Carson Macedo (41) races under Donnie Schatz on Friday at the I-55 Federal Motor Speedway. (Photo by Mark Vonderbork)
Biveley, Mo. – The check was written entirely in Brad Sweet’s name on Friday when Carson Macedo came out of nowhere, threw a latch and scored the most amazing all-time steal the win the night before for Iron Man.
After controlling the first 29 laps at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55, Sweet looked ready to complete a clean sweep of the evening and claim his third World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series win of the season. The only problem is that they don’t pay you for the first 29 laps, they only pay you for those last few feet at the square flag that belong to Jason Johnson Racing #41 in Macedo.
Capitalizing on poor positioning in winding traffic, Macedo narrowed the gap from 0.753 seconds at the white flag to nearly nothing as he went all the way to the third turn and committed to clearing the three-time series champion and defending.
It was a move that galvanized the crowd, drove social media into a frenzy, boosted Camp 41 and saddened Team 49.
“There was a bit of luck,” Macedo admitted. “I saw him lock in place and then spin the tires down the back and I knew there wasn’t much grip on top where he was steered. I’ve been doing that for most of the race as I’ve been running in Turn 3 as hard as I can into the middle and finding a little strip of grip with my butt Right. That would get me focused and from there I was just hoping he was confused and couldn’t cross me.”
It was Macedo’s eighth win of the season, linking it to Sheldon Haudenschild as the Tour’s winning driver.
He has now won back-to-back World of Outlaws features at I-55 and is chasing Saturday a $20,000 paycheck with his first Ironman 55 title on the line.
“To beat Brad, a three-time champion and one of the best players here, looks really special,” Macedo added. “This was a really great race. That’s why we’re here to put on amazing performances like this for your fans. This place is tough, but so much fun. You really have to raise your elbows and chase them. Hopefully we can add the Iron Man title tomorrow.”
Sad Brad Sweet, who drove up to 3.379 seconds in the middle of the road, was honest in a traffic accident on his last lap.
“All you can do is hope the designers will race you in respect,” Sweet said, expressing his displeasure. I gave Marcus [Dumesny] Lots of room there and I thought I’d get more in return. You know he was careful before that, he deflated on his own, and he almost got us out, too. Then he did it there on the last lap and I don’t think that’s how people raced. It is what it is, though, and I could have done a few different moves not to put myself in this situation. It’s unfortunate for us, but Carson did a great job. We’ll be ready for the Iron Man title tomorrow.”
Behind the chaos up front was James McFadden with his seventh on the podium this season in third.
“We’ve kept it on all four wheels and that’s kind of a victory with how serious it is,” McFadden Kidd said. “I thought I would obviously bounce back to the trailer at some point. I think we have a really great car, but I wasted a lot of time slipping back and forth with Sheldon [Haudenschild]. I love racing in place, though. I think the fans had a lot of fun watching that. We’ll be back tomorrow ready for 55 more.”
Donnie Schatz and Logan Schuchart rounded out the top five.
Advantage (30 laps): 1. 41- Carson Macedo [$10,000]; 2. 49-Brad Sweet [$5,500]; 3. 83- James McFadden [$3,200]; 4. 15- Donnie Schatz [$2,600]; 5. 1S-Logan Schuchart [$2,350]; 6. 2- David Gravel [$2,150]; 7. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [$2,100]; 8. 13- Justin Beck [$1,950]; 9. 101- Lachlan McHugh [$1,900]; 10. 1AU – Marcus Domsny [$1,850]; 11. 5- Spencer Paystone [$1,400]; 12. 55-Hunter Schuerenberg [$1,200]; 13. 20G-Noah Gass [$1,000]; 14. 3Z- Brooke Zervos [$950]; 15. 35- Zach Hampton [$900]; 16. 22S- Slater Helt [$900]; 17. 6- Bill Rose [$900]; 18. 51B-Joe B Miller [$900]; 19. Seven S-Ruby Price [$900]; 20. 49J – Josh Schneiderman [$900]; 21. 1a – Jacob Allen [$900]; 22. 11K-Kraig Kinser [$900]; 23. 83JR-Kerry Madsen [$900]; 24. 25- JJ Heikal [$900].