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Rockingham Speedway
Rockingham, NC
Saturday, November 3rd - 2 PM
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Eddie MacDonald Closes Season at “The Rock”
The final race of the K&N Pro Series East season concluded with a 100 lap event on the fast, high-banked mile oval on the famed Rockingham Speedway. Eddie Mac came from deep in the pack to score his twelfth top ten finish of the fourteen race schedule. The Classic 3 Championship presented by RCR Racing Museum was the first appearance for the K&N Series and the fans witnessed an exciting show.

MacDonald had his work cut out for him after qualifying 22nd in the 30 car field on a track that is considered difficult on which to pass. The Grimm Construction Chevy moved to the front despite a loose handling car to finish a solid tenth when the checkered flag flew.

“We are pleased that we finished tenth especially with the handling of the car,” said MacDonald. “We were really disappointed with our qualifying run. We knew starting where we did would be difficult because this is such a tough track to pass on. To make matters worse the car was real loose in and out of the turns so I had to back up going into turn one so I could get a good exit coming out of turn two. That made it very hard to pass anyone but the car remained the way it was for the rest of the race and did not fall off.”

By lap 20, the Rowley, Mass. veteran moved into 16th saying, “It cuts good on the bottom and I’m not trying to abuse the tires so I’m not gaining a lot. It was tight at the beginning but it is getting a lot looser. It washes up the nose pretty good if I am not right on the bottom line but the way it feels I know it is going to loosen up a lot more.”

By lap 44 Eddie Mac’s prediction was right saying, “it is looser all the way around in and off both turns.” A wedge and tire pressure adjustments were made at the halfway break as MacDonald returned to the track in the 14th position. The #71 gained one more spot when the red flag waved when Dylan Presnell ended up on his roof and on fire on the backstretch. The young driver escaped injury and racing resumed with 17 laps to go and MacDonald in 12th. With five to go Eddie Mac rode in the 11th position. On the white flag lap, leader Brett Moffitt attempted to block eventual winner Tyler Reddick on the backstretch causing Moffitt to hit the wall that cost him the championship. The Grimm Racing Chevy was the lucky recipient of the crash to gain one more position for the top ten finish.

“Obviously we would have liked a better finish but we are happy to run where we did with the car we had today,” said MacDonald. “This series is so competitive I am pleased with our sixth place finish in the championship points. Team owner Rob Grimm also finished sixth in the points and I am very happy for him. He and his wife Carla have been great to us and we really appreciate everything they have done for us. Rollie, the crew, and I can’t thank them enough. I want to take this opportunity to thank the crew for all their hard work this season. This is a volunteer crew and we are competing against a lot of teams that have big payrolls, so for us to do as well as we have is a feather in their caps. We had some students from UNOH this weekend and they did an outstanding job for us. They are well prepared and that is a testament to the education they receive at UNOH. We may be a small team but we are blessed with a lot of caring, dedicated people and Rollie and I really appreciate all the support.”

Eddie Mac and the Grimm Racing Team will be recognized at The NASCAR Touring Awards banquet on December 8 at the NASCAR Hall of Fame Convention Center in Charlotte for the sixth place finish, as well as two Coke-Cola Move of the Race Awards.
Photos by Richard Casey
News & Notes: K&N East at Rockingham - HERE

FAST FACTS
The Race:
  The inaugural Classic 3 Championship pres. by RCR Racing Museum will be the first stand-alone event in NASCAR K&N Pro Series East history at Rockingham Speedway and the final event of the 2012 season.

The Procedure:  The maximum starting field will be 30 cars, including provisionals. The first 26 starting positions will be based on two-lap time trials and the remaining four will be filled through the provisional process. The race will be 100 laps (100 miles) with a 10 minute break at or near the conclusion of Lap 50.

The Track:  Rockingham is a one-mile asphalt oval with 22 degrees of banking in Turns 1 & 2 and 25 degrees in Turns 3 & 4. The facility opened in 1965 and held NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and NASCAR Nationwide Series races until 2004. The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series contested its inaugural event at the track this past April.

Series History: The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East competed in combination with the NASCAR Nationwide Series at Rockingham six times from 1987-92. Dana Patten registered the highest finish among the K&N Pro Series East competitors in those events, 10th overall in the 1989 race that was won by Nationwide Series driver Rob Moroso.

Statistical Advance: Classic 3 Championship presented by RCR Racing Museum - HERE
Eddie MacDonald (No. 71 Grimm Construction Chevrolet)
• Has six wins, two poles and 74 top 10s in 157 career starts.
• Became the 16th driver in series history to reach 150 career starts in June at Gresham.
• Is tied with Kyle Larson for the most top-10 finishes among all competitors this year with 11. Ranks sixth in points.
• Has three wins – all at New Hampshire – and 21 top 10s in 43 career speedway races.
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Rockingham Race Setup
• This will be the first stand-alone race in NASCAR K&N Pro Series East history at Rockingham Speedway.
• A four-way battle for the championship at Rockingham will include Kyle Larson, Brett Moffitt (-10), Corey LaJoie (-19) and longshot Chase Elliott (-30).
• Moffitt is the most-accomplished active driver on tracks .75 miles or larger with five wins, five poles and an average finish of sixth. LaJoie has two wins and an average finish of ninth while Larson has one win and an average finish of fourth. Elliott also has a speedway win and an average finish of 12th.
• LaJoie has won three of the previous four races and will attempt to become just the third driver in series history to record six wins in the same season.

At Rockingham Speedway:
• Opened in 1965.
• Held 78 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races from 1965-2004, 42 NASCAR Nationwide Series races from 1982-2004 and the first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event this past April.
• The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East competed in combination with the NNS six times from 1987-92.

Rockingham Speedway Data
Race: #14 of 14
Track Layout: 1-mile asphalt oval
• Race Length: 100 laps (100 miles)
• Banking/Turns 1&2: 22 degrees
• Banking/Turns 3&4: 25 degrees

Kevin Whitaker Chevrolet 140

Greenville Pickens Speedway
Greenville, SC
Sat.. October 27th - 8 PM

Tenth Place Finish for MacDonald

AFor the 11th time Eddie MacDonald posted a top ten finish in the 13 races run in the K&N Pro Series East this season. In the rescheduled Labor Day rainout at the Greenville Pickens’ “Old House of Racing”, Eddie Mac rallied to score a tenth place run despite early engine problems in the Kevin Whitaker 140 on the half mile oval.

“Something was wrong with the engine almost from the start of the race,” said MacDonald. “It ran great in practice and we ran in the top five, but something happened shortly after we took the green flag. It really messed up the rest of the race but we managed to get a top ten finish. We haven’t had a chance to find out what went wrong with it. We have our other car ready for Rockingham this Saturday so we are in good shape.”

Qualifying and the race was rained out on Labor Day and the field was set by points. The Grimm Construction Chevy started fifth as a result. The #71 held his position for a while but the horsepower wasn’t there to hold off the field for long. “It was tough to run with these guys since this place is pretty fast with the long straightaways,” said MacDonald. “I just tried to hang on and try not to lose too many spots until we made our pit stop.”

MacDonald headed to the pits after going a lap down at the halfway flag in the 13th position. The Rowley, Mass. veteran ran in the 15th position after getting his lap back on caution lap 125. “We were really struggling with the engine and then near the end of the race the handling went away so we needed something to happen to give us a chance for a better finish and we got it.”

The race extended to 146 laps and finished with a green/white checker finish. In the last turn on the last lap Corey Lajoie moved leader Brent Moffitt out of the way that resulted in a huge crash on the frontstretch just before the start/finish line taking out the top runners. MacDonald was able to miss the carnage to take the checkers in the tenth spot.
“It was really wild at the end, “said Eddie Mac. “Cars were flying everywhere and I couldn’t even see the start/finish line with the smoke covering the track. We got lucky to miss the wreck and it helped turn a bad night into a decent one. Now we are headed to Rockingham for our final race of the season and we have “Blackie” all ready to go. It is our Loudon car so we hope it will run well on the mile track at Rockingham. Hopefully we will have a strong run there to finish up.”

With the run, MacDonald and team owner Rob Grimm moved in to sixth position in the point’s race. The event will mark the first appearance for the K&N Pro Series East in the Inaugural Classic 3 presented by RCR Racing Museum on the legendary Rockingham Speedway mile oval. NASCAR has scheduled a test day for Thursday with practice and qualifying on Friday. The green flag will fly at 2 p.m. on Saturday.
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FAST FACTS
The Race:
  The second edition Kevin Whitaker Chevrolet 140 will mark the ninth all-time event for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East at Greenville Pickens Speedway, and the second of two in 2012.

The Procedure:  The starting field is 28 cars, including provisionals. The first 24 cars will qualify through two-lap time trials. The remaining four spots will be awarded through the provisional process. The race will be 140 laps (70 miles) straight through with no tire changes.

The Track:  Greenville Pickens is a half-mile asphalt oval with five degrees of banking in the turns. The facility opened in 1946 with a dirt racing surface and was paved in 1970. There were 29 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races held there from 1951-71.

Race Winners:   The eight previous K&N Pro Series East races in Greenville have produced seven different winners. Only Darrell Wallace Jr., who captured the first event of the season at GPS, has won at the track twice.

Pole Winners:  Like with race winners, there has been only one driver to earn multiple poles at GPS, Brett Moffitt. Moffitt set the qualifying record at 20.534 seconds (87.659 mph) in the 2011 season-opener, and his 2010 pole eclipsed Joey Logano’s series record as the youngest pole winner at 16 years, eight months.

Statistical Advance: Kevin Whitaker Chevrolet 140 - HERE
Eddie MacDonald (No. 71 Grimm Construction Chevrolet)
• Has six wins, two poles and 73 top 10s in 156 career starts.
• Became the 16th driver in series history to reach 150 career starts in June at Gresham.
• Is tied with points leader Kyle Larson for the most top-10 finishes among all competitors this year with 10.
• Has an average finish of 10th and a best result of third in seven career starts at GPS.

Active Series Career Leaders

Wins
1. Brett Moffitt … 9
2. Eddie MacDonald … 6
3. Dale Quarterley … 6
4. Darrell Wallace Jr. … 6
5. Corey LaJoie … 4

Poles
1. Brett Moffitt … 8
2. Dale Quarterley … 4
Darrell Wallace Jr. … 4
4. Eddie MacDonald … 2
Cale Conley … 2

Top Fives
1. Dale Quarterley … 31
2. Eddie MacDonald … 28
3. Brett Moffitt … 28
4. Corey LaJoie … 15
Darrell Wallace Jr. … 15

Top 10s
1. Eddie MacDonald … 73
2. Dale Quarterley … 67
3. Brett Moffitt … 33
4. Darrell Wallace Jr. … 24
5. Corey LaJoie … 18

Laps Completed
1. Eddie MacDonald … 20,095
2. Dale Quarterley … 18,816
3. John Salemi … 8,182
4. Brett Moffitt … 6,083
5. Ryan Gifford … 5,210

Laps Led
1. Brett Moffitt … 1,373
2. Dale Quarterley … 706
3. Eddie MacDonald … 668
4. Darrell Wallace Jr. … 598
5. Corey LaJoie … 449

SAT/SUN OCT. 20/21 - Lee USA Speedway, Lee, NH
Eddie Runs Second At Lee USA Speedway
The Hancock Electric/Grimm Construction Chevy took the green flag for the final time this season in the 50 Lap Late Model feature to score a second place finish. Eddie MacDonald returned to the family owned speedway where he cut his teeth racing as a teenager for the huge annual Lee Oktoberfest and did not disappoint the hometown fans with two patented runs from the rear.

MacDonald started last in Saturday’s qualifying event, then went on to capture the win in the ten lap event saying, “The car was really tight in practice so we loosened it up quite a bit for the heat. The weather heated up so the change we made helped the car a lot.”

The #17 owned by Freddie Peterson started 11th in the 50 lap feature on Sunday after the field was inverted. In three laps, Eddie Mac ran third as he made his way from the rear with typical inside and outside passing. On the 11th circuit, MacDonald was in second but the car became very tight with the Rowley, Mass. veteran saying after the race, “The weather got a lot colder today compared to yesterday and we didn’t adjust the car enough. It really was tight and didn’t want to turn so I was wrestling with it. I knew Helliwell was coming but there was not anything I could do to hold him off.”

Eddie Mac passed Tyler Fiscus for second place after the halfway flags and had to settle for the second place finish saying, “We really wanted to get the win for Shelia and Freddie Peterson. They have been great to us. You always want to win, especially in front of your hometown fans, but we are happy to take the second place finish to close out our Late Model season. We had a lot of fun running the Late Model when we could and look forward to next season to do it again.”

“I also want to take this opportunity to thank Ken Thompson from Hancock Electric Motor Service. He started helping us out with our East car years ago and has been a sponsor for our Late Model over the last few seasons. Kenny is retiring soon and everyone on our race team thanks him for all the support and wishes he and his wife Carol all the happiness and good health in the future,” said MacDonald after the race.

Channel 9’s Chronicle folks were at the track shooting footage and interviewing Eddie, his dad Red, and track manager Bob Watson for a piece about the track. It is not known when it will run so check the TV listings for the show.

The Grimm Racing team will compete in its final two events in the K&N Pro Series East schedule. On October 27th. MacDonald will start fifth in the Kevin Whitaker 140 at Greenville Pickens Speedway due to a Labor Day rainout. On November 3rd, the final event will be run at the famed Rockingham Speedway.
The American Real TV 150

Dover International Speedway
Dover, DE
Fri. September 28 - 4:50 PM
Tire Issue Slows MacDonald at Dover
Eddie MacDonald’s hopes to repeat last year’s fourth place finish at Dover International Speedway were dashed with a flat tire early in The American Real TV 150. The Grimm Construction Chevy qualified 13th (22.813 sec.-151.178 mph) for the K&N Pro Series East’s 12th race of the season with the team confident a solid finish expected but it was not to be.

“Even though we qualified 13th, we felt the car would be good over the long run but you never know,” said MacDonald after the race. “The car was just a little loose early on but I was just out there riding knowing that we had the break at the halfway mark to make any adjustments. We have been very successful here in the past so we knew what we had to do but things don’t always go the way you plan in racing.”

With the #71 riding in the 14th position, a cut rear tire on lap 36 forced MacDonald to the pits. While entering pit road, the caution flag flew over the track. “We shot ourselves in the foot right then,” said Eddie Mac. “We should have kept going and then pit. We would have been only one lap down but we ended up two laps down. It is really difficult to make up two laps on this track because it is so fast so we just had to ride around and hope for the “lucky dog” to get us back on the lead lap.”

With Darrell Wallace and Brett Moffitt lapping the slower cars, MacDonald was not able to get the “lucky dog” until the fifth caution of the race on lap 72 that led to the halfway break. The #71 restarted the second half in the 20th spot one lap down. On the next caution on lap 105 MacDonald rode in the 16th position but was not eligible for the free pass.

“It was really frustrating to have to wait and hope for the free pass,” said the veteran driver. “We couldn’t race anyone to get the lap back and that was the worst part. We made it to 11th when the final caution came out on lap 146 but we didn’t get the free pass. It really would not have mattered much at that point since it was a green white checker finish.”

The checkered flag waved on lap 154 with the Grimm Construction Chevy posting the 11th place finish one lap down. It was only the second time this season the team has not finished in the top ten. MacDonald remained in sixth place in the point’s race with two races left on the schedule. The team will race next at Greenville Pickens Speedway October 27th in the Kevin Whitaker Chevrolet 140 that was rescheduled due to an earlier rain out. The season concludes at Rockingham on November 3. Speed will televise The American Real TV 150 on Thursday, Oct. 4 at 3 p.m.

“We have two races left on the schedule and we want to finish up strong. The team appreciates the support of our fans especially the fans from the Waymart, Pa area that traveled by bus to watch the race. That is really cool and we thank them,” said MacDonald.
Photos by Richard Casey
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FAST FACTS
The Race:  The American Real TV 150 at Dover International Speedway will be the 12th event of the 14-race 2012 schedule for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East. This will be the 12th all-time stand-alone race for the East at Dover.

The Procedure:  The starting field is 30 cars, including provisionals. The first 26 cars will have secured starting positions based on two-lap qualifying. The remaining four spots will be awarded through the provisional process. The race will be 150 laps (150 miles) and will have a 10-minute break at or near the conclusion of Lap 75.

The Track:  Known as the “Monster Mile,” Dover is an even one-mile concrete oval with banking of nine degrees on the straightaways and 24 degrees in the turns.

Race Winners:  There have been 10 winners in the previous 11 K&N Pro Series East races at Dover. Darrell Wallace Jr. is the defending winner while Brett Moffitt is the only driver with multiple wins at the track.

Pole Winners:  There has yet to be a driver that has earned multiple poles at Dover. Wallace captured the pole in last year’s event and Matt DiBenedetto has the qualifying record at 23.201 seconds (155.166 mph), established in 2009.

Statistical Advance: The American Real TV 150 - HERE
Eddie MacDonald (No. 71 Grimm Construction Chevrolet)
• Has six wins, two poles and 73 top 10s in 155 career starts.
• Became the 16th driver in series history to reach 150 career starts at Gresham in June.
• Has 10 top-10 finishes this year, the most among all competitors, and ranks sixth in points.
• Has four top 10s with an average finish of 12th and a best result of third (2004) in 10 career starts at Dover.
Smoking Hot Finish for MacDonald
at New Hampshire Motor Speedway
Eddie MacDonald battled his way from deep in the field in both the K&N Pro Series East and American Canadian Tour events on Saturday as part of the big NASCAR Cup weekend at the Magic Mile. The three time winner fought an ill-handling car in the G-Oil 100 at the beginning of the race to post an impressive eighth place finish as the checkered flag flew. The Grimm Construction/ Hancock Electric Pontiac took the green flag in the 26th position due to the luck of the draw in the Bond Auto Parts ACT Invitational only to have the exciting run end in disappointment.

MacDonald started the 11th race in the K&N series in the 18th position with MacDonald saying, “It really was a surprise we didn’t qualify better. The car handled good but we just didn’t get it done to start where we wanted to be. But Rollie and I thought we would be okay for race, but obviously we had some problems right away.”

When the green flag waved the #71 was bouncing off the track in the turns then sliding up the track. “I had to drive in low in the turns to take the bounce out of it,” said the Rowley, Mass. driver. “It wasn’t doing that in practice the day before so to do it then was really strange. Rollie said it, and it’s true, that the track can change from day to day and that is probably happened. That might explain our poor qualifying run too. We knew we had to do something or we would be going a lap down soon.”

The team got just the break it needed when the caution flag waved on lap 20. Crew chief Rollie LaChance called the car into the pits for wedge, track bar, and shock adjustments. The car returned to the pits for more work so as not to go a lap down then returned to the track in the 34th position. “We desperately needed to make that stop and the car was better immediately. We also knew we had the mandatory halfway break so we could make further adjustments and get new right side tires.”

When the yellow waved on lap 48 for a wreck, MacDonald ran in 21st position. The crew went to work making more adjustments and bolting on two new right side Goodyear tires. “The changes helped a lot but we needed more because we were still tight in and through the center. The bounce was gone but wit was still touching. Rollie and the crew did a great job getting the car where it needed to be and I appreciate all the hard work.”

When the second half of the race resumed on lap 50, The Grimm Construction Chevy moved steadily through the pack to ride in the 16th position by lap 76 and into 14th by lap 91. A multi-car pile up on the backstretch with only eight laps remaining left the #71 with left side quarter panel damage when one of the spinning cars just caught the left side. The panel rubbed on the tire causing it to smoke badly. “Our spotter and crew looked at it and thought we could make it to the end without it blowing out and fortunately the thing held but it was smoking quite a bit.”

The red flag covered the track until clean up was completed to set the stage for a five lap shootout to the checkers. MacDonald started in 11th and was able to gain three more positions to finish eighth in what could only be described as a “Smoking Hot Finish.”

“You always want a better finish but after the problems that we had to fall back as far as we did, getting an eighth place run was pretty good. The team worked hard so now we have to go back to the shop tonight and start getting the car ready for our race at Dover this coming Friday night. We have some damage to repair but we will be ready. I want to thank all of our fans for coming out to support us. It really means a lot to the entire crew,” said MacDonald.

As soon as MacDonald got out of the East car, he was strapping himself into the ACT Late Model for the Bond Auto Parts 50 lap event. The two-time winner of the ACT Invitational was considered a heavy favorite to win despite drawing the 26th starting position in the 42 car field.

The Grimm construction/ Hancock Electric Pontiac wasted little time moving through the field, wowing the huge crowd with inside and outside three wide passing. The first caution flag waved on lap 11 with the #17 gaining 15 positions to ride in 11th place. Another yellow on lap 15 found MacDonald in eighth place after a spectacular three-wide pass on the inside in turn one.

“The car really ran great and I could go anywhere with it. I knew I had plenty of time to get to the front but we were going so good I just kept passing cars,” said Eddie Mac. On the 20th circuit, MacDonald stormed into second place behind leader and eventual winner Ray Parent. “I thought I would just ride for a while and save the tires. The other 17 was fast but I was just keeping pace. I knew we were in good shape or at least I thought we were.”

A spin on lap 26 brought out the caution and then the inexplicable happened as MacDonald restarted on the outside of Parent. “By the time we entered turn one the rear right tire just lost pressure and I almost wrecked it. By the time we got to the pits, we were already two laps down so we just pulled it into the garage to finish 39th. There was a huge hole in the center of the tire. I don’t know how or when it happened since I didn’t feel anything. It is disappointing because we had such a great car and it would have been fun racing Parent for the win. We will be racing Freddie Peterson’s Late Model at Airborne Speedway in Plattsburg, N.Y. in a couple of weeks and we are looking forward to that race.”

Richard Casey
Photos by
Chris Roy &
Richard Casey
G-Oil 100

New Hampshire Motor Speedway
Loudon, NH
Sat. September 22nd - 2:30 PM
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FAST FACTS
The Race:
  The G-Oil 100 will be the 11th of 14 races on the 2012 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East schedule and the lone trip to New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

The Procedure:  The starting field is 36 cars, including provisionals. The first 32 cars will qualify through two-lap time trials. The remaining four spots will be awarded through the provisional process. The race will be 100 laps (105.8 miles) with a 10-minute break at or near the conclusion of Lap 50.

The Track:  NHMS, a 1.058-mile slightly-banked asphalt oval, is the largest track the K&N Pro Series East races at. NHMS has played host to the K&N Pro Series East in each year of the track’s existence and has held more races than any other facility in the series’ 26-year history.

Race Winners:  There have been 25 different winners in 56 all-time stand-alone races at NHMS. New Hampshire native Brad Leighton has the most series wins at the “Magic Mile” with eight while Brett Moffitt is the defending race winner.

Pole Winners:  Of the 29 different drivers to earn a Coors Light Pole Award at NHMS, Kelly Moore has the most in K&N Pro Series East history with six. Darrell Wallace Jr. set the track qualifying record at 29.849 seconds (127.6022 mph) in this event last year.

Statistical Advance: G-Oil 100 - HERE
Eddie MacDonald (No. 71 Grimm Construction Chevrolet)
• Has six wins, two poles and 72 top 10s in 154 career starts.
• Became the 16th driver in series history to reach 150 career starts in June at Gresham.
• Is tied with points leader Brett Moffitt for the most top-10 finishes among all competitors this year with nine.
• Has three wins, a pole, 11 top 10s and an average finish of 17th in 23 career starts at NHMS. He enters this race with a streak of nine-consecutive top 10s at the track.
Bond Automtive ACT Invitational

New Hampshire Motor Speedway
Loudon, NH
Sat. September 22nd - 4:30 PM

The American-Canadian Tour is the premier late model series on the northern East Coast and southeastern Canada. The Bond Auto Parts ACT Invitational features only the best of the series' best, and drivers race all season for the opportunity to get an invitation to the tour's most prestigious race. The race is all about the driver and the car his team puts together, as the 50-lap event doesn't cater to pit stops.

In 2011, Eddie MacDonald and Nick Sweet battled side-by-side on the races final laps to provide NHMS with its most exciting finish of the year. In the end, it was MacDonald that took the checkered flag and became the first repeat winner at "The Magic Mile" since the tour started racing at the track in 2009.

Bond Auto
ACT Invitational
NHMS Test & Tune
August 29th, 2012
Photos by Richard Casey

Sanair Super Speedway
St. Pie, QC, Canada
Saturday, August 11th, 2012
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Fourth Place Run for Eddie in Canada
Driver Eddie MacDonald and crew chief Rollie LaChance were back in the Newburyport shop preparing for the next race after returning from Sanair Super Speedway posting a solid fourth place finish in the American Canadian Tour’s visit to St-Pie, Quebec. Both men were pleased with the results the new car produced on the 7/8 mile track.

“We spent the week in Maine at Rollie’s shop working on the car and really moved things around a lot until we found the set up that we wanted,” said Eddie. “It is a brand new car built for Freddie Peterson and we ran it a couple of times but we really have not had a lot of time to work on it with our East schedule. We were able to devote the week to it and it really responded the way we wanted. Of course you always want to win but we’ll take the fourth place finish. Sanair was a great place to race. It is a big fast track and your car had better handle well and ours did.”

The #17 Hancock Electric sponsored ride started ninth in the field on Saturday but the race was shortened to seven laps when the rains came with the remaining 93 laps rescheduled for Sunday, August 12. The teams were allowed to fuel up Sunday morning and that proved to be very important with Rollie saying, “I knew we were going to be close on fuel so letting us fill up in the morning was good. Our fuel cell is not as big as the other cars so we had to go the distance and Eddie did a great job of saving when he could. There was only one caution on lap 35 so we knew it would be close and it was. The car was real good especially in the dogleg. Eddie would go in with a half car lead and come out with a three car lead. He was able to make up a lot of ground there on the leaders.”

Eddie drove to the third spot by the halfway flags but just couldn’t get by Laperle saying, “He was really loose in the turns and would slow down quite a bit and I had to get off the throttle and that hurt us. By the time I could get back on it Helliwell had opened up a huge lead. With the laps winding down the car started getting loose so I didn’t want to do anything stupid. I was able to run wide open through the dogleg to gain ground but towards the end of the race I had to back off the throttle to maintain position. Austin came on strong from starting in the rear due to a tire issue and probably would have won the race had it gone much further. We are pleased with the fourth place run and really feel good about the car. We have it almost where it needs to be to race these guys for the win. Hopefully we will get another shot at them at Loudon in September in the ACT Invitational. We will also be running our K&N Pro Series East car there so we will have a busy weekend.”

Eddie, Rollie and the rest of the Grimm Racing team will return for the second K&N race of the season at the Greenville Pickens Speedway in South Carolina on September 3. With only four races remaining on the schedule both driver and team owner Rob Grimm are in fifth place in the hotly contested point’s race.
The Pork Be Inspired 150

Iowa Speedway
Newton, Iowa
Friday, August 3rd, 2012
Eddie Posts Top Ten Finish at Iowa Speedway
For the ninth time in ten races in this year’s K&N Pro Series East schedule, Eddie MacDonald scored another top ten run in the Pork Be Inspired 150 in the second East West combination at Iowa Speedway. With the eighth place finish the Grimm Construction Racing Team moved into fifth place in both owner and driver points.

MacDonald qualified 21st in the 36 car field saying, “We ended qualifying just about where we ran in practice. We have not been blinding fast it seems this season in practice, so this wasn’t any different. We set up thinking the track would get tight toward the halfway break and it did. We were running 15th at the break and decided to make adjustments for the car to tighten up near the end of the race as it did in the first half but it got real loose instead. We may have gone too far but we did gain a lot of spots so posting another top ten was pretty good.”

The Grimm Racing Team scored a fifth place finish in its first trip to the 7/8 of a mile oval back in March in the first combination race pitting the top East and West drivers against each other. The East drivers dominated this time around with the top eight positions recorded before Michael Self took first place West points with his ninth place run with MacDonald saying, “This just proves how highly competitive the East series has become. For a while we were pretty even with the west guys but with all the Cup involvement in the East, it is extremely difficult to compete. When you can run consistently in the top ten as we have this season, we really have done well. It is tough being a small team competing in this setting but Rollie, team owner Rob Grimm, and the crew are determined to work hard and do as well as we can. We are happy to be in fifth in the points and will work hard to stay there. It says a lot about this team to accomplish what we have.”

The # 71 gained positions during the second half riding in the tenth spot with 25 laps to go. MacDonald moved into seventh with 15 laps remaining, and then lost one position with eight laps remaining to take the checkered flag saying, “The car was loose at the end so we just tried to get the best finish we could without wrecking. It is a long trip for us and I am thankful for everyone’s help. We return next for another race at Greenville Pickens Speedway on Labor Day weekend where we had a fifth place finish there back in March so hopefully we can have another great run.”

SPEED will televise the Pork Be Inspired race on Thursday, August 16 at 3 p.m.

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FAST FACTS
The Race:
  This event will be the seventh all-time NASCAR K&N Pro Series East-West combination race at Iowa Speedway, and the second in 2012. The two series got together for the first time this year at Iowa on May 19.

The Procedure: The starting field is 36 cars, including provisionals. The first 28 cars will qualify through two-lap time trials. The remaining eight spots will be awarded through the provisional process. The race will be 150 laps (131.25 miles) and will be run in two segments with a midway break at or near the conclusion of Lap 75.

The Track: Iowa Speedway is a .875-mile paved oval with the turns banked 12-14 degrees, four degrees banking in the backstretch and 10 degrees banking in the frontstretch.

Race Winners: The six previous editions of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East-West combination race have produced six different winners. Chase Elliott was the victor in the first Iowa event this year as a representative of the East while the highest finisher from the West was Dylan Kwasniewski, eighth overall.

Pole Winners: The first six Iowa combo races have also produced different pole winners. Iowa native Brett Moffitt earned the pole as an East representative in May while the best qualifier from the West was David Mayhew, ninth overall.
Statistical Advance: Analyzing Pork Be Inspired 150 - HERE
Eddie MacDonald (No. 7 Grimm Construction Chevrolet)
• One top five, three top 10s in five E-W combination races at Iowa
• Best overall E-W finish of third in 2011
• Average overall E-W finish at Iowa of 15.0
• Six wins, two poles, 28 top fives, 71 top 10s in 153 career series starts
Busy Weekend for Eddie at
the JEGS 150 & the TD Bank 250
Eddie MacDonald and the Grimm Racing Team raced not only at racetracks but also to airports this past weekend. Eddie Mac competed Saturday night at the Columbus (Ohio) Motor Speedway then on Sunday taking the green flag in the TD Bank 250 in Oxford, Maine.

“We did the same thing last year and it was not a lot of fun dealing with the logistics of travel and getting cars to the tracks,” said MacDonald. “We had a great effort from the guys on the team in Columbus and Oxford. A lot of people put in a lot of hard work and Rollie and I are really thankful we have such committed people. The support for our team is just super.”

The K&N Pro Series East Jegs 150 on the half mile track produced a 10th place finish for the Grimm Construction Chevy. “I just couldn’t drive the car on the second groove and when we had a lot of cautions late in the race we had to start on the outside every time. We lost two or three spots before I could get back down to the bottom,” said the Rowley, Mass. driver. “Every time we would battle to get back to eighth then another caution flag and we would have to do it all over again.”

When the green flag waved, MacDonald started in the 14th spot on the grid. After 30 laps the #71 gained four positions and moved into eighth at the halfway flag on lap 75 with MacDonald saying, “As long as I could pass on the bottom I was able to hold position on the track. But as soon as the cautions started in the second half of the race it seemed we were always running eighth and got stuck on the outside for the restart. On the positive side, we had another top ten finish. We have finished in the top ten for all but one race this year. We have five races left on tracks we have run well on so hopefully we will finish strong.”
MacDonald is currently in eighth place in the point’s race as only 15 points separate positions four through eighth.

The K&N Pro Series East will venture west again for the second race of the season at Iowa Speedway. It will be the second combination race of the season with the West Series in the Pork Be Inspired 150 on August 3. Speed will televise the Columbus race on August 2 at 3p.m.

The second race of the weekend began soon after the completion of the Jegs 150 when Eddie Mac, Rollie LaChance, and crew members had it in high gear to make the three hour drive to the Pittsburg airport to make the flight to Portland Jetport and then to Oxford for the 8:50 a.m. practice for the Late Model TD Bank 250. While the 80+ cars that were trying to make the 39 car field practiced a full day on Saturday, the Hancock Electric sponsored ride would have only two practice sessions to ready the car for the heats.

MacDonald started third in the fifth heat and easily won the 15 lap qualifier and started fifth in the 250 lap main event. The two time winner of the event, Eddie Mac ran second after 18 laps despite battling a loose racecar. Many competitors pitted on the first caution flag on lap 69 but MacDonald and crew elected to stay out hoping to pit somewhere near the halfway point for tires and fuel with Eddie Mac saying, “We were loose in the center and a little free off but everyone was sliding around so we thought we could wait for halfway to pit. We were running okay in second place and no one was going to catch Joey Pole so we knew we made the right decision.”

On lap 135 the caution flag flew and the #17 came to the pits for tires, fuel and no adjustments then returning to the track in third place. “The crew did a fantastic job on the pit stop and we beat a lot of cars back to the track. Unfortunately the new tires did not work for the car and fell off very quickly. We just got a lot looser as the race went on and by the end I was just hanging on trying not to lose it. We fell back to ninth place by the end. It was really disappointing to run like that. We expected to do a lot better but it wasn’t meant to be. I feel bad for all the people who jumped in to help us this weekend. We are lucky to have so many good people helping us. I know that I, Rollie and the regular crew guys could not have done it without them. We appreciate Kenny Thompson from Hancock Electric for his support of us in this series. We are going to race the ACT race at Beech Ridge this Saturday in Freddie Peterson’s car and we are looking forward to a good run there.”
The TD Bank 250
Photos by Richard Casey
Photos by Chris Roy
Sunday, July 22nd
Oxford Plains Speedway
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Columbus Motor Speedway
Columbus, OH
Saturday, July 21st
10th at Columbus
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FAST FACTS
The Race:  The Jegs 150 will be the ninth of 14 races on the 2012 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East schedule. It will mark the second year in a row the series has visited Columbus Motor Speedway and the lone trip to the state of Ohio.

The Procedure:  The starting field is 28 cars, including provisionals. The first 24 cars will qualify through two-lap time trials. The remaining four spots will be awarded through the provisional process. The race will be 150 laps (49.99 miles).

The Track:  A charter member of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series, Columbus is a .333-mile, semi-banked paved oval that began as a motorcycle racing track in 1946 and first played host to stock cars in 1950.

Race Winners:   Darrell Wallace Jr. was victorious in the K&N Pro Series East’s first trip to Columbus in 2011.

Pole Winners:  Max Gresham was the inaugural pole winner at Columbus and established the qualifying record at 14.176 seconds (84.565 mph).

Statistical Advance: Analyzing The Jegs 150 - HERE
Eddie MacDonald (No. 71 Grimm Construction Chevrolet)
• Has six wins, two poles and 70 top 10s in 152 career starts.
• Became the 16th driver in series history to reach 150 career starts in June at Gresham.
• Is in a three-way tie for the series lead in top-10 finishes this year with seven in eight races.
• Finished 10th in the inaugural event at Columbus.
The Samuel 150

CNB Bank Raceway Park
Clearfield, PA

Saturday, July 14th
 
6th at Clearfield
Eddie MacDonald and the Grimm Racing Team began the second half of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East 14 race season with a sixth place finish in the Samuel 150 at CNB Bank Raceway Park in Clearfield, Pa.

The Grimm Construction Chevy started 13th in the field after running sixth and fourteenth in the first and second practice sessions respectively with MacDonald saying, “We drew the number one position for qualifying and that is always tough but I knew we had a good handling, fast car that would be there at the end and it was. The car was very good in practice and we were looking forward to the race. We planned to go out there and take what we could the first half of the race and then go for it in the second half.”

When the first of eight caution flags flew on lap nine, the #71 was riding in the tenth spot and gained two more positions by the time the second yellow waved on lap 23 with the veteran driver saying, “For the most part, I was out there just riding and some of the front guys got in trouble and I was able to take advantage of their problems. We wanted to be in a good position when they stopped us for the break and it was even better than we had hoped.”

From lap 50 to the mandatory ten minute break on lap 76, MacDonald moved the Grimm Construction Chevy into the fourth spot for the restart of the second half. When the green flag waved, MacDonald drove to second place in two laps saying, “With the new tires and the adjustments we made during the break, the car was really fast and was handling great in the corners. We blew past two cars right away and then settled into second place. I knew Moffitt was just riding around so I decided not to burn up my tires chasing him. I let the #96 go since it seemed he wanted to try to pass the leader but Moffitt had a great car.”

With 40 to go, Eddie Mac was in third, and then settled into fourth at lap 128 caution flag when the car was “a little too tight.” With four laps to go, MacDonald appeared headed to a second top five finish this season when the backstretch lights went out to bring out the red flag. After a 15 minute delay to restore power, the field restarted for the green white checker finish. MacDonald started outside in the fourth spot but was shuffled back to sixth when the #96 spun his tires right in front of the #71 when the green flag waved.

“I moved to the outside so I wouldn’t get run over from behind and thought I could get the spot but he got it going and I was hung out on the outside in the turn one marbles. I got back down but lost two positions. That did not make me happy but we had a great car and a great run and it was a lot of fun to run the way we did. I think we put on a good show for all the “Grimm Nation” fans that came down from Waymart, Pa. They really support us and we really appreciate it. Rob (Grimm) has been such a great team owner; it is a lot of fun to run well in front of the hometown crowd. I think half the stands were filled with Waymart people and that was just great,” said MacDonald after the race.

The K&N series will take the green flag again for the Jegs 150 at Columbus (Ohio) Motor Speedway on Saturday, July21. Eddie Mac will then try for a third win in the Oxford 250 the following day on Sunday at the Oxford Plains Speedway in Maine. Speed will televise the Samuel 150 on Thursday, July 19 at
3 PM.
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FAST FACTS
The Race:
  The Samuel 150 will be the eighth of 14 races on the 2012 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East schedule. It will mark the series’ first visit to CNB Bank Raceway Park since 1988 and the first trip to the state of Pennsylvania since 2006.

The Procedure:  The starting field is 30 cars, including provisionals. The first 26 cars will qualify through two-lap time trials. The remaining four spots will be awarded through the provisional process. The race will be 150 laps (93.75 miles) and contested in two segments with a 10-minute break at or near the conclusion of Lap 75.

The Track:  Originally a half-mile oval, which held the two previous races for the K&N Pro Series East, CNB Bank Raceway Park was recently reconfigured to a banked .625-mile track. The Samuel 150 will be the first NASCAR-sanctioned event for the renovated facility.

Race Winners:   Bobby Dragon won at Clearfield on June 11, 1987 during the K&N Pro Series East’s inaugural season. Kelly Moore won the only other race there in 1988.

Pole Winners:  Moore and Pete Silva earned the two previous poles at Clearfield. Pole times from the first two races are not available.

Statistical Advance: Analyzing The Samual 150 at CNB Bank
Raceway Park - HERE
Eddie MacDonald (No. 71 Grimm Construction Chevrolet)
• Has six wins, two poles and 69 top 10s in 151 career starts.
• Became the 16th driver in series history to reach 150 career starts in June at Gresham.
• Is in a four-way tie for the series lead in top-10 finishes this year with six in seven races.
• Four of his six career wins have come at tracks .625 miles or larger: three at New Hampshire and one at Thompson International Speedway.
Visit Hampton VA 175

Langley Speedway
Hampton, VA
Saturday, June 23rd
Ninth at Langley
Eddie MacDonald finished in the ninth position in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East at Langley Speedway in the Visit Hampton Va. 175. The Grimm Construction Chevy started 17th on the grid for the seventh race of the season.

In the first practice session, the #71 was 13th fastest but fell off during the second session and into qualifying with the veteran driver saying, “We just couldn’t get the speed out of it that we needed. The car was dragging some in the turns that really killed or lap times. We made adjustments but it still continued during the race.”

When the green flag waved for the 175 lap event over the .4 of a mile oval, MacDonald was content to hold the position but headed for the first of three visits to the pits during a lap 43 caution. “The guys went under the hood to make some adjustments and we even considered making a shock change but we would have gone down at least a lap. With the changes the crew made, we were able to stay on the lead lap and that was really important to us.”

By lap 83 the car was running in 17thand was still a handful. The decision was made to pit on caution lap 86 for additional work that helped for the second half of the race. By the next caution on lap 119, MacDonald ran in the 13th spot with a better car. “With the adjustments we made, the car was a little faster than it was earlier and I was able to pass some cars and I knew I could get more. A lot of guys were getting loose so I just needed to be patient and get the best finish I could. Obviously, I didn’t have anything for the leaders but I was hoping to salvage a top ten finish.”

With the laps winding down, MacDonald ran in the ninth position when the caution flag waved with only five laps to go. The #71 maintained that spot to post its sixth top ten finish along with one top five run. Both driver and team owner Rob Grimm moved up one position in sixth in the point’s race. “It wasn’t the finish we wanted but considering everything that happened, finishing ninth and moving up in the point’s race is a good thing. With our next race in Rob’s home state of Pennsylvania, we hope to have a great run for him there. I know a lot of people will be there for that one so that really gives the team added incentive to do well. Rob and his family have done so much for us; it would be super to have a great run there.”

Speed will televise the Visit Hampton Va. on Thursday at 3p.m. on June 28. Next on the schedule is the Samuel 150 at CNB Raceway Park in Clearfield, PA.
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Fast Facts
The Race: The 2012 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East schedule will reach the midway point of the 14-race slate with the Visit Hampton VA 175 at Langley Speedway on June 23 in Hampton, Va.

The Procedure: The starting field is 30 cars, including provisionals. The first 26 cars will qualify through two-lap time trials. The remaining four spots will be awarded through the provisional process. The race will be 175 laps (70 miles).

The Track: On property that was originally a .8-mile horse track, the racing distance was cut in half and made exclusively an auto racing facility in 1950. The track, which played host to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series from 1964-70, was converted to asphalt in 1968 and currently runs as a slightly-banked .396-mile oval.

Statistical Advance: Analyzing The Visit Hampton VA 175
at Langley Speedway - HERE

Eddie MacDonald (No. 71 Grimm Construction Chevrolet)
• Has six wins, two poles and 68 top 10s in 150 career starts.
• Became the 16th driver in series history to reach 150 career starts last time out at Gresham.
• Has five top 10s in six starts this year.
• Finished 13th at Langley in 2011.

The Slack Auto Parts 150

Gresham Motorsports Park
Jefferson, GA
Saturday, June 9th - 8:30 PM
Eddie Rallies to Eighth Place Finish at Gresham
Eddie MacDonald started deep in the field in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Slack Auto Parts 150 At Gresham Motorsports Park then rallied to an eighth place finish on the half-mile oval.

The Grimm Construction Chevy struggled in practice and qualifying starting 27th in the field. “We had a number of issues the team had to deal with, one of them a tight condition,” said MacDonald. “We just couldn’t get the car to go early but Rollie and the crew made the right adjustments and the car was really fast right from the start of the race.”

When the green flag waved, MacDonald immediately began his move to the front saying, “I was able to drive it on the bottom and pass a number of cars. The only time we slowed down is when I had to run the high groove. The car was really tight there, so the place to be for us was on the bottom of the track. The handling was great on the bottom and that gave us the opportunity to pass a lot of cars.”

By the halfway flag, the #71 was running in twelfth and was still passing cars, “The car was strong but as you know, when you get up into the top ten the lead cars are tougher to pass. We just needed to be a little patient and take the positions when we could. The late race cautions cost us some momentum because everyone was bunched up so it was more difficult to make passes on the bottom,” said the Rowley, Mass. veteran.

With only 12 laps remaining, the Grimm Racing Chevy based in Waymart, Pa. ran comfortably in the eighth position with MacDonald saying, “Of course you always want a better finish, but to finish in the eighth spot after starting so far back was satisfying. The crew really did an outstanding job to get us the finish that we had. Things did not look good in practice and qualifying but these guys never give up and it showed today.”

With the run, MacDonald moved into seventh place in the point’s race and only two points behind the sixth place car after six races. Rob Grimm also sits in seventh place in the owner point’s race as the team has posted one top five and five top ten finishes to date.

After a week off, the Grimm Racing team will next fire the engine on June 23 in the Visit Hampton Va. 175 at Langley Speedway. The Slack Auto Parts 150 will be televised on Speed at 3 p.m. on Thursday, June 21.
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Fast Facts
The Race:
  The sixth of 14 races on the 2012 schedule, the Slack Auto Parts 150 will mark the third year in a row the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East will travel to Gresham Motorsports Park in Jefferson, Ga.

The Procedure:  The starting field is 30 cars, including provisionals. The first 26 cars will qualify through two-lap time trials. The remaining four spots will be awarded through the provisional process. The race will be 150 laps (75 miles).

The Track:  Gresham is a high-banked fast half mile that opened late in the 2009 racing season. The facility, which sits on the grounds of the former Peach State Speedway, underwent a complete renovation under the Gresham family ownership.

Statistical Advance: Analyzing The Slack Auto Parts 150
at Gresham Motorsports Park - HERE
Eddie MacDonald (No. 71 Grimm Construction Chevrolet)
• Has six wins, two poles and 67 top 10s in 149 career starts.
• Will become the 16th driver in series history to reach 150 career starts with this race.
• Has four top 10s in five starts this year.
• Has an average finish of 11th in the two races at Gresham.

Gresham Motorsports Park History

• Opened in 1967 as Jefco Speedway. Has also been known as Georgia International Speedway and Peach State Speedway.
• Played host to the NASCAR Nationwide Series in 1967, 1986 and twice in 1987.
• The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series held races there in 1968 and 1969.
• Re-opened in November 2009 as Gresham Motorsports Park.
• The inaugural race for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East at Gresham, and the first event for the series in the state of Georgia, was held on Aug. 28, 2010.
• Kevin Swindell earned the inaugural event pole while Ty Dillon earned his first and only series win in the event.
• Max Gresham won from the pole at his family’s track in 2011.

Gresham Motorsports Park Data
Race: #6 of 14 (6/9/12)
Track Layout: .5-mile asphalt oval
• Race Length: 150 laps (75 miles)
• Banking–turns: 12 degrees
• Banking–straights: six degrees
The NASCAR Hall of Fame 150

Bowman Gray Stadium
Winston-Salem, NC
Saturday, June 3rd, 2012
Eddie Finishes 10th After Starting 10th
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The Race:  The fifth of 14 races on the 2012 schedule, the NASCAR Hall of Fame 150 will mark the second year in a row the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East has traveled to historic Bowman Gray Stadium.

The Procedure:  The starting field is 24 cars, including provisionals. The first 20 cars will qualify through two-lap time trials. The remaining four spots will be awarded through the provisional process. The race will be 150 laps (37.5 miles).

The Track:  Nicknamed “The Stadium” and “The Madhouse,” Bowman Gray is a flat .25-mile asphalt oval. The track opened in 1946 and held its first NASCAR-sanctioned race in 1953.

Race Winners:   Matt DiBenedetto won the inaugural NASCAR Hall of Fame 150 on June 4, 2011.

Pole Winners:  Coleman Pressley took the first series pole at Bowman Gray in 2011 with a fast lap of 14.722 seconds (60.926 mph).

Home Tracks:  Bowman Gray
NASCAR’s longest running sanctioned track, Bowman Gray Stadium features four divisions of NASCAR Whelen All-American Series racing on Saturday nights from May-August, headlined by the famed Modified division. Through May 19, Burt Myers led brother, Jason, in the Modified standings while Jeff Garrison (Sportsman), Billy Gregg (Street Stock) and Charlie Curry (Stadium Stock) were atop their respective divisions. The Modifieds will join the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East with a 100-lap event on June 2.

Statistical Advance: Analyzing The NASCAR HALL OF
FAME 150 at Bowman Gray Stadium - HERE
Eddie MacDonald (No. 71 Grimm Construction Chevrolet)
• Has six wins, two poles and 66 top 10s in 148 career starts.
• Has three top 10s in four starts this year.
• Finished 13th at Bowman Gray in 2011 after competing for the lead late in the race.
 
Bowman Gray Stadium History
• NASCAR’s first weekly track, racing was started at Bowman Gray Stadium in 1949 by Bill France Sr. and Alvin Hawkins
• Bowman Gray is one of nine tracks that has been a sanctioned member in each of the 31 years of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series.
• Bowman Gray played host to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 29 times from 1958-71.
• Other NASCAR national or regional touring series that have competed at BGS include: Convertible Series (1956-59), Grand American (1970-72), Grand National East (1972), Goody’s Dash Series (1989-96), Whelen Southern Modified Tour (2005-pr.).
• The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East made its debut at Bowman Gray in 2011.
The Graham Tire 150

Iowa Speedway
Newton, Iowa
Saturday, May 19, 2012
Eddie Finishes 10th After Starting 18th
Eddie MacDonald scored a tenth place finish in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East/West combination race in the Graham Tire 150 at Iowa Speedway. Two West cars finished ahead of the Grimm Construction Chevy giving MacDonald eighth place East Series points. He currently sits in eighth place in the point’s race after four events.

“The car was really fast in the first practice running sixth and we were very happy with it,” said MacDonald. “We went out on old tires so we expected to be faster with new tires, but we were not. The car was very loose in qualifying and I didn’t know what happened. All of a sudden it didn’t handle anything like it did in practice. We lost some positions in the second practice but that was because all the other teams ran stickers. So qualifying the way we did was a real surprise.”

MacDonald started 18th in the race but could not get the car to turn saying, “The thing was so loose, we decided to pit during the caution on lap 38 because we had almost gone a lap down so we had to pit. Rollie and the crew tightened it up quite a bit and it got really good. At the halfway break on lap 75, we put on four new tires.”

Restarting in the 22nd position, MacDonald began moving through the field saying, “The car was very fast on the new tires and I was able to pass a lot of cars but after a while, it got really loose again. We pitted then discovered the right rear tire was really huge. That was the problem right along. We had been chasing the car the entire race and tightened it up quite a bit so now that we knew the problem we had to take out a lot of the adjustment we made earlier. We were running ninth at the end but the late race caution killed us. We were not too good on restarts so at the end I was just trying to hang on to tenth and not wreck the car when it got crazy with ten laps to go. If that caution didn’t happen we probably could have picked up a couple of more positions. It was just one of those strange nights.”

“We had a great finish here last year and thought we would again but it was not to be. I really enjoy racing here against the West guys and we get to do it again later this season, hopefully with a little bit better result. Rollie and the crew worked their tails off and I really appreciate all the hard work. My thanks go to Rob Grimm for making all of this possible and my thanks to a new sponsor, Kustom Vinyl for coming on board.”

The K&N Pro Series East returns to action at Bowman Gray Stadium on June 2.
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Statistical Advance: Analyzing The Graham Tire 150
East-West Combo at Iowa Speedway - HERE
Eddie MacDonald (No. 7 Grimm Construction Chevrolet)
• One top five, two 10s in four E-W combination races at Iowa
• Best overall E-W finish of third in 2011
• Average overall E-W finish at Iowa of 16.25
• Six career series wins
• Two career series poles
• 146 career series starts
 
NASCAR K&N PRO SERIES EAST-WEST COMBINATION RACE AT IOWA SPEEDWAY
• There have been five previous East-West combination races at Iowa Speedway – one each year from 2007-2011. In addition, the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West visited the .875-mile track in Newton, Iowa for a stand-alone series race in 2009.
• Iowa Speedway is located about 30 miles east of Des Moines. It was designed by NASCAR Hall of Fame nominee Rusty Wallace. The track opened in September of 2006.
• The five East-West combination events have resulted in five different winners – Joey Logano (2007), Brian Ickler (2008), Kyle Busch (2009), Max Gresham (2010) and Brett Moffitt (2011).
• The five events have also produced five different Coors Light Pole winners – Kevin Harvick (2007), Austin Dillon (2008), Kyle Busch (2009), David Mayhew (2010) and Matt DiBenedetto (2011).
• Kyle Busch was the only driver to win the E-W race at Iowa from the pole. Ickler started the furthest back and won, coming from seventh on the grid.
• Mayhew has the most top-five finishes in E-W action at Iowa, with three.

• Mayhew, Jesus Hernandez and Brett Thompson have the most top 10 finishes in the Iowa combination races, with three each.
• With an average of 5.33, Hernandez has the best average finish among drivers with at least three starts in E-W competition at Iowa.
• Moffitt has led the most laps of competition in E-W action at Iowa, leading the way for 192 circuits.
• Only four drivers competed in all five E-W combination races at Iowa –Mayhew, Thompson, Daryl Harr and Eric Holmes.
• The 2010 event was the only East-West combination race at Iowa to be extended by a late-race caution for a green-white-checkered finish.
• Toyota has gone to Victory Lane in three E-W events, while Chevrolet is credited with two wins.
• 123 different drivers have competed in the five E-W combination events at Iowa.
 
Iowa Speedway Data
Race: (5/19/12)
East – #4 of 14
West - #5 of 15
Track Layout: .875-mile, paved oval
Banking: 10 degrees in the tri-oval, 4 degrees on the backstretch, 12-14 degrees in the turns
Race Length: 150 laps (131.25 miles)


Sunday, May 6th

The Spring Green 112
From a 15th place grid position, Eddie finished in 17th.
The Blue OX 100

Richmond International Raceway
Richmond, VA
Thursday, April 26, 2012
Top Ten for Eddie MacDonald at Richmond
A solid eighth place finish for Eddie MacDonald in the K&N Pro Series East Blue Ox 100 at Richmond International Raceway successfully capped an earlier day of frustration for both driver and crew. With the run, the Grimm Construction Chevy gained five positions in the point’s race into ninth.

Rain postponed the scheduled practice time one hour, so the two scheduled practices were blended into one. After changing spark plugs at the start of practice, the car returned to the track and quickly discovered the car would just not turn in the corners on the banked three-quarters of a mile oval. After numerous adjustments the car was still not right with MacDonald saying, “The car was so tight in the center of the turn the nose would just push up the track so I couldn’t get back to the throttle. We made a lot of changes but nothing seemed to work. It was a pretty frustrating practice. Driving that track is nothing like Loudon or Dover so it was hard to get a handle on it. We knew we had to make changes for qualifying and they did help.”

The # 71 qualified 11th on the starting grid with MacDonald saying, “The car was better and I was able to hold it on the bottom but we knew it would still be a handful during the race.” When the green flag flew, the Rowley, Mass. veteran started on the inside and planned to stay there as long as possible. “I had to keep the car on the bottom yellow line of the track. If I moved up a little, the nose would push up. I just wanted to ride easy, save the tires and let the leaders use up their stuff.”

At the halfway flag, MacDonald rode in the 13th position saying, “If I got up off the bottom groove the car would not turn. It didn’t like the outside and I got pushed up and I lost a bunch of positions. I started backing up just before the turns so I could stay on the bottom. It seemed to be working and the car seemed to be getting better.”

In the 17th spot on lap 71, MacDonald made a terrific three wide pass underneath and began heading back towards the front. A red flag on lap 89 found MacDonald in the 12th position when the race resumed with only six laps to go in the scheduled 100 lap event. In two laps, Eddie Mac was in eighth. A caution flag on lap 99 forced a green white checker finish to extend the race two laps. MacDonald held the eighth spot to post his second top ten finish in three races with a fifth at Greenville being the other.

“We had a pretty good finish considering the way the car was earlier. It was crazy out there at the end and I knew the leaders would be banging on each other. I knew some guys ahead of me were loose so I knew I could get under them at the end. We missed the wrecks there at the end and the car came home in pretty good shape. We just have to get it ready now for Iowa instead of having to do a lot of body repairs to it. Everyone worked so hard today in the pits; I really have to thank them for everything they do.”

Crew chief Rollie LaChance was equally pleased with the outcome saying, “I am very happy with our finish. The car came around near the end so I was pleased with that. Eddie drove a smart race doing what he needed to do to get the finish we had. The crew worked hard today and I really have to give them credit. They are up against other teams that have a number of paid crew guys from the Cup, Nationwide, and Truck series. I don’t think they know how much they accomplish at times. It is hard for us but a day like today shows just how hard they work and how good they are.”

The Grimm Racing team will take the green flag next on May 19 at the Iowa Speedway in the first of two combination races with the K&N West Series. The team will race their American Canadian Tour Late Model at Devil’s Bowl in West Haven, Vermont on Sunday, May 6.
Photos by Richard Casey
LIVE COVERAGE ON SPEED: The Blue Ox 100 will be carried live on SPEED, which will mark the first time since the 2008 season that the K&N Pro Series East has had a points-paying race broadcast same-day. The exhibition Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown will also air live from Richmond following the Blue Ox 100. Starts at 7:00 PM EST.
HOMETRACKS LIVE: K&N East At RICHMOND - HERE
For the Event Schedule, Entry List, Practices, Qualifying, Lap by Lap, & Results
News & Notes: K&N East Returns To Action - HERE
Statistical Advance: Analyzing The Blue Ox 100 at Richmond International Raceway - HERE
Eddie MacDonald (No. 71 Grimm Construction Chevrolet)
• Has six wins, two poles and 64 top 10s in 146 career starts.
• Finished 14th at Richmond in 2011.

Notebook
• The 2011 Blue Ox 100 was the first stand-alone race at Richmond in NASCAR K&N Pro Series East history.
• Teams from the NKNPS East competed in combination with the NASCAR Nationwide Series in five races at Richmond from 1988-92.

Richmond International Raceway Data
Race: #3 of 14 overall (4/26/12)
Track Layout: .75-mile, D-Shaped asphalt oval
• Race Length: 100 laps (75 miles)
• Banking/Corners: 14 degrees
• Banking/Frontstretch: eight degrees
• Banking/Backstretch: two degrees


Sunday, April 15th
Seventh in Governor's Cup
 
Photos by Norm Marx

MacDonald and LaChance Team Up
for First ACT Race of the Season
Eddie MacDonald and crew chief Rollie LaChance are ready for the Governor’s Cup 150 at Lee USA Speedway on Sunday, April 15 in the opener for the American Canadian Tour. The MacDonald
Motorsports Team will unveil a new car built by Dale Shaw for owner Fred Petersen.

“We are really excited to be teamed up with Freddy again to run in the ACT series this season,” said MacDonald. “We are just putting the final touches on the new car and after a day of testing, we are
anxious to get it on the track at Lee. Dale did a great job on the car with Rollie very involved in the building so we feel we know the car pretty well already. With any new car there will be a learning curve but we feel comfortable with it.”

Both driver and crew chief currently compete in the NASCAR K&N East Series and are unable to enter all the ACT races yet MacDonald feels right at home in the series saying, “We have competed in the ACT races through the years whenever our schedule permits and both Rollie and I enjoy running with these guys. It is a fantastic tour that is well run and has a ton of talented drivers. Anytime you can win one of these races, you have really accomplished something. We have had great success in the past
and hope to continue with a great showing on Sunday. Freddy is a super owner to drive for and it looks like we will be able to participate in more ACT races this year than our East schedule has allowed us in the past.”

Starting the season off at Lee is exciting for MacDonald since he began racing there while attending high school. “It’s is a homecoming to race at Lee. My parents, (Judy and Red) have owned the track since I can remember. My first race when I was kid was at Lee and racing there for many years is always a thrill. There is nothing like performing well at your home track and that is what we hope to do in the Governor’s Cup. We have a lot of family and fans in the area so it will be fun to see them and run well in front of them. We can’t wait to take the green flag.”

ACT NH GOV CUP AT LEE USA SPEEDWAY
FEATURES 13 CHAMPIONSHIP TEAMS
There will be no less than (13) thirteen former champion drivers entered in the 2012 ACT opener at Lee USA on Sunday, April 15, 2012. Between them they have accumulated 48 track and/or touring series championships during their careers. The annual opening New Hampshire Governor’s Cup 150 at Lee USA Speedway is expected to field the best opening day group of racers in its 22 event history.

Heading the list of former champions is Brian Hoar, Williston, VT. He is an (8) eight-time ACT Champion and also owns a Thunder Road and Airborne track championship. Hoar also is the defending NH Governor Cup winner. Jean-Paul Cyr, Milton, VT is a (7) seven-time ACT Champion and also is the 2010 Thunder Road track Champion.

Part-time ACT driver and noted car builder with nine (9) Oxford Plains Speedway Pro Stock titles, Jeff Taylor from Farmington, ME, along with two-time Oxford Pro Stock Champion Ricky Rolfe from Farmington, ME will look to take the Cup back to the Pine Tree State.

A home track favorite from New Hampshire and top ACT US competitor will try and bring the Governor’s Cup back home to the Granite State. Wayne Helliwell, Jr. has 6 championships; he is a two-time Ford Blue Oval Champion and a four-time Lee USA track Champion. Another favorite looking for his first ACT win is Lancaster, NH’s Quinny Welch. He has three titles at the White Mountain Motorsports Park. Randy Potter from Groveton, NH is a former Riverside Speedway Champion and veteran ACT challenger.

Potter’s Crew Chief Pete Knights said, “We really think we had a ‘bounce back’ season last year. We were in a position to win at least two or three races but didn’t get the job done. Winning the opener at Lee would really help our team regain the momentum we established in 2011. We have had a good off-season preparing the car and are anxious for the season to start.”

Three-time Airborne Champion Brent Dragon, Milton, VT and another Airborne Late Model Track Champion Mark Lamberton from Mooers Forks, NY have entered. “Well, we have a new car built at the McColl shops in Ontario and have tested it with the McColl folks. I know Richard Green Racing has been involved in ACT racing for a long time, and I would love to get things started at Lee like we did last year at New Smyrna. The key for us is to get the car to last and be consistent. I would love to have a great season for Rick (owner RGR),” said Lamberton.

Thunder Road former track Champions Jamie Fisher, Shelburne, VT and Nick Sweet from Barre, VT are both capable of contending for the NH Governor’s Cup. Sweet said, “We have taken over the responsibility for the Mad Dog Racing Team in 2012. That means that our touring responsibility is to help owner Eric Chase, but we also get to do some touring, so we will just see what happens at Lee. I know we are also excited about getting Thunder Road weekly racing going. It should be a fun race season.”

Two surprise entries for the 2012 opening event have been received by perennial title contenders on the ACT Castrol Series in the Province of Quebec. Former champions Donald Theetge, Boischatel, QC and Karl Allard from Ste. Felicien, QC will join the rest of the champions. Theetge will look for his third title in 2012 and Allard will contest for his second beginning May 26, 2012 at the Castrol Series opener at the 1/3rd mile speedway in Montmagny, QC, east of Quebec City.

“This has to be one of the strongest opening day fields of cars we have ever enjoyed. With all the championship talent mentioned, we can’t forget about guys like former winner Joey Polewarczyk, Jr., Hudson, NH, Eddie MacDonald, Rowley, MA, and new young star Austin Theriault from Fort Kent, ME. I am sure there will be other surprises over the April 15 weekend. Lee NH Gov. Cups have given us nine (9) different winners in a row. With over forty teams expected to be at the Governor’s Cup 150, a lot of unexpected things can happen. Fans are in for a real treat to get the season started,” said Tom Curley, President of the American Canadian Tour.

The opening event for ACT at Lee USA will be the first event to qualify the winner for the Bond Auto ACT Invitational to be held at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway in conjunction with the NASCAR Sprint Cup weekend, September 22/23, 2012.

The NH Governor’s Cup 150 is scheduled for Sunday, April 15 at Lee USA Speedway, in Lee, New Hampshire. Gates will open at 10am. Admission is $25 Adults, $15 Junior 13-16, and Kids 12
 and under free.
The Kevin Whitaker Chevrolet 150

Greenville-Pickens Speedway
Greenville, SC
Sat. March 31 - 8 PM
Eddie Finishes Fifth at Greenville
Eddie MacDonald took the green flag in his 145th start in the K&N East Series second race of the season at the historic Greenville Pickens Speedway posting a fifth place finish. After rain washed out the qualifying, the grid was set by NASCAR points with the Grimm Construction Chevy starting eighth in the Kevin Whitaker 150 on the flat, half mile oval with the nickname “The old house of racing.”

The Rowley, Mass. veteran maintained positioning in the top ten throughout the event and was pleased with the run saying, “We really needed this after the troubles at Bristol. You always hope you can do better but this fifth place finish really feels good. Rollie (LaChance) did a great job with the set up and I was able to keep it low in the corners. This first turn is the key to a good lap around this place. You have to be able to run your line to set up for the exit off of turn two, and the car was perfect.”

On lap 50, the #71 was cruising along in the ninth position and was not challenged by anyone with MacDonald saying, “I knew that I just had to run easy for the first part of the race and let guys burn up their tires if they wanted to race with the leaders. This place is pretty rough on tires. I think the last time it was paved was in the mid-eighties, so saving them for the end is important. With the set up we had, I knew we were not giving up anything with the tires and would be in good shape for the final laps.”

At the halfway flag, MacDonald ran comfortably in the seventh spot and maintained that position until lap 135 when he made the pass to move to sixth. With only two laps remaining, MacDonald passed Chase Elliott for the fifth spot. In tech after the race Eddie Mac said, “I really wanted to get by Chase for the fifth spot and I have to say he ran me clean. He is a good driver for such a young kid. We had a lot of fun tonight. It really means a lot to have this kind of run after the disappointment at Bristol. It is a tribute to Rollie and the crew for all the hard work everyone puts into this operation. Hopefully we have found something that we can build on for our next race at Richmond. We had a terrible run there last year so we definitely have something to prove at that place.”

Crew chief Rollie LaChance was equally pleased saying, “I am very happy with our run tonight. The two things that pleased me most were that the car held up and was sound all night and Eddie drove a great race. This is really a tough series so to be competitive and run fifth is a great feeling. We had a number of set ups to try in practice but we hit on this one early and decided to go with it and it worked out well. Hopefully we can build on this for Richmond.”

The K&N East Series will take the green flag next in the Blue Ox 100 at Richmond International Raceway on April 26. Speed channel will air the Greenville race on May 3, at 3:00 PM.

The MacDonald Motorsports race team will be in action on April 15th at Lee USA Speedway, all part of the American Canadian Tour 2012 Season Opener.
Photos by
Richard Casey
HOMETRACKS LIVE: K&N East At GPS - HERE
For the Event Schedule, Entry List, Practices, Qualifying, Lap by Lap, & Results
News & Notes: East Opens 2012 At GPS - HERE
Series Returns To S.C. Track For Seventh Annual 150
The first of two:  Greenville Pickens is one of two tracks that will entertain the K&N Pro Series East for a pair of races in 2012 along with Iowa Speedway, which has added a second combination race with the K&N Pro Series West. GPS added a second date – which is on the Monday of Labor Day weekend – for the first time in 2011.
Statistical Advance: Analyzing The Kevin Whitaker Chevrolet 150 At Greenville Pickens - HERE
Eddie MacDonald (No. 71 Grimm Construction Chevrolet)
• Has six wins, two poles and 63 top 10s in 145 career starts.
• Has an average finish of 11th and a best finish of third – in 2009 – in six career starts at Greenville.
• His six starts at Greenville are the most among active drivers.

Up to Speed:
• The 2012 season is the 26th for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East.
• The 2012 schedule features 14 races at 12 different tracks across 10 states.
• The NKNPS East season opened with the inaugural series event Bristol Motor Speedway on March 17. NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver Nelson Piquet Jr. made a spot-start in the event and won from the pole.
• Following the Kevin Whitaker Chevrolet 150 at Greenville Pickens Speedway, the NKNPS East will be idle until the Blue Ox 100 on April 26 at Richmond International Raceway.

At Greenville Pickens Speedway:
History
• Opened on July 4, 1946 as a dirt track. The race surface was converted to asphalt in April, 1970.
• Held 29 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races from 1951-71, including the first flag-to-flag televised event.
• David Pearson (1959) and Ralph Earnhardt (1965, 66) are among the famed drivers that have won championships at the track.
Notebook
• The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East held its inaugural Greenville Pickens Speedway race on June 6, 2006 and has returned every year since.
• There has yet to be a multi-time winner in the first seven NKNPS East events at Greenville, and Brett Moffitt is the only driver to capture two poles.
• In the first seven events there have been two drivers that have won from the pole: Joey Logano (2007) and Moffitt (2011). Moffitt also set the track qualifying record in the first 2011 event.
• Logano, Austin Dillon (2008) and Darrell Wallace Jr. (2010) earned their first career NKNPS East wins in events at Greenville.

Greenville Pickens Speedway Data
Race: #2 of 14 overall, #1 of 2 at GPS
Track Layout: .5-mile asphalt oval
• Race Length: 150 laps (75 miles)
• Banking/Corners: 5 degrees

Preparing for Greenville-Pickens - In the MacDonald Motorsports Shop
Photos by
Norm Marx
NASCAR, SPEED Announce 2012 Broadcast Schedule
For K&N Pro and Whelen Modified
Official Release  -  March 30, 2012 - 1:09pm

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – NASCAR announced today the 2012 race season programming for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series and NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour on SPEED, including three races that will air live.

The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race at Richmond International Raceway on April 26 and the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West finale at Phoenix International Raceway on Saturday, Nov. 10 will be live broadcasts, as will the fourth annual combination race between the NASCAR Whelen Modified and NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tours at Bristol will air live on Aug. 22.

The Richmond race night will also include live broadcast of the Denny Hamlin Foundation Short-Track Showdown, a NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Late Model division race.

The broadcast calendar also includes 23 taped-delayed events for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series – NASCAR’s top developmental series – which consists of championships in the East and West. The races will air on Thursdays at 3 p.m. ET, beginning April 12 with the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West season-opener from Phoenix International Raceway, which was run on March 3. The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East opener on March 17 from Bristol Motor Speedway will air on April 19.

The NASCAR K&N Pro Series broadcast schedule includes both East-West combination events at Iowa Speedway. Other highlights include inaugural K&N Pro Series West events at Havasu (Ariz.) 95 Speedway and NAPA Speedway in Sandia, N.M. as well as the K&N Pro Series East’s season finale and first trip to historic Rockingham (N.C.) Speedway.

“The NASCAR K&N Pro Series features the next generation of top-level NASCAR stars competing alongside accomplished veterans and SPEED’s coverage of the series provides a great platform to showcase these drivers,” said George Silbermann, NASCAR vice president, regional and touring series. “We are also very fortunate to be able to bring live coverage to the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour and its passionate fan base.”

SPEED, in conjunction with NASCAR Media Group, will air each NASCAR K&N Pro Series tape-delayed race as a one-hour show. SPEED, with its popular and wide-ranging coverage of NASCAR, is the nation’s first and only cable television network dedicated to automotive and motorcycle racing, performance and lifestyle.
2012 NASCAR TOURING SERIES BROADCAST SCHEDULE ON SPEED

Bristol Motor Speedway
Bristol, TN
SATURDAY, MARCH 17th
CRASH ENDS MACDONALD’S RACE AT BRISTOL
By Richard Casey  -  The first K&N East Series race of the season, the Widow Wax 125, did not end well for the Grimm Racing team. Eddie MacDonald was involved in a multi-car crash on lap 117 resulting in severe front and rear end damage to the car and a 28th place finish. MacDonald was not injured and expressed his disappointment with events leading up to the crash.

“We struggled with the car from the first practice to get it fast but it just was not meant to be. It was not for lack of trying because we did multiple spring and shock changes and even changed the truck arms. Nothing seemed to work. We started 23rd and hoped we would be able to make the car better at the mandatory caution on lap 70 but we were part of the caution on lap 64,” said a frustrated MacDonald .

“The biggest problem was we lost the front brakes. You don’t use a lot of brake here but when the big wreck happened in front of me with eight laps to go, I was pumping the brakes and they just went to the floor and then I was in it hard. Just before that I was wondering how I was going to slow down at the end of the race. As it turned out, I stopped pretty quickly and destroyed a great car in the process. The same guy that wrecked me earlier to lose the brakes caused the final wreck I was in on lap 117. He did the same thing to the car passing him on the outside as he did to me earlier to cause the whole thing. A veteran driver needs to be better than that. We had a terrible finish and totaled a car. I feel bad for the guys who worked so hard to get this car ready. The sad part is, the car was getting better near the end of the race and we probably could have finished in the top 15. It was not the finish we were looking for but it would have been a lot better than finishing where we did, plus with a car that was destroyed.”

“We really looked forward to coming here to race on the high-banks of Bristol. This is a tough, competitive series with a lot of talent and Cup related teams so we have to run the best we can and avoid the wrecks. Our next race will be at Greenville at the end of the month and we look forward to having a great run there. I just want to thank Rob Grimm, our team owner, Rollie, the crew, and all the people who help out in the shop. This race did not turn out the way we wanted, but we are determined to get back on track at Greenville.
HOMETRACKS LIVE: K&N East At BRISTOL - HERE
For the Event Schedule, Entry List, Practices, Qualifying, Lap by Lap, & Results
News & Notes: East Opens 2012 At Bristol - HERE
First Series Appearance At “World’s Fastest Half Mile”
Sharing the stage:  The Widow Wax 125 will mark the first of six companion events for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East with NASCAR’s national series this season. The East will follow the NASCAR Nationwide Series on the Saturday race card at Bristol.
Statistical Advance: Analyzing The Widow Wax 125
At Bristol Motor Speedway - HERE
Eddie MacDonald (No. 71 Grimm Construction Chevrolet)
• Has six wins, two poles and 63 top 10s in 144 career starts.
• Has finished in the top seven in the final NKNPS East standings in each of the previous four seasons.
• Bristol will mark the 12th consecutive season he has made a start, the longest active streak
in the series.

 
NASCAR Home Tracks Stats - Active Series Career Leaders

Wins
Brett Moffitt ... 7
Eddie MacDonald ... 6
Dale Quarterley ... 6
Darrell Wallace Jr. ... 5
Sergio Peņa ... 3

Poles
Brett Moffitt ... 4
Dale Quarterley ... 4
Darrell Wallace Jr. ... 3
Eddie MacDonald ... 2
Three drivers with ... 1

Top Fives
Dale Quarterley ... 31
Eddie MacDonald ... 27
Brett Moffitt ... 20
Darrell Wallace Jr. ... 10
Ryan Gifford ... 9

Top 10s
Dale Quarterley ... 66
Eddie MacDonald ... 63
Brett Moffitt ... 24
Darrell Wallace Jr. ... 18
Ryan Gifford ... 11

Laps Completed
Eddie MacDonald ... 18,386
Dale Quarterley ... 18,131
John Salemi ... 7,694
Brett Moffitt ... 4,429
Ryan Gifford ... 3,652

Laps Led
Brett Moffitt ... 749
Dale Quarterley ... 706
Eddie MacDonald ... 668
Darrell Wallace Jr. ... 393
Sergio Peņa ... 215

Starts
Dale Quarterley ... 149
Eddie MacDonald ... 144
John Salemi ... 68
Brett Moffitt ... 33
Ryan Gifford ... 26


GRIMM RACING PREPARES for K&N SERIES OPENER at BRISTOL on MARCH 17th
Eddie MacDonald and the Grimm Racing Team are busy readying for the 14 race K&N Series East schedule with the first race on the famed half-mile of Bristol Motor Speedway on St Patrick's Day, March 17. This is the first race for the East Series at Bristol and the excitement can be felt throughout the shop.

"This is our Super Bowl of short track racing, just like Daytona is for the top divisions." said Eddie MacDonald. "We have been looking forward to this date since it was announced on the schedule. Everyone in our organization is excited about racing at Bristol. Personally, I can't wait to get out on that track on test day in preparation for the race. NASCAR has the East Series scheduled for the test day on Monday, February 27 and we are looking forward to learning as much as we can."

Crew chief Rollie LaChance echoes MacDonald's feelings saying, "This is the Mecca of short track racing and Grimm Racing applauds NASCAR for its effort to bring our series to Bristol. The schedule this year is demanding but looks like a lot of fun but to start with Bristol is something special. The testing day is huge for us since we do not have any working knowledge of the place, so running there for an entire day will give us a lot of information we can use to set up for a successful race there."

Team owner Rob Grimm committed early on to run the entire schedule and MacDonald is thankful for his continued support saying, "None of this would be possible without Rob. He continues to support this team and it is greatly appreciated. He and his wife Carla treat us like family so to run well and even get a win at Bristol would be a great way to say thanks. There is a lot of work going on at the shop and we are on a good pace to have everything ready for the season. Rob has given us everything we need and continues to support us in whatever we need. I also have to mention that a win on St. Patrick's Day would certainly mean everything to my father."

LaChance is pleased with the accomplishments of the team over the winter saying, "Things have gone well getting everything ready. I am especially pleased that our composite car that was virtually destroyed at Bowman Gray has been completely repaired and it is almost ready to go for the race at Greenville at the end of March. I have to thank Rob Grimm for everything. With a 14 race schedule, it involves a lot of extra traveling for us, especially since losing one of the Loudon races that is almost in our back yard. We will also race twice in Iowa, so this schedule will be challenging but we feel we will be very competitive.

The series returns to Greenville and Iowa for two races and will return for one race at Richmond, Bowman Gray, Gresham, Langley, Loudon Dover, and Columbus. The series will return to Raceway Park in Pa. after a long hiatus since the late '80's and will return to famed Rockingham for the final race of the season. The series did race there six times with their last appearance in 1992.

2012 K&N Pro Series East Schedule Released

Slate includes three new venues, six companion events
Jason Cunningham, NASCAR
December 23, 2011 - 10:00am

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – NASCAR announced today the 2012 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East schedule that features 14 races at 12 different short tracks and speedways across the eastern United States.

The 26th season of K&N Pro Series East competition will see NASCAR’s top developmental division visit 10 states, and will be highlighted by three additions to the calendar: Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway, Raceway Park in Clearfield, Pa., and Rockingham (N.C.) Speedway.

“The NASCAR K&N Pro Series continues to establish itself as a desired destination for developing talent and the schedule has been designed with that in mind.” said George Silbermann, NASCAR Vice President of Regional & Touring Series. “With a diverse mix of historic short tracks and speedway companion events with the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series, the 2012 calendar will provide competitors with the experience they need to further their careers.”

The 2012 season will commence with the inaugural K&N Pro Series East event at the “World’s Fastest Half Mile,” Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway, on March 17 as part of the spring NASCAR Sprint Cup Series weekend. It will be the third event in series history in the Volunteer State.

Greenville (S.C.) Pickens Speedway is back on the schedule with both spring and fall dates for the second year in a row. The first race at the venerable half-mile is slated for March 31 with a return engagement on Sept. 3 during Labor Day weekend.

Iowa Speedway has also added a second date for 2012. The sixth edition of the traditional spring combination event with the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West returns to the schedule on May 19 and it will be complemented with a second combo race on Aug. 3. Both events at Iowa will be held in conjunction with the NASCAR Nationwide Series.

In addition to Bristol and the two Iowa races, the K&N Pro Series East will have three more companion events in 2012 with NASCAR’s national series. The East will return to Richmond (Va.) International Raceway on April 26, New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, N.H., on Sept. 22, and Dover (Del.) International Speedway on Sept. 28.

The July 14 date at Raceway Park will mark the third time the K&N Pro Series East has visited the central Pennsylvania facility, and first since 1988. The reconfigured facility now features a .625-mile layout.

The 2012 season will conclude with the inaugural stand-alone race in K&N Pro Series East history at Rockingham. It will be the series’ first visit to the high-banked mile, since the East competed in combination with the Nationwide Series at “The Rock” six times from 1987-92.

Additional 2012 schedule notes:
•  In addition to Richmond, three other facilities that welcomed the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East for the first time in 2011 have returned to the schedule. Historic Bowman Gray Stadium in Winston-Salem, N.C., is slated for June 2, Langley Speedway in Hampton, Va., returns for a June 23 race and Columbus (Ohio) Motor Speedway’s event will be July 21.
•  Gresham Motorsports Park in Jefferson, Ga., is on the calendar for the third year in a row with a June 9 race date.
•  The event at New Hampshire moves from a Friday in recent seasons to Saturday as part of a doubleheader with the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour.
•  The Rockingham date will be a doubleheader with the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour.
•  Bristol, Clearfield and Rockingham will bring the total of tracks in which the K&N Pro Series East has held stand-alone races to 43 since competition began in 1987.
•  All 14 events will be contested directly in - or in the coverage area of - the top 100 media markets in the nation.

2012 Schedule HERE

>> Previous Race Results HERE <<

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