Race 13 - 9/24/04
Dover Int'l Speedway


Eddie Satisfied with Third Place Finish
at Dover International Speedway

By Dick Casey---HRM Motorsports

Eddie MacDonald bounced back from last week’s disappointing run at NHIS to post a third place finish in the MBNA 150 at Dover International Speedway. The HRM Motorsports team continues to work hard despite the misfortunes suffered in a number of races this season and there was a great sense of satisfaction and relief after the solid run.

“ We really needed this finish after all we’ve been through this season. We thought we had it last week and it didn’t happen but this crew never gives up and they proved it today. The car they gave me was great and I am really happy for them to get this finish,” said MacDonald.

MacDonald was apologetic for the late race contact with Mike Stefanik saying, “ I had a real good run on the #55 on the last lap coming out of turn four and slid up the track. We got together and it messed up his car. I hated for that to happen but he was able to save it for fourth. ”

The # 17 Ford was very fast as soon as it hit the track. Before qualifying, it was third fastest in practice and during the final practice MacDonald again had the third fastest car. He was able to qualify in seventh place with a speed of 145.068 mph. around the “ Monster Mile”.

“ Qualifying near the front here is very important since it is such a fast track, cars in the back get lapped quickly,” said MacDonald. The importance was well stated as leader Paul Wolfe began lapping cars by the 20th circuit with only six cars finishing on the lead lap.

“ The car was really neutral and free everywhere, and we were fast and riding steady in fourth place but after 30-40 laps into it, it got real loose. During the second caution we put on four tires and made a wedge adjustment but then it got a little tight. We came in again on another caution and got it a little better and that is what we needed to do to stay near the front and be able to make our move at the end,” said MacDonald.

A series of late race cautions bunched the field allowing MacDonald to move from 10th to fourth, when a number of cars got together in front of him, and into third place after the incident with Stefanik. This was the third top five finish for the team and MacDonald hopes to finish strong with a good showing at Wall Stadium this Saturday in the final race of the regular season.

“ We had two great cars at NHIS and Dover and the crew is determined to give me another good one for Wall to end on a positive note,” said MacDonald. “After all we have been through this season, a top five finish there would be a great reward to this team for all the hard work and dedication.

MBNA America 150 Results
09/24/2004 - Dover International Speedway

F S # Driver, Car, Laps Completed, Money Won, Reason Out
1 9 32 Dale Quarterley, Van Dyk Baler/Femrouse Chev, 160, $13,000
2 2 19 Paul Wolfe, Sahlen/Wegman's Chev, 160, $9,900
3 7 17 Eddie MacDonald, Arwood Machine Ford, 160, $8,400
4 12 55 Mike Stefanik, Burnham Boilers Chev, 160, $7,300
5 14 6 Andy Santerre, Aubuchon Hardware Chev, 160, $6,900
6 8 88 Mike Gallo, JBR Racing Ford, 160, $5,300
7 15 10 Jamie Aube, One Stop Toy Shop Chev, 159, $5,600
8 10 33 Tracy Gordon, Woodworks Racing/Archer Corp. Ford, 159, $4,300
9 17 61 Mike Olsen, Little Trees Chev, 159, $4,300
10 22 06 Ryan Seaman, John Camburn Electric Chev, 159, $4,800
11 11 40 Matt Kobyluck, Mohegan Sun Chev, 159, $3,700
12 16 96 Mike Johnson, Johnson Lumber Ford, 157, $3,600
13 20 5 Barney McRae, Akwesaske Mohawk Casino Chev, 156, $3,500
14 5 74 Ryan Moore, R.C. Moore Transportation Chev, 154, Accident, $3,300
15 3 47 Kelly Moore, NAPA/Bill Dodge Auto Group Chev, 152, Accident, $3,200
16 25 26 Scott Bouley, Stump Thumpers Chev, 152, $3,000
17 13 35 Brad Leighton, Irving Oil/Mainway Ford, 147, Accident, $2,800
18 18 52 Jerry Marquis, Furnace & Duct Chev, 140, Overheating, $2,700
19 6 45 Brian Hoar, Goss Dodge Dodge, 139, Engine, $2,650
20 4 99 Bryon Chew, Sta-Rite Pumps Chev, 130, Accident, $2,575
21 19 0 Bill Penfold, VIP Charter Coach Chev, 98, Accident, $2,550
22 1 9 Tim Andrews, Great Clips Chev, 96, Engine, $2,525
23 24 98 John Cerbone, Apache Fishing Chev, 70, Clutch, $2,500
24 26 15 Bobby Dragon, Waste Management Chev, 29, Engine, $2,475
25 21 64 Joey McCarthy, TRIMSPA Chev, 25, Accident, $2,450
26 23 41 Don Wagner, Mannings USA Chev, 25, Accident, $2,425
27 27 16 Kip Stockwell, Sabil & Sons Chev, 5, Handling, $2,400
28 28 68 Tommy Beamer, RV Tech Chev, 0, Engine, $1,875

TIME OF RACE: 1 hour, 38 minutes     AVERAGE SPEED: 97.959 mph

MARGIN OF VICTORY: 0.889 seconds

CAUTION PERIODS: 6 for 36 laps

LEAD CHANGES: 4 among 4 drivers

LAP LEADERS: K. Moore 1-6, Wolfe 7-84, Leighton 85-93, Wolfe 94-120, Quarterley 121-160

BUSCH POLE AWARD: Tim Andrews, Chevrolet (24.372 seconds @ 147.710 mph)



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