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Saturday, May 16th -8:00 PM CDT
Eddie Disappointed with K&N Run at Iowa
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."
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."
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
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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).
K&N East Statistical Advance - IOWA:
Analyzing The K&N Pro East Casey's General Stores 150
• Iowa held one East-West
combination race each season from 2007-2011 and has had two each year
• 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
• 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
• 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
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
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.
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
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
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.
Eddie Mac Scores Third Place Finish in
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
Sat. April 18, 2015
Eddie Rallies from Flat Tire for Sixth Place
in the K&N Race
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
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
Eddie Kicks Off NASCAR K&N Season
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."
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."
Defending race winner Eddie
MacDonald will make his NASCAR K&N Pro Series East
weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway with a field filled with new talent.
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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.
race winner Eddie MacDonald will be making his season debut at Bristol this
• Thirteen out of the 31 drivers on the entry
list will make their first K&N Pro Series East start at Bristol for the
Bristol Motor Speedway
• 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.
• 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
• 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.
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.
Race: #3 out of 14 (4/18/15)
Layout: .533-mile concrete oval
125 laps (66.625 miles)
Variable (24-28 degrees)
2014 Pole Winner: Ben
2014 Race Winner: Eddie
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
• 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.
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
• In two NASCAR XFINITY starts, he finished 41st (2007) and 22nd
• Competed in one NASCAR Sprint Cup race at New Hampshire and
• In two NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour races he finished
37th (2005) and 39th (2009).
K&N Pro Series East Dover News & Notes:
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
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
The Hart to
Heart Breast Cancer Foundation 150
New Smyra Beach, FL
Bristol Motor Speedway
General Store 150
Bowman Gray Stadium
NASCAR Hall of Fame 150
Columbus Motor Speedway
Watkins Glen International
Watkins Glen, NY
Virginia International Raceway
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
1 - Eddie MacDonald
2 - Wayne Helliwell, Jr. -2
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
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
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."
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
"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
"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
Eddie Makes it Two in Row in ACT
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.
#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
“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.”
#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
“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.
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
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
“Everyone is excited and ready to go racing. It
should be fun.”
The Grimm family and members
of Grimm Nation participated as
Warriors” in the May 5th MS Walk at Pocono Speedway.
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.”
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
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.
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
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
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