By: Dick Casey
Eddie MacDonald and the Grimm Racing Team will open the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East season in the 5th annual Pittlite 125 at Bristol Motor Speedway on Saturday, April 16. Eddie Mac will pilot the Grimm Construction/Multiple Sclerosis Chevy in the first of the five race partial schedule the team will compete in this season.
Eddie Mac has achieved great success on “The World’s Fastest Half-Mile” posting a win in 2014, a seventh in 2013, and an impressive sixth place finish after recovering from a flat tire in last year’s race with the Rowley, Mass. veteran driver saying, “We love racing at Bristol and feel we have a chance to win every time we come here. We had a great car last year but got a flat (lap 49) to go a lap down but we came all the way from the rear to post a sixth place finish. Rollie (LaChance) has a great set up for Bristol so we hope we can run up front and be there at the end.”
Thirty cars are entered in the highly competitive series comprised of many Sprint Cup affiliated teams, yet the small team based in Newburyport, Mass. continues to raise eyebrows despite competing in a partial schedule. The #71 finished last season with a solid second place finish at Dover International Speedway and hope to carry that momentum this weekend. Along with Bristol and Dover (Sept. 30), the Grimm Construction Chevy will race at Stafford Motor Speedway (Ct.) on June 17, New Hampshire Motor Speedway on July 16, and Iowa Speedway on July 29. Eddie Mac will also compete in many, if not all of the scheduled American Canadian Tour races.
The Pittlite 125 will take the green flag on Saturday at 4:30 pm. after the completion of the Xfinity race with practice and group qualifying taking place on Friday beginning at 6:00 pm. with Eddie Mac saying, “It will be a hectic two days for the crew to get everything in place. There isn’t much room left in the infield with the Xfinity and Cup in there so it is really hard on the crew to get everything in place and do the work on the car. It just shows how dedicated our guys are and Rollie and I appreciate everything they do.”
“Of course, none of this would be possible without our team owner Rob Grimm (From Waymart, Pa.),” says Eddie Mac. “Rob has been an incredible team owner and we have become part of the Grimm family. He and his wife Karla have given us everything we need to be competitive and we thank them for that but, more importantly, they have welcomed all of our team into their family. All of Grimm Nation is very supportive and we have developed great friendships.”
Grimm Construction is the main sponsor for the team with Stilo, HMS Motorsports, Schroth Racing, Waymart Building Center, Peterson Automotive, and Kustom Vinyl also on board. The National Multiple Sclerosis logo is displayed on the rear quarter panel with the New Path Adventure logo on the rear of the car with Eddie Mac saying, “We are so thankful for all the help and support we have received through the years starting with Rob, Karla, and their family, Grimm Nation, our sponsors and the many fans we have throughout the country. We are ready and anxious to get our K&N season with a great run at Bristol.”