Twelfth Place Finish for Eddie MacDonald at New Hampshire Motor Speedway

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By: Dick Casey

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

Eddie Mac posted a 15th place start in qualifying but was moved to the 20th position after sustaining an infraction in tech. The Grimm Construction Chevy moved into the 12thposition despite fighting a loose condition. Eddie Mac never got the caution he needed to bunch up the field that quickly spread out after the only caution on lap four. The 70 lap feature took only 39 minutes and forty-five seconds to run leaving no opportunity to make any significant progress.

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

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By: Dick Casey

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

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

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Eddie MacDonald to Honor Andy Santerre at Thompson

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By: Dick Casey

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

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

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Busy July for Eddie MacDonald Begins at New Hampshire Motor Speedway

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By Dick Casey

 

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

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

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Eddie MacDonald Posts Tenth Place Finish at Bristol

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

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

Eddie MacDonald Denied Top Five Finish at the “Monster Mile” in K&N Race

dover-kn-9-30-16-017By: Dick Casey

Eddie MacDonald posted a 12th place finish in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Dover 125 in the series final race of the season. For 125 laps Eddie Mac drove the Grimm Construction/Multiple Sclerosis Chevy from his 24th starting position and into the fifth spot for the final two lap shootout after a late race caution only to be wrecked one lap short of the checkered flag.

 

Two early morning practices and qualifying were scrubbed as rain plagued the Dover International Speedway in Dover, Delaware for much of the week. K&N officials replaced qualifying with one forty minute practice session for the 27 car field. Eddie Mac did post the 15th fastest time but was forced to start 24th due to points standing for the four previous races he ran in the series.

 

When the green flag waved at 5 pm and the threat of more rain looming, the #71 Chevy struggled to advance over the first 32 laps and was in danger of being lapped when the first caution flag waved, the first of seven  for twenty-six laps, but certainly the most important. Crew chief Rollie LaChance made the call to make a three turn wedge adjustment amounting to approximately 3/16ths of an inch during the pit stop and that made all the difference.

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