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BEING EDDIE MACDONALD

2017
Sunday, May 21st
FIFTH at MONTMAGNY with PASS SLM
 
Top Five Finish for Eddie MacDonald
at Autodrome Montmagny in Canada
Eddie MacDonald, driving the EXIT Realty/Grimm Construction Chevy, scored a fifth place finish in the Pro All Star Series (PASS) 150 lap feature on Sunday, May 21 at Autodrome Montmagny in Quebec. The Rowley, Mass driver started tail in the seventeen car field due to a weight mix up. Eddie Mac drove the Dave Lemieux owned Pro Stock/SLM through the stellar competition to post the fifth place run.

Eddie Mac posted the fastest time in both practices and was poised to compete for the win but a mix up at the scales forced the #17 to start in the rear with Eddie Mac saying, "We were a few pounds heavy on the left side when we went over the scales so we moved the weight around but we didn't go back over the scales and that was our fault. It was too bad because the car was really fast and had a great shot to contend for the win."

When the green flag waved, Eddie Mac drove to the tenth position by the first and only caution of the race on lap 17 with the veteran driver saying, "During the caution the officials let a team member come out to clean the windshield because there was so much speedy-dry on the track from the earlier race. The car was going good but it was slippery out there. After that caution I rode around for a while not really pushing it too hard because we all expected another caution but surprisingly that was the only one. It was hard to believe we could run the rest of the way without a yellow. The field really began to spread out so it was tough to make up ground and pass cars."

On lap 50, Eddie Mac began making his move from the tenth position and into the sixth spot at the halfway flag. Gaining positions became more difficult as the front runners were spread out on the 3/8ths of a mile oval with Eddie Mac saying, "I got into fifth place on lap 95 and I was driving as hard as I could but the third and fourth place cars were a full straight ahead of me. I chased them down in about 25 laps but I just couldn't get by them. I could drive it in hard in the turns and get up alongside them but I couldn't get back to the throttle because the car was loose at that point and I was driving up in the marbles."

"We really thought we could win this race with the car as fast as it was but it was our own fault for not going back across the scales," said a disappointed Eddie Mac. "This track is fast and a lot of fun to drive. The straights are long so you need a lot of engine and we had it and it really handled great in the turns. We just needed another caution to bunch the cars back up then I think we would have had a great chance to win. There were a number of fast cars here so when everything got spread out it was almost impossible to make up that much ground. It was a lot of fun coming here and Quebec city is a beautiful area and the team got to spend Saturday sightseeing and everyone enjoyed themselves."

"Rollie (LaChance) and I thank all the crew for making the trip here and doing an awesome job as they usually do. Rob Drandson, Tom Rice Brian Neal, and Ryan LaChance worked great in the pits. Laura LaChance helps Rollie spot and does the time sheet. Jolene Drandson does the social media and keeps everyone back home informed about what is going on throughout the day and I thank her. My girlfriend Kelyn Harrell takes care of all the stuff needed to do so I can concentrate on the racecar. Thanks to Derek Beatrice from EXIT Realty for his support. Special thanks to car owner Dave Lemieux for giving us everything we need and special thanks to our K&N team owner Rob Grimm who supports our racing efforts. "

The #17 Pro Stock/SLM team is scheduled to compete again in the inaugural Granite State PASS race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on July 1.
         
         
         
         
        Photos by
Norm Marx
 


Eighth Place Finish for Eddie
in ACT's Governor's Cup
Eddie MacDonald dealt with an ill-handling EXIT Realty/Hancock Electric Chevy for three quarters of the annual American Canadian Tour's New Hampshire Governor's Cup 150 opener at Lee USA Speedway on Sunday, April 23. Driving the Freddie Peterson owned #17, Eddie Mac waited for a much needed caution that did not happen until lap 98.

"The car was hitting the track in the turns and sliding up the track so it was impossible to pass any cars," said Eddie Mac. "Rollie (crew chief LaChance) and I decided to wait until the first caution to pit and just try to maintain our 14th starting position. We thought with 29 cars in the field there would be an earlier caution especially this being the first race of the season but everyone stayed out of trouble until lap 98."

After racing in the K&N Pro Series East on Saturday at Bristol Motor Speedway, the team had only the forty minute practice session on Sunday to ready the car for the first race of the season. Most teams took advantage of the Saturday practice session. Eddie Mac started pole in the heat but only managed a second place finish to post a minus one score and started 14th in the feature. Despite the ill-handling car, Eddie Mac was able to gain five positions when the first caution flag waved on lap 98. After two trips to the crew for adjustments, Eddie Mac returned to the track P. 13 for the restart and was able to move to eighth when the checkered flag flew on the 150th circuit.

"The car was a lot better after the adjustments but when we returned to racing there were just too many good cars in front of us to get to the front," said Eddie Mac. "Our lap times were just as good as the leader but it takes a long time to pass guys here. We just ran out of laps. Of course, we were hoping to contend for the win at my home track but it just wasn't meant to be. We just missed the set-up a little and that's all it took. Normally you get early cautions and if we had I know we would have been in a position to race for the win. It is always great fun to compete on the track I grew up on and see all our families and supporters."

"The team did a great job getting the car ready at the shop and at the track," said Eddie Mac. "We are always thankful for our K&N team owner Rob Grimm for supporting us in this series. We are very thankful for our sponsors Derek Beatrice from EXIT Realty and Kenny and Scott Thompson from Hancock Electric. Thanks also to Sheila and Freddie Peterson, Bobby Wood, John Tiernan, Joe St. Jacques, and our crew Rob Drandson, Tom Rice, Dave Ricker, Craig Laroache, Brian Neal, Ryan and Laura LaChance. One of our crew members was not here due to a serious health issue and we miss and wish Donny Higinbotham all the best. Donny is just one of those guys willing to do anything to help our team and has for many years."

The team is already busy preparing the car for the 19th annual ACT Merchants Bank 150 at Thunder Road in Barre, Vt. on Sunday, April 30.


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SATURDAY, APRIL 22nd
 

Bristol Motor Speedway
Eddie Posts Tenth Place Finish
at Bristol K&N East
Eddie MacDonald, driver of the #71 Grimm Construction Chevy, opened his K&N Pro Series East season scoring a tenth place finish on Saturday, April 22, in the rain-shortened Zombie Auto 125 at Bristol Motor Speedway. Inclement weather plagued the annual April NASCAR Cup weekend forcing delays and postponements in the Xfinity and Cup race.

The K&N race began two hours late, then just ran out of time as another huge cell drenched the "World's Fastest Half-Mile" after running 70 laps of the scheduled 125 laps. The Rowley, Mass. veteran felt the shortened event cost a top five finish saying, "The car was fast before the break and we thought with the small adjustments at the half-time break we would be able to gain a number of positions in the second stage. Unfortunately we never got the chance."

Rain caused the cancellation of qualifying on Friday and cut practice time in half. The starting grid was set by points and last year's schedule relegating Eddie Mac to start in the 18th spot since this was the team's first K&N start this season. When the green flag finally waved over the 26 car-field, Eddie Mac moved to the bottom groove and began moving to the front. By the first caution flag on lap 11, the Rob Grimm owned ride gained six positions to ride comfortably in the 12th spot. On lap 17 a caution slowed the field with Eddie Mac in seventh place. However, when NASCAR set the field for the restart, Eddie Mac was surprisingly moved back to the 12th position.

"I was very surprised I was moved to 12th since I thought I clearly had the seventh spot well before the caution flag," said the disappointed driver. "The car was working great and really sticking on the bottom so this was definitely a set-back since Rollie told me over the radio that rain was in the area. I was able to get back two of the spots before the next caution. It was just spitting a little but by the time we had the half-way break to make our adjustments it started pouring. It was a shame because both Rollie and I thought we could get to the top five after just freeing up the car a little. As I said, we never found out and that's a shame because the car was very good."

"The crew did an awesome job all weekend," said Eddie Mac. "The rain definitely made things more difficult and I really have the thank everyone for their effort. I want to wish Chuck Grimm, Rob's dad, a speedy recovery from a recent illness. He was supposed to be here as usual but is recovering at home. I have the best guys for sure but special thanks have to go to crew member Kenny Grooms who became a great grandfather while he was working here at the track. That is the kind of dedication our crew brings every race."

Of course, we all have to thank Rob Grimm for doing this," said Eddie. "We have been doing this together for over a decade now and it is all thanks to him. Rob and Karla have treated us like family and we appreciate everything they have done for us."

The Grimm Construction/Multiple Sclerosis Chevy is scheduled next to compete at Thompson Motorsports Park in Connecticut on July 8.
Photos by Richard Casey
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Eddie MacDonald (No. 71 Grimm Construction Chevrolet)
- Leads all current drivers with 192 career K&N Pro Series starts dating back to 2001.
- Has eight career top-10 finishes in the final series standings, including a career-best second place finish in the championship in 2009.
- Is the only driver entered this weekend to have won previously at Bristol, winning there in 2014 from the 13th starting position, highest among any of the five drivers with wins at the track.
- Has four top 10s in five career starts at Bristol. 
- Is making his season debut this weekend.

43rd Annual ICEBREAKER

SUN. APRIL 9th

 

Eddie MacDonald Wins PASS
Icebreaker at Thompson

Eddie MacDonald powered to victory in the Pro All-Star Series (PASS) opener at Thompson Motorsports Park's Icebreaker on Sunday. As a result of winning the second qualifying heat on Saturday, Eddie Mac started the 75 lap feature from the outside pole position in the EXIT Realty Beatrice Associates/Grimm Racing Chevy and quickly established his dominance.
When the green flag waved, the Rowley, Mass. veteran racer drove to the lead exiting turn two from pole sitter D.J. Shaw on the first lap holding the lead until a lap 10 caution. On the restart, Eddie Mac spun the tires giving Shaw the lead until the next caution on lap 20 when the Dave Lemieux Chevy regained the lead with Eddie Mac saying, "I made a mistake on the previous restart, so I made an adjustment on the next one and I was able to get lead back. The car was really fast and once I had the lead I was able to use the power down the straights and the car handled great in the turns."

Eddie Mac passed only twice in the 75 lap twenty-two car field and both passes were over Shaw. From lap twenty on, the only serious contender was Eddie Fatscher, the fourteen year old from Long Island, New York with Eddie Mac saying, "Our car was really strong and the #51 gave us all we could handle. The kid drove a great race but I had enough power thanks to our engine builder Paul Rinaldi to hold off any challenges from him. The car got a little loose at the end but I guess everyone else did too. "

With two laps to go, Eddie Mac held a three car length lead on the #51 and would take the checkered flag to post his second win in the Dave Lemieux owned ride with the jubilant owner saying after the race, "This is a great win and I am so happy to have Eddie MacDonald driving my car. He is a fantastic driver and part of a fantastic team. Everyone works so hard from the guys in the shop to the crew at the track. Rollie (LaChance-crew chief) did a great job setting up the car and Paul Rinaldi builds great engines. I do this for fun and I couldn't ask to be with a better group of people."

"I owe so much to our K&N owner Rob Grimm for everything he has done for us; it is always special when we get a win," said Eddie Mac after the race. "Rob is a huge part of everything we do whether it is in the K&N, PASS, or ACT racing. Today, Rollie had a great set up and the crew worked hard in the shop and on the track to get this car ready. Joe St. Jacques hung the new nose after Dick Casey stripped all the damage after getting wrecked at Seekonk last season and Joe did a beautiful job. Brian Neal from Neal Excavating did a lot of work to get this car ready along with John Tiernan. We have a lot of people to thank for our win including Rob Drandson, Craig Laroche, Ryan LaChance, Kenny G, and Laura LaChance. Jolene Drandson keeps everyone informed with our progress at the track on social media. Special thanks to my girlfriend Kelyn Harrell for all her support. This is really a team effort and a win would not be possible without the commitment from every one of these people."

Eddie Mac will compete next in the K&N Pro Series event at Bristol Motor Speedway on April 22, and then fly back early the next morning to race in the ACT Governor's Cup 150 at his family owned track, Lee USA Speedway in Lee, N.H. on Sunday, April 23.
         
         
         
Photos by Richard Casey
Photos by Norm Marx


Lee USA Speedway
SUNDAY, APRIL 23rd


Bristol Motor Speedway

SATURDAY, APRIL 22nd
Eddie MacDonald Prepares
for April Season Openers
Eddie MacDonald will take the green flag in the Pro All-Star Series opener in the Icebreaker PASS race at Thompson Motorsports Park on Sunday, April 2 in the first of three races scheduled in the month in three different series. Eddie Mac will also compete in Bristol Motor Speedway for the K&N Pro Series East event on April 22 and then head to  the American Canadian Tour's Governor's Cup at his home track Lee USA Speedway on April 23.

"As you can imagine, we have been extremely busy preparing the cars for three different series but we are looking forward to getting things going and improving on our performance from last season," said the veteran Rowley, Mass. racer. "We are going to pick and choose the races we run in this season and we hope the flexibility will allow us to better prepare for the races we run. Last year was very hectic trying to run as many races as we did. We were not pleased with our performance in the K&N series and we are re-doubling our efforts to be more successful."

Currently, Eddie Mac and the Grimm Racing Team is scheduled to compete in four K&N events with the first on the "World's Fastest Half-Mile" in Bristol, Tennessee with Eddie Mac saying, "We absolutely love racing at Bristol and have enjoyed some success there. We won there in 2014, finished sixth in 2015, and eighth there last year. The competition in this series is incredible and we really have to be prepared to run and finish well against those teams. Our team owner Rob Grimm gives us everything we need for the Grimm Construction Chevy to be competitive, so it will be fun to kick off our season with a solid showing at Bristol. We plan to run at Thompson, Loudon, and Dover this season in the K&N so our focus will be on preparing the best cars for each race. The entire team is excited and ready to go."

The Icebreaker at Thompson is an important event to kick off the racing series throughout New England and Eddie Mac would like nothing better that to kick off the PASS race with a win on the fast, high-banked five-eighths of a mile speedway. The super late model owned by Dave Lemieux is receiving the finishing touches at crew chief Rollie LaChance's shop in preparation for the upcoming event with Eddie Mac saying," We are looking forward to starting our season at Thompson in Dave's car. We won the inaugural race at Loudon in it in 2015 so we know we have a good piece. We have done quite a bit of work on it for the season opener so we think it will be fast. Thompson is a great track if you are fast especially with the long front and back straightaways you need all the power you can get. We plan to run a limited schedule in the PASS and Granite State series. After Thompson we will be returning to Bristol to run in the Super Late Model race on May 21. We also plan to run at Loudon and Oxford in the 250. We may add other races as the season progresses."

The ACT Governor's Cup at Lee USA Speedway on April 23 is the one race that Eddie Mac would certainly love to win since his parent's own the track with Eddie Mac saying, "Winning the ACT race at Lee would be a great feeling for my family and all our supporters. I started my racing career at Lee as a teenager and love racing there. The ACT competition is fierce and getting a win there is huge. I am pleased to say we will have EXIT Realty and Hancock Electric on board this year as sponsors. We decided this season, along with our car owner Freddie Peterson, that we would run a partial schedule this season. We competed in the full schedule last year and we felt it would be better to run selected races this year. We will run at Thunder Road and White Mountain initially then add races as the season progresses. Of course Loudon, Beech Ridge, Thompson, and Seekonk are always in consideration. We are excited to get the ACT season going and a win at Lee would be awesome."

2017 Schedule
SUBJECT TO CHANGE
  Date Track Location Length
  Sun. 
4/9

Thompson Speedway
Motorsports Park


The 43rd Icebreaker
Thompson, CT .625
  Sat. 
4/22

Bristol Motor Speedway


NKNPS East Bristol
Bristol, TN  .533 
  Sun. 
4/23
 
Lee USA Speedway

The Goveror's Cup
Lee, NH  .375
  Sun. 
4/30
 

Thunder Road Speedbowl

The Merchants Bank 150
Barre, VT  .250 
  Sat. 
5/21

Bristol Motor Speedway


The US Short Track Nationals
Bristol, TN  .533 
  Sat.
6/17

White Mountain Motrosports Park 
North. Woodstock, NH  .250 
  Sat.
7/1

New Hampshire Motor Speedway
Loudon, NH 1.058
  Sat. 
7/8

Thompson Speedway
Motorsports Park


NKNPS East Thompson
Thompson, CT .625
  Sat.
7/15

New Hampshire Motor Speedway


United Site Services 70
Loudon, NH 1.058
  Sun.
8/27

Oxford Plains Speedway 

The 44th Oxford 250
Oxford, ME .375 
  Fri.
9/29

Dover International Speedway

NKNPS East Dover
Dover, DE 1.00


The Grimm family and members of Grimm Nation participated as
the “MS Warriors” in the May 5th MS Walk at Pocono Speedway.
Grimm Nation Walks for One of Its Own
There are usually one or two things that define a race team whether it is a huge win or a race changing pit stop but for Grimm Racing its defining event occurred on a race track yet had nothing to do with racecars flying around an oval at incredible speed. The Grimm Racing Team was at Pocono Raceway on Sunday, May 5 for the third annual National Multiple Sclerosis Society Walk as part of Grimm Nation’s “MS Warriors” team in support of Megan Spaulding, the daughter of team owners Karla and Rob Grimm.

“This was one of those events when you look back afterward and just say “Wow,” recalled driver Eddie MacDonald. “The turnout from the Grimm Nation supporters was incredible, not to mention the thousands of people that joined us that day to raise awareness and money to help find a cure for this disease. It was really overwhelming at first to realize you are part of something so huge. I had no idea what to expect but just being a part of something like the MS Walk was as rewarding an experience as you can have. It meant a lot to us to be there for Megan and her family.”

Megan, her husband Ryne and both children and the Grimm family, plus her extended family enjoyed a beautiful day with Eddie saying, “Everyone was so relaxed and having a great time being together sharing in something so important. It was special that both sets of Megan’s grandparents were there to participate in the event. We had our Richmond car at the track with the MS emblem displayed on it and a lot of people posed for pictures. The tremendous turnout of support of over a 100 people there for Megan raised a lot of money just by the “MS Warriors” team. Karla had shirts made for all the participants and it was fantastic to see all the orange shirts walking as one in support of Megan. Karla did an incredible job getting everything organized. She had sandwiches drinks, and snacks and she is really an amazing person. Robin (Allaire) and I and Laura and Rollie (LaChance) were part of this and then spent time afterward with the Grimm family to complete a phenomenal weekend.”

Photos of the day’s events are displayed on Grimmracing.com as well as the Grimm Racing Facebook page. Ralph Smith took many beautiful pictures that are posted and can be seen on his Facebook page as well. So many people were responsible for making this a life-changing day. Jolene Drandson was actively involved with all of the preparation from the beginning to help make this MS Walk a huge success. Since 1988 the MS walk has raised over $10,000,000 dollars to support research to find a cure and donations are always welcome. Simply contact the Nationalmssociey.org for more information.

Karla Grimm’s quote under the family picture on her Facebook page may be expanded to include all of the members of Grimm Nation and the legion of supporters in the fight against MS when she said, ”We may not have it all together, but together we have it all.”

       
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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