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MOORESVILLE, N.C (November 6, 2018) – The 22-year-old driver made his career-first start with Kyle Larson Racing this past weekend in the World Finals at The Dirt Track at Charlotte in Concord, N.C. Carson Macedo earned his career-best World Finals score in the first feature on Saturday before cutting a tire while leading the first 23 laps in the second feature.
Macedo started off this third World Finals weekend on Thursday night by qualifying fifth in Flight 2 to start on the outside of the front row of Heat 5 for Friday’s event. The Lemoore, Calif., native qualified third in Flight 2 of time trials to earn the pole starting spot for Heat 6 in Saturday’s segment.
Friday’s show was delayed due to rain and cars were pushed for hot laps just after 8:00pm ET. Macedo started and finished second in Heat 5 and advanced into the second Sears Craftsman Club Dash, where he started on the inside of the second row. Macedo finished fourth in the dash to lineup eighth for the feature. Due to curfew at the track, the 30-lap World of Outlaws main event was pushed to Saturday afternoon.
Saturday kicked off with Friday night’s feature event and after starting from the outside of row four, Macedo was into the top five by Lap 5. Macedo survived a trio of cautions with the third coming at the halfway point of the feature. Once the track was cleared, Macedo restarted from fifth. He survived two more cautions, but slipped back to finish eighth.
On Saturday evening, the pilot of the Tarlton & Son Inc/Complete Parts and Equipment Solutions/ Chevrolet Accessories No. 22 started on the pole of the sixth and final heat race and immediately jumped to the lead. He went on to win and transfer into the second Sears Craftsman dash, where he started on the pole. Macedo won the second dash to earn the front row outside starting position in Saturday night’s finale. Macedo got the jump at the drop of the green flag to capture the lead, which he maintained until lap 24 when he cut a tire entering Turn 1. As a result of being past the halfway mark of the race, there was no guaranteed time in the work area. Macedo was unable to return to the track, relegating him to a 27th-place finish.
“I’m thrilled with the speed that we had this past weekend at the World Finals,” said Macedo. “I feel [crew chief] Joe [Gaerte] and I were able to communicate well, which helped get me comfortable right away in the new car. We finished off the year with an eighth-place finish in Friday night’s portion and led 23 laps in Saturday night’s feature before having some bad luck. Although cutting down a tire wasn’t the result we were hoping for, I’m definitely confident in this KLR team and looking forward to 2019.”
It was announced last week that Macedo would take the helm of the Kyle Larson Racing No. 2 sprint car leading into the 2019 season, vying for the World of Outlaws Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year honors.
|TRACK: The Dirt Track at Charlotte
QUALIFYING FLIGHT 2: 5th
DASH 2 STARTING POSITION: 3rd
FEATURE STARTING POSITION: 8th
TRACK: The Dirt Track at Charlotte
|DATE: November 2, 2018
HEAT RACE: 2nd
DASH 2 FINISH: 4th
FEATURE FINISH: 8th
DATE: November 3, 2018