|Stafford Motor Speedway - 8/10/05 - 8th|
REBOUNDS FROM FIRST LAP CRASH TO FINISH EIGHTH
By Dick Casey---Triple Crown Racing
Eddie MacDonald’s second place qualifying run in the Busch North Series TSI Harley Davidson 150 at Stafford Motor Speedway provided optimism that the dark cloud following the team recently had finally disappeared. After two weeks of mechanical problems, MacDonald’s time of 20.017 seconds put him on the outside pole with hopes for a solid top five run. However, things got ugly very quickly on the first lap.
When the green flag waved, The One Stop Toy Shop Chevy was door-to-door with polesitter Mike Johnson and tried to make the pass as the two entered turn three. MacDonald had a nose in front but then Johnson got loose and slid up the track making contact and sending both spinning up the track. He managed to keep it off the wall but the toe was knocked out causing problems the rest of the way.
“I don’t really know what happened on the first lap if Mike drove it in a little to deep and got a little loose and we got together sending us around and it messed up both our nights,” recalled MacDonald of the incident. “It is disappointing because we had a good car and it was handling great and after the last two weeks we were looking for a good finish.”
MacDonald was quick to praise the crew’s work both before and during the race saying, “The guys did a fantastic job on the car and getting the new motor going great. After last week we had a lot of bodywork and the guys fixed it super, it really handled in practice and qualifying. We had a new motor after blowing up last week and I had no complaints at all. We felt we certainly had a top-five car.”
On the lap seven restart, MacDonald began in the twenty-second spot but then started making his way back up through the pack. By lap 20, he was in twenty second steadily making a charge to the front and by lap 35 the Rowley, Mass driver was thirteenth and chasing Mike Olsen. The Triple Crown Race crew changed right side tires and made wedge adjustments to help loosen up the tight racecar on a lap 65-caution and returned to the track behind Jerry Marquis.
On lap 83, MacDonald and the # 52 got together with MacDonald saying after the race,” I was driving real hard trying to get back up through the field and I got into the 52 and I didn’t really mean to do that and I am sorry about that.”
The car just kept was tight and the call was made to pit on caution lap 129. “ With the toe being out so far I just kept getting tighter and tighter and when we adjusted it we got a little too free at the end of the race and we couldn’t get anymore spots and had to finish where we were. We were looking for a top five run but we have to be happy to finish where we did after that start,” summarized MacDonald of the day that started with such promise.
Team owner Jerry Morello although somewhat disappointed was also pleased with his driver’s efforts saying, “ Unfortunately we got tangled up in that first wreck through no fault of Eddie. Mike got in there a little too hot and just slid up the track and we went to the back then Eddie put in a workman like job the rest of the way. He drove himself back up to the front where he needed to be, used his head, picked his spots and did a great job. It is a shame what happened because I know we had a top five car but we got the car home in pretty good shape and a top ten finish.”
TSI Harley-Davidson 150 Results
Results for the 08/10/2005 TSI Harley-Davidson 150 from Stafford Motor Speedway: F S # Driver, Car, Laps Completed, Money Won, Reason Out ================================================================== 1 8 74 Ryan Moore, R.C. Moore Chev, 150, $7500 2 3 45 Brian Hoar, Goss Dodge Dodge, 150, $3350 3 10 35 Ted Christopher, Recycle America Chev, 150, $2350 4 5 44 Andy Santerre, Sheraton Harborside Portsmouth Chev, 150, $2950 5 6 61 Mike Olsen, Little Trees Chev, 150, $2150 6 12 55 Mike Stefanik, Burnham Hydronics Chev, 150, $1950 7 15 99 Bryon Chew, Buzz Chew Auto Group Chev, 150, $1750 8 2 77 Eddie MacDonald, One Stop Toy Shop Chev, 150, $1650 9 11 5 Sean Caisse, Trik Custom Sleds Chev, 150, $1550 10 21 16 Kip Stockwell, Sabil & Sons Service Chev, 150, $1525 11 19 06 Ryan Seaman, Columbia Home Loans Chev, 150, $1425 12 24 01 Charles Lewandoski, TSI Harley-Davidson Chev, 150, $1400 13 26 26 Scott Bouley, Shorty's Towing & Recovery Chev, 150, $2375 14 17 41 Don Wagner, Mannings USA/Snacketizers Chev, 150, $1350 15 18 15 Dale Shaw, Waste Management/BG Environmental Chev, 149, $1325 16 27 30 Jeff Anton, Prime Media Chev, 149, $1300 17 23 19 Kenny Horton, Pasquariello Electric Chev, 148, $775 18 25 63 John Salemi, Delcorp Co. Pontiac, 148, $1250 19 28 09 Joe Masessa, North Jersey Dermatology Chev, $1225 20 4 40 Matt Kobyluck, Mohegan Sun Chev, 137, $1150 21 22 7 James Civali, Nick Perricone MD Chev, 131, Parked, $650 22 14 29 Dave Dion, Berlin City Ford, 128, Accident, $2125 23 1 96 Mike Johnson, Johnson Lumber Ford, 89, $2125 24 7 25 Brad Leighton, Irving Oil Chev, 82, Accident, $1125 25 9 52 Jerry Marquis, Furnace & Duct Chev, 83, Accident, $625 26 13 8 Joey McCarthy, TechAir Chev, 82, Accident, $1125 27 16 6 Ryan Posocco, Eagle Leasing Chev, 79, Carburetor, $625 28 20 43 Marc Rogers, Drews Enterprises Chev, 30, Engine, $625 TIME OF RACE: 1 hour, 9 minutes, 21 seconds AVERAGE SPEED: 64.888 MPH MARGIN OF VICTORY: 1.456 seconds CAUTION PERIODS: 5 for 49 laps LEAD CHANGES: 3 among 4 drivers LAP LEADERS: Hoar 1-22, Santerre 23-76, Christopher 77-122, Moore 123-150 BUSCH POLE AWARD: Mike Johnson, 19.981 seconds @ 90.086 MPH POWERade POWER MOVE OF THE RACE: Scott Bouley FEATHERLITE MOST IMPROVED DRIVER: Brian Hoar
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