ATTICA, Ohio — Carson Macedo finally got the monkey off his back at Attica Raceway Park on Saturday night.
The past couple of years the Lemoore, Calif., driver looked on his way to an Arctic Cat All Star Circuit of Champions feature win at Attica, only to have a mechanical issue. It all came together Saturday as he claimed the Dirt Classic Ohio victory in dominating fashion to close out the season at Attica Raceway Park on All Pro Aluminum Cylinder Heads Night.
Macedo and Cale Thomas brought the field to green for the 40-lap feature, with Thomas leading the first circuit over Macedo, Craig Mintz, Lee Jacobs and Cap Henry. Thomas slid off the high side of the turn two exit on lap two and Macedo drove into the lead with Mintz, Jacobs and Henry in tow as Thomas fell back to fifth. With seven laps scored Macedo prepared to enter lapped traffic and Mintz closed quickly.
Mintz drove under Macedo for the top spot on lap nine just before Stuart Brubaker tumbled while battling for sixth. On the restart Macedo executed a slider for the lead with a tremendous battle ensuing for third involving Jacobs, Thomas and Henry. Broc Martin spun with 11 laps scored and when the green flew so did Macedo, pulling away to a commanding lead over Mintz, Thomas, Jacobs, Henry and Shaffer.
By lap 17 Macedo had once again found the back of the field and that allowed Mintz to close again. But, Macedo held his composure and picked the lapped cars off and started to pull away with 14 laps to go. Mintz experienced some sort of mechanical issues by lap 30 and started to fall through the pack as Thomas took second with Shaffer up to third and Jacobs in fourth. With nine laps remaining Macedo had built his lead to nearly four seconds over Thomas.
Mintz would coast to a stop with six laps to go with the running order Macedo, Thomas, Shaffer, Jacobs and Henry. On the ensuing restart Macedo bobbled a little on the turn two cushion but Thomas could not take advantage. Macedo drove away for the win over Thomas, Shaffer, Jacobs, and Henry.
“This is one of the hardest places in the world to win at in my opinion. There’s so many good local guys…they have a lot of talent. We’ve been so fast here in previous All Star shows we’ve just had bad luck or things happen that set us back. To get the win for my guys, Joe Gaerte, Eric Slade with Slade Shocks, Tim and Cindy Norman and all my sponsors…it’s definitely a team effort. I have a blast driving their car and I’m looking forward to the rest of the All Star season,” Macedo said.
“It was really cool to battle with Craig (Mintz). He gave me a shot out here in Ohio before anyone else did…he put me in a race car and allowed me to get some laps around these places and gave me seat time and confidence. I’m for ever grateful to him and his dad Les…they are awesome people,” added Macedo. “Thanks to all the fans…what a great turn out.”
For Thomas, who scored his first ever All Star win at Attica earlier in the year, a runner-up finish – while frustrating – was rewarding.
“Carson had the top rolling really good and congrats to that team. They have always been fast here. We had a fast car tonight. We were battling with Carson for the lead at the beginning and I kind of protected there…I knew he was going to slide me and I got in those ruts in one and bounced off the track. I thought I was going way back but luckily I kept it under me and kept going and fell back to fifth and picked guys off in lapped traffic. In those long runs I was really good. I didn’t need those restarts until that last one. I tried to scare him on the top and tried to get him all tight and he kind of did but he was jus really fast,” said Thomas.
Friday night’s winner Tim Shaffer battled among the top five the entire 40 laps and came home third. He was followed by Jacobs and Henry.
Paul Weaver won the 25-lap 305 sprint car feature.
Carson Macedo, Cale Thomas, Tim Shaffer, Lee Jacobs, Cap Henry, Gio Scelzi, Travis Philo, Aaron Reutzel, Paul McMahan, Brock Zearfoss, Parker Price-Miller, Cole Duncan, Ryan Smith, Hunter Schuerenberg, Chad Kemenah, D.J. Foos, Chris Andrews, T.J. Michael, Brandon Spithaler, Craig Mintz, Dave Blaney, Broc Martin, Tyler Esh, Stuart Brubaker.