Eddie MacDonald started on the pole and led 108 laps in the American Canadian Tour’s New Hampshire Governor’s Cup 150 at Lee USA Speedway on Saturday, May 12 only to lose the handling to post a second place finish. The EXIT Realty Beatrice Associates/Hancock Electric Chevy won the pole position thanks to a +5 rating coming from eighth to third in the 12 lap heat.
The Freddie Peterson owned #17 powered its way over the 25 car field for 108 laps before losing the lead to eventual winner Scott Payea with Eddie Mac saying, “This was a tough one to lose. As the race went on, the car just became tight in the middle of the turns and loose off. All the cautions at the end did not help and I had a real battle with the #37. Scott drove a great race and it was a nice win for him but really disappointing for us. We were great in practice yesterday and the car was really good in the practice and in the heat today.”
Eddie Mac was the strong earlier leader maintaining a two to three car length lead over his closest competitor for the first two thirds of the 150 lap event. Multiple cautions beginning on lap 69 pitted Eddie Mac with Payea in a side by side battle until relinquishing the lead on the 108th circuit. The veteran racer closed the three car length gap with two to go when the leaders had to negotiate side by side lap cars that made for an exciting ending. Eddie Mac almost pulled it out with three wide racing only to finish in the runner-up position.
“It is definitely frustrating to lose but it was a good point’s day for us and now we have to prepare for next week’s races at Oxford running both the Late Model and the Pro Stock.” said Eddie Mac. “Congratulations are in order to new grandparents Shelia and Freddie Peterson whose daughter Emma gave birth to a baby girl this past week. We thank Derek Beatrice from EXIT Realty who was with us today for all he does for this team. Also thanks to Kenny and Scott Peterson from Hancock Electric for their long time support. We hope Kenny’s wife and Scott’s mother Carol, who has been under the weather, a speedy recovery. The crew did another amazing job today and special thanks to Rollie’s (crew chief Rollie LaChance) son Ryan who took care of the tires despite ankle surgery a couple of weeks ago. Thanks also to Bobby Wood for all he does for this team.”
As mentioned, Eddie Mac and the team will race in the ACT and PASS races at Oxford Plains Speedway on Sunday, May 20 with practice on Saturday.