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World of Outlaws Cowtown Roundup
Kennedale Speedway Park | Kennedale, Texas
Saturday, March 23, 2024
Race Recap  

CONQUERING KENNEDALE: Carson Macedo Holds Off Gravel to Top World of Outlaws Kennedale Debut

There’s no denying 2024 didn’t begin the way Carson Macedo and Jason Johnson Racing had hoped it would.

The championship caliber crew stumbled out of the gate with four straight finishes of 12th or worse. But on Saturday night at Kennedale Speedway Park, the pairing put the exclamation mark on a recent stretch that’s made them forget all about the subpar start.

The driver of the Albaugh #41 started on the pole of the Series debut at Kennedale, stayed out front, and held off a charging David Gravel on the final lap for the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car win. With finishes of third, second, eighth, and first in the last four races, the rough beginning to the season feels long gone.

“What a great job by this JJR race team,” Macedo said. “Philip Dietz just did an incredible job, communicated well and made really good adjustments all night. I feel like my car was exceptional, laying down a good lap (in Qualifying) and just kind of took it from there. Adam Zimmerman and Robby McQuinn, they worked extremely hard and did a great job. We’re all gelling together, and the JJR team is coming together really nice.”

The victory marked Macedo’s 36th with The Greatest Show on Dirt. Kennedale became the 24th different track where Macedo has visited Victory Lane and third in the state of Texas. He’s also now topped the two most recent Series debuts at a new track after claiming the inaugural Ogilvie Raceway visit last June. Jason Johnson Racing is now up to 60 total World of Outlaws wins with Macedo supplying half of them.

Macedo also continued the streak of different winners to begin the year and tied the record. We’re up to eight different names to claim checkered flags to start the season, matching the mark established in 2015.

The 35-lap race was brought to green by Macedo with Bill Balog to his outside. Macedo roared ahead when the green lights flashed and led the first lap.

As the field navigated the opening circuits, Balog kept Macedo within striking distance with traffic ahead. The “North Pole Nightmare” closed in as lapped cars began to be a factor. Disaster nearly struck Macedo on the eighth lap when the lapped car of Jason Martin slowed ahead of him on the back straightaway. Macedo clipped Martin’s right rear tire, but not only did he save the car, he managed to hold the lead.

A lap after Macedo’s close call Sheldon Haudenschild muscled by Balog for the second spot and put Macedo in the crosshairs. Macedo managed to pad his advantage by slicing through a few slower cars. But at the halfway point of the main event Haudenschild began to close back in. Right when it looked like a battle for the lead was shaping up, heartbreak hit Haudenschild as a mechanical failure caused him to slow on the front straightaway and ended his night.

Haudenschild’s misfortune handed the runner-up spot to Aaron Reutzel for the ensuing restart. Macedo pulled ahead once again when the green flag resumed the action.

Carson Macedo driving the Jason Johnson Racing #41 at Kennedale Speedway Park
Carson Macedo led all 35 laps to claim the Series debut at Kennedale on Saturday night (Trent Gower Photo)

The Lemoore, CA driver looked to be cruising toward a comfortable victory as the race dipped inside 10 laps remaining. But traffic again became a factor and set up an exciting finish. Lapped cars slowed Macedo allowing both Reutzel and David Gravel to reel him in. Reutzel began to make the top of the racetrack work. Macedo stuck with the bottom, which hadn’t failed him to that point, but Reutzel chipped away at the lead. The cushion was becoming the preferred line.

The margin between Macedo and Reutzel was a mere tenth of a second when the white flag flew. But David Gravel had other plans about who might steal the win. A lapped car held Reutzel up on the final lap in Turns 1 and 2. Gravel shoved his nose to Reutzel’s inside and secured the spot heading down the back straightaway.

In the final set of corners Gravel ripped the cushion with no fear but it was too little, too late as Macedo held on and crossed the finish line with only a couple car lengths between himself and the Huset’s Speedway #2.

“I was getting nervous,” Macedo admitted. “I just kept telling myself, ‘Be patient. Don’t get excited.’ The bottom was really good. When I hit it right, it was excellent, but it was really easy to miss especially off of (Turn) 4. I think that’s what kind of started happening there with Bill (Rose). I’d get behind him there into (Turn) 3 and just lose my nose just enough and kind of skate out and didn’t have quite enough squirt to get by him. I could see David on the big screen. I could see Aaron kind of pacing him. I was just watching it every lap hoping I could squeak by Bill and was thankful when I finally did. I looked over and saw I had a decent amount of space.”

Gravel’s runner-up finish marked his third podium of the season and first since winning night two of DIRTcar Nationals in February. The result coupled with Giovanni Scelzi’s 10th place run put Gravel back into a tie for the points lead. The Watertown, CT native felt that one extra lap might’ve led him to Victory Lane.

“The car came alive the last 10 (laps), and I was really able to drive the car once we got that fuel burnt off,” Gravel said. “I lost a couple spots on those early starts. I didn’t want that to happen, but I knew (Turns) 3 and 4 were getting slick and technical. I figured the guys in front of me I could probably pick off there towards the end. I was probably going to run third there, and then Aaron got stuck behind a lapped car. The top was coming in in (Turns) 3 and 4, and Carson had no idea. It just sucks it’s not a 36-lap race.”

Reutzel completed the podium in the Ridge & Sons Racing #87. The Clute, TX native was definitely hungry for a home state World of Outlaws win, but overall he came away satisfied with the speed he and the team displayed.

“We had a shot. We had a phenomenal car that came in really good at the end there when I found the top and Carson didn’t know it was there yet,” Reutzel said. “It feels good to be in contention to win. It’s just a huge team effort.”

Bill Balog and Brent Marks completed the top five.

Sam Hafertepe Jr. grabbed the KSE Racing Hard Charger with a 24th to 11th run.

Carson Macedo grabbed Simpson Quick Time honors.

NOS Energy Drink Heats One, Three, and Four belonged to Bill Rose, Carson Macedo, and Ryan Timms. Milton Hershey Heat Two went to Brent Marks.

Koty Adams won the Micro-Lite Last Chance Showdown.

UP NEXT: The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars make their debut at Thunderbird Speedway (Muskogee, OK) on Friday, March 29 before a stop at 81 Speedway (Wichita, KS) on Saturday, March 30. 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[1]; 2. 2-David Gravel[4]; 3. 87-Aaron Reutzel[5]; 4. 17B-Bill Balog[2]; 5. 19-Brent Marks[6]; 6. 5T-Ryan Timms[7]; 7. 1S-Logan Schuchart[14]; 8. 83-Michael Kofoid[18]; 9. 15-Donny Schatz[9]; 10. 18-Giovanni Scelzi[20]; 11. 15H-Sam Hafertepe Jr[24]; 12. 41S-Dominic Scelzi[23]; 13. 73-Scotty Thiel[11]; 14. 1-Brenham Crouch[16]; 15. 6-Bill Rose[8]; 16. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss[15]; 17. 70-Kraig Kinser[13]; 18. 7S-Landon Crawley[22]; 19. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild[3]; 20. 45X-Jace Park[12]; 21. 88-Austin McCarl[10]; 22. 36-Jason Martin[17]; 23. 6A-Koty Adams[21]; 24. 2B-Brett Becker[19]

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Results  
Feature Results
POSStart+/-#DriverLapsBehindLedStatusPointsMoney
11041Carson Macedo 350.00035Running150$12,000
24+22David Gravel 35-0.260Running146$8,000
35+287Aaron Reutzel 35-1.837Running144$5,000
42-217BBill Balog 35-2.277Running142$3,200
56+119Brent Marks 35-3.503Running140$2,800
67+15TRyan Timms 35-4.067Running138$2,600
714+71SLogan Schuchart 35-4.541Running136$2,400
818+1083Michael Kofoid 35-4.995Running134$2,300
99015Donny Schatz 35-5.081Running132$2,200
1020+1018Giovanni Scelzi 35-6.011Running130$2,000
1124+1315HSam Hafertepe Jr35-6.728Running128$1,800
1223+1141SDominic Scelzi 35-7.173Running126$1,600
1311-273Scotty Thiel 35-9.562Running124$1,400
1416+21Brenham Crouch 35-9.866Running122$1,200
158-76Bill Rose 34-1 LapsRunning120$1,200
1615-13ZBrock Zearfoss 34-1 LapsRunning118$1,200
1713-470Kraig Kinser 33-2 LapsRunning116$1,200
1822+47SLandon Crawley 33-2 LapsRunning114$1,200
193-1617Sheldon Haudenschild 19-16 LapsRunning112$1,200
2012-845XJace Park 19-16 LapsRunning110$1,200
2110-1188Austin McCarl 19-16 LapsRunning108$1,200
2217-536Jason Martin 6-29 LapsRunning106$1,200
2321-26AKoty Adams 4-31 LapsRunning104$1,200
2419-52BBrett Becker 4-31 LapsRunning102$1,200
KSE Hard Charger: Sam Hafertepe Jr
Last Chance Showdown 1 Results
POSStart+/-#DriverLapsBehindLedStatusPointsMoney
12+16AKoty Adams 00.000Running0$0
21-17SLandon Crawley 0-1.380Running0$0
36+341SDominic Scelzi 0-1.964Running0$0
48+415HSam Hafertepe Jr0-3.541Running0$0
54-188RRyder Laplante 0-5.057Running90$500
63-316THKevin Newton 0-8.401Running90$400
77010GMarcus Thomas 0-8.938Running90$350
89+101JJeb Sessums 0-9.687Running90$300
914+595Matt Covington 0-10.673Running90$300
1011+116GAustyn Gossel 0-11.852Running90$300
1113+225BBlaine Baxter 0-12.182Running90$200
1210-218TTanner Holmes 0-0.347Running90$200
1312-14Austin Mundie 050.513Running90$200
145-972Claud Estes III0398.136Running90$200
Dash 1 Results
POSStart+/-#DriverLapsBehindLedStatusPointsMoney
12+141Carson Macedo 00.000Running0$0
21-117BBill Balog 0-2.909Running0$0
33017Sheldon Haudenschild 0-4.224Running0$0
46+22David Gravel 0-4.481Running0$0
54-187Aaron Reutzel 0-5.330Running0$0
65-119Brent Marks 0-6.084Running0$0
78+15TRyan Timms 0-6.309Running0$0
87-16Bill Rose 0-7.550Running0$0
C Main Results
POSStart+/-#DriverLapsBehindLedStatusPointsMoney
14+325BBlaine Baxter 00.000Running0$0
22095Matt Covington 0-1.213Running0$0
36+323Garet Williamson 0-2.066Running90$150
48+4J2John Carney II0-4.031Running90$150
59+485Colby Stubblefield 0-5.609Running90$150
61-55RJohn Ricketts 046.460Running90$125
75-221Michelle Parson 0104.274Running90$125
83-56GBryan Gossel 0104.274Running90$125
97-22CWayne Johnson 0104.274Running90$125
101001AJacob Allen 0104.274Running90$125
Heat 1 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
12+16Bill Rose 00.000Running
21-12David Gravel 0-0.359Running
33015Donny Schatz 0-1.395Running
44070Kraig Kinser 0-3.638Running
58+336Jason Martin 0-4.184Running
66016THKevin Newton 0-5.524Running
75-27SLandon Crawley 0-6.693Running
87-101JJeb Sessums 0-7.226Running
9905RJohn Ricketts 0-9.221Running
1010021Michelle Parson 0-10.291Running
111101AJacob Allen 0106.113DNS
Heat 2 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
11019Brent Marks 00.000Running
22017Sheldon Haudenschild 0-2.139Running
34+173Scotty Thiel 0-2.644Running
43-13ZBrock Zearfoss 0-3.920Running
5502BBrett Becker 0-4.731Running
69+372Claud Estes III0-5.766Running
710+310GMarcus Thomas 0-6.308Running
88016GAustyn Gossel 0-6.894Running
97-26GBryan Gossel 0436.928Running
106-42CWayne Johnson 0446.311Running
Heat 3 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
11041Carson Macedo 00.000Running
22017BBill Balog 0-3.584Running
34+188Austin McCarl 0-4.011Running
43-11SLogan Schuchart 0-4.577Running
55083Michael Kofoid 0-5.297Running
6606AKoty Adams 0-6.718Running
78+141SDominic Scelzi 0-7.718Running
89+118TTanner Holmes 0-8.746Running
97-295Matt Covington 0-9.872Running
1011+123Garet Williamson 0-10.564Running
1110-185Colby Stubblefield 0-11.257Running
Heat 4 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
1105TRyan Timms 00.000Running
22087Aaron Reutzel 0-2.178Running
34+145XJace Park 0-4.042Running
43-11Brenham Crouch 0-5.353Running
55018Giovanni Scelzi 0-6.020Running
66088RRyder Laplante 0-7.649Running
78+115HSam Hafertepe Jr0-9.606Running
810+24Austin Mundie 0-10.298Running
99025BBlaine Baxter 0-11.376Running
107-3J2John Carney II0100.474Running
Qualifying Flight 1 Results
POSStartCarDriverHometownTimeDifference
152David Gravel Watertown, CT11.4680.000
21119Brent Marks Myerstown, PA11.732-0.264
336Bill Rose Plainfield, IN11.759-0.291
41017Sheldon Haudenschild Wooster, OH11.767-0.299
5115Donny Schatz Fargo, ND11.779-0.311
6133ZBrock Zearfoss Jonestown, PA11.817-0.349
71670Kraig Kinser Bloomington, IN11.853-0.385
81873Scotty Thiel Sheboygan, WI11.888-0.420
997SLandon Crawley Benton, AR11.932-0.464
1062BBrett Becker Odessa, TX11.945-0.477
11816THKevin Newton Terre Haute, IN11.996-0.528
1222CWayne Johnson Oklahoma City, OK12.130-0.662
132001JJeb Sessums Burleson, TX12.130-0.662
14196GBryan Gossel Windsor, CO12.155-0.687
151536Jason Martin Lincoln, NE12.216-0.748
16416GAustyn Gossel Windsor, CO12.373-0.905
17175RJohn Ricketts Burleson, TX12.418-0.950
18772Claud Estes IIIMannsville, TX12.438-0.970
192121Michelle Parson Abilene, TX12.658-1.190
201210GMarcus Thomas Corsicana, TX13.798-2.330
21141AJacob Allen Hanover, PA0.00011.468
Qualifying Flight 2 Results
POSStartCarDriverHometownTimeDifference
11941Carson Macedo Lemoore, CA11.4670.000
245TRyan Timms Oklahoma City, OK11.633-0.166
31017BBill Balog North Pole, AK11.635-0.168
41287Aaron Reutzel Clute, TX11.667-0.200
5171SLogan Schuchart Hanover, PA11.709-0.242
691Brenham Crouch Lubbock, TX11.709-0.242
7188Austin McCarl Altoona, IA11.713-0.246
8645XJace Park Overland Park, KS11.726-0.259
92183Michael Kofoid Penngrove, CA11.747-0.280
102018Giovanni Scelzi Fresno, CA11.781-0.314
1156AKoty Adams Haughton, LA11.841-0.374
121388RRyder Laplante Calera, OK11.899-0.432
131895Matt Covington Glenpool, OK11.912-0.445
142J2John Carney IIEl Paso, TX11.928-0.461
15741SDominic Scelzi Fresno, CA11.932-0.465
16815HSam Hafertepe JrSunnyvale, TX11.955-0.488
171418TTanner Holmes Jacksonville, OR12.021-0.554
181625BBlaine Baxter Liberty Hill, TX12.021-0.554
19385Colby Stubblefield Seagoville, TX12.059-0.592
20114Austin Mundie Crandall, TX12.133-0.666
211523Garet Williamson Columbia, MO12.184-0.717
Hot Laps Results
POSStartCarDriverHometownTimeDifference
14041Carson Macedo Lemoore, CA11.5980.000
24283Michael Kofoid Penngrove, CA11.628-0.030
33387Aaron Reutzel Clute, TX11.762-0.164
4381SLogan Schuchart Hanover, PA11.843-0.245
52745XJace Park Overland Park, KS11.867-0.269
63117BBill Balog North Pole, AK11.905-0.307
71119Brent Marks Myerstown, PA11.917-0.319
8255TRyan Timms Oklahoma City, OK11.937-0.339
91017Sheldon Haudenschild Wooster, OH11.961-0.363
104118Giovanni Scelzi Fresno, CA11.974-0.376
1152David Gravel Watertown, CT11.990-0.392
123488RRyder Laplante Calera, OK12.080-0.482
133725BBlaine Baxter Liberty Hill, TX12.083-0.485
143995Matt Covington Glenpool, OK12.117-0.519
15324Austin Mundie Crandall, TX12.139-0.541
162841SDominic Scelzi Fresno, CA12.145-0.547
172288Austin McCarl Altoona, IA12.152-0.554
183623Garet Williamson Columbia, MO12.178-0.580
193518TTanner Holmes Jacksonville, OR12.179-0.581
2023J2John Carney IIEl Paso, TX12.204-0.606
211670Kraig Kinser Bloomington, IN12.208-0.610
22133ZBrock Zearfoss Jonestown, PA12.230-0.632
23816THKevin Newton Terre Haute, IN12.258-0.660
24301Brenham Crouch Lubbock, TX12.273-0.675
25266AKoty Adams Haughton, LA12.325-0.727
262001JJeb Sessums Burleson, TX12.353-0.755
272915HSam Hafertepe JrSunnyvale, TX12.353-0.755
281536Jason Martin Lincoln, NE12.376-0.778
29115Donny Schatz Fargo, ND12.414-0.816
302485Colby Stubblefield Seagoville, TX12.415-0.817
311873Scotty Thiel Sheboygan, WI12.480-0.882
3222CWayne Johnson Oklahoma City, OK12.493-0.895
3397SLandon Crawley Benton, AR12.673-1.075
34141AJacob Allen Hanover, PA12.733-1.135
35196GBryan Gossel Windsor, CO12.750-1.152
36772Claud Estes IIIMannsville, TX12.805-1.207
37416GAustyn Gossel Windsor, CO12.808-1.210
3836Bill Rose Plainfield, IN12.836-1.238
392121Michelle Parson Abilene, TX12.904-1.306
4062BBrett Becker Odessa, TX12.909-1.311
411210GMarcus Thomas Corsicana, TX13.177-1.579
42175RJohn Ricketts Burleson, TX13.177-1.579
DIRTVision Highlights  
Event Info  

World of Outlaws Cowtown Roundup
Saturday, March 23, 2024
Kennedale Speedway Park
6727 Hudson Vlg Crk Rd
Kennedale, Texas 76060 

Event Description
The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars get another chance to make their debut at Kennedale Speedway Park for a night of bullring action at the Texas quarter-mile.

Series Racing
World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series

Event Schedule
2PM Gates Open
4PM Grandstand Gates Open
6:30PM Hot Laps/Qualifying
Opening Ceremonies
and Racing to follow
*All times Central

Ticket Options  
Ticket Phone
(844) 347-8849

Options And Prices
Reserved: Advanced $40 / $45 Day of
Adult GA: Advanced $35 / $40 Day of
Child GA (6-12): $10

Grandstand Type
Bleachers

Reserved Seating
Top 9 Rows of Sections A-D

Pit Pass Price
$45

Pit Age Requirement
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 Availability
offsite

Frequently Asked Questions  
Reserved Seating
Top 9 Rows of Sections A-D

Type of Grandstand
Bleachers

Pit Age Limit
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 Availability
offsite

Track Info  

Kennedale Speedway Park
6727 Hudson Vlg Crk Rd
Kennedale, Texas 76060 

Track Phone
(817) 478-7223

Ticket Phone
(844) 347-8849

Track Size
0.25

Track Map
Competitor Info  

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