Carson Macedo of Lemoore is finding his groove racing in the Midwest.
In the past seven days racing midgets on dirt, Macedo has a first, second and third. On June 12, Macedo started on the pole and led all 30 laps in Macon, Ill. It was his second POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Series victory of the season.
Macedo was back on the pole Friday on the first of two nights of U.S. Auto Club series racing in West Memphis, Ark., finishing second to teammate Tanner Thorson after leading the first 10 laps. Saturday night, Macedo started fifth and moved up to third in a race won by Indianapolis 500 veteran Bryan Clauson.
Last year’s King of the West sprint car series winner moved east this year to get more racing opportunities, and it’s paying off. Sunday night, the 19-year-old Macedo was scheduled to travel to Ohio to race a sprint car in the All Star Circuit of Champions series owned by Tony Stewart.
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The Ohio swing of six races in six nights started Friday, and Kyle Larson of Elk Grove took advantage of a Father’s Day weekend break in his NASCAR Sprint Cup schedule to win. He backed it up with a runner-up finish Saturday.
King of the West – Bud Kaeding won Saturday night’s feature race at the Stockton Dirt Track aboard the Oakhurst-based Williams Motorsports sprint car.
The Campbell driver, last season’s series runner-up, started sixth in the 30-lap race at the San Joaquin County Fairgrounds.
Pole sitter Mitchell Faccinto of Hanford was second. Other central San Joaquin Valley finishers: Kyle Hirst of Paradise in the Easton-based Tarlton Racing car, sixth; DJ Netto, Hanford, seventh; Craig Stidham, Fresno, eighth; Cory Eliason, Kingsburg, ninth.
Erickson was 5 for 5 this season before his runner-up finish. The La Grange driver struggled in qualifying but moved up to second place behind Herzog by lap 25. They ran 1-2 over the rest of the twin-50s feature on the third-mile paved oval.
Other feature winners were Austin Herzog (Jr. Late Model), AJ Russell (360 Super Modified), Robbie Czub (Legends), John McCullum Jr. (MST), Chuck Dozhier (Super Hobby Stock) and Lucy Carmona (Toyota Sedan).
Also – Tommy Tarlton, who owns Hirst’s sprint car, started a busy weekend with a sixth-place finish Friday night in the weekly sprint car series at Ocean Speedway in Watsonville. It was remarkable, considering his team replaced a blown engine and started last in the 19-car field.
Cole Macedo, Carson’s younger brother, finished 10th in another Tarlton car. Other Valley drivers did well in the race: Scott Parker, Coarsegold, third; Colin Markle, Hanford, fourth; and Koen Shaw, Fresno, fifth. Brad Furr of Stockton won the race.
Tarlton, a two-time Watsonville season champion, won June 10 at the quarter-mile track at the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds.