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NickHolt posted a topic in Do it in the DIRTReutzel Down South after First World of Outlaws Triumph aboard the Roth Motorsports Machine by Lonnie Wheatley CLUTE, Texas (March 12, 2021) – Aaron Reutzel wasted little time breaking into World of Outlaws victory lane in the new pairing with the Roth Motorsports No. 83 Sprint Car team. After a third consecutive WoO top-ten finish on Friday night at Volusia Speedway Park, Reutzel finished out the Florida weekend by storming to victory lane in Saturday night’s 35-lapper at Tampa’s East Bay Raceway Park in just the fourth series event of the 2021 campaign. Reutzel looks for more this weekend as he visits a pair of racetracks in Mississippi and Louisiana for the first time. Friday’s tilt takes place at the Magnolia Motor Speedway in Columbus, MS, before action shifts to Monroe, Louisiana’s Revolution Park on Saturday. “I’ve never seen either track before,” Reutzel says. “It seems like we’ve had pretty good success at first-time tracks over the last several years, so I’m hoping to continue that this weekend.” After sitting idle for nearly a month due to weather and scheduling adjustment, Reutzel hit the track again last Friday at Barberville’s Volusia Speedway Park and produced another strong run by finishing tenth in the night’s main event. Making the way to East Bay Raceway Park on Saturday night, Reutzel clearly had a plan and executed that plan to perfection. Reutzel opened the night by timing in fourth-quickest before winning his heat race and then earning the front row outside starting position for the 35-lap main event. From there, Reutzel gunned into the initial lead and led throughout while fighting off bids from Brad Sweet and Donny Schatz along the way, running well above the cushion much of the distance before breaking away from the field in traffic over the closing circuits to secure his third career World of Outlaws Sprint Car win after accumulating 44 overall wins during his past three years of securing All Star Circuit of Champions titles. And Reutzel paid homage to Hall of Famer and fellow native Texan Gary Wright in victory lane. “I dream for stuff like that,” Reutzel exclaimed. “This is what makes me love sprint car racing, when we can go out and do stuff like that. The cushion was so treacherous, but my car was loose enough that I could go up there and just get after it. It was so much fun. Running up there was a blast. I watched a video on the way up here of Gary Wright, my all-time sprint car hero, winning here doing the same thing, rippin’ four tires above it.” With that elusive first World of Outlaws win in the books for the newly-formed team, Reutzel and the Roth Motorsports No. 83 Sprint Car team will be gunning for more hardware this weekend in Mississippi and Louisiana. 2021 Quick Stats: 13 races, 2 wins, 4 top-fives, 10 top-tens. Next Up: World of Outlaws Sprint Cars at Magnolia Motor Speedway (Columbus, MS) on Friday and Revolution Park (Monroe, LA) on Saturday. Those unable to attend can watch all the action live on www.dirtvisions.com. Keep Track: Keep track of Aaron Reutzel’s on-track action including schedule and results at http://www.aaronreutzelracing.com/, on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Aaron-Reutzel-Racing/117666254913127 or on Twitter at @AaronReutzel. You can also e-mail Aaron at email@example.com. If you would like Aaron Reutzel Racing press releases e-mailed directly to you, send your e-mail address to Lonnie Wheatley at firstname.lastname@example.org.
NickHolt posted a topic in Do it in the DIRTCarson Macedo Makes Statement with Volusia Victory from 10th - Macedo Leads World of Outlaws Standings for First Time in his Career BARBERVILLE, FL - March 5, 2021 - With the spin of a wrench Phil Dietz took Carson Macedo from an uneasy feeling to the best car in the field on Friday night. The revered crew chief at Jason Johnson Racing went to work after a mediocre preliminary performance and sent the Lemoore, CA native on track with what he called "one of the best cars I've ever driven in my life." Trent Gower photo Macedo masterfully picked his way from tenth-to-first and executed a late-race pass to steal the win from Sam Hafertepe Jr. with four laps remaining at Volusia Speedway Park. A confidence booster and chemistry builder for a driver and team that know their potential can reach championship heights in 2021 with the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series. "It's not every night that your car is that dominant," Macedo mentioned of his Kistler powered Maxim #41. "I mean that thing was just perfect to drive. Phil [Dietz], Clyde [Knipp], and Nate [Repetz] were incredible tonight. You know, I felt really balanced and great all through DIRTcar Nationals last month, but early tonight I just didn't feel good. Phil and the guys made a lot of changes for the feature and nailed it. I could go anywhere I wanted. I'm so happy to get a win for this team, these sponsors, a lot of really great people involved." At the start of Friday's 30-lap, $10,000-to-win feature, it was Sam Hafertepe Jr. of Sunnyvale, TX and David Gravel of Watertown, CT pacing the field. Hafertepe, who won his second DIRTVision Fast Pass Dash of the season to claim pole position, bolted away and controlled the opening 11 laps. The first stoppage was a surprise when points leader Logan Schuchart stopped in turn four following contact with Gio Scelzi amidst a top five battle. Macedo made his biggest move on that first restart, advancing four spots in one lap with a great fire off the high side of the half-mile. The next restart, however, spelled trouble when the #41 had to line up on the low line. Restarting with 17 laps remaining, Macedo surprised himself and quickly took third from Sheldon Haudenschild, and then set his sights on Hafertepe and Gravel out front. "Hafertepe chose the outside and I was stuck on the bottom, which made me nervous," Macedo noted on the final restart. "I was on the top every restart prior to that and the bottom wasn't getting great starts. I didn't really get a good start, but it was fairly decent and let me sneak back into the top groove in front of Donny. I got that run on Sheldon because he went low, and I was able to slide by him real quick. I felt like my car was as good as those guys, if not better once I got to third. I just needed traffic to move around a bit and capitalize." And capitalize he did. With heavy lap traffic in play, Macedo reeled in the lead duo and made it a three-way war with seven laps left. The #15H, #2 and #41 ran bumper-t0-bumper-to-bumper with the win on the line. Macedo slid by Gravel for second on the 24th lap and two laps later, he was sliding Hafertepe for the top spot. His massive turn one slider with four laps to go was a thing of beauty, sweeping through the middle and clearing Hafertepe with ease to steal the top spot in the waning circuits. The final four laps went by like a breeze as the 24-year-old pilot drove off into the Florida night with a 2.167-second advantage at the checkered flag. Friday's feature victory marked the seventh of Macedo's World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series career, and his first of the 2021 season. Albeit only three of 80+ races are complete, Macedo still achieved a milestone by moving atop the World of Outlaws championships standings for the first time in his career. Something he knows is useless in the middle of March, but deep down means a lot to a California kid chasing his dreams. "It doesn't mean anything because we're so early in the year it just doesn't matter yet," Macedo said on the points lead. "For me, personally, inside my own head, it's really cool. My goal in this sport is to be a World of Outlaws champion. In order to do that, at some point you gotta lead the points. You have to clear those milestones and hit those accomplishments to get there, right? We have a team capable of winning it this year. I know it's too early to think of that though, we're just gonna do our best every night and let the cards fell where they fall. Settling for a second-place finish after leading the opening 25 laps was Sam Hafertepe Jr. aboard the Townline Variety #15H. A tough pill to swallow for a driver that's hungry to end his nine-year winless drought with the Outlaws, but it's the latest sign that his operation is as good as ever. Friday's runner-up result is Hafertepe's best Series finish since a third-place finish at Lernerville's Silver Cup in 2013. "We've made leaps and bounds compared to what we came here with in February," Hafertepe commented on the progression of his program. "To be right here right now is like a win to us. We'll keep building and look to get better." Rounding out the podium with a last-lap pass to finish third was Fresno, CA's Gio Scelzi aboard the KCP Racing #18. It was his first night with trusted crew chief and friend Bernie Stuebgen of Indy Race Parts in the KCP camp and their revived relationship already appears to be paying dividends again. "It's huge, it's like getting the band back together," Scelzi said on working with Stuebgen again, who he won his first two Outlaw races with. "I'm feeling comfortable and confident with myself. If we keep running like this, the wins will come eventually." Closing out the top ten at Volusia Speedway Park was Donny Schatz in the Tony Stewart Racing #15, David Gravel in the Big Game Motorsports #2, Sheldon Haudenschild in the Stenhouse Jr. Marshall Racing #17, Cory Eliason in the Rudeen Racing #26, Parker Price-Miller in the PPM Racing #19, Logan Schuchart in the Shark Racing #1S, and Aaron Reutzel in the Roth Motorsports #83. UP NEXT - On Saturday, March 6, the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series ends a 38-year absence from Tampa's East Bay Raceway Park. If needed, a Sunday rain date is scheduled to complete the show. You can BUY TICKETS HERE. NOS Energy Drink Feature (30 Laps) – 1. 41-Carson Macedo [$10,000]; 2. 15H-Sam Hafertepe [$6,000]; 3. 18-Gio Scelzi [$3,500]; 4. 15-Donny Schatz [$2,800]; 5. 2-David Gravel [$2,500]; 6. 17-Sheldon Haudenschild [$2,300]; 7. 26-Cory Eliason [$2,200]; 8. 19-Parker Price-Miller [$2,100]; 9. 1S-Logan Schuchart [$2,050]; 10. 83-Aaron Reutzel [$2,000]; 11. 49-Brad Sweet [$1,600]; 12. 5-Brent Marks [$1,400]; 13. 9-Kasey Kahne [$1,200]; 14. 3Z-Brock Zearfoss [$1,100]; 15. 11K-Kraig Kinser [$1,050]; 16. 21-Brian Brown [$1,000]; 17. 33M-Mason Daniel [$1,000]; 18. 2C-Wayne Johnson [$1,000]; 19. 13-Justin Peck [$1,000]; 20. 7S-Jason Sides [$1,000]; 21. 1A-Jacob Allen [$1,000]; 22. 24-Terry McCarl [$1,000]; 23. 20-AJ Maddox [$1,000]; 24. 1C-Andrew Cobb [$1,000]. Lap Leaders: Sam Hafertepe Jr. 1-25, Carson Macedo 26-30. KSE Hard Charger Award: 41-Carson Macedo[+9]
NickHolt posted a topic in Do it in the DIRTMcLaughlin Edges Decker for First Career DIRTcar Nationals Win Sweetener’s Plus racer wins by a half-second for first Gator trophy at Volusia BARBERVILLE, FL – Max McLaughlin raced home to his second Super DIRTcar Series win and his first trip to Volusia Speedway Park’s confetti-filled Victory Lane on Thursday night during the 50th DIRTcar Nationals. Jacy Norgaard photo The 20-year-old pilot of the #32C Sweetener’s Plus Big Block Modified was just barely able to box out future Hall of Famer Billy Decker in a wild finish where the two swapped lines on the track trying to block and slide each other at the same time. Hard charger Michael Maresca in the #7MM car cruised from 19th to third in an amazing run through the field. After a lengthy rain delay, drama built quickly in the 30-lap Feature as McLaughlin made contact with seven-time Series champion Matt Sheppard on the first lap, sending Sheppard’s #9S up the race track and into Peter Britten’s #21A. Sheppard made his displeasure with McLaughlin known during the caution flag, but was able to recover for a fifth-place finish. “I got into the water there on lap one,” said McLaughlin, of Mooresville, NC. “It was a bonehead move, I guess. They checked up and he [Matt Sheppard] started pushing and I figured I’d go right below him. The left front hit the water and pushed up and I got into Matt. I hate that. That’s kind of what I was thinking about the whole race.” When the race returned to green flag action, McLaughlin had to contend with some heavy hitters. “Mad Max” found a way around defending Series champion Mat Williamson as well as “The Baldwinsville Bandit” Jimmy Phelps, who started on the outside pole. However, once McLaughlin took the lead on Lap 15 there was no time to relax. Decker had his Gypsum Wholesalers #91 at full song around the top side of the speedway in pursuit during the closing stages. “I didn’t really know where he was but I knew he was coming around the top,” McLaughlin said. “I knew I had to change something and I saw the [signal] sticks get smaller and smaller. I had to do something different.” With an adjustment of his line, McLaughlin was able to hold Decker’s crimson #91 at bay. Decker did all he could to try and pass for the lead. “We had to go where he wasn’t,” said Decker, of Unadilla, NY. “I think we were as good as he was on the bottom, but he fired a little better on the restarts than we did. After a few laps, I think we got it rolling so it was one of those deals where he had to stick to his lane. I started hazing the outside and closing the gap. He obviously got the signal from the infield to move. If he didn’t, he was going to finish where I did. He had to move and I didn’t get him soon enough.” Decker will look to improve just one more position tomorrow night for a coveted 50th Anniversary DIRTcar Nationals win. Michael Maresca, from Pierrepont, NY, advanced 16 positions to capture his second consecutive third-place finish. The #7MM started the night behind the eight-ball. “We buried ourselves in a hole in qualifying,” Maresca said. “We had a really good car all night. I think with it being a little bit wetter, I think it threw me off on my gear selection. We were able to capitalize on good restarts.” A fast, widening race track gave him what he needed to work through two-thirds of the field in 30 laps. Unfortunately, for the pilot of the St. Lawrence Radiology Big Block Modified, Decker and McLaughlin were just a click faster. “Congrats to Max and Billy,” Maresca said. “I couldn’t keep up with them. I think I was just a little bit under-geared for that. But I know our car is good so we are just going to keep trucking and hopefully contend for a win tomorrow.” Catch all the action in person or on DIRTVision on Friday, February 12 at Volusia Speedway Park as the Super DIRTcar Series take on The World’s Fastest Half-Mile for the fourth night in a row alongside the World of Outlaws Morton Buildings Late Models. Keep up with the Super DIRTcar Series at SuperDIRTcarSeries.com and on social media on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Full results available here. Feature (30 Laps) — 1. 32C-Max McLaughlin [$4,000]; 2. 91-Billy Decker [$2,000]; 3. 7MM-Michael Maresca [$1,000]; 4. 88-Mat Williamson [$800]; 5. 9S-Matt Sheppard [$700]; 6. 25-Erick Rudolph [$650]; 7. 98H-Jimmy Phelps [$600]; 8. 23-Kyle Coffey [$550]; 9. 21A-Peter Britten [$500]; 10. 1D-Tyler Dippel [$450]; 11. 8-Rich Scagliotta [$400]; 12. 7F-Tim Fuller [$375]; 13. 4-Billy VanInwegen [$350]; 14. 16X-Dan Creeden [$325]; 15. 118-Jim Britt [$300]; 16. 19M-Jessey Mueller [$300]; 17. 17D-Marcus Dinkins [$300]; 18. 1-Darwin Greene [$300]; 19. 20-Brett Hearn [$300]; 20. 14-CG Morey [$300]; 21. 88T-Tyler Jashembowski [$300]; 22. 30-Ryan Godown [$300]; 23. 6-Matt Stangle [$300]; 24. 2-Jack Lehner [$300]; 25. 33T-Cass Bennett [$300]; 26. 01W-Justin Wright [$300]; 27. 17-Rob Pitcher [$300]; 28. B52-Brandon Hightower [$300]; 29. 26-Derrick McGrew [$300]. Hard Charger Award: 7MM-Michael Maresca[+16]. PHOTO CREDIT: Jacy Norgaard