PETERSEN MEDIA- Looking to build off of the momentum from his first World of Outlaw STP Sprint Car win just a week ago, Carson Macedo scored a fifth place finish with the King of the West Series on Saturday night at the Ventura Raceway.
“Saturday night we were really good,” Macedo said. “I broke a shock in the feature event, but we still had a pretty good car, and I was able to limp it home to a fifth place finish.”
With the series making their debut at the track, Macedo adapted to the small confines early, as he set the standard in qualifying time trials.
Storming to a heat race win, Macedo would then find himself with the seven pill in the dash redraw, and would go onto finish seventh, putting himself in the fourth row of the feature event lineup.
When the race went green, Macedo looked to have a strong car as he began battling with Jason Statler and Brent Kaeding in the early goings of the race.
As a pack of cars raced together, Macedo came into the contact with Jason Statler, and the damage resulted in a broken shock on Macedo’s entry, but he still continued at speed.
Fighting a car that was ill handling at times due to the damage, Macedo was still able to hold his own against the regions’ best, as he tallied a fifth place finish at the conclusion of the 30-lap contest.
“It was a pretty action packed race on a small track, but it was fun, and we had a good car,” he added. “We had a little bad luck early that hurt our car a little, but it just speaks volumes of how strong our team is that we were still able to finish in a good spot.”
Macedo’s weekend kicked off on Friday night at the Santa Maria Speedway in Nipomo, CA, and a very rough and heavy race track, made for a tough night.
With 23 cars checked into the pit area, the Lemoore, CA product timed his WFO Apparel/Tachi Palace and Casino/Tarlton and Son, Inc. entry in eighth fastest.
Running second in his heat race to Sean Becker, Macedo would line up for the 30-lap main event in the seventh row.
The feature event saw Macedo take to the rough surface, as his machine, like many others, bicycled and lifted the front wheels all race long, making it tough to move forward.
Though he was able to save his machine from disaster on a few occasions, Macedo would end his night with a 10th place finish.
“The track was pretty tough to figure out, and I made too many mistakes,” Macedo said. “I hit some ruts wrong and got the car out of shape, but I will take the Top-10. I have to thank the Tarlton’s, Paul Baines, and my entire family for continuing to work so hard for me.”
Tarlton Racing would like to thank Elite Landscape Construction, Tarlton and Son, Inc., WFO Apparel, Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino, Pabco Gypsum, Bandy and Associates, All Star Performance, Corporate America Investments, and BG Lubricants for their support through the 2014 season.
ON TAP: Macedo and his Tarlton Racing team will be back in action on Friday night at the Ocean Speedway in Watsonville, CA.
2014 BY THE NUMBERS: Races-22, Wins-1, Top 5’s-15, Top 10’s-18
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