Carson Macedo celebrates his victory Sunday afternoon at Eldora Speedway. (Photo by Mike Campbell)
ROSSBURG, Ohio – Kings Royal week ended exactly the way it started: Carson Macedo on victory lane.
Jason Johnson Racing’s No.41 driver was once again unstoppable at Eldora Speedway, leading 24 of 25 laps on Sunday’s The Knight Before The Kings Royal report, which actually took place The Day After The Kings Royal.
At the end of five historic days in Rossburg, Ohio, Macedo also dominated Wednesday’s Jokers Wild for his first career victory in the 1/2 mile owned by Tony Stewart.
All in all, the Lemoore, Calif. Native has recorded one of the best weeks of his career. He finished third in Tuesday’s Brad Doty Classic, won Wednesday’s Jokers Wild, made his first Kings Royal and finished sixth, then qualified for the second Kings Royal and put him on the podium, and topped it off with a victory on Sunday afternoon.
The up-and-coming 25-year-old now holds the second-most wins in the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint car series this season with seven wins to his name.
“Unfortunately, we won both races that didn’t pay $ 175,000,” Macedo joked. “It was still a very constant week. I felt great every time we went to the race track, and it’s a good feeling to have. Philip is really focused on the adjustable wrenches right now, and I feel more confident than ever. “
After qualifying 18th out of 30 cars, Macedo redeemed himself in the Drydene Heat Race action with a fifth-to-first charge. This placed him in the DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash and ultimately on the outside pole of the 30-round NOS energy drink feature, $ 12,000 up for grabs.
Jumping in the lead at the green flag, Macedo ran away with a firm grip on the race lead until Logan Schuchart stepped in and started hunting him down. However, the first warning on lap 12 knocked out Shark Racing # 1S from the competition when a cut tire forced them and three others including top-five Aaron Reutzel and Sheldon Haudenschild to make it to the race. Work zone.
Back to green, pole-sitter Brian Brown momentarily stole the show as his perfect restart and well-executed cursor sent the # 21 leading the race on lap 13. Macedo got it back on lap 14, however, and never looked back.
A final warning flew around the white flag, forcing a green-white checkerboard and sending Macedo’s nerves through the roof. However, he survived the last two rounds with ease and scored his 13th career World of Outlaws victory in 1.449 seconds.
“I really didn’t want that last warning,” Macedo noted. “I came to the checkerboard and I won it. I lost a race against Brad [Sweet] a few weeks ago because of that. Fortunately, we stuck it out. “
Brian Brown has continued to show immense and immediate improvement since bringing in his uncle and former world champion outlaw, Danny Lasoski, to make team leader calls. He obtained his third result in 2021 aboard FVP Parts, Casey’s General Stores No. 21.
“I felt like I let my team down last night so I’m glad we got to catch up a bit,” said Brown. “We’ve got a lot of speed right now, a lot of momentum, a lot of confidence and that camaraderie around the team. I think this will help us over the next month. This car has its place here on the podium.
Championship leader Brad Sweet capped a roller coaster weekend with a best result of the season with a third place in the Eldora half mile. Sweet was in contention for the two Kings Royals on Saturday, but with no luck on his side.
“Were trying to be positive,” Sweet said. “We had a good car all weekend. We have led laps at one Kings Royal, very competitive at the other. Nothing went perfectly and you need luck for some of those other great races. “
Spencer Bayston continued his brilliant week with the World of Outlaws in fourth place aboard the No. 11 Sam McGhee. The top five was closed by 10-time series champion Donny Schatz in the No.15 Tony Stewart / Curb-Agajanian Racing.
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