|Greenville-Pickens Speedway - 6/10/06 - 19th|
Eddie’s 19th Place
Finish Doesn’t Reflect
Top-Five Run At Greenville-Pickens
Greenville, SC (June 13, 2006): Eddie MacDonald’s performance in the An American Revolution 150 presented by Kevin Whitaker Chevrolet at Greenville-Pickens Speedway last weekend was attention-grabbing. The Rowley, MA-driver jumped many hurdles to get to the season opening NASCAR Busch East Series race, and despite those barriers, MacDonald was a solid top-five contender. With only a week to do it, MacDonald and crew chief/co-owner Rollie LaChance put a team together from scratch. They hoped their hard work and sleepless nights would pay off high dividends. And it almost did.
But, as it seems, MacDonald just cannot catch a break.
The weekend kicked off with a qualifying effort of 20.943 seconds (85.948 mph), which was good enough for the third fastest time of the day. MacDonald started the race from inside the second row and immediately settled in behind the dueling Sean Caisse and Mike Olsen. On a lap 22 restart, MacDonald mounted a challenge on Olsen for second – getting door-to-door with the driver – before settling back into third.
MacDonald maintained his position in third before electing to pit for right side tires at lap 74. He re-entered the race in 20th position, and was determined to find his way back to the front.
MacDonald’s instincts were right. The No. 48 Chevrolet was back into the top-10 at lap 106 and still on the move. Unfortunately, that’s when things took a turn for the worse. MacDonald’s car suddenly fell off the pace as the result of a broken axle.
“It was so, so frustrating. With everything that has gone on this week, we had really hoped to come out of here with a decent finish. This crew deserved that.”
Despite the setback, MacDonald was determined to finish the race. He took the checkered flag in 19th place and on the lead lap – an impressive feat for any short track race.
MacDonald will try again this week at Stafford Motor Speedway when the series embarks on the ½-mile oval for the TSI Harley Davidson 150 on Friday.
NASCAR GRAND NATIONAL
DIVISION, BUSCH EAST SERIES
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