Race 1 - /25/04
Lee USA Speedway

LEE 150

MacDonald Powers to Third Place Finish at Lee

by Dick Casey - HRM Motorsports

Eddie MacDonald’s gamble on a gutsy move on lap 139 paid off with a third place finish in the Busch North Series opener at Lee USA Speedway. He powered his way past the # 40 and #55 on an inside move that put him in fourth with eleven laps to go.

Recalling the move Eddie said," I burned up my tires running on the outside, I knew my only chance was to make a move on the inside. I used a lapped car as a pick and it worked and I was able to get by Kobyluck and when Stefanik bobbled, I was able to get by him." With five laps to go, the # 17 Ford slipped by Ryan Moore for third place to take the checkered flag for his seventh career top five finish and best finish at his home track

The Rowley, Mass. driver is excited about the rest of the upcoming season with the showing of the new HRM Motorsports team," One of our goals coming into this season was to improve our qualifying position and we did that today. Starting fifth was huge for us and it allowed us to stay up front and avoid any problems."

Eddie added," We were really hoping for the win but finishing third is great for this new race team and it really gives us the momentum we need for the rest of the season."

The change to Ford this year gives the team the luxury of having a number of engines at their disposal. With Roush and Cosworth power available, Eddie feels the team is in a much better position than last year and it certainly paid off in the season opener. Eddie credits team owner/crew chief Chris Raymond for the great finish," Chris prepared a great car for me today. The handling and the power were there when I needed it."

The team was especially pleased with the performance over the long runs. After last week’s practice Raymond knew they had to find a way to make the car better and finish strong at the end and the effort paid off. Eddie admits," I have great confidence in Chris and the rest of the crew and they did it today. The car really responded at the end when I needed to make the inside move. It stuck to the bottom and I had plenty of power to make the passes."

Raymond was particularly pleased with the overall performance saying," We had a good qualifying run and we got the car running better on the long runs which was one thing we needed to improve. We ran great today and now we will see what happens from here."

Eddie is looking forward to the upcoming race at Thompson International Speedway with high expectations noting," We usually run pretty well there and with the new car and the Roush power we feel we should definitely be in contention for the win."

BNS Race 1 - Lee 150 - Lee USA Speedway - Lee, NH

F S # Driver, Hometown, Car, Laps Completed, Money Won, Reason Out

1 6 Andy Santerre, Aubuchon Hardware Chev, 150, $4,624
2 12 8 Joey McCarthy, Secure Technologies Inc. Chev, 150, $3,024
3 5 17 Eddie MacDonald, HRM Motorsports Ford, 150, $3,224
4 13 74 Ryan Moore, R.C. Moore Transportation Chev, 150, $2,524
5 8 55 Mike Stefanik, Burnham Boilers Chev, 150, $2,024
6 10 15 Bobby Dragon, Poulin Auto Country Chev, 150, $1,724
7 7 40 Matt Kobyluck, Mohegan Sun Casino Chev, 150, $1,624
8 9 61 Mike Olsen, Little Trees Chev, 150, $1,524
9 2 35 Brad Leighton, Irving Oil Chev, 150, $1,474
10 6 45 Brian Hoar, Goss Dodge Dodge, 150, $1,424
11 23 41 Don Wagner, Mannings USA Chev, 150, $2,399
12 15 47 Kelly Moore, NAPA Auto Parts Chev, 150, $1,374
13 21 16 Kip Stockwell, Sabil & Sons Chev, 150, $1,349
14 1 29 Dave Dion, Berlin City Ford Ford, 150, $1,999
15 20 26 Scott Bouley, Stump Thumpers Chev, 150, $750
16 4 96 Mike Johnson, Johnson Lumber Ford, 150, $1,249
17 11 32 Dale Quarterley, EDART Chev, 149, $1,224
18 16 0 Bill Penfold, VIP Charter Coach Chev, 149, $1,199
19 25 10 Jamie Aube, One Stop Toy Shop Chev, 149, $650
20 24 06 Ryan Seaman, Bruce Camburn Electric Chev, 149, $625
21 18 5 Barney McRae, Akwesasne Casino Chev, 148, $1,124
22 26 2 Laine Chase, Rinox Chev, 146, $1,124
23 19 33 Fred Skaff, Woodworks Racing/Archer Corp. Ford, 145, $600
24 22 77 Lee Weldy, S&J Transportation Chev, 142, $600
25 17 99 Bryon Chew, Sta-Rite Pumps Chev, 129, $1,124
26 14 4 Brad Bennett, Reyben Racing Ford, 102, Battery, $600
27 27 98 John Cerbone, Apache Fishing Chev, 0, Ignition, $1,124

Time of Race: 1 hrs., 1 mins, 46 secs

Average Speed: 54.641 mph         Margin of Victory: 1.605

Busch Pole: Dave Dion, Berlin City/Continental Paving Ford

Featherlite Most Improved Driver: Ryan Moore, R.C. Moore/Bill Dodge Chevrolet

Powerade Power Move Of The Race: Don Wagner, Mannings USA Chevrolet

Lap Leaders: Dion 1-24, Santerre 25-74, Leighton 75, Olsen 76-87, R.Moore 88-97,
Santerre 98-150.

Total Laps Led: Andy Santerre 103, Dave Dion 24, Mike Olsen 12, Ryan Moore 10,
Brad Leighton 1.

5 changes involving 5 drivers.      Caution Flags: 7 for 48 laps.



Media Contact: Jennifer MacDonald - jennymac29@hotmail.com