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Knoxville Nationals
Knoxville Raceway | Knoxville, Iowa
Thursday, August 10, 2023
Race Recap  

A TOUGH ROAD BACK: Carson Macedo Tops Night Two of Knoxville Nationals for Special Win

Back in June, Carson Macedo left Knoxville Raceway in an ambulance. Two months later to the date, he left “The Sprint Car Capital of the World” the winner of a NOS Energy Drink Knoxville Nationals prelim.

On that scary night, Macedo limped away from a wrecked Jason Johnson Racing #41 uncertain of the future. But he battled back. The 27-year-old fought through the pain to stay in the behind the wheel. Little by little, he healed. A couple wins came as he returned to physical normalcy. And then came a return to Knoxville for The Granddaddy of ‘Em All.

Macedo and the JJR crew brought a special livery donning flames to both show appreciation to the safety team that helped Macedo and make a little light of a difficult situation. The car hit the track on Thursday night for the first time, and Macedo wheeled it to the win on Iowa Lottery Qualifying Night.

The team, family, and friends erupted with joy in Victory Lane. Emotions overflowed as Macedo won on the sport’s grandest stage at the track that put them face to face with a hefty load of adversity.

“It’s amazing. That was incredible,” Macedo said. “It sucked to have that wreck. Man, it was a tough road back. You take for granted your youth, I think. I hadn’t had a wreck that bad before. The recovery process at Beaver Dam that next weekend was hell on earth with my ribs being broke and still trying to race. And to come back here and win is pretty incredible.”

The win marked Macedo’s fifth overall win at Knoxville with JJR. The pairing won their first race together in a 2018 360 Nationals prelim. They topped two World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car events in 2021. Last year, they claimed a local Knoxville show. It was also enough to slot them in fifth among the lineup for Saturday’s 50-lap, $185,000 to win finale.

Macedo began the 25-lap Feature from the fourth position while up front Anthony Macri and Garet Williamson paced the field. Third-starting Dusty Zomer used a strong start to slide Macri for the lead in the first set of corners, but Macri returned the favor in Turns 3 and 4 to lead the opening lap.

Macri settled into the lead while Williamson rolled around Zomer for second on Lap 4, and Macedo followed him to slot into third.The top trio stayed in that order throughout the early portion of the race. But as the raced moved beyond halfway, Macedo slid Williamson to take over runner-up.

The red flag flew for a flipping Daryn Pittman with only 10 laps remaining to set up a pivotal restart. When the green lights came back on, a great run coming out of Turn 4 allowed Macedo to clear a slide job on Macri. The Dillsburg, PA native attempted to return the favor on the next lap but couldn’t clear him.

Carson Macedo looks to Anthony Macri's inside for the lead
Carson Macedo used a strong restart to swipe the lead from Anthony Macri and held on to win (Trent Gower photo)

“Macri just missed the bottom on that start,” Macedo explained. “I was able to kind of fire across and get the lead. I knew at that point it was going to be tough to get by me as long as I started logging laps around the top.”

Macedo was correct in his assessment as nobody could mount a challenge to even attempt to pass him. The Lemoore, CA driver survived some late yellow and red flags and went on to win comfortably.

Now, the focus can shift to the main prize – Saturday’s $185,000 finale. The Knoxville Nationals brought Jason Johnson Racing’s most memorable moment when the late Johnson himself wheeled the #41 to victory in 2016. Macedo thinks he might have a passenger this week.

“I’m thankful for my team,” Macedo said. “JJR is amazing. I think Jason was maybe riding with me tonight there after I had my bad one. He loved Knoxville Raceway, and I love it too.”

Behind Macedo, Kyle Larson put together a late charge to bring the Silva Motorsports #57 home in the runner up spot. “Yung Money’s” efforts throughout the night earned him 482 points – enough to give him the pole for Saturday’s finale. Larson is a former Knoxville Nationals champion (2021), but the pole is an honor he’d not yet experienced. He’ll aim for back to back Saturday triumphs after topping last weekend’s Ironman 55.

“Winning the Knoxville Nationals was really cool, but I’ve also wanted to be able to say I’ve started on the pole of the Knoxville Nationals someday,” Larson said. “So, I’m glad to get a really good prelim night in. Qualified okay for going out late. Then driving from the fourth row to win the Heat was pretty awesome. I had a good car in the Feature, just made a lot of mistakes most of that whole race. So, to still come away with a second after running that sloppy, I’m happy with it but just need to clean a lot of things up behind the wheel and hopefully have a good shot for Saturday.”

Spencer Bayston put together a strong charge from 10th to third to round out the podium aboard the CJB Motorsports #5. Bayston’s run gave him enough points to lock him into his first Knoxville Nationals finale as he’ll start 13th on Saturday – a moment that left him feeling especially grateful.

“It just feels really good,” Bayston said. “I’ve never made a Knoxville Nationals A-main, and I’ve been trying for so long and it feels so good. This is the most special place and the most special race of all of Sprint Car racing. And just to make the A-main finally feels so good.”

Anthony Macri and Rico Abreu, who started 21st, completed the top five. Abreu earned 480 points through the night, putting him alongside Larson on the front row for Saturday. The northern Californians who grew up racing together will lead the field to green in the sport’s biggest race.

Abreu also earned the night’s Simpson Performance Products QuickTime for the third time this season and the 16th of his career. And to go along with that, he took KSE Racing Hard Charger honors. The Micro-Lite Last Chane Showdown? Also to Abreu.

CASE No. 1 Engine Oil Heat One went to Zach Hampton (first Heat Race win of career). Your Life Iowa Heats Two through Five were topped by Kevin Thomas Jr. (first of career), Kalib Henry (first of career), Kyle Larson (38th of career), and Ayrton Gennetten (second of career).

UP NEXT: The World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Cars return to Knoxville Raceway on Friday, August 11 for Hard Knox night. The drivers who weren’t able to lock in get the opportunity to forget all about a sub-par prelim with four more spots available to the drivers who run first through fourth in the Friday main event. For tickets, CLICK HERE.

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


Row 1: Kyle Larson – Rico Abreu
Row 2: Donny SchatzLogan Schuchart
Row 3: Carson Macedo – Hunter Schuerenberg
Row 4: Kerry Madsen – Buddy Kofoid
Row 5: Giovanni Scelzi – Corey Day
Row 6: Ian Madsen – Dusty Zomer
Row 7: Spencer Bayston – Chase Randall
Row 8: Anthony Macri – Brad Sweet


A Feature (25 Laps): 1. 41-Carson Macedo[4]; 2. 57-Kyle Larson[5]; 3. 5-Spencer Bayston[10]; 4. 7BC-Anthony Macri[1]; 5. 24-Rico Abreu[21]; 6. 88-Austin McCarl[11]; 7. 1S-Logan Schuchart[7]; 8. 3J-Dusty Zomer[3]; 9. 83JR-Michael Kofoid[22]; 10. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss[13]; 11. 21-Brian Brown[9]; 12. 6G-Garet Williamson[2]; 13. 71-Shane Stewart[23]; 14. 16A-Colby Copeland[15]; 15. 4-Ian Madsen[6]; 16. 25-Lachlan McHugh[17]; 17. 12X-Ayrton Gennetten[16]; 18. 101-Kalib Henry[20]; 19. 35-Zach Hampton[19]; 20. 17AU-Jamie Veal[14]; 21. 49-Brad Sweet[8]; 22. 11-Cory Eliason[12]; 23. 5X-Daryn Pittman[24]; 24. 4J-Kevin Thomas Jr[18]

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Feature Results
14+341Carson Macedo 260.00011Running0$12,000
25+357Kyle Larson 26-1.659Running0$10,000
310+75Spencer Bayston 26-2.527Running0$7,000
41-37BCAnthony Macri 26-2.98615Running0$6,000
521+1624Rico Abreu 26-3.332Running0$5,000
611+588Austin McCarl 26-4.182Running0$4,000
7701SLogan Schuchart 26-4.666Running0$3,500
83-53JDusty Zomer 26-5.443Running0$2,500
922+1383JRMichael Kofoid 26-6.017Running0$2,000
1013+33ZBrock Zearfoss 26-6.084Running0$1,750
119-221Brian Brown 26-6.870Running0$1,500
122-106GGaret Williamson 26-7.008Running0$1,400
1323+1071Shane Stewart 26-7.974Running0$1,300
1415+116AColby Copeland 26-8.260Running0$1,250
156-94Ian Madsen 26-8.428Running0$1,200
1617+125Lachlan McHugh 26-8.924Running0$1,150
1716-112XAyrton Gennetten 26-9.463Running0$1,100
1820+2101Kalib Henry 26-9.877Running0$1,050
1919035Zach Hampton 25-1 LapsRunning0$1,000
2014-617AUJamie Veal 24-2 LapsRunning0$1,000
218-1349Brad Sweet 21-5 LapsDNF0$1,000
2212-1011Cory Eliason 17-9 LapsDNF0$1,000
2324+15XDaryn Pittman 14-12 LapsDNF0$1,000
2418-64JKevin Thomas Jr10-16 LapsDNF0$1,000
KSE Hard Charger: Rico Abreu
Last Chance Showdown Results
11024Rico Abreu 120.00012Running0$200
22083JRMichael Kofoid 12-6.619Running0$200
37+471Shane Stewart 12-8.299Running0$200
4405XDaryn Pittman 12-10.510Running0$200
53-218TTanner Holmes 12-11.122Running0$600
65-117BBill Balog 12-11.916Running0$550
76-14CWChris Windom 12-12.671Running0$500
811+33Tim Kaeding 12-12.772Running0$475
9903PSawyer Phillips 12-13.305Running0$450
1017+711NHarli White 12-14.424Running0$425
1113+222KKaleb Johnson 12-14.930Running0$400
121205TRyan Timms 12-15.353Running0$375
1321+817WShane Golobic 12-16.822Running0$350
141401KKelby Watt 12-1.328Running0$325
1515020GNoah Gass 12-1.733Running0$300
1618+244PSkylar Prochaska 11-1 LapsRunning0$275
1723+66BClint Garner 11-1 LapsRunning0$260
1819+15CDylan Cisney 11-1 LapsRunning0$250
1916-365Jordan Goldesberry 11-1 LapsRunning0$240
2024+46Bill Rose 11-1 LapsRunning0$225
2120-135BAustin Bishop 11-1 LapsRunning0$200
228-1420A.J. Moeller 9-3 LapsDNF0$200
2310-1315HSam Hafertepe Jr0-12 LapsDNF0$200
2422-218RRyan Roberts 0-12 LapsDNF0$200
C Main Results
11017WShane Golobic 100.00010Running0$150
23+118RRyan Roberts 10-6.075Running0$150
35+26BClint Garner 10-7.396Running0$150
46+26Bill Rose 10-13.323Running0$150
54-14K2WMatt Wasmund 10-14.290Running0$250
68+256Joe Simbro 10-16.067Running0$200
710+3121R.J. Johnson 10-18.586Running0$175
811+3W19Trent Pigdon 9-1 LapsRunning0$150
9906XFrank Rodgers 9-1 LapsRunning0$140
107-3G5Gage Pulkrabek 9-1 LapsRunning0$100
1113+278Bill Wagner 9-1 LapsRunning0$100
12120105Cody Ihlen 5-5 LapsDNF0$100
132-1145Rusty Hickman 0-10 LapsDNS0$100
1414010VCap Henry 0-10 LapsDNS0$100
Heat 1 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
11035Zach Hampton 100.00010Running
23+13ZBrock Zearfoss 10-1.909Running
36+341Carson Macedo 10-3.628Running
42-225Lachlan McHugh 10-6.315Running
58+324Rico Abreu 10-7.566Running
65-115HSam Hafertepe Jr10-8.546Running
74-33Tim Kaeding 10-8.936Running
87-118TTanner Holmes 10-10.427Running
99018RRyan Roberts 10-13.250Running
1010056Joe Simbro 10-15.633Running
Heat 2 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
12+14JKevin Thomas Jr100.00010Running
24+25Spencer Bayston 10-1.528Running
33017AUJamie Veal 10-3.307Running
48+449Brad Sweet 10-4.427Running
57+25XDaryn Pittman 10-5.574Running
66071Shane Stewart 10-6.375Running
710+35CDylan Cisney 10-9.226Running
81-711NHarli White 10-9.276Running
9904K2WMatt Wasmund 10-13.218Running
105-517WShane Golobic 0-10 LapsDNF
Heat 3 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
110101Kalib Henry 100.00010Running
24+288Austin McCarl 10-1.560Running
35+26GGaret Williamson 10-2.595Running
46+23JDusty Zomer 10-4.902Running
57+217BBill Balog 10-6.834Running
62-41KKelby Watt 10-8.321Running
73-422KKaleb Johnson 10-8.837Running
88083JRMichael Kofoid 10-10.491Running
9906BClint Garner 10-11.321Running
101006XFrank Rodgers 0-10 LapsRunning
Heat 4 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
17+657Kyle Larson 100.0003Running
28+61SLogan Schuchart 10-1.888Running
33016AColby Copeland 10-3.2637Running
45+17BCAnthony Macri 10-3.952Running
51-444PSkylar Prochaska 10-5.094Running
64-25TRyan Timms 10-6.455Running
76-120A.J. Moeller 10-8.843Running
82-620GNoah Gass 10-10.109Running
9906Bill Rose 10-13.039Running
10100121R.J. Johnson 10-14.368Running
Heat 5 Results
Pos.Start+/-#DriverLaps CompletedBehindLaps LedStatus
13+212XAyrton Gennetten 100.0009Running
25+321Brian Brown 10-2.4181Running
34+111Cory Eliason 10-3.835Running
48+44Ian Madsen 10-5.170Running
57+24CWChris Windom 10-6.110Running
6603PSawyer Phillips 10-8.202Running
72-565Jordan Goldesberry 10-12.535Running
810+235BAustin Bishop 10-17.043Running
990G5Gage Pulkrabek 7-3 LapsDNF
101-945Rusty Hickman 0-10 LapsDNF
Qualifying Flight 1 Results
1224Rico Abreu St. Helena, CA15.7030.000
2949Brad Sweet Grass Valley, CA15.795-0.092
32183JRMichael Kofoid Penngrove, CA15.819-0.116
4251SLogan Schuchart Hanover, PA15.841-0.138
5264Ian Madsen St Marys, NSW15.911-0.208
61418TTanner Holmes Jacksonville, OR15.920-0.217
7175XDaryn Pittman Owasso, OK15.942-0.239
84117BBill Balog North Pole, AK15.974-0.271
94057Kyle Larson Elk Grove, CA15.984-0.281
10154CWChris Windom Canton, IL15.985-0.282
112041Carson Macedo Lemoore, CA15.993-0.290
12371Shane Stewart Bixby, OK16.003-0.300
13503JDusty Zomer Brandon, SD16.081-0.378
145220A.J. Moeller Rockwell City, IA16.084-0.381
15113PSawyer Phillips Pleasantville, IA16.094-0.391
163615HSam Hafertepe JrSunnyvale, TX16.105-0.402
174417WShane Golobic Fremont, CA16.106-0.403
1856GGaret Williamson Columbia, MO16.106-0.403
19517BCAnthony Macri Dillsburg, PA16.113-0.410
201821Brian Brown Higginsville, MO16.124-0.421
21483Tim Kaeding San Jose, CA16.127-0.424
22315Spencer Bayston Lebanon, IN16.132-0.429
232988Austin McCarl Altoona, IA16.134-0.431
2485TRyan Timms Oklahoma City, OK16.136-0.433
253811Cory Eliason Visalia, CA16.149-0.446
26233ZBrock Zearfoss Jonestown, PA16.174-0.471
27717AUJamie Veal Warrnambool, VIC16.176-0.473
284922KKaleb Johnson Sioux Falls, SD16.191-0.488
29416AColby Copeland Roseville, CA16.263-0.560
305312XAyrton Gennetten Versailles, MO16.272-0.569
313525Lachlan McHugh Gold Coast, QLD16.326-0.623
3264JKevin Thomas JrCullman, AL16.335-0.632
33161KKelby Watt Adel, IA16.399-0.696
34120GNoah Gass Mounds, OK16.426-0.723
351365Jordan Goldesberry Springfield, IL16.575-0.872
364235Zach Hampton Mooresville, IN16.589-0.886
371011NHarli White Lindsay, OK16.607-0.904
3834101Kalib Henry Sacramento, CA16.653-0.950
394344PSkylar Prochaska Lakefield, MN16.797-1.094
402445Rusty Hickman Tullamarine, VIC16.826-1.123
412218RRyan Roberts Aurora, NE16.834-1.131
42194K2WMatt Wasmund Jackson, MN16.925-1.222
43126BClint Garner Sioux Falls, SD16.940-1.237
44476Bill Rose Plainfield, IN17.045-1.342
4527G5Gage Pulkrabek East Grand Forks, MN17.207-1.504
465456Joe Simbro Pleasantville, IA17.237-1.534
47395CDylan Cisney Port Royal, PA17.253-1.550
48466XFrank Rodgers Lucas, IA17.310-1.607
4932121R.J. Johnson Tampa, FL17.314-1.611
503735BAustin Bishop Elverson, PA17.360-1.657
5145W19Trent Pigdon , 17.465-1.762
5233105Cody Ihlen Pipestone, MN17.515-1.812
532878Bill Wagner , 18.144-2.441
543010VCap Henry Bellevue, OH18.144-2.441
Hot Laps Results
1224Rico Abreu St. Helena, CA15.3000.000
21821Brian Brown Higginsville, MO15.465-0.165
3175XDaryn Pittman Owasso, OK15.565-0.265
456GGaret Williamson Columbia, MO15.574-0.274
5949Brad Sweet Grass Valley, CA15.591-0.291
62183JRMichael Kofoid Penngrove, CA15.659-0.359
72041Carson Macedo Lemoore, CA15.665-0.365
8371Shane Stewart Bixby, OK15.668-0.368
9264Ian Madsen St Marys, NSW15.712-0.412
10717AUJamie Veal Warrnambool, VIC15.720-0.420
11251SLogan Schuchart Hanover, PA15.721-0.421
12154CWChris Windom Canton, IL15.732-0.432
131418TTanner Holmes Jacksonville, OR15.752-0.452
14126BClint Garner Sioux Falls, SD15.790-0.490
1585TRyan Timms Oklahoma City, OK15.799-0.499
161011NHarli White Lindsay, OK15.800-0.500
17113PSawyer Phillips Pleasantville, IA15.863-0.563
182988Austin McCarl Altoona, IA15.868-0.568
19315Spencer Bayston Lebanon, IN15.890-0.590
203615HSam Hafertepe JrSunnyvale, TX15.939-0.639
214057Kyle Larson Elk Grove, CA15.939-0.639
223525Lachlan McHugh Gold Coast, QLD15.943-0.643
234117BBill Balog North Pole, AK15.973-0.673
244922KKaleb Johnson Sioux Falls, SD15.990-0.690
2564JKevin Thomas JrCullman, AL16.026-0.726
263811Cory Eliason Visalia, CA16.044-0.744
27517BCAnthony Macri Dillsburg, PA16.061-0.761
285312XAyrton Gennetten Versailles, MO16.073-0.773
294417WShane Golobic Fremont, CA16.093-0.793
30233ZBrock Zearfoss Jonestown, PA16.107-0.807
311365Jordan Goldesberry Springfield, IL16.153-0.853
3234101Kalib Henry Sacramento, CA16.217-0.917
332445Rusty Hickman Tullamarine, VIC16.253-0.953
34503JDusty Zomer Brandon, SD16.309-1.009
3533105Cody Ihlen Pipestone, MN16.349-1.049
362218RRyan Roberts Aurora, NE16.356-1.056
374344PSkylar Prochaska Lakefield, MN16.382-1.082
385220A.J. Moeller Rockwell City, IA16.412-1.112
39395CDylan Cisney Port Royal, PA16.483-1.183
404235Zach Hampton Mooresville, IN16.518-1.218
413735BAustin Bishop Elverson, PA16.532-1.232
42194K2WMatt Wasmund Jackson, MN16.533-1.233
43483Tim Kaeding San Jose, CA16.654-1.354
44120GNoah Gass Mounds, OK16.671-1.371
4532121R.J. Johnson Tampa, FL16.690-1.390
46476Bill Rose Plainfield, IN16.758-1.458
4745W19Trent Pigdon , 16.789-1.489
4827G5Gage Pulkrabek East Grand Forks, MN16.793-1.493
49416AColby Copeland Roseville, CA17.215-1.915
50466XFrank Rodgers Lucas, IA17.434-2.134
515456Joe Simbro Pleasantville, IA17.574-2.274
522878Bill Wagner , 18.488-3.188
53161KKelby Watt Adel, IA18.488-3.188
543010VCap Henry Bellevue, OH18.488-3.188
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Event Info  

Knoxville Nationals
Thursday, August 10, 2023
Knoxville Raceway
1000 North Lincoln Street
Knoxville, Iowa 50138 

Event Description
It's The Granddaddy of 'Em All! The 62nd Knoxville Nationals brings the best of the best to Iowa for this four-day Crown Jewel with a million-dollar purse and Sprint Car immortality available.

Series Racing
World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series

Event Schedule
8 a.m. Knoxville Raceway Ticket Office opens
10 a.m. Vendors Open in Fan Zone
10 a.m., 12 p.m., 1:30 p.m. Fan Forums at National Sprint Car Hall of Fame
11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m. Autograph Sessions at National Sprint Car Hall of Fame
Noon Food Vendors Open
2 p.m. Pit Gate Opens
5:00 p.m. Grandstands Open
7:15 p.m. Hot Laps

*All times Central

Ticket Options  
Ticket Phone

Options And Prices
Single Day tickets and 2-, 3-, and 4-day Packages available.

Grandstand Type
Bleachers/ Chairbacks

Family Section Location
Sections I & J

Handicapped Seating Location
Located in the front stretch grandstands. Wheelchairs and scooters seating is available in row 39 (AA & BB) Also is section D, row 1

Pit Age Requirement
Aged 17 and under require parent waivers - Aged 12 and under must remain in vehicle or the fenced in area between turns 1 and 2. All pit fees apply. All ages same price

Parking Cost

Handicapped Parking Location
Behind the front stretch grandstands and behind Dyer-Hudson Hall.

Camping Availability
electric hookup, non-electric, onsite, sanitary facility, showers, waste services

Camping Cost
camping at the North Campground for $160 for 4 days. Water and electric hookups are available.

Frequently Asked Questions  
Type of Grandstand
Bleachers/ Chairbacks

Stadium Seating
Foam or other seat cushions are permitted as long as they are not more than 20" wide. Stadiums seats are NOT ALLOWED

Handicapped Seating
Located in the front stretch grandstands. Wheelchairs and scooters seating is available in row 39 (AA & BB) Also is section D, row 1

Handicapped Parking
Behind the front stretch grandstands and behind Dyer-Hudson Hall.

Pit Age Limit
Aged 17 and under require parent waivers - Aged 12 and under must remain in vehicle or the fenced in area between turns 1 and 2. All pit fees apply. All ages same price

Personal Coolers

Soft side, collapsible coolers no bigger than 6-pack size and empty are allowed


Alcohol Sales
Alcohol is available at the track

Smoking Policy
All grandstands are non-smoking. Smoking areas are available underneath stands.

Family Section
Sections I & J

Parking Cost

Camping Availability
electric hookup, non-electric, onsite, sanitary facility, showers, waste services

Camping Cost
camping at the North Campground for $160 for 4 days. Water and electric hookups are available.

Track Info  

Knoxville Raceway
1000 North Lincoln Street
Knoxville, Iowa 50138 

Track Phone
(641) 842-5431

Ticket Phone

Track Size

Track Type
Semi-banked clay oval

Sprint Car Track Record
14.351 seconds by Brian Brown on 5/22/21

Closest Airport
Des Moines International Airport

Track Map
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