Macedo defeats USAC Merced. Kofoid takes the title of the Troll series

Carson Macedo led the final 20 laps to claim his first USAC NOS Energy National Midget Series win at a Tuesday night feature at Merced Speedway, with fellow Toyota driver Buddy Kofoid taking the runner-up title to claim his second consecutive series championship.

Toyota powered drivers have now won each of the first five USAC Western Swing events as Macedo becomes the ninth different Toyota powered driver to win a USAC National event this season.

Pole podium Jake Andreotti would lead the first two laps before giving way to Chance Crum on lap three with Justin Grant eventually moving to the top on lap five. Behind them, Macedo, who has led the World of Outlaws Sprint Series this season with 11 points on his way to third, will move up from his sixth starting position to third by the eighth lap.

Two laps later, Macedo passed Krumme and Andreotti for second, then steered toward Grant to take the lead on lap 11. It wasn’t all the action happening up front, though Covoid, who clinched the series title, moved up to second. It was A-Main, coming quickly across the field from the 14th starting position. In ripping the high side, Kofoid would overtake both Crum and Andreotti on the same lap to take third place at the halfway point of the 30-lap event.

Kofoid wasn’t finished yet, as he would pass Grant for second on lap 21, but was still two seconds behind.

Macedo would eventually open up a 2.494 second lead in the waning laps only to see it disappear due to a caution with two laps remaining. The restart would see Kofoid start right on his tail in the green-white finish, but Macedo would prove to be up to the task with Kofoid finishing second and Andreotti third, but would later be disqualified for failing post-race inspection, lifting Grant up to the position third, with Crum placing fourth.

Kofoid became the first driver to win back-to-back USAC National Midget Championships since Bryan Clauson in 2010-2011. Kofoid is also the first Toyota to win two USAC titles.

The USAC NOS Energy Drink National Midget Series returns to Merced Speedway Wednesday night before wrapping up the 2022 campaign with the 81st running of the Night Grand Prix of Turkey at Ventura Raceway on Saturday, November 26.

quotes:

Carson Macedo, Dyson Motorsport / Toyota Parts and Complete Equipment: “I’ve won World of Outlaws and All-Star races, but never won a USAC National Midget race, and it was something I really wanted to cross off my bucket list. Sean Dyson created beautiful racing cars that Spencer Piston and I got to drive with the King Toyota Collection. Sean is my crew chief and he got carried over to the dwarves really quickly and he’s doing a great job. I’m so happy to win this whole team and everyone who was a part of it. It’s an amazing experience. Winning a troll race feels really good. I didn’t want to see this late alert. I looked up and saw that 67 (Kofoid) was behind me and knew I had to get a good restart. I got a very good run of four and lap one and knew it was going to be very hard for him to drop me. So, I’m happy to get this one and hope to get another one by the end of this week.”

Buddy Kofoid and Keith Kunz Motorsports Mobil 1 Toyota: “I got to third very quickly and felt very good. I was able to get to Justin and then I was able to see Carson and I was able to stay with him, but I didn’t know how long I stayed and started taking the rubber. It’s great to be back on the podium. (in the championship) You know I’m so busy with racing in general and here at USAC, it’s hard to think about it because you still have work to do. It’s great to be crowned with another championship, but there is still more work to be done. Keith Coons, Pete Willoughby, Jarrod Martin and everyone else worked so hard all year to give me such a great car. All of them, I’m just the lucky guy who’s going to be driving. I’ll probably breathe a little early in those next couple of races and try to get more wins. I owe it all to Keith and Pete and everyone at Mobil and Toyota for everything they do for me. It’s been a remarkable three years. I’m looking forward to finishing those last two races strong.”

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