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Eddie MacDonald Victorious in
ACT Season Final Race at Thompson

Winning the final race of the season is always the sweetest and Eddie MacDonald did just that with a dominant performance in the American Canadian Tour's 75 lap feature at Thompson Motor Sports Park Sunoco World Series of Racing Saturday night. The victory was especially sweet after a disappointing 11th place finish in the Pro Stock feature on Friday night.

Saturday's ACT Late Model practice was reduced to one half hour due to morning rain but the EXIT Realty/Hancock Electric Chevy ran in the top three and posted a +3 rating in the heat. Eddie Mac started fifth then raced to a second place finish to receive the fifth starting position for the season finale on the fast, high-banked 5/8th of a mile oval.

When the green flag waved, Eddie Mac wasted little time charging to the front and into the second spot by lap seven. The first caution flag flew on lap 11 (the first of six including a red flag) reset the field with Eddie Mac on the outside pole. The veteran racer then powered past the #4 to the lead on the restart only to give it back to the #4 after a lap 14 caution. However, the Freddie Peterson owned Chevy challenged for the lead then powered to the top spot on lap 19. A series of cautions plagued the first 28 laps yet Eddie Mac's dominant restarts were no match for any competitors.

After the final restart on lap 28, Eddie Mac pulled away from the field over the remaining laps to post the win with the closest challenger a straight away behind with the veteran driver saying, "This car was a lot of fun to drive today. I could drive it anywhere and it was great in the turns. This is such a fast track you need all the speed you can get coming out of the turns and this car had it today. The first part of the race was pretty rough with all the cautions but I was able to get great restarts. Everything worked well today and it is awesome to win here."

"Rollie (LaChance) had a great set-up in the car today and the crew worked hard like they always do to give me the best car and our tire guy and spotter Dave "Logger" Ricker did a great job calling the race." said Eddie Mac. "This makes up a little for last night when the right rear tire went flat halfway through the Pro Stock race while we were running third. We won the first PASS race here in the spring and to win the final ACT race here is really something special."

"Our car owner Freddie Peterson and his wife Sheila have been fantastic and to win this tonight with them and their daughter April here is awesome. I have to wish another important contributor to this team, Bobby Wood a speedy recovery after recent surgery. Thanks to our sponsors particularly Kenny and Scott Thompson from Hancock Electric in Quincy, Mass. and Derek Beatrice from EXIT Realty Beatrice Associates in Middleton, Mass., as well as our K&N owner Rob Grimm. There are always so many people necessary to make this possible, we are very fortunate. "

As noted, the 60 lap Pro Stock feature on Friday night began with Eddie Mac on the pole when the field was inverted from first to ninth position. The Dave Lemieux owned Chevy struggled with a tight condition in practice and continued in the first heat race. Starting sixth, Eddie Mac was able to drive to the fourth position but slipped back to fifth as a result of the tight condition. Adjustments were made to loosen up the car for the feature.

With the inverted line-up posted, Eddie Mac took the green flag to lead the field for the first 15 laps before Griffiths took the lead. Despite regaining the top spot briefly on a lap 15 restart, Eddie Mac dropped to third behind Griffiths and Randstrom. A lap 31 restart after a caution ended any chance of winning when the right rear began going down finally sending the Rowley, Mass. driver to the pits on lap 40. Returning to the track three laps down, the EXIT Realty/Annie Mac Home Mortgages Chevy completed the final 20 laps to post the 11th place run.

"It was not the finish we were looking for and I feel bad the way it ended," said Eddie Mac. "After winning here in the spring, we felt we had a pretty good chance to get the win but we fought the car being tight. I don't know if we had anything for the top two guys but I think we were a top three car. I have to thank car owner Dave Lemieux and Brian Neal for everything they have done this season. We have the same crew on both the late model and pro stock and we can't thank those guys enough plus the guys who work in the shop. We are very fortunate to have such a group of talented and dedicated people associated with our team."

"Special thanks to all our fans and supporters and I hope everyone has a great off season, "said Eddie Mac. "We will probably take a little break then get back at it for next season. Have fun and stay safe."
Photos by Richard Casey
Photos by John DaDalt

Eddie Mac Posts Three Top Tens at Seekonk & Lee
Eddie MacDonald piloted the EXIT Realty/Hancock Electric Late Model Chevy to a third place finish in the DAV Fall Classic at Seekonk Speedway on Saturday, then raced to a determined seventh place run in the EXIT Realty/Grimm Construction Pro Stock Chevy in the final feature of the night. The team then headed to Eddie Mac's family track, Lee USA Speedway for Sunday's Pro Stock feature in the annual Oktoberfest to close out the racing season at the Lee, N.H. facility.

With the team unable to participate in the Friday practice session at Seekonk due to scheduling conflicts, the crew arrived Saturday morning prepping both the late model and the pro stock for the morning practice. Eddie Mac started third in the first of three pro stock 12 lap heats to score a third place finish placing him in the seventh slot in the feature. Eddie Mac drew the fourth slot in the third late model 12 lap heat then spent the rest of the time stuck on the outside with the preferred lane on the bottom to finish fifth. The Freddie Peterson owned Chevy would start 13th in the 50 lap feature.

When the green flag waved for the late model feature, Eddie Mac stayed in line in the early laps to let things materialize on the tricky one third of a mile oval known as "The Cement Palace." Just driving in the bottom lane, Eddie Mac rode in the 9th position by lap 15 and into seventh by the caution on lap 22. With 15 laps to go, the #17 Ma was fifth and closing ground on the leaders and finally took the third spot but was unable to chase down the leader to score the third place run.

"The car was really good early on but I used up the tires trying to get to the front," said Eddie Mac. "We needed a caution to bunch the field up and I think if we had a few more laps I could have moved into second place. We started too far back as a result of getting hung out in the heat to have a great chance for the win but we are happy with this finish. It was great to have Kenny and Scott Thompson from Hancock Electric with us today. You could not ask for better people and we are forever grateful for all the years of support.

The 150 lap Pro Stock feature was a different story all together as severe tire issues plagued the Dave Lemieux Chevy, yet the Rowley, Mass. veteran was able to score a seventh place finish despite numerous trips to the pits for tires. Eddie Mac battled a tight condition from the start but rode in the fifth position by the 35th lap. The long green flag run allowed the leaders to lap the field to the 6th car finally putting Eddie Mac down a lap on the 97th circuit. The tire issues forced Eddie Mac to the pits on the lap 111 caution to replace the shredded right rear to return to the track in the 9th spot and into sixth by the lap 113 caution.

More tire issues pushed the #17 Ma Chevy to 11th then brought out the caution on lap 126 when a flat left tire sent him spinning down the front straightaway. With 20 laps to Eddie Mac was eighth but headed to the pits on a lap 135 caution for more adjustments. Still more adjustments were made on lap 138 caution and then a return to the pits on caution lap 144 with a right front flat. Finally, with five to go Eddie Mac drove from P.10 to the 7th place finish.

"It was a very weird race from the start, "said Eddie Mac. "The car was tight in the turns right from the green flag and once I got lapped we decided to come in for an adjustment. The car didn't get any better than we started then the tires started coming apart. The crew did an awesome job getting me in and out of the pits and it was a tough seventh place finish. We missed all of Friday's practice and that definitely hurt us but we brought the car home in one piece and it wasn't until after the race we decided to go to Lee on Sunday."

On Sunday morning the crew waited out the early morning showers to ready the pro stock for the 50 lap Lee feature at the family owned facility. Eddie Mac started 13th and made his way to the 4th position by lap 28 but that was as close to the lead as he would get as the car became extremely loose. Eddie Mac was able to hang on to finish fourth to cap off the action packed weekend.

"Rollie and I can't thank everyone enough for everything this weekend. Our crew is fantastic and works tirelessly every race. Everyone was beat this morning but there is no quit in this team. Car owners Freddie Peterson, Dave Lemieux, Brian Neal are incredible along with our sponsors Hancock Electric, EXIT Realty, Annie Mac and Grimm racing allows us to do this. But my heroes are all the people we have as part of this team that give unselfishly. I hope I don't forget anyone but thanks to: Kelyn, Laura, Jolene, Rob, Ryan, Brian, Tom, JT, Joe, Craig, Hoppy, Dick, and Jimmy. Thanks for all the support from our fans.

Eddie Mac and the team will do it all again this weekend as part of the Thompson World Series of Racing at Thompson Motor Sports Park on Friday and Saturday. Both the late model and the pro stock will be in action.
Photos by Richard Casey

Thank you to Rob and Karla for the loving years you have shared with our racing team. The people pictured here are but a small number of the lives you have touched through the years.
We will always be members of "Grimm Nation."
You are truly special people!

Dover International Speedway

  The National
Fallen Firefighters
presented by
Carl Deputy & Son
Eddie MacDonald Posts Second Place Finish
in Final K&N Race at Dover
Eddie MacDonald drove from his 12th starting position to a second place finish in the Grimm Racing Team's final appearance in the NASCAR Pro Series East's Fallen Firefighter's Foundation 125 at Dover International Speedway on Friday night as part of the Monster Energy Cup weekend.
After eleven years, the team will no longer compete in the K&N Series with Eddie Mac saying," It has been an incredible run and I will be forever grateful for Rob and Karla Grimm for everything they have done for us. They started out as team owners and quickly became family. Rob, Karla, and the entire Grimm family welcomed us with open arms and despite ending our racing team, we will always be a part of "Grimm Nation." Words cannot describe how much they have done for our team. We have been blessed to be a part of their family."

Eddie Mac struggled in practice and qualifying to start 12th in the 15 car field. When the green flag waved to start the 125 lap feature, the Grimm Construction Chevy was tight in the center of the turns thus slowing the speed down the straights. Crew chief Rollie LaChance called the veteran driver to the pits during a caution on lap 11 for needed adjustments. Eddie Mac returned to the track in 11th position for the lap 17 restart.

After a lap 40 caution and another pit stop for adjustments, Eddie Mac was penalized with a drive through penalty putting the #71 a lap down. NASCAR officials first stated the penalty was due to improperly lining up for the restart on lap 45 then changed their minds to say it was a speeding penalty on pit road. Regardless of which one it actually was, Eddie Mac was a lap down to the field looking for the "Lucky dog."

Another caution on lap 56 also served as the halfway break. With four new Goodyear tires and a full tank, Eddie Mac rode in the top ten competitively in the field but was still a lap down. A caution on lap 88 finally placed the Grimm Construction/Multiple Sclerosis Chevy back on the lead lap for the lap 95 restart. With the handling much better, Eddie Mac raced in the seventh position by the next, but not final, caution flag on lap 99. Eddie Mac grabbed the sixth spot on lap 121 and appeared headed for that finish. However, a caution on lap 123 sent the race into overtime for a green/white/checker finish.

Eddie Mac lined up on the outside for the final two laps on the Monster Mile and took the white flag in that position. Sensing something would happen to the top cars battling for the win on the last lap, the cagey veteran positioned himself to take advantage of any slip up in front. Suddenly going into turn one, all but the leader began bouncing off one another scattering up and down the track. Eddie Mac drove through the middle of the melee to come around to post his second place finish.

"I thought it would get crazy at the end and I just had to jump into the opening and it worked out," said the Rowley, Mass. driver after the race. "We have had some pretty good success here but certainly this is the sweetest because it is our last one. We really wanted to end everything on a solid note and aside from winning, this feels great. I am happy for Rob and all of "Grimm Nation" that came today to have that finish. We have had the most amazing people associated with this team and Rollie and I will be forever thankful. We have been lucky to have the crew through the years that gave everything we asked and more. This has been an incredible and humbling experience."

"Thank you Karla and Rob!"
Photos by Richard Casey
K&N Pro East News and Notes - Dover 
Eddie MacDonald, a longtime series staple, returns to competition this weekend at Dover.

MacDonald, who leads all active drivers with 194 career series starts, will make his fourth start of the season. A seven-time winner in his career, including three wins at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and one at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway, has made 15 career starts at Dover.

He has five top fives at the track, including a career-best runner-up finish in 2015. 

Saturday, Sept. 23rd.

New Hampshire Motor Speedway

The 9th Annual
Act Invitational

Eddie MacDonald Finishes Seventh
 in Darkness at NHMS
ACT Invitational

Eddie MacDonald fought darkness and a wild field of drivers to post a seventh place finish in the American Canadian Tour Invitational at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Saturday. In what can only be described as the most bizarre race ever staged at the Loudon, NH mile oval, the scheduled fifty lap event was mercilessly ended in darkness after completing just eighteen laps.
Eddie Mac posted the fourth fastest time in the morning practice and drew the 26th starting position for the final race of the day at NHMS following the NASCAR trucks and Whelen modifieds. The Hancock Electric/EXIT Realty Chevy owned by Freddie Peterson won the event the last two Septembers and five championships overall with Eddie Mac confident another victory could be his.

"The car felt good in practice and I thought if we had some long green flag runs, I would be able to pick my way through the field and contend for the win at the end," said the Rowley, Mass. veteran driver. "Unfortunately that never happened and it was just crazy out there. I was careful going through the field and I just don't know what some guys were doing. We needed at least a ten lap run but we never came close to anything like that."

Before the first lap was completed, three caution flags waved wasting 25 minutes with clean up and drivers not lining up properly. A nice crowd remained after the modified race to see the ACT feature but quickly left after the race was plagued with early cautions and delays. Ten yellow flags and two red flags stretched the time to two hours and as darkness enveloped the track, officials finally called an end to the spectacle after only eighteen laps were completed and three attempts to start the race failed. Perhaps the structure of the race should be evaluated if the ACT cars return to NHMS. Typically, slower cars are started in the front while the fastest cars start in the rear of the field. It appears that the leaders are not equipped to handle the high speed, demanding turns of the mile oval.

Despite the fiasco in front, Eddie Mac made his way through the grid carefully from the 26th starting position to the 17th position by lap seven. By lap 14, after a series of yellow flags and red flag, Eddie Mac rode in the eighth spot and into seventh on lap 18, Eddie Mac's luck ran out in missing the carnage all around as a car careened into the right front and flattened the tire. As the caution waved at the completion of the 18th lap, Eddie Mac pitted then returned to the track as darkness loomed over the oval. Officials hoped to get to lap 26 to make it an official race but a long red flag followed by three failed attempts to restart forced officials to end the melee. Eddie Mac was awarded seventh as officials decided to make the race official.

"It was just an awful mess and I feel sorry for the fans and all the time, effort, and money that went into this race," said a disappointed driver. "I don't know what was going on up front but guys were running three and sometimes four wide in the turns and you just cannot do that here. Plus guys would not line up so that added to the time wasted. It is usually a great race but tonight it was just a disaster."

"Our team owes a great deal to our car owner Freddie Peterson and our K&N owner Rob Grimm for all the support. Great thanks to our long time sponsor Kenny and Scott Thompson from Hancock Electric. Derek Beatrice from Beatrice Associates EXIT Realty and Annie Mac Home Mortgages are great sponsors and we thank them. Of course, Rollie and I depend on our dedicated crew and they do a fantastic job. Thanks go to all our fans that turned out today."

Eddie Mac will compete in the final NASCAR K&N race of the season on Friday, September 29 at Dover International Speedway. He will also drive the late model and super late model at both the DAV Classic at Seekonk on October 6&7, and also at Thompson's World Series of Racing on Oct. 13 & 14.
Photos by Richard Casey
Photos by Chris Roy
ACT Posts $76,865 for NHMS Invitational
Eddie MacDonald going for third straight win on the Magic Mile
ACT PRESS RELEASE: A full field of American Canadian Tour Late Model competitors will be at New Hampshire Motor Speedway Saturday, September 23 for the Ninth Annual running of the ACT Invitational with over $76,000 on the line.

Eddie MacDonald of Rowley, Mass. – driver of the Hancock Electric/Exit Realty No. 17 – looms as the man to beat. MacDonald has won five of the first eight ACT Invitationals, including the last two. He has taken home over $39,000 in winnings since the inaugural race in 2009.

The field will include 2012 winner Ray Parent of Tiverton, RI, last year’s runner-up Jimmy Hebert of Williamstown, Vt. and previous top-5 finishers Dillon Moltz, Patrick Laperle, Aaron Fellows and John Donahue.

MacDonald took advantage of a late restart in last year’s event to get the jump on Hebert, who had the race in hand before the caution came out.

“We’ve been very fortunate in these races,” MacDonald said. “I remember having fun racing hard with Nick Sweet right to the end to win in 2012. That’s maybe the most memorable one.”

MacDonald started 31st in a 41-car field a year ago. In 2013, he started 26th but was able to pull away from multi-time ACT champion Wayne Helliwell Jr. in the closing laps to claim his third Invitational win.

“The toughest part is trying to get to the front,” MacDonald said. “There’s only 50 laps. You have to pass at least one car every other lap usually.”

The ACT Invitational is scheduled to take the green at 5 p.m. Saturday following the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series UNOH 175.
FRI-SAT, AUG. 25-27
4th at the 250!

Eddie Posts Determined Fourth Place Finish
in the Oxford 250

Eddie MacDonald fought his way through a day wrought with obstacles to take fourth place honors in the 44th Annual Oxford 250 at Oxford Plains Speedway on Sunday. True success in any endeavor is the ability to face and overcome challenges in pursuit of the desired outcome. Eddie Mac may have fallen short of the desire to win his third Oxford 250 title but his finish is nothing short of spectacular.

With only 13 laps to go, Eddie Mac rode in second place before tires and handling slowed the second place Dave Lemieux owned Chevy for the fourth place run. The roller coaster day began on a high note with Eddie Mac starting second in the second heat then powering to an easy win for a guaranteed outside pole position for the main event. However, the 17Ma entry failed tech negating the win and forced Eddie Mac into the first scheduled consi race. Starting 14th, Eddie Mac ran three wide on the outside hoping to finish in the top two in the 20 lap shootout to gain entry into the feature. Disaster struck again when a flat tire forced him to the pits. Eddie Mac returned but could only muster a sixth place finish.

After two days of establishing fast times in practice, the EXIT Realty/Grimm Construction Chevy was considered one of the early favorites. Eddie Mac's only hope to make the field happened when officials gave a Past Champion's Provisional. The 38th staring position in the 44 car field was not great but at least the Rowley, Mass. veteran driver made the starting grid. Two hundred and fifty laps is a long race and anything can and usually does happen, so the team remained optimistic Eddie Mac would provide some magic.

Unfortunately, another shoe dropped when only six laps in, Eddie Mac caught the tail end of a wreck sending him over the turn three banking. The car returned to the track with the right front fender dangling. After the pit crew did an incredible job, Eddie Mac returned to track wounded but not done. Again, more bad news when the wreck apparently dislodged the radio wire from his helmet making it nearly impossible to hear the driver. Hand signals and infrequent audible responses from Eddie Mac were needed for the remaining 244 laps. Just when you thought it couldn't get any worse, officials put the 17Ma one lap down as they said Eddie Mac passed the pace car on his way to the pits.

Instead of giving up with the dizzying array of negative circumstances, Eddie Mac began a steady drive to the front, passing many cars on the bottom as the car drove to the front with no right side fender. By lap 100, the veteran driver rode in the 19th position. With most of the leaders pitting for tires, Eddie Mac continued to drive to the front telling crew chief Rollie LaChance, "I have a plan" to stay out a long as possible. By lap 162 the strategy paid off with the car in the fifth spot before finally stopping for tires and fuel on lap 172.

"The tires were absolutely perfect and while others were falling off, mine were not," said Eddie Mac. "I wish we could have kept going but we needed fuel and fresh tires. The new ones were not quite as good and even though I got up to second place late in the race the car was tight and losing forward grip. It was a frustrating day with everything that happened but we had a shot at the end and that is what counts." With 50 laps to go Eddie Mac took over third and set his sights on D.J Shaw for second place. A lap 223 caution gave Eddie Mac the inside starting position and when the green flag wave quickly dispatched Shaw for second.

"The car was really tight by then and I just couldn't catch the #7," said Eddie Mac. "I didn't have any forward drive and couldn't hold the spot and ended up fourth. You always want to win but with everything we had to overcome, this is a victory for the whole team. No one gave up and that is the true mark of a champion. You have bad luck but when you compile the list of things that happened today, this fourth place finish was a huge success."

"Great thanks go to the car owner Dave Lemieux (Lemieux Home Builders) and all Brian Neal (Neal Excavating) does to help this team," said Eddie Mac. "Thanks also to Derek Beatrice from EXIT Realty in Middleton, Mass. and our K&N team owner Rob Grimm for all his support. Special thanks to our Late Model owner Freddie Peterson and Bobby Wood for really helping out this week. Fielding a car for three days is expensive and these guys jumped in to help. Of course, Rollie and I owe a huge debt of gratitude to the crew for all the hard work and never say die attitude. I hope I get them all but we owe a lot to David, Jolene, Rob, Craig Ryan, Rachel, Laura, Hoppy, Tom, Brian, Dick, and Nikko. Many thanks to my girlfriend Kelyn for all the support and it is great fun to share this with my father and mother."
Photos by Richard Casey
Photos by Norm Marx
Eddie's Friday Practice at Oxford for The 250
Eddie ran in the top three all afternoon. Practice continues on Saturday with three more sessions on Sunday morning before qualifying heats begin at 1:30. Our thanks to our sponsors (in the pictures) for making this possible. Special thanks this week to Freddie Peterson and Bobby Wood for their support.
Photos by Richard Casey

Eddie MacDonald Dominates for Win
at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway
Eddie MacDonald started third in the American Canadian Tour’s Coastal 100 at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway in Scarborough, Maine on Saturday night to power to his first ACT win of the season. Eddie Mac passed second place finisher Scott Payea on the 41st lap and maintained the lead to post the dominant win.

Driving the Exit Realty/Hancock Electric Chevy owned by Freddie Peterson, the win was especially pleasing for the team in honoring one of its team members who lost his cancer battle with Eddie Mac saying, “It is great to win this for Donnie Higinbotham who passed recently. Donnie had a huge impact on our team and was just an incredible person. Besides doing anything to help his team, he did it without fanfare and was extremely well liked and respected. He always had a smile on his face. Donnie worked for Freddie and Sheila (Peterson)for many years and was a great mechanic. He was one of a kind and loved everything about racing. We will miss him terribly. I hope he is looking down on us with that big smile of his on his face.”

Eddie Mac started the day posting the third fastest practice time in the first practice session then scoring the fastest time in the second round. By virtue of his +3 finish in the first heat, the Rowley, Mass. veteran started third on the grid in the 21 car field. When the green flag waved the inside lane did not go allowing Payea and two others from the outside row to move to the front, However, once Eddie Mac cleared the 04, he began his run back to the front passing both inside and outside. By the 28th lap, Eddie Mac powered to second place with his sights on Payea.

Eddie Mac was all over Payea finally taking the lead on a strong outside pass on lap 41. The lead for the remaining 59 laps was never in question to post the win by a comfortable three car length margin.

“The car was really fast and handled great in the turns,” said the winning driver in Victory Lane. “We changed a lot of things in the car leading up to the race hoping it would work out and it did tonight. It had all the speed I needed but it was phenomenal in the turns. It is so much fun to drive a car like this and I have to thank Rollie (LaChance crew chief) and the crew for the great set up and all the hard work. None of this is possible without a lot of support and help.”

“I thank our sponsors starting with Kenny and Scott Thompson from Hancock Electric in Quincy, Mass. who have been with us for many years. Thanks also to Derek Beatrice from Exit Realty in Middleton, Mass., and Annie Mac Home Mortgages. Of course the reason we are able to run the late model and pro stock is due to our longtime K&N owner Rob Grimm and we are forever grateful for everything he has done for us. We are lucky to have the support from so many great people.”

Eddie Mac will pilot the Dave Lemieux owned Pro Stock in the famed Oxford 250 at Oxford Plains Speedway on August 27.
Photos by
Richard Casey


JULY 19, 2017

Fourth Place Finish for Eddie
at Seekonk Speedway

Eddie MacDonald returned to Seekonk Speedway on Wednesday, July 19 after a one week rain delay to score a fourth place finish in the $10,000 to win U.S. Pro Stock/SLM National Championship. The Rowley, Mass. driver had the taste of a win only to be denied when the right front tire began to lose pressure with 25 laps to go in the 200 lap feature.

"We were so close to winning the race and I could really feel we had a great chance," said the frustrated driver after the race. "We battled for the top spot in the first half of the race and through the second 100 laps. The car was really fast and it handled great. It was exciting and knew we had a shot at the win but with about 25 laps the handling started to go away. I thought I had a flat and it got worse as the laps ran down and I was really loose. I was running second but there was no way I could get to the front. I almost got spun out from behind with 20 to go and all I could do was to just hang on and hope the tire stayed up until the checkers."

Once in tech after the race, the crew of the EXIT Realty/Grimm Construction Chevy found the PSI in the right front to be 18, far below the tire pressure needed. The #17 Chevy owned by Dave Lemieux (Lemieux Builders) with strong support from Brian Neal (Neal Excavating) demonstrated from the beginning of practice it was one of the top competitors. After posting solid practice times, Eddie Mac time trialed in the eighth position to start third in the second of three heats and easily scored the win to gain the outside pole position in the 21 car field.

When the green flag waved to start the first of two one hundred laps segments, pole sitter Joey Pole and Eddie Mac dominated the first round finishing 1-2. After a 20 minute break the cars returned to the track with Eddie Mac starting in the fourth spot on the grid as a result of inverting the top five finishers from segment one.

Eddie Mac moved into third after 15 laps (115) and into second place on lap 139. Lapped traffic slowed the action as Eddie Mac tried to negotiate by the lappers and catch the #59. Cautions on lap 169 and lap 176 put Eddie Mac in the unfavorable outside position then had to fight for the bottom groove with Joey Pole. The deflating tire made it impossible for Eddie Mac to maintain second place and slid to third. By lap 184 it was clear Eddie Mac would be lucky to make it to the end but the cagey veteran did just that. With Pole fading, Eddie Mac was drilled sideways by eventual winner Derek Griffith and that forced Eddie Mac to make a super save and into fourth place where he would take the checkered flag.

"It was an incredible race and we were so close it is very frustrating to not win as good as the car was all night," said Eddie Mac. "It is a lot of fun to drive a car that good and I have to thank Rollie (LaChance) and the crew for giving me the chance to win. Dave (Lemieux) and Brian (Neal) do everything possible to give us the best car possible. Paul Rinaldi builds great motors and it showed tonight. Our racing is possible because of the support of our K&N owner Rob Grimm, Derek Beatrice from EXIT Realty, and Annie Mac Home Mortgage. It was an extremely hot day and everyone is worn out especially the crew and it would have been nice to win. We had a shot at the $10,000 but about seven pounds of air cost us. All in all, it was a great day that fell a little short. Thanks again to everyone involved. I want to recognize a friend and long-time member of our racing family, Donnie Higinbotham who is seriously ill and in Hospice. Our thoughts are with Donnie and his family. Donnie is truly a wonderful guy and is loved by all of us. He will be missed."
Photos by
Richard Casey

United Site Services 70

New Hampshire Motor Speedway


Twelfth Place Finish for Eddie MacDonald
at New Hampshire Motor Speedway

Eddie MacDonald scored a 12th place finish in the K&N Pro Series East's United Site Services 70 at NHMS on Saturday, July 15. The K&N series returned to the Loudon track for the annual NASCAR Cup weekend.

Eddie Mac posted a 15th place start in qualifying but was moved to the 20th position after sustaining an infraction in tech. The Grimm Construction Chevy moved into the 12th position despite fighting a loose condition. Eddie Mac never got the caution he needed to bunch up the field that quickly spread out after the only caution on lap four. The 70 lap feature took only 39 minutes and forty-five seconds to run leaving no opportunity to make any significant progress.
"The car was just a little loose but we could not pit to make any adjustments because we would lose a couple of laps," said Eddie Mac. "The leaders were just so fast, everyone except the top six cars remained on the lead lap. You have to have a lot of speed in the straights and you really have to turn well in the corners. I was loose off so I had to wait to mash the throttle when the car straightened out and that kills your speed. It was pretty frustrating to ride like that and the caution we were hoping for never came."

By lap 30 Eddie Mac rode in the 12th position but by then the field was strung out single file around the one mile oval with the leader lapping most of the cars. Eventual winner Todd Gilliland passed Eddie Mac on lap 41. The Rowley, Mass. veteran drove the remaining 29 laps all alone to post the 12th place finish.

"We definitely thought we would run much better that we did," said Eddie Mac. "We have run well here in the past but with the incredible level of competition in this series now our car had to be perfect and it just did not handle well enough. You don't need to be off by much and that is what happened. It would have been interesting to find out if we had a chance to make an adjustment if we could have moved up a number of spots but we didn't have anything for the top cars."

"I really have to thank our team owner Rob Grimm for all he has done," said Eddie Mac after the race. "Also, our crew does an amazing job and Rollie (LaChance) and I are thankful for all the hard work and commitment. Everyone has full time jobs and rearrange their schedules to be here for us. It is great fun to run here in front of family and friends and we look forward to this race each year."

Eddie Mac will next drive the Grimm Construction/Multiple Sclerosis Chevy at Dover International Speedway on September 29.

NBCSN will televise the United Site Services 70 on July 20 at 6 PM.
Photos by Richard Casey
K&N Pro East Stat Advance - NHMS  
Eddie MacDonald (No. 71 Grimm Construction Chevrolet)
- Making his second consecutive series start and third of the season as part of a part-time schedule.
- Leads all active drivers with three career wins at NHMS, including a sweep of the two races at the track in 2008.
- In 28 career starts at NHMS, MacDonald has five top fives, 14 top 10s and seven qualifying efforts inside the top five.
- Has seven career series wins, most recently at Bristol in 2014.

Busch North Throwback 100

Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park


Eddie MacDonald Finishes Thirteenth in the
K&N Pro Series East Race at Thompson

Eddie MacDonald returned to Thompson Speedway Motor Sports Park for Saturday's Busch North Throwback 100 after an eight year series hiatus to post a thirteenth place finish. The Grimm Racing Team honored legendary Busch North driver Andy Santerre by displaying the Aubuchon Hardware paint scheme for the race. While the period wrap was a huge hit with Santerre and Busch North fans, the desired outcome was not achieved.

Eddie Mac started the 100 lap feature event in the 15th position and appeared to have a competitive car early on but the car developed a loose condition by lap 20 with the Rowley veteran saying, "It felt good early in the race and I was able to pass cars but then it really started getting loose so we decided to pit on the lap 31 caution for a minor adjustment. Even that little bit just flipped it and it was too tight. We made another pit stop but the car never got to where we needed it to be. In hindsight, we probably should have left it alone but we were trying to make something happen."

After the lap 56 restart the Aubuchon Hardware/Grimm Construction Chevy raced from its 17th starting spot on the grid after pitting to the 12th position but the effects of the ill handling car took a toll on the brakes with Eddie Mac saying, "I was trying to drive the car in just like the others but when the car is not turning the way you want, you end up using a lot more brake. It ended up boiling the fluid so by the last 20 laps I had to keep pumping them and by the end the pedal was all the way to the floor. I didn't even think it was going to stop when I got back to the pit."

Eddie Mac did manage to hold off a serious challenger from the #9 car over the last 20 laps to hold on to the 13th place finish with the disappointed driver saying, "We really wanted to have a good showing for Andy (Santerre) and also to remember Rob Grimm's first race as team owner. Rob bought the team during the 2007 season and Thompson was our first race together. Rollie (LaChance) and I are forever in his debt for everything he and his wife Carla have done for us."

"When we first started together it was quite a different series," recounted Eddie Mac, "It was more of a regional series but changed dramatically. I am proud of how competitive Grimm Construction has been through the years. This series is highly competitive now with most of the teams from the South with access to all the Cup technology and if you are just a little off as we were today, you are in for a tough outing. We have made significant changes to our other K&N car and hope to be able to compete for the win at Loudon this Saturday. We have three K&N wins at our home track and would like to add another. I just want to thank Andy (Santerre) for spending so much time with us this weekend. He has been a friend of mine and Rollie for many years and it was an honor to race his colors. I also want to thank the crew members for all their hard work in the rain and heat over the two days. We had so many friends stop by to wish us well it was awesome."

Eddie Mac and the Grimm Racing Team will compete in the KNPSE United Site Services 70 on July 15 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway as part of the NASCAR Cup weekend. Practice is schedule for Friday beginning at 4pm, with qualifying slated to begin at 7pm. Saturday's race will take the green flag at 6:45pm.
Photos by Richard Casey
K&N Pro East Stat Advance - Thompson
Eddie MacDonald (No. 71 Grimm Construction Chevrolet)
- Making his first series start since Bristol as part of a part-time schedule.
- Won at Thompson in 2005, the only driver entered this weekend with a K&N Pro Series win at the track.
- In nine career starts at Thompson, MacDonald has one win, three top 10s and five qualifying efforts inside the top 10.
- Has seven career series wins, most recently at Bristol in 2014.
- Will honor four-time series champion Andy Santerre as part of the throwback event.
Photos by Richard Casey

Eddie MacDonald to Honor Andy Santerre
at Thompson Busch North Throwback 100

When the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East announced the race at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park on Saturday, July 8 would be named the Busch North Throwback 100, Eddie MacDonald's first thought was to honor the driver who meant so much to the series and a young impressionable driver. K&N series official's encouraged current teams to adopt a former Busch North team's paint scheme. Both Eddie Mac and team owner Rob Grimm quickly decided to wrap the Grimm Construction Chevy in the Aubuchon Hardware paint scheme made famous by their legendary driver, Andy Santerre.

"This is very special that we are able to do this to honor one of the truly great drivers anywhere," said Eddie Mac while preparing the car for the Thompson race. "I have always looked up to Andy as a driver and as a person. What made him so great just wasn't just his incredible driving ability but the way he treated everyone. Andy would go out of his way to help anyone even though he was competing against that driver. He wanted everyone to do well and knew that made the series stronger. If there was one driver to emulate, it was Andy."

On Tuesday Warren Hamilton arrived at the Newburyport shop to begin the transformation from the #71 Grimm Construction Chevy to the green , white, and orange color scheme that frequented many victory lanes during Santerre's record breaking career and that brought back a memory shared by Eddie Mac and Rob Grimm.

"I was talking with Rob and we were both excited about the wrap and talked about our first race together at Thompson in 2007," said Eddie Mac. "Rob had just purchased the team and he recalled that during our practice we lost our power steering pump. We didn't have a spare and all of a sudden there is Andy with a pump for us to use. That is the kind of guy Andy was and is still to this day. Rob never forgot Andy's act of kindness and that established the type of atmosphere he wanted for his team."

Practice for the Busch North Throwback 100 will begin on Friday on the fast, high-banked 5/8ths of a mile oval and the fantastic news is that Andy will be on hand to help Eddie Mac and the team prepare the car for the race. Andy will also be on hand on Saturday to be honored along with past Busch North drivers. Thompson hosted the North series for over twenty years and the K&N series returns to the track for the first time in eight years.

"I am just so happy to be able to represent Andy this weekend," said Eddie Mac. "Now I just hope we can run as fast as him!"

New England
Short Track Showdown

New Hampshire Motor Speedway

Tenth Career Win for Eddie MacDonald
at New Hampshire Motor Speedway

When Eddie MacDonald took the checkered flag in the inaugural New England Short Track Showdown at NHMS in the Granite State Pro Stock Series on Saturday, he joined elite company in posting his tenth win at Loudon. Eddie Mac now shares the record for the most wins with Mike Stefanik and Ted Christopher. However, the Rowley, Mass. veteran racer is the first driver to have wins in four divisions, with victories in three K&N Pro Series East, five in the American Canadian Tour, one Pro All Star Series, and now the Granite State.

"When I first started racing I just hoped someday to race here," reflected Eddie Mac after the race. "It was incredible to get my first win here and never did I think I would share the most wins with TC and Mike. I owe a lot of people for my success beginning with my family, Rollie LaChance and his family, car owners Rob Grimm, Freddie Peterson, and Dave Lemieux, and all of our sponsors through the years. You can't do this without the hard work and dedication of all the crew members. I want to especially thank my girlfriend Kelyn Harrell who supports me in all of this. It is truly humbling to share the record with those guys."

Despite missing practice on Friday, Eddie Mac posted the second fastest speed in the second of three twenty minute practice periods on Saturday to draw the third starting position in the first heat. The Grimm Construction/EXIT Realty Chevy powered to the lead on the first of the eight lap qualifying heat to win the pole for the 50 lap feature in the 26 car field on the mile oval.

Two red flags in the first three laps sent a number of cars to the pits as the rocky start eliminated a number of possible contenders but all appearances indicated that Eddie Mac would not be denied his record tying win. With powerful restarts, Eddie Mac was able to open up a two to three car length lead while riding comfortably in the top position. Twenty laps' later things changed when the rear deck lid broke loose allowing two cars to pass.

"I can't believe how much that affected the car," said Eddie Mac. "I felt the lid break free and got sucked down in the car and it really make the car extremely loose. Two cars got by me but I knew we could fix it during the competition at the halfway break. What I didn't expect was the blistered right rear tire that certainly would not have lasted much longer. We were very lucky we had that caution when we did. The crew fixed the lid and gave me two new right side tires for the final 21 laps and I was confident I could get the lead back on the restart."

Starting third, Eddie Mac dove to the bottom of the track to battle D.J. Shaw side by side for the lead when the green flag waved. One lap later, the Dave Lemieux Chevy powered to the lead and quickly established a three to four car length lead over Shaw on the remaining laps for the dominant victory. Possibly Dave Lemieux may have some bragging rights as well as an owner winning both events entered at NHMS.

"I owe so much to our (NASCAR) K&N owner Rob Grimm who supports our racing efforts," said Eddie Mac. "We are racing the K&N series at Thompson next Saturday then back here the following week as part of the Cup weekend so hopefully we can get him a win or two. Thanks to Dave Lemieux who has been great and has gone above and beyond to get us here. Paul Rinaldi builds great motors and it showed today. Rollie had a great set up and the car handled perfectly. Thanks to Derek Beatrice from EXIT Realty for his support and we appreciate Annie Mac Home Mortgage coming on board with us today. As I said, I owe so many people for our success and I hope everyone enjoys this and knows you have been an integral part. We hope to see all our fans at Thompson on Saturday."

Photos by Chris Roy

New Hampshire Motor Speedway

Busy July for Eddie MacDonald Begins
at New Hampshire Motor Speedway

Eddie MacDonald is scheduled to compete in the first-ever New England Short Track Showdown at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in the Granite State Pro Stock Series on July 1st. The following week on July 8, Eddie Mac will take the green flag in the K&N Pro Series East Series' NASCAR Busch North Throwback 100 at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park. The K&N East Series will complete its northern swing at NHMS as part of the Cup weekend with the United Site Services 70 on July 15.

Eddie Mac won the first Pro Stock/Super Late Model event held at NHMS and hopes to duplicate the win in the inaugural Short Track Showdown saying, "We are really excited to go to Loudon for this race. Anytime you get to race there it is always something to look forward to and hope we can put on a good show. The same car we won with two years ago there is almost ready and we can't wait for the race. It is a 50 lap race so everyone will be going hard from the start. It should be exciting and a number of Granite State cars are scheduled to be there so it should be a very competitive field. Hopefully we can get another win for car owner Dave Lemieux and sponsor Derek Beatrice from EXIT Realty Beatrice Associates in Middleton, Mass.

The Showdown will feature four divisions with the Valenti Modifieds, North East Mini Stock Tour, and an open Street Stock event in addition to the Granite State Pro Stock Series. A full day of practice beginning at 9:00 am is scheduled for Friday and a full slate of practice, heats, and features will begin at 9:00 am, on Saturday.

The K&N Pro Series East will return to Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park for the NASCAR Busch North Throwback 100 with teams encouraged to revive paint schemes from that era. Eddie Mac's first Thompson victory came in 2005 and has gone on to notch ACT and Pro Stock victories at the Connecticut speedway, the most recent a Pro Stock win in the Icebreaker this spring. Eddie Mac will pilot the Grimm Construction Chevy owned by Rob Grimm of Waymart, Pa.
"Thompson is a fast, fun track to drive," said Eddie Mac. "It seems so long ago (2005) that we got our K&N win there. We have had others there but to get that K&N win is really something special. With the high-banked turns and the long straights, it makes for great racing. Our association with Rob Grimm began at Thompson so it would be special to get a win there. We are working on a "Throwback" paint scheme that will definitely please a lot of people, so hopefully that will happen. We hope to make that announcement soon."

The following week, the K&N series returns to New Hampshire Motor Speedway for its annual participation in the big NASCAR Cup weekend. The Rowley, Mass. veteran driver has three career K&N wins at the track saying, "We have run well at NHMS in the past and hope to get back in contention this year. We have made a lot of changes to the car and hope that all this pays off. The field is extremely competitive but we feel all our experience at the track gives us an advantage. It is only 70 laps so everyone will be charging when the green drops so it will be a wild dash to get to the front. It should be a lot of fun and hopefully we will be there at the end."

Eddie Mac has posted nine wins at NHMS including five American Canadian Tour Bond Invitational wins, one Pro Stock/SLM win, to go along with the three K&N wins. The most recent honor for Eddie Mac and the team was the induction of his famous "flame" late model into the North East Motor Sports Museum just down the street from the main entrance to the track on route 106.

"We hope to have a very successful three weeks with other races possibly added, so we are excited and will look forward to seeing a lot of our fans who have greatly supported us through the years,' said Eddie Mac.

Sunday, June 11th
19th Community Bank 150
Tire Issue Ends Eddie MacDonald's Race at Thunder Road
Eddie MacDonald battled tire issues from the beginning of the American Canadian Tour's Community Bank 150 at Barre's Thunder Road in Vermont on Sunday, June 11 to finish 19th. The race, originally scheduled for April 30 and postponed due to rain, gave new track owners time to make significant changes to the facility, including new hot top for the track. While their intentions were good the end result created a tire-eating monster.

Driving the EXIT Realty/Hancock Electric Chevy, Eddie Mac took the green flag in the 18th position in the Community Bank 150 after posting a win in the consi race. The Freddie Peterson owned ride survived some early crashes to move inside the top ten. However the tire issues that plagued some competitors early also affected Eddie Mac with the driver saying, "The car just got looser in the turns and I felt a vibration around lap 30. We were running around ninth place but I could feel the right rear tire starting to come apart."

Unfortunately for Eddie Mac he became one of the 11 race cautions with a spin on lap 41 coming out of turn four. The crew quickly changed tires with Eddie Mac returning to the track in the seventeenth position. Because of the known tire issues, ACT officials planned a break at lap 75 in the 150 lap event so teams could change right side tires. For many, it was a matter of too little too late as the carnage continued when racing resumed with the hot track too much for the tires with the #17 Ma. no exception. With the mismatched tire now serving the right rear, the plan was to make it to the halfway flag to get new rubber.

By the caution flag on lap 59, Eddie Mac rode in the 12th saying, "I was trying to make it to the break but the tire was coming apart and then I got pushed up the track, the tire let go and I went over the banking in turn two. That ended our day. It is so disappointing to have to race like that. The new owners really have been working hard to improve the place and believed adding the hot top would be a huge improvement. It just didn't work out and unfortunately a lot of guys wrecked and we tore up the front of our car. I feel terrible it happened."

The crash on lap 65 ended the day for Eddie Mac to post the 19th place finish. Only five cars finished on the lead lap with a pit full of angry drivers and crew.

"It was a real hot day and I have to thank the crew for all the hard work," said Eddie Mac. "It was a tough day but these guys never give up and Rollie and I can't thank them enough. We couldn't do this without car owners Sheila and Freddie Peterson, Derek Beatrice from EXIT Realty, and Scott and Kenny Thompson from Hancock Electric. We have some work to do but we will get it fixed and be back on the track. There isn't much to say. It was just a bad day."
Photos by Richard Casey

North East Motor Sports Museum
922 NH Rt 106, Loudon, NH

Eddie MacDonald’s Famous “Flame” Car on Display
in the North East Motor Sports Museum

The #17 Late Model "Flame" car driven by Eddie MacDonald to three ACT Invitational titles at NHMS, two Oxford 250 wins with countless victories throughout the northeast for over a decade took its place of honor in new North East Motor Sports Museum located a half-mile south of the entrance to New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, New Hampshire.
"Words cannot describe how honored I am to have our car in this special place," said Eddie Mac when delivering his car to the museum. "Dick Berggren came to the shop a few months ago to ask us to display the car at this incredible facility. Rollie (LaChance) and I quickly agreed that this car should be part of this historic collection of New England racing. It is truly humbling. I know racing fans who love our sport as much as we do will be thrilled sharing all the memories. This facility offers something for everyone."

"Of course, this car and our success would not be possible without the help of many people including my family and Rollie's family," reflected Eddie Mac. "Through the years, we have been fortunate to have so many dedicated crew members who worked countless hours to prepare this car every time we raced. So many people supported our efforts especially Rob Grimm, our K&N team owner, Kenny and Scott Thompson from Hancock Electric, Derek Beatrice from EXIT Realty, and NEMO. It is special to share this today with my father and two "old" crew members Herbie Wing and Dick Casey who worked unbelievable hours so I could have all the fun. I have to give special thanks to the man responsible for the "Flames," John Tiernan. We won a lot of races and I am forever grateful for all the people who helped get this car to its place of honor."

According to the pamphlet, "The North East Motor Sports Museum was created by racers, race fans, their families and local contractors who donated their labor, skills, ideas, dollars and materials. The Museum was truly built by the racing community." Dick Berggren, the moving force for the museum's creation, shared some of the offerings given by racers, families, and race fans to make this facility a one of a kind in the northeast. Berggren was quick to point out the huge commitment both financially and construction involvement of legendary Supermodified driver Bentley Warren as an integral catalyst to get the project up and running.

The North East Motor Sports Museum is a non-profit, strictly volunteer operation in the beautiful 10,000 square foot facility featuring in addition to race cars and motorcycles, a huge display of trophies, pictures, equipment, and a library. The Museum will open its doors to the public on June 12. For a preview, go to NEMSmuseum.com and on Facebook.

"I encourage all the race fans to visit this museum the next time you are in the area," said Eddie Mac. "To be part of this is awesome and I am so proud to have our car represent all the hard work and commitment of so many people. This museum is filled with stories just like ours that show the love people have for this sport."
Photos by Richard Casey

Sunday, May 21st
Top Five Finish for Eddie MacDonald
at Autodrome Montmagny in Canada
Eddie MacDonald, driving the EXIT Realty/Grimm Construction Chevy, scored a fifth place finish in the Pro All Star Series (PASS) 150 lap feature on Sunday, May 21 at Autodrome Montmagny in Quebec. The Rowley, Mass driver started tail in the seventeen car field due to a weight mix up. Eddie Mac drove the Dave Lemieux owned Pro Stock/SLM through the stellar competition to post the fifth place run.

Eddie Mac posted the fastest time in both practices and was poised to compete for the win but a mix up at the scales forced the #17 to start in the rear with Eddie Mac saying, "We were a few pounds heavy on the left side when we went over the scales so we moved the weight around but we didn't go back over the scales and that was our fault. It was too bad because the car was really fast and had a great shot to contend for the win."

When the green flag waved, Eddie Mac drove to the tenth position by the first and only caution of the race on lap 17 with the veteran driver saying, "During the caution the officials let a team member come out to clean the windshield because there was so much speedy-dry on the track from the earlier race. The car was going good but it was slippery out there. After that caution I rode around for a while not really pushing it too hard because we all expected another caution but surprisingly that was the only one. It was hard to believe we could run the rest of the way without a yellow. The field really began to spread out so it was tough to make up ground and pass cars."

On lap 50, Eddie Mac began making his move from the tenth position and into the sixth spot at the halfway flag. Gaining positions became more difficult as the front runners were spread out on the 3/8ths of a mile oval with Eddie Mac saying, "I got into fifth place on lap 95 and I was driving as hard as I could but the third and fourth place cars were a full straight ahead of me. I chased them down in about 25 laps but I just couldn't get by them. I could drive it in hard in the turns and get up alongside them but I couldn't get back to the throttle because the car was loose at that point and I was driving up in the marbles."

"We really thought we could win this race with the car as fast as it was but it was our own fault for not going back across the scales," said a disappointed Eddie Mac. "This track is fast and a lot of fun to drive. The straights are long so you need a lot of engine and we had it and it really handled great in the turns. We just needed another caution to bunch the cars back up then I think we would have had a great chance to win. There were a number of fast cars here so when everything got spread out it was almost impossible to make up that much ground. It was a lot of fun coming here and Quebec city is a beautiful area and the team got to spend Saturday sightseeing and everyone enjoyed themselves."

"Rollie (LaChance) and I thank all the crew for making the trip here and doing an awesome job as they usually do. Rob Drandson, Tom Rice Brian Neal, and Ryan LaChance worked great in the pits. Laura LaChance helps Rollie spot and does the time sheet. Jolene Drandson does the social media and keeps everyone back home informed about what is going on throughout the day and I thank her. My girlfriend Kelyn Harrell takes care of all the stuff needed to do so I can concentrate on the racecar. Thanks to Derek Beatrice from EXIT Realty for his support. Special thanks to car owner Dave Lemieux for giving us everything we need and special thanks to our K&N team owner Rob Grimm who supports our racing efforts. "

The #17 Pro Stock/SLM team is scheduled to compete again in the inaugural Granite State PASS race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on July 1.
        Photos by
Norm Marx

Eighth Place Finish for Eddie
in ACT's Governor's Cup
Eddie MacDonald dealt with an ill-handling EXIT Realty/Hancock Electric Chevy for three quarters of the annual American Canadian Tour's New Hampshire Governor's Cup 150 opener at Lee USA Speedway on Sunday, April 23. Driving the Freddie Peterson owned #17, Eddie Mac waited for a much needed caution that did not happen until lap 98.

"The car was hitting the track in the turns and sliding up the track so it was impossible to pass any cars," said Eddie Mac. "Rollie (crew chief LaChance) and I decided to wait until the first caution to pit and just try to maintain our 14th starting position. We thought with 29 cars in the field there would be an earlier caution especially this being the first race of the season but everyone stayed out of trouble until lap 98."

After racing in the K&N Pro Series East on Saturday at Bristol Motor Speedway, the team had only the forty minute practice session on Sunday to ready the car for the first race of the season. Most teams took advantage of the Saturday practice session. Eddie Mac started pole in the heat but only managed a second place finish to post a minus one score and started 14th in the feature. Despite the ill-handling car, Eddie Mac was able to gain five positions when the first caution flag waved on lap 98. After two trips to the crew for adjustments, Eddie Mac returned to the track P. 13 for the restart and was able to move to eighth when the checkered flag flew on the 150th circuit.

"The car was a lot better after the adjustments but when we returned to racing there were just too many good cars in front of us to get to the front," said Eddie Mac. "Our lap times were just as good as the leader but it takes a long time to pass guys here. We just ran out of laps. Of course, we were hoping to contend for the win at my home track but it just wasn't meant to be. We just missed the set-up a little and that's all it took. Normally you get early cautions and if we had I know we would have been in a position to race for the win. It is always great fun to compete on the track I grew up on and see all our families and supporters."

"The team did a great job getting the car ready at the shop and at the track," said Eddie Mac. "We are always thankful for our K&N team owner Rob Grimm for supporting us in this series. We are very thankful for our sponsors Derek Beatrice from EXIT Realty and Kenny and Scott Thompson from Hancock Electric. Thanks also to Sheila and Freddie Peterson, Bobby Wood, John Tiernan, Joe St. Jacques, and our crew Rob Drandson, Tom Rice, Dave Ricker, Craig Laroache, Brian Neal, Ryan and Laura LaChance. One of our crew members was not here due to a serious health issue and we miss and wish Donny Higinbotham all the best. Donny is just one of those guys willing to do anything to help our team and has for many years."

The team is already busy preparing the car for the 19th annual ACT Merchants Bank 150 at Thunder Road in Barre, Vt. on Sunday, April 30.


Bristol Motor Speedway
Eddie Posts Tenth Place Finish
at Bristol K&N East
Eddie MacDonald, driver of the #71 Grimm Construction Chevy, opened his K&N Pro Series East season scoring a tenth place finish on Saturday, April 22, in the rain-shortened Zombie Auto 125 at Bristol Motor Speedway. Inclement weather plagued the annual April NASCAR Cup weekend forcing delays and postponements in the Xfinity and Cup race.

The K&N race began two hours late, then just ran out of time as another huge cell drenched the "World's Fastest Half-Mile" after running 70 laps of the scheduled 125 laps. The Rowley, Mass. veteran felt the shortened event cost a top five finish saying, "The car was fast before the break and we thought with the small adjustments at the half-time break we would be able to gain a number of positions in the second stage. Unfortunately we never got the chance."

Rain caused the cancellation of qualifying on Friday and cut practice time in half. The starting grid was set by points and last year's schedule relegating Eddie Mac to start in the 18th spot since this was the team's first K&N start this season. When the green flag finally waved over the 26 car-field, Eddie Mac moved to the bottom groove and began moving to the front. By the first caution flag on lap 11, the Rob Grimm owned ride gained six positions to ride comfortably in the 12th spot. On lap 17 a caution slowed the field with Eddie Mac in seventh place. However, when NASCAR set the field for the restart, Eddie Mac was surprisingly moved back to the 12th position.

"I was very surprised I was moved to 12th since I thought I clearly had the seventh spot well before the caution flag," said the disappointed driver. "The car was working great and really sticking on the bottom so this was definitely a set-back since Rollie told me over the radio that rain was in the area. I was able to get back two of the spots before the next caution. It was just spitting a little but by the time we had the half-way break to make our adjustments it started pouring. It was a shame because both Rollie and I thought we could get to the top five after just freeing up the car a little. As I said, we never found out and that's a shame because the car was very good."

"The crew did an awesome job all weekend," said Eddie Mac. "The rain definitely made things more difficult and I really have the thank everyone for their effort. I want to wish Chuck Grimm, Rob's dad, a speedy recovery from a recent illness. He was supposed to be here as usual but is recovering at home. I have the best guys for sure but special thanks have to go to crew member Kenny Grooms who became a great grandfather while he was working here at the track. That is the kind of dedication our crew brings every race."

Of course, we all have to thank Rob Grimm for doing this," said Eddie. "We have been doing this together for over a decade now and it is all thanks to him. Rob and Karla have treated us like family and we appreciate everything they have done for us."

The Grimm Construction/Multiple Sclerosis Chevy is scheduled next to compete at Thompson Motorsports Park in Connecticut on July 8.
Photos by Richard Casey
K&N Pro East Stat Advance - Bristol
Eddie MacDonald (No. 71 Grimm Construction Chevrolet)
- Leads all current drivers with 192 career K&N Pro Series starts dating back to 2001.
- Has eight career top-10 finishes in the final series standings, including a career-best second place finish in the championship in 2009.
- Is the only driver entered this weekend to have won previously at Bristol, winning there in 2014 from the 13th starting position, highest among any of the five drivers with wins at the track.
- Has four top 10s in five career starts at Bristol. 
- Is making his season debut this weekend.

43rd Annual ICEBREAKER



Eddie MacDonald Wins PASS
Icebreaker at Thompson

Eddie MacDonald powered to victory in the Pro All-Star Series (PASS) opener at Thompson Motorsports Park's Icebreaker on Sunday. As a result of winning the second qualifying heat on Saturday, Eddie Mac started the 75 lap feature from the outside pole position in the EXIT Realty Beatrice Associates/Grimm Racing Chevy and quickly established his dominance.
When the green flag waved, the Rowley, Mass. veteran racer drove to the lead exiting turn two from pole sitter D.J. Shaw on the first lap holding the lead until a lap 10 caution. On the restart, Eddie Mac spun the tires giving Shaw the lead until the next caution on lap 20 when the Dave Lemieux Chevy regained the lead with Eddie Mac saying, "I made a mistake on the previous restart, so I made an adjustment on the next one and I was able to get lead back. The car was really fast and once I had the lead I was able to use the power down the straights and the car handled great in the turns."

Eddie Mac passed only twice in the 75 lap twenty-two car field and both passes were over Shaw. From lap twenty on, the only serious contender was Eddie Fatscher, the fourteen year old from Long Island, New York with Eddie Mac saying, "Our car was really strong and the #51 gave us all we could handle. The kid drove a great race but I had enough power thanks to our engine builder Paul Rinaldi to hold off any challenges from him. The car got a little loose at the end but I guess everyone else did too. "

With two laps to go, Eddie Mac held a three car length lead on the #51 and would take the checkered flag to post his second win in the Dave Lemieux owned ride with the jubilant owner saying after the race, "This is a great win and I am so happy to have Eddie MacDonald driving my car. He is a fantastic driver and part of a fantastic team. Everyone works so hard from the guys in the shop to the crew at the track. Rollie (LaChance-crew chief) did a great job setting up the car and Paul Rinaldi builds great engines. I do this for fun and I couldn't ask to be with a better group of people."

"I owe so much to our K&N owner Rob Grimm for everything he has done for us; it is always special when we get a win," said Eddie Mac after the race. "Rob is a huge part of everything we do whether it is in the K&N, PASS, or ACT racing. Today, Rollie had a great set up and the crew worked hard in the shop and on the track to get this car ready. Joe St. Jacques hung the new nose after Dick Casey stripped all the damage after getting wrecked at Seekonk last season and Joe did a beautiful job. Brian Neal from Neal Excavating did a lot of work to get this car ready along with John Tiernan. We have a lot of people to thank for our win including Rob Drandson, Craig Laroche, Ryan LaChance, Kenny G, and Laura LaChance. Jolene Drandson keeps everyone informed with our progress at the track on social media. Special thanks to my girlfriend Kelyn Harrell for all her support. This is really a team effort and a win would not be possible without the commitment from every one of these people."

Eddie Mac will compete next in the K&N Pro Series event at Bristol Motor Speedway on April 22, and then fly back early the next morning to race in the ACT Governor's Cup 150 at his family owned track, Lee USA Speedway in Lee, N.H. on Sunday, April 23.
Photos by Richard Casey
Photos by Norm Marx

Lee USA Speedway

Bristol Motor Speedway

Eddie MacDonald Prepares
for April Season Openers
Eddie MacDonald will take the green flag in the Pro All-Star Series opener in the Icebreaker PASS race at Thompson Motorsports Park on Sunday, April 2 in the first of three races scheduled in the month in three different series. Eddie Mac will also compete in Bristol Motor Speedway for the K&N Pro Series East event on April 22 and then head to  the American Canadian Tour's Governor's Cup at his home track Lee USA Speedway on April 23.

"As you can imagine, we have been extremely busy preparing the cars for three different series but we are looking forward to getting things going and improving on our performance from last season," said the veteran Rowley, Mass. racer. "We are going to pick and choose the races we run in this season and we hope the flexibility will allow us to better prepare for the races we run. Last year was very hectic trying to run as many races as we did. We were not pleased with our performance in the K&N series and we are re-doubling our efforts to be more successful."

Currently, Eddie Mac and the Grimm Racing Team is scheduled to compete in four K&N events with the first on the "World's Fastest Half-Mile" in Bristol, Tennessee with Eddie Mac saying, "We absolutely love racing at Bristol and have enjoyed some success there. We won there in 2014, finished sixth in 2015, and eighth there last year. The competition in this series is incredible and we really have to be prepared to run and finish well against those teams. Our team owner Rob Grimm gives us everything we need for the Grimm Construction Chevy to be competitive, so it will be fun to kick off our season with a solid showing at Bristol. We plan to run at Thompson, Loudon, and Dover this season in the K&N so our focus will be on preparing the best cars for each race. The entire team is excited and ready to go."

The Icebreaker at Thompson is an important event to kick off the racing series throughout New England and Eddie Mac would like nothing better that to kick off the PASS race with a win on the fast, high-banked five-eighths of a mile speedway. The super late model owned by Dave Lemieux is receiving the finishing touches at crew chief Rollie LaChance's shop in preparation for the upcoming event with Eddie Mac saying," We are looking forward to starting our season at Thompson in Dave's car. We won the inaugural race at Loudon in it in 2015 so we know we have a good piece. We have done quite a bit of work on it for the season opener so we think it will be fast. Thompson is a great track if you are fast especially with the long front and back straightaways you need all the power you can get. We plan to run a limited schedule in the PASS and Granite State series. After Thompson we will be returning to Bristol to run in the Super Late Model race on May 21. We also plan to run at Loudon and Oxford in the 250. We may add other races as the season progresses."

The ACT Governor's Cup at Lee USA Speedway on April 23 is the one race that Eddie Mac would certainly love to win since his parent's own the track with Eddie Mac saying, "Winning the ACT race at Lee would be a great feeling for my family and all our supporters. I started my racing career at Lee as a teenager and love racing there. The ACT competition is fierce and getting a win there is huge. I am pleased to say we will have EXIT Realty and Hancock Electric on board this year as sponsors. We decided this season, along with our car owner Freddie Peterson, that we would run a partial schedule this season. We competed in the full schedule last year and we felt it would be better to run selected races this year. We will run at Thunder Road and White Mountain initially then add races as the season progresses. Of course Loudon, Beech Ridge, Thompson, and Seekonk are always in consideration. We are excited to get the ACT season going and a win at Lee would be awesome."

2017 Schedule
  Date Track Location Length

Thompson Speedway
Motorsports Park

The 43rd Icebreaker
Thompson, CT .625

Bristol Motor Speedway

NKNPS East Bristol
Bristol, TN  .533 
Lee USA Speedway

The Goveror's Cup
Lee, NH  .375

Thunder Road Speedbowl

The Merchants Bank 150
Barre, VT  .250 

Bristol Motor Speedway

The US Short Track Nationals
Bristol, TN  .533 

White Mountain Motrosports Park 
North. Woodstock, NH  .250 

New Hampshire Motor Speedway
Loudon, NH 1.058

Thompson Speedway
Motorsports Park

NKNPS East Thompson
Thompson, CT .625

New Hampshire Motor Speedway

United Site Services 70
Loudon, NH 1.058

Oxford Plains Speedway 

The 44th Oxford 250
Oxford, ME .375 

Dover International Speedway

NKNPS East Dover
Dover, DE 1.00

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.  (

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.

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. (

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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