Motor Mile Speedway - 8/20/05 - 6th

By Dick Casey---Triple Crown Racing

Eddie MacDonald rebounded from what has been a difficult few weeks to post a satisfying sixth place win in the Star County/Dominic’s Sausage 150 at the Motor Mile Speedway in Radford, Va. After qualifying seventh, the One Stop Toy Shop entry set sights on a good finish in the Busch North Series visit to the Southern facility.

The Rowley, Mass. driver was not happy with the car in practice so crew chief Rollie LaChance went to work according to MacDonald, “ We were slow off the hauler but Rollie made a lot of changes and he hit the set-up just about perfect for qualifying. We started seventh but without all the adjustments we wouldn’t have started there, that’s for sure. We knew then we had a good car so we just wanted to stay out of trouble and have a good run after our problems the last few weeks.”

The team’s strategy was to stay out as long as possible so fresher tires would be available near the end of the race. While most teams pitted early for tires, MacDonald kept the Triple Crown Chevy running near the front waiting for the right time. “ We were running easy the first 100 laps and made it up to second place before we decided to come in on the caution. The crew did a great job getting me out quickly. We thought if we had fresher tires at the end we would be able to race for the win.”

MacDonald was able to get back into contention in sixth place but was unable to pass the top cars. “I used up the tires getting back up through the field and I just couldn’t get around the top guys. We certainly wanted a top five finish but we are happy we came in sixth. Hopefully one of these days we will be right there in contention at the end. Everyone has been working so hard with Jerry (Morello) giving us whatever we need, to Rollie and the crew giving me the best car possible.”

MacDonald enjoyed Motor Mile Speedway saying, “ This place is a lot of fun and I look forward to going back there next year. You could run two and sometimes three wide all around the track and it made for a fun race. All in all, we had a pretty good finish here and hope to come back and do even better.”

The team is really looking forward to Saturday’s race at Oxford Plains according to MacDonald, “ I drove Late Models there and it is a lot like Beech Ridge and I’ve had some success there so we should be good. Plus, Rollie knows Oxford real well. It is right in his back yard and he drove Pro Stocks there for a lot of years. Hopefully with his experience along with mine we can be fast off the hauler and run up front. Everyone on the crew is excited about racing there and we are working real hard to get ready.”  
Star Country/Dominic's Sausage 150


Motor Mile Speedway, Radford, Va., Saturday, August 20, 2005

UNOFFICIAL FINISH (finishing position, starting position, driver, 
hometown, manufacturer,laps completed, reason out of any, money won)

  1.  (8) Andy Santerre, Cherryfield Maine, Chevrolet, 150,$8,168
  2. (11) Matt Kobyluck, Uncasville Conn., Chevrolet, 150, $4,268
  3.  (4) Ryan Moore, Scarborough Maine, Chevrolet, 150, $3,468
  4.  (5) Mike Olsen, North Haverhill N.H., Chevrolet, 150, $2,968
  5. (13) Mike Stefanik, Coventry R.I., Chevrolet, 150, $2,468
  6.  (7) Eddie MacDonald, Rowley Mass., Chevrolet, 150, $2,018
  7.  (9) Jerry Marquis, Broad Brook Conn., Chevrolet, 150, $1,768
  8. (15) Dale Shaw, Center Conway N.H., Chevrolet, 150, $1,718
  9. (16) Rogelio Lopez, Mexico, Chevrolet, 150, $1,075
 10. (20) John Salemi, Nashua N.H., Pontiac, 150, $2,568
 11. (21) Carlos Pardo, Mexico, Chevrolet, 150, $975
 12. (17) Ryan Seaman, Toms River N.J., Chevrolet, 150, $1,518
 13. (18) Kip Stockwell, Braintree Vt., Chevrolet, 150, $1,493
 14. (14) Laine Chase, Beverly Mass., Chevrolet, 150, $1,468
 15. (24) Joe Masessa, Franklin Lakes N.J., Chevrolet, 149, $1,443
 16. (22) Scott Bouley, Thomaston Conn., Chevrolet, 149, $1,418
 17. (12) Jason Lawrence, Floyd Va., Ford, 140, $825
 18. (19) Jeff Anton, Russell Mass., Chevrolet, 133, $1,368
 19.  (2) Mike Johnson, Salisbury Mass., Ford, 67, $1,343
 20. (23) Charles Lewandoski, Stafford Springs Conn , Chevrolet, 58, Fuel Pump, $1,343
 21.  (6) Bryon Chew, Mattituck N.Y., Chevrolet, 50, Rear End, $1,343
 22.  (1) Sean Caisse, Pelham N.H., Chevrolet, 50, Running, $2,343
 23.  (3) Brian Hoar, Williston Vt., Dodge, 49, Engine, $1,343
 24. (10) Joey McCarthy, Randolph N.J., Chevrolet, 39, Engine, $1,343
 25. (25) Rob Humphreys, Elbridge N.Y., Chevrolet, 9, Rear End, $1,343

TIME OF RACE: 57 minutes, 42 seconds                          AVERAGE SPEED: 64.887 mph

MARGIN OF VICTORY: 0.612 seconds

CAUTION PERIODS: 7 for 38 laps

LEAD CHANGES: 7 among 6 drivers

LAP LEADERS: Sean Caisse 1-40, Brian Hoar 41-49, Ryan Moore 50-66, Mike Olsen 67-97, Matt
Kobyluck 98-125, Moore 126-127,Kobyluck 128-131, Andy Santerre, 132-150

BUSCH POLE AWARD: Sean Caisse, Trik Custom Sleds Chevrolet 
(16.779 seconds @ 87.967 mph) – automatic track record



1. Andy Santerre (1)       1318
2  Mike Stefanik (2)       1303
3. Matt Kobyluck (3)       1269
4. Ryan Moore (2)          1230
5. Mike Olsen              1200
6. Mike Johnson            1095
7. Bryon Chew              1075
8. Brian Hoar              1074
9. Eddie MacDonald   1040
10. Sean Caisse            1001
11. Joey McCarthy          975
12. Ryan Seaman            967
13. Dave Dion              922
14. Kip Stockwell         916
15. John Salemi            87

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