Carson Macedo on the winning track at River Cities Speedway. (Trent Gower photo)
GRAND FORKS, ND — Carson Macedo drove to his fifth World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series triumph of the season at River Cities Speedway Friday night.
Macedo took advantage of heavy traffic at an even heavier circuit, snookering Logan Schuchart on lap 11 and never looking back.
Driving the No. 41 Jason Johnson Racing sprint car, Macedo finished ninth within five minutes and 17 laps to join Sheldon Haudenschild as a five-time winner this season.
Macedo was strong all night in the North Dakota quarter mile, winning his heat race and dash en route to victory in the 35-round main event.
“I think we’ve just been a bit unlucky, in addition to being a bit off lately,” said Macedo. “I’m just happy to get these guys back on track and earn everyone’s trust. We can go to Huset with our heads held high and hopefully fight for another win.
Phil [Dietz]clyde [Knipp]and Nate [Repetz] have worked so hard. The character in the track made it really interesting tonight. It honestly felt like the longer the race went on, the worse I got. My car only got heavier and tighter as the track tightened, all while dealing with lap traffic. Luckily I picked the right lane and snuck past Logan, that was a big step.”
That round 11 move around Schuchart ultimately earned Macedo his 22nd World of Outlaws win of his career. The first 22 laps of the race passed without warning before the first restart allowed Nos. 1 Shark Racing, DuraMAX Oil and Drydene Performance Products to line up alongside Macedo’s No. 41.
Knowing this was arguably his best shot yet, Schuchart went full speed into the first corner with a double restart hoping to round Macedo to reclaim the lead after completing the first 10 laps. The track had other plans, however, reaching out and grabbing Schuart as he started hopping, hopping and jumping before flipping it and landing headfirst at turn two. Luckily, in a move that could pay dividends in the championship fight, the Shark crew made work area repairs and sent Schuart back to finish sixth.
Ready for surfaces of all kinds, Macedo praised his training as an essential tool to earn Friday’s victory on a rough and tough circuit.
“I spend as many days as possible in the gym to be prepared for situations like tonight,” said Macedo. “We see everything with World of Outlaws and sometimes you put a cowboy on the track for 35 laps. I was a bit tired at the end, so it’s about having enough muscle when you need it most.”
After an eight-race absence from the podium, championship leader Brad Sweet returned to the top three in late April for the first time since Tri-State Speedway.
“It’s always nice to be on top,” Sweet said. “It was tricky though. There was so much going on with the rappers, and it felt like the track was only gaining grip as the ride progressed. To be honest, it was a lot of fun in the lapped traffic. I’m taking a second after that last stretch we were on. The results didn’t show how hard these guys at NAPA Auto Parts work.”
Donny Schatz made the hour-long drive north to Grand Forks and continued his remarkable track record with a third place finish. The 10-time World of Outlaws Champion earned his fifth podium of the year, extending his record to 26 top 5 finishes in 28 series starts at River Cities Speedway.
“I don’t know if I’ve ridden two wheels that many times in my life,” joked Schatz. “I can’t deny that this place had a lot of character tonight I think Larry [Hillerud] would have smiled at that. That’s the nature of the beast, but on the street, not much surprises me anymore. This team keeps digging and we’re compiling the results. The more we show up on that podium, the more we will eventually get back to winning ways.”
Feature (35 laps): – 1st 41-Carson Macedo [$10,000]; 2. 49-Brad Sweet [$6,000]; 3. 15-Donny darling [$3,500]; 4. 83-James McFadden [$2,800]; 5. 2-David Kies [$2,500]; 6. 1S-Logan shoe style [$2,300]; 7. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss [$2,200]; 8. 9-Kasey Kahne [$2,100]; 9. 13-Mark Dobmeier [$2,050]; 10. 20G-Noah Gass [$2,000]; 11. 5-Spencer Bayston [$1,600]; 12. 11K-Kraig Kinser [$1,400]; 13. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [$1,200]; 14. 2A Austin Pierce [$1,100]; 15. 11M Brendan Mullen [$1,050]; 16. 1A-Jacob Allen [$1,000]; 17. 8H-Jade Hastings [$1,000]; 18. 6N-Greg Nikitenko [$1,000]; 19. 99-Jordan Graham [$1,000]; 20. 17K Zach Omdahl [$1,000]; 21. O-Nick Omdahl [$1,000]; 22. 26-Blake Egeland [$1,000]; 23. 55-Nick Rants [$1,000]; 24. 9N-Wade Nygaard [$1,000].