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 -mile oval for the TSI Harley Davidson 150 on Friday.

NASCAR GRAND NATIONAL DIVISION, BUSCH EAST SERIES
An American Revolution 150 presented by Kevin Whitaker Chevrolet
Greenville-Pickens Speedway, Greenville, S.C., Saturday, June 10, 2006

Driver's starting position in parentheses, hometown, make and model of car, laps completed, winner's average speed, reason out (if any) and prize money.

  1.  (2) Sean Caisse, Pelham N.H., Chevrolet Monte Carlo, 150, 48.949 mph, $7,781
  2. (10) Brian Hoar, Williston VT., Dodge Intrepid, 150, $5,081
  3.  (1) Mike Olsen, North Haverhill N.H., Chevrolet Monte Carlo, 150, $4,781
  4.  (7) Matt Kobyluck, Uncasville Conn., Chevrolet Monte Carlo, 150, $3,281
  5.  (4) Bryon Chew, Mattituck N.Y., Chevrolet Monte Carlo, 150, $2,781
  6. (11) Mike Johnson, Salisbury Mass., Ford Taurus, 150, $2,281
  7. (13) Jeff Anton, Russell Mass., Chevrolet Monte Carlo, 150, $1,981
  8. (15) John Salemi, Nashua N.H., Chevrolet Monte Carlo, 150, $1,956
  9. (16) Charles Lewandoski, Stafford Springs  Conn , Chevrolet Monte Carlo, 150, $1,931
 10. (20) Kip Stockwell, Braintree VT., Chevrolet Monte Carlo, 150, $1,881
 11.  (9) Jody Lavender, Hartsville, S.C., Ford Taurus, 150, $1,000
 12.  (5) Peyton Sellers, Danville, Va., Chevrolet Monte Carlo, 150, $975
 13. (22) Dion Ciccarelli*, Severn Md., Ford Taurus, 150, $950
 14. (17) Randy MacDonald, Oshawa Ont., Chevrolet Monte Carlo, 150, $925
 15. (29) Jeremy Clark*, Cortland N.Y., Chevrolet Monte Carlo, 150, $1,900
 16. (12) Laine Chase, Beverly Mass., Chevrolet Monte Carlo, 150, $1,656
 17. (28) Scott Bouley, Thomaston Conn., Chevrolet Monte Carlo, 150, $1,631
 18. (26) Pierre Bourque, Ottawa Ont., Chevrolet Monte Carlo, 150, $825
 
19.  (3) Eddie MacDonald, Rowley Mass., Chevrolet Monte Carlo, 150, $1,581
 20. (23) Ruben Pardo, Mexico, Dodge Intrepid, 149, $775
 21. (25) Patrick Dupree, Onchiota N.Y., Chevrolet Monte Carlo, 148, $750
 22. (27) Joe Masessa, Franklin Lakes N.J., Chevrolet Monte Carlo, 143, $1,531
 23. (19) Alex Hoag, Bath N.Y., Chevrolet Monte Carlo, 143, $750
 24.  (6) Ryan Moore, Scarborough ME., Chevrolet Monte Carlo, 141, $1,531
 25.  (8) Joey McCarthy, Randolph N.J., Chevrolet Monte Carlo, 129, $1,531
 26. (24) Doug Krpata, Bethpage N.Y., Chevrolet Monte Carlo, 89, Accident, $750
 27. (14) John Freeman, Huntersville N.C., Chevrolet Monte Carlo, 89, Overheating, $750
 28. (18) Rich Gould, North Brunswick N.J., Chevrolet Monte Carlo, 89, Transmission, $750
 29. (30) Brent Cross, Cortland. N.Y., Chevrolet Monte Carlo, 37, Overheating, $750
 30. (21) Jamie Aube, Manchester N.H., Chevrolet Monte Carlo, 17, Accident, $750

Time of Race:1 hrs., 31 mins, 56 secs

Average Speed: 48.949 mph

Margin of Victory: 0,268 seconds

Caution Flags: 12 for 79 laps.

Lap Leaders: Mike Olsen 1, Sean Caisse  2-57, Mike Olsen 58-61, Matt Kobyluck 62-87,
Ryan Moore 88-136, Sean Caisse  137-140, Ryan Moore 141, Sean Caisse  142-150. 
7 changes involving 4 drivers.

Busch Pole Award: Mike Olsen, Little Trees Chevrolet (20.759 seconds @ 86.709 mph)

POWERade Power Move of the Race Award: Jeremy Clark, ING Chevrolet

Featherlite Most Improved Driver Award: Brian Hoar, Goss Dodge

Top 10 Driver Points:  Sean Caisse 185, Brian Hoar 170, Mike Olsen 170, Matt Kobyluck 165,
Bryon Chew 155, Mike Johnson 150, Jeff Anton 146, John Salemi 142, Charles Lewandoski  138, Kip Stockwell 134

Media Contact: Jennifer MacDonald - jennymac29@hotmail.com