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45th annual AGCO Jackson Nationals
Jackson Motorplex | Jackson, Minnesota
Saturday, August 19, 2023
Race Recap  

BACK-TO-BACK: Carson Macedo Outlasts Sweet for Second Straight Jackson Nationals Title

Five laps remained in Saturday’s AGCO Jackson Nationals powered by Fendt finale when the yellow lights flashed. The caution flag flew, and the stage was set for an epic conclusion with $25,000 on the line at Minnesota’s Jackson Motorplex.

Carson Macedo had led the way since lap 26 of the 35-lap Feature, but Brad Sweet stepped up to present a challenge. The duo traded sliders and crossovers over the final five circuits to bring the crowd to their feet. And when the dust settled on the heavyweight bout, Macedo emerged victorious to claim his second consecutive Jackson Nationals title.

In Victory Lane Macedo rose atop the wing of his Jason Johnson Racing machine as the fans roared. The entire JJR team celebrated wildly after their driver came out on top of a duel with the four-time and reigning World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car champion.

The win moved Macedo up to six for the season, putting him in a three-way tie for the second most this year. The Lemoore, CA native is at 34 victories for his career with The Greatest Show on Dirt, which breaks a tie with Sheldon Haudenschild for 21st on the all-time win list.

“I’ve got the utmost respect for Brad Sweet,” Macedo said. “He’s an unbelievable race car driver, so to duel with him there at the end like that is pretty cool. I’m just super thankful for this Albaugh #41 team. Philip Dietz is unreal. To win this race back-to-back is pretty special. I feel like Phil has an extremely good package, good car here. And Clyde Knipp and Nate Repetz, they’re the hardest workers out here on the tour. They grind it out every day. They do an incredible job, so I’m happy to reward them with a win. Just hats off to this Jason Johnson Racing team.”

Macedo began the main event from the outside of the front row. It was James McFadden – who was attempting to sweep the three nights – taking the early advantage from the pole. As the field navigated the opening laps McFadden extended his lead over Macedo.

McFadden set a torrid pace in the race’s first half. At times when navigating traffic, Macedo found chances to close on the tail tank of the Roth Motorsports #83 but couldn’t find a lane to get around him.

Then on Lap 26, the lane opened.

As McFadden exited Turn 2, he slipped up slightly coming off the corner and slid while Macedo stayed low in the grip and pointed as straight as an arrow. Carrying much momentum down the back straightaway, Macedo dipped under McFadden entering Turn 3 to take command.

“I had a really bad stumbling issue in the center of the corner,” McFadden commented on what might’ve cost him the lead. “And then when I got to lapped cars I couldn’t accelerate off the corner at all.”

After securing the top spot, Macedo quickly pulled ahead and appeared on his way to a commanding triumph when the yellow flag was displayed with five laps remaining for a slowing Ian Madsen.

Carson Macedo
Carson Macedo took the lead late and bested Brad Sweet in a late duel for his second straight Jackson Nationals title (Trent Gower Photo)

On the restart Brad Sweet, who was running third, got the top working and blasted around McFadden for second in Turns 1 and 2. Then “The Big Cat” ripped the top in the next set of corners to pull alongside Macedo and nose ahead to lead Lap 31. Macedo countered with a slide job in Turn 1 to swipe the lead back for the next two circuits.

After crossing the finish line with two laps to go, Sweet threw a slider of his own to regain the top spot. Coming to the white flag, Macedo drove from the top of Turn 3 down to the bottom on the exit of Turn 4 to gather speed as the white flag waved. Macedo once again slid Sweet to move ahead, and the 27-year-old sealed the deal by sliding himself in the final set of corners to secure a thrilling victory.

“I was having to really get slowed up in the middle to grab that bottom grip off of (Turn) 4, and I think that’s where Brad was obviously able to sail around me there,” Macedo explained. “By the time I could hear him he was already by me. I was able to kind of squeeze that grip into (Turn) 1 and slide him and then I was in full guess mode. I didn’t really know where to be. I didn’t really know whether I was supposed to be on the top or the bottom. When you’re in that spot, it’s tough to know exactly where you’re supposed to be.”

Sweet’s runner-up result aboard the Kasey Kahne Racing #49 earned him a healthy $10,000 payday. With hindsight, the Grass Valley, CA native found himself wishing he’d have taken a more defensive approach with the lead in the closing laps.

“I just kind of got out-raced there at the end,” Sweet said. “I feel like I could’ve done a better job once I got ahead of him to keep him behind me, but he surprised me with some of the runs he got. I wasn’t expecting him, when I passed him on the top, to make speed back up on me. But this track is wide and flat, so once he got there and this dirty air, even if they get just kind of close to you, you really feel it. I got a little dirty air and got behind him and mounted another charge and got back by him. Taking the white (flag) in the lead I should’ve just really protected the bottom. I didn’t get across the front straightaway enough, and he got back to my inside. He did a better job protecting and moving his car around.”

In the final laps, Donny Schatz surged onto the podium to finish third. The result marked his second top three in three nights at Jackson with the Tony Stewart/Curb Agajanian Racing team.

“The yellow probably helped us a little bit there,” Schatz said. “Whoever was in front of me, when they went to the bottom you’ve got to go where they’re not. So, we finally got up there and kept a pretty fast pace. I kept trying different things throughout the race to see what my race car was doing to see if I could give my guys some data and feedback that’ll help us get a little bit better. We tried a hundred different things, but nothing seemed to get us going. Still a pretty respectable finish.”

Slipping to fourth late in the going was James McFadden after leading the first 25 laps. He fell just short of history as he was attempting to become the first driver since Danny Lasoski in 2003 to win three consecutive World of Outlaws races in three consecutive nights at the same track. While he couldn’t cement a sweep of the Jackson Nationals, McFadden left feeling encouraged with home turf for his Roth Motorsports team nearing on the horizon.

“I’m just happy with the weekend,” McFadden said. “You can’t be sad about two wins and a fourth. It gives us good momentum leading into the next couple races and then obviously in California where Dennis and Teresa are from and get to watch their car go around their home state. Excited to get there and see what happens.”

Giovanni Scelzi completed the top five.

Spencer Bayston earned the KSE Racing Hard Charger with a drive from 18th to 10th.

James McFadden won the Toyota Racing King of the Hill to earn the pole of the main event.

Lachlan McHugh topped the Micro-Lite Last Chance Showdown.

UP NEXT: The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars head to North Dakota for two straight nights. First up is the Gerdau presents the 2nd Leg of the Northern Tour at River Cities Speedway (Grand Forks, ND) on Friday, August 25. The next brings the Gerdau presents the Duel in the Dakotas at Red River Valley Speedway (West Fargo, ND) on Saturday, August 26. For tickets, CLICK HERE.

If you can’t make it to the track, catch all of the action live on DIRTVision.


NOS Energy Drink Feature (35 Laps): 1. 41-Carson Macedo[2]; 2. 49-Brad Sweet[3]; 3. 15-Donny Schatz[5]; 4. 83-James McFadden[1]; 5. 18-Giovanni Scelzi[4]; 6. 1S-Logan Schuchart[11]; 7. 1T-Tanner Holmes[8]; 8. 24-Rico Abreu[9]; 9. 39M-Justin Sanders[7]; 10. 5-Spencer Bayston[18]; 11. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild[12]; 12. 9-Kasey Kahne[14]; 13. 2-David Gravel[17]; 14. 11-Cory Eliason[15]; 15. 10-Scott Bogucki[13]; 16. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss[10]; 17. 2KS-Chase Randall[16]; 18. 7S-Robbie Price[19]; 19. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr[20]; 20. (DNF) 7-Ian Madsen[23]; 21. (DNF) 25-Lachlan McHugh[21]; 22. (DNF) 83JR-Michael Kofoid[6]; 23. (DNF) 22K-Kaleb Johnson[22]; 24. (DNF) 16-Brooke Tatnell[24]

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Feature Results
12+141Carson Macedo 350.0008Running90$25,000
23+149Brad Sweet 35-0.2062Running90$10,000
35+215Donny Schatz 35-1.490Running90$7,000
41-383James McFadden 35-2.53125Running90$6,000
54-118Giovanni Scelzi 35-3.532Running90$5,500
611+51SLogan Schuchart 35-4.003Running90$5,000
78+11TTanner Holmes 35-4.644Running90$4,500
89+124Rico Abreu 35-5.382Running90$4,000
97-239MJustin Sanders 35-6.642Running90$3,500
1018+85Spencer Bayston 35-7.085Running90$3,000
1112+117Sheldon Haudenschild 35-7.587Running90$2,500
1214+29Kasey Kahne 35-7.713Running90$2,400
1317+42David Gravel 35-8.268Running90$2,300
1415+111Cory Eliason 35-8.799Running90$2,200
1513-210Scott Bogucki 35-9.182Running90$2,100
1610-63ZBrock Zearfoss 35-9.278Running90$2,000
1716-12KSChase Randall 35-9.921Running90$2,000
1819+17SRobbie Price 35-10.273Running90$2,000
1920+115HSam Hafertepe Jr35-10.615Running90$2,000
2023+37Ian Madsen 28-7 LapsDNF90$2,000
2121025Lachlan McHugh 28-7 LapsDNF90$2,000
226-1683JRMichael Kofoid 14-21 LapsDNF90$2,000
2322-122KKaleb Johnson 1-34 LapsDNF90$2,000
2424016Brooke Tatnell 0-35 LapsDNF90$2,000
KSE Hard Charger: Spencer Bayston
Last Chance Showdown 1 Results
12+125Lachlan McHugh 120.00012Running0$0
21-122KKaleb Johnson 12-1.262Running0$0
3307Ian Madsen 12-1.670Running0$0
45+116Brooke Tatnell 12-1.937Running0$0
54-135Skylar Prochaska 12-2.373Running90$1,500
67+121TCole Macedo 12-3.191Running90$1,000
76-144WAusten Wheatley 12-3.887Running90$800
810+214TTim Estenson 12-4.149Running90$700
911+21KKelby Watt 12-4.950Running90$600
1012+22KKevin Ingle 12-5.890Running90$500
119-210JJustin Jacobsma 12-6.056Running90$400
128-420GNoah Gass 9-3 LapsDNF90$300
Dash 1 Results
11083James McFadden 00.000Running0$0
22041Carson Macedo 00.000Running0$0
36+349Brad Sweet 00.000Running0$0
43-118Giovanni Scelzi 00.000Running0$0
54-115Donny Schatz 00.000Running0$0
65-183JRMichael Kofoid 00.000Running0$0
78+139MJustin Sanders 00.000Running0$0
87-11TTanner Holmes 00.000Running0$0
Heat 1 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
11049Brad Sweet 100.00010Running
22024Rico Abreu 10-3.315Running
33017Sheldon Haudenschild 10-4.731Running
44011Cory Eliason 10-5.411Running
5505Spencer Bayston 10-6.378Running
6607Ian Madsen 10-8.340Running
77016Brooke Tatnell 10-9.220Running
89+120GNoah Gass 10-10.817Running
98-114TTim Estenson 10-12.175Running
Heat 2 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
1101TTanner Holmes 100.00010Running
2203ZBrock Zearfoss 10-3.112Running
33010Scott Bogucki 10-4.832Running
4402KSChase Randall 10-6.677Running
56+17SRobbie Price 10-7.819Running
68+235Skylar Prochaska 10-9.516Running
77044WAusten Wheatley 10-10.395Running
85-322KKaleb Johnson 10-11.815Running
9901KKelby Watt 10-12.478Running
Heat 3 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
11039MJustin Sanders 100.00010Running
2201SLogan Schuchart 10-0.521Running
3309Kasey Kahne 10-2.010Running
4402David Gravel 10-3.358Running
56+115HSam Hafertepe Jr10-4.777Running
65-125Lachlan McHugh 10-6.152Running
77021TCole Macedo 10-7.964Running
88010JJustin Jacobsma 10-10.029Running
9902KKevin Ingle 5-5 LapsDNF
Hot Laps Results
1111TTanner Holmes Jacksonville, OR13.4270.000
21310Scott Bogucki Mclaren Vale, SA13.479-0.052
3232David Gravel Watertown, CT13.516-0.089
42039MJustin Sanders Aromas, CA13.576-0.149
5101KKelby Watt Adel, IA13.636-0.209
655Spencer Bayston Lebanon, IN13.644-0.217
71744WAusten Wheatley Lake Stevens, WA13.661-0.234
81522KKaleb Johnson Sioux Falls, SD13.661-0.234
9123ZBrock Zearfoss Jonestown, PA13.666-0.239
10224Rico Abreu St. Helena, CA13.670-0.243
11142KSChase Randall Waco, TX13.709-0.282
12935Skylar Prochaska Lakefield, MN13.723-0.296
132515HSam Hafertepe JrSunnyvale, TX13.764-0.337
142621TCole Macedo Lemoore, CA13.778-0.351
15411Cory Eliason Visalia, CA13.783-0.356
16167SRobbie Price Cobble Hill, BC13.812-0.385
17149Brad Sweet Grass Valley, CA13.819-0.392
1867Ian Madsen St Marys, NSW13.826-0.399
19211SLogan Schuchart Hanover, PA13.838-0.411
20229Kasey Kahne Enumclaw, WA13.841-0.414
21317Sheldon Haudenschild Wooster, OH13.851-0.424
222425Lachlan McHugh Gold Coast, QLD13.879-0.452
23814TTim Estenson Fargo, ND13.886-0.459
24716Brooke Tatnell San Souci, NSW13.931-0.504
252720GNoah Gass Mounds, OK13.966-0.539
26192KKevin Ingle Huron, SD13.979-0.552
271810JJustin Jacobsma Hull, IA14.013-0.586
Lock-In Hot Laps Results
11083James McFadden 00.000Running0$0
25+383JRMichael Kofoid 0-0.097Running0$0
34+115Donny Schatz 0-0.149Running0$0
43-118Giovanni Scelzi 0-0.273Running0$0
52-341Carson Macedo 0-0.423Running0$0
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Event Info  

45th annual AGCO Jackson Nationals
Saturday, August 19, 2023
Jackson Motorplex
78748 550th Avenue
Jackson, Minnesota 56143 

Event Description
Minnesota's Jackson Motorplex will host its annual crown jewel event, featuring the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series, for the 45th year!

Series Racing
World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series

Event Schedule
2 p.m. Pit Gate Opens
4 p.m. Grandstand Gate Opens
6:30 p.m. Hot Laps
-Racing to follow
*All times Central
*All times Central

Ticket Options  
Options And Prices
Reserved Adult: $45, $45, $48, or $125 for 3-day package
Reserved Youth (6-12): $25, $25, $28, or $64 for 3-day package
Reserved Child (0-5): $25, $25, $28, or $64 for 3-day package
GA Adult: $42, $42, 42, or $115 for 3-day package
GA Youth (6-12): $20, $20, $23, or $50 for 3-day package
GA Child (0-5): FREE

Family Section Location
Section C

Handicapped Seating Location
front rows of a sections

Pit Age Requirement
There is not an age limit for the pit area at this event. Minors aged 17 and younger must submit a fully-executed minor “Parental Consent, Release and Waiver of Liability, Assumption of Risk, and Indemnity Agreement/Minor's Assumption of Risk and Release and Waiver of Liability by.” These will be available at the Pit Ticket Windows.

Camping Cost

Frequently Asked Questions  
Stadium Seating
Seat cushions, stadium seats w/ armrests are allowed

Handicapped Seating
front rows of a sections

Pit Age Limit
There is not an age limit for the pit area at this event. Minors aged 17 and younger must submit a fully-executed minor “Parental Consent, Release and Waiver of Liability, Assumption of Risk, and Indemnity Agreement/Minor's Assumption of Risk and Release and Waiver of Liability by.” These will be available at the Pit Ticket Windows.

Personal Coolers
No coolers allowed


Alcohol Sales
Alcohol is available for purchase

Smoking Policy
No smoking in the grandstands. Smoking is permitted in designated area by beer stand.

Family Section
Section C

Camping Cost

Track Info  

Jackson Motorplex
78748 550th Avenue
Jackson, Minnesota 56143 

Track Phone
(507) 849-7100

Track Size

Closest Airport
Sioux Falls

Other Airport

Track Map
Competitor Info  

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