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Eddie MacDonald Finishes Tenth at NHIS

Eddie MacDonald was satisfied with his tenth place finish after a disappointing qualifying run in the Busch East Series Aubuchon Hardware 125 at New Hampshire International Speedway. The NEMO Chevy started 24th on the grid and despite the loose condition MacDonald moved up seven positions by lap 25.

“We were hoping for an earlier caution so we could make adjustments to the car but it didn’t happen. We were also hoping we did not have to make a shock change and we didn’t. We could have done it if needed and not lose a lap but Rollie worked on the car on the lap 33-caution and it got a little better but we were still loose off the corner,” said MacDonald after the race.

After the restart the #48 was able to pass a number of cars and rode in eleventh place but couldn’t crack the top ten with MacDonald saying, “The handle of the car was just a little off so we couldn’t move up the way we wanted. All you have to be here at Loudon is a little off and it really puts you at a disadvantage. We had to try to overcome the set-up problem from qualifying but without changing the shocks we had to live with it and make adjustments when we could. Rollie is good at making changes so I was just riding, waiting for an opportunity at the end to hopefully have a chance at the top ten.”

By lap 60 MacDonald was running in the tenth spot and after the lap 75 restart he was in eighth position. However, on lap 80 MacDonald got hung out on the outside and lost five spots by lap 90. The caution on lap 108 was just the opportunity the MacDonald Motorsports team needed to make a final run.

“ We decided to come to the pits for right side tires. It would have been nice if the caution was 15 laps earlier but this was our last chance. Rollie adjusted the shock a final time and with the fresh tires the car really started picking off the cars out there on older tires. We got up to tenth then the caution on lap 116 really killed us. When the race started there were only six laps left so it wasn’t enough time to pick up any more spots. I am happy with the tenth place finish but I feel we left something out there. We probably could have picked up a couple more positions if the caution hadn’t come out.”

MacDonald was pleased with the run and his chances for the Dover race, saying, “ We brought the car home in one piece so that is great. Now we can spend the week getting the car ready for Dover instead of spending the week fixing it. This is a short week for us in the shop since we have to get there Thursday, so focusing on the set-up will hopefully give us an opportunity to do well there. We hope to finish strong so we will end the season on a positive note before we head out to Irwindale for the Toyota All-Star Showdown.” MacDonald automatically qualified for the event with his win at the Stafford Motor Speedway in the team’s first race of the season in June.

Aubuchon Hardware 125 Presented by Race Results

Source: NASCAR Public Relations

LOUDON, N.H. – (Sept. 14) Teenage rookie sensation Joey Logano won his fifth NASCAR Busch East Series race of the season Friday afternoon at New Hampshire International Speedway.

Logano, 17, of Middletown, Conn., took the No. 20 Joe Gibbs Driven Chevrolet to his second consecutive victory at the 1.058-mile superspeedway. He also led the most laps in the Aubuchon Hardware 125 presented by, which featured 10 lead changes among six drivers.

Logano took the lead for good with 10 laps to go from Mark McFarland (No. 81 Knights Companies Chevrolet). The two swapped the lead six times starting on lap 45 of the 125-lap race. Inside the final five laps, McFarland scrapped the wall while battling with Sean Caisse (No. 44 Casella Waste Systems Chevrolet) and fell from contention. Logano then held of Caisse for the win. Pole sitter Rogelio Lopez (No. 03 Telmex/Lucas Oil Chevrolet) finished third followed by Peyton Sellers (No. 83 Chevrolet) and Jamie Hayes (No. 52 Hendrick Autoguard Chevrolet)

Jerry Marquis finished sixth followed by Brad Leighton, Ryan Moore, James Buescher, and Eddie MacDonald.

The series now heads to Dover (Del.) International Speedway for the season-ending Sunoco 150 Friday, Sept. 21 at 4:45 pm.

Finish Start Car # Driver Hometown Car Laps Money Won Reason Out
1 6 20 Joey Logano # Middletown, Conn. Joe Gibbs Driven Chevrolet 125 $14,800  
2 3 44 Sean Caisse Pelham, N.H. Casella Waste Systems Chevrolet 125 $10,000  
3 1 03 Rogelio Lopez # Mexico City, Mexico Telmex/Lucas Oil Chevrolet 125 $10,500  
4 9 83 Peyton Sellers Danville, Va. Chevrolet 125 $7,500  
5 21 52 Jamie Hayes # Norlina, N.C. Hendrick Autoguard Chevrolet 125 $6,700  
6 11 35 Jerry Marquis Broad Brook, Conn. Waste Management Recycle America Chevrolet 125 $5,900  
7 14 55 Brad Leighton Center Harbor, N.H. Irving Oil Chevrolet 125 $5,600  
8 18 74 Ryan Moore Scarborough, Maine R.C. Moore Transportation Chevrolet 125 $4,800  
9 17 31 James Buescher Plano, Texas Coca-Cola Chevrolet 125 $5,000  
10 24 48 Eddie MacDonald Rowley, Mass. New England Mechanical Overlay Chevrolet 125 $4,500  
11 7 1 Jeffrey Earnhardt # Mooresville, N.C. Tracker Boats/Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet 125 $4,000  
12 28 63 John Salemi Nashua, N.H. Ocean Glass Chevrolet 125 $3,800  
13 32 96 Mike Johnson Salisbury, Mass. Johnson Lumber Ford 125 $4,700  
14 10 4 Jesus Hernandez Fresno, Calif. Allstate Chevrolet 125 $3,600  
15 19 43 Tim Schendel Sparta, Wis. Mathews Archery/Texpar Energy Dodge 125 $3,500  
16 4 99 Bryon Chew Mattituck, N.Y. Huntin' The World Chevrolet 125 $3,400  
17 23 2 John Freeman Huntersville, N.C. Smashmouth Dodge 125 $3,200  
18 13 61 Mike Olsen N. Haverhill, N.H. Little Trees Chevrolet 125 $3,850  
19 30 5 Jonathan Smith # Beacon Falls, Conn. Kodak Chevrolet 125 $3,200  
20 26 37 Michelle Theriault # Bristol, Conn. Glock, Inc. Chevrolet 125 $3,176  
21 12 18 Marc Davis Mitchelville, Md. Joe Gibbs Driven Chevrolet 125 $3,150  
22 5 81 Mark McFarland Mooresville, N.C. Knights Companies Chevrolet 124 $2,600  
23 8 22 Ruben Pardo Mexico City, Mexico Family Dollar/Supercuts Dodge 124 $3,075  
24 33 41 James Pritchard Jr Wharton, N.J. Mannings USA Dodge 124 $3,050  
25 41 11 Laine Chase Beverly, Mass. Leisure Time Warehouse Chevrolet 124 $2,525  
26 22 21 Antonio Perez Mexico City, Mexico Raintree Vacation/Aqua Pure Chevrolet 123 $2,500  
27 16 47 Kelly Moore Scarborough, Maine NAPA Auto Parts/Bill Dodge Chevrolet 121 $2,500  
28 40 24 Patrick Dupree Onchiota, N.Y. Outback Steakhouse/Lindeman Wine Dodge 121 $2,500  
29 25 30 Jeff Anton Russell, Mass. Baran Institute/Engineered Floors Chevrolet 121 $3,000  
30 15 66 Chase Austin # Eudora, Kan. HomeLife Communities Dodge 118 $3,000  
31 27 3 Steve Berry Huddleston, Va. STI Motorsports Chevrolet 117 $2,500  
32 31 15 Glenn Sullivan Westbury, N.Y. Waste Management Chevrolet 116 $2,500  
33 2 40 Matt Kobyluck Uncasville, Conn. Mohegan Sun Chevrolet 115 $3,000 Accident
34 20 29 Scott Lynch Burley, Idaho Jasper Engines Dodge 114 $2,500 Accident
35 36 14 Joe Masessa Franklin Lakes, N.J. North Jersey Dermatology Chevrolet 114 $2,500  
36 29 16 Max Dumarey Gent, Belgium Dodge 106 $3,000 Accident
37 37 84 Dion Ciccarelli Severn, Md. Star Sales/Operation Gratitude Chevrolet 94 $3,000 Brakes
38 38 76 Jason Cochran Marion, N.C. Cochran Realty Chevrolet 63 $2,500 Handling
39 34 26 Scott Bouley Wolcott, Conn. Cutting Edge Signs & Shirts Chevrolet 62 $3,000  
40 35 50 Todd Peck Glendale, Penn. Moreno Welding Chevrolet 33 $2,500 Overheating
41 39 85 Rob Humphreys Elbridge, N.Y. Humphreys Garage Chevrolet 16 $2,500 Handling
Race Statistics
Time of Race: 1 hour 17 minutes 1 second
Margin of Victory: .544 seconds
Fastest Qualifier: R.Lopez (124.674 mph, 30.319 seconds)
Caution Flags: 6 for 34 laps.
Lead Changes: 10 among 6 drivers.

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