2008 Race Stories and Photos
January to July 21st
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NASCAR Star Harvick Wins Maine Late Model Race....and It's a Big Deal to
Eddie led 120 of the first 132 laps, cashing
in $12,000 in lap leader bonus money. Winner Cup star Kevin Harvick dove
inside Eddie on lap 132 to take the lead and hold it to the checkers.
After drawing the Pole for Heat 3, Eddie led from green to checkers to earn the
3rd place starting spot on the grid of 42 cars
out of 86 competitors present! Go to the
Speed51 Grid Chart for the full layout of the starting grid and how it
EDDIE DOMINATES FIRST HALF OF OXFORD PLAINS 250
With one half of
Eddie’s and Rollie’s goal to win at Loudon and Oxford realized, the dynamic
duo came within a set of tires of winning the famed TD Bank North 250 in the
rain delayed Late Model classic on Monday night, July 21st. Eddie dominated
the first 126 laps in a show of power and handling. Eddie and Rollie have
achieved great success with this car especially at Oxford in the ACT Tour
races this season.
Eddie started the race
in the third position after winning his qualifying heat on Sunday before the
rains washed out the rest of the program. When the green flag finally waved
after an extended rain delay, Eddie made one of his typical outside power
moves to take the lead from the pole sitter on lap six and wowed the crowd
with the impressive display.
Over the next 120
laps, Eddie fought off several challenges including those made by Cup driver
Kevin Harvick, Joey Pole, and Shawn Martin. The #17 was a rocket and could
easily open up three to five car length leads after a few laps on each
restart. Even nine caution flags in the first half of the race could not
slow the veteran Rowley, Mass. driver as he repeatedly fought off any and
all challenges. Joey Pole made an inside pass for the lead on lap 52 but
Eddie was able to take the lead back two laps later.
“The car was
fantastic. It was fast and handled extremely well. I was a little loose
getting in the turns but it was great. The bottom was the fast way around
but when I got a few car lengths lead I moved up the track to save the tires
and it worked great. When the car is this good you can drive it anywhere,”
Eddie said after the race.
However, the mandatory
five-minute pit stop for all competitors on lap 126 proved to be the undoing
for the team’s run for first place and the $25,000 to the winner. After the
break, Eddie started on the pole with Harvick on the outside but it became
evident very quickly that something was not right with Eddie’s car. Harvick
took the lead on lap 129 and Eddie’s car started to fall back.
“During the break we
put on two sticker tires and two scuff tires from the qualifier but the
stagger was way off and the tires just never came in like we thought they
would. We knew they were not like the first set so we tried to adjust them
with air pressure but it didn’t work. The car was loose getting in, tight in
the center, and loose getting off,” said a very disappointed Eddie.
Eddie battled to the
end with Brent Dragon to finish eighth knowing what could have been saying,
“If we had those same tires from the first half of the race we definitely
would have been in contention for the win.”
Besides winning eighth
place money, Eddie also pocketed $12,000 in bonus money for leading 120
laps, each lap worth $100.00. Eddie and Rollie will team up again for
Saturday’s, July 26, NASCAR Camping World Series East race at Adirondack,
New York in the Grimm/Nemo sponsored Chevy
East Race 7 - Sat., July 19th -
Presented by Dollar General
- Nashville, TN - .596 mile oval
MECHANICAL PROBLEMS END EDDIE’S NIGHT in NASHVILLE
Eddie’s 24th place finish in the Strutmasters.com 150 at the Music City
Complex in Nashville ended a night of frustration for the Grimm/Nemo
sponsored Chevy that began with mechanical problems with an aircraft. Crew
chief Rollie LaChance’s plane developed oil problems prior to take off that
left him stranded in Boston unable to make it to Nashville on time for the
Without LaChance calling the shots in practice the team struggled to post
17th fastest runs in both practices. Eddie managed to qualify the car in
twelfth with a time of 19,772 seconds (108.517 mph). The plan was to just
run the car without loosing any positions but more bad luck was on the way.
“We knew the car was not fast so we just wanted to hold our ground and
hopefully avoid the wrecks and pick off the cars that we could. Obviously it
didn’t happen that way. The crew did a great job getting the car ready, but
without Rollie there we knew we were in for a struggle. I was just cruising
along when the #03 spun in front of me on lap 21 but I was able to get the
car stopped without making contact. The car behind me didn’t stop and plowed
me into the #03 causing a lot of damage,” said a very frustrated driver.
After a couple of trips to the pits for repairs, the #71 returned to the
track and was able to run in the 19th position until another problem on lap
85 forced the Rowley, Mass. driver to the pits for the final time of the
“The fuel pump quit on us and that ended a miserable night. This has to be
one of the most frustrating nights we have ever had. Nothing seemed to right
from the start. Without Rollie, the car not running well, and getting hit
early the whole day was an uphill battle that we lost. Everyone tried their
hardest but it didn’t seem like anything was going in the right direction
for us. The fuel pump quitting was the final straw but we will regroup for
next week’s race at Adirondack next week. We will feel sorry for ourselves
tonight but there is no quit in this team. This was a tough night for our
team owner Rob Grimm but he’s always there supporting us every race with his
positive attitude. We’ve been in situations like this before and bounced
back and that’s what we will do this week,” said Eddie after the race.
The team boasts one win this season with three top five finishes so they
will be looking to turn things around for next Saturday’s, July 26, Edge
Hotel 150 NASCAR Camping World Series East race at Adirondack International
East Race 6 - Sat., July 12th - Pepsi Full Fendered Frenzy 100
Thompson, CT - 5/8 mile oval
FINISHES 15th in FULL FENDER FRENZY at THOMPSON
|Eddie fought an ill-handling
racecar and a late race flat tire to finish 15th in the Camping
World Series East Full Fender Frenzy 100 at Thompson International.
After the huge win at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Eddie and the
team had high hopes for another solid finish but things did not turn
out as planned.
Eddie had issues with the NEMO/Grimm Construction Chevy from the
start of the race saying, “The car was tight in the turns and loose
getting off so it was a handful. We made a bunch of changes after
practice with springs, shocks, sway bar, pretty much everything, and
luckily we ended up qualifying third. That was a good sign since we
haven’t qualified too good this year. It was a little too loose but
we thought it would get better when the track tightened up during
the race. Obviously, that didn’t happen but I want to thank Rollie
and the crew for all their hard work There is just no quit in any of
When the green flag waved, Eddie started in the third position and
immediately lost three spots when the pole-sitter did not have a
good start. By lap 15, the No. 71 was running in seventh place
despite the tight condition. The Rowley, Mass. driver was able to
maintain that position and after two caution flags on laps 33 and 38
moved into fifth place. However, the handling of the car worsened
and Eddie dropped back to eighth on the lap 57 restart.
“The car was just washing up in the turns so all I could do was just
drive it in deep and hope for it to turn but when I got on the gas
the rear tires were breaking loose. I was just trying to hang on for
a top ten finish but then the other shoe dropped. It simply wasn’t
our day. It is really lousy for everyone because we improved so much
from practice to qualify well and felt confident we had a top five
While running eighth a caution flag flew on lap 84 and on the next
lap Eddie was forced to the pits with a flat tire. “I don’t know if
I ran over anything but we decided to come in again after changing
the tire to loosen the car up and boy did we. It was way to loose so
at that point we just wanted to finish the race and bring the car
home in one piece. That was about the only bright spot of the race.
I really feel bad for Rob Grimm, NEMO, and the crew. After
qualifying third we really thought we had something. But this is
racing so we will just go on from here and get ready for Nashville
The 15th place finish drops Eddie one position to seventh in the
point’s race. With the win at NHMS, the team is guaranteed a spot in
the Toyota All-Star Showdown to be held at Irwindale Speedway in
California scheduled in January 2009.
Eddie and the crew will perform double duty next weekend. On July
19th they will race in the Camping World Series East event at the
Music City Motorplex in Nashville, Tenn., then fly that night to
Portland, Maine to race the next day in the famed Oxford 250 at the
Oxford Plains Speedway.
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News & Notes:
Kobyluck, MacDonald hitting their stride
at the perfect time -
FULL STORY HERE
East Race 5 - Fri., June 26th - Heluva Good! Summer 125
- Loudon, NH - 1.058 mile oval
"This is just awesome.
It hasn't really sunk in yet."
|At track reports from:
Travis Barret at
Mike Twist at
Speed51 - Alan
Eddie Wins Heluva
Good! Summer 125 at NHMS
Eddie posted his first ever win at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and
did so in dramatic fashion with a fantastic green-white-checkered
finish in the NASCAR Camping World East Series Heluva Good! Summer
125. The NEMO/Grimm Construction sponsored Chevy battled the #1 car
door-to-door swapping the lead several times over five laps until a
caution flag on lap 122 forced the overtime.
An excited Eddie said of the restart, “The one car kept driving into
me before the caution so I just wanted to get away from him on the
restart since he was a little erratic in the turns. I knew I had a
great car and I was able to pull away for the win.” The win is also
the first NASCAR win at the newly renamed New Hampshire Motor
Speedway and will be long remembered as one of the most competitive
races in the series at the track.
Due to Thursday’s washout, Eddie started tenth in the race based on
point’s standing. During the morning practice session the #71 tied
for ninth fastest with a time of 31.116 seconds (122.406mph) around
the “Magic Mile”.
“We were fast right from the start so I knew if we just ran our race
we would be there at the end,” said Eddie then adding, “We were a
little tight in the middle of the turns but the car kept getting
better. Rollie (LaChance) did such a great job. It is hard to
believe how many hours he puts in while managing a full time job and
raising his young kids. I could not be any happier for him and his
wife Laura. Our entire team is made up of volunteers so this win is
all the sweeter.”
When the green flag waved Eddie began his march to the front and by
lap 20 he was in third place. On lap 22, he pitted for fuel only,
returning to the track in the 13th position then moving through the
field and into sixth when another yellow flag flew on lap 35. Four
of the leaders pitted and when the green flag waved, Eddie passed
the #03 on the lap 41 restart for the lead, holding it for 30 laps.
A caution on lap 82 allowed Eddie to pit for right-side tires then
marched through the pack from his 21st position narrowly missing a
huge back stretch wreck on lap 101.
“We usually have fast cars here but something stupid always seems to
happen to us so it was nice to miss that one. I had my left side
tires in the grass but I was able to hang onto it,” said the Rowley,
Mass. driver. “We knew we were in a great position to get the win
after that and it sure was a lot of fun”
The final laps had the crowd on its feet for the effort as everyone
on the team shared the emotion in victory lane. Rollie showed his
happiness at winning the “big one” saying, “This isn’t just any
race, this is Loudon!”
Team owner Rob Grimm said after the race, “This is awesome. Just to
be here and get the win is really special but as I have said before
it is our people that make it happen. They are incredible. To win
Loudon is huge.”
New England Mechanical Overlay sponsors Ron and Becky Bennett were
equally ecstatic with the win, “This is such a great win. To win
here is such an unbelievable feeling. It is really special. You have
to be happy for the entire team for all their hard work.”
Eddie seemed to put it all in perspective saying in his very
off-track laid back demeanor saying, “This is cool.”
The NASCAR Camping World East Series will race next at the famed
Thompson International Speedway on July 12 where Eddie has a
7 - Sat., June
21st - Dunkin' Donuts 150
Another Top Five Finish in the ACT Tour
Eddie added another top five finish with a solid second place run in
the ACT Late Model Tour’s Dunkin Donuts 159 at Maine’s Oxford Plains
Speedway on Saturday. Eddie started 18th in the field then made his
typical run to the front with relentless outside passing.
Starting deep in the field in his qualifying heat, Eddie needed to
finish fourth but came up one spot shy and had to race in the last
chance consi. Starting on the pole in that one, Eddie won easily for
the 18th position on the grid. Fifth-one cars attempted to qualify
for the 33-car field.
When the green flag waved, Eddie’s primary concern was to stay out
of trouble and take positions when available. Eddie said, “Where we
started, we just had to be patient and miss the wrecks but there
were so few cautions, we just kept picking cars off one at a time.
The car handled great on the outside so I was able to stay out there
and get a lot of cars.”
With Eddie battling through the pack, Joey Pole was able to open up
a substantial lead so when Eddie moved into second, he had to hope
for a caution to catch the leader. “I think if we had another five
to ten laps I could have passed him, but I just didn’t have enough
time. We are really happy with the second place finish. Rollie and I
have had great success here at Oxford. It is a fun track to run.”
Eddie and the Grimm Construction Chevy team will run next as part of
the big Cup weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in the NASCAR
Camping World East Series this Friday June 27th. Practice and
qualifying will take place on Thursday.
|Dunkin' Donuts 150 (TOP-10)
11. (7) Joey Polewarczyk, Jr., Hudson, NH, Chevrolet, 150
2. (18) Eddie
MacDonald, Rowley, MA, Pontiac, 150
3. (17) Ricky Rolfe, Albany Twp., ME, Ford, 150
4. (10) Patrick Laperle, St-Denis, QC, Chevrolet, 150
5. (4) Glen Luce, Turner, ME, Chevrolet, 150
6. (6) Ben Rowe, Turner, ME, Chevrolet, 150
7. (3) Scott Payea, Milton, VT, Ford, 150
8. (32) Brent Dragon, Milton, VT, Chevrolet, 150
9. (1) Jean-Paul Cyr, Milton, VT, Chevrolet, 150
10. (25) Scott Robbins, Dixfield, ME, Chevrolet, 150
East Race 4 - Sun., June 8th - 125 at the Glen
- Watkins Glen, NY - 2.45 mile road course
Blown Engine Ruins Eddie’s Run
at Watkins Glen - 27th
Eddie’s race in the NASCAR Camping World 125 at Watkins Glen International
came to an end on lap six with a blown engine. The Grimm Construction Chevy
qualified 13th and the veteran driver had hopes for another top five finish
this season but it came apart very quickly.
Eddie said after the race, “I don’t know what happened to the engine. It
didn’t give any indication that something was wrong. I was just trying to
pick it up a little after we started but it just let go. We ran okay in
practice and a bit better in qualifying so this was a real surprise. It was
a brand new engine with only 30 laps on it so we will bring it to the engine
builder to see if we can find out what happened, but the engine is junk
after the two rods blew out.”
With the DNF, Eddie slipped from fourth in the points to eleventh. The Grimm
Chevy finished third at Greenville-Pickens to open the season, then posted a
fourth place finish at South Boston Speedway in the last race. The only
blemish in the first three events was a 37th place finish at Iowa Speedway
after getting into a wreck on lap 67. MacDonald’s only run at the Glen was a
third place finish in 2004, so expectations were high for another solid run.
“ We really improved quite a bit form our first practice (21st on the
charts) to our second practice run (12th on the charts) and we were a second
and a half faster qualifying (76.305 seconds-115.589 mph) so we knew we had
a car to compete. But those things happen and there is nothing you can do
about it. Hopefully we can rebound from this and have a great run at Loudon.
I just feel terrible for Rob Grimm and all our sponsors. The team really
works so hard, it is really disappointing but we will bounce back. It is a
long season,” Eddie speculated.
The Grimm Construction crew is already preparing the car to compete in the
NASCAR Camping World East Series 125 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway June
East Race 3 - Sat., May 31st - Strutmasters.com 150
- South Boston, VA - .400 mile oval
Eddie Posts 4th Place
Finish at South Boston Speedway
Eddie scored his second top five finish in three races in NASCAR’s Camping
World East Series with a fourth place run in the Strutmasters.com 150 at
South Boston Speedway in Virginia. The Rowley, Mass driver was competing in
his 100th start in the series.
Eddie said after the race, “We are very happy with our finish especially
after getting spun out around lap thirty. The car was pretty good but we
were off just a little because it was tight in the center of the turn.
Rollie and the crew did a great job working on it in practice and it was
better in qualifying.”
When the green flag waved, Eddie was in the 16th spot and was maintaining
his position when he was hit from behind causing him to spin out. No caution
was thrown so by the time Eddie gathered the Grimm Construction Chevy back
up, he was at the tail of the field.
“There was a wreck in front of me and I slowed down but someone got into me.
We went to the back and we just decided to take it easy, stay out of the
wrecks, and pass cars one at a time when we could. It worked out pretty good
and we were able to get a good finish out of it. The tires were used up
pretty bad after coming from the rear so we didn’t have much left to
challenge the leaders. This place is pretty neat. It’s like a cross between
Lee USA Speedway and Thompson International. It was a lot of fun racing here
because Rob Grimm gives us great cars and equipment. I also want to thank
NEMO, A&B Vending, Waymart Building Center, and all the people who give us
so much help and support,” said a very pleased Eddie.
The car was 21st fastest in the first practice session and after making some
adjustments, Eddie improved to 17th fastest. After more adjustments, the
Grimm Construction Chevy cut nearly a half-second of the first practice
Eddie said of the effort, “The car wasn’t great at the beginning but Rollie
just kept after it and it got a lot better. Of course, everyone says it
could be better, and we could have, but this is what we had and we were able
to make it work. We were decent on the outside so I was able to make the
The team will be busy preparing for the June 8th race at Watkins Glen
International. Eddie has a third place finish in his debut at the famed road
course and hopes a repeat performance is in the cards.
East Race 2 - Sun., May 18th -
US Cellular 200
- Newton, Iowa - .875 mile oval
Started 20th of 44 cars - Completed 149 laps
for 38th place.
EDDIE FINISHES 38th AT
Eddie’s hopes for a top ten finish
in the Camping World US Cellular 200 at Iowa Speedway ended with a wreck on
lap 67. The crew was able to get the Grimm Construction Chevrolet back on
the track but many laps down.
After disappointing practice sessions, Eddie qualified 20th for the two
hundred lap event. The Rowley, Mass. driver said, “The car was a lot better
in qualifying than it was earlier this morning in practice. We thought we
would be better than this but we had a little learning to do. We’ll see how
it goes in the race and hope to stay out of trouble. We have a new car at a
track we have never seen before and it is a lot different than what we
expected. With the bumps in the tunnel turn we had to change the car around
to get over those bumps a little better.”
Even though the team had a successful testing session at Loudon earlier in
the week, the new coil-binding set-up presented problems at the fast,
high-banked 7/8ths of a mile oval. Crew chief Rollie LaChance said before
the race, “We are learning this car. It is a brand new car and the first
time we practiced with it was at Loudon. We are playing around with the
coil-bind set-up. But it is what we’ve got so we threw a bunch of stuff at
it and we learned a lot in practice. Now Eddie can drive it in deep but we
have a lot of trouble with the tunnel turn bumps. We just need to stay up
front, stay out of trouble a let the front guys come back to us and have a
Team owner Rob Grimm was pleased with the qualifying effort saying, “We are
real happy to be in the show. Rollie and the crew pulled together, made a
bunch of changes, and Eddie really drove the car to make all the difference.
The best part of this team is our people. We are starting to get good
equipment but the people are what make the team.”
The strategy to run easy and take what was given worked when by lap 12 Eddie
drove the car into the 15th spot and was able to hold that position until
the #81 made the pass on lap 45. Despite slipping back to 18th by lap 52,
the Grimm Chevy restarted in tenth place after a lap 55 caution. With a
number of the leaders stopping for tires, Rollie knew what would happen next
saying, “I knew the guys who stopped early would be kind of roughshod coming
back through the pack and unfortunately it was us that got it. We just
wanted to let them go. We had a window we wanted to get into to make the
changes. We had a good plan and I think we could have finished in the top
That was not to be the case when on lap 67, the #35 moved under Eddie while
the 08 made it three-wide on the back straightaway. Eddie’s #75 made contact
with the 08 sending him into the wall. The crew made the needed repairs
behind the wall but returned to the track 32 laps down. More repairs were
needed relegating Eddie to the 38th position.
Eddie said after the race, “We were pretty happy with the car. We just
didn’t get to run it as much as we wanted. We were hoping to come in to make
our adjustments. I thought we would be really good but we never had the
chance. That was the most unfortunate part. The crew really worked hard all
weekend and Rob is giving us what we need so we will continue to get better
Even though the race did not pan out as planned, Rob was optimistic saying,
“ We looked good early. The crew did a fantastic job getting us back out
there after the wreck. Everybody pitched in, got it back out there and we
finished. We gained a few positions that will be important for the points at
the end of the year.
The crew will next be preparing for the NASCAR Camping World Series
Strutmasters.com 150 at the South Boston Speedway on May 31.
2 - Sat. April
26th - New England Dodge Dealers 150
Eddie came from 17th to 4th & had a
lengthy battle with Brent Dragon for 3rd during a long green run.
With a 2nd and a 4th, Eddie should be
near the top of the ACT points standings.
ACT Race 1 - Sun., April
The NH Governor's Cup 100
Chris Michaud, 3rd; Winner Joey Pole, and Eddie, 2nd
“Outlaw” Eddie MacDonald Takes Second in the Governor’s Cup 100 at
Lee USA Speedway
After a solid finish in the Camping World Series opener at Geenville-Pickens
Speedway Saturday night, Eddie headed to his home track at Lee USA
Speedway to participate in the Governor’s Cup 100 in the ACT Tour
series opener Sunday afternoon to finish second.
Before a huge opening day crowd, starting positions for heats, consi,
and a B-main determined the thirty starting positions of the 51 ACT
cars in attendance, while using a plus-minus points system. Eddie
started eighth and finished fourth in his heat with a tremendous
three-wide outside run. By virtue of his plus 4 rating, Eddie
started fifth in the feature.
Eddie was able to use the outside groove again as he battled to
maintain his position. Eddie decided to take it easy to save his
tires for the end. A restart on lap 66 hurts Eddie’s chances when
lapped cars were allowed to restart in front instead of sending them
to the rear. This really set up a battle to get to the front to
challenge Joey “Pole”. After getting through the lapped traffic,
Eddie had to deal with Scott Payea, Randy Porter, and Chris Michaud
so he could get after the leader. After moving into second place on
lap 82, Eddie set his sights on the leader but just ran out of laps.
“I probably waited to long to get going but that restart really
hurt. I was closing in on Joey and I think if I had a few more laps
I could of got him. Really though, we are happy with the second
place run and we will give it another try next week at Oxford
Plains,” said Eddie after the race.
Eddie and the team posted their first win at the famed Oxford oval
last year and would like nothing better than to return to victory
East Race 1- Sat., April 19th -
Eddie started 28th on an owner provisional and
fought his way thru the pack to a
5th Place Finish!
The Race - American Revolution
150 Presented By Kevin Whitaker Chevrolet
The Place - Greenville-Pickens Speedway, Greenville, S.C.
The Date - April 19
The Time - 8 p.m. ET
TV Schedule - SPEED (delayed)
Track Layout - .500-mile paved
Race Purse - $129,650 2006
MACDONALD FINISHES FIFTH AT GREEVILLE-PICKENS SPEEDWAY
Eddie came from the back of the
pack to score a solid fifth place finish in the An American Revolution 150
at the famed half-mile track. Starting 28th in the 30-car field, Eddie
stayed out of trouble to move the Grimm Construction Chevrolet to a very
respectable top five finish in the Camping World East Series opener.
“We were just terrible in practice. The car was just sliding all over the
place. The crew went to work and changed a number of things for qualifying.
Usually Rollie dials it in but this time it just didn’t work out,” said the
frustrated driver after his run.
After running 26th in practice the Grimm Chevy did pick up three tenths of a
second but fell short of qualifying for the race. The team made it to the
feature on an owner’s provisional, starting near the tail.
“Because it was an impound race, we did not have a chance to adjust anything
on the car. All we could do was to get out there, steer clear of any crashes
and move up when we had the chance. I knew if we could miss the wrecks that
usually happen in the back, then I could start picking them off one at a
time and that’s what happened,” said Eddie of the only strategy available to
As the race progressed MacDonald was able to move through the field saying,
“It seemed like a lot of cars were loosing the grip but our car stayed the
same. We really didn’t loose anything until the end. This is the same car we
brought here two years ago and we had the same set –up in it so we knew, or
hoped we knew, that it would be good in the late stages of the race. Rollie
just has that knack of doing it right so we are there at the end.”
By the lap 128 restart, Eddie was running solidly in the fifth spot but knew
he had nothing left for the leaders saying, “The car started getting loose
at the end. I knew we had a solid fifth place finish but not enough to
challenge for the lead. We are very happy for our top five run and hope to
get even better at our next race in Iowa. I want to thank my sponsor Rob
Grimm, my team, and all the other people for giving us the opportunity to
run the full schedule. We feel this will be the first of a number of top
News & Notes
22nd NASCAR Camping World Series East
Season Set To Roll
April 16, 2008
The NASCAR Camping World Series East
opens its 22nd season Saturday, April 19 at historic Greenville-Pickens
Speedway in Greenville, S.C. An exciting and unpredictably competitive
season is forecast for the 13-event schedule, which takes the series to a
dozen tracks in nine states.
The departure of 2007 series champion
Joey Logano to the NASCAR Nationwide Series assures a first-time series
champion in 2008. An outstanding rookie class is assembling. Determined
veterans, meanwhile, are primed for a run at the championship. Other
variables to monitor are new driver/team combinations and the performances
of four NASCAR national series teams fielding efforts for seven drivers.
The championship race is wide-open.
FULL STORY AT NASCAR HOME
Seven To Watch This Camping World East Season
by Penny Aicardi
Motorsports & Robert Grimm Racing, LLC
Join Forces for 2008 Camping World Series
After months of preparation,
MacDonald Motorsports and Robert Grimm Racing, LLC are excited to announce
their plans for 2008 season in the NASCAR Camping World Series.
MacDonald Motorsports with Eddie MacDonald and Rollie Lachance will be
combining forces with Robert Grimm Racing (RGR) for the 2008 Camping World
Series season. They will be fielding the #71 Chevy Monte Carlos of Robert
Grimm Racing (RGR) full time under the East Series banner. MacDonald as
driver, Lachance as crew chief and Grimm as car owner.
MacDonald's success in 2007 includes his season debut at Stafford Motor
Speedway in Victory Lane and the top 5 finish at the 2007 All-Star Showdown
in Irwindale, CA. MacDonald Motorsports will be parking their #48 for the
#71 full time ride with RGR.
"I had a good season in 2007 running part time in the #48 and part time in
the #71 for Rob (Grimm) but this opportunity to run full time for Rob and
still with Rollie as my crew chief was too good to pass up", stated
"Rob has been busy the past few months getting us really good competitive
equipment for the'08 season. Combining teams is something that Eddie and I
are really looking forward to", continued Lachance.
Lachance has been MacDonald's crew chief for the past three years in the
NASCAR Camping World Series (formally the Busch East Series) and together
they have two wins during that time.
Robert Grimm Racing entered the NASCAR Camping World Series arena in 2007
having MacDonald driving select races in his #71 Grimm Construction
Chevrolet. His best finish in the #71 was 5th at Adirondack Speedway.
"Last year I was learning about this series and with the help of Eddie and
Rollie, I decided I wanted to do it full time in 2008. Those guys (Rollie
and Eddie) have proven they can get it done with a limited budget. I'm
looking to make it easier for them to get it done more often with more
equipment at their disposal", reports Grimm.
"I'm looking forward to becoming a full time car owner in 2008. We are
concentrating hard on preparing for the upcoming season with competitive
equipment, personnel and sponsorship inquiries", continued Grimm.
The '08 season will begin on April 19 at Greenville-Pickens and with that
Robert Grimm Racing's goal will be to show up at each event with a car
capable of running in the top 5. RGR realizes that the NASCAR Camping World
Series has many top notch teams and hopes to become one of them.
For more information on sponsorship opportunities with R.G.R. contact Robert
Grimm, Owner, at 570-488-9700.
2008 NASCAR Camping
World Series East
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Dec. 15, 2007) –
Several new tracks join a list of historic venues that will make up the 2008
NASCAR Camping World Series schedule, as the top developmental series in
NASCAR presents a stronger, more geographically diverse mixture of short
tracks, speedways and road courses across the United States. Also today,
NASCAR announced that beginning in 2008, Camping World would be the new
title sponsor for the sport’s long-standing Grand National Division, East
and West Series.
The NASCAR Camping
World Series calendar will run on 23 tracks in 16 states, including a return
trip to Iowa Speedway for a combination race between the East and West on
the 7/8-mile tri-oval in Newton, Iowa. Last year’s event drew almost 25,000
fans that witnessed an epic battle in which 17-year-old Joey Logano, the
eventual 2007 East champion, outdueled 2007 Daytona 500 winner Kevin Harvick
to claim the victory.
Five NASCAR Camping
World Series events will run in conjunction with NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
race weekends in 2008. Additional companion events are scheduled with the
NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and the Grand-Am Rolex Series.
“We’ve built upon the
momentum of a very strong 2007 season by bolstering the calendar for 2008
with several exciting new race tracks on both sides of the Mississippi,”
said NASCAR’s Managing Director of Racing Operations, George Silbermann.
“With the support of Camping World, our new series sponsor, along with a
great group of race promoters, some outstanding competitors, and a
comprehensive national television package airing on Speed and HDNet, we are
looking forward to a terrific 2008 season.”
The schedules for the
NASCAR Camping World Series East and West will each include 13 races.
The East will take the
green flag for the first race April 19 at Greenville-Pickens Speedway in
The East season will
conclude Sept. 28 at Stafford (Conn.) Motor Speedway.
Other key dates:
- The 2008 NASCAR
Camping World Series schedule includes races on four road courses. The East
will run at Lime Rock Park in Connecticut, in addition to the first trip to
Watkins Glen International since 2004. The event at The Glen will run in
conjunction with the Grand-Am Rolex Series.
- The East includes
return trips to a number of historic southern tracks: Greenville-Pickens
Speedway in South Carolina — where the series will open the season for the
third year in a row — Virginia’s South Boston Speedway and the Music City
Motorplex at the fairgrounds in Nashville, Tenn. The East will also maintain
its northern roots by racing at Thompson International Speedway and the
season finale at Stafford, both in Connecticut, as well as returning to
Adirondack International Speedway in Beaver Falls, N.Y.
- Conjunction events
with the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series include two weekends at New Hampshire
Motor Speedway (June 27 and Sept. 12) and Sept. 19 at Dover International
Speedway for the East.
- The East events at
Mansfield Motorsports Park Aug. 23 and Stafford Sept. 28 will be run in
conjunction with the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour.
The broadcast schedule
for the 2008 NASCAR Camping World Series aired on HD Net and Speed will be
announced in the near future.
2008 Camping World
East Series Schedule
April 19, Greenville-Pickens Speedway (Greenville, S.C.)
May 18, Iowa Speedway (Newton, Iowa)
May 31, South Boston Speedway (South Boston, Va.)
June 8, Watkins Glen (Watkins Glen, N.Y.)
June 27, New Hampshire Motor Speedway (Loudon, N.H.)
July 12, Thompson International Speedway (Thompson, Conn.)
July 19, Music City Motorplex (Nashville, Tenn.)
July 26, Adirondack International Speedway (Beaver Falls, N.Y.)
Aug. 16, Lime Rock Park (Lakeville, Conn.)
Aug. 23, Mansfield Motorsports Park (Mansfield, Ohio)
Sept. 12, New Hampshire Motor Speedway (Loudon, N.H.)
Sept. 19, Dover International Speedway (Dover, Del.)
Sept. 28, Stafford Motor Speedway (Stafford Springs, Conn.)
Full Schedule Page Here
As New Series Sponsor For
Its Top Developmental Series
(Dec. 15, 2007) – The National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing
(NASCAR) announced today that Camping World, the country’s largest
RV and outdoor retailer, will become the title sponsor for NASCAR
Camping World Series beginning in 2008, entitling NASCAR’s top
developmental series – the long-standing Grand National Division,
East and West Series.
Over the years,
this series has helped launch the careers of many future NASCAR
stars, including current NASCAR Sprint Cup Series standouts Kevin
Harvick, Martin Truex, Jr., and David Gilliland, along with two-time
championship crew chief Greg Zipadelli. As the new title sponsor,
Camping World looks to continue the tradition of developing talented
young drivers that aspire to go on and excel in the highest levels
of NASCAR racing. Recent enhancements to the series included a
schedule with an expanded geographic reach, new competition and
cost-containment initiatives such as the new “spec engine” and
composite body, and a lowered age-limit to 16 for drivers.
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