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BEING EDDIE MACDONALD

2016


Second Place Finish for Eddie MacDonald
at New London-Waterford Speedbowl

Eddie MacDonald dominated the field in a late race charge to post a second place finish in the American Canadian Tour's fifth race of the season at the New London-Waterford Speedbowl in Connecticut on Saturday, May 21. The Rowley, Mass. veteran, driving the EXIT Realty/Hancock Electric Chevy through lapped traffic chased winner Joey Polewarczyk over the final ten laps of the 100 lap feature to just fall short at the checkered flag. The finish was costly as the Freddie Paterson owned Chevy crashed heavily into the front stretch wall.

"We were very happy with the second place run but the car took a big hit and will need some serious repairs before we race again at Devil's Bowl," said Eddie Mac surveying the damage. "I guess the 1vt lost an axle and put down a lot of oil on the track and when I drove off four on the final lap the car just hit the oil and sent it straight into the wall. It was a hard hit but I'm alright but I can't say the same for the car. But we will get it fixed and be ready for the next race."

The #17ma posted the fastest time of the day in the second practice and drew the pole position in the second heat in qualifying for the first leg of the Southern New England Tripleheader to include Thompson and Seekonk. Eddie Mac won the heat easily to receive a plus one rating placing him ninth in the 30 car field for the event.

The scheduled 100 lap feature changed the strategy of a number of the top contenders as most ACT races are 150 laps with many drivers comfortable saving tires for the final thirty laps. In this race, most chose to get after it right from the green with Eddie Mac saying during a lap 12 caution,, "I am shocked at how hard these guys are going. It's like a 100 lap shootout and everyone is going early. The car is handling good so I will pick my spots to pass. I can run on the outside so that will help a lot."

On lap 40 Eddie Mac drove in fifth place and into fourth just past the halfway flag on lap 54 while passing cars on the outside. Joey Pole was able to pull away while the top five cars were forced to deal with stubborn lapped traffic despite the passing flag shown them. To add to the difficulty, an engine laid down a tremendous amount of oil on the track on lap 74 forcing a long delay. With rain looming in the area track officials finally cleared the mess before returning the cars to action for the final 26 laps.

Eddie Mac raced the #37 of Scott Payea hard for multiple laps before finally completing the pass on lap 86 for second place. "The Outlaw" then set his sights on the #97 trying to close a half a straightaway lead. By lap 95 Eddie Mac cut the lead to two car lengths and to one with two laps remaining. However, that is a close as he could get with Eddie Mac saying, "Joey was fast and ran a great race and didn't have to race anyone hard so he was able to conserve and just had too big a lead once I got into second place. My car was good and fast and I think I could have got by him in five more laps. That was my thinking just before I crashed. We will take second and I believe this finish will put us in the point's lead. This takes the sting out of crashing just a little bit. We have a lot to do to get ready for Devil's Bowl (Saturday, June 4) but we will be ready."

"Rollie and I owe huge thanks to our crew that works so hard on this car every race, Tom Rice, Rob Drandson, and Ryan LaChance," said Eddie Mac. "Rollie's wife Laura helps with the spotting and does so many other things for this team and is greatly appreciated. Of course, thanks to Derek Beatrice from EXIT Realty and Kenny and Scott Thompson from Hancock Electric as well as, Stilo, HMS Motorsports, and Schroth Racing for their help. Our K&N team owner Rob Grimm supports our Late Model efforts and we can't say enough about our team owners Sheila and Freddie Peterson. Bobby Wood is an integral member of our team and helps in many ways. Rollie and I are fortunate to be associated with such great people. We may be banged up right now but we will be there competing for the win at Devil's Bowl."
Photos by
Richard Casey
ACT LATE MODEL SO. NEW ENGLAND
TRIPLE HEADER TO WATERFORD
The American Canadian Tour (ACT) returns to the New London-Waterford Speedbowl (NLWS) this Saturday night for the first time since 2010. The opening of the first round of three races for the newly created ACT Southern New England ACT affiliate Late Model tracks will take place for ACT touring teams and the weekly Late Model teams from New London-Waterford Speedbowl, Seekonk Speedway, and Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park this Saturday night, May 21. The three track alliance was put together after last season to help support the ACT fender type divisions that have been introduced to over a dozen tracks throughout the Northeast over the past decade.

"We are all looking forward to this triple-header series in Connecticut and Massachusetts. It has been in the planning process for a few years, and ACT is pleased to see the interest and growth of our full body kind of racing in the region. The talent level has improved dramatically over the years at our affiliate tracks, and of course, there will be the important 'home track advantage'. The 100 laps at the Speedbowl should be a great event at one of the best tracks in the East for competitive Late Model racing," said Tom Curley, President of ACT.

Former ACT Champion, Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. (Pole), from Hudson, NH dominated the two races held at the Speedbowl in 2010. In fact, the October 150 lap final race at the 3/8th mile track was completed in just 47 minutes. Pole will return to drive at NLWS for his first race of the 2016 campaign. He has begun a development program for new drivers and has the Speedbowl as one of his several chosen events to actually compete in this season.

Pole said, "I can't wait to strap in this weekend. I have enjoyed the crew chief and spotting thing, but after nearly a dozen years of 100% commitment to racing, I'll have to admit it has been different. The perfect track for me to return to is at the Speedbowl, I love it. It is certainly one of my very favorites. I can't wait to finally get to race," said the Pole.

One of the tightest starting Championship point battles in the 30 years of ACT racing has shaped up after the first four events on the 2016 TOUR. Only forty-five (45) points separate the top five in points, with just eighty-one (81) points between the top ten going into the first of the three Triple Header races. Nick Sweet, Barre, VT has a
narrow 9 point lead over Rowley, Massachusetts' "Outlaw", Eddie MacDonald, following the dramatic win by MacDonald last week at the 1/2 mile Airborne Park Speedway in Plattsburgh, NY.

A solid contingent of local Late Model teams from the Speedbowl, Seekonk, and Thompson, including among others, Keith Rocco, Larry Gelinas, Brian Tagg, Jeff Smith, and William Wall are all likely to compete in the first of the three ACT Triple Header events.

Post time is 5:15. The price for admission is $32 adults, $28 members of the military, teens 13-16 years old are $5, and under children 12 are free.

Eddie MacDonald Wins the ACT Spring Green 116
at Airborne Park Speedway

Eddie MacDonald staged an impressive door-to-door battle in the closing laps with Nick Sweet to capture his first win in the American Canadian Tour event at Airborne Park Speedway in Plattsburgh, N.Y. in the Spring Green 116 on Saturday, May 14. Eddie Mac powered the Exit Realty/Hancock Electric Chevy to the lead on lap 107 and held on to the lead to post his sixth ACT win of his career.

"This is really a great win and to do it against Nick and Patrick (Laperle) is one of those races you remember forever," beamed the veteran racer. "We had so many things go our way today, especially the weather. At the halfway mark the rain came and I thought our day might be done with a sixth place run but the officials kept us out there for 25 minutes to keep the track dry. It was a great call on their part and gave us the opportunity to win it."

Eddie Mac started the 116 lap race on the half-mile oval in 13th place after an even rating in the heat with the winner saying, "I was a little concerned after the heat because we started in third place and didn't pass a car. The handling wasn't great so I didn't know what to expect. However the car didn't change for the worse and actually got a little better after the rain break and I was able to drive it to the front. I think the leaders fell off a bit and that helped me as well as the lapped cars."

With the possibility of rain looming, Eddie Mac began his charge immediately after the green flag and ran in the sixth position when the yellow flag waved for rain on lap 60 with Eddie saying, "This was a tough race and I had to fight for every spot. We never seemed to do well here so when the car reacted the way it did, I thought we had a chance. I drove it hard right from the beginning and it paid off. The tires held and I wasn't sideways coming off the turns."

On lap 82 Eddie Mac rode Patrick Laperle's bumper and finally passed the Canadian driver on lap 93 then set his sights on Sweet saying, "Patrick was very tough as usual and it took a number of laps to clear him and when I caught Nick I knew it would be a battle to the end. It took ten laps to catch him and another five to pass him. We were in lapped traffic and I was able to use one of the cars as a pick to finally make the pass. My car was able to run on the outside and that made all the difference. It was a fantastic battle for the win."

The Rowley, Mass. driver made the pass on lap 107 then put a couple of lapped cars between himself and Sweet to take the checkered flag almost a second ahead for the impressive win. Eddie Mac and Rollie (LaChance- crew chief) committed to run for the ACT championship this season and the win put the team back in contention after a couple of disappointing finishes with Eddie Mac saying, "We definitely needed this win and now we have to go and get more. It is never easy to win in this series with all the great drivers and teams, so every win is special. It is our goal to win the championship so this is a great start."

Of course, Rollie and I could not do this without the hard work of the crew and the support of team owners Sheila and Freddie Peterson. This is our first win with Exit Realty and Hancock Electric as our primary sponsors and we are thankful to Derek Beatrice and Kenny and Scott Thompson for their support. I have to give a special shout-out to Jolene Drandson who does our social media and keeps all our fans at home informed through our Grimm Racing Buddies site. So many people tell me how much they enjoy Jolene's reporting. We also thank HMS, Schroth Racing, and Stilo for the support. It was great to have my father and Kelyn (Harrell) there to share this."

The ACT Tour returns to battle next Saturday, May 21, for a 100 lap event at Waterford Speedbowl in the first leg of the Southern New England Tripleheader championship.

Moved to Sunday, May 8th

Eighth Place Finish in ACT Race at Thunder Road

Eddie MacDonald battled a tight race car on Sunday, May 8 in the 18th Annual Merchants Bank 150 at Thunder Road in Barre, Vermont to post an eighth place finish in the American Canadian tour's race at the famed speedway. The event originally scheduled for last weekend but postponed due to rain, was again delayed by morning rain and blustery cold weather prevailed throughout the day.

"I don't really know what happened to the car during the race," said Eddie Mac. "We were really happy with it in practice and in the heat. Even during last Saturday's practice here, we felt like the car was going good and we would have solid shot at the win. I don't know if it was the cold or something else but the car was tight right from the start of the race and just didn't have any speed."

Eddie Mac drew the sixth starting position in the second heat but actually started second when cars in front of the Rowley, Mass. veteran dropped out. The Exit Realty/Hancock Electric Chevy easily won the heat earning a plus one rating forcing a 12th place start in the feature with Eddie Mac saying, "We started on the outside and there were a number of cars in front of us that just couldn't run out there. I fell back in the pack and with the car not handling, it just kept getting worse. It was a struggle during the race to get the car going."

A caution on lap 49 gave crew chief Rollie LaChance an opportunity to bring the Freddie Peterson owned Chevy to the pits to try to free the car up. Another caution on lap 54 found Eddie Mac in the pits again for a little more tweaking. When Eddie Mac took the green flag, the #17 restarted in the 23rd position with Eddie Mac saying, "After we made the two adjustments, the car was better and I was able to drive it to the top ten but we probably needed one more adjustment to get it where we could compete for the win."

With 30 laps to go in the 150 lap event, Eddie Mac rode in the 13th position and into ninth on lap 133. With 17 laps remaining, Eddie Mac gained one more spot to post the eighth place run saying, "The finish was a lot better than we ran. It was a strange day because the car was so good in practice and the heat but just changed once we started the race. It was just one of those days you struggle at the track for every spot. The crew did a great job considering how cold it was all during the day. We sat around from nine o'clock before the rain stopped and we finally unloaded around one-thirty, then it was a rush to get everything done. Rollie and I appreciate all their hard work."

"We have such great support beginning with our team owners Sheila and Freddie Peterson from Peterson Auto Body in Peabody," said Eddie Mac. "Derek Beatrice from Exit Realty Beatrice Associates in Middleton is with us full time this year and we really appreciate Exit's support. Of course, we are forever grateful for Kenny and Scott Thompson from Hancock Electric Motor Service in Quincy for their sponsorship over the last ten years. Our K&N team owner Rob Grimm has been a huge supporter of our Late Model efforts and we appreciate everything he has done. Hopefully we can have a good, solid run at Airborne next week."

The team will have a short week to prepare for the Spring Green 116 on Saturday, May 14 at Airborne Speedway in Plattsburgh, NY.


POSTPONED TO SUNDAY, APRIL 24th

Eighth Place Finish in ACT Governor’s Cup at Lee

After posting the fastest time in practice on Saturday, Eddie MacDonald hoped to repeat his 2014 win in this year's American Canadian Tour Exit Realty Governor's Cup 150 at Lee USA Speedway on Sunday. When the checkered flag waved Eddie Mac crossed the stripe for a frustrating eighth place finish.

"We made an adjustment late Saturday that really helped us in the short run but killed us in the long run," said the driver of the Exit Realty/Hancock Electric Chevy. "The car was pretty fast on Saturday and we thought the change would help the car in the late stages of the race but it didn't turn out that way. It was pretty frustrating knowing I didn't have the car to win it. With all our family and friends here, it would have been great to win it on our home track."

Eddie Mac posted a plus one in his qualifying heat to start 13th in the 32 car field scheduled to go 150 laps around the 3/8ths of a mile oval owned and operated by Eddie's parents Judy and Red MacDonald who are celebrating their thirtieth year operating the track. The American Canadian Tour's Governor's Cup had to be rescheduled from an earlier date due to weather concerns. When the green flag finally dropped to open the Lee USA season, Eddie Mac was comfortable riding the Freddie Peterson owned #17 near the middle of the pack to conserve tires. ACT rules do not allow teams to change tires unless damaged.

"It seemed like the guys up front were really running hard so I was just riding and taking care of the tires," said the Rowley, Mass. Veteran. "Around lap 80, I decided to begin moving and managed to gain a few spots passing on the outside but then the car just wasn't responding like it did on Saturday. At that point everyone was bunched up and there were a lot of lapped cars to pass and that hurt. We were not going to win but I still tried to get as many spots as possible. We are trying to run the full Act schedule so every position is important in the point's race. We learned from this and hopefully next week we will be better. We wanted a better run at home and especially for all the Exit Realty fans Derek Beatrice brought to the track."

Two late race cautions on laps 140 and 141, only three for the race(lap 47), bunched the field as Eddie Mac was able to gain two positions to finish eighth when the checkered flag waved with "The Outlaw" saying, "We had a much better car than it showed today but we will take this finish and come back stronger. It is our intention to race for the championship so hopefully this will be our one "bad" race. Next week we are at Thunder Road so hopefully we will be more competitive.

"I have to thank Derek Beatrice from Exit Realty for his support," said Eddie Mac. Exit Realty Beatrice Associates is sponsoring us this season and sponsored the ACT race today. Of course, Hancock Electric, Kenny and Scott Thompson, has sponsored us now for ten years and we are extremely grateful for all their support. Sheila and Freddie Peterson from Peterson Auto body in Peabody are fantastic car owners and we thank them for everything. Chuck Grimm, Steve Vasey, and Dave Jenkins even drove up from Pennsylvania this morning to be at the race. Rob Grimm owns our K&N team based in Waymart, Pa. and also helps us with our Late Model, so it was great to have his father, Steve, and Dave with us today. The crew did a great job and worked hard for two days and Rollie and I greatly appreciate their hard work and dedication."

The American Canadian Tour will be back in action next week at Thunder Road in Barre, Vermont for the Merchant's Bank 150.
 
 
LEE RACE DAY - 4/24  
         
         
     
LEE PRACTICE - 4/23
Photos by
Richard Casey

Eddie Mac in the ACT #71
at Lee USA Speedway April 24

Eddie MacDonald will take the green flag at Lee USA Speedway, his family-owned track, on Sunday, April 24 in the New Hampshire Governor's Cup 150 American Canadian Tour's 25th season opener. As the 2014 Governor's Cup winner, Eddie Mac would like nothing better than to start the season off with a victory on the track he honed his skills as a teenager.

"We are really looking forward to this race and hope to win in front of all our families and friends," said Eddie Mac. "My parent's, Judy and Red, will be celebrating their 30th season owning and operating Lee. It would be awesome to win this for them for everything they have done for me. They haven't put any pressure on me to win other than my father expecting me to win every race, but I know it would mean a lot to them."

Following last season's finale in the Fall Brawl at Speedway 51 the #17 Freddie Peterson owned Hancock Electric/Exit Realty Chevy needed extensive body repairs with Eddie and the crew spending a lot of shop time getting the car back in shape with Eddie saying, "We had to replace all the body panels, nerf bars and just about everything else you could think of but it looks great and we think it will be fast once we hit the track. The guys worked hard getting everything done. Joe St. Jacques did a great job with metal and tin and John Tiernan did his usual great job with the paint and lettering. Rob Drandson took care of all the welding. Herbie Wing and Dick Casey were the guys taking everything apart and putting it all back together. Rollie and I have been putting the final touches in for the set up so we are ready to go."

A full field is expected to be on hand this year when Tom Curley's ACT Tour takes the green flag for the first of the thirteen scheduled races for the 2016 season. Eddie Mac and crew chief Rollie LaChance will attempt to run as many ACT races as possible to compete for the ACT championship with Eddie saying, "Rollie and I talked about running for the championship and we will run as many as we can as long as they don't conflict with our K&N Pro Series East schedule. We will run a limited K&N schedule but of course that is our main focus. There are a few scheduling conflicts and one coming up soon. We will race the K&N Pitlite 125 at Bristol Motor Speedway on Saturday night April 16 then fly back Sunday morning April 17 to run the afternoon ACT race at Oxford Plains Speedway. There are a couple of other races we have to work out logistics. We will be busy but it will be fun."

Of course none of this would be possible without the help of the sponsors. Celebrating another anniversary is the relationship with Kenny and Scott Thompson from Hancock Electric Motor Service in Quincy, Mass with Eddie saying, "This is the tenth year Hancock Electric has sponsored our efforts. When we didn't know if we would get to the next K&N race ten years ago, Kenny Thompson stepped up to keep us racing for the season and I will be forever grateful. After Rob Grimm bought our K&N team Kenny stuck with us and sponsored our Late Model. Even after Kenny retired and his son Scott took over the business, Hancock Electric is still on the car. I can't thank them enough. They are and will always be a member of our family."

Last year Exit Realty Beatrice Associates located in Middleton and Somerville came aboard and will again sponsor the car for the upcoming season with Eddie Mac saying, "Last year we welcomed aboard Exit Realty and we have a great relationship with Derek Beatrice and have had a lot of fun with the Exit Realty family in a number of promotional events last year. Derek is a terrific guy and we continue to look forward to expanding our relationship."

The #17 will again display the Grimm Construction logo on the hood of the car as it does in the K&N series. Also on the car are the logos of Stilo, HMS Motorsports, and Schroth Racing. Also, Bobby Wood is a huge contributor to the Freddie and Sheila Peterson owned ride from Peterson Automotive Inc. in Peabody, Mass.

The action begins with a test and tune day scheduled for Saturday at Lee with the action beginning on Sunday at noon with the ACT car's Happy Hour practice. Qualifying and last chance qualifiers will follow with the Governor's Cup 150 scheduled to take the green flag at 4:00 pm.

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ACT TOUR at LEE USA SPEEDWAY
on SUNDAY, APRIL 24th, 2016
Lee, NH - Lee USA Speedway is readying for the 2016 season opener just two weeks from now on April 24, with the annual running of the New Hampshire Governor's Cup 150 American Canadian Tour (ACT) Late Model event. The traditional season-opener will also feature the NEMST Mini Stocks and Northeast Classic Lites doing battle at "New Hampshire's Center of Speed".

Last year's running of the Governor's Cup event saw longtime Lee USA regular and eventual 2015 ACT champion Wayne Helliwell, Jr. of nearby Dover take down his first career ACT win at Lee, with Maine racer Brad Babb and
hometown hero Eddie "The Outlaw" MacDonald of Rowley, MA rounding out the podium.

Both Helliwell and MacDonald cut their racing teeth on the fast 3/8th's mile oval back in the 1990's, with feature wins and track championships coming early and often in their careers. "Junior" has taken home championship titles in the Late Model Sportsman, Late Model, and Supermodified ranks over the years, with the 2015 Governor's Cup 150 win among his career highlights.

Likewise, Eddie Mac has picked up checkered flags in virtually every division to ever hit the Lee high banks, dating back to his early career as a weekly Hobby Stock competitor, right up through the Late Model and Pro Stock ranks, where he was a consistent threat to win whenever he hit the track.

MacDonald was the 2014 winner of the Governor's Cup, and is expected to be on hand again this year. Eddie has also logged hundreds of laps aboard PASS Super Late Models and NASCAR K&N Series rides at the track he grew up at, owned by his parents Judy and recently-elected NEAR Hall-of-Famer Red. The MacDonalds are celebrating their 30th year of operating Lee USA this season.

The current iteration of ACT Late Models has been in competition 13 times at "New Hampshire's Center of Speed" for the season-opener, with 12 different winners adding their names to the Governor's Cup during that time. The only two-time winner was Brian Hoar, who grabbed the checkers in 2011-2012, but has since retired from racing.

Drivers from all six New England states and a couple of Canadian provinces typically make up the starting field for the Governor's Cup 150, and this year is expected to be no exception, with upwards of 30 entries anticipated for the race.

In addition to the ACT Late Models, the highly-successful Northeast Mini Stock Tour will be contesting the first race of their 2016 points chase, with defending race winner and 2015 series champion Toby Wells looking to make it back-to-back wins.

Lee USA Speedway 2009 Roadrunner and 2014 Late Model Sportsman champion Niko Maniatis of Hooksett is among those expected the challenge for the NEMST win, coming off an impressive 2015 campaign that saw him victorious when the tour contested the tough road course at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park in CT.

2012 Ironman champ Jake Rheaume is another driver among the full field of entries expected for the NEMST season-opener, and after a solid fifth-place season in 2015 on the NEMST, his Lee USA experience puts him among the favorites to take home the win.

The Northeast Classic Lites will round out the program on opening day, the first of six appearances for the 5/8th's scale racers at Lee USA Speedway this season. Defending race winner "Hollywood" Dave Helliwell is rumored to be moving up to the EKeys4cars Supermodifieds for the 2016 campaign, leaving the door open for any of the expected 20+ entries to find the winner's circle.

Lee USA will be swinging the gates open for a test and tune session on Saturday, April 23, open to teams from any track and/or division in advance of the season opener the next day.

The test and tune session will be followed by a full card of racing action on Sunday April 24, as New Hampshire's Center of Speed opens up the northern New England racing season with the annual Governor's Cup 150 for ACT Late Models along with the North East Mini Stock Tour and Northeast Classic Lites season openers.

For more information on this or any other upcoming event at Lee USA, log on to our website at
www.leeusaspeedway.com, or find us on Facebook or Twitter.


Bristol - Sat. April 16th


Oxford - Sun. April 17th

Back to Back Top Tens for Eddie
at Bristol and Oxford

Eddie MacDonald spent the weekend racing, literally, after posting an impressive eighth place finish in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Pittlite 125 at Bristol Motor Speedway on Saturday night then flying into Boston on Sunday morning then race to Oxford Plains Speedway to score a third place finish in the ACT Tour's Oxford 100 later that afternoon.

Nothing was easy for the Grimm Racing team beginning Wednesday evening when the lift gate on the hauler malfunctioned and unable to close with the car loaded in the top. With the gate stuck eight feet in the air, two ramp trucks and a construction forklift were called into service to free the car. One ramp truck was place on top of the other and supported by the forklift, the Grimm Construction/Multiple Sclerosis Chevy was rolled from the hauler on to the ramp truck and eventually lowered to the ground. The car and the equipment were loaded into two car trailers the following morning for the trek to Bristol.

"That was something you do not see every day," laughed Eddie Mac. "We knew the weekend would be hectic making two races in Tennessee then Maine in two days, so to start out like this was definitely strange. Fortunately Rob (Grimm) knew the right people to call to get the car down and those guys worked until one in the morning. Then early the next morning Rob's guys showed up to help us load the trailers for the trip. It was a huge relief to get to the track that night without anything else happening. Racing was easy after all that."

The Pittlite 125 was Eddie Mac's first race in the K&N series this season with the team running a partial five race schedule. The Rowley, Mass. veteran driver has had great success on "The World's Fastest Half-Mile" posting a win in 2013 and two top ten finishes. The team struggled in practice and qualifying on Friday night to find the speed and ended up in the 26th starting position for the race on Saturday with Eddie Mac saying, "It was strange because the car turned well in corners and was down where we wanted it to be but we just didn't get the speed so our time was off. We just have to figure this qualifying thing out."

Eddie Mac had his work cut out for him starting 26th in the 29 car field but as he usually does the #71 was glued to the bottom while the rest of the field opted to run the high side. By the second caution flag on lap 26, Eddie Mac was running in the 17th position saving tires and passing where he could without pushing the car too much. No tire changes were allowed unless a tire was damaged so everyone had to find ways to conserve. Eddie Mac continued to run the bottom and move up through the field. After the break on lap72 the #71 restarted in the 11th position with fifty laps to go and quickly grabbed three spots to p.8 then to sixth with 25 laps to go.

With 18 to go Eddie got into another car in turn three costing him three spots but was able to get back one to finish eighth saying, "It is too bad I lost those two spots but it was a good finish. The tires were just by the end. Starting as far back as we did use up a lot of the tires, even though I tried to save as much as possible. Running the bottom uses them up more but I had to pass all the cars. We had a lot of fun and everyone did a great job. Now we are off to Oxford. You have to love it!"

Eddie, Rollie, Rob, and Ryan started the trip from Boston to Oxford Sunday morning hoping to make the last ACT practice to get some laps on the #17 Exit Realty/Hancock Electric Chevy after extensive repairs over the winter. With two Oxford 250 wins and multiple Oxford wins both Eddie Mac and Rollie (LaChance) know what is needed to be successful and despite the lack of practice they were able to run well in qualifying and started 16th in the Oxford 100 after posting an even rating.

Eddie Mac moved steadily to the front and into p.11 by lap 40. With 50 laps to go, Eddie Mac began to power his way past the early leaders and into p.5 by lap 70. From that point on, lapped traffic made passing more difficult on the quarter mile, flat oval. Eddie Mac rode in third place and engaged in a door-to-door battle with the #28 for the remainder of the race. Eddie finally passed the #28 on lap 94 for the second position but a caution on the lap restarted him behind the #28. Lapped traffic starting in front made passing impossible for the final six laps.

"We are happy with the finish but you always want to do better," said Eddie Mac after the race. "Everyone was sliding around at the end so it was really difficult to pass and the lapped cars made it very tough. But that is racing and we hope to have an even better finish next week at Lee USA Speedway in the Governor's Cup. I have to thank all the people that helped us this weekend to get everything set up for us here: Bobby Wood, Tom Rice, Brian Neal, Kelyn Harrell, Jolene and Rob Drandson, Ryan, Rachel and Laura LaChance, Freddie Peterson and I am probably forgetting someone. Thanks to Exit Realty and Derek Beatrice and Kenny and Scott Thompson from Hancock Electric. We hope to see everyone at Lee next Sunday. It should be a great show."

BRISTOL K&N
Photos by Richard Casey
OPS ACT
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The PittLite 125
-
Sat. April 16, 2016

Eddie MacDonald Races in His NASCAR
 K&N Pro Series East Season Opener at Bristol

Eddie MacDonald and the Grimm Racing Team will open the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East season in the 5th annual Pittlite 125 at Bristol Motor Speedway on Saturday, April 16. Eddie Mac will pilot the Grimm Construction/Multiple Sclerosis Chevy in the first of the five race partial schedule the team will compete in this season.

Eddie Mac has achieved great success on "The World's Fastest Half-Mile" posting a win in 2014, a seventh in 2013, and an impressive sixth place finish after recovering from a flat tire in last year's race with the Rowley, Mass. veteran driver saying, "We love racing at Bristol and feel we have a chance to win every time we come here. We had a great car last year but got a flat (lap 49) to go a lap down but we came all the way from the rear to post a sixth place finish. Rollie (LaChance) has a great set up for Bristol so we hope we can run up front and be there at the end."

Thirty cars are entered in the highly competitive series comprised of many Sprint Cup affiliated teams, yet the small team based in Newburyport, Mass. continues to raise eyebrows despite competing in a partial schedule. The #71 finished last season with a solid second place finish at Dover International Speedway and hope to carry that momentum this weekend. Along with Bristol and Dover (Sept. 30), the Grimm Construction Chevy will race at Stafford Motor Speedway (Ct.) on June 17, New Hampshire Motor Speedway on July 16, and Iowa Speedway on July 29. Eddie Mac will also compete in many, if not all of the scheduled American Canadian Tour races.

The Pittlite 125 will take the green flag on Saturday at 4:30 pm. after the completion of the Xfinity race with practice and group qualifying taking place on Friday beginning at 6:00 pm. with Eddie Mac saying, "It will be a hectic two days for the crew to get everything in place. There isn't much room left in the infield with the Xfinity and Cup in there so it is really hard on the crew to get everything in place and do the work on the car. It just shows how dedicated our guys are and Rollie and I appreciate everything they do."

"Of course, none of this would be possible without our team owner Rob Grimm (From Waymart, Pa.)," says Eddie Mac. "Rob has been an incredible team owner and we have become part of the Grimm family. He and his wife Karla have given us everything we need to be competitive and we thank them for that but, more importantly, they have welcomed all of our team into their family. All of Grimm Nation is very supportive and we have developed great friendships."

Grimm Construction is the main sponsor for the team with Stilo, HMS Motorsports, Schroth Racing, Waymart Building Center, Peterson Automotive, and Kustom Vinyl also on board. The National Multiple Sclerosis logo is displayed on the rear quarter panel with the New Path Adventure logo on the rear of the car with Eddie Mac saying, "We are so thankful for all the help and support we have received through the years starting with Rob, Karla, and their family, Grimm Nation, our sponsors and the many fans we have throughout the country. We are ready and anxious to get our K&N season with a great run at Bristol."
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FAST FACTS

The Race: The PittLite125 at Bristol Motor Speedway is the fourth race of the 2016 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East season. It is the fourth of 10 oval track events and 14 races overall on the schedule. This will be the series’ fifth visit to the iconic high-banked Tennessee oval.

BRISTOL RACE NOTES

MacDonald to Make First Start of 2016: NASCAR K&N Pro Series East veteran Eddie MacDonald is set to make his first start of the 2016 season. MacDonald has recorded seven wins, 35 top fives and 92 top 10s in 187 series starts. One of his victories occurred at Bristol in 2014.

New Qualifying Format to Take Place This Weekend: The PittLite125 will feature a new qualifying procedure this weekend. Instead of the traditional two-lap time trials, group qualifying similar to road course procedures, will be utilized. Each group will participate in a five-minute session and the fastest single lap speed of each car will determine the first 32 starting positions.

Eddie Will Race from Bristol to Oxford
for the ACT 100 on Sunday, April 17

The real race for Eddie MacDonald begins Sunday morning in Bristol, Tennessee when the team will race to Charlotte Airport in No. Carolina to catch a plane to Boston Mass. then drive to Oxford Plains Speedway in Maine in time to run in the ACT 100 later that afternoon. The beat the clock schedule is due to Eddie Mac running in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race on Saturday night at Bristol Motor Speedway.

"It will be a crazy couple of days so we are hoping everything falls into place so we can arrive at Oxford for the last practice," said Eddie Mac. "We did a lot of work on the Hancock Electric/Exit Realty Chevy so we hope to get some practice in to just check things out. Rollie has a pretty good set up for Oxford but there is always something that needs attention."

Exit Realty Beatrice Associates has signed on again this year and will sponsor the #17 Ma. for the entire season with Eddie Mac saying, "Having Exit Realty on board for the full season is a huge benefit for our race team since we hope to try to compete in all the ACT races. We look forward to working with Derek Beatrice again this season. He helped us out last year in the ACT, K&N, and Cup races and we really appreciate all Exit Realty has done for us and will continue to do this season.

We will also have Hancock Electric with us for the tenth year in a row. Kenny and Scott Thompson have been an integral part of our Late Model success and we are thrilled Hancock Electric will be with us again this year. Freddie and Sheila Peterson are the car owners and have been fantastic to us. Freddie lives and breathes racing and gladly gives us anything Rollie and I need to make the car go fast. I know he likes to stay in the background but Bobby Wood supports our efforts in a quiet but big way. Stilo, HMS Motorsports, and Schroth Racing will also be on board. Of course our K&N team owner Rob Grimm is a huge factor in allowing us to race the ACT series and we could not do this without his blessing and support.

The ACT 100 is part of a doubleheader along with the PASS 150 with a post time for heat races to begin at 2:00 pm. It is a one day event with practice beginning at 10:00 am.


2016 K&N Pro East Schedule
  Date Track Location Length
1 Sun. 
2/14

New Smyrna Speedway

Jet Tools 150
New Smyra Beach, FL .500
2 Sat.
3/12

Mobile International Speedway

Mobile 150 presented by
Mobile Sports Authority
Irvington, AL .500
3 Sat. 3/26
Greenville-Pickens Speedway

Kevin Whitaker Chevrolet 150
Greenville, SC .500
4 Sat. 
4/16

Bristol Motor Speedway

PittLite 125
Bristol, TN  .533 
5 Sat.
4/30

Virginia International Raceway

Biscutville 125
Alton, VA 2.25
Road
Course
6 Mon.
5/30

Dominion Raceway

ComServe Memorial Day
Classic 150
Thornburg, VA .400
7 Fr.
6/17

Stafford Motor Speedway

Stafford 150
Stafford Springs, CT .500
8 Sat.
7/2


Columbus Motor Speedway

NAPA 150

Columbus, OH .333
9 Sat.
7/16

New Hampshire Motor Speedway

Granite State 70
Loudon, NH 1.058
10 Fri.
7/29

Iowa Speedway

Casey's General Store 150
Newton IA .875
11 Fri.
8/5

Watkins Glen International

Bully Hill Vineyards 100
Watkins Glen, NY  2.45
Road
Course
12 Mon.
9/5

Greenville-Pickens Speedway

NKNPS East Greenville
Greenville, SC .500
13 Sat.
9/5
 
New Jersey Motorsports Park


JUSTDRIVE.com 125
Millville, NY 2.25
Road
Course
14 Fri.
9/30

Dover International Speedway

Drive Sober 150
Dover, DE 1.00

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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