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BEING EDDIE MACDONALD


The PittLite 125
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Sat. April 18, 2015
RACE NOTE: Eddie Races Up to a Sixth Place Finish
after a Flat Left Rear Tire Drops the #71 to 24th
 

Eddie Kicks Off NASCAR K&N Season
at Bristol Motor Speedway in April

When Eddie MacDonald takes the green flag to open his NASCAR K&N Pro Series East season at Bristol it will be as defending champion after posting the impressive win last year in the Pittlite 125. The Grimm Construction/Multiple Sclerosis Society Chevy piloted by the veteran racer started 13th in the event last season and had the crowd on its feet as Eddie Mac drove to the front in a door to door battle with Ben Rhodes to lead the final two laps for the win. The Rowley, Mass. driver is entering his 15th year in the series and will start in his 183rd race with hopes to repeat last year's performance.

"The win last year at Bristol was huge for our team," said Eddie Mac while preparing the #71 for the race in the Newburyport, Mass. shop. "It was definitely one of the highlights of my career to win there. The track is awesome in every way. You dream about racing there and to get a win there is definitely the icing on the cake. We knew we had a good car despite not qualifying all that well (13th) but Rollie (LaChance) had a great set up and it handled well right from the start. After the break I knew I had something for the leaders and it was a lot of fun to race for the win. That race really gave us the boost we needed to run well the rest of the season even though we ran a part-time schedule."

The #71 Grimm Construction Chevy posted three top five's and one top ten finish over the final four races with Eddie Mac saying, "We did not start the season off well and decided to focus our efforts on a limited schedule and it worked out well. The final four races were pretty strong efforts by the team (8th at Langley, 2nd at Loudon, 6th at Iowa, 4th at Dover). We plan to run around six races in the K&N Series this year with the focus on the bigger tracks. Bristol may be only a half mile but it is definitely a big track to us and we hope to have another great showing there in April. It is always fun to race as a companion to the Xfinity and Cup series. We run after the Xfinity 300 on Saturday so we should have a great crowd. It is tough to win in the K&N Series with all the talented teams and drivers and we always put on a great show, so it should be a lot of fun."

Based largely on his Bristol performance as well as his success in the American Canadian tour, Eddie Mac was recently named Quarter Master Clutch Performer of the Year for 2014. "This award recognizes the hard work the crews for both series put in each and every race," said the second time recipient of the award (2009). "I have really been lucky to have such dedicated and talented people with me. I am so appreciative Quarter Master presented this award to me. I accept it on behalf of all the people involved. Of course none of this would be possible without the fantastic support from our K&N team owner Rob Grimm. He and Karla have been fantastic since Rollie and I teamed up with them in 2007."

All of the sponsors for the last few seasons will again support the Grimm Construction Chevy including Stilo, HMS Motorsports, Schroth Racing, Waymart Building Center, Peterson Auto Body, and Kustom Vinyl. The National Multiple Sclerosis Society logo will again be displayed on both rear quarter panels for the season.

"We are very confident we can run well at Bristol and compete for the win," said Eddie Mac. "It is difficult to win at any level and especially in the K&N Series but we feel we have the car and the set-up to do it. We are excited to get started this year."

The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Pittlite 125 will take the green flag on Saturday, April 18 on the famed track billed as "The World's Fastest Half Mile."
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Analyzing The K&N Pro East PittLite125

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East will head to Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway Saturday, April 18 for the PittLite 125, the season’s third of 14 events. Below is a look at the performance of the series and selected drivers at Bristol, as well as some other statistical trends.

Bristol Race Setup
• The fop four drivers are within five points of each other headed in to Bristol. Austin Hill leads with 88 points, followed closely by William Byron with 85 points. Dalton Sargeant and Gray Gaulding are two points behind Byron with 83 apiece.
 Defending race winner Eddie MacDonald will be making his season debut at Bristol this weekend.
• Thirteen out of the 31 drivers on the entry list will make their first K&N Pro Series East start at Bristol for the PittLite125.

Bristol Motor Speedway
History
• Bristol Motor Speedway opened in 1961 and hosted its first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on July 30 of that year. Jack Smith picked up the win and led 243 of the 500 laps.
• To date, the track has hosted 108 Sprint Cup Series races, 65 NASCAR XFINITY Series races and 17 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series events. Kyle Busch leads all drivers with 16 Bristol victories and Darrell Waltrip tops the charts with 12 Sprint Cup Series triumphs.
• The .533-mile concrete oval hosted its first NASCAR K&N Pro Series event in March 2012 with Nelson Piquet Jr. collecting the win.

Notebook
• This is the series’ fourth visit to the legendary Tennessee track.
• The PittLite 125 will air on NBCSN on Thursday, April 23 TBA.
• For two previous Bristol winners – Nelson Piquet Jr. (2012) and Dylan Kwasniewski (2013) – it was their first K&N East victory.
• The most cautions for a K&N East race at Bristol is eight (2013) while the fewest is six (2012). The most caution laps were 40 in 2014 and fewest were 33 in 2012.
• In three races, the lead has changed hands an average two times of with a high of four changes in 2012.
• The average starting position for the winner is 6.3 while the pole sitter has an average finish of 2.6.
• Bristol is one of three half-mile tracks on the series schedules joining South Carolina's Greenville Pickens Speedway and Florida's New Smyrna Speedway.

Bristol Data
Race: #3 out of 14 (4/18/15)
Track Layout: .533-mile concrete oval
Race Length: 125 laps (66.625 miles)
Banking/Corners: Variable (24-28 degrees)

Bristol Qualifying/Race Data:
2014 Pole Winner: Ben Rhodes
2014 Race Winner: Eddie MacDonald
1-Lap Qualifying Record: Michael McGuire, Toyota, 15.898 seconds, 120.694 mph, March 16, 2013
125-Lap Race Record: Nelson Piquet Jr., Toyota, one hour, two minutes, six seconds, 65.402 mph, March 17, 2012

Eddie MacDonald (No. 71 Grimm Contracting Chevrolet)
• Will be making his season debut and 183rd K&N East start this weekend.
• In three starts at Bristol, has finished 28th (2012), seventh (2013) and first (2014).
• Has an average finish of 12 and an average start of 22 at Bristol.
• In 182 starts as earned seven wins, 24 top fives, 86 top 10s and two poles.
• Has competed in one NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race and finished 30th.
• In two NASCAR XFINITY starts, he finished 41st (2007) and 22nd (2009).
• Competed in one NASCAR Sprint Cup race at New Hampshire and finished 35th.
• In two NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour races he finished 37th (2005) and 39th (2009).

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Fast Facts
The Race: The PittLite125 is the third event of the season for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East. It’s the third of 14 oval track events and 14 races, overall, on the 2015 schedule. This is the series’ fourth visit to the iconic high-banked Tennessee oval.

The Procedure: The starting field is 36 cars, including provisionals. The first 32 cars will qualify through two-lap time trials while the remaining four starting spots will be awarded through the provisional process. The race will be 125 laps covering 66.625 miles with a break at or near the conclusion of lap 65.

The Track: Bristol Motor Speedway opened in 1961 and hosted its first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on July 30, 1961 won by Jack Smith. The .533-mile concrete oval has 600-foot straightaways with five to nine degrees of banking on the frontstretch and four to eight degrees on the backstretch. The turns are progressively banked from 24 to 28 degrees. The racing surface is 37.5 feet wide.

The Records: The one-lap qualifying record for the series at Bristol of 15.898 seconds (120.694 mph) is held by Michael McGuire and was established on March 16, 2013. The 125-Lap race record of one hour, two minutes and six seconds (65.402) was set on March 17, 2012 by Nelson Piquet Jr. in a race that was extended to 127 laps.

BRISTOL RACE NOTES
Team To Watch
Daniel Hemric and Brandon Jones will be behind the wheel for NTS Motorsports Saturday. Hemric will be making his second series start after winning the pole and finishing fifth at Greenville. Jones will be making his season debut, but is no stranger to the K&N Pro East. Jones won the NASCAR K&N Pro combination race at Iowa last August and finished eighth at Bristol last March.

Veterans Returning
K&N Pro Series veterans Eddie MacDonald
and Jesse Little will be making their season debut Saturday. The defending race winner, MacDonald will be making his 183 K&N Pro Series East start. He has earned seven wins, 34 top fives and 89 top 10 finishes. NASCAR Next driver Jesse Little will be making his 38th series’ start and looks to redeem himself at Bristol where he finished 13th last year.



2015 K&N Pro East Schedule
1 Sun. 
2/15

New Smyrna Speedway

The Hart to Heart Breast Cancer Foundation 150
New Smyra Beach, FL .500
2 Sat.
4/4

Greenville-Pickens Speedway
Greenville, SC .500
3 Sat. 
4/18

Bristol Motor Speedway


PittLite 125
Bristol, TN  .533 
4 Sat.
5/16

Iowa Speedway


Casey's General Store 150
Newton IA .875
5 Sat.
5/30


Bowman Gray Stadium

NASCAR Hall of Fame 150

Winston-Salem, NC .250
6 Sat.
6/20


Langley Speedway

K&N 150

Hampton, VA .400
7 Sat.
7/4


Columbus Motor Speedway

NAPA 150

Columbus, OH .333
8 Fri.
7/17

New Hampshire Motor Speedway

Granite State 70
Loudon, NH 1.058
9 Fri.
7/31

Iowa Speedway
Newton IA .875
10 Fri.
8/7

Watkins Glen International
Watkins Glen, NY  2.45
Road
Course
11 Sat.
8/15

Motordrome Speedway
Smithton, PA .500
12 Sat.
8/29

Virginia International Raceway

Biscutville 125
Alton, VA 2.25
Road
Course
13 Thurs.
9/10


Richmond International Raceway

Richmond, VA .750
14 Fri.
10/2

Dover International Speedway

Drive Sober 150
Dover, DE 1.00


WEDS. FEB. 18th - Eddie WINS again (by 1/2 car length over
Wayne Helliwell) coming from 17th after the inversion,
takes the lead on lap 71, - AND is the

2015 American Racer Challenge Cup Champion
1 - Eddie MacDonald
2 - Wayne Helliwell, Jr. -2
3 - Alex Labbe -6
4 - Josh Demers -11
5 - Nick Sweet -13

MON. FEB. 16th - From third, Eddie battles to the WIN
in the initial event of the American Racer Challenge.

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SUN. FEB. 15TH - From the pole, Eddie leads from flag to flag to take the WIN in the caution-free 100 lap ACT event.

Eddie Wins American Racer Challenge Cup

Eddie MacDonald dominated every aspect of American Canadian Tour schedule this week at New Smyrna Speedway, Florida culminating Wednesday night with his third win in three nights to capture the American Racer Challenge Cup title. Eddie Mac posted the fastest time in every ACT practice, led all 100 laps Sunday night, won going away Monday, and drove from a 17th starting position to beat rival Wayne Helliwell for the win in the Florida series final.

"This win is fantastic," said "The Outlaw." "I have so many people to thank for this win. We joked in the shop this winter that we would win all three events. We really didn't think it would happen but I am thrilled that it did. The car was phenomenal all week and winning all three races says a lot about all the hard work the entire crew put in at the track and in the shop. Everyone always goes the extra mile on this team and it shows."

The American Racer Challenge Cup was slated to run Monday and Tuesday night with the driver with the best combined finishes in both events would be crowned the champion. Tuesday night's race was postponed to Wednesday due to rain. By virtue of Eddie Mac's win in the first race, the veteran racer started 17th in the finale when the field was inverted. In typical Eddie Mac fashion, racing from the rear of the field involved in and out passing, side by side racing, and three-wide excitement.

"Starting this deep in the field with all the great drivers, we knew it was going to be a tough race and it was," said Eddie Mac. "There was a lot of side by side racing so it was really difficult to get to the front. I just had to take the positions when I could and had to force the issue at other times. Even though Wayne Helliwell spun early I knew he would be back to challenge and he did. Wayne is such a great driver; I thought we would battle it out at the end. He finished second the other night so this was for the title. I drove as hard as I could the last 20 laps and it was just enough to get the win."

When the green flag waved for the 100 lap feature, Eddie Mac drove to seventh by lap 25 and into fifth by the halfway flag at lap 50. For the next 15 laps the Hancock Electric/Grimm Construction Chevy had to ride behind side by side racing before making it three wide and into third place and moving to the front. Another great three wide move underneath the leaders on lap 70 gave Eddie Mac the top spot that he would not relinquish. Helliwell's late charge provided excitement over the final stretch but the #17Ma proved to be too strong at the end.

"This has been such an incredible week I will be forever thankful for all the people responsible for this title," said the American Racer Challenge Cup Champion. "It is so rare to post the fastest time in all practices and win all three 100 lap events; it is not possible without the commitment of a lot of people. The crew worked their butts off this week. What a team! Freddie and Sheila are great car owners and Kenny and Scott Thompson from Hancock Electric have supported us for years. Rob Grimm, our K&N owner, helps us in so many ways. The list goes on but needless to say you can't win at this level as often as we have without the support of a lot of people. Thank you to all our team members and fans. We will see everyone at home at Lee USA Speedway for the Governor's Cup in April."

Eddie Makes it Two in Row in ACT Competition

For the second time in successive nights, Eddie Mac celebrated his American Canadian tour win in Victory Lane at New Smyrna Speedway in Florida on Monday night, February16. The all-important victory places him in contention to win the American Racer Challenge Cup. The winner will be crowned champion with the best two combined finishes after the second 100 lap event to be run Tuesday night.

The Hancock Electric/Grimm Construction Chevy posted the first win in the stand alone ACT 100 on Sunday night. Last night's celebration for winning the first Challenge Cup segment will be short lived as Eddie Mac and the team prepares to do it all over again Tuesday night with an added twist. The first two race starting positions were determined by the plus/minus system in heat qualifying. The final segment for Tuesday's finale will invert the first twenty cars which will certainly add excitement to the race. Both previous nights offered great racing and tonight's feature will prove to be a matter of survival, strategy, and luck.

The #17Ma started third in the field after posting a +4 finish in the first heat. Starting behind Patrick Laperle and Joey Polewarczyk in the 100 lap feature, "The Outlaw" knew he would be in for a tough battle saying, "With those two guys in front and some great cars right behind, Rollie and I knew it was going to be a lot tougher than last night and it was. This is a fantastic win that was not settled until the final lap. Laperle is always tough, and when Fellows got by he just took off. I didn't know if I would be able to catch him. Then Helliwell came on at the end so this was one tough race from the start and I am just so happy to win this for the team and fans especially Freddie and Sheila Peterson, Kenny and Scott Thompson and Rob Grimm."

When the green flag waved Laperle established an early comfortable lead and with Joey Pole fading with a tire issue Eddie Mac rode in second place until a five lap door to door duel with Laperle ended with Eddie Mac taking the lead on lap 32. Aaron Fellows passed Laperle and wore out the bumper of the Freddie Peterson owned ride before making the pass on lap 47 to open up a sizeable lead until lap 86. Fellows appeared to get loose opening the inside for Eddie Mac to take the lead to the finish. A series of late race cautions, eight in all for the race, bunched the field for the final ten laps with Wayne Helliwell final push falling short to give Eddie Mac his second victory in two nights.

"This car is fast, fast, fast and with the set-up Rollie put in and the hard work of the crew, it is a lot of fun to drive this car," said the Rowley, Mass. veteran. "We came here hoping to win it all but we didn't know if it was possible since there are so many things that can happen along the way. But to get two wins in two nights is awesome. We set fasted times in all three practices and with the two wins it is proof that all the hard work everyone put into this car really paid off. Now hopefully we can have a great race on Tuesday night to win the Cup. We will have our hands full with the inverted field so we will have to be patient, stay out of trouble, save the tires and be there at the end. This has been a lot of fun."

Eddie Wins ACT 100 in Sunny Florida

While Eddie Mac’s hometown of Rowley, Mass. is battling blizzards and freezing temperatures, “The Outlaw” heated up the half mile oval at New Smyrna Speedway to win the ACT 100. Twenty six cars took the green flag to kick off three nights of American Canadian Tour races as part of the World Series of Asphalt Racing at the legendary track. Eddie Mac and the MacDonald Motorsports team led the caution free event from green flag to checker flag run in less than thirty four minutes.

“This is really exciting to come down here and get the win,” said Eddie Mac. “The car was fast from the first practice on and we knew we had something for the competition. Everyone worked hard on the car this winter to get it ready to be part of this and all the effort paid off. Rollie and I used a set-up from another track and it worked to perfection. I am so proud and thankful of all the people involved to make this happen.”

The #17ma Hancock Electric Late Model posted the fastest times in both practices (19.773 sec. and 19.361 sec.). The Freddy Peterson owned Chevy started ninth in the first of three qualifying heats and scored a +7 rating after finishing the heat in second place, good enough to start on the pole for the race. The heats were run before the K&N Pro Series East race with the ACT 100 taking the green flag immediately afterward.

“We were in a great position and the car just took off. Alex Labbe stayed close but I was able to keep in front by a few car lengths. Did I mention the car was fast? Who knew the race would go the distance without a caution? It was good in some ways but it definitely had an effect with the lapped traffic. It was tough to get by because guys were racing side by side and did not want to get lapped. These guys worked hard all winter getting their cars ready and wanted to race. I don’t blame them. I don’t think the next two nights will be caution free,” said Eddie Mac.

At the halfway mark, Canadian great Patrick Laperle made his charge from his starting 14th position to the back bumper of “The Outlaw.” “You just knew Patrick, Wayne (Helliwell), Joey (Pole) and a few others would make a charge and it turned out to be Laperle. The last half of the race we both had to deal with lapped traffic and it all depended where you had to pass whether you could gain or lose separation. With about ten to go I was able to get some separation to get the win. I am sure the next two nights are going to be a lot tougher.”

Monday and Tuesday night’s races are for the title of champion of the American Racer Challenge Cup. Twenty-seven teams will compete both nights with the team with the lowest combined finishes crowned champion. Each night’s winner will be rewarded with a portion of the $35,000 purse. Both races will be 100 laps and the events will be covered by Speed 51 and FanChoiceTV on your computer starting at 7:30 pm.

“Winning tonight is a great start but we really want to run well to win the American Challenge Cup for all the people responsible for us getting here,” said Eddie Mac. “Our car owners Sheila and Freddie Peterson and Scott and Kenny Thompson from Hancock Electric have been great. None of this would be possible without them. Our K&N team owner Rob Grimm has be supportive of our ACT racing and Rollie and I really appreciate it. Of course, our crew back at the shop and at the track is terrific. Hopefully we can bring home the win. Let’s race!”

Eddie MacDonald Readies for Florida

The American Canadian Tour opener at New Smyrna Speedway in Florida will feature three nights of racing as part of the World Series of Asphalt Racing with Eddie MacDonald ready to participate in the inaugural American Racer Challenge Cup. The Cup Challenge is slated to take the green flag for two 100 lap events on Monday, February 16 and Tuesday, February 17. The ACT cars will also be in action on Sunday, February 15 as a stand-alone 100 lap event made possible when a racing series cancelled their participation.

“We are ready and excited to race at New Smyrna Speedway in February,” said Eddie Mac. “Last time we were there (2011), we didn’t finish too well (seventh overall) but we have the new car that won a couple of times last year so we are looking to greatly improve that finish. This car won the ACT opener at Lee in the Governor’s Cup and the Milk Bowl at Thunder Road plus a couple of other solid finishes last season.”

Upwards of thirty cars have entered the event and will be racing for the $35,000 purse. The overall winner will be crowned based on the two best combined finishes. Individual winners will be recognized each night. The special stand-alone race on Sunday will be run after the season opener for the K&N Pro Series East race with 26 cars entered.

The Hancock Electric-Grimm Construction Chevy will run all three events with Eddie Mac recognizing a number of people responsible for making the trip possible saying, “This is an expensive trip for all the teams and our trip would not be possible without the help from Freddie and Sheila Peterson our car owners, Ken and Scott Thompson from Hancock Electric in Quincy, and Rob Grimm our K&N team owner who continues to support Rollie (LaChance- crew chief) and me in the ACT series. I can’t thank Freddie and Sheila enough for everything they do. They have fun racing and hopefully winning and give us whatever we need to be successful. Kenny and Scott have been helping us out for many years and we are very grateful. Kenny is making the trip so we hope to get a win for him.”

“Of course our crew deserves a lot of credit for their efforts,” continued Eddie Mac. “Our success at the track starts in the shop with Joe St Jacques working on the body and John Tiernan handling the painting with Bobby Wood providing the transportation as well as machining parts we need. Our regular racing crew of Rob Drandson, Tom Rice, Donny Higginbotham, and Rollie’s family will be making the trip.”

New Smyrna is a fast, high banked half mile track that provides great racing with Eddie Mac saying, “The track is a lot like Thompson, fast and a lot of fun to drive. With the long straights and banked turns you have some great side by side and tight racing. It will be a tough field of cars with a number of top drivers but we are confident we can win there.”

“Everyone is excited and ready to go racing. It should be fun.”

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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