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Monthly Racing Commentary with LEW BOYD
BEING EDDIE MACDONALD

2018
SUNDAY, JULY 15, 2018 - J.P. Sicard/Kingdom Gravel 151
 
Fifth Place Finish for Eddie MacDonald at Speedway 51
After a one day delay, 22 American Canadian Tour drivers took the green flag in the second race of the season at Speedway 51. Eddie MacDonald posted a disappointing fifth place finish in the J.P Sicard Kingdom Gravel 151 at the Groveton N.H. facility on Sunday, July 15.

Despite a +4 finish in the second heat and running in the top three in practice, the EXIT Realty/Hancock Electric Chevy fought both a tight in and loose off condition throughout the race. Eddie Mac started 11th due to the ACT rule that previous winners cannot start higher than tenth.

When the green flag waved to start the 151 lap event, Eddie Mac gained four positions by the lap 4 caution, the first of six caution flags in the race. Another caution on lap 7 forced the Freddie Peterson owned Chevy to restart sixth on the outside that was not the place to be. It appeared no one could run the non-existent outside groove with Eddie Mac slipping back to eighth. Running eighth and in a battle with the #54 car running side by side with Eddie Mac stuck on the outside, the decision was made to pit during the caution on lap 86 for much needed adjustments. Eddie Mac returned to the track in the 12th position.

"Rollie and I decided to make wedge adjustments and they really helped the car in the turns," said Eddie Mac. "We struggled with the handling right from the start so coming to the pits was an easy decision. The adjustments helped a lot but we were not going to compete for the win. We are not happy with finishing fifth but that is the best we were going to do today. Unfortunately we finished the first race here looking like a modified and today we got caught up in one of those accordion wrecks and caused considerable damage to the front and rear. We will get it fixed and ready for the race at White Mountain."

From lap 86 to the final flag, Eddie Mac was able to make his way from the 12th position to ninth by the final of two caution flags on lap 124. Over the remaining 26 laps, Eddie Mac drove to the fifth position to take the checkered flag.

"It was an extremely hot day so Rollie and I have to acknowledge the hard work by the crew in these conditions," said Eddie Mac. "We are thankful to Freddie and Shelia Peterson (Peterson Auto Body in Peabody, Mass.) for all they do. Of course we can't do any of this without sponsors and we have the best. Derek Beatrice from EXIT Realty Beatrice Associates in Middleton, Mass. and Scott and Kenny Thompson from Hancock Electric in Quincy, Mass. and Rob Grimm from Waymart, Pa. provide us with the help we need to do this."

The ACT Tour will take the green flag again on August 4 at White Mountain Motorsports Park.
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Photos by Richard Casey 

TUESDAY, JULY 3RD - SPUD SPEEDWAY in CARIBOU, ME
Eddie Finishes Fourth in Firecracker 200 at Spud Speedway
Eddie MacDonald celebrated the new opening of Spud Speedway in Caribou, Maine on July 3 with a fourth place finish in the Pro Series All-Star Firecracker 200. With the top five finish the Dave Lemieux owned #17 Super Late Model secured a guaranteed starting position in the Oxford 250.

Eddie Mac's EXIT Realty/Grimm Construction Chevy posted a fourth place finish in the heat and had to struggle with a loose car early in the race saying, "This quarter mile track is tricky and most of the time you had to run the second groove where there is some banking because the bottom is so flat. The car was loose for the first 125 laps until we were able to make adjustments and for the final 75 laps it responded much better. As the race went on, I discovered a few tricks to get around this place."

Eddie Mac started sixth in the 200 lap feature due to the rule that recent winners cannot start in the top 10. For the first 100 laps the Rowley, Mass. veteran was content to ride in the eighth and ninth position. When the competition flag waved on lap 125 for the 10 minute break, Eddie Mac had moved into the sixth position knowing a top five finish would guarantee a spot in the Oxford 250.

"Naturally I was hoping to challenge for the win but I just didn't have the car tonight but I thought I could get a third place finish. With 25 to go I was in third place and just overdrove the turn trying to get to second and almost lost it completely. My two right side tires were off the track and I was lucky to save it and only lose one spot. One of our goals was to qualify for the 250 and we did that so that is a lot of pressure off of us. Now we can race for a starting position at Oxford and not have to worry about qualifying for the race."

"It was a hectic day traveling up there, racing, and then getting home so everyone could enjoy the 4th with their families, but it was a lot of fun," said Eddie Mac. "The track owners did a great job getting the track ready for racing after it had been closed for a couple of years. The crowd was great and we could not have been treated any better."

Thanks to our sponsors Derek Beatrice from EXIT Realty in Middleton, Mass. and Rob Grimm from Grimm Construction in Waymart, Pa. Thanks also to car owner Dave Lemieux from Lemieux Home Builders and Brian Neal from Neal Excavating for everything they do. Rollie and I would be lost without the dedication of our crew. Rollie's wife Laura and son Ryan are always there along with Jolene and Rob. Tom, Frenchy, and Brian also made the trip and we can't thank them enough. It was a very hot day and we are thankful for all their hard work in the heat."

Eddie Mac and the team's next competition will be at Speedway 51 in Groveton, NH on July 14th for the American Canadian Tour's second visit this season to the track. The much anticipated Oxford 250 for the Super Late Model race is scheduled for August 25-26.
Photos by Lindsay Ellison

New England Short Track Showdown
New Hampshire Motor Speedway
Sat.-Sun., June 23-24, 2018
Eddie Scores Second Place Run in Granite State Pro Stock Series
Eddie MacDonald won the inaugural Granite State Pro Series New England Short Track Showdown last year at New Hampshire Motor Speedway but fell one half of a lap short to retain the title. After dominating much of the 50 lap event on the mile oval, Eddie Mac could not hold off the outside run of winner Reid Lanpher to post a second place finish.
Eddie Mac started on the outside pole after easily winning the second heat earlier in the day. When the green flag waved to start the feature, Eddie Mac established a comfortable lead before the first caution flag waved on lap 22 sending the 20 car field to the pits for the "completion caution" with the Rowley, Mass. veteran racer saying, "The car was great in the clean air and handled pretty well but I knew things would change in the second half and those guys would be fighting back."

The EXIT Realty/Grimm Construction Chevy #17 maintained the lead with Derek Griffiths battling Eddie Mac as the duo rode side by side for multiple laps with Griffiths beating the Dave Lemieux owned Chevy to the stripe on lap 27. Eddie Mac quickly retook the top spot with Griffiths falling behind with 15 laps to go. However, the battle for the lead took its toll as Lanpher was able to real in Griffiths and then set sail for Eddie Mac.

"Derek and I had a great race against each other but with him on the outside my car was not as fast and it allowed Reid to catch us," said Eddie Mac. "It was a fun battle but I think it took a lot out of the both of us. I could see Reid closing and I tried running inside and he was just able to get a great run on the outside down the backstretch. You hate to lose especially on the last lap but his car was really strong and he deserved the win."

"Rollie (LaChance, crew chief) thank all the crew for their hard work. We never made it on the track on Saturday because of the rain so they had to deal with a couple of problems we had in the early morning Sunday practice. They always do a great job and we appreciate all the effort," said Eddie Mac. "Thanks also to car owner Dave Lemieux (Lemieux Home Builders) and Brian Neal (Neal Excavating) for everything they do. Exit Realty with Derek Beatrice as our primary sponsor has been with us a couple of years and we thank him for his support, as well as Rob Grimm from Grimm Construction. Special thanks to my girlfriend Kelyn Harrell for all her support during the hectic months maintaining, fixing and racing two cars. There just so many great people supporting this team we are forever thankful."

Next race for the Pro Stock will take place at Spud Speedway in Caribou, Maine on July 3 in the PASS race. The Late Model returns to Speedway 51 in Groveton, NH for the ACT race on July 14.
Photos by
Richard Casey

Eddie Finishes Second in ACT Race at Waterford
Eddie Mac's hopes to win the second leg of the ACT Summer Showdown Series fell one position short as he scored a hard-earned second place finish in the New London-Waterford Speedbowl 150 on Saturday, June 16 at the Connecticut facility. Eddie Mac started the 150 lap feature on the flat, 3/8 mile oval in the 11th position.

After repairing significant damage to the front clip of the Freddie Peterson owned Chevy from a wreck at Speedway 51 two weeks ago, Eddie Mac struggled in the first practice. The crew leaped into action to make major changes to the car and their diligent action paid off as the EXIT Realty/Hancock Electric Chevy turned in some of the fastest times in the final two practices.

"I have the best guys for a crew that you could ever have," said Eddie Mac after the race. "We fixed the car but didn't have time to test so the first practice let us know what we needed to do. Everyone jumped in to make major changes and I can't thank all of our guys enough. They are truly amazing."

Eddie Mac posted a +3 in his heat finishing second from his fifth starting spot in the 12 lap qualifier. The field remained bunched up due to multiple cautions in the early going so passing was limited. By lap 25, Eddie Mac rode in the ninth position with a car handling on the loose side. After another caution on lap 50, one of ten yellow flags, Eddie Mac was able to make his way to third place on the long green flag run before the next caution on lap 86.

The top three point's leaders, eventual winner Payea, Hebert, and Eddie Mac pulled away from the field before more cautions on lap 96, 97, and two on lap 105 bunched things up again for the final sprint to the finish. On lap 119 Eddie Mac passed Hebert for second place on an outside move and began his chase of Payea who jumped out to an eight car lead. Eddie Mac chased the leader to close the gap to two car lengths as the checkered flag waved.

"I spent a lot of laps trying to get around Hebert and Ziter so when I finally got to second, Payea had a pretty good lead," said Eddie Mac. "We needed another caution or for him to make a mistake but neither happened. My car was handling good on the outside so I was hoping I could get alongside of him but we ran out of laps. We were hoping to win the second leg of the Showdown for another $5,000 and a chance for the bonus but it was not meant to be. We still had a great finish after all the changes we had to make but the win would have been nice."

"Derek Beatrice from EXIT Realty was with us today and we are thankful for the sponsorship and for the Hancock Electric sponsorship from Scott and Kenny Thompson. Kenny's wife Carol has been under the weather lately so we wish her well. The Thompson's are fantastic people and have been with us for eleven years. Thanks also to Rob Grimm from Grimm Construction for his continued support."

ACT returns to Speedway 51 in Groveton, NH on Saturday, July 14 to kick off the second half of the season.

Eddie Mac will compete at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in the Granite State Pro Stock Series Short Track Showdown this Saturday and Sunday, June 23, 24. Practice is Saturday with the race on Sunday as Eddie Mac attempts to defend last year's title.
Photos by Richard Casey

SATURDAY, JUNE 2, 2018

Eddie MacDonald Finishes Twelfth
After Wreck in ACT at Speedway 51

Eddie MacDonald appeared poised for a top five finish in the American Canadian Tour's Caron Fabrication 151 at Speedway 51 in Groveton, N.H. on Saturday, June 2 only to be caught in a lap 62 wreck. After a tremendous effort by the crew, Eddie Mac returned to the race without losing a lap to post a 12th place finish despite the severe damage.

On lap 62, two of the leaders tangled on the front stretch collecting the EXIT Realty/Hancock Electric Chevy in the melee causing extensive front end damage with the frustrated veteran racer saying, " It happened right in front of me and I did not have any place to go, The hood was pushed up and I couldn't even see out of the windshield and it looked pretty bad but Laura (LaChance) radioed that the car was not leaking so with some guidance I made it back to the pits and the crew went to work."

Eddie Mac is competing for the ACT championship and trailed Scott Payea by seven points before the race so every point is important and with that in mind crew chief Rollie LaChance and the crew began cutting and ripping the damaged nose, fenders, and support pieces from the car in an effort to get Eddie Mac back into the race. A win was out of the question but a solid finish was the goal of the team that stresses teamwork, dedication, and determination.

"I am just so proud of my guys for everything they did so we could get back into the race," said Eddie Mac. "Rollie took control of the situation and even though they were working pretty fast, everything they did was done right. I could not ask for better people. Rollie and I really appreciate the effort of Tom Rice, Rob Drandson, Ryan LaChance, Hoppy, Kenny Grooms, Brian Neal, my father, and Bobby Wood. Even our car owner Freddie Peterson was in there with a sawsall cutting up his own car so we could get back on the track. Of course Freddie owns Peterson Auto Body in Peabody so he is no stranger to body work. A number of other guys from other teams pitched in to help and we thank them."

When Eddie Mac rejoined the field the flagman threw the green flag to restart the race on lap 63, the #17 Ma took the green in 19th place and while looking more like a modified that a full fendered racecar, the Rowley, Mass. veteran showed the determination that is characteristic of this team and drove under and over cars to the 12th position by lap 122 with Eddie Mac saying, "I think we could have had a much better finish but the car was just too loose. We were hoping for a quick caution after the repairs were done to make an adjustment but we didn't get one until late in the race and by then it was too late. We did what we could and 12th was the best that we could get so now we will be back in the shop getting the car fixed for the next race at Waterford."

Eddie Mac started the 151 lap event in 14th, the result of a -1 score in the heat race. After starting on the pole, Eddie Mac lost the lead after spinning the tires on a restart on a lap seven caution restart in the 12 lap qualifier. When the green flag waved to start the feature, Eddie Mac moved cautiously through the field despite a tight handling car in the center of the turns. Prior to the lap 62 wreck, Eddie Mac ran in the seventh position saying, "I didn't think we had a winning car tonight because it was so tight in the center but I knew it was good enough to be near the front and you never know what could happen but unfortunately we got involved in the wreck."

"Thanks again to our sponsors Derek Beatrice from Exit Realty in Middleton, Mass. and Kenny and Scott Peterson from Hancock Electric in Quincy, Mass. and Rob Grimm from Grimm Construction from Waymart, Pa. Thanks also the Jolene Drandson for handling our raceday social media and Laura LaChance for spotting duties. It was great to have my mom, Judy, at the track and to have new grandmother Sheila Peterson there for us. We have so many great people with our team, we are very lucky."

The second leg of ACT's three race Summer Showdown Series will take place on Saturday, June 16 at the New London-Waterford Speedbowl with $5000 going to the winner. Eddie Mac won the first of the series at Oxford Plains and if he wins all three events, the team will pocket an additional $5000.
Photos by Richard Casey


SUNDAY, MAY 20, 2018
 
ACT TOUR RELEASE: Rowley, MA’s Eddie MacDonald held off Williamstown, VT’s Jimmy Hebert in the closing laps to take the Summer Showdown Series opener at Maine’s Oxford Plains Speedway on Sunday, May 20. The win made MacDonald $5,000 richer and also makes him eligible for an additional $5,000 bonus should he go on sweep the 3-race series.
 
Eddie Wins ACT Race at Oxford and
Finishes Eleventh in PASS Race
Eddie MacDonald started the day at Oxford Plains Speedway on Sunday, May 20 with an impressive win in the first of three American Canadian Tour's Summer Showdown Series. In the nightcap, Eddie Mac struggled with an ill-handling car to post an eleventh place finish in the Pro All Star Series' Honey Badger Bar and Grill 150.

Fresh off a second place run last week in the ACT Governor's Cup at Lee USA Speedway, Eddie Mac would not be denied the win on the flat, demanding oval in Oxford, Maine. The EXIT Realty/Hancock Electric Chevy started seventh in the first 12 lap feature, then finished third to earn a +4 rating good enough to start on the outside pole in the 30 car field in the 150 lap event.

Eddie Mac started next to long-time ACT competitor Nick Sweet as the two distanced themselves for nearly 75 laps before Eddie Mac made an epic three wide pass for the lead in heavy lapped traffic on lap 76. Eddie Mac dove to the inside with Sweet on the outside of two lapped cars to gain the top spot to hold off Sweet and late challenger Jimmy Hebert to post the his 10th career Act win and the $5000 payoff.

With Eddie Mac cruising along the first caution flag of the race flew with only 18 laps to go set the stage for a tight finish with Hebert close behind. Another caution on the restart reset the field with Eddie Mac holding off the Hebert challenge to post the win by a car length.

"This is a great win for our team today and I have to thank our car owner Freddie Peterson and his wife Shelia for everything they do for us," said Eddie Mac. "Rollie (Crew chief LaChance) and the crew gave me a great car today. I was able to run inside and outside and with all the lapped traffic playing a major role today, handling was extremely important. The crew did a masterful job today because we had both the late model and the pro stock and that is very demanding. I also thank our sponsors Derek Beatrice from EXIT Realty and Kenny and Scott Thompson from Hancock Electric. We could not do any of this without their support.

Immediately following his win and trip to ACT tech, Eddie Mac raced to his EXIT Realty pro stock for the Honey Badger Bar and Grill 150 in staging. The Dave Lemieux owned Chevy started sixth in the event after posting a third place run in qualifying. The car was extremely tight right from the drop of the green flag and was dragging the track. Eddie Mac rode in the 8th position then decided to pit on the lap 50 caution flag for major adjustments, returning to the track in the 18th spot. The #17 returned to the pits on caution lap 56 for another adjustment to restart the race 19th.

With the car freed up too much, Eddie Mac battled to get to the 11th position by lap 125 but was unable to gain any more spots before the checkered flag on lap 150 with Eddie Mac saying, "We definitely hoped for a better finish but the car was just too tight to start the race then it was to free and it was a struggle. However, it gave us a good understanding of what we need to do when we come back here for the 250. I have to thank car owner Dave Lemieux (Lemieux Home Builders) and Brian Neal (Neal Excavating) for everything they do for us. They are both great guys with a real passion for this sport. Dave's Mom and sister are committed like Dave and are here every race and make all the food for the crew. We couldn't ask for better people. With the Peterson's and the Lemieux's support, our team is very lucky."

Eddie Mac's next ACT race on the schedule is at Groveton, NH on June 2 with the Pro Stock competing in the Granite State Pro Stock Series at Loudon, NH on June 23-24.
Photos by Richard Casey
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PASS >>
Photos by Norm Marx

Eddie Mac Finishes Second in ACT Governor’s Cup at Lee
Eddie MacDonald started on the pole and led 108 laps in the American Canadian Tour's New Hampshire Governor's Cup 150 at Lee USA Speedway on Saturday, May 12 only to lose the handling to post a second place finish. The EXIT Realty Beatrice Associates/Hancock Electric Chevy won the pole position thanks to a +5 rating coming from eighth to third in the 12 lap heat.

The Freddie Peterson owned #17 powered its way over the 25 car field for 108 laps before losing the lead to eventual winner Scott Payea with Eddie Mac saying, "This was a tough one to lose. As the race went on, the car just became tight in the middle of the turns and loose off. All the cautions at the end did not help and I had a real battle with the #37. Scott drove a great race and it was a nice win for him but really disappointing for us. We were great in practice yesterday and the car was really good in the practice and in the heat today."

Eddie Mac was the strong earlier leader maintaining a two to three car length lead over his closest competitor for the first two thirds of the 150 lap event. Multiple cautions beginning on lap 69 pitted Eddie Mac with Payea in a side by side battle until relinquishing the lead on the 108th circuit. The veteran racer closed the three car length gap with two to go when the leaders had to negotiate side by side lap cars that made for an exciting ending. Eddie Mac almost pulled it out with three wide racing only to finish in the runner-up position.

"It is definitely frustrating to lose but it was a good point's day for us and now we have to prepare for next week's races at Oxford running both the Late Model and the Pro Stock." said Eddie Mac. "Congratulations are in order to new grandparents Shelia and Freddie Peterson whose daughter Emma gave birth to a baby girl this past week. We thank Derek Beatrice from EXIT Realty who was with us today for all he does for this team. Also thanks to Kenny and Scott Peterson from Hancock Electric for their long time support. We hope Kenny's wife and Scott's mother Carol, who has been under the weather, a speedy recovery. The crew did another amazing job today and special thanks to Rollie's (crew chief Rollie LaChance) son Ryan who took care of the tires despite ankle surgery a couple of weeks ago. Thanks also to Bobby Wood for all he does for this team."

As mentioned, Eddie Mac and the team will race in the ACT and PASS races at Oxford Plains Speedway on Sunday, May 20 with practice on Saturday.
Photos by
Richard Casey
Practice >>
Heat >>
Photos by
Norm Marx


 Sunday, May 6th, 2018

Eddie Mac Battles for Tenth Place Finish at Thunder Road

Eddie MacDonald battled his racecar and a caution filled race to post a determined tenth place finish in the ACT opener at Barre, Vermont's Thunder Road on Sunday, May 6. After a two week delay, the 33rd year for the American Canadian Tour took the green flag in the 20th Community Bank 150 only to wait out a two hour rain delay after completing only two laps of the 150 lap feature.

Eddie Mac's season opener appeared headed in the right direction after posting top five practice times on Saturday, then repeated top five times on Sunday. However, when the green flag waved for his qualifying heat, the EXIT Realty/Hancock Electric Chevy changed dramatically. The veteran racer started sixth but was unable to transfer after scoring a sixth place finish, then had to make the race after posting a second place run in the "consi."

"It was a mystery to all of us when the car just did not respond the way it had since the first practice on Saturday," said Eddie Mac. "After the last practice on Sunday morning we were happy with the car and didn't make one adjustment, so to go out there and have it react that way was a total surprise. We made some changes afterward but when we started the race it was the same."

Eddie Mac started 18th in the 30 car field then just missed a big wreck on lap two. The threatening skies finally gave way to a steady rain that sent the ACT cars to the pits for a two hour delay. Eddie Mac and crew chief Rollie LaChance strategized and formulated a plan when racing resumed and pitted on caution lap 34 for right side tires and wedge adjustments.

However, the Freddie Peterson owned Chevy struggled and returned to the pits on caution lap 75 restarting in the 19th position. Before a lap could be completed a huge pile up ensnared Eddie Mac's car causing front end damage and knocking out the toe. The crew responded with efficient effort to fix the toe on the next four cautions, the last one on lap 112. Finally the car responded as Eddie Mac began his move to the front on the outside.

"All race long the car did not like the outside so I had to drive the bottom," said Eddie Mac. "I decided to move to the outside after the last pit stop and suddenly it started to go. It was very racy and I was able to start passing cars. I only wish it could have happened sooner because I think I could have finished a lot better. I have to give special thanks to the crew. They worked their butts off making all the changes over the last half of the race. Rollie and I really appreciate everything they did. They were asked to do a lot and each guy responded and they are responsible for me being able to get to tenth. I know it is not the finish we wanted, but it was because of the crew we were able to finish as well as we did."

Eddie Mac will take the green flag next Saturday, May 12 in the ACT Governor's Cup at Lee USA Speedway.
Photos by Richard Casey

Eddie Mac to Make a Run at 2018 ACT Title
Monday, April 09 2018 - Contributed by: ACT Staff

After spending the 2017 season up to his “Outlaw” ways, Eddie MacDonald will be rejoining the American-Canadian Tour (ACT) championship battle in 2018. The Rowley, MA driver has filed a full-season entry for the ACT Late Model Tour and will pursue the $10,000 prize for winning this year’s title.

MacDonald last ran the full ACT campaign in 2016 when he finished third in the standings. He won two events last year as part of a limited schedule, giving him nine Tour victories in his career. In addition, he is a 5-time winner of the ACT Invitational at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and triumphed in the 2014 Vermont Milk Bowl.

“When the ACT schedule came out, a lot of the races interested us,” MacDonald said. “We always try to plan our season out with the races that we’d like to run, and most of the races on the ACT schedule were ones that we would enjoy going to anyway. So we figured we might as well hit a couple extra ones and do them all.

“We don’t usually worry about points,” he added when asked about his title chances. “Our thing is that we just try to go out and run the best we can every week, and everything else plays into that and however it works out. Our goal is still the same – to go out there and try to win every week. You know that’s not going to happen, but you still try to do the best you can and try to at least get a decent finish in the races that are more challenging.”

The 2018 ACT title hunt gets underway on Sunday, May 6 at Barre, VT's Thunder Road Speedbowl for the Community Bank N.A. 150

For the second time in April, American-Canadian Tour (ACT) and Lee USA Speedway officials have announced the postponement of the 28th New Hampshire Governor’s Cup, citing unsuitable ground conditions at the facility. The event has now been rescheduled for Saturday, May 12 at 2:00pm. Eddie was the 2014 Governor’s Cup winner at the track his parents Red and Judy MacDonald owned and operated for many years. The track was sold to Norman Wrenn II this past winter.

“We’re looking forward to going to Lee,” MacDonald said. “We don’t usually get to run the Test & Tune day beforehand, because usually that weekend we’re in Bristol. So we’re looking forward to being able to have that test day ahead of time. We’d really love to get a win at Lee. The track means a lot to me, and I always want to win that race, being the first one of the year. We were lucky enough to do that once before, and we’re going to put in all the effort we can to try and make it happen again this year.”

MacDonald will have plenty of competition at Lee and throughout the season. Defending ACT U.S. Champion Scott Payea of Milton, VT returns in search of a second straight title, while Williamstown, VT’s Jimmy Hebert and Lebanon, NH’s Rich Dubeau rate to be consistent challengers. Defending Thunder Road Late Model Champion Bobby Therrien of Hinesburg, VT has entered the Governor’s Cup as has Barre, VT’s Mike Ziter in a car prepared by Joey Pole Racing.

44th Annual ICEBREAKER
Sunday, April 8, 2018
6th in the PASS Thompson Icebreaker
Photos by Norm Marx
Photos by Richard Casey

Eddie MacDonald Finishes Sixth
in the Icebreaker at Thompson

Eddie MacDonald appeared poised to claim another Icebreaker PASS (Pro Series All-Star Series) title at Thompson Motorsports Park on Sunday, May 8, with an impressive Saturday practice. However, a mismatched set of tires for qualifying and the race negated a positive chance to repeat as champion. Eddie Mac scored a disappointing sixth place finish in the EXIT Realty sponsored Chevy.

Eddie Mac posted the fastest time in the opening segment in the first practice and with a minor adjustment improved his time to run fourth fasted in the second segment. Eddie Mac ran in the top three in the second and final practice before bolting on new Hoosier tires for the ten lap qualifying race to follow. At the drop of the green flag, it was obvious that the car was not the same fast, handling car Eddie Mac had in practice.

Eddie Mac started 11th in the heat and moved into sixth place but was unable to move up. Upon returning to the pits the team quickly discovered the mismatched left front tire. As the University of Texas coach Darrel Royal frequently stated, "You have to dance with the one who brung you," and the same held true for Eddie Mac and the team. Rules dictate only four designated tires could be used for the race so crew chief Rollie LaChance had to devise a plan overnight to overcome this dilemma.

After the mandatory fan appreciation Sunday morning the team worked feverishly to implement the changes, starting with putting the left front on the left rear in hopes of stabilizing the car in the turns. A number of other adjustments were completed in time for the car to roll out on the starting grid for the 100 lap event,

Eddie Mac started ninth in the field after two cars went to the back and was able to begin a solid run to the front. By lap ten, Eddie Mac had the Dave Lemieux owned #17 in fifth place and heading toward the front with the notable difference that the car would not handle high in the turns, forcing Eddie Mac to stay on the bottom of the track. The inability to run up top would ultimately become a major factor with 25 laps to go.

At the halfway flag, Eddie Mac ran in the fourth position in a heated battle for third with Jared Irvin, the son of NASCAR legend Ernie, with Eddie Mac saying afterward, "I had to use up a lot of the tires to get by Jared and that put a lot of pressure on the right front since I could not go high. I eventually got by him on lap 65 but the car was already sliding the nose in the corners. I was hoping it wouldn't get worse but it always does."

Despite the gallant effort of the driver and crew, the tire situation couldn't hold out any longer as Eddie Mac lost three positions over the final 25 laps to post the sixth place finish saying, "It really is something when one mismatched tire can change the outcome of a race. We were really happy with the car in practice and believed we could contend for the win. To have this happen is frustrating and disappointing. Rollie and I thank car owner Dave Lemieux and Brian Neal for everything they do. Even in the frigid cold Dave's mother Barbara and sister Denise were there cheering us on and we really appreciate the food and sweets they bring each race. Thanks to Derek Beatrice from EXIT Realty and Rob Grimm for their support and especially the crew that worked tirelessly in the cold, windy weather to get the car ready. We have a month break so we will be busy in the shop getting ready for our next race."

Eddie Mac will take the PASS green flag again on Saturday, April 14 at the Oxford Plains Speedway.
Eddie Mac Ready to Defend PASS Title
in Icebreaker at Thompson
Eddie MacDonald opened last season's PASS schedule with a victory at Thompson Motorsports Park's Icebreaker and hopes to repeat that performance this Sunday, April 8 on the famed Thompson speedway. Eddie Mac will pilot the Dave Lemieux owned Pro Stock in as many as nine events with his sights set on an Icebreaker win.

"Racing at Thompson is always fun and you couldn't ask for anything better than starting the season off competing in the Icebreaker," said the Rowley, Mass. veteran racer. "Everyone is excited to get going this season and we have the car ready to go so it should be a lot of fun. EXIT Realty Beatrice Associates will be our main sponsor for this race and we are thankful to Derek Beatrice for all his help. We had a great car last year in the opener to get the win so the goal we have is to get another victory to start the season."

The Pro All Star Series race on Sunday is scheduled for 100 laps as opposed to 75 laps last season with practice and qualifying scheduled for Saturday. The first practice is 9:30-9:55 AM, with the second and final practice 11:50-12:15 PM. Qualifying races of 10 laps are scheduled after the 12:15 opening ceremonies with consolation races, if necessary, of 12 laps to follow later in the afternoon.

"We don't have a lot of practice time so it is very important to have the car set-up and ready to go right from the start of practice," said Eddie Mac. "Rollie (crew chief Rollie LaChance) and I know what we need to have to be competitive at Thompson but we have to be ready to make quick adjustments. Everyone is in the same boat so it will fun to get things dialed in for qualifying. This track is very fast with long straights and high banked corners so the car has to have a lot of power but also needs to turn in the corners. You can't win at this track unless you have both."

"None of this would be possible without the help of a lot of people and we are thankful to have the continued support of many of the same people through the years, "said Eddie Mac. "Dave Lemieux (Lemieux Home Builders) and Brian Neal (Neal Excavating) have given us everything we need to be successful. Derek Beatrice has been great as well as Rob Grimm. Our Late Model owner Freddie Peterson (Peterson Auto Body) helps us out and huge thanks to Paul Rinaldi for his engine building expertise. Our crew from last year will be returning and their experience and dedication is a huge part of our success. We hope to see a lot of our friends at Thompson this weekend."

Eddie Mac's American Canadian Tour first race this season will take the green flag at Lee USA Speedway in the New Hampshire Governor's Cup 150 rescheduled for Sunday, April 22 with practice on Saturday, April 21.

2018 SCHEDULE
  Date Track Location Length
  Sun.
4/8

Thompson Speedway
Motorsports Park


The 44th Icebreaker
Thompson, CT .625
  Sun.
5/6

Thunder Road Speedbowl

The Community Bank 150
Barre, VT  .250 
  Sun.
5/12
 
Lee USA Speedway

The New Hampshire Govenor's Cup
Lee, NH  .375
Sun.
5/20

Oxford Plains Speedway 

The Oxford 150
Oxford, ME .375
Sat.
6/2


Speedway 51

The Caron Fabrication 151
Groveton, NH .250
Sat.
6/16

New London Waterford Speedbowl

The Waterford 150
Waterford, CT .375
  Sat.
6/24

New Hampshire Motor Speedway


$5000 to Win - 50 Laps
Loudon, NH 1.058
Sat.
7/14


Speedway 51

The JP Sicard & Kingdom Gravel 151
Groveton, NH .250
  Sat.
8/4


White Mountain Motrosports Park 

The White Mountain 150
North. Woodstock, NH  .250 
Sat.
8/25

Oxford Plains Speedway 

The Oxford Plains 150
Oxford, ME .375 
Sun.
8/26

Oxford Plains Speedway 

Oxford, ME .375 
  Sun.
9/2

Thunder Road Speedbowl

The Coca Cola Labor Day Classic 150
Barre, VT  .250 
Sat.
10/13

Thompson Speedway
Motorsports Park


The 55th Sunoco World Series
of Speedway Racing 75
Thompson, CT .625
Sat.
10/20

Richmond Raceway

              200 Laps
Richmond, VA .750

2017 HIGHLIGHTS
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Grimm Racing Is More than Just Winning 
Racing may be about winning but it also has plenty of room for support and compassion for people and causes and this is what Grimm Racing is all about. If anyone has any doubt about the validity of the statement, all they have to do is to look at the vinyl covering the car. The MS, New Path Adventures, Boston Strong logos, and the Eric Williams emblem are displayed on every Grimm car.

Recently Megan Spaulding, the daughter of Carla and Rob Grimm, was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. In an effort to support MS Awareness Week, the #71 carried the logo for the first race on the rear quarter panels at Bristol. Rob Grimm decided the MS banner would be permanently displayed on the car for the entire season. The family and members of Grimm Nation will participate as the “MS Warriors” in the May 5 MS Walk at Pocono Speedway.  (
http://walkpae.nationalmssociety.org)

The Grimm family was deeply moved by the horrific events on Marathon Monday in Boston and the decision was easily reached to display the “Boston Strong” ribbon on the car. Eddie MacDonald and many of the team members call the Boston area home and felt the need to support those killed, injured, and their families was something Grimm Racing does for all those in need.
(onefundboston.org)

Rob Grimm decided that “New Path Adventures” logo would be displayed on the back of the car for the season. New Path Adventures is based in Dallas, Texas and ministers to troubled youths ages 13-19. Crew member Steven Owens, nephew of Rob Grimm, is proud to say his brother Jonathan Owens and Alan Owens offer guidance and a positive change in the choices these youngsters make in their daily lives. The Spanish to English Ministry recently completed a very successful bike ride across the state of Texas, an 865 mile journey, to raise money. Alan and Jonathan work with a group of 7-10 youngsters by taking them from their environment and harmful behavior, minister to them while living out of backpacks in the wilds of Texas.
NewPathAdventures.org is a good source for information.

On February 25, 2013 Corrections Officer Eric Williams was murdered in the line of duty at the U.S Penitentiary located in Canaan, Pa. that is within sight of the Grimm Racing shop in Waymart, Pa. In order to honor Officer Williams and those men and women that serve, every Grimm car will display the emblem for the remainder of the season. (
www.facebook.comCorrectionalPeaceOfficersFoundation)

Being a member of Grimm Nation is much more than supporting the #71 on the track. It means a commitment to show support for those in need.

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