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Monthly Racing Commentary with LEW BOYD
BEING EDDIE MACDONALD


2022
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Second Place Finish for Eddie Mac at Jennerstown

The Fifth Annual Motor Mountain Masters at Jennerstown Speedway Complex, in Pennsylvania on August 5-6 was plagued by rain and may have cost Eddie Mac a chance to win. The 150 lap feature on the half mile oval ended on lap 88 when torrential rain swept through the area again. Eddie was running second when officials called off the event just as the third stage was about to go green.
Friday's entire schedule was cancelled after repeated attempts to dry the track failed as new cells popping up played havoc on the drying process. Saturday's schedule was reshuffled in the hopes that racing would happen with everyone keeping an eye on the weather. Eddie and the other 21 competitors completed two practices and time trials but persistent rain showers eliminated all heats.

The Grimm Construction Chevy posted the fourth fastest practice time and ran the second fastest time trial. However, the continued no luck in the draw relegated Eddie Mac to start in the eighth position.

With rain clouds looming around the racing complex, Eddie made his way through the lead cars and into second when the first stage ended on lap 40. With very little rubber on the outside groove, Eddie and the rest of the field had to manage the race from the bottom lane with Eddie saying, "My car was really good but it just didn't want to run on the outside. A couple of times I raced side by side with Shotko, the eventual winner, but I just couldn't make the pass. It was definitely frustrating because I think if I could have made the pass I could get the win."

Eddie Mac raced the #22 side by side with Eddie on the outside on laps 80-82 and again on laps 84-87 but could not complete the pass. Stage two ended on a caution on lap 88 and when the field readied to restart the race the heavy rains swept over the track. Eddie Mac officially was awarded second place as he did last year with Eddie saying, "Yeah two years in a row we finished second and we had a shot at the win this year but unfortunately the weather didn't cooperate. We know we can win on this track so hopefully next year we will try again. Jennerstown is a great facility and everyone here is extremely helpful. It is definitely a fun place to race."

"It was really a tough couple of days dealing with the weather and Rollie and I thank our crew for an amazing job in spite of the weather. The rain just makes everything more difficult but these guys just did a fantastic job as they always do. We are so fortunate to have this group of women and men and without their efforts none of this would be possible."

"We also have a great support system and I have to start with Rob Grimm from Grimm Construction in Waymart, Pa," said Eddie. "Rob has been with us as our car owner in the K&N Series for many years and continues to help us out. We hoped to get the win for him in his home state but fell one spot short. Thanks also to our team owner Dave Lemieux from Lemieux Builders, Neal Excavating, On the Level Construction, Peterson Auto Body, Arvos Auto, HMS, and Schroth Racing for everything they do for our team."


Wednesday, July 27th, 2022

Sixth Place Finish for Eddie Mac
in the Bay State Classic

With $10,000 to win on the line, 28 PASS hopefuls took the green flag in Seekonk's 150 lap Bay State Classic Wednesday night with Eddie Mac determined to rebound after a few harrowing weeks. The veteran racer appeared to have a very competitive car but the all-important track position derailed plans for the win beginning with the heats.

The 17Ma Chevy owned by Dave Lemieux posted the fastest time in the first practice but to no avail as the luck, or in this case the "unluck," of the draw relegated Eddie Mac to start last in the third and final heat. Eddie did yeoman's work to drive his way from ninth to fourth in the 15 lap heat. Seekonk is a third of a mile bullring that makes passing difficult and tonight's race was no exception. The driver who started the 150 lap feature won the race.

Eddie started from an 18th position on the grid, then had to contend with two-wide, side by side racing for the early part of the race. Despite his efforts, Eddie only managed to move up three spots when the first of only three caution flags waved on lap 28. Meanwhile the leaders were catching the rear of the field to put cars one lap down.

After a number of cars pitted, Eddie restarted the race P12 and into ninth at the halfway mark. Heavy lap traffic made it difficult to gain ground on the leaders. The third and final caution on lap 112 tightened the field with many of the lap cars pitting or moving to the rear. Eddie Mac restarted seventh and found himself battling for position with veteran Johnny Clark. The duo staged an epic side-by-side duel in their last Seekonk appearance and put on another show for the fans. On lap 118, Eddie's power move past Clark put him in P6 chasing the 29. On lap 135 Eddie took the fifth spot and appeared headed for a top five finish. However a lap car who had been a nuisance to everyone all night just drove up the track on lap 145 to slow Eddie and let the 29 take the fifth position.

"It was frustrating tonight in many ways," said Eddie Mac, "but we had a good car and I was able to bring it home in one piece, something that we haven't had in a few races now. We didn't have our usual flat tire here so that is something positive. I don't know if I had the car to catch Kuhn but I have to thank everyone on this team for working so hard the last few weeks to get this car together. We hoped for better but starting so far back is tough. It is difficult to pass on this track so it is really important to start near the front.

"We have a lot of people who make this possible and I was really pleased to have Rob Grimm, his son David, and Steve Vasey from Grimm Construction from Waymart, Pa with us tonight," said Eddie Mac. "We welcome aboard our new sponsor On the Level Construction and recognize our long term sponsors, Lemieux Builders, Peterson Auto Body, Neal Excavating, EXIT Realty, and Arvos Auto."

Eddie and the team will head to Jennerstown Speedway Complex, Pa for the Motor Mountain Masters on Saturday August 6. Two years ago Eddie finished second in the $10,000 to win event.
Photos by Richard Casey
Photos by Norm Marx

Friday, JULY 15th and Saturday, JULY 16th
Crash Filled Doubleheader Weekend
at White Mountain for Eddie Mac
After spending the week prior to the July 15-16 PASS White Mountain Motorsports Park double header replacing the front end of the 17Ma Chevy, bad luck continued to haunt Eddie Mac and the team on both nights. Friday's race collected Eddie on lap eight of the scheduled 150 laps causing front end damage again.

The bad luck continued on Saturday night on lap four when the Dave Lemieux owned Chevy sustained front end damage again after the crew worked tirelessly Friday night and Saturday morning to ready the car for the 150 lap feature. However, the crash near lap 100 destroyed much of the body in an incident with another car and the tire barrier into the outside wall. The horrendous weekend luck ended with Eddie parking the destroyed car for the night. The glimmer of hope after Friday's 10th place finish ended in the pits on Saturday night.

As mentioned, the Grimm Construction/EXIT Realty/Hancock Electric Chevy appeared ready to go on Friday night after posting top three practice times and a second place run in the heat. Starting 12th in the feature due to the PASS rule that a previous winner cannot start in the top ten, Eddie Mac rode the outside of the pack until two cars wrecked in front of him. The veteran racer tried to avoid the crash but there was not any place to go. With the right front fender and hood damaged the crew did a masterful job taping it down and sent Eddie back to the track.

Restarting 18th, Eddie quickly made it to 12th by lap 18 and into 6th at the halfway point on lap 75. Eddie was cruising along when the racing gods stepped in with a flat tire on lap 116 to bring out the caution. While changing the tire, a broken sway bar was discovered to add to the misery. Being the determined racer that he is, Eddie dragged the broken bar spraying sparks underneath the car to take the checkered flag in 10th place.

After another night and morning of fixing the car, Eddie drove from his 8th starting position to finish fourth in his heat. Eddie took the green flag in the 13th position for the 150 lap feature but the evil demons struck again on lap 4 when the nose and hood were damaged again when cars piled up in front of him. From that point on, Eddie was stuck on the outside on virtually every restart and still managed to hold the sixth position. That is until the 63 and the 17Ma racing side by side on the back straight tangled going into turn three around lap 100 sending both cars careening up the track and crashing hard into the tire barrier. Eddie drove to the pits but the damage was too extensive to continue. Eddie finished 20th in the official finish.

The team plans to run at Seekonk in two weeks and remains optimistic after posting a third place finish despite a flat tire in its last appearance there.
Photos by Richard Casey
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Photos by Norm Marx

Sunday, JULY 10th - 3:00 PM - 150 Laps

Tough Day for Eddie Mac at Oxford

Eddie Mac's bad day in practice and qualifying in the PASS race at Oxford Plains Speedway on Sunday managed to get worse when the field accordion effect on lap 4 collected a number of cars. With no place to go, the 17ma Chevy suffered race altering damage to the front of the car.

The Dave Lemieux owned Fury struggled to find a solution to the ill handling car in practice despite the efforts of Rollie, Eddie and the crew. The car was loose into the turns and tight off and did not respond to any of the adjustments made in the pits. Prior to the race, the crew made major adjustments in the hopes the radical changes would produce positive results.

Starting P36 in the field, Eddie never got the chance to see what the changes could do when someone in front on lap four of the scheduled 150 laps locked up their brakes going into turn one causing the ripple effect that damaged multiple cars including Eddie's. With extensive damage to the front, the crew initially removed what was left of the nose, both fenders, and the hood in successive trips to the pits. Eddie returned to the pits during the multiple caution flags for the
crew to work on the car.

With the modified look on the Grimm Construction/Hancock Electric/EXIT Realty Chevy, Eddie Mac completed the race three laps down in 22nd place. Even though running the remaining 140 laps was torturous, Eddie's finish gave him the necessary points to remain in first place in the championship pursuit. Every point counts and Eddie's perseverance to finish the race was the one positive outcome to the dismal day.

"It was just a really bad day for all of us," said a disappointed Eddie after the race. "The entire crew has worked so hard this season and to struggle here at Oxford is terrible. We have been figuring out the new car and began running well at other tracks but we just haven't found the right setup for this place yet. Running around like that isn't any for me or the crew but we were at least able to maintain the point's lead. The crew did an outstanding job every time I went to the pits. It was just a tough day. It will be a lot of work but we will get the car fixed and race at White Mountain this weekend.

The PASS Tour will race a double header this Friday night and Saturday July 15 and 16 at White Mountain Motorsports Park.
Photos by Richard Casey
Photos by Norm Marx

Saturday, JUNE 25th - 6:00 PM - 150 Laps

Incredible Comeback for Eddie Mac
after Late Race Flat Tire at Seekonk

Eddie Mac's incredible performance in the PASS 150 at Seekonk Speedway on Saturday night had racing fans cheering with the door-to-door racing and epic run through the field after a flat tire to post a third place finish in the 150 lap feature. With the finish, Eddie Mac increased his point lead for first place in the PASS championship.

After starting 11th in the field as a 2022 race winner, Eddie moved cautiously through the field as cars maintained two-wide racing in the early stages on the one-third of a mile "Cement Palace." By lap 93, the 17ma Super Late Model Chevy owned by Dave Lemieux rode P4 after a series of cautions began taking a toll on the field until lap 96 when the #50 took out a competitor near the front and collected nearly three quarters of the cars.

Eddie Mac survived the carnage, and when the race resumed he restarted in second place and that is where the fun began. Veteran Johnny Clark started inside with Eddie on the outside. The duo staged an epic side-by-side battle from lap 96 to the next caution flag on lap 105 that had the fans cheering their approval. When the green flag waved on lap 105 the veteran competitors went at it again for three more laps until Eddie dropped in behind to save his tires. What a show the two put on racing side-by-side without touching one another!

Racing outside with all the debris on the track that long took its toll as Eddie slowed and spun the Grimm Construction/Hancock Electric/EXIT Realty Chevy on lap 115 with a flat rear right tire to bring out the caution. The second stage of Eddie's fantastic performance began on the restart.

From his 14th position, Eddie gained five spots in eight laps, and with 10 laps to go, Eddie restarted P6 after the final caution of the race. Eddie then made his incredible three wide pass on the bottom of the track to take advantage of the dueling #27 and #50 and into P3 with two laps to go to take the checkered flag.

It was a vintage performance by the veteran racer saying, "It was a lot of fun racing here today and a flat tire cost us again as it did last year, but my thanks go to the crew for all their work and dedication on this real hot day. Rollie and I greatly appreciate everything they do both in the shop and at the track. Thanks especially to Dave Lemieux, our team owner, for everything he does for us. Special thanks to Denise and Kerri for taking care of all of us every race with plenty of drinks and food. Thanks always to our sponsors: Grimm Construction, Lemieux Builders, Neal Excavating, Hancock Electric, Arvos Auto, and EXIT Realty.

The team will next head to Oxford Plains Speedway for the Sunday, July 10th PASS event.
Photos by Richard Casey
Photos by Norm Marx

Sunday, JUNE 12th - 1:00 PM - 150 Laps
Eddie 28th at OPS after a Flat from a Tangle
Photos by
Norm Marx

Saturday, MAY 7th - 4:00 PM - 150 Laps
Eddie 9th at OPS
Photos by
Norm Marx

THE 50th Annual SPRING SIZZLER
Saturday, APRIL 23rd - 2:30 PM - 75 Laps
 
The WIN!
Eddie Dominates in Win at Stafford
Eddie Mac powered to the lead of the 75 lap Pro All Star Series race in the Spring Sizzler at Stafford Motor Speedway on Saturday and easily dominated the field on his way to his first win of the season. After posting fifth and third place finishes in the previous two PASS events, Eddie and the team felt confident this was going to be their day.

"Winning this race means everything to our team," said Eddie after the race. "We have struggled the last couple of seasons, so it really feels good to know we have a solid chance to win now every time out. We ran third a Thompson and fifth at Loudon after fighting for the lead for most of the race until the tires blistered. So we knew we were headed in the right direction."

Eddie's first win at Stafford was in 2007 in the K&N Series and the return of PASS to the half-mile Connecticut oval after a decade away was an opportunity to notch another victory according to the veteran racer saying, "Stafford is a great track and I love racing here so to have this chance to get a win is awesome. Our team owner, Dave Lemieux, purchased a new Fury car in the off-season and we have been learning about it and it has paid off. Fury makes an incredible car and Rollie (LaChance-crew chief) and the team have been working hard and getting this win is something special."

Eddie dominated the action starting with posting the fastest times in both practices, then easily winning the second of two heats to give him the outside pole in the nineteen car field for the feature. As soon as the green flag waved, Eddie took the lead coming out of turn two and never relinquished it. The Hancock Electric/Grimm Construction/Exit Realty Chevy opened up a comfortable four car length lead early on then stretching it to twelve car lengths. Even the three caution flags could not slow the dominance Eddie had established holding off the challenges of Joey Pole, Gabe Brown, and Ryan Kuhn.

The final caution flag flew with three laps remaining with Eddie saying, "I knew I just had to get a solid start as I had before and not let Joey get close and the car responded as it had all race and I was able to pull away. It is so much fun to drive a car that handles so well in the turns and allows me to stand on it coming off the corner. We are still learning what this car can do so we look forward to our next race. We are in the process of finalizing our schedule and right now we are leading the points so we are excited about the season."

"I want to take this opportunity to thank our longtime sponsor Kenny Thompson from Hancock Electric for everything he has done for us over the last thirteen years. Kenny is a remarkable man and helped us out when we needed it most years ago and has been with us ever since. Not too many race teams can say they had a sponsor as great as Hancock Electric," said Eddie. "Kenny will always be a member of our race team and a valued friend and we all wish him and Carol a happy retirement."

"I am so happy for our crew that has worked so hard the last couple of seasons and the win today is hopefully the first of many for them," said Eddie. "They deserve this win for the work put in at the shop and the selfless effort at the track. Thanks again to Dave Lemieux from Lemieux Builders, Brian Neal from Neal Excavating, Derek Beatrice from EXIT Realty, Freddie Peterson from Peterson Auto Body, Paul Rinaldi, Arvo Auto, and HMS and Schroth Racing. We cannot do this without the support of all these people."
Photos by Norm Marx  
Photos by
Richard
Casey

 
THE 2nd Annual NORTHEAST CLASSIC
Sunday, APRIL 17th - 10:30 AM - 50 Laps
 
 
 
 
 
5th Place Finish
Eddie led 12 of the 50 laps, battling with Austin MacDonald #13,
Brandon Barker #88, Joe Pastore #20P, & Justin Larson #18L
         
         
         
         
         
         
Photos by Norm Marx 
THE 48th ICEBREAKER
Saturday, APRIL 2nd - 1:00 PM - 75 Laps
 
 
 
3rd Place Finish 
         
         
         
        Photos by
Norm Marx &
Sharon Perry


FRI., MARCH 18th - 11th Place - 150 Laps
SAT., MARCH 19th - 24 Place - 116 Laps
Photos by Sharon Perry

2022 PASS SUPER LATE MODELS SCHEDULE
New England North Event = NEN
New England South Event = NES

April 2 - Icebreaker - Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park, CT - NES NATL

April 15 & 16 - 2nd Northeast Classic - New Hampshire Motor Speedway - NH 
- NEN NES NATL

April 23 - 50th Spring Sizzler - Stafford Motor Speedway, CT -
 NES NATL

May 
7 - Spencer 
Paving Group 150 - Oxford Plains Speedway, ME - NEN

May 15 - White Mountain Motorsports Park, NH - NEN Rainout

May 22 - Monadnock Speedway, NH - NES
Rainout

June 12 - Oxford Plains Speedway, ME - NEN

June 19 - Feed the County 150 - Spud Speedway, ME - NEN Rainout

June 25 - Seekonk Speedway, MA - NES Added

July 10 - Oxford Plains Speedway, ME - NEN

July 15 - White Mountain Motorsports Park, NH - NEN Rescheduled Event

July 16 - White Mountain Motorsports Park, NH - NEN NES

July 27 - Weds. - $10,000 To Win - Seekonk Speedway, MA - NES NATL

August 13 or 14 -  Pre 250 Warmup - Oxford Plains Speedway, ME - NEN

August 26 to 28 - 49th Oxford 250 - Oxford Plains Speedway, ME - NEN NATL

Sept. 11 - Feed the County 150 - Spud Speedway, ME - NEN Rescheduled Event

Sept. 17 - White Mountain Motorsports Park, NH - NEN NES NATL

Sept. 24 - Seekonk Speedway, MA - NES Cancelled

Sept. 30 - Milk Bowl Weekend - Thunder Road International Speedbowl, VT NEN NES

Oct. 8 - World Series Weekend - Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park, CT - NES NATL

Oct. 15 - Spencer Paving Group 150 - PASS Finale - Oxford Plains Speedway, ME - NEN NATL

Oct. 22 & 23 - Rain Dates If Necessary

Subject to Change


2021 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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