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Monthly Racing Commentary with LEW BOYD
BEING EDDIE MACDONALD

2018

SUNDAY, MAY 20, 2018
 
ACT TOUR RELEASE: Rowley, MA’s Eddie MacDonald held off Williamstown, VT’s Jimmy Hebert in the closing laps to take the Summer Showdown Series opener at Maine’s Oxford Plains Speedway on Sunday, May 20. The win made MacDonald $5,000 richer and also makes him eligible for an additional $5,000 bonus should he go on sweep the 3-race series.
 
Eddie Wins ACT Race at Oxford and
Finishes Eleventh in PASS Race
Eddie MacDonald started the day at Oxford Plains Speedway on Sunday, May 20 with an impressive win in the first of three American Canadian Tour's Summer Showdown Series. In the nightcap, Eddie Mac struggled with an ill-handling car to post an eleventh place finish in the Pro All Star Series' Honey Badger Bar and Grill 150.

Fresh off a second place run last week in the ACT Governor's Cup at Lee USA Speedway, Eddie Mac would not be denied the win on the flat, demanding oval in Oxford, Maine. The EXIT Realty/Hancock Electric Chevy started seventh in the first 12 lap feature, then finished third to earn a +4 rating good enough to start on the outside pole in the 30 car field in the 150 lap event.

Eddie Mac started next to long-time ACT competitor Nick Sweet as the two distanced themselves for nearly 75 laps before Eddie Mac made an epic three wide pass for the lead in heavy lapped traffic on lap 76. Eddie Mac dove to the inside with Sweet on the outside of two lapped cars to gain the top spot to hold off Sweet and late challenger Jimmy Hebert to post the his 10th career Act win and the $5000 payoff.

With Eddie Mac cruising along the first caution flag of the race flew with only 18 laps to go set the stage for a tight finish with Hebert close behind. Another caution on the restart reset the field with Eddie Mac holding off the Hebert challenge to post the win by a car length.

"This is a great win for our team today and I have to thank our car owner Freddie Peterson and his wife Shelia for everything they do for us," said Eddie Mac. "Rollie (Crew chief LaChance) and the crew gave me a great car today. I was able to run inside and outside and with all the lapped traffic playing a major role today, handling was extremely important. The crew did a masterful job today because we had both the late model and the pro stock and that is very demanding. I also thank our sponsors Derek Beatrice from EXIT Realty and Kenny and Scott Thompson from Hancock Electric. We could not do any of this without their support.

Immediately following his win and trip to ACT tech, Eddie Mac raced to his EXIT Realty pro stock for the Honey Badger Bar and Grill 150 in staging. The Dave Lemieux owned Chevy started sixth in the event after posting a third place run in qualifying. The car was extremely tight right from the drop of the green flag and was dragging the track. Eddie Mac rode in the 8th position then decided to pit on the lap 50 caution flag for major adjustments, returning to the track in the 18th spot. The #17 returned to the pits on caution lap 56 for another adjustment to restart the race 19th.

With the car freed up too much, Eddie Mac battled to get to the 11th position by lap 125 but was unable to gain any more spots before the checkered flag on lap 150 with Eddie Mac saying, "We definitely hoped for a better finish but the car was just too tight to start the race then it was to free and it was a struggle. However, it gave us a good understanding of what we need to do when we come back here for the 250. I have to thank car owner Dave Lemieux (Lemieux Home Builders) and Brian Neal (Neal Excavating) for everything they do for us. They are both great guys with a real passion for this sport. Dave's Mom and sister are committed like Dave and are here every race and make all the food for the crew. We couldn't ask for better people. With the Peterson's and the Lemieux's support, our team is very lucky."

Eddie Mac's next ACT race on the schedule is at Groveton, NH on June 2 with the Pro Stock competing in the Granite State Pro Stock Series at Loudon, NH on June 23-24.
Photos by Richard Casey
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PASS >>
Photos by Norm Marx

Eddie Mac Finishes Second in ACT Governor’s Cup at Lee
Eddie MacDonald started on the pole and led 108 laps in the American Canadian Tour's New Hampshire Governor's Cup 150 at Lee USA Speedway on Saturday, May 12 only to lose the handling to post a second place finish. The EXIT Realty Beatrice Associates/Hancock Electric Chevy won the pole position thanks to a +5 rating coming from eighth to third in the 12 lap heat.

The Freddie Peterson owned #17 powered its way over the 25 car field for 108 laps before losing the lead to eventual winner Scott Payea with Eddie Mac saying, "This was a tough one to lose. As the race went on, the car just became tight in the middle of the turns and loose off. All the cautions at the end did not help and I had a real battle with the #37. Scott drove a great race and it was a nice win for him but really disappointing for us. We were great in practice yesterday and the car was really good in the practice and in the heat today."

Eddie Mac was the strong earlier leader maintaining a two to three car length lead over his closest competitor for the first two thirds of the 150 lap event. Multiple cautions beginning on lap 69 pitted Eddie Mac with Payea in a side by side battle until relinquishing the lead on the 108th circuit. The veteran racer closed the three car length gap with two to go when the leaders had to negotiate side by side lap cars that made for an exciting ending. Eddie Mac almost pulled it out with three wide racing only to finish in the runner-up position.

"It is definitely frustrating to lose but it was a good point's day for us and now we have to prepare for next week's races at Oxford running both the Late Model and the Pro Stock." said Eddie Mac. "Congratulations are in order to new grandparents Shelia and Freddie Peterson whose daughter Emma gave birth to a baby girl this past week. We thank Derek Beatrice from EXIT Realty who was with us today for all he does for this team. Also thanks to Kenny and Scott Peterson from Hancock Electric for their long time support. We hope Kenny's wife and Scott's mother Carol, who has been under the weather, a speedy recovery. The crew did another amazing job today and special thanks to Rollie's (crew chief Rollie LaChance) son Ryan who took care of the tires despite ankle surgery a couple of weeks ago. Thanks also to Bobby Wood for all he does for this team."

As mentioned, Eddie Mac and the team will race in the ACT and PASS races at Oxford Plains Speedway on Sunday, May 20 with practice on Saturday.
Photos by
Richard Casey
Practice >>
Heat >>
Photos by
Norm Marx


 Sunday, May 6th, 2018

Eddie Mac Battles for Tenth Place Finish at Thunder Road

Eddie MacDonald battled his racecar and a caution filled race to post a determined tenth place finish in the ACT opener at Barre, Vermont's Thunder Road on Sunday, May 6. After a two week delay, the 33rd year for the American Canadian Tour took the green flag in the 20th Community Bank 150 only to wait out a two hour rain delay after completing only two laps of the 150 lap feature.

Eddie Mac's season opener appeared headed in the right direction after posting top five practice times on Saturday, then repeated top five times on Sunday. However, when the green flag waved for his qualifying heat, the EXIT Realty/Hancock Electric Chevy changed dramatically. The veteran racer started sixth but was unable to transfer after scoring a sixth place finish, then had to make the race after posting a second place run in the "consi."

"It was a mystery to all of us when the car just did not respond the way it had since the first practice on Saturday," said Eddie Mac. "After the last practice on Sunday morning we were happy with the car and didn't make one adjustment, so to go out there and have it react that way was a total surprise. We made some changes afterward but when we started the race it was the same."

Eddie Mac started 18th in the 30 car field then just missed a big wreck on lap two. The threatening skies finally gave way to a steady rain that sent the ACT cars to the pits for a two hour delay. Eddie Mac and crew chief Rollie LaChance strategized and formulated a plan when racing resumed and pitted on caution lap 34 for right side tires and wedge adjustments.

However, the Freddie Peterson owned Chevy struggled and returned to the pits on caution lap 75 restarting in the 19th position. Before a lap could be completed a huge pile up ensnared Eddie Mac's car causing front end damage and knocking out the toe. The crew responded with efficient effort to fix the toe on the next four cautions, the last one on lap 112. Finally the car responded as Eddie Mac began his move to the front on the outside.

"All race long the car did not like the outside so I had to drive the bottom," said Eddie Mac. "I decided to move to the outside after the last pit stop and suddenly it started to go. It was very racy and I was able to start passing cars. I only wish it could have happened sooner because I think I could have finished a lot better. I have to give special thanks to the crew. They worked their butts off making all the changes over the last half of the race. Rollie and I really appreciate everything they did. They were asked to do a lot and each guy responded and they are responsible for me being able to get to tenth. I know it is not the finish we wanted, but it was because of the crew we were able to finish as well as we did."

Eddie Mac will take the green flag next Saturday, May 12 in the ACT Governor's Cup at Lee USA Speedway.
Photos by Richard Casey

Eddie Mac to Make a Run at 2018 ACT Title
Monday, April 09 2018 - Contributed by: ACT Staff

After spending the 2017 season up to his “Outlaw” ways, Eddie MacDonald will be rejoining the American-Canadian Tour (ACT) championship battle in 2018. The Rowley, MA driver has filed a full-season entry for the ACT Late Model Tour and will pursue the $10,000 prize for winning this year’s title.

MacDonald last ran the full ACT campaign in 2016 when he finished third in the standings. He won two events last year as part of a limited schedule, giving him nine Tour victories in his career. In addition, he is a 5-time winner of the ACT Invitational at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and triumphed in the 2014 Vermont Milk Bowl.

“When the ACT schedule came out, a lot of the races interested us,” MacDonald said. “We always try to plan our season out with the races that we’d like to run, and most of the races on the ACT schedule were ones that we would enjoy going to anyway. So we figured we might as well hit a couple extra ones and do them all.

“We don’t usually worry about points,” he added when asked about his title chances. “Our thing is that we just try to go out and run the best we can every week, and everything else plays into that and however it works out. Our goal is still the same – to go out there and try to win every week. You know that’s not going to happen, but you still try to do the best you can and try to at least get a decent finish in the races that are more challenging.”

The 2018 ACT title hunt gets underway on Sunday, May 6 at Barre, VT's Thunder Road Speedbowl for the Community Bank N.A. 150

For the second time in April, American-Canadian Tour (ACT) and Lee USA Speedway officials have announced the postponement of the 28th New Hampshire Governor’s Cup, citing unsuitable ground conditions at the facility. The event has now been rescheduled for Saturday, May 12 at 2:00pm. Eddie was the 2014 Governor’s Cup winner at the track his parents Red and Judy MacDonald owned and operated for many years. The track was sold to Norman Wrenn II this past winter.

“We’re looking forward to going to Lee,” MacDonald said. “We don’t usually get to run the Test & Tune day beforehand, because usually that weekend we’re in Bristol. So we’re looking forward to being able to have that test day ahead of time. We’d really love to get a win at Lee. The track means a lot to me, and I always want to win that race, being the first one of the year. We were lucky enough to do that once before, and we’re going to put in all the effort we can to try and make it happen again this year.”

MacDonald will have plenty of competition at Lee and throughout the season. Defending ACT U.S. Champion Scott Payea of Milton, VT returns in search of a second straight title, while Williamstown, VT’s Jimmy Hebert and Lebanon, NH’s Rich Dubeau rate to be consistent challengers. Defending Thunder Road Late Model Champion Bobby Therrien of Hinesburg, VT has entered the Governor’s Cup as has Barre, VT’s Mike Ziter in a car prepared by Joey Pole Racing.

44th Annual ICEBREAKER
Sunday, April 8, 2018
6th in the PASS Thompson Icebreaker
Photos by Norm Marx
Photos by Richard Casey

Eddie MacDonald Finishes Sixth
in the Icebreaker at Thompson

Eddie MacDonald appeared poised to claim another Icebreaker PASS (Pro Series All-Star Series) title at Thompson Motorsports Park on Sunday, May 8, with an impressive Saturday practice. However, a mismatched set of tires for qualifying and the race negated a positive chance to repeat as champion. Eddie Mac scored a disappointing sixth place finish in the EXIT Realty sponsored Chevy.

Eddie Mac posted the fastest time in the opening segment in the first practice and with a minor adjustment improved his time to run fourth fasted in the second segment. Eddie Mac ran in the top three in the second and final practice before bolting on new Hoosier tires for the ten lap qualifying race to follow. At the drop of the green flag, it was obvious that the car was not the same fast, handling car Eddie Mac had in practice.

Eddie Mac started 11th in the heat and moved into sixth place but was unable to move up. Upon returning to the pits the team quickly discovered the mismatched left front tire. As the University of Texas coach Darrel Royal frequently stated, "You have to dance with the one who brung you," and the same held true for Eddie Mac and the team. Rules dictate only four designated tires could be used for the race so crew chief Rollie LaChance had to devise a plan overnight to overcome this dilemma.

After the mandatory fan appreciation Sunday morning the team worked feverishly to implement the changes, starting with putting the left front on the left rear in hopes of stabilizing the car in the turns. A number of other adjustments were completed in time for the car to roll out on the starting grid for the 100 lap event,

Eddie Mac started ninth in the field after two cars went to the back and was able to begin a solid run to the front. By lap ten, Eddie Mac had the Dave Lemieux owned #17 in fifth place and heading toward the front with the notable difference that the car would not handle high in the turns, forcing Eddie Mac to stay on the bottom of the track. The inability to run up top would ultimately become a major factor with 25 laps to go.

At the halfway flag, Eddie Mac ran in the fourth position in a heated battle for third with Jared Irvin, the son of NASCAR legend Ernie, with Eddie Mac saying afterward, "I had to use up a lot of the tires to get by Jared and that put a lot of pressure on the right front since I could not go high. I eventually got by him on lap 65 but the car was already sliding the nose in the corners. I was hoping it wouldn't get worse but it always does."

Despite the gallant effort of the driver and crew, the tire situation couldn't hold out any longer as Eddie Mac lost three positions over the final 25 laps to post the sixth place finish saying, "It really is something when one mismatched tire can change the outcome of a race. We were really happy with the car in practice and believed we could contend for the win. To have this happen is frustrating and disappointing. Rollie and I thank car owner Dave Lemieux and Brian Neal for everything they do. Even in the frigid cold Dave's mother Barbara and sister Denise were there cheering us on and we really appreciate the food and sweets they bring each race. Thanks to Derek Beatrice from EXIT Realty and Rob Grimm for their support and especially the crew that worked tirelessly in the cold, windy weather to get the car ready. We have a month break so we will be busy in the shop getting ready for our next race."

Eddie Mac will take the PASS green flag again on Saturday, April 14 at the Oxford Plains Speedway.
Eddie Mac Ready to Defend PASS Title
in Icebreaker at Thompson
Eddie MacDonald opened last season's PASS schedule with a victory at Thompson Motorsports Park's Icebreaker and hopes to repeat that performance this Sunday, April 8 on the famed Thompson speedway. Eddie Mac will pilot the Dave Lemieux owned Pro Stock in as many as nine events with his sights set on an Icebreaker win.

"Racing at Thompson is always fun and you couldn't ask for anything better than starting the season off competing in the Icebreaker," said the Rowley, Mass. veteran racer. "Everyone is excited to get going this season and we have the car ready to go so it should be a lot of fun. EXIT Realty Beatrice Associates will be our main sponsor for this race and we are thankful to Derek Beatrice for all his help. We had a great car last year in the opener to get the win so the goal we have is to get another victory to start the season."

The Pro All Star Series race on Sunday is scheduled for 100 laps as opposed to 75 laps last season with practice and qualifying scheduled for Saturday. The first practice is 9:30-9:55 AM, with the second and final practice 11:50-12:15 PM. Qualifying races of 10 laps are scheduled after the 12:15 opening ceremonies with consolation races, if necessary, of 12 laps to follow later in the afternoon.

"We don't have a lot of practice time so it is very important to have the car set-up and ready to go right from the start of practice," said Eddie Mac. "Rollie (crew chief Rollie LaChance) and I know what we need to have to be competitive at Thompson but we have to be ready to make quick adjustments. Everyone is in the same boat so it will fun to get things dialed in for qualifying. This track is very fast with long straights and high banked corners so the car has to have a lot of power but also needs to turn in the corners. You can't win at this track unless you have both."

"None of this would be possible without the help of a lot of people and we are thankful to have the continued support of many of the same people through the years, "said Eddie Mac. "Dave Lemieux (Lemieux Home Builders) and Brian Neal (Neal Excavating) have given us everything we need to be successful. Derek Beatrice has been great as well as Rob Grimm. Our Late Model owner Freddie Peterson (Peterson Auto Body) helps us out and huge thanks to Paul Rinaldi for his engine building expertise. Our crew from last year will be returning and their experience and dedication is a huge part of our success. We hope to see a lot of our friends at Thompson this weekend."

Eddie Mac's American Canadian Tour first race this season will take the green flag at Lee USA Speedway in the New Hampshire Governor's Cup 150 rescheduled for Sunday, April 22 with practice on Saturday, April 21.

2018 SCHEDULE
  Date Track Location Length
  Sun.
4/8

Thompson Speedway
Motorsports Park


The 44th Icebreaker
Thompson, CT .625
  Sun.
5/6

Thunder Road Speedbowl

The Community Bank 150
Barre, VT  .250 
  Sun.
5/12
 
Lee USA Speedway

The New Hampshire Govenor's Cup
Lee, NH  .375
Sun.
5/20

Oxford Plains Speedway 

The Oxford 150
Oxford, ME .375
Sat.
6/2


Speedway 51

The Caron Fabrication 151
Groveton, NH .250
Sat.
6/16

New London Waterford Speedbowl

The Waterford 150
Waterford, CT .375
  Sat.
6/24

New Hampshire Motor Speedway


$5000 to Win - 50 Laps
Loudon, NH 1.058
Sat.
7/14


Speedway 51

The JP Sicard & Kingdom Gravel 151
Groveton, NH .250
  Sat.
8/4


White Mountain Motrosports Park 

The White Mountain 150
North. Woodstock, NH  .250 
Sat.
8/25

Oxford Plains Speedway 

The Oxford Plains 150
Oxford, ME .375 
Sun.
8/26

Oxford Plains Speedway 

Oxford, ME .375 
  Sun.
9/2

Thunder Road Speedbowl

The Coca Cola Labor Day Classic 150
Barre, VT  .250 
Sat.
10/13

Thompson Speedway
Motorsports Park


The 55th Sunoco World Series
of Speedway Racing 75
Thompson, CT .625
Sat.
10/20

Richmond Raceway

              200 Laps
Richmond, VA .750

2017 HIGHLIGHTS
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Grimm Racing Is More than Just Winning 
Racing may be about winning but it also has plenty of room for support and compassion for people and causes and this is what Grimm Racing is all about. If anyone has any doubt about the validity of the statement, all they have to do is to look at the vinyl covering the car. The MS, New Path Adventures, Boston Strong logos, and the Eric Williams emblem are displayed on every Grimm car.

Recently Megan Spaulding, the daughter of Carla and Rob Grimm, was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. In an effort to support MS Awareness Week, the #71 carried the logo for the first race on the rear quarter panels at Bristol. Rob Grimm decided the MS banner would be permanently displayed on the car for the entire season. The family and members of Grimm Nation will participate as the “MS Warriors” in the May 5 MS Walk at Pocono Speedway.  (
http://walkpae.nationalmssociety.org)

The Grimm family was deeply moved by the horrific events on Marathon Monday in Boston and the decision was easily reached to display the “Boston Strong” ribbon on the car. Eddie MacDonald and many of the team members call the Boston area home and felt the need to support those killed, injured, and their families was something Grimm Racing does for all those in need.
(onefundboston.org)

Rob Grimm decided that “New Path Adventures” logo would be displayed on the back of the car for the season. New Path Adventures is based in Dallas, Texas and ministers to troubled youths ages 13-19. Crew member Steven Owens, nephew of Rob Grimm, is proud to say his brother Jonathan Owens and Alan Owens offer guidance and a positive change in the choices these youngsters make in their daily lives. The Spanish to English Ministry recently completed a very successful bike ride across the state of Texas, an 865 mile journey, to raise money. Alan and Jonathan work with a group of 7-10 youngsters by taking them from their environment and harmful behavior, minister to them while living out of backpacks in the wilds of Texas.
NewPathAdventures.org is a good source for information.

On February 25, 2013 Corrections Officer Eric Williams was murdered in the line of duty at the U.S Penitentiary located in Canaan, Pa. that is within sight of the Grimm Racing shop in Waymart, Pa. In order to honor Officer Williams and those men and women that serve, every Grimm car will display the emblem for the remainder of the season. (
www.facebook.comCorrectionalPeaceOfficersFoundation)

Being a member of Grimm Nation is much more than supporting the #71 on the track. It means a commitment to show support for those in need.

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