2009 Race Stories and Photos


Toyota All-Star Showdown
Irwindale, CA - January 23-24

Friday activities cut to 1/2 hour of practice by rain for most of the day - Eddie 34th out of 56 cars on track. All three races will now run on a very long Saturday.

Saturday sees rain again right up until the lineup for time trials. Eddie times for a 12th place start.

Rough race with Eddie first heavily damaged in a
multicar tangle on lap 53. Eddie pits many times to repair damage to the nose.

More wrecks and a couple of red flags. After coming back up into the top 15, on lap 182 Eddie is turned around and put into the turn four wall. More damage including the fuel cell hanging down ends the effort with a 27th place.



Armed with two track championships and a trophy room full of hardware from the 2008 racing season, Eddie has his sights set on adding the trophy for the “ Daytona 500” of short track racing to open the 2009 season this Saturday night in the Grimm Construction Chevy.

Eddie and the Grimm Racing Team will compete in the field of the best forty drivers from NASCAR’s top divisions, the Camping World East and West Series, and regional champions in the
Toyota All-Star Showdown in Irwindale, California on January 23-24. The Showdown has attracted such names as Joey Logano, Ron Hornaday, David Gilliland, Matt Crafton, and New England legend Ted Christopher. Sixty-two teams have entered with hopes to make the starting grid in the popular event that will be televised live on Speed Channel on both nights starting at 10:00 pm.

The Rowley, Mass. racer is guaranteed a starting position in the field by virtue of his June win at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Eddie completed the sweep of both Loudon races with a win in September earning the NHMS Lincoln Electric Airgas Track Championship. That very afternoon, “Eddie Mac”, as he is known in the racing circles, won the Oxford Plains Late Model Challenge Championship. This one-day accomplishment earned Eddie the Quarter Master Performance of the Year Award. The acknowledgements continued at The Camping World banquet with the veteran driver receiving the POWERade Move of the Race Award and the Featherlite Most Improved Driver Award.

“We had a very good year and now our goal is to build on that with a strong showing at the Showdown,” said Eddie while making final adjustments on the car at his Newbury, Mass. garage. “We are going there to win. We finished fifth last year and know we can do better especially with the team and equipment we have now. We just have to be in position at the end to have a chance and I am very confident we can do it. ”

With seven years in the series, formerly known as the Busch North Series, Eddie had the reputation as doing the best with a limited budget against much better financed teams. A year and a half ago, the team’s fortunes improved significantly when Rob Grimm of Waymart, Pennsylvania became team owner. In its first full season Grimm Racing stunned the racing world with the prestigious wins while finishing seventh in the points. This was no small task since NASCAR’s top developmental series boasts the names of DEI, Gibbs, and Schrader among the teams competing in the highly competitive division.

Eddie is appreciative for everything the new team owner has done saying, “It is fantastic to be part of Grimm Racing. Rob’s given us all the equipment we need to compete every week. The equipment is so much better than what we’ve had in the last few years. He lets us make all the decisions on set-ups and how we race. He supports everything we do and is our biggest fan.”

With crew chief Rollie LaChance and the team in sync after a full season and with Grimm’s commitment to race the full 2009 season, Eddie believes everything is in place for a successful campaign beginning with the Showdown saying, “We’ve had a whole year now on our equipment. We had some new cars last year and learned a great deal about them. So now we can fine-tune them instead of trying a lot of different things at each track to get the right set-up, so we expect to improve on everything we did last year. It just feels great to know everything is set for the upcoming season.”

Optimism and expectations begin on the fast, high-banked half-mile oval on Friday with practice and qualifying with Eddie saying, “Even though we are guaranteed a spot we want to start up front to avoid wrecks and not have to use the car up too quickly. We want to be able to run for two hundred laps then really push it the last fifty to be in contention for the win at the end. We have a lot of practice time Friday so we should get a good handle on the track. We give up a little in qualifying set-up so we can be there at the end. Rollie does a great job preparing the car and making adjustments we need during the race. This is a fun track because of all the grooves you can run. For most of the race you run the high groove but near the end all the guys are going three and four wide. It gets crazy but it is a lot of fun.”

Asked what winning the Showdown would mean to him, the twenty-eight year old stated, “A win at Irwindale would be just as cool as winning at NHMS. I’ve wanted to win at Loudon for a long time and just going out there with just the prestige, with no points involved, and going for the win would rank right up there with the Loudon victories. We feel confident because Rob has given us the stability and ability to set higher goals. The guys are ready and I want to thank our other sponsors: NEMO, New England Mechanical Overlay, HMS Motorsports of Danvers, A&B Vending, and Waymart Building Supply. I want to thank all our fans and hope they’ll all be watching this weekend.”

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