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World of Outlaws Rick Ferkel Tribute
Fremont Speedway | Fremont, Ohio
Monday, May 27, 2024
Race Recap  

BUCKEYE BREAKTHROUGH: Carson Macedo Finally Grabs Elusive Win with Rick Ferkel Tribute Victory

There’s knocking on the door. Then there’s beating the door nearly off its hinges. The latter certainly defines the past two months for Carson Macedo and Jason Johnson Racing.

The pairing entered Monday’s Rick Ferkel Tribute on a stretch of 13 consecutive top five finishes that began on April 6 at Arrowhead Speedway. Eight of them were podiums including the most recent six. But none were wins.

Since topping the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series debut at Kennedale Speedway Park on March 23, a second victory had eluded Macedo. Even when he appeared bound for a win at Attica Raceway Park less than two weeks ago, Michael “Buddy” Kofoid snatched it away in the final set of corners.

But on Memorial Day at Fremont Speedway, Macedo finally broke through.

The Lemoore, CA driver made a statement move to go from third to first in the opening set of corners, survived a flurry of restarts, and held on during a green-white-checkered finish to grab the first World of Outlaws checkered flag handed out at Fremont since 2016.

“I’m just really proud of this race team,” Macedo said. “It feels really good to get a win. It’s been a little while. It’s definitely not easy to win these World of Outlaws races, so you’ve got to cherish them when you get them. We hadn’t won in a little while, but we’d been really consistent and really close. We had nights where we almost won, lost on the last lap, things like that. I knew that we had the potential in us. We just had to put it all together. I feel like tonight we did.”

Macedo’s win marked the 37th of his career with The Greatest Show on Dirt. He now owns three wins in only seven attempts at Fremont as Monday’s victory joins his triumphs with FAST (2017) and on a local level (2016) at the northern Ohio oval. And the icing on the cake of the victory is it came a day after Macedo celebrated his 28th birthday.

There’s a common saying in racing that states you can’t win the race on the first lap, but that’s essentially what Macedo pulled off. At the very least he made the race winning move on the opening lap.

The front row of David Gravel and Cale Thomas led the field to green for the 35-lapper. Gravel pulled ahead of Thomas as the third-starting Macedo peeked to Thomas’ inside heading into Turn 1. Macedo edged ahead of Thomas halfway through the first set of corners while up ahead Gravel slipped off the bottom, opening a lane for Macedo. He quickly grabbed some grip to launch off the bottom of Turn 2 down the back straightaway and went on to lead the opening lap.

A Lap 2 caution brought the action to a halt and set the tone for much of the race. A bevy of yellow and red flags interrupted the early flow of the Feature as drivers fought for space on the hooked-up surface.

A common thread of each caution period proved to be Macedo’s potency on restarts. Every time the green flag resumed the action, Macedo powered ahead of Gravel. The pilot of the Big Game Motorsports #2 tried everything he could. He stayed high with hopes of the top coming in better but never found the necessary speed. He sliced through traffic. But no move could make Macedo flinch.

Carson Macedo driving the Jason Johnson Racing #41 at Fremont Speedway
A strong opening lap move got Carson Macedo the lead at Fremont, and he never looked back (Trent Gower Photo)

The race threw one last curveball at Macedo as the caution lights flashed one last time when he crossed under the white flag to begin the final lap. Tyler Gunn came to a stop in Turn 4 setting up a green-white-checkered finish.

But just like each restart before, Macedo aced the final one. He took off on the lowline as Gravel made one final attempt at passing Macedo by working the top. But as it had throughout the main event, the bottom proved to be too strong. Macedo launched ahead and managed to win by a little more than half a second for a special victory at a place that helped elevate his career.

“I thought we got better in the Dash, and we were just better again there,” Macedo said. “Back in 2016 I ran here for my first time ever in the state of Ohio when I moved back to the Midwest. I was driving for Craig and Les Mintz and was able to win my first time here. And to come here for the Outlaw show and win like this is pretty cool.”

Gravel brought his machine home second as he continued his 2024 consistency. The point leader has finished in the top two in 12 of the last 17 Features. Gravel came away satisfied to bounce back after a Saturday crash at Atomic Speedway.

“The track stayed a lot wetter than we anticipated,” Gravel said. “The only lane I had where I could keep up with him was hammering the top really, really hard. I had to rip a tear off every single corner, so if I did that I would last like 70 tear offs… The #41 guys were just really good tonight.”

Finishing third for his first career World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car podium result was Cole Macedo. The Californian got comfortable at Fremont quickly upon arriving in the Midwest earlier in his career and was overjoyed to join his brother on the podium.

“It’s really rewarding,” Macedo said. “I want to start this off with thanking Kevin Newton. He gave me a shot this year when a lot of people weren’t, and we’ve had speed all year… It’s just a testament how hard these guys work. We crashed the other night. The Linder gang came and straightened me up, and we came and ran Fremont. I thought that was a smarter decision than going to back to Atomic, and it paid off.”

Bill Balog and Buddy Kofoid completed the top five.

Balog got to fourth with a drive from 18th to grab the KSE Racing Hard Charger.

David Gravel set his third consecutive Simpson Quick Time and the 116th of his career in Sea Foam Qualifying.

NOS Energy Drink Heats One, Three, and Four went to David Gravel (257th Heat Race win of career), Carson Macedo (125th of career), and Sheldon Haudenschild (107th of career). Milton Hershey School Heat Two belonged to Brock Zearfoss (17th of career).

David Gravel topped the Toyota Racing Dash.

Zeth Sabo won the Micro-Lite Last Chance Showdown.

The Smith Titanium Brake Systems Break of the Race went to Zane DeVault.

UP NEXT: The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars make their first visit to Wisconsin in 2024 for Beaver Dam Raceway’s Jim “JB” Boyd Memorial presented by O’Reilly Auto Parts on May 31-June 1. The winner of the finale is going home with $20,000. For tickets, CLICK HERE.

If you can’t make it to the track, catch every lap live on DIRTVision.

FEATURE RESULTS:

NOS Energy Drink Feature (35 Laps): 1. 41-Carson Macedo[3]; 2. 2-David Gravel[1]; 3. 16T-Cole Macedo[6]; 4. 17B-Bill Balog[18]; 5. 83-Michael Kofoid[13]; 6. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild[7]; 7. 23J-Cale Thomas[2]; 8. 15-Donny Schatz[5]; 9. 18-Giovanni Scelzi[17]; 10. 9-Trey Jacobs[9]; 11. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss[4]; 12. 101-Kalib Henry[8]; 13. 7S-Landon Crawley[25]; 14. 1S-Logan Schuchart[24]; 15. 5T-Travis Philo[22]; 16. 22-Brandon Spithaler[20]; 17. 68G-Tyler Gunn[23]; 18. 29-Zeth Sabo[21]; 19. 16-DJ Foos[26]; 20. 4-Zane DeVault[10]; 21. 34-Sterling Cling[15]; 22. 15C-Chris Andrews[19]; 23. 35-Stuart Brubaker[11]; 24. 19H-Joel Myers Jr[14]; 25. 9P-Parker Price Miller[16]; 26. 99-Skylar Gee[12]

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Results  
Feature Results
POSStart+/-#DriverLapsBehindLedStatusPointsMoney
13+241Carson Macedo 350.00035Running150$12,000
21-12David Gravel 35-0.681Running146$8,000
36+316TCole Macedo 35-1.885Running144$5,000
418+1417BBill Balog 35-2.657Running142$3,200
513+883Michael Kofoid 35-3.159Running140$2,800
67+117Sheldon Haudenschild 35-3.553Running138$2,600
72-523JCale Thomas 35-4.113Running136$2,400
85-315Donny Schatz 35-4.262Running134$2,300
917+818Giovanni Scelzi 35-4.635Running132$2,200
109-19Trey Jacobs 35-5.357Running130$2,000
114-73ZBrock Zearfoss 35-5.859Running128$1,800
128-4101Kalib Henry 35-6.019Running126$1,600
1325+127SLandon Crawley 35-6.447Running124$500
1424+101SLogan Schuchart 35-6.675Running122$1,200
1522+75TTravis Philo 34-1 LapsRunning120$1,200
1620+422Brandon Spithaler 34-1 LapsRunning118$1,200
1723+668GTyler Gunn 32-3 LapsRunning116$1,200
1821+329Zeth Sabo 26-9 LapsDNF114$1,200
1926+716D.J. Foos 17-18 LapsDNF112$1,200
2010-104Zane Devault 13-22 LapsDNF110$1,200
2115-634Sterling Cling 10-25 LapsDNF108$1,200
2219-315CChris Andrews 9-26 LapsDNF106$1,200
2311-1235Stuart Brubaker 8-27 LapsDNF104$1,200
2414-1019HJoel Myers Jr8-27 LapsDNF102$1,200
2516-99PParker Price-Miller 7-28 LapsDNF102$1,200
2612-1499Skylar Gee 0-35 LapsDNF102$1,200
KSE Hard Charger: Bill Balog
Last Chance Showdown 1 Results
POSStart+/-#DriverLapsBehindLedStatusPointsMoney
11029Zeth Sabo 00.000Running0$0
23+15TTravis Philo 0-2.844Running0$0
36+368GTyler Gunn 0-3.131Running0$0
45+11SLogan Schuchart 0-3.911Running0$0
510+57NDarin Naida 0-4.170Running90$500
62-416D.J. Foos 0-5.186Running90$400
7705AUBrock Hallett 0-5.865Running90$350
89+160Jordyn Charge 0-6.995Running90$300
98-145Devon Borden 0-8.074Running90$300
1016+67SLandon Crawley 0-8.455Running0$0
1117+612Luke Griffith 0-9.578Running90$200
1213+123Lance Moss 0-10.213Running90$200
1314+114Sean Rayhall 0-10.361Running90$200
144-1021Larry Kingseed Jr0275.755Running90$200
1518+311NKasey Jedrzejek 0272.994Running90$200
1612-4W20Greg Wilson 0272.395Running90$200
1711-62XBrian Smith 0269.655Running90$200
1815-319T.J. Michael 0411.147Running90$200
Dash 1 Results
POSStart+/-#DriverLapsBehindLedStatusPointsMoney
1102David Gravel 00.000Running0$0
22023JCale Thomas 0-0.629Running0$0
35+241Carson Macedo 0-1.758Running0$0
4403ZBrock Zearfoss 0-3.583Running0$0
56+115Donny Schatz 0-3.921Running0$0
67+116TCole Macedo 0-4.476Running0$0
78+117Sheldon Haudenschild 0-5.516Running0$0
83-5101Kalib Henry 0-7.005Running0$0
C Main Results
POSStart+/-#DriverLapsBehindLedStatusPointsMoney
11012Luke Griffith 00.000Running0$0
22011NKasey Jedrzejek 0-0.494Running0$0
34+133WCap Henry 0-1.026Running90$150
48+470Kraig Kinser 0-4.690Running90$150
512+798Robert Robenalt 089.780Running90$150
67+175Jerry Dahms 0112.118Running90$125
73-415KCreed Kemenah 0112.118Running90$125
85-31Nate Dussel 0112.118Running90$125
96-381Lee Jacobs 0112.118Running90$125
109-1XMike Keegan 0112.118Running90$125
111106Bill Rose 0112.118Running90$125
1210-209Craig Mintz 0112.118Running90$125
Heat 1 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
1102David Gravel 00.000Running
22016TCole Macedo 0-0.893Running
3309Trey Jacobs 0-1.680Running
44083Michael Kofoid 0-1.941Running
57+218Giovanni Scelzi 0-2.822Running
610+45TTravis Philo 0-3.997Running
76-15AUBrock Hallett 0-4.725Running
85-329Zeth Sabo 0-5.626Running
99023Lance Moss 0-6.341Running
1012+212Luke Griffith 0-7.353Running
111101Nate Dussel 0165.511Running
128-4XMike Keegan 0165.425Running
Heat 2 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
13+241Carson Macedo 00.000Running
21-1101Kalib Henry 0-2.347Running
34+135Stuart Brubaker 0-3.153Running
47+334Sterling Cling 0-3.938Running
52-315CChris Andrews 0-5.355Running
65-11SLogan Schuchart 0-6.359Running
710+360Jordyn Charge 0-7.010Running
8802XBrian Smith 0-10.243Running
911+219T.J. Michael 06.117Running
109-115KCreed Kemenah 05.994Running
1112+175Jerry Dahms 029.996Running
126-66Bill Rose 0210.957Running
Heat 3 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
1103ZBrock Zearfoss 00.000Running
24+223JCale Thomas 0-1.327Running
3304Zane Devault 0-2.721Running
42-219HJoel Myers Jr0-3.125Running
55017BBill Balog 0-3.462Running
69+321Larry Kingseed Jr0-5.112Running
76-116D.J. Foos 0-7.352Running
811+37NDarin Naida 0-7.884Running
97-214Sean Rayhall 0-8.059Running
1010011NKasey Jedrzejek 0-8.810Running
118-381Lee Jacobs 0319.577Running
1212009Craig Mintz 0319.577Running
Heat 4 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
12+117Sheldon Haudenschild 00.000Running
21-115Donny Schatz 0-0.982Running
33099Skylar Gee 0-2.869Running
4409PParker Price-Miller 0-4.532Running
55022Brandon Spithaler 0-6.271Running
610+468GTyler Gunn 0-7.517Running
78+145Devon Borden 0-7.690Running
86-2W20Greg Wilson 0-8.590Running
912+37SLandon Crawley 0-9.613Running
109-133WCap Henry 0-9.965Running
117-470Kraig Kinser 0-11.630Running
1211-198Robert Robenalt 0111.174Running
Qualifying Flight 1 Results
POSStartCarDriverHometownTimeDifference
1212David Gravel Watertown, CT12.2820.000
220101Kalib Henry Sacramento, CA12.430-0.148
31116TCole Macedo Lemoore, CA12.527-0.245
41415CChris Andrews Huron, OH12.536-0.254
579Trey Jacobs Shreve, OH12.584-0.302
62241Carson Macedo Lemoore, CA12.596-0.314
72383Michael Kofoid Penngrove, CA12.635-0.353
81235Stuart Brubaker Fremont, OH12.668-0.386
91829Zeth Sabo Fremont, OH12.695-0.413
10131SLogan Schuchart Hanover, PA12.702-0.420
1145AUBrock Hallett Portland, VIC12.710-0.428
1256Bill Rose Plainfield, IN12.738-0.456
13218Giovanni Scelzi Fresno, CA12.792-0.510
141934Sterling Cling Tempe, AZ12.822-0.540
1515XMike Keegan Fremont, OH12.875-0.593
1612XBrian Smith Fremont, OH12.917-0.635
171723Lance Moss Cherryville, NC12.939-0.657
18915KCreed Kemenah Alvada, OH12.958-0.676
19245TTravis Philo Waterville, OH12.961-0.679
201060Jordyn Charge Melton, VIC13.049-0.767
2131Nate Dussel Bradner, OH13.097-0.815
22619T.J. Michael West Plano, TX13.102-0.820
231612Luke Griffith Sandusky, OH13.123-0.841
24875Jerry Dahms Fremont, OH13.901-1.619
Qualifying Flight 2 Results
POSStartCarDriverHometownTimeDifference
1193ZBrock Zearfoss Jonestown, PA12.3180.000
21515Donny Schatz Fargo, ND12.413-0.095
3119HJoel Myers JrSanta Rosa, CA12.476-0.158
41017Sheldon Haudenschild Wooster, OH12.476-0.158
5134Zane Devault Plymouth, IN12.530-0.212
61699Skylar Gee Leduc, AB12.552-0.234
7223JCale Thomas Fairland, IN12.593-0.275
8239PParker Price-Miller Kokomo, IN12.693-0.375
9717BBill Balog North Pole, AK12.702-0.384
10322Brandon Spithaler Butler, PA12.730-0.412
11916D.J. Foos Fremont, OH12.762-0.444
1224W20Greg Wilson Benton Ridge, OH12.768-0.450
132014Sean Rayhall Boston, MA12.832-0.514
141870Kraig Kinser Bloomington, IN12.846-0.528
151481Lee Jacobs Holmesville, OH12.883-0.565
16545Devon Borden Raymond, WA12.935-0.617
172121Larry Kingseed JrCastalia, OH12.946-0.628
182233WCap Henry Bellevue, OH12.950-0.632
19811NKasey Jedrzejek Lagrange, OH13.092-0.774
20468GTyler Gunn Napoleon, OH13.193-0.875
21127NDarin Naida Adrian, MI13.331-1.013
22698Robert Robenalt Tiffin, OH0.00012.318
231109Craig Mintz Gibsonburg, OH0.00012.318
24177SLandon Crawley Benton, AR0.00012.318
Hot Laps Results
POSStartCarDriverHometownTimeDifference
1212David Gravel Watertown, CT12.5250.000
21415CChris Andrews Huron, OH12.553-0.028
32383Michael Kofoid Penngrove, CA12.554-0.029
41235Stuart Brubaker Fremont, OH12.652-0.127
5218Giovanni Scelzi Fresno, CA12.673-0.148
62241Carson Macedo Lemoore, CA12.677-0.152
72722Brandon Spithaler Butler, PA12.707-0.182
8245TTravis Philo Waterville, OH12.713-0.188
93117BBill Balog North Pole, AK12.718-0.193
101829Zeth Sabo Fremont, OH12.730-0.205
113915Donny Schatz Fargo, ND12.770-0.245
12131SLogan Schuchart Hanover, PA12.771-0.246
134633WCap Henry Bellevue, OH12.772-0.247
143417Sheldon Haudenschild Wooster, OH12.784-0.259
1520101Kalib Henry Sacramento, CA12.786-0.261
164414Sean Rayhall Boston, MA12.818-0.293
172519HJoel Myers JrSanta Rosa, CA12.819-0.294
1845AUBrock Hallett Portland, VIC12.831-0.306
194099Skylar Gee Leduc, AB12.831-0.306
201116TCole Macedo Lemoore, CA12.839-0.314
2148W20Greg Wilson Benton Ridge, OH12.855-0.330
22367NDarin Naida Adrian, MI12.869-0.344
232623JCale Thomas Fairland, IN12.877-0.352
24479PParker Price-Miller Kokomo, IN12.879-0.354
2515XMike Keegan Fremont, OH12.932-0.407
264521Larry Kingseed JrCastalia, OH12.932-0.407
27417SLandon Crawley Benton, AR12.963-0.438
281934Sterling Cling Tempe, AZ12.975-0.450
29433ZBrock Zearfoss Jonestown, PA13.029-0.504
304270Kraig Kinser Bloomington, IN13.035-0.510
3156Bill Rose Plainfield, IN13.050-0.525
32374Zane Devault Plymouth, IN13.067-0.542
333316D.J. Foos Fremont, OH13.102-0.577
3479Trey Jacobs Shreve, OH13.106-0.581
351060Jordyn Charge Melton, VIC13.125-0.600
362945Devon Borden Raymond, WA13.155-0.630
371723Lance Moss Cherryville, NC13.185-0.660
383211NKasey Jedrzejek Lagrange, OH13.185-0.660
391612Luke Griffith Sandusky, OH13.186-0.661
402868GTyler Gunn Napoleon, OH13.189-0.664
41619T.J. Michael West Plano, TX13.205-0.680
423881Lee Jacobs Holmesville, OH13.230-0.705
4331Nate Dussel Bradner, OH13.394-0.869
4412XBrian Smith Fremont, OH13.755-1.230
45875Jerry Dahms Fremont, OH13.768-1.243
463098Robert Robenalt Tiffin, OH14.898-2.373
473509Craig Mintz Gibsonburg, OH0.00012.525
48915KCreed Kemenah Alvada, OH0.00012.525
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Event Info  

World of Outlaws Rick Ferkel Tribute
Monday, May 27, 2024
Fremont Speedway
901 Rawson Ave
Fremont, Ohio 43420 

Event Description
After an eight year absence, the Greatest Show on Dirt returns to Fremont Speedway!

Series Racing
World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series

To Win Amount
$12,000.00

Event Schedule
2PM Gates Open 5PM Grandstand Gates Open 6:30PM Hot Laps/Qualifying Opening Ceremonies and Racing to follow **Schedule Is Tentative And Subject To Change**
*All times Eastern

Ticket Options  
Options And Prices
Adult Reserved: $40 Advanced / $45 Day of
Adult GA: $35 Advanced / $40 Day of
Child GA: $10

Reserved Seating
All seats of Sections A-C, Top 5 Rows of Sections D-I

Pit Pass Price
$45
Adult Pit Upgrade: $10
Child Pit Upgrade: $35

Pit Gate Location
There is no age restriction in the pits. Anyone 17 years of age or younger will need to fill out a minor waiver form and be accompanied by an adult.

Camping Cost
$25

Frequently Asked Questions  
To Win Amount
$12,000.00

Reserved Seating
All seats of Sections A-C, Top 5 Rows of Sections D-I

Pit Gate Location
There is no age restriction in the pits. Anyone 17 years of age or younger will need to fill out a minor waiver form and be accompanied by an adult.

Personal Coolers
No alcohol or glass

Alcohol Sales
No carry in Alcohol

Camping Cost
$25

Track Info  

Fremont Speedway
901 Rawson Ave
Fremont, Ohio 43420 

Track Phone
(419) 333-0478

Track Email
[email protected]

Track Size
0.333

Pit Gate Location
There is no age restriction in the pits. Anyone 17 years of age or younger will need to fill out a minor waiver form and be accompanied by an adult.

Track Map
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