Waymart, PA - Team Owner

Rob is in his second full year as owner of the #71 Grimm Racing team. A decision to purchase a then Busch car was made two and a half years ago after Rob had been involved in working on dirt cars and sponsoring racecars for many years. Rob had always enjoyed the old Busch North Series and decided to purchase a car owned by Eddie MacDonald and crew chief Rollie LaChance. After speaking with a number of racing people, Rob decided to keep the team intact and has enjoyed the growth and the success the team has experienced, culminating with the two wins at New Hampshire Motor Speedway last season. Rob believes the second win showed everyone the first win was not a fluke and to come back strong to win the second race at NHMS again says a lot about the depth and dedication of the team. Rob looks at this volunteer team as another family that strives to do better each race. Rob’s goals for the team are to run consistently, keep adding to the equipment, and making a long-term commitment to the success of the team. Rob has been in the construction business for 25 years, currently owning and operating Grimm Construction. He is married to Carla and is the proud father of seven children: Megan, Victoria, Dylan, Grace, Kelli, David, and Noel.
New Gloucester, ME - Crew Chief

Rollie’s racing roots began on the small bullrings in Maine and drag strips at the age of five. A friend from Rollie’s hometown of Auburn got him involved in 1990 as a crewmember for Tracy Gordon who was running the old Act Tour. One of Rollie’s greatest memories is the win at Thunder Road as a crew chief for Tracy that was televised nationally. Rollie participated in many Pro Stock races at his home track Oxford Plains Speedway. One of his enjoyments when not racing on the Camping World Series East is “fooling around” with the Late Model both he and Eddie own on the Act Tour circuit, especially at Oxford. Rollie would like nothing better than to win the prestigious Oxford 250. All of his wins are special beginning in the Busch Series in 1997 and considers the first win at Loudon very special “because it’s Loudon.” The goal for the team is to win the championship and Rollie feels this can be accomplished if they keep putting good cars on the track and compete in the top five each race. He is married to Laura and have two children named Rachael and Ryan.
Rowley, MA - Body Metal Work

Joe has been with Eddie for six years sine the day he was shopping at the local grocery store and ran into John Tiernan who asked him to stop by the race shop to help out with some metal work. At the time Joe was a tin knocker and duct-work specialist for Amanti Plumbing and Heating located in Amesbury, Mass. Joe has been with the team since and feels the greatest pride when he can build something better than anyone else. The realization of all the team’s hard work naturally came with the two Loudon wins but Joe’s favorite win was the one at Beech Ridge “because it was the first.” Joe feels the team is getting better, needs some improvement, and likes their chance to win a championship. Ask Joe and he will proudly show you a picture of his grandson and recalls the best time he has had with racing was going to the track with his two girls Theresa and Stephanie.
Rowley, MA - Body and Paint Man

JT has been involved with racing for 50 years including Supermodifieds, Funny Cars, and Jet Cars before settling in on a career with full-bodied racecars. JT has been painting and repairing Eddie’s cars since Eddie’s teenage years running at Lee USA Speedway. JT owns and operates Hanover Place, a body shop that specializes in restoration of classic cars. The shop is located across the street from Eddie’s garage in Newbury, Mass. JT is particularly proud of his three year in a row New England Dragster Championships at New England Dragway “back in the day.” JT has worked with Jet car driver Al Hanna, Donny McTavish, ISMA’s Chris Perley, and Jamie Aube, just to name a few. He cites the back-to-back wins last season at Loudon with Grimm Racing as his most satisfying. When not involved with racing and meticulously restoring cars, JT enjoys spending time with his daughter.
Bradford, MA - Gasman

Shaun is a forklift mechanic at Crown Lift Trucks in Woburn, Mass. and has been a member of the race team for six years. Previously, Shaun was a mechanic for a GM dealership for twenty years. He began working on the crew with former crew chief Mark Durgin. The two wins at NHMS were important to Shaun because, “we had a lot of bad luck in the past at the big races so it felt pretty good to win.” He enjoys working with “a great bunch of guys” and looks forward to repeating their success at Loudon. Shaun has been married to Lori for nine years and has a house full of cats and dogs.
Hinsdale, NH - Tire Specialist

Logger has been with the team for six years as the tire guy and spotter for Eddie on race day. During the week he is a sawmill maintenance mechanic for a Vermont company. Logger began working on Pro Stock racecars 22 years ago before moving into the Camping World series. He has worked for Andy Santerre’s ASM Motorsports doing the tires for Jeffrey Earnhart and spotting for Sean Caisse. His greatest thrill working with the Grimm team was the two NHMS wins, especially the second because “it proved the first one wasn’t a fluke and it dotted the ‘I’.” Logger has fun on the team that is made up of volunteers saying they are a great group of guys. Logger is married to Jennifer and is very busy in kid’s sports with his two daughters Kaitlyn and Emily
Merrimack, NH - Crewmember

Kenny signed on with Eddie nearly six years ago after working with Jamie Aube for three years. He is the guy on the team that makes everyone’s life a lot easier. Kenny makes sure the hauler, pit box, radios, water, shocks and springs and whatever else is needed for race day is at the ready. At the shop, he is often sweeping, cleaning the car, chasing, cleaning, and putting away tools. Kenny knows this allows the rest of the team time to focus on working on the car. At an early age, he and a few neighborhood buddies worked on a dragster and that experience gave him the racing bug. Kenny got into the then Busch series after volunteering to sweep the floors and take cars apart after a race at Aube’s garage in Manchester, N.H. Kenny is respected on the Grimm team as the guy who will do anything asked of him and enjoy every bit of it. His favorite racing memory is standing on pit lane for the pre-race activities at NHMS thinking, “Wow, this is fun. How many people in the stands would like to be in my position?” Kenny is the manager of Nashua Wallpaper, the company he started in as a stock boy 33 years ago. Debbie is his wife and the two have three grown children and three grandkids.
Sandown, NH - Welder/Fabricator

Rob got the racing bug after attending the Thompson Icebreaker in 1984 and had been a fan ever since. Rob joined the Grimm Racing team last year and enjoys his membership as part of the crew. For many years Rob has worked in the Media Center at Loudon on Cup weekend and will continue to do so this year. He sees his transformation from fan to track worker to crewmember as an opportunity to experience racing from all sides. Traveling to new tracks is part of the fun and he looks forward to visiting the new remaining tracks on the schedule. Rob is a welder at Bentley Machine in Amesbury, Mass. and is married to Jolene for the last ten years. They share their home with two dogs.
Amesbury, MA - Tire Carrier

Talon joined the Grimm team, coming over from three years with Mike Johnson’s team. As the new kid, Talon gets to experience a little bit of everything beside his job as tire carrier on race day. Talon began his involvement in racing by attending NASCAR’S Technical Institute while living in Mooresville, N.C. for two years. During that time he worked for a Drift Team before heading home. Talon says there is nothing like working in this series and there is so much to like, especially seeing the finished product run up front. He enjoys working on the set-up of the car and watch it go out and go fast. Talon likes the series because it gives him the opportunity to work at his full-time job as a technician at Smith Motor Sales in Haverhill, Mass. while working on a NASCAR Touring series team. He feels it gives him the best of both worlds.
Honesdale, PA - Hauler Driver

Dave works as construction foreman for Grimm Construction and has done so for the past eleven years. Dave drove a truck early in his career until giving up the road in 1992 for a hammer. Recently, he was asked to drive the hauler for the #71 team and is currently enjoying the experience. Besides driving, Dave also works in the Waymart racing shop doing whatever is asked of him. With no racing experience, except for being a Cup fan, Dave enjoys everything and is excited about it all. Starting at the ground level has given him an appreciation for all that is involved in racing. Dave’s attitude is to “go with the flow and try to stay out of the way.” So far, he enjoys going to the different tracks, learning something different, and watching Eddie and the team do well. Dave has three daughters, one son, and two grandkids with one more on the way.
Rowley, MA - Shop Steward

Herbie is at Eddie’s Newbury shop nearly every day doing just about anything to help prepare the car for race day. He has been with Eddie since his teenage years racing at Lee USA Speedway. Herbie’s ties to the MacDonald family extend back to the days when Eddie’s father Red owned the #1 Supermodified. His greatest memory from the “early” days was the CanAm Championship at Star Speedway with Dave Thomas at the wheel with just Red and himself as the mechanics. His greatest memory of racing with Eddie is, “standing on the podium after the second Loudon win, because I was not there for the first one.” Herbie loves working at the race shop because of the good guys and the relaxed atmosphere. His goal this year is to win the next Loudon race and possibly the one after that. He is retired from Jackson Lumber where he worked in the Mill Works division. His next anniversary will be his 50th with Joanne and will celebrate the event with their five kids and five grandkids.
Salisbury, MA - Press Releases

Dick wrote racing articles for the Daily News of Newburyport and first met Eddie at Lee USA Speedway, the family owned track, and began writing his press releases six years ago. He has watched Eddie and the team mature into serious contenders anytime the green flag waves whether it is in the Camping World Series East or the ACT Late Model. As a regular at the old Pines Speedway in Groveland, Mass. watching Ollie Silva, Eddie West, Don MacLaren and many others, Dick has been involved in racing for many years, even driving an Enduro car at Star Speedway eons ago. His greatest racing memory involves sitting next to Eddie’s father Red for the first win at Beech Ridge and the two Loudon wins. As a proud father of a son who excelled on championship football teams, Dick could relate to the thrill in Red’s eyes as Eddie took the checked flags and the tears the two shared in victory lane. After teaching in the Bronx, N.Y. for seven years and later in the Newburyport, Mass. Middle School for thirty years, Dick retired to play golf and go racing. Helen has put up with him for thirty-two years of marriage. Michael is their grown son with Sarrah their daughter-in-law, and Winnie, their American Bulldog granddog.

MacDonald Motorsports & Robert Grimm Racing, LLC
Join Forces for 2008 Camping World Series

After months of preparation, MacDonald Motorsports and Robert Grimm Racing, LLC are excited to announce their plans for 2008 season in the NASCAR Camping World Series.

MacDonald Motorsports with Eddie MacDonald and Rollie Lachance will be combining forces with Robert Grimm Racing (RGR) for the 2008 Camping World Series season. They will be fielding the #71 Chevy Monte Carlos of Robert Grimm Racing (RGR) full time under the East Series banner. MacDonald as driver, Lachance as crew chief and Grimm as car owner.

MacDonald's success in 2007 includes his season debut at Stafford Motor Speedway in Victory Lane and the top 5 finish at the 2007 All-Star Showdown in Irwindale, CA. MacDonald Motorsports will be parking their #48 for the #71 full time ride with RGR.

"I had a good season in 2007 running part time in the #48 and part time in the #71 for Rob (Grimm) but this opportunity to run full time for Rob and still with Rollie as my crew chief was too good to pass up", stated MacDonald.

"Rob has been busy the past few months getting us really good competitive equipment for the'08 season. Combining teams is something that Eddie and I are really looking forward to", continued Lachance.

Lachance has been MacDonald's crew chief for the past three years in the NASCAR Camping World Series (formally the Busch East Series) and together they have two wins during that time.

Robert Grimm Racing entered the NASCAR Camping World Series arena in 2007 having MacDonald driving select races in his #71 Grimm Construction Chevrolet. His best finish in the #71 was 5th at Adirondack Speedway.

"Last year I was learning about this series and with the help of Eddie and Rollie, I decided I wanted to do it full time in 2008. Those guys (Rollie and Eddie) have proven they can get it done with a limited budget. I'm looking to make it easier for them to get it done more often with more equipment at their disposal", reports Grimm.

"I'm looking forward to becoming a full time car owner in 2008. We are concentrating hard on preparing for the upcoming season with competitive equipment, personnel and sponsorship inquiries", continued Grimm.

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