PETERSEN MEDIA- When the wild two days of racing in Tulare, CA came to a close, Carson Macedo and Jason Meyers ended up second and third overall in the 2015 Trophy Cup standings for Tarlton Racing.
“It was a long couple of days of racing, but I really have to thank all of the guys for their hard work,” Carson Macedo said. “We were extremely fast during all three programs, and we came up just short of winning the deal.”
Night one of the Trophy Cup would be ran Friday afternoon, and both Meyers and Macedo would get off to nice starts, as Meyers would time the Elite Landscape Construction/Tarlton and Son Inc./Executive Auto Sales No. 21 machine in sixth fastest, while Macedo timed the Tom Tarlton tribute machine in 12th fastest.
With both Meyers and Macedo finishing fourth in their heat races, the Tarlton Racing duo would find themselves in the B main. Meyers would grid the field from the second row and work his way to a second place finish and move into the opening night feature event.
From his seventh row starting position, Macedo would shred a left rear tire and be relegated to the back of the pack. Finishing in the 20th position, he would regroup for the second part of the day-night double header.
Meyers would line up in the seventh row for the Day one feature event, and on the slick Thunderbowl Raceway surface he would lose a few spots in the opening stages of the race.
Coming to a stop on a lap 14 restart, Meyers would restart the race, and work his way back up to a 12th place finish to close out the first event of the day.
Taking a quick break, night two was underway with Macedo earning quick time honors aboard the Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino/Pabco Gypsum/Bandy and Associates backed No. 2T, while Meyers was just behind him in the fourth spot.
Overcoming an opening lap tangle, Macedo would put on a strong showing during his heat race to score the win, and lock into the feature event, while Meyers’ surge from sixth to second would also get him directly into the A Main.
With Meyers lining up in the 10th spot of the A Main, and Macedo lining up in the 12th spot, both drivers were able to move forward, on what was another racy Thunderbowl Raceway surface.
A wild start would see a few drivers in front of the field get collected, and both Tarlton Racing machines were able to avoid the chaos. At the halfway point, Meyers was able to move into the second spot as he chased after race leader, Bud Kaeding who had built up a sizeable lead. Behind him, Macedo was working his way forward as he battled with Justyn Cox and Kyle Hirst for position inside the Top-Five.
When the checkered flag flew on what was over a 12-hour day of racing, Meyers would finish in the second spot, and be the high point earner, and Macedo would finish sixth, and sit third in points heading into Saturday’s program.
With heat races and feature events on the Saturday card, Meyers would start eight in his heat race and work his way up to fourth, while Macedo would also start in the eighth spot in his heat race and finish in the fourth spot as well.
Heading into the feature event, both drivers were in the hunt for the Trophy Cup championship as Meyers sat in the third spot and Macedo sat in fourth.
As the 50-lap feature went green, Macedo was quick to start moving forward, and Meyers showed patience as he let things unfold in front of him.
When the race went red on the 21st lap, official elected to use that time for the scheduled open red flag as Macedo ran in the eighth spot, and Meyers was in the 15th spot.
With a couple of stoppages following the red, both Macedo and Meyers were able to continue moving forward with Meyers breaking into the Top-10, while Maceod was battling with Jac Haudenschild and Willie Croft as he tried to keep pace with Bud Kaeding in the point battle.
When the checkered flag flew on the 50-lap affair, Macedo would come across the stripe in the sixth spot, putting him second in points, and Meyers would finish 10th, giving him third overall in the points.
“It was a great weekend for sure, and I am really glad we were able to run well in the Tom Tarlton tribute car,” Macedo said. “From the back it was intense, but I have to again thank Paul Baines and the guys for giving me a car that could move forward.”
Tarlton Racing would like to thank Elite Landscape Construction, Tarlton and Son, Inc., Executive Auto Sales, Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino, Pabco Gypsum, Bandy and Associates, All Star Performance, Corporate America Investments, and BG Lubricants for their support through the 2015 season.
ON TAP: The Tarlton Racing team will be in action with Carson Macedo on Saturday night at the Keller Auto Speedway as the King of the West Series takes part in the Cotton Classic.
2015 BY THE NUMBERS: Races-39, Wins-2, Top 5’s-17, Top 10’s-23
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