Eddie MacDonald battled lapped traffic and an ill-handling car to post a third place finish in the Autosaver Group 150 in the American Canadian Tour’s race at White Mountain Motorsports Park in No. Woodstock, NH on Sunday, August 5. Thirty late model cars took the green flag for the 150 lap event Sunday afternoon after weather conditions forced the scheduled Saturday start to be postponed.
Eddie Mac started fifth in the fourth heat of the day then led the nine car field to the checkers to post the win and a +5 rating and earn the 10th starting position for the race, ACT rules dictate that previous winners cannot start higher than the 10th position.
Early on, Eddie Mac, driving the EXIT Realty/Hancock Electric Chevy, was content to ride with the pack picking off cars as the opportunity presented itself and rode in the 7th position when the first of four caution flags for the race waved on lap 47. Lapped cars became an issue early in the race and Eddie Mac restarted in the 10th position on the restart saying, “I thought I passed a lot of cars so I was surprised I was in seventh place then restarted 10 but lapped traffic played a major role in the race. It was tough to pass with the lapped cars running in bunches so I had to pick my way through and it was tough to make up any ground on the leaders. I was really pushing at that point and not trying to save my tires.”
At the halfway mark, the Freddie Peterson owned ride was battling for seventh position with two cars and had to restart eighth after a lap 101 caution flag. Eddie Mac battled side by side with Masterson then Donahue before moving into fifth place for the lap 141 final caution flag with Eddie Mac saying, “The rear end was jumping out sideways in the turns so it really was a handful to drive. I could run the middle groove but it really didn’t like the bottom. I don’t know exactly what was causing it to act like that but I was able to get back on the throttle halfway through the turns but I did not have anything for the leaders. With five to go I was in third but those guys were too far in front for me to catch them.”
“As always, none of this would be possible without the support of a lot of people,” said Eddie Mac. “Car owners Freddie and Shelia Peterson from Peterson Auto Body in Peabody are fantastic. If you ever need body work done, they are the people to see. Thanks to Derek Beatrice from EXIT Realty Beatrice Associates in Middleton, Mass and Kenny and Scott Peterson from Hancock Electric in Quincy. It is Kenny’s birthday, so we wish him all the best. Thanks to Rob Grimm from Grimm Construction and Bobby Wood for all their support. A huge thanks to the most dedicated crew anyone could have, Jolene and Rob, Tom, Brian, Laura, Hoppy, and Dick who do so much for our team. Rollie and I are extremely grateful for everything they do. I also want to thank my girlfriend Kelyn Harrell for all her support and she is celebrating her birthday today. Happy Birthday Kelyn!
Eddie Mac will next participate in the upcoming Oxford 250 weekend in both the Oxford 150 for Late Models on Saturday, August 25 and the Oxford 250 for Super Late Models on Sunday, August 26 at the Oxford Plains Speedway, Oxford, Maine.