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Carson Macedo in victory lane at Tri-State Speedway. (Mark Funderburk photo)

Macedo Stops McFadden At Tri-State

HAUBSTADT, Ind. — Carson Macedo passed James McFadden on the final lap to win Saturday night’s World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series feature at Tri-State Speedway.

The race featured five different leaders during 40 laps on the quarter-mile oval with Macedo and McFadden exchanging slide jobs during the closing laps and Macedo taking the checkered flag first by .398 seconds.

Aaron Reutzel led the early laps with Tyler Courtney and Sheldon Haudenschild, who cut a tire while leading with seven laps remaining also taking turns at the front.

“I know he’s probably upset with me, but I really wanted to win that race,” Macedo noted. “These races are tough to win, I’m gonna give it everything I have. James [McFadden] is a great driver and I have the utmost respect for him; I want to run everybody clean. I beat him to the line there and just tried to protect the bottom the best I could.”

Before eighth-starting Macedo and 11th-starting McFadden battled at the end, the beginning was between the front row of Courtney’s Clauson-Marshall Racing No. 7bc and Reutzel’s Roth Motorsports No. 83.

Reutzel paced the opening four laps before Courtney drove by on lap five. It quickly became a non-wing affair as former USAC standouts Courtney and Hunter Schuerenberg ran 1-2 with both drivers chasing their first-career World of Outlaws win.

Courtney led a race-high 19 laps aboard the NOS Energy Drink TURBO machine until Haudenschild in his own NOS Energy Drink whip wheeled by him to take command on lap 24. Mastering lapped traffic, Haudenschild ran off to a 2+ second advantage before a flat left-rear tire sent his Stenhouse Jr. Marshall Racing No. 17 to the work area on lap 33.

Inheriting the lead with seven to go, Macedo brought the field back to life in his Jason Johnson Racing No. 41 and immediately received a challenge from McFadden in the Kasey Kahne Racing with Mike Curb No. 9. They ran side-by-side for a handful of laps until J-Mac finally cleared his slider coming to the white flag.

McFadden officially led lap 39, but Macedo was quick to cross under him and steal it back entering turn one. The duo made contact fighting for real estate on the bottom and nearly allowed Courtney to sneak by them both as they went down the backstretch. Macedo made the move to go low in the final two corners and did just enough to survive McFadden’s onslaught.

It was Macedo’s second victory of the season.

“I could see him peeking his nose and I knew I needed to stay in front or he would pull the trigger hard enough,” Macedo said. “I saw the white come out and knew I needed to capitalize. This is a great win for our Jason Johnson Racing crew. I’m glad I can get Phil, Nate and Clyde back to victory lane.”

A dejected McFadden came home with a close second-place effort following his victory in Friday’s show at Kokomo Speedway.

“He was racing like a bit of a d–k head to be honest,” McFadden said. “He chopped me and put me over the tires and jammed it off the fence a couple of times. I kept giving him room and I probably shouldn’t have; I should have parked him and cleared him. I feel bad for letting my team down. Second is decent, but I probably needed to be a bit ruder.”

Courtney finished third.

“I think it was just inexperience in lap traffic,” Courtney said. “I’ve had more laps around here than those guys, but I just struggled with where to put the car. To rebound tonight with a podium against the best drivers in the country, maybe the world, is really awesome for our team.”

Schuerenberg earned his second-career World of Outlaws top five, and first since Tri-State in 2018, aboard the Vermeer Motorsports No. 55. Reutzel wrapped up the top five.

NOS Energy Drink World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series, Tri-State Speedway, Haubstadt, Ind., April 10, 2021

Qualifying Flight-A – 1. 19-Parker Price-Miller, 12.581; 2. 2-David Gravel, 12.597; 3. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild, 12.657; 4. 44-Kyle Cummins, 12.741; 5. 55-Hunter Schuerenberg, 12.758; 6. 11-Ian Madsen, 12.77; 7. 7BC-Tyler Courtney, 12.814; 8. 14-Tim Kaeding, 12.881; 9. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss, 12.917; 10. 9-James McFadden, 12.919; 11. 5S-Chase Stockon, 12.939; 12. 24-Rico Abreu, 12.957; 13. 1S-Logan Schuchart, 13.093; 14. 11K-Kraig Kinser, 13.13; 15. 15H-Sam Hafertepe, 13.196; 16. 5K-Paul Nienhiser, 13.35; 17. 17B-Bill Balog, 13.521; 18. 61M-Jadon Rogers, 13.666; 19. 20G-Noah Gass, 14.163

Qualifying Flight-B – 1. 26-Cory Eliason, 12.501; 2. 83-Aaron Reutzel, 12.778; 3. 55V-Spencer Bayston, 12.881; 4. 1A-Jacob Allen, 12.948; 5. 41-Carson Macedo, 12.96; 6. 3-Ayrton Gennetten, 12.983; 7. 13-Justin Peck, 13.085; 8. 49-Brad Sweet, 13.095; 9. 21-Carson Short, 13.095; 10. 15-Donny Schatz, 13.287; 11. 7-Critter Malone, 13.388; 12. 7S-Jason Sides, 13.458; 13. 35-Zach Hampton, 13.526; 14. 2C-Wayne Johnson, 13.529; 15. 96-Robert Ballou, 13.547; 16. 33M-Mason Daniel, 13.824; 17. 98-Clinton Boyles, 13.902; 18. 29-Brayton Lynch, 14.046; 19. 42-Andy Bishop, 14.161

DRYDENE Heat #1 – Flight (A) (10 Laps) – Top 5 Transfer – 1. 55-Hunter Schuerenberg [3]; 2. 7BC-Tyler Courtney [4]; 3. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [2]; 4. 19-Parker Price-Miller [1]; 5. 5S-Chase Stockon [6]; 6. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss [5]; 7. 1S-Logan Schuchart [7]; 8. 15H-Sam Hafertepe [8]; 9. 17B-Bill Balog [9]; 10. 20G-Noah Gass [10]

DRYDENE Heat #2 – Flight (A) (10 Laps) – Top 5 Transfer – 1. 11-Ian Madsen [3]; 2. 2-David Gravel [1]; 3. 9-James McFadden [5]; 4. 44-Kyle Cummins [2]; 5. 14-Tim Kaeding [4]; 6. 5K-Paul Nienhiser [8]; 7. 11K-Kraig Kinser [7]; 8. 61M-Jadon Rogers [9]; 9. 24-Rico Abreu [6]

DRYDENE Heat #3 – Flight (B) (10 Laps) – Top 5 Transfer – 1. 41-Carson Macedo [3]; 2. 55V-Spencer Bayston [2]; 3. 26-Cory Eliason [1]; 4. 21-Carson Short [5]; 5. 13-Justin Peck [4]; 6. 96-Robert Ballou [8]; 7. 7-Critter Malone [6]; 8. 35-Zach Hampton [7]; 9. 42-Andy Bishop [10]; 10. 98-Clinton Boyles [9]

DRYDENE Heat #4 – Flight (B) (10 Laps) – Top 5 Transfer – 1. 83-Aaron Reutzel [1]; 2. 1A-Jacob Allen [2]; 3. 49-Brad Sweet [4]; 4. 3-Ayrton Gennetten [3]; 5. 7S-Jason Sides [6]; 6. 15-Donny Schatz [5]; 7. 2C-Wayne Johnson [7]; 8. 33M-Mason Daniel [8]; 9. 29-Brayton Lynch [9]

DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash (8 Laps) – 1. 7BC-Tyler Courtney [1]; 2. 83-Aaron Reutzel [3]; 3. 2-David Gravel [4]; 4. 11-Ian Madsen [2]; 5. 55-Hunter Schuerenberg [7]; 6. 1A-Jacob Allen [6]; 7. 55V-Spencer Bayston [5]; 8. 41-Carson Macedo [8]

Last Chance Showdown (12 Laps) – Top 4 Transfer – 1. 15-Donny Schatz [2][-]; 2. 5K-Paul Nienhiser [3][-]; 3. 96-Robert Ballou [4][-]; 4. 11K-Kraig Kinser [7][-]; 5. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss [1][$300]; 6. 35-Zach Hampton [10][$250]; 7. 2C-Wayne Johnson [8][$225]; 8. 20G-Noah Gass [17][$200]; 9. 24-Rico Abreu [15][$200]; 10. 15H-Sam Hafertepe [9][$200]; 11. 33M-Mason Daniel [12][$200]; 12. 42-Andy Bishop [14][$200]; 13. 7-Critter Malone [6][$200]; 14. 1S-Logan Schuchart [5][$200]; 15. 17B-Bill Balog [13][$200]; 16. 61M-Jadon Rogers [11][$200]; 17. 29-Brayton Lynch [16][$200]; 18. 98-Clinton Boyles [18][$200]

NOS Energy Drink Feature (40 Laps) – 1. 41-Carson Macedo [8][$10,000]; 2. 9-James McFadden [11][$6,000]; 3. 7BC-Tyler Courtney [1][$3,500]; 4. 55-Hunter Schuerenberg [5][$2,800]; 5. 83-Aaron Reutzel [2][$2,500]; 6. 2-David Gravel [3][$2,300]; 7. 49-Brad Sweet [12][$2,200]; 8. 21-Carson Short [14][$2,100]; 9. 13-Justin Peck [18][$2,050]; 10. 11-Ian Madsen [4][$2,000]; 11. 55V-Spencer Bayston [7][$1,600]; 12. 26-Cory Eliason [10][$1,400]; 13. 5S-Chase Stockon [17][$1,200]; 14. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [9][$1,100]; 15. 1A-Jacob Allen [6][$1,050]; 16. 15-Donny Schatz [21][$1,000]; 17. 7S-Jason Sides [20][$1,000]; 18. 3-Ayrton Gennetten [16][$1,000]; 19. 1S-Logan Schuchart [25][$]; 20. 11K-Kraig Kinser [24][$1,000]; 21. 96-Robert Ballou [23][$1,000]; 22. 19-Parker Price-Miller [13][$1,000]; 23. 44-Kyle Cummins [15][$1,000]; 24. 5K-Paul Nienhiser [22][$1,000]; 25. 14-Tim Kaeding [19][$1,000]; 26. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss [26][$]. Lap Leaders: Aaron Reutzel 1-4; Tyler Courtney 5-23; Sheldon Haudenschild 24-33; Carson Macedo 34-38, 40; James McFadden 39. KSE Hard Charger Award: 9-James McFadden[+9].

 

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