|Dover Int'l Speedway - Sept. 22nd - 11th|
Eddie Overcomes Early Tire Problems
for Eleventh Place Finish
Eddie MacDonald battled back from an early tire problem to finish eleventh in the Sunoco 150 at Dover International Speedway in the Grand National Division Busch East Series. The Nemo Mechanical Overlay Monte Carlo qualified sixth with a speed of 149.340 (24.106 sec.) and the Rowley, Mass. driver was poised for a solid run when the green flag waved but something did not feel right.
“The car was really fast but the right front tire felt like it was going down so we decided to pit. As it turned out the lug nuts had backed out and the tire was loose. We went three laps down because this place is so fast when you stop under green you will loose laps quickly. When we did get back, the car just took off.”
After the pit stop on lap 22, MacDonald began a charge through the field and was able to make up two laps and appeared certain to get back on the lead lap but a series of caution flags kept the MacDonald Motorsports ride starting at the rear of the field. After each restart MacDonald would power by the same cars only to find himself behind them again after the next caution when lapped cars are required to start at the rear. On lap 42, MacDonald was 23rd and by lap 102 he was in 14th place and determined to get to the front
“Rollie (LaChance) had a great set up and the car was handling really well. I could drive it in the turns and it just stuck. I was able to get by a lot of cars in the turn, that’s how good it was. When you can run and pass people in the turns here you know you have a great car. The crew did a great job but it always seems like something happens to hold us back. Last week we had a lug nut get wedged behind the tire and this week it was the lugs getting loose. If we did not have that problem this car would have been a top five if not a top three car. We had one of the fastest cars out there. Even after our problem in practice, we were still able to qualify well.”
After running tenth fastest in the first practice, the crew had to change a spindle and hub after a bearing seized up at the beginning of the second practice. MacDonald did not make it out for the remaining practice to shake down the car after the repair but was still able to post the sixth fastest lap in qualifying. The team has performed well this season in qualifying.
MacDonald was in a good position to pick up more spots when the flag waved for the green white checker finish but the rear tire blew apart on the last lap causing MacDonald to loose spots and finish eleventh and wondering what may have been saying, “We had such a great car but we just needed some luck. I needed to pass one car to finish eighth but the left rear tire came apart on the last lap and we ended up losing two positions. It was really disappointing to miss out on the top ten. We should have been up there competing for the win but luck has not been with us this year. Rollie and the crew have worked hard all season but we just can’t catch a break. I can’t say enough about this team because with all we have been through this season no one has given up. If anything, everyone has worked even harder and I thank them for that. I also want to thank Nemo, Hancock Electric, Tri-State Roofing, and Hanover Place for their support this season. We would not have even been able to run this year without them.”
NASCAR GRAND NATIONAL
DIVISION, BUSCH EAST SERIES
TIME OF RACE: 1 hour, 48 minutes, 25
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