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New Hampshire Motor Speedway
Loudon, NH
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Top Ten for Eddie MacDonald at New Hampshire
Motor Speedway in the K&N Race

Eddie MacDonald began his busy weekend with a ninth place run in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East's United Site Services 70 Friday night to kick off the Sprint Cup weekend. The Rowley, Mass. veteran racer then changed fire suits to compete in the Sprint Cup 5 Hour Energy 301 on Sunday.

The tree time K&N winner at Loudon struggled in practice Friday battling a tight racecar but was able qualify the Exit Realty/Grimm Construction Chevy in the 13th position on Friday morning with Eddie Mac saying, "We made a number of changes during practice but we couldn't dial it in. It was tight during the practices on Thursday but the adjustments we made for qualifying worked enough to get us into a 13th place run. We thought the car would be good for the race but it didn't work out that way."

When the green flag waved to start the 70 lap feature on the "Magic Mile", Eddie Mac was able to move to tenth by lap 15 but the car changed back to the tight condition as Eddie Mac began falling back in the field. The #71 Exit Realty entry fell to 15 by lap 46, then lapped by eventual winner William Byron. The first caution flag waved on lap 56 to give crew chief Rollie LaChance an opportunity to make adjustments.

"We really needed that caution to make changes and we got the "lucky dog," said Eddie Mac. "The car was a little free entering the corner and it was shoving the nose. It was snappy loose so the crew was able to make some changes and it really helped but we needed one more adjustment and a few more laps but we didn't get either. We did get to ninth but you always want a better finish."

Eddie Mac was able to get the top ten finish with a bold three wide move on a lap 60 restart with ten to go as he powered in the middle of the three cars to gain five spots in one lap from his 14th restart position into ninth place and held the position to the checkers saying, "We were a little disappointed we did not have a better finish but at least we got a top ten after struggling in practice and the race."

"I have to give a big thank you to Derek Beatrice from Exit Realty Beatrice Associates from Middleton, Mass. for helping us out," said Eddie Mac. "Derek came on board last year and wanted to help us out again in the K&N, Cup, and the future ACT races. He is an awesome guy and brought a lot of his people to the race and they had a great time. It was a lot of fun meeting all the fans and spending time with them at the cookout Derek had. For many of them it was their first racing experience and they loved it and said they will be back in September when we run the ACT race here."

The United Site Services 70 will air on NBCSN on July 23, at 7p.m.

Two more K&N races are on the Grimm schedule at Richmond on September 10 and Dover on October 2.
 
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FAST FACTS:
The Race: The United Site Services 70 will be the eighth of 14 races on the 2015 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East schedule and the lone trip to New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

The Procedure: The starting field is 36 cars, including provisionals. The first 32 cars will qualify through two-lap time trials. The remaining four spots will be awarded through the provisional process. The race will be 70 laps (74.06 miles).

The Track: This is the 69th race for the series at the 1.058-mile slightly banked oval, dating back to Sept. 1990. This is the second straight year the series has raced on the summer stop for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, after running on the September weekend in 2012 and 2013.  It’s the largest track on the K&N East schedule.

Race Winners: There have been 28 different winners in the 59 all-time stand-alone races at Loudon. New Hampshire native Brad Leighton has the most series win at the “Magic Mile” with eight, while Eddie MacDonald is the active leader with three.

Pole Winners: Of the 31 different drivers to earn a Coors Light Pole Award at New Hampshire, Kelly Moore has the most in K&N Pro Series East history with six. Ben Rhodes set a new qualifying record last season with a time of 29.622 (128.580 mph) for his first pole at Loudon.

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K&N East Statistical Advance - NHMS: HERE
Analyzing The K&N Pro East United Site Services 70

United Site Services 70 Race Setup:
• William Byron is still holding onto the top spot in the season standings with 283 points. Austin Hill is the closest to him, trailing by 20 points.
• Only two drivers scheduled to compete at the “Magic Mile” have won here before, Eddie MacDonald (3) and Jesse Little (1).
• Last season’s event ended in dramatic fashion with Little in Victory Lane and MacDonald second.

At New Hampshire Motor Speedway
History
• Ground breaking for New Hampshire International Speedway, as New Hampshire Motor Speedway was originally named, started on August 13, 1989.
• The 1.058-mile oval is located on approximately 1,200 acres. The multi-use complex is the largest sports facility in New England.
• The official opening was June 5, 1990 and the first NASCAR event was a NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR K&N Pro Series East combination event.
• Speedway Motorsports Inc., agreed to purchase New Hampshire International Speedway from Bob and Gary Bahre on January 11, 2008 and then renamed the track New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

Notebook
• The first K&N East stand-alone race was held September 2, 1990.
• There have been 59 stand-alone K&N East races at NHMS, more than any other track in series history.
• There have been 28 different race winners, led by Brad Leighton’s eight. Eddie MacDonald is the active leader with three victories.
• There have been 31 different pole winners, led by Kelly Moore’s six. Ben Rhodes holds the series’ qualifying record.

New Hampshire Motor Speedway Data:
Race: #8 of 14.
Track Layout: 1.058-mile asphalt oval.
Race Length: 70 laps (74.06 miles)
Banking/Corners: 2-7 degrees.

Qualifying/Race Data:
2014 Race Winner: Jesse Little
2014 Pole Winner: Ben Rhodes
Track Qualifying Record: Ben Rhodes, Chevrolet, 29.622 seconds (128.580 mph), July 11, 2014.

Active Leaders at New Hampshire Motor Speedway:
Wins
Eddie MacDonald … 3
Jesse Little … 1

Top Fives
Eddie MacDonald … 5
Jay Beasley … 1
Jesse Little … 1

Top 10s
Eddie MacDonald … 13

Ronnie Bassett Jr. …2
Gray Gaulding … 2
Jesse Little … 2

Laps Completed
Eddie MacDonald … 2,643
John Salemi … 1,919
Jesse Little … 298

Laps Led
Eddie MacDonald … 175
Gary Gaulding … 53
Nick Drake … 10

Starts
Eddie MacDonald … 26

John Salemi … 28

Eddie MacDonald (No. 71 Grimm Contracting Chevrolet)
• This will be his third series start of the 2015 season as he competed at Bristol and Iowa and finished sixth and 12th, respectively.
• This will be his 27th start at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
• He has three wins, five top fives and 13 top 10s at the “Magic Mile”
• His average finish at NHMS is 16.61 and his average start is 13.96.



Sunday, July 19, 2015 - 1:30 PM
Photos by
Chris Roy
Photos by
Richard Casey

Eddie Posts Thirty Seventh Place Finish
in 5 Hour Energy 301 at NHMS

For the second year in a row, Eddie MacDonald drove the Go Green Racing Ford in the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Sunday, July 19 to take the checkered flag in 37th place. With DraftDemons.com as the main sponsor, Eddie Mac started 41st and completed 295 of the 301 lap event before a huge crowd at the "Magic Mile."

"Racing at the Cup level is a life-long dream and to be able to do it two years in a row thanks to owner Archie St. Hilaire and DraftDemons.com owner Mike Alden is fantastic," said Eddie Mac after the race, "I have so many people to thank for this opportunity. It was a lot of fun to race with the best in the business. Of course I would have liked to finish better but the team was pleased with the run because it helped them out in the point's race. I guess 42 of the 43 cars finished which is unusual. There are usually more cars than that in the pits during the race. All in all it was a great experience and the crew was great the entire weekend. Archie has a super group of guys on the team. Clinton (Cram-crew chief from Belchertown, Mass.) did everything possible to help me out and I appreciate all his help. He made some great adjustments to make me more comfortable. Spotter Curtis (Aldridge) was in my ear helping me get around the track. He is really calm and when you are out there with 42 other cars it gets hectic."

Eddie Mac practiced on Friday in the #32 Ford Fusion in the 42nd spot just one second off the leaders pace. Qualifying was a nail biter as Eddie Mac had to race his way into the race. It was not until the final minute of first round qualifying that the team knew it had secured a starting position for the 5 Hour Energy 301 with the Rowley, Mass. veteran saying, "We posted a time that we thought was good enough to get in but then we had to be ready to go back out if the 62 car beat our time. It was crazy sitting in the car waiting to find out if I had to go back out. Fortunately I didn't and I could breathe again."

When the green flag waved, Eddie Mac got comfortable in the car but the car began to bounce getting into turns one and three with Eddie Mac saying,"I had to lift quite a bit so I couldn't get back the gas as soon as I wanted. The leaders were coming fast and I went a lap down early but a caution flag on lap 22 gave Clinton the opportunity to make some adjustments and they really helped. The car was a lot better and I was able to race with some of the guys. But by the halfway mark the brakes began to fade so I had to lift early going into the corners so I lost momentum and Loudon is all about getting off the turns. But I must say I had a lot of fun."

"I am extremely appreciative for the opportunity and for all the people who stepped up to help me realize my dream," said Eddie Mac after the race. "This was truly an all-New England effort. Mike Alden from Beverly, Mass. sponsored me last year and asked Archie (from Old Orchid Beach, Maine) for me again. Mike is a great guy and I can't thank him enough. The DraftDemons.com car looked great and the design of my fire suit was awesome. I have to thank "The Rod Father" Les Sanborn from Sanford, Maine for his support. Derek Beatrice from Exit Realty in Middleton, Mass. sponsored our K&N car on Friday and helped us out on the Cup car. The famous Bentley Warren had us up at Bentley's Saloon in Arundel, Maine and helped us out. The 99 Restaurant in Salem, Mass., Salem N.H., and Tilton N.H. also were also on board A&B Vending always helps us in the K&N and ACT series and did so again. Of course all our fans were there giving support and I really appreciate it."

"Years ago when I was just a kid, I got to spend the day with Jeff Gordon when he drove my father's Supermodified at Lee USA Speedway, my family's track," recalled Eddie Mac. "He was always my favorite driver so it was really special when he came over to speak with me before introductions to wish me well. It was awesome that I could get to race with him in his next to last race at Loudon."

"Thank you to everyone who came out to watch and support me on this fantastic day."
 

Eddie MacDonald Leads All-New England Team
 in NASCAR’s New Hampshire 301 at NHMS

Eddie MacDonald and Go FAS Racing will again represent an all New England team in NASCAR's Sprint Cup New Hampshire 301 on Sunday, July 19 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. The Rowley, Mass. legendary driver will join forces with team owners Archie St. Hilaire from Old Orchard Beach, Maine and Frankie Stoddard from No. Haverhill, N.H. DraftDemons.com owned by Mike Alden from Beverly, Mass. will sponsor the #32 Ford Fusion for the second year in a row for the 301 lap event.

"This is a thrill to drive for Archie, Frankie, and Mike again this year," said Eddie Mac, the winner of the inaugural PASS North race at NHMS last Sunday. "Go FAS Racing made my life-long dream come true to race in the Sprint Cup and now I get the opportunity to do it again. The excitement is building and this is incredible to be part of this. I love racing at Loudon and to do it a Cup car is awesome. Those guys have been fantastic to me and I can't thank Mike Alden enough for sponsoring us again. I spent a lot of time with Mike last year and he is an incredible person. It is an honor to represent DraftDemons.com. The car looks fantastic and I think everyone will enjoy the graphics. I also have to thank Derek Beatrice from Exit Realty in Middleton, Mass. and Les Sanborn, "The Rod Father," from Sanford, Maine for their support. The Exit Realty logo will appear on the rear quarter panel on the #32. The local 99 Restaurants have also come aboard with their support. This is truly an all New England team. Even crew chief Clinton Cramm is from Massachusetts. Hopefully we can put on a good show for all our fans."

"Last year Mike (Alden) wanted to sponsor the NHMS race and asked me if I had a New England driver in mind and right away I said Eddie MacDonald," said Archie St. Hilaire. "Mike has helped us out this year and asked me to save the July race at Loudon for him and he asked right away if Eddie was available to drive for us again. He really enjoyed the time with Eddie both as a person and as a driver and wanted the opportunity to work with him again. Mike is a very successful businessman and was extremely pleased to have Eddie represent his company. DraftDemons.com was created by Mike and is a fantasy sports website for daily entries. You can draft your dream team in any sport and compete against other players for your chance to win. We have improved our short track program with the purchase of some Roush Fenway chassis' and feel like we will be more competitive at Loudon than last year. We are always working to improve and I think the results are there. Eddie should have a fun time this race and we are hoping all our New England fans will enjoy the show."

Eddie Mac has competed in nearly every racing series at NHMS including three wins in both the K&N Pro Series East (a second place finish last year) and in the American Canadian Tour, plus the PASS North win last Sunday, July 5. Beside his Sprint Cup start last year the veteran racer has also competed in the Xfinity, Craftsman Truck, and the Whelen Modified Series with Eddie Mac saying, "I have been very fortunate to race in so many series at Loudon. It is my home track and I would like nothing better than to put on a good show for everyone involved. Of course you want to win every time out but we hope to have a lot of fun and entertain the fans. Again, thank you to all the people to make this possible."

Eddie Mac has a busy schedule ahead with practice and racing in the NASCAR's Granite State 70 K&N Pro Series East race on Friday, plus two Sprint Cup practices and qualifying on Friday. Two Cup practices on Saturday with the New Hampshire 301 scheduled to take the green flag at 1:30 p.m. Eddie Mac will also be making four car show appearances in the days leading up to the Cup race. On Tuesday, July 14, Eddie Mac is slated to appear with the show car at Bentley's Saloon in Arundel, Maine beginning at 5:00 p.m. to sign autographs and chat with fans. Saloon owner Bentley Warren is regarded as one of the greatest Super Modified drivers of all-time. On Wednesday, July 15 Eddie Mac will be at the 99 Restaurants in Salem, Mass. from 4-6 and Salem, N.H. from 7-9. The team will make an appearance at the 99 Restaurant in Tilton, N.H. on Saturday from 4-6. The show car is wrapped exactly like the Cup car so Archie St. Hilaire encourages all the New England fans to get an up close look and have a Hero card signed by Eddie MacDonald at one of the events.

"We have a very busy schedule stating on Tuesday but it is something we are really looking forward to meet as many fans as possible," said Eddie Mac. "This is such a great opportunity to do something I love to do. I owe many people for giving me the chance to realize my dream. Archie, Frankie, Mike and so many others I will be forever grateful. This experience will be a lot of fun and I hope to share it with all our fans."


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SHOW CAR / AUTOGRAPH APPEARANCES

On Tuesday, July 14, Eddie Mac is slated to appear with the show car at Bentley's Saloon in
Arundel, Maine beginning at 5:00 p.m. to sign autographs and chat with fans.
Saloon owner Bentley Warren is regarded as one of the greatest Super Modified drivers of all-time.


On Wednesday, July 15 Eddie Mac will be at the 99 Restaurants in Salem, Mass.
from 4-6 and Salem, N.H. from 7-9.


The team will make an appearance at the 99 Restaurant in Tilton, N.H. on Saturday from 4-6.

The show car is wrapped exactly like the Cup car so Archie St. Hilaire encourages all the New England fans to get an up close look and have a Hero card signed by Eddie MacDonald at one of the events.


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Exit Realty Beatrice Associates Will Sponsor
Eddie MacDonald in Sprint Cup, K&N, & ACT Series

When Eddie MacDonald begins his race weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Granite State 70 race on Friday, July 17, Exit Realty will be the primary sponsor on the hood of the #71 Grimm Construction Chevy. Exit Realty will also occupy the rear quarter panel of the #32 DraftDemons.com Sprint Cup entry Eddie Mac will drive in NASCAR's New Hampshire 301 on Sunday, July 19. Derek Beatrice, owner and CEO of Exit Realty located in Middleton, Mass., announced the Exit Realty logo will appear on the hood of the American Canadian Tour #17 for the remainder of the season.

"Last year Exit helped us out sponsoring the K&N car at Loudon and things just seemed to click with Derek and our team," said Eddie Mac. "Derek is such a great guy; we continued to stay in touch talking about the possibility of sponsoring the team. Things just worked out and Derek delivered much more than we had hoped. Not only did he offer to sponsor a number of ACT races, when he heard we could use some help with the Sprint Cup ride he jumped on board. Exit Realty will ride on the rear quarter panel on the #32 and this means a lot to me. I am so happy that the hood of the K&N car will display the Exit Realty logo for Friday's race. A lot of Exit people showed up for the race last year and a huge number is expected again this year. We had a lot of fun with our "new" fans and plans are in the works for another great time. Words cannot express my gratitude to Derek and Exit Realty for everything."

"Eddie is such a good guy and a competitive guy and always puts on a good show," said Derek Beatrice. "This is a great opportunity to work with Eddie because he always gives a 125% and I am just excited to be part of it. This is an opportunity to do some business networking. We plan to have about fifty people in attendance for Friday's race that includes clients, agents, and people I work with. It is a great way to show appreciation to all the people who make Exit Realty a success. I am pleased Exit Realty will be a part of Sprint Cup weekend and look forward to sponsoring Eddie in the upcoming ACT races."

Last season Eddie Mac finished second in the Granite State 100 and hopes to improve that finish by one position on Friday. The Rowley, Mass. veteran racer has three wins in the highly competitive K&N Pro Series East races at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. He also has three wins in the American Canadian Tour on the "Magic Mile" and most recently added another win in the inaugural Pass North race at Loudon.

The Granite State 70 is scheduled to take the green flag on Friday at 6:00 p.m. with practice and qualifying on Thursday. Sprint Cup practice and qualifying will take place on Friday with two practices to be held on Saturday.

Eddie Mac and the #32 DraftDemons.com show car will make an appearance at the 99 Restaurant in Salem, Mass. on Wednesday from 4-6 p.m. and at the Salem, N.H. 99 Restaurant from 7-9 p.m.

THE WINNER AT THE AIM 60
 
Photos by
Norm Marx

Eddie Wins First PASS Race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway

While the PASS Pro All-Star Series North made its debut at NHMS, Eddie MacDonald's debut in a brand new car resulted in a win in the AIM 60 on the "Magic Mile." For "The Outlaw" this win adds to the impressive list of accomplishments at Loudon. Eddie Mac and longtime crew chief Rollie LaChance have partnered to post seven wins including three K&N Pro Series East and three American Canadian Tour titles. Eddie Mac won both the ACT and PASS inaugural races at the one mile oval.

"Anytime you can win here is special," said the jubilant driver in Victory Lane. "This car was fast from the start and I have to thank car owner Dave Lemieux for giving me the chance to drive it. When I got the call to drive it in this race I was excited and looked forward to it. I love racing here so getting the call was awesome. Bobby Cabral and the guys did a fantastic job building the car and I am so thankful for all the hard work and the late hours to get this ready. Paul Rinaldi built the engine and it was perfect. There are so many people to thank but I have to give special thanks to Rollie LaChance for putting in the set up that got us to Victory lane."

Eddie Mac started on the outside pole for the sixty lap feature after finishing first in his six lap heat race and drawing the second spot after the draw. D.J. Shaw started on the pole but Eddie Mac powered to the lead by turn one after the green flag waved for the 25 Super Late Models. "The Outlaw" maintained a two to three car length lead over Shaw with Dave Garbo closing from his 25th starting position. The #66 Skaff Refrigeration Chevy held onto the lead until the halfway break at lap 30. There was some concern with the engine overheating but the engine remained strong until the checker flag.

Eddie Mac held the lead while Garbo and Shaw battled for second place after the break. By lap 40 Garbo passed the #66 to take the lead to establish a five to six car length lead. A caution of lap 50 with ten to go gave Eddie Mac the opportunity to restart alongside Garbo and give the engine a chance to cool down that was running a hot 270 degrees. On the green flag both drivers ran side by side for two laps before Eddie Mac powered to the lead to open up a six car length lead to the checkers.

"I can't tell you how much this win means to me," said the Rowley, Mass. veteran. "I don't know what happened to Garbo at the end. That car was fast and just pulled away. I wanted one last shot at him and got the opportunity with the caution on lap fifty. I tried to stay with him on the outside and I was able to get passed him with eight to go. This could not have happened without the help of a lot of people who worked their tails off to get this car ready. We had a mix of our ACT crew guys and Dave's guys and they worked together well. I have to give special thanks to our tire guy and spotter Dave "Logger" Ricker. He has been with us for years and is a very talented guy."

Both Cabral and Lemiuex had been out of racing for years before making the decision to get back in the game with Cabral saying, "I haven't built a car in four years so this was really tough. There are so many people to thank but I have to mention Pete Halinan, Brian Neal, and Chris Boise. Everyone put in so much time and effort this win makes it all worthwhile. I don't think I have slept more than four hours the last few days. I will sleep tonight."

"I have been out of racing for seven years," said Lemieux. "I owned the car Ge Ge Gravel drove and when he retired so did I but decided to get back in and asked Bobby to build the car. We had the right mix of guys and things came together quickly in four weeks. We didn't even have a driver when we started, then we picked the right guy in Eddie. What a great driver and a great win. To come to Loudon and win with a brand new car is great. I can't thank everyone enough for all the hard work."

Eddie Mac will return to Loudon July 17 to race in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Granite State 70 on Sprint Cup weekend and will than climb aboard the Archie St. Hilaire owned #32 Cup ride for the New Hampshire 301on Sunday, July 19.
Saturday 7/4 Practice at NHMS
A fuel problem hurt the early practice sessions.
Final practice saw the #66 third fastest.
Photos by
Richard Casey

Eddie MacDonald Entered in the Pro All Stars Series Race
at New Hampshire Motor Speedway Over the Fourth

Eddie MacDonald will drive in the Pro All-Star Series inaugural appearance at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on July 4 and 5. The series will partner with The North East Mini Stock Tour at Loudon for the Sunday doubleheader. The Pro All Stars will practice Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. with qualifying and the 60 lap feature scheduled to begin at 9:00 a.m. on Sunday.

"The Outlaw" will drive the brand new #66 owned by Dave Lemieux and Brian Neal and built in the BCR shop owned and operated by longtime race driver Bobby Cabral. The team has been busy building the car at Cabral's Plaistow, N.H. shop for the debut of the racing series on the one mile oval. Few drivers, if any, have logged more miles and wins at Loudon through the years. Eddie Mac is a multiple time winner in both the K&N Pro Series East and American Canadian Tour. His racing experience at NHMS also includes starts in the Sprint Cup, Xfinity, Craftsman Trucks, and the Whelen Modifieds. Eddie Mac will race in the Cup, K&N, and the ACT again this summer.

"Bobby Cabral called me a while ago and asked if I would be interested in racing a car he was building, so I went to look at it and decided to do it," said the veteran Rowley, Mass. driver. "I met car owner Dave Lemieux at the shop that day and was impressed how excited and determined he was to run the car at Loudon. Ge Ge Gravel drove for him for many years then Dave got out of it. He decided after a few years focusing on his building company to get back in the game and contacted Bobby and the project began."

K&N and ACT crew chief Rollie LaChance will be on board for race set up and for the event. LaChance and Eddie Mac have shared many wins in both series. "I really wanted Rollie to be with us on this one. It is a brand new car and will see the track for the first time on Saturday for practice so it will be a learning experience for all of us. Rollie knows what needs to be done on the car and we complement one another and have confidence in each other. We are looking forward to racing for Dave and Brian and hope we put on a good show. Bobby has built a great car and if it runs as good as it looks we will have a great time."


Saturday, June 20, 2015
White Mountain 150

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Penalty Costs Eddie MacDonald Chance to Win
in ACT Race at White Mountain

On lap 115 with 35 circuits to go in the American Canadian Tour's White Mountain 150 Eddie MacDonald made contact with Brandon Atkins while contending for the lead to bring out a caution. As a result the "Outlaw" was sent to the rear of the field and had to settle for a 12th place finish.

"It was terrible to lose a race this way," said Eddie Mac. "The car was fast again and I made my way to the front and was racing the leader trying to figure a way to get by him. He was hard to pass and I tried different lines for a number of laps. I was on the outside and tried to do a crossover move and he just slowed down in front of me and I hit his back bumper and sent him spinning into the infield. I feel bad for both of us but I had 35 laps to go so I certainly did not do it on purpose. I felt I would get by him sooner or later because the car was that good."

The Grimm Construction/Hancock Electric Chevy established fast times in practice then won the second heat easily from the pole to grid sixth for the 150 lap event at White Mountain Motorsports Park on Saturday, June 20. When the green flag waved, the Rowley, Mass. veteran racer was content to ride in the sixth position early to save tires. A four car wreck on lap 94 almost ended Eddie Mac's night.

"I almost got spun out in that one when a bunch of cars wrecked all around me," said Eddie Mac. "I was lucky to make it through but I had to restart in the eighth position so I knew I had to get going then. The car was great and I was able to drive through the field to contend for the top spot." Four cautions (Laps 98, 100, 101, 104) slowed the pace but Eddie Mac was on the move driving under eventual winner Wayne Helliwell for second place on lap 111. The incident with Atkins appears to be another case of bad racing luck to plague the team since sweeping all three ACT races at New Smyrna, Florida in February.

"We have had such bad luck since Florida in the ACT races and the K&N Series, it is very frustrating," said Eddie Mac. "Freddie's (Peterson) car has been fast every race but tire issues have hurt us. This time I made a mistake. I did not expect him to slow down that much. I don't know for sure if we would have won that race but I know we would have been a strong contender. I feel bad for Freddie and Sheila (Peterson) and hope we get a win soon for them. Thanks again to everyone that helps us every race, Scott and Ken Thompson from Hancock Electric, Stilo, Schroth Racing, HMS Motorsports, A&B Vending, especially Peterson Auto Body in Peabody. We plan to race at Oxford Plains this Saturday so hopefully our luck will change."


Saturday, May 30, 2015
Generation Next
Lil' Joey Memorial 151


Speedway 51
Seventh Place Run for Eddie at Speedway 51
Eddie MacDonald dominated in practice and for 86 laps in the American Canadian Tour's Generation Next 150 at the newly revamped Speedway 51 in Groveton, NH on Saturday, May 30. With the threat of rain looming, Eddie Mac battled eventual winner Wayne Helliwell on a lap 86 restart but a flat right rear sent the Grimm Construction/Hancock Electric Chevy out of the groove and into seventh place before the yellow/checkered flag waved to end the race on lap 91 due to rain.

"We have had a string of bad luck with tires lately in the ACT and K&N series," said a frustrated MacDonald after the race. "When the race restarted on lap 86, I went into turn one and the car slid up the track and rolled over. I thought we broke something in the front end but it turned out to be a slow leak in the right rear. It seems like we have had nothing but tire issues. The car was so good in practice and early in the race, I thought we really had a chance to win this thing."

"The Outlaw" set the fastest times in two of the three practices he took part in and scored a +4 point total as he won the first heat going away starting from the fifth position. The Freddie Peterson owned ride started the scheduled151lap event on the outside pole and quickly took the lead on the second circuit. When the #60 took the lead on lap 13 Eddie Mac was content to ride around conserving the tires.

Weather played a significant role in the day's event as all the teams had to deal with ferocious wind and dust in the pits and on the track. Rain was predicted early and then with the reports of heavy rain approaching the speedway, Eddie Mac took the lead back on a lap 76 restart and appeared ready to battle Helliwell for the win. A lap 86 caution put the two veteran racers side by side for the restart. Eddie Mac could not hold the car down in turn one allowing Helliwell and others to slide underneath as Eddie Mac slipped back on the outside to seventh.

"I thought the sway bar link broke the way the car reacted but it wasn't until after the race and in the pits we found the right rear had a slow leak, said the Rowley, Mass. driver. "I am disappointed for Sheila and Freddie Peterson, out car owners. To show how involved they are, both of them constantly cleaned the dust off the car between practices, the heat, and the race. The crew did their usual great job and Rollie and I really appreciate all they do for us. Thanks to our K&N owner Rob Grimm and Scott and Kenny Thompson from Hancock Electric for their great support. The car is in good shape so we hope to be back for the White Mountain race in a couple of weeks. Hopefully we can keep the tires on it."
Photos by
Richard Casey



Saturday, May 16th - 8:00 PM CDT


Iowa Speedway
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Eddie Disappointed with K&N Run at Iowa Speedway

Eddie MacDonald, driver of the #71 Grimm Construction/Multiple Sclerosis Chevy, battled tire issues to finish 19th in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East/West combination race in the Casey's General Store 150 at Iowa Speedway Saturday, May 16. MacDonald overcame a tire problem the first half of the race but could not overcome the issue in the second half of the 150 lap feature.

Usually a net set of Goodyear tires make both the driver and the car very happy but right from the green flag, Eddie Mac could not make any progress from his 24th starting position and was nearly lapped by the leader until the caution flag flew on lap 37. Crew chief Rollie LaChance made a wedge adjustment and discovered the left rear tire's low air pressure. With the fix made, the Rowley, Mass. veteran racer returned to the track in the 27th spot and began making his way to the front with some spectacular three wide moves with Eddie Mac saying, "The car felt great and could really get into the turns, especially turn one. With the air pressure set and a wedge adjustment the loose condition was fixed and I was able to drive the car. I was able to race to eleventh at the break."

No adjustments were made on the #71 at the break other than the four new tires with Eddie Mac confident the car would be fast again but the complete opposite happened saying, "The car was a handful right from the green flag. It was so on the edge I almost went around a couple of tires. The new tires were terrible and it just killed the car. You are not anywhere near as loose on new tires so it was a big surprise. We had to wait for a caution but it didn't come soon enough to help."

Unfortunately, Eddie Mac just had to ride it out and fell back in the pack to 22nd until he was able to pit on caution lap 133 for air and wedge adjustments. The Grimm Construction Chevy restarted 22nd on lap 140 with ten to go as Eddie Mac could only manage to pick up two spots before the final green flag.

""It was so loose everywhere I just couldn't drive it hard without wrecking it. We are so disappointed with the finish. We think it was the right rear that really ballooned during the race and that caused all the problems. We certainly hoped for a better run and I feel bad for all the crew that traveled a long way and worked hard for two days out here. These guys had to take time from work back home to come here and I really appreciate it. I want to give a shout out to Mallet Meyer. He was with us when he was a student at UNOH and did a great job. He now lives in Clarence, Iowa and runs and owns Revelation Racing specializing in fabrication and engines for dirt mods and all types of dirt racing. He is a very talented guy."

"Our next K&N race will be at our home track at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on July 17 and we love racing there. We have some wins there and finished second last year so we are looking forward to that race. Thanks as always to our owner Rob Grimm, Schroth Racing, Stilo, HMS Motorsports, and Waymart Building Center for their support."

The Casey's General Store 150 will air on NBCSN on Friday, May 22 at midnight following the hockey game.
Photos by
Richard Casey
 
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FAST FACTS
The Race: The Casey’s General Stores 150 marks the 12th NASCAR K&N Pro Series East-West combination race at Iowa Speedway, and the first event at the track in 2015. It’s the fourth of 14 races overall on the 2015 K&N Pro East schedule, and the fourth of 13 races overall for the K&N Pro West.

The Procedure: The race will be 150 laps (131.25 miles) and will be run in two segments with a midway break at or near the conclusion of Lap 75. The starting field is 36 cars, including provisionals. The first 28 cars will qualify through two-lap time trials. The remaining eight spots will be awarded through the provisional process. Note: Each driver will be credited with a finish and points respective to the series they've designated.

The Track: Iowa Speedway is a .875-mile paved oval with the turns banked 12-14 degrees, four degrees of banking in the backstretch and 10 degrees in the frontstretch. The track opened in 2006 and the first NASCAR-sanctioned race was a K&N Pro Series combination event on May 20, 2007 won by Joey Logano. NASCAR XFINITY and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series events were added in 2009.

The Records: The one-lap series qualifying record at Iowa was established by Kyle Busch on May 17, 2009 at 135.484 mph (23.250 seconds). The 150-lap race record was set by Ben Rhodes on May 17, 2014 at 93.287 mph (1 hour, 24 minutes, 25 seconds).

 
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Analyzing The K&N Pro East Casey's General Stores 150

Notebook
• Iowa held one East-West combination race each season from 2007-2011 and has had two each year since 2012.
• The K&N Pro Series West had a standalone event at the track in September 2009 won by David Mayhew.
• The Casey’s General Store 150 will be telecast on NBCSN Thursday, May 21 at a time to be determined next week.
• Kyle Busch and Cole Custer are the only drivers to win the East-West at Iowa from the pole. Chase Elliott started the furthest back and won, coming from 15th on the grid in May 2012.
• The most cautions for an East-West combination race at Iowa is 11 in June 2013 while the fewest is four in May 2009 and August 2014. The most caution laps (68) came in the inaugural 2007 event and the fewest was 24 on May 2009 and August 2014.
• In the 11 combination events, the lead has changed hands an average of 13.7 times with a high of 18 in the 200-lap May 2007 race.
• The average starting position for the winner is 6.09 while the pole sitter has an average finish of 9.63.
• Three of the 11 East-west combination races at Iowa were extended by a late-race caution for a green-white-checkered finish, the last occurring in June 2013.
• Chevrolet has gone to Victory Lane in seven East-West events at Iowa, while Toyota has three wins and Ford has one.

Iowa Data
Race #: 4 of 14 – East; 4 of 13 – West
Track Layout: .875-mile asphalt tri-oval
Race Length: 150 laps (131.25 miles)
Banking/Turns: 12-14 degrees
Banking/Frontstretch: 10 degrees
Banking/Backstretch: Four degrees

Iowa Qualifying/Race Data
2014 Pole Winner: Brodie Kostecki, Toyota, 133.102 mph (23.666 seconds)
2014 Race Winner: Ben Rhodes, Chevrolet, 93.287 mph (1 hour, 24 minutes, 25 seconds)
1-Lap Qualifying Record: Kyle Busch, 135.484 mph (23.250 seconds), May 2009
150-lap Race Record: Ben Rhodes, Chevrolet, 93.287 mph (1 hour, 24 minutes, 25 seconds)

Eddie MacDonald (No. 71 Grimm Contracting Chevrolet)
• Ranked 25th in the East standings after one start at Bristol.
• In 10 starts at Iowa, his second place finish in August 2013 is his best.
• Has an average finish of 9.4 and an average start of 18.4 at Iowa.
• Has earned seven wins, 34 top fives, 90 top 10s and two poles in 183 starts.


Merchants Bank 150

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Tough Day for Eddie Mac at Thunder Road

Eddie MacDonald returned to the track to finish 17th after a spectacular crash over the turn two embankment early in the American Canadian Tour's 17th Annual Merchants Bank 150 at Thunder Road in Barre, Vt. on Sunday, May 3. The Freddie Peterson owned Chevy sustained heavy front end damage after a blown left rear tire sent the car and Eddie Mac sailing off the track and down the hill on lap five.

"That was definitely a hard crash," said Eddie Mac after the race. "I made contact with another car the lap before, and unfortunately it cut down the tire. When I went into turn one I just sailed up the track and over turn two. It is a strange feeling to look out the windshield straight down at the ground. There was a stone wall there that stopped the car from flipping over but it tore up the front of the car and bent something underneath. The crew did a great job to get me back out there but it was a long day to ride round and not compete for the win."

The Grimm Construction/Hancock Electric Chevy posted fast times in practice on Saturday and Sunday but things changed quickly when Eddie Mac drew the ninth and final spot in first heat to finish eighth with the veteran racer saying, "This is as frustrating as it gets. We had a fast car but we just could not go anywhere in the heat. The cars ran side by side the entire way and there wasn't any way to get by on the quarter mile track, especially in a twelve lap heat race. We had to race our way into the race in the consi and started 22nd. Anytime you start that far back anything can happen and it did."

Last season Eddie Mac won the famed Milk Bowl at Thunder Road and hopes for another win ended almost as soon as the race began. On lap four of the 150 lap event, the #17Ma rubbed with the #15 of Joey Laquerre sending a puff of smoke from the back of the "Outlaw's" car which proved to be huge the following lap. The huge crowd held their collective breadths as the undercarriage of the car was visible as it disappeared over the embankment. The crowd then went wild as Eddie Mac backed his car up over the hill and back on to the track. The crew went to work changing tires and ripping away sheet metal to get the Rowley, Mass. driver back in competition.

Eddie Mac raced on the lead lap until finally going down a lap on the 75th circuit. A decision was then made to continue racing for the second half of the race as he was able to pass a number of lapped cars to post the 17th place finish saying, "The car tight in the center and loose off and I think something is bent but we decided to stay out there and was able to pass some cars. Rollie and the crew made the car work better on our second pit stop (Lap 27) but it was a long day. We knew we had the car to beat but that just happens in racing. The best car does not always win. There is a lot of work to do on the car but we should be ready for our next race penciled in for the end of the month."

"I definitely feel bad for Freddie and Sheila but we will be back," said Eddie Mac. "The crew performed super right from the start and especially after the wreck. Of course, our thanks go to our K&N owner Rob Grimm for his support and Scott and Ken Thompson from Hancock Electric. We also carry the MS logo on our car in support of Rob and Karla's daughter Megan Spaulding who is fighting the disease. Grimm Nation's MS Warrior team just participated in the annual walk at Pocono Speedway to raise awareness and money to fight this disease. We support their efforts and hope our fans will support the cause."

Eddie Mac's next competition will be in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Casey's General Store 150 at Iowa Speedway in Newton, Iowa on May 16. The first of two scheduled events will pit the best of the East vs. the best of the West K&N drivers. Follow NASCAR HomeTracks for coverage times.
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Richard Casey

Eddie Mac Scores Third Place Finish in Governor's Cup

Eddie MacDonald staged a familiar battle with eventual winner Wayne Helliwell in the Governor's Cup 150 at their home track Lee USA Speedway on Sunday May 26 to post a third place finish in an exciting duel. The Grimm Construction/Hancock Electric Chevy started third on the grid after winning the heat to score a +2 rating.

Twenty-seven cars took the green flag under stormy skies that dictated the early race strategy for Eddie Mac saying, "We were riding around comfortably in sixth place when a little rain began to fall around lap 25. It looked like heavy rain would arrive shortly so we decided to go get some spots in case the race ended at the halfway mark. I used up a lot of the car racing on the outside for position. No one was out there so the little bit of rain really hurt the tires. Of course the rain never came but we committed early instead of saving tires for the end. We did what we needed to do ans that's just racing."

"The Outlaw" wowed the crowd with some great side by side racing before settling into third place by lap 63. The Governor's Cup defending champ and winner of his last five ACT events waited patiently while Helliwell and Jeff White battled for the top spot. Eddie Mac ran the outside groove to race White side by side, then taking the second spot on lap 84 and setting his sights on the #27. Again the Rowley, Ma. veteran drove hard on the outside to take first place on lap 91. Eddie Mac and Helliwell have staged epic duels throughout their careers.

A lap 93 caution put the #17 and #27 head to head on the restart with Helliwell getting the jump with Eddie Mac saying, "Wayne was fast all day and he had a good restart. I spun the tires a bit and he was able to take advantage. He ran a great race getting the pole and running out front saving his tires. I used up the tires early and couldn't race with him at the end. By the end of the race the car was so loose I was just hanging on trying to get the best finish I could. We had a lot of fun racing at my home track and seeing a lot of family and friends. Obviously I wish we won but Wayne deserved the win so congratulations to him and Bruce. We may do it again next week at Thunder Road. My thanks go to the crew for all the hard work and Kenny and Scott Thompson from Hancock Electric for their continued support. Car owners Sheila and Freddie Peterson are just awesome people to be associated with."

The 17th annual Merchants Bank 150 event will be run at the famed Thunder Road in Barre, Vt. on Sunday, May 3 with a 1:00 pm. post time. The Thunder Road Car Show in downtown Barre will run from 9:00-12:00 Saturday followed by the parade of cars to the track.
Photos by
Richard Casey

Eddie Runs for the Governor's Cup Title
at Lee USA Speedway on Sunday

Eddie MacDonald will drive the Freddie Peterson owned #17 Chevy Late Model in the American Canadian Tour's Governor's Cup 150 on Sunday, April 26 at Lee's "Center of Speed." The Rowley, Mass driver, and son of track owners Judy and Red MacDonald, will defend the title won in last year's event. "The Outlaw" is a serious contender to repeat posting five late model wins in a row.

Eddie Mac began the streak last season with a huge Milk Bowl win at Thunder Road followed with a win in the Fall Brawl at Riverside Speedway. The veteran racer impressed many with three 100 lap wins in a row at New Smyrna Speedway, Florida during speedweeks in February to capture the first ever American Racer Challenge Cup.
Since joining forces with Freddie Peterson in the Grimm Construction/Hancock Electric sponsored Chevy crew chief Rollie LaChance and Eddie Mac have posted a stellar record of wins and top three finishes. Both hope to continue the torrid pace with a win this Sunday with Eddie Mac saying, "We have had an incredible run since last season and would like nothing better than to get the win at my home track. To have a lot of family and fans cheering for you is a great feeling."

More than forty cars are expected to compete for the 28 starting positions in the ACT feature. Teams will practice on Saturday with qualifying heats and the 150 lap event slated for Sunday. Schedules for both days begin at noon and will also feature the regular Lee USA Speedway racing series.

"This should be a great race with all the talented drivers and teams competing in the ACT series," said MacDonald. "Rollie, the crew, and I love racing in this series. We have to travel so much in the K&N series it is nice to be at home with all our fans. Freddie and Sheila (Peterson) have been terrific and we couldn't do this without the longtime support of Ken and Scott Thompson from Hancock Electric in Quincy. If you need electric motor service those are the guys to call. Thanks go to our K&N team owner Rob Grimm who supports us racing in the series. Hopefully we can celebrate with all our fans on Sunday."
MacDonald Ready to Hold His Turf at Lee USA
ACT PRESS RELEASE - The American-Canadian Tour (ACT) Late Models will be at the Lee USA Speedway in Lee, NH this coming Sunday, April 26 for the 25th annual New Hampshire Governor’s Cup 150. Eddie “The Outlaw” MacDonald will look to defend his title in the event, but a host of veterans and newcomers alike figure to be up for the challenge.

MacDonald has been red hot in the ACT Late Models in recent months. The Rowley, MA driver swept all three 100-lap events at the New Smyrna Speedway in Florida as part of the annual February racing. Combined with his victories in the Vermont Milk Bowl at Barre, VT’s Thunder Road last October and the Fall Brawl 150 at Groveton, NH’s Speedway 51 in November, MacDonald has five straight wins in ACT-type Late Model events.

We’ve got a pretty good idea of where we need to be from last year,” MacDonald said. “We’re just going to have to go there and tune on the car and see if we can get it to perform steady throughout the whole race. You never know who’s going to be able to hit it right for that day.”

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The PittLite 125
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Sat. April 18, 2015
Eddie Rallies from Flat Tire for Sixth Place
in the K&N Race at Bristol
Eddie MacDonald powered the Grimm Construction/Multiple Sclerosis Society Chevrolet to a hard earned sixth place finish in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Pittlite 125 at Bristol Motor Speedway as a companion race with the Sprint Cup Series. The Rowley, Mass. veteran started his 183rd race in the series and took the green flag as the defending champion of last year's event. A flat tire on lap 49 appeared to quash any hopes of repeating the win but Eddie Mac and the crew never gave up and rallied from the flat and 24th restarting position to make his patented charge to the front.

"With everything that we had to overcome in the race, we are pleased with the sixth place finish," said Eddie Mac after the race. "Obviously we would have liked to compete for the win but this finish showed how we can overcome adversity. We had a very similar set-up in the car as last year and the car handled pretty good. We didn't have a great qualifying run (16th) but last year we started 13th and won so we knew the car would be good for the long run."

Twenty eight cars took the green flag in the 125 lap event around "The World's Fastest Half-Mile" as Eddie Mac wasted no time moving up four spots from 16th to 12th in just two laps and into tenth by lap 21. The car was "a little loose but not bad" according to Eddie Mac at the first caution on lap 37. While running ninth the #71 blew a left rear tire to bring out the caution on lap 49, then restarted 24th one lap down. Eddie Mac moved up two positions before the halfway break at lap 62. The crew was allowed to re-fuel but could not change tires during the five minute break.

Racing resumed after the break with Eddie Mac the recipient of the "lucky dog" to restart on the lead lap in the 22nd position. Chief Rollie LaChance made the call to bring the #71 to the pits for a wedge adjustment during a lap 76 caution resulting in a charge from the 20th restarting position on lap 81 to 13th on lap 90. On laps 100 and lap 109, the veteran racer made it three wide around the high banked turns of Bristol to ninth place with sixteen laps to go. Eddie Mac battled Austin Hill for sixth place before taking over the spot with ten to go.

"The car was really good all day," said Eddie Mac. "I think we had a top three car and then run for the win and see what would happen but the flat changed everything. I wanted to get to fifth at the end but I used up the car coming from the rear so it was pretty loose at the end. Sixth place is still a great finish at Bristol. It is so much fun to drive here and you have to have a good car or you are in for a long day. Rollie and the crew did a great job all day long and I appreciate their efforts. Our owner Rob Grimm and a number of "Grimm Nation" family and fans were here so I am glad we had a good showing after the flat tire. This is a tough racetrack to make up ground when you have a problem so I am proud of what we accomplished today."

"Many thanks go to our sponsors: Grimm Construction, Stilo, HMS Motorsports, Waymart Building Center, Schroth Racing, Peterson Auto Body, and Kustom Vinyl. The Multiple Sclerosis National Society logo is proudly displayed on the car, as well as, the New Path Adventures logo."

The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East's next race will be a combination race with the K&N West Series at Iowa Speedway on May 16. NBCSN will televise the Pittlite 125 on April 23 with a time to be determined.
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Richard Casey

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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