Carson shared row three with Sheldon Haudenschild to his inside, and Logan Schuchart and Bill Rose completed the grid in row four. When the yellow lights dimmed and the drivers got the green light to go, it was Cory Eliason to the lead with Carson taking control of the fifth position in the Mesilla Valley Transportation (MVT)/Dissolvalloy Downhole Revolution/Sam I Am #41. Carson was working hard each lap to try to track down Arron Reutzel for position. Each position in the heat race picks up four starting spots in the feature event. Eliason would not be denied taking the heat race victory over Marks, Haudenschild and Reutzel with Carson securing the fifth and final transfer position into the feature.
There was some more work to do as Carson would get the Tiger Towing/Mr. Jim’s Racing/Team Jack Foundation #41 Maxim rolling from deep in the field as he would start from the 17th position in the 24-car grid for the 30-lap NOS Energy Drink Feature. Polesitter David Gravel and fellow front row starter Kraig Kinser would lead the field. Macedo was nestled on the inside of row nine with Alex Bowman to his outside. When the engines all came to life under green flag racing conditions it was David Gravel to the lead. For Macedo it was all out chaos as he got shuffled as far back as over the first half of the race before a caution came out for Kraig Kinser who was running in the runner-up position and blew a right rear tire in turn four. The pause in action with 15 laps to go allowed Macedo to refocus. Leader David Gravel brought the field back to the green and Carson Macedo was on the move. He raced his way up to the 16th position within a lap following the restart and was eager for more. His elbows were up and with five laps to go maneuvered his way into the top ten. David Gravel led wire-to-wire to collect the win and the big gator as he was followed across the finish line by Brent Marks, James McFadden, Sheldon Haudenschild and Brad Sweet. Carson Macedo brought the Albaugh – Your Alternative #41 home in 10th place. A good recovery and run for Macedo and the forty-one!
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