Grimm Racing Is More than Just Winning
Racing may be about winning but it also has plenty of room for support and compassion for people and causes and this is what Grimm Racing is all about. If anyone has any doubt about the validity of the statement, all they have to do is to look at the vinyl covering the car. The MS, New Path Adventures, Boston Strong logos, and the Eric Williams emblem are displayed on every Grimm car.   FULL STORY HERE

Voting Opens For Most Popular Driver
Fans Can Vote For Their Favorites Across Seven Touring Series

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.  – As on-track competition comes to a conclusion, there’s another showdown on the line in the NASCAR XFINITY Series, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and NASCAR’s seven touring series, as voting for the Most Popular Driver Awards begins on Tuesday, Oct. 6.

Chase Elliott looks to defend his NASCAR XFINITY Series Most Popular Driver title while the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series is guaranteed a new winner. Fans can vote once per day online for the Most Popular Driver Awards at www.NASCAR.com/mostpopulardriver.
Voting is open and runs through Friday, Nov. 20 for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and Saturday, Nov. 21 for the NASCAR XFINITY Series, prior to the respective season finale races at Homestead-Miami Speedway during Ford Championship Weekend. Voting for the seven NASCAR touring series will also conclude Saturday, Nov. 21.

The winners will be announced at the 2015 NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Awards. The combined postseason gala will take place at the Diplomat Resort and Spa in Hollywood, Florida on Monday, Nov. 23.

The Most Popular Driver Award winners for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, NASCAR K&N Pro Series West, NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour, NASCAR Canadian Tire Series, NASCAR Whelen Euro Series and NASCAR Mexico Series will be honored at the NASCAR Night of Champions Touring Series Awards at the NASCAR Hall of Fame/Charlotte Convention Center on Saturday, Dec. 12.

Drivers in every series must have attempted at least half of each of their series’ races this season.

Eddie Survives Fall Brawl at Speedway 51
The annual Fall Brawl at Speedway 51 in Groveton, N.H. certainly lived up to its title in the 151 lap event on Saturday, October 24 yet Eddie MacDonald survived the wreck-fest to post an incredible second place finish to bring to a close his late model 2015 racing season. Fifteen caution flags and three red flags plagued the event with two of the red flags thrown before a single lap could be completed.

"It was fun but it was crazy out there," said Eddie Mac while examining the damage to the once pristine Freddie Peterson owned Chevy. "This finish is so satisfying because of all the work the crew had to do on the car to get it race ready after it got whacked pretty good in the qualifying race. Then we got whacked again before we even ran a full lap to start the race. I really have to give credit to Rollie (LaChance), the crew, and Freddie (Peterson) for the tremendous effort. Everyone jumped in to help and I am thankful. We are lucky to have such a dedicated group of people."

Eddie Mac's trouble began while starting tenth in the fourth of four qualifying heats when the 01 car smashed into the right side of the #17 causing extensive damage to the fender, door, and knocking out the toe. Eddie Mac was able to finish fourth to qualify for the race and returned to the pits with lots of work to do. The team jumped into action and car owner Freddie Peterson showed his body work skills as he pounded out the heavily damaged door panel while Eddie Mac and the crew used the porta power to straighten the bent door bars. With the car reassembled, the crew reset the toe well before the feature was scheduled to begin.

When the green flag waved the 29 cars wasted little time as the front of the pack crashed hard into the turn three wall before completing the first lap while Eddie Mac escaped the melee from his 16th starting position. The first red flag stopped the field while the clean-up crew did their work. The second attempt to start the race ended with the same result with the leaders again crashing hard into the turn three wall to bring out another red flag. This time Eddie Mac suffered significant damage as the car following him did not lift and drove the Hancock Electric/Exit Realty Chevy hard into the pile of cars causing left side damage. When the yellow flag flew, the Rowley, Mass. veteran knew the toe had been knocked out again. Crew Chief made a strategic call to bring the car to the pits while clean-up continued to reset the toe. Eddie returned to the track without losing a lap to restart in the 23rd position.

"It was a great call by Rollie and I was able to hang back a little to check things out and the car ran good," said Eddie Mac. "I just barely missed a couple of more wrecks. I had to watch way ahead to have a chance of missing the wrecks. It looked like a pinball game sometimes with cars going everywhere. I did tell Rollie that the linkage was probably damaged in the earlier wreck because it kept jumping out of gear. Turns out after the race we found out the engine mounts were bent. We just hung in there and the car just kept getting better in spite of all the damage."

After a few more cautions, the #17 rode in the 13th place on lap 20 and into tenth on caution lap 29. Eddie Mac started moving to the front in earnest and held the seventh spot at halfway flag of the 151 lap event. A series of curious waved off restarts around lap 100 created a lot of beating and banging on the track while The Outlaw moved into contention. On lap 125 Eddie Mac ran third and hot on the heels of the #91 (Laperle) and chasing the #5 (Therrian) leader. After a big front stretch wreck on lap 138 and another puzzling waved off restart, Eddie Mac was able to make the pass on the #91 on lap 143 but could not catch the #5.
"With about 20 laps to go the car really started getting tight because I had a right rear tire going down," said Eddie Mac. "At that point I was just trying to finish the race and take the second place run. After all we had been through it would have been a shame to spin out with a flat tire before the end of the race. It was a rough race and the car is trashed but we had a great finish to close out the season."

"This team is special and I can't thank enough the crew and everyone who helps out to make us successful," said Eddie Mac. "Sheila and Freddie Peterson (Peterson's Auto Body in Peabody) are great owners and many thanks to Bobby Wood for all his support. Scott and Kenny Thompson (Hancock Electric in Quincy) have been fantastic sponsors for many years and we couldn't do this without them. Derek Beatrice from Exit Realty came on board last year and we thank him. Our K&N team owner Rob Grimm greatly supports our Late Model racing and I appreciate the support of Stilo, Schroth Racing, and HMS Motorsports. We are lucky to have so much support from our families and friends. Hopefully we will continue our efforts to win races next season. Thanks again and have a great holiday season."
Photos by
Richard Casey

Saturday, October 17th
Engine Failure Stops Eddie MacDonald at Thompson
With twenty five laps to go in the ACT World Series 100 at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park, it appeared the only thing to derail an Eddie MacDonald win would be a mechanical issue. The Exit Realty/Hancock Electric Chevy took the lead on lap34 and ran comfortably in front of the 33 car field until the engine expired on lap 75. Eddie Mac was scored in the 24th position in the final race of the American Canadian Tour's schedule on Saturday, October 17.

"This is a shame since the car ran great on Friday in practice and in practice, qualifying, and the race on Saturday," said Eddie Mac. "After last week's crash at the Milk Bowl with the car running great, we thought we would be a contender for the win and it looked good for a long time. The car was fast right from Friday on and it really handled well in the turns. I don't know what caused the problem. We will have to wait until we get it apart at the shop."

Eddie Mac started the race in the eighth position based on the plus/minus system used in the ACT series. The Rowley, Mass. veteran won the first heat starting from the third position giving him a plus 2 rating for the feature. When the green flag waved Eddie Mac began his charge to the front in typical Eddie Mac fashion taking positions and saving tires for the end of the 100 lap event. After 25 laps the Freddie Peterson owned Chevy rode in the fourth spot with the leaders in sight. On the lap 33 caution the #17 ran second behind the #58. On the restart Eddie Mac made the pass on the outside then opened up a comfortable three car length lead.

"The car was awesome and I was able to drive it anywhere," said Eddie Mac. "It was so good coming out of turn two I was able to pull away from the field. Even on the restart (lap 39) I was able to open up a lot of ground coming out of turn two. The car was strong but it started to give up a little a couple of laps before it gave up completely (Lap 75). You really hate to blow up a great motor. We won the Governor's Cup and Loudon with this motor this year and the Milk Bowl last year. We hope to have another one in for the Fall Brawl next week at Speedway 51."

"The crew did another outstanding job getting this car ready after the crash last week," said Eddie Mac. "We did a lot of work in the shop with everyone pitching in especially Rob (Drandson) and JT (John Tiernan). It was really cold here Friday and Saturday and the guys did a great job. We can't ask for a better group of people.

"Freddie and Sheila (Peterson) are great owners and we appreciate the sponsorship of Exit Realty and Derek Beatrice along with our longtime sponsor Kenny and Scott Thompson from Hancock Electric. There are so many to thank for our success including Stilo, Schroth Racing, HMS Motorsports, and of course our K&N Pro Series East team owner Rob Grimm and Bobby Wood. Thanks to Jolene Drandson for getting out what is happening on the track on Twitter and Facebook and for the support of Keyln Harrell. Rollie (LaChance) and I are certainly grateful for all the help and support. Hopefully we can finish out our year with a win next week."

The Fall Brawl at Speedway 51 in Groveton, N.H. is scheduled to run next Saturday, October 24 with $5,000 for the winner in the Late Model event scheduled to begin at 1:00 PM.
Photos by
Norm Marx

Saturday, Oct. 3rd - 9:30 AM

Dover International Speedway

Second Place Finish for Eddie MacDonald
at Dover International Raceway

Torrential rain forced the Drive Sober 125 from its Friday start to a Saturday afternoon green flag but the weather did not stop Eddie MacDonald from posting a fantastic second place finish in the K&N Pro Series East final season race. Rain washed out practice and qualifying so the field was set by the rulebook with Eddie Mac starting 23rd in the 31- car field. A pit lane penalty during the competition left the team wondering "What if" after the race.

The second place run was the Grimm Construction/Multiple Sclerosis Chevy driver's best performance of the five races run in the series of the fourteen scheduled events. Eddie Mac scored two top tens, a sixth at Bristol and a ninth at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

"This is one of my favorite tracks and to get a second place finish is great," said Eddie Mac. "Of course being so close , it is a little disappointing not to get the win. We finished fourth last year and had the same set up in it plus we had the new body style and that made all the difference. Like everyone else I guess, the car was just a little tight but it handled pretty well. We had a penalty that probably hurt us. You never know but things could have turned out different."

When the green flag finally started the race at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, Eddie Mac began his move to the front and was in the 15th position when the yellow flag brought the field to the pits for a competition caution to check for tire wear. The teams were given an extra set of tires and when the air gun did not work properly, the crew had to torque the lug nuts by hand. NASCAR determined the #71 returned to the track ten seconds late and the penalty was given. Eddie Mac had to start tail on the longest line in the 26th position.

"It is really unfortunate we received the penalty because it sent us almost to the rear so I had to pass the same cars all over again," said Eddie Mac. "Fortunately, the car was fast and I was able to make my way back through the field but obviously I would have preferred to restart fifteenth and go from there. I know we would have been in contention for the win sooner if we had."

After the lap 26 restart Eddie Mac made steady progress going from 26th to 11th by the next caution flag on lap 40 and into 7th by the time the next yellow waved on lap 55. The halfway break yellow flag waved on lap 70 with Eddie Mac riding in the fourth position saying, "We just made a small adjustment to loosen the car up and that was all. We knew we had something for the leaders."

Eddie Mac set his sights on series champion William Byron for third place and made the pass on lap 80 then began chasing down second place Rico Abreu saying, "Abreu was fast so it took quite a few laps to get by him. I was really faster on the bottom but I had to go outside to make the pass and finally got by him on lap 118. By that time Cabre was way ahead and with seven laps to go I wasn't going to catch him. Finishing second on the track in this series is a great accomplishment and I am happy. To be able to run as well as we did with no practice with this new body is awesome. The crew did an exceptional job as always and Rollie (LaChance) and I are really thankful for their effort. Of course we could not do this without the support of Karla and Rob Grimm. We are proud to carry the National Multiple Sclerosis emblem on the car and hope everyone will support this organization. Thanks to all our fans for the tremendous support we have received."

The Drive Sober 125 will be televised on NBCSN on October 6 at 4pm.
RACE CENTRAL LIVE powered by Speed51.com:
K&N East at Dover - HERE

For the Event Schedule, Entry List, Practices, Qualifying, Lap by Lap, & Results   
K&N Pro Series East - Dover News & Notes: HERE

The Race: The Drive Sober 125 at Dover International Speedway will be the 14th and final event of the 2015 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East season. 

The Procedure: The starting field is 30 cars, including provisionals. The first 26 cars will secure starting positions based on the two-lap qualifying session. The remaining four spots will be awarded through the provisional process. The race will be 125 laps (125 miles) with a five minute break occurring at or near the conclusion of lap 65.

The Track: Known as the “Monster Mile,” Dover is an even one-mile concrete oval with banking of nine degrees on the straightaways and 24 degrees in the turns.

Race Winners: There have been 12 winners in the previous 14 K&N East races at Dover. Austin Hill’s win last season join him with Brett Moffitt as the only drivers to earn multiple victories at the track.

Pole Winners: In the 14 previous events, there have been 12 different pole winners. Darrell Wallace Jr. is the only multi-time polesitter at Dover, while Matt DiBenedetto holds the qualifying record with 23.201 seconds (155.166 mph), established in 2009.

K&N East Statistical Advance - Dover: HERE
Analyzing The K&N Pro East DRIVE SOBER 125

Dover International Speedway:
The official opening of Dover International Speedway, then named Dover Downs International Speedway, was in 1969.
- The first NASCAR Sprint Cup race was held on July 6, 1969 – won by Richard Petty.
- Dover held 10 NASCAR Nationwide Series-NASCAR K&N Pro Series East combination races from 1987-92.
- The track surface was changed to concrete in 1995.
- The first stand-alone K&N East race was held at Dover on July 18, 1998.
- The track’s name was changed to Dover International Speedway in 2002.

There have been 14 previous stand-alone K&N East races at Dover.
- Of those 14 events, there have been 12 different race winners and 12 different pole winners, with qualifying cancelled one year.
- Of the 12 previous race winners, only Brett Moffitt and Austin Hill have won twice.
- Of the 12 pole winners, only Darrell Wallace Jr. has two.

Dover International Speedway Data:
Race: #14 of 14
Track Layout: One-mile concrete oval
Race Length: 125 laps (125 miles)
Banking/Corners: 24 degrees
Banking/Straights: Nine degrees
Telecast: NBCSN, Thursday, October 8 at 4 p.m. ET

Qualifying/Race Data:
2014 Winner: Austin Hill
2014 Pole Winner: Jesse Little
Qualifying Record: Matt DiBenedetto, 22.201 seconds (155.166 mph), September 25, 2009

Active Series Leaders At Dover International Speedway:
Austin Hill - 2
Corey LaJoie - 1

Jesse Little - 1

Top Fives
Corey LaJoie - 3
Eddie MacDonald - 3
Brandon McReynolds - 2
Austin Hill - 2
Kaz Grala - 1

Top 10s
Corey LaJoie - 4
Eddie MacDonald - 3
Brandon McReynolds - 3
Austin Hill - 2
Gray Gaulding - 2
Kaz Grala - 1

Laps Led
Austin Hill - 125
Corey LaJoie - 42
Jesse Little - 14
Peyton Sellers - 8
Kyle Benjamin - 3

Laps Completed
Eddie MacDonald - 1847

Sergio Pena - 680
John Salemi - 638
Corey LaJoie - 473
Brandon McReynolds - 456
Jesse Little - 384
Austin Hill - 300

Photos by
Chris Roy
Photos by
Richard Casey
Eddie Wins ACT Invitational at NHMS
AFor the fourth time in seven outings Eddie MacDonald powered to an impressive win in the Seventh Annual Bond Auto Parts ACT Invitational at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Saturday, September, 26. The Exit Realty/Hancock Electric Chevy started 20th in the 43 car field to take the checker flag in a convincing win in the 50 lap event.

"This is my favorite track so to get this win in front of all our fans, friends, and family is fantastic," said the jubilant veteran racer. "To be able to win this event four times in seven tries is due to all the hard work everyone puts into this car. From Freddie and Sheila (Peterson) on down, none of this would be possible without a lot of effort. When the race started we knew we had a fast car but we didn't have time to waste because the race was only fifty laps. Fortunately, the car responded well and I was able to get up in contention early."

When the green flag waved Eddie Mac wasted little time as he weaved through the field and after a lap two caution the Rowley, Mass. driver had the crowd cheering as he entered turn one third on the outside and on the bottom of turn three on the inside. When the dust settled the #17Ma. passed four cars and in the eighth position on lap four.

On lap 11 Eddie Mac rode in third place for a number of laps to cool his tires saying, "As long as I could see the #58 I was content to ride a bit but we really needed a caution because the #58 and #97 were so far out in front. At the halfway flag Rollie (LaChance) said I better get going. I made a little progress but then we got the break we needed with a caution on lap 31. The car was a little tight but I could deal with it so no adjustments were needed."

Eddie Mac restarted sixth with three lap cars separating the #17 from the leaders. After three laps Eddie Mac passed the #58 for second place and set his sights on Joey Pole. On lap 37, Eddie Mac had the lead and began pulling away establishing a four car length lead. With six laps to go and a ten car length lead, the caution flag waved.

"Earlier we wanted the caution but this time we didn't," said Eddie Mac. "Joey was on the outside on the restart and Helliwell was right behind me and he was fast. I got lucky when the green waved with six laps to go Laperele dove in low under Wayne and Joey in turn one and that gave me time to get away with them fighting for second."

When the checkered flag waved, Eddie Mac enjoyed a comfortable eight car length lead over Pole to claim the win saying, "This is special to be this good here. We have won four of these, all on odd years, 2009, 2011, 2013, and today. I guess we should just stay home on the even years,' joked the winner in Victory Lane.

"I get all the credit but this wouldn't happen without the commitment of so many people," said the thankful winner. "Rollie and I appreciate all Freddie and Sheila have given to us with the support of Bobby Wood, our K&N team owner Rob Grimm, Ken and Scott Thompson from Hancock Electric in Quincy, and Derek Beatrice from Exit Realty. We also get support from Stilo, HMS Motorsports, and Schroth Racing. Our crew is the best with thanks to Laura, Tom, Rob, Logger, Al, Kenny, and Donny. The car looks great thanks to our body and paint man John Tiernan and to the guys in the shop Dick Casey, our PR guy also, and Herbie Wing. Thanks to all our fans that come out to support us.

The season is far from over as Eddie Mac will race in the final K&N Pro Series East race of the season on Friday, October 2 at Dover International Speedway where he finished fourth last year. Eddie Mac will the defend his ACT Milk Bowl title at Thunder Road in Barre, Vermont on October 10-11 before heading to Thompson, CT for the World Series of Racing on October 16-17 in the final ACT series race of the season. Finally the team will wrap up their Late Model season in the Fall Brawl at Speedway 51, in Groveton, NH on October 24.

Thursday, September 10th

Richmond International Raceway

Washout for Eddie MacDonald at Richmond in the K&N UNOH 100

Eddie MacDonald not only battled with the weather in the K&N Pro Series East's UNOH 100 at Richmond international Raceway on Thursday, September 10, he also struggled with a loose car for the entire race. The checkered/yellow flag waved on lap 70 of the scheduled 100 lap event for rain with the Grimm Construction Chevy scored in the 19th position.

Earlier in the day qualifying was rained out with five cars in the 35 car field left on pit lane unable to take time due to the thunderstorm raging through the track. Eddie Mac had qualified and was in the 12th when the rains came. The field was set by points forcing Eddie Mac to start 21st on the grid. The team only runs a part-time schedule. The scheduled 6:40 start was pushed back until the Air Titans dried the track so the UNOH 100 could get under way at 7:50. The Xfinity practice scheduled after qualifying was also rained out.

"It's too bad we lost qualifying and had to start so far back," said Eddie Mac. "The car was a handful right from the green flag. It was free in and out of the turns and was washing the nose up the track. I tried to run different lines but that only made the car worse. I had to stay on the bottom of the track so I couldn't challenge anyone on the outside to try to make a pass. It is tough to pass here anyway and being so loose made it nearly impossible. Then suddenly just before the yellow came out for rain, the car got really tight. We have had our struggles here in the past and tonight was not any different."

Eddie Mac started inside in the 21st spot but could not make up any ground and rode mid pack until the first caution on lap 17. After much discussion between crew chief Rollie LaChance and the veteran driver to pit for an adjustment, the decision was made to stay out so as not to lose more spots to the field. Eddie Mac fell back to 23rd by lap 27 but was able to gain four positions and into 19th until the next caution on lap 61 for rain. Track officials finally waved the checkered/yellow flag on lap 70 when the sky really opened up.

"I feel bad for everyone on the team that worked so hard here at the track on Wednesday and Thursday," said Eddie Mac. "The guys at the shop worked their tails off to get this car ready. We had the new body style put on and that required a ton of work in the Newburyport shop. Freddie Peterson, our ACT car owner, painted the car at his shop Peterson Auto and John Tiernan did the entire black accent work on the body. The car looked great and it is just too bad we couldn't get it to run better. We knew there would be a learning curve with the new body so hopefully we will have it figured out for the Dover race."

The UNOH 100 will be televised on NBCSN on Thursday, September 17 at 7:00 p.m.

The final race of the K&N Pro Series East will be the Drive Sober 125 at Dover International Speedway.
Photos by
Richard Casey
RACE CENTRAL LIVE powered by Speed51.com:
K&N East at Richmond - HERE

For the Event Schedule, Entry List, Practices, Qualifying, Lap by Lap, & Results  
K&N Pro Series East - Richmond News & Notes: HERE 

The Race: The UNOH 100 is the 12th race of the season for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East. It's the 10th of 12 oval track events and 14 races, overall on the 2015 schedule. This is the series' first time competing at the Virginia track in the fall as a companion event with NASCAR's national series.

The Procedure: The starting field is 36 cars, including provisionals. The first 32 cars will qualify through two-lap time trials while the remaining four spots will be awarded through the provisional process. The race will be 100 laps covering 75 miles.

The Track: Richmond International Raceway, known as "America's Premier Short Track," opened in October 1946. Lee Petty won the first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event in April 1953. The track operated as a half-mile oval through spring 1988 before being reconfigured to its current .75-mile, D-shape for the September 1988 date. Lights were added in 1991. The track is 60 feet wide with a 10-foot apron. There is 14 degrees of banking in the turns, eight degrees of banking on the 1,290-foot frontstretch and two degrees of banking on the backstretch that measures 860 feet.

The Records: The one-lap qualifying record for the series at Richmond of 21.948 (123.018 mph) is held by Max Gresham and established on April 28, 2011. The 100-lap race record of 55 minutes, 20 seconds (81.325 mph) also was set on April 28, 2011 by Darrell Wallace Jr.

A New Victor Will Be Crowned:
There will be a new victor celebrating in Victory Lane Thursday night. None of the previous eight race winners are scheduled to compete in the UNOH 100 at Richmond. Three of the last four winners (Darrell Wallace Jr., Brett Moffitt and Cole Custer) are now competing in a NASCAR national series.

K&N East Statistical Advance - Richmond: HERE
Analyzing The K&N Pro East UNOH 100 

Richmond Race Setup:
- There are no previous Richmond race winners scheduled to compete in the UNOH 100. Three of the last four winners (Darrell Wallace Jr., Brett Moffitt and Cole Custer) are now competing in one of NASCAR's national series.
- Three of the last four events at Richmond have been won from the front row: Brett Moffitt from the pole in 2012 and Darrell Wallace Jr (2011) and Cole Custer (2014) winning from the outside pole.
- This is just the third time the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East will compete at Richmond in the fall. The first two were combination races with the NASCAR XFINITY Series in 1988 and 1989.

Richmond International Raceway:
- Originally known at the Atlantic Rural Exposition Fairgrounds, Richmond International Raceway held its first race in 1946 as a half-mile dirt track.
- The track named changed to Virginia State Fairgrounds in 1967.
- The track's surface was changed from dirt to asphalt between races in 1968.
- The track's name changed to Richmond Fairgrounds Raceway in 1969.
- The track was rebuilt as a three-quarter-mile D-shaped oval following the February 21, 1988 race.

- This is the series 10th visit to the historic Virginia oval.
- The 2011 Blue Ox 100 was the first stand-alone race a Richmond in NASCAR K&N Pro Series East history. Teams from the K&N East competed in combination with the NASCAR XFINITY Series in five races at Richmond from 1988-92.
- The UNOH 100 will be telecast on NBCSN, Thursday, September 17th at 7 p.m. ET
- Last season at Richmond, Cole Custer collected his third series win.
- The most cautions for a K&N East race at Richmond is eight in 2012, while the fewest is two in 2011. The most cautions laps (35) came in 2012, while the fewest (20) were in 2011 for an average of 29.33
- In four races, the lead has changed hands an average of 2.5 times with a high of four in 2012.
- The average starting position for the winner is fourth while the polesitter has an average finish of eighth.


Richmond Date:
#13 out of 14
Track Layout: .75-mile D-shaped asphalt oval
Race Length: 100 laps (75 miles)
Banking/Turns 1 & 2: 14 degrees
Banking/Turns 3 & 4: 14 degrees
Banking/Frontstretch: 8 degrees (1,290 feet)
Banking/Backstretch: 2 degrees (860 feet)

Richmond Qualifying/Race Data:
2014 Race Winner:
Cole Custer
2014 Pole Winner: Nick Drake
1-Lap Qualifying Record: Max Gresham, Toyota, 22.272 seconds (121.228 mph), April 28, 2011
100-Lap Race Record: Darrell Wallace Jr., Toyota, 55 minutes and 20 seconds (81/325 mph), April 28, 2011

Richmond Leaders: (K&N East standalone events)
Cole Custer - 1
Ryan Gifford - 1
Brett Moffitt - 1
Darrell Wallace Jr. - 1

Nick Drake - 1
Gray Gaulding - 1
Max Gresham - 1
Brett Moffitt - 1

Laps Completed:
Brandon Gdovic - 403
Eddie MacDonald - 392
Ben Kennedy - 303
Brett Moffitt - 303

Laps Led:
Brett Moffitt - 92
Max Gresham - 55
Gray Gaulding - 53
Cole Custer - 52
Nick Drake - 48

- Eddie MacDonald (No. 71 Grimm Contracting Chevrolet): Will be making his 186th K&N East start.
In four starts at Richmond he has an average finish of 13.3.

Wednesday, August 26

Test and Tune Session
Eddie Fast at NHMS Test and Tune Session 
The American-Canadian Tour (ACT) held its annual Test and Tune session Wednesday, August 26 at Loudon’s New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Twenty-four ACT Late Model drivers took to the track in preparation for the 7th Annual Bond Auto ACT Invitational Saturday, September 26.

Lempster, NH’s Guy Caron set the fast time of the day with a lap of 31.926 seconds. Three-time Invitational winner Eddie MacDonald of Rowley, MA was second-fastest at 31.974 seconds and ranked at the top of the charts in nearly every session.

The seventh Bond Auto ACT Invitational is coming up Saturday, September 26 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Forty-three ACT Late Model drivers from throughout the Northeast United States and Canada will converge as part of a tripleheader also featuring the Camping World Truck Series and Whelen Modified Tour. The Invitational will take the green flag at 5:00 PM. 
Photos by
Richard Casey


Sensational Comeback for Eddie MacDonald
at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway
Eddie MacDonald fought his way through the field from a 22nd starting position to score a third place finish in the American Canadian Tour's Beech Ridge 150 in Scarborough, Maine on Saturday, August 8. Eddie Mac had to qualify for the race in a consi after getting dumped in the heat race.

Eddie Mac bounced back from the set back and put on an impressive display of driving from the rear of the starting grid of 27 cars. Before that could happen, things took a turn for the worse with the Exit Realty/Hancock Electric Chevy in third place in the heat race when the #17 RI decided to dump the #17Ma with two laps remaining in the 12 lap heat. The top four cars from the three heat races gained starting positions for the 150 lap feature. This forced Eddie Mac into the 12 lap consi starting ninth with the top five making the feature. Eddie Mac finished fifth.

"We had a good car right through practice and we were headed for a good starting position for the feature when I got taken out," said an angry Eddie Mac. "I don't know why he was mad at me since I didn't have anything to do with him sliding up the track. It was uncalled for and I thought I was going to hit the wall. It put us in a tough spot to make the race since we had to start in the back of the consi. Fortunately we made it but it put more laps and wear on our tires that would hurt us at the end of the feature."

When the green flag waved Eddie Mac moved to the outside groove and began picking off cars early saying, "The car was really good on the outside and a lot of cars stayed on the bottom so I was able to pick up a number of spots. I got to 11th (lap 26) and decided to run for a while to cool the tires. The guys gave me such a good car; I knew I would be able to get some more spots. Passing at Beech Ridge is always tough especially with all the lapped cars. We had the car for it but I was hoping we had the tires for it."

By lap 50 the Rowley, Mass. veteran ran eighth but had to deal with some side by side action in front for nearly 20 laps before passing two lead lap cars and into the sixth position on lap 91. With lapped cars an issue Eddie Mac had to be patient to get by thus creating a gap to catch the #9 car for fifth place. Running fifth with 20 laps to go, Eddie Mac moved to fourth when Joey Pole wrecked in front and passed the #16 car on lap 141 for the third spot. Eddie mac tried to catch Babb and Helliwell on the lap 142 restart but to no avail.

"I used up the tires coming up through the field and they were skating on the last two restarts," said Eddie Mac. "We had a great run to finish third and I have to thank Rollie (LaChance) for the set up and to the crew of Rob, Tom, Ryan, and Andy Santeere for all the hard work. Thanks also to Laura LaChance who is always there to spot, cook or anything else the team needs. Of course, none of this would be possible without car owners Freddie and Sheila Peterson from Peterson's Auto Body in Peabody. Thanks to Derek Beatrice from Exit Realty, Scott and Ken Thompson from Hancock Electric, and our K&N team owner Rob Grimm for his continued support. Congratulations to Brad Babb for the win. He ran a great race. We are looking forward to the ACT race at NHMS in September. We hope to have a lot of our fans there."
Photos by Richard Casey

Friday, July 17th - 6:00 PM EST

New Hampshire Motor Speedway
Loudon, NH
Photo above by Richard Casey
Photos by
Chris Roy
Photos by Richard Casey

Top Ten for Eddie MacDonald at New Hampshire
Motor Speedway in the K&N Race

Eddie MacDonald began his busy weekend with a ninth place run in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East's United Site Services 70 Friday night to kick off the Sprint Cup weekend. The Rowley, Mass. veteran racer then changed fire suits to compete in the Sprint Cup 5 Hour Energy 301 on Sunday.

The tree time K&N winner at Loudon struggled in practice Friday battling a tight racecar but was able qualify the Exit Realty/Grimm Construction Chevy in the 13th position on Friday morning with Eddie Mac saying, "We made a number of changes during practice but we couldn't dial it in. It was tight during the practices on Thursday but the adjustments we made for qualifying worked enough to get us into a 13th place run. We thought the car would be good for the race but it didn't work out that way."

When the green flag waved to start the 70 lap feature on the "Magic Mile", Eddie Mac was able to move to tenth by lap 15 but the car changed back to the tight condition as Eddie Mac began falling back in the field. The #71 Exit Realty entry fell to 15 by lap 46, then lapped by eventual winner William Byron. The first caution flag waved on lap 56 to give crew chief Rollie LaChance an opportunity to make adjustments.

"We really needed that caution to make changes and we got the "lucky dog," said Eddie Mac. "The car was a little free entering the corner and it was shoving the nose. It was snappy loose so the crew was able to make some changes and it really helped but we needed one more adjustment and a few more laps but we didn't get either. We did get to ninth but you always want a better finish."

Eddie Mac was able to get the top ten finish with a bold three wide move on a lap 60 restart with ten to go as he powered in the middle of the three cars to gain five spots in one lap from his 14th restart position into ninth place and held the position to the checkers saying, "We were a little disappointed we did not have a better finish but at least we got a top ten after struggling in practice and the race."

"I have to give a big thank you to Derek Beatrice from Exit Realty Beatrice Associates from Middleton, Mass. for helping us out," said Eddie Mac. "Derek came on board last year and wanted to help us out again in the K&N, Cup, and the future ACT races. He is an awesome guy and brought a lot of his people to the race and they had a great time. It was a lot of fun meeting all the fans and spending time with them at the cookout Derek had. For many of them it was their first racing experience and they loved it and said they will be back in September when we run the ACT race here."

The United Site Services 70 will air on NBCSN on July 23, at 7p.m.

Two more K&N races are on the Grimm schedule at Richmond on September 10 and Dover on October 2.
RACE CENTRAL LIVE powered by Speed51.com:
K&N East at New Hampshire - HERE

For the Event Schedule, Entry List, Practices, Qualifying, Lap by Lap, & Results
K&N Pro Series East NHMS News & Notes: HERE

The Race: The United Site Services 70 will be the eighth of 14 races on the 2015 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East schedule and the lone trip to New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

The Procedure: The starting field is 36 cars, including provisionals. The first 32 cars will qualify through two-lap time trials. The remaining four spots will be awarded through the provisional process. The race will be 70 laps (74.06 miles).

The Track: This is the 69th race for the series at the 1.058-mile slightly banked oval, dating back to Sept. 1990. This is the second straight year the series has raced on the summer stop for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, after running on the September weekend in 2012 and 2013.  It’s the largest track on the K&N East schedule.

Race Winners: There have been 28 different winners in the 59 all-time stand-alone races at Loudon. New Hampshire native Brad Leighton has the most series win at the “Magic Mile” with eight, while Eddie MacDonald is the active leader with three.

Pole Winners: Of the 31 different drivers to earn a Coors Light Pole Award at New Hampshire, Kelly Moore has the most in K&N Pro Series East history with six. Ben Rhodes set a new qualifying record last season with a time of 29.622 (128.580 mph) for his first pole at Loudon.

K&N East Statistical Advance - NHMS: HERE
Analyzing The K&N Pro East United Site Services 70

United Site Services 70 Race Setup:
- William Byron is still holding onto the top spot in the season standings with 283 points. Austin Hill is the closest to him, trailing by 20 points.
- Only two drivers scheduled to compete at the “Magic Mile” have won here before, Eddie MacDonald (3) and Jesse Little (1).
- Last season’s event ended in dramatic fashion with Little in Victory Lane and MacDonald second.

At New Hampshire Motor Speedway
 Ground breaking for New Hampshire International Speedway, as New Hampshire Motor Speedway was originally named, started on August 13, 1989.
- The 1.058-mile oval is located on approximately 1,200 acres. The multi-use complex is the largest sports facility in New England.
- The official opening was June 5, 1990 and the first NASCAR event was a NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR K&N Pro Series East combination event.
- Speedway Motorsports Inc., agreed to purchase New Hampshire International Speedway from Bob and Gary Bahre on January 11, 2008 and then renamed the track New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

 The first K&N East stand-alone race was held September 2, 1990.
- There have been 59 stand-alone K&N East races at NHMS, more than any other track in series history.
- There have been 28 different race winners, led by Brad Leighton’s eight. Eddie MacDonald is the active leader with three victories.
- There have been 31 different pole winners, led by Kelly Moore’s six. Ben Rhodes holds the series’ qualifying record.

New Hampshire Motor Speedway Data:
Race: #8 of 14.
Track Layout: 1.058-mile asphalt oval.
Race Length: 70 laps (74.06 miles)
Banking/Corners: 2-7 degrees.

Qualifying/Race Data:
2014 Race Winner: Jesse Little
2014 Pole Winner: Ben Rhodes
Track Qualifying Record: Ben Rhodes, Chevrolet, 29.622 seconds (128.580 mph), July 11, 2014.

Active Leaders at New Hampshire Motor Speedway:
Eddie MacDonald - 3
Jesse Little - 1

Top Fives
Eddie MacDonald - 5
Jay Beasley - 1
Jesse Little - 1

Top 10s
Eddie MacDonald - 13

Ronnie Bassett Jr. - 2
Gray Gaulding - 2
Jesse Little - 2

Laps Completed
Eddie MacDonald - 2,643
John Salemi -1,919
Jesse Little - 298

Laps Led
Eddie MacDonald - 175
Gary Gaulding - 53
Nick Drake -10

Eddie MacDonald - 26

John SalemI - 28

Eddie MacDonald (No. 71 Grimm Contracting Chevrolet)
This will be his third series start of the 2015 season as he competed at Bristol and Iowa and finished sixth and 12th, respectively.
- This will be his 27th start at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
- He has three wins, five top fives and 13 top 10s at the “Magic Mile”
- His average finish at NHMS is 16.61 and his average start is 13.96.


Saturday, June 20, 2015
White Mountain 150


Penalty Costs Eddie MacDonald Chance to Win
in ACT Race at White Mountain

On lap 115 with 35 circuits to go in the American Canadian Tour's White Mountain 150 Eddie MacDonald made contact with Brandon Atkins while contending for the lead to bring out a caution. As a result the "Outlaw" was sent to the rear of the field and had to settle for a 12th place finish.

"It was terrible to lose a race this way," said Eddie Mac. "The car was fast again and I made my way to the front and was racing the leader trying to figure a way to get by him. He was hard to pass and I tried different lines for a number of laps. I was on the outside and tried to do a crossover move and he just slowed down in front of me and I hit his back bumper and sent him spinning into the infield. I feel bad for both of us but I had 35 laps to go so I certainly did not do it on purpose. I felt I would get by him sooner or later because the car was that good."

The Grimm Construction/Hancock Electric Chevy established fast times in practice then won the second heat easily from the pole to grid sixth for the 150 lap event at White Mountain Motorsports Park on Saturday, June 20. When the green flag waved, the Rowley, Mass. veteran racer was content to ride in the sixth position early to save tires. A four car wreck on lap 94 almost ended Eddie Mac's night.

"I almost got spun out in that one when a bunch of cars wrecked all around me," said Eddie Mac. "I was lucky to make it through but I had to restart in the eighth position so I knew I had to get going then. The car was great and I was able to drive through the field to contend for the top spot." Four cautions (Laps 98, 100, 101, 104) slowed the pace but Eddie Mac was on the move driving under eventual winner Wayne Helliwell for second place on lap 111. The incident with Atkins appears to be another case of bad racing luck to plague the team since sweeping all three ACT races at New Smyrna, Florida in February.

"We have had such bad luck since Florida in the ACT races and the K&N Series, it is very frustrating," said Eddie Mac. "Freddie's (Peterson) car has been fast every race but tire issues have hurt us. This time I made a mistake. I did not expect him to slow down that much. I don't know for sure if we would have won that race but I know we would have been a strong contender. I feel bad for Freddie and Sheila (Peterson) and hope we get a win soon for them. Thanks again to everyone that helps us every race, Scott and Ken Thompson from Hancock Electric, Stilo, Schroth Racing, HMS Motorsports, A&B Vending, especially Peterson Auto Body in Peabody. We plan to race at Oxford Plains this Saturday so hopefully our luck will change."

Saturday, May 30, 2015
Generation Next
Lil' Joey Memorial 151

Speedway 51
Seventh Place Run for Eddie at Speedway 51
Eddie MacDonald dominated in practice and for 86 laps in the American Canadian Tour's Generation Next 150 at the newly revamped Speedway 51 in Groveton, NH on Saturday, May 30. With the threat of rain looming, Eddie Mac battled eventual winner Wayne Helliwell on a lap 86 restart but a flat right rear sent the Grimm Construction/Hancock Electric Chevy out of the groove and into seventh place before the yellow/checkered flag waved to end the race on lap 91 due to rain.

"We have had a string of bad luck with tires lately in the ACT and K&N series," said a frustrated MacDonald after the race. "When the race restarted on lap 86, I went into turn one and the car slid up the track and rolled over. I thought we broke something in the front end but it turned out to be a slow leak in the right rear. It seems like we have had nothing but tire issues. The car was so good in practice and early in the race, I thought we really had a chance to win this thing."

"The Outlaw" set the fastest times in two of the three practices he took part in and scored a +4 point total as he won the first heat going away starting from the fifth position. The Freddie Peterson owned ride started the scheduled151lap event on the outside pole and quickly took the lead on the second circuit. When the #60 took the lead on lap 13 Eddie Mac was content to ride around conserving the tires.

Weather played a significant role in the day's event as all the teams had to deal with ferocious wind and dust in the pits and on the track. Rain was predicted early and then with the reports of heavy rain approaching the speedway, Eddie Mac took the lead back on a lap 76 restart and appeared ready to battle Helliwell for the win. A lap 86 caution put the two veteran racers side by side for the restart. Eddie Mac could not hold the car down in turn one allowing Helliwell and others to slide underneath as Eddie Mac slipped back on the outside to seventh.

"I thought the sway bar link broke the way the car reacted but it wasn't until after the race and in the pits we found the right rear had a slow leak, said the Rowley, Mass. driver. "I am disappointed for Sheila and Freddie Peterson, out car owners. To show how involved they are, both of them constantly cleaned the dust off the car between practices, the heat, and the race. The crew did their usual great job and Rollie and I really appreciate all they do for us. Thanks to our K&N owner Rob Grimm and Scott and Kenny Thompson from Hancock Electric for their great support. The car is in good shape so we hope to be back for the White Mountain race in a couple of weeks. Hopefully we can keep the tires on it."
Photos by
Richard Casey

Saturday, May 16th - 8:00 PM CDT

Iowa Speedway
Eddie Disappointed with K&N Run at Iowa Speedway
Eddie MacDonald, driver of the #71 Grimm Construction/Multiple Sclerosis Chevy, battled tire issues to finish 19th in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East/West combination race in the Casey's General Store 150 at Iowa Speedway Saturday, May 16. MacDonald overcame a tire problem the first half of the race but could not overcome the issue in the second half of the 150 lap feature.

Usually a net set of Goodyear tires make both the driver and the car very happy but right from the green flag, Eddie Mac could not make any progress from his 24th starting position and was nearly lapped by the leader until the caution flag flew on lap 37. Crew chief Rollie LaChance made a wedge adjustment and discovered the left rear tire's low air pressure. With the fix made, the Rowley, Mass. veteran racer returned to the track in the 27th spot and began making his way to the front with some spectacular three wide moves with Eddie Mac saying, "The car felt great and could really get into the turns, especially turn one. With the air pressure set and a wedge adjustment the loose condition was fixed and I was able to drive the car. I was able to race to eleventh at the break."

No adjustments were made on the #71 at the break other than the four new tires with Eddie Mac confident the car would be fast again but the complete opposite happened saying, "The car was a handful right from the green flag. It was so on the edge I almost went around a couple of tires. The new tires were terrible and it just killed the car. You are not anywhere near as loose on new tires so it was a big surprise. We had to wait for a caution but it didn't come soon enough to help."

Unfortunately, Eddie Mac just had to ride it out and fell back in the pack to 22nd until he was able to pit on caution lap 133 for air and wedge adjustments. The Grimm Construction Chevy restarted 22nd on lap 140 with ten to go as Eddie Mac could only manage to pick up two spots before the final green flag.

""It was so loose everywhere I just couldn't drive it hard without wrecking it. We are so disappointed with the finish. We think it was the right rear that really ballooned during the race and that caused all the problems. We certainly hoped for a better run and I feel bad for all the crew that traveled a long way and worked hard for two days out here. These guys had to take time from work back home to come here and I really appreciate it. I want to give a shout out to Mallet Meyer. He was with us when he was a student at UNOH and did a great job. He now lives in Clarence, Iowa and runs and owns Revelation Racing specializing in fabrication and engines for dirt mods and all types of dirt racing. He is a very talented guy."

"Our next K&N race will be at our home track at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on July 17 and we love racing there. We have some wins there and finished second last year so we are looking forward to that race. Thanks as always to our owner Rob Grimm, Schroth Racing, Stilo, HMS Motorsports, and Waymart Building Center for their support."

The Casey's General Store 150 will air on NBCSN on Friday, May 22 at midnight following the hockey game.
Photos by
Richard Casey
RACE CENTRAL LIVE powered by Speed51.com:
K&N Combo at IOWA - HERE

For the Event Schedule, Entry List, Practices, Qualifying, Lap by Lap, & Results
K&N Pro Series Combo IOWA News & Notes: HERE

The Race: The Casey�s General Stores 150 marks the 12th NASCAR K&N Pro Series East-West combination race at Iowa Speedway, and the first event at the track in 2015. It�s the fourth of 14 races overall on the 2015 K&N Pro East schedule, and the fourth of 13 races overall for the K&N Pro West.

The Procedure: The race will be 150 laps (131.25 miles) and will be run in two segments with a midway break at or near the conclusion of Lap 75. The starting field is 36 cars, including provisionals. The first 28 cars will qualify through two-lap time trials. The remaining eight spots will be awarded through the provisional process. Note: Each driver will be credited with a finish and points respective to the series they've designated.

The Track: Iowa Speedway is a .875-mile paved oval with the turns banked 12-14 degrees, four degrees of banking in the backstretch and 10 degrees in the frontstretch. The track opened in 2006 and the first NASCAR-sanctioned race was a K&N Pro Series combination event on May 20, 2007 won by Joey Logano. NASCAR XFINITY and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series events were added in 2009.

The Records: The one-lap series qualifying record at Iowa was established by Kyle Busch on May 17, 2009 at 135.484 mph (23.250 seconds). The 150-lap race record was set by Ben Rhodes on May 17, 2014 at 93.287 mph (1 hour, 24 minutes, 25 seconds)

K&N East Statistical Advance - IOWA: HERE
Analyzing The K&N Pro East Casey's General Stores 150

- Iowa held one East-West combination race each season from 2007-2011 and has had two each year since 2012.
- The K&N Pro Series West had a standalone event at the track in September 2009 won by David Mayhew.
- The Casey�s General Store 150 will be telecast on NBCSN Thursday, May 21 at a time to be determined next week.
- Kyle Busch and Cole Custer are the only drivers to win the East-West at Iowa from the pole. Chase Elliott started the furthest back and won, coming from 15th on the grid in May 2012.
- The most cautions for an East-West combination race at Iowa is 11 in June 2013 while the fewest is four in May 2009 and August 2014. The most caution laps (68) came in the inaugural 2007 event and the fewest was 24 on May 2009 and August 2014.
- In the 11 combination events, the lead has changed hands an average of 13.7 times with a high of 18 in the 200-lap May 2007 race.
- The average starting position for the winner is 6.09 while the pole sitter has an average finish of 9.63.
- Three of the 11 East-west combination races at Iowa were extended by a late-race caution for a green-white-checkered finish, the last occurring in June 2013.
- Chevrolet has gone to Victory Lane in seven East-West events at Iowa, while Toyota has three wins and Ford has one.

Iowa Data
Race #: 4 of 14 � East; 4 of 13 � West
Track Layout: .875-mile asphalt tri-oval
Race Length: 150 laps (131.25 miles)
Banking/Turns: 12-14 degrees
Banking/Frontstretch: 10 degrees
Banking/Backstretch: Four degrees

Iowa Qualifying/Race Data
2014 Pole Winner: Brodie Kostecki, Toyota, 133.102 mph (23.666 seconds)
2014 Race Winner: Ben Rhodes, Chevrolet, 93.287 mph (1 hour, 24 minutes, 25 seconds)
1-Lap Qualifying Record: Kyle Busch, 135.484 mph (23.250 seconds), May 2009
150-lap Race Record: Ben Rhodes, Chevrolet, 93.287 mph (1 hour, 24 minutes, 25 seconds)

Eddie MacDonald (No. 71 Grimm Contracting Chevrolet)
- Ranked 25th in the East standings after one start at Bristol.
- In 10 starts at Iowa, his second place finish in August 2013 is his best.
- Has an average finish of 9.4 and an average start of 18.4 at Iowa.
- Has earned seven wins, 34 top fives, 90 top 10s and two poles in 183 starts.


Merchants Bank 150

Sunday, May 3, 2015
Tough Day for Eddie Mac at Thunder Road
Eddie MacDonald returned to the track to finish 17th after a spectacular crash over the turn two embankment early in the American Canadian Tour's 17th Annual Merchants Bank 150 at Thunder Road in Barre, Vt. on Sunday, May 3. The Freddie Peterson owned Chevy sustained heavy front end damage after a blown left rear tire sent the car and Eddie Mac sailing off the track and down the hill on lap five.

"That was definitely a hard crash," said Eddie Mac after the race. "I made contact with another car the lap before, and unfortunately it cut down the tire. When I went into turn one I just sailed up the track and over turn two. It is a strange feeling to look out the windshield straight down at the ground. There was a stone wall there that stopped the car from flipping over but it tore up the front of the car and bent something underneath. The crew did a great job to get me back out there but it was a long day to ride round and not compete for the win."

The Grimm Construction/Hancock Electric Chevy posted fast times in practice on Saturday and Sunday but things changed quickly when Eddie Mac drew the ninth and final spot in first heat to finish eighth with the veteran racer saying, "This is as frustrating as it gets. We had a fast car but we just could not go anywhere in the heat. The cars ran side by side the entire way and there wasn't any way to get by on the quarter mile track, especially in a twelve lap heat race. We had to race our way into the race in the consi and started 22nd. Anytime you start that far back anything can happen and it did."

Last season Eddie Mac won the famed Milk Bowl at Thunder Road and hopes for another win ended almost as soon as the race began. On lap four of the 150 lap event, the #17Ma rubbed with the #15 of Joey Laquerre sending a puff of smoke from the back of the "Outlaw's" car which proved to be huge the following lap. The huge crowd held their collective breadths as the undercarriage of the car was visible as it disappeared over the embankment. The crowd then went wild as Eddie Mac backed his car up over the hill and back on to the track. The crew went to work changing tires and ripping away sheet metal to get the Rowley, Mass. driver back in competition.

Eddie Mac raced on the lead lap until finally going down a lap on the 75th circuit. A decision was then made to continue racing for the second half of the race as he was able to pass a number of lapped cars to post the 17th place finish saying, "The car tight in the center and loose off and I think something is bent but we decided to stay out there and was able to pass some cars. Rollie and the crew made the car work better on our second pit stop (Lap 27) but it was a long day. We knew we had the car to beat but that just happens in racing. The best car does not always win. There is a lot of work to do on the car but we should be ready for our next race penciled in for the end of the month."

"I definitely feel bad for Freddie and Sheila but we will be back," said Eddie Mac. "The crew performed super right from the start and especially after the wreck. Of course, our thanks go to our K&N owner Rob Grimm for his support and Scott and Ken Thompson from Hancock Electric. We also carry the MS logo on our car in support of Rob and Karla's daughter Megan Spaulding who is fighting the disease. Grimm Nation's MS Warrior team just participated in the annual walk at Pocono Speedway to raise awareness and money to fight this disease. We support their efforts and hope our fans will support the cause."

Eddie Mac's next competition will be in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Casey's General Store 150 at Iowa Speedway in Newton, Iowa on May 16. The first of two scheduled events will pit the best of the East vs. the best of the West K&N drivers. Follow NASCAR HomeTracks for coverage times.
Photos by
Richard Casey

Eddie Mac Scores Third Place Finish in Governor's Cup
Eddie MacDonald staged a familiar battle with eventual winner Wayne Helliwell in the Governor's Cup 150 at their home track Lee USA Speedway on Sunday May 26 to post a third place finish in an exciting duel. The Grimm Construction/Hancock Electric Chevy started third on the grid after winning the heat to score a +2 rating.

Twenty-seven cars took the green flag under stormy skies that dictated the early race strategy for Eddie Mac saying, "We were riding around comfortably in sixth place when a little rain began to fall around lap 25. It looked like heavy rain would arrive shortly so we decided to go get some spots in case the race ended at the halfway mark. I used up a lot of the car racing on the outside for position. No one was out there so the little bit of rain really hurt the tires. Of course the rain never came but we committed early instead of saving tires for the end. We did what we needed to do ans that's just racing."

"The Outlaw" wowed the crowd with some great side by side racing before settling into third place by lap 63. The Governor's Cup defending champ and winner of his last five ACT events waited patiently while Helliwell and Jeff White battled for the top spot. Eddie Mac ran the outside groove to race White side by side, then taking the second spot on lap 84 and setting his sights on the #27. Again the Rowley, Ma. veteran drove hard on the outside to take first place on lap 91. Eddie Mac and Helliwell have staged epic duels throughout their careers.

A lap 93 caution put the #17 and #27 head to head on the restart with Helliwell getting the jump with Eddie Mac saying, "Wayne was fast all day and he had a good restart. I spun the tires a bit and he was able to take advantage. He ran a great race getting the pole and running out front saving his tires. I used up the tires early and couldn't race with him at the end. By the end of the race the car was so loose I was just hanging on trying to get the best finish I could. We had a lot of fun racing at my home track and seeing a lot of family and friends. Obviously I wish we won but Wayne deserved the win so congratulations to him and Bruce. We may do it again next week at Thunder Road. My thanks go to the crew for all the hard work and Kenny and Scott Thompson from Hancock Electric for their continued support. Car owners Sheila and Freddie Peterson are just awesome people to be associated with."

The 17th annual Merchants Bank 150 event will be run at the famed Thunder Road in Barre, Vt. on Sunday, May 3 with a 1:00 pm. post time. The Thunder Road Car Show in downtown Barre will run from 9:00-12:00 Saturday followed by the parade of cars to the track.
Photos by
Richard Casey

Eddie Runs for the Governor's Cup Title
at Lee USA Speedway on Sunday

Eddie MacDonald will drive the Freddie Peterson owned #17 Chevy Late Model in the American Canadian Tour's Governor's Cup 150 on Sunday, April 26 at Lee's "Center of Speed." The Rowley, Mass driver, and son of track owners Judy and Red MacDonald, will defend the title won in last year's event. "The Outlaw" is a serious contender to repeat posting five late model wins in a row.

Eddie Mac began the streak last season with a huge Milk Bowl win at Thunder Road followed with a win in the Fall Brawl at Riverside Speedway. The veteran racer impressed many with three 100 lap wins in a row at New Smyrna Speedway, Florida during speedweeks in February to capture the first ever American Racer Challenge Cup.
Since joining forces with Freddie Peterson in the Grimm Construction/Hancock Electric sponsored Chevy crew chief Rollie LaChance and Eddie Mac have posted a stellar record of wins and top three finishes. Both hope to continue the torrid pace with a win this Sunday with Eddie Mac saying, "We have had an incredible run since last season and would like nothing better than to get the win at my home track. To have a lot of family and fans cheering for you is a great feeling."

More than forty cars are expected to compete for the 28 starting positions in the ACT feature. Teams will practice on Saturday with qualifying heats and the 150 lap event slated for Sunday. Schedules for both days begin at noon and will also feature the regular Lee USA Speedway racing series.

"This should be a great race with all the talented drivers and teams competing in the ACT series," said MacDonald. "Rollie, the crew, and I love racing in this series. We have to travel so much in the K&N series it is nice to be at home with all our fans. Freddie and Sheila (Peterson) have been terrific and we couldn't do this without the longtime support of Ken and Scott Thompson from Hancock Electric in Quincy. If you need electric motor service those are the guys to call. Thanks go to our K&N team owner Rob Grimm who supports us racing in the series. Hopefully we can celebrate with all our fans on Sunday."
MacDonald Ready to Hold His Turf at Lee USA
ACT PRESS RELEASE - The American-Canadian Tour (ACT) Late Models will be at the Lee USA Speedway in Lee, NH this coming Sunday, April 26 for the 25th annual New Hampshire Governor�s Cup 150. Eddie �The Outlaw� MacDonald will look to defend his title in the event, but a host of veterans and newcomers alike figure to be up for the challenge.

MacDonald has been red hot in the ACT Late Models in recent months. The Rowley, MA driver swept all three 100-lap events at the New Smyrna Speedway in Florida as part of the annual February racing. Combined with his victories in the Vermont Milk Bowl at Barre, VT�s Thunder Road last October and the Fall Brawl 150 at Groveton, NH�s Speedway 51 in November, MacDonald has five straight wins in ACT-type Late Model events.

We�ve got a pretty good idea of where we need to be from last year,� MacDonald said. �We�re just going to have to go there and tune on the car and see if we can get it to perform steady throughout the whole race. You never know who�s going to be able to hit it right for that day.�


The PittLite 125
Sat. April 18, 2015
Eddie Rallies from Flat Tire for Sixth Place
in the K&N Race at Bristol
Eddie MacDonald powered the Grimm Construction/Multiple Sclerosis Society Chevrolet to a hard earned sixth place finish in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Pittlite 125 at Bristol Motor Speedway as a companion race with the Sprint Cup Series. The Rowley, Mass. veteran started his 183rd race in the series and took the green flag as the defending champion of last year's event. A flat tire on lap 49 appeared to quash any hopes of repeating the win but Eddie Mac and the crew never gave up and rallied from the flat and 24th restarting position to make his patented charge to the front.

"With everything that we had to overcome in the race, we are pleased with the sixth place finish," said Eddie Mac after the race. "Obviously we would have liked to compete for the win but this finish showed how we can overcome adversity. We had a very similar set-up in the car as last year and the car handled pretty good. We didn't have a great qualifying run (16th) but last year we started 13th and won so we knew the car would be good for the long run."

Twenty eight cars took the green flag in the 125 lap event around "The World's Fastest Half-Mile" as Eddie Mac wasted no time moving up four spots from 16th to 12th in just two laps and into tenth by lap 21. The car was "a little loose but not bad" according to Eddie Mac at the first caution on lap 37. While running ninth the #71 blew a left rear tire to bring out the caution on lap 49, then restarted 24th one lap down. Eddie Mac moved up two positions before the halfway break at lap 62. The crew was allowed to re-fuel but could not change tires during the five minute break.

Racing resumed after the break with Eddie Mac the recipient of the "lucky dog" to restart on the lead lap in the 22nd position. Chief Rollie LaChance made the call to bring the #71 to the pits for a wedge adjustment during a lap 76 caution resulting in a charge from the 20th restarting position on lap 81 to 13th on lap 90. On laps 100 and lap 109, the veteran racer made it three wide around the high banked turns of Bristol to ninth place with sixteen laps to go. Eddie Mac battled Austin Hill for sixth place before taking over the spot with ten to go.

"The car was really good all day," said Eddie Mac. "I think we had a top three car and then run for the win and see what would happen but the flat changed everything. I wanted to get to fifth at the end but I used up the car coming from the rear so it was pretty loose at the end. Sixth place is still a great finish at Bristol. It is so much fun to drive here and you have to have a good car or you are in for a long day. Rollie and the crew did a great job all day long and I appreciate their efforts. Our owner Rob Grimm and a number of "Grimm Nation" family and fans were here so I am glad we had a good showing after the flat tire. This is a tough racetrack to make up ground when you have a problem so I am proud of what we accomplished today."

"Many thanks go to our sponsors: Grimm Construction, Stilo, HMS Motorsports, Waymart Building Center, Schroth Racing, Peterson Auto Body, and Kustom Vinyl. The Multiple Sclerosis National Society logo is proudly displayed on the car, as well as, the New Path Adventures logo."

The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East's next race will be a combination race with the K&N West Series at Iowa Speedway on May 16. NBCSN will televise the Pittlite 125 on April 23 with a time to be determined.
Photos by
Richard Casey
Eddie Kicks Off NASCAR K&N Season
at Bristol Motor Speedway in April
When Eddie MacDonald takes the green flag to open his NASCAR K&N Pro Series East season at Bristol it will be as defending champion after posting the impressive win last year in the Pittlite 125. The Grimm Construction/Multiple Sclerosis Society Chevy piloted by the veteran racer started 13th in the event last season and had the crowd on its feet as Eddie Mac drove to the front in a door to door battle with Ben Rhodes to lead the final two laps for the win. The Rowley, Mass. driver is entering his 15th year in the series and will start in his 183rd race with hopes to repeat last year's performance.

"The win last year at Bristol was huge for our team," said Eddie Mac while preparing the #71 for the race in the Newburyport, Mass. shop. "It was definitely one of the highlights of my career to win there. The track is awesome in every way. You dream about racing there and to get a win there is definitely the icing on the cake. We knew we had a good car despite not qualifying all that well (13th) but Rollie (LaChance) had a great set up and it handled well right from the start. After the break I knew I had something for the leaders and it was a lot of fun to race for the win. That race really gave us the boost we needed to run well the rest of the season even though we ran a part-time schedule."

The #71 Grimm Construction Chevy posted three top five's and one top ten finish over the final four races with Eddie Mac saying, "We did not start the season off well and decided to focus our efforts on a limited schedule and it worked out well. The final four races were pretty strong efforts by the team (8th at Langley, 2nd at Loudon, 6th at Iowa, 4th at Dover). We plan to run around six races in the K&N Series this year with the focus on the bigger tracks. Bristol may be only a half mile but it is definitely a big track to us and we hope to have another great showing there in April. It is always fun to race as a companion to the Xfinity and Cup series. We run after the Xfinity 300 on Saturday so we should have a great crowd. It is tough to win in the K&N Series with all the talented teams and drivers and we always put on a great show, so it should be a lot of fun."

Based largely on his Bristol performance as well as his success in the American Canadian tour, Eddie Mac was recently named Quarter Master Clutch Performer of the Year for 2014. "This award recognizes the hard work the crews for both series put in each and every race," said the second time recipient of the award (2009). "I have really been lucky to have such dedicated and talented people with me. I am so appreciative Quarter Master presented this award to me. I accept it on behalf of all the people involved. Of course none of this would be possible without the fantastic support from our K&N team owner Rob Grimm. He and Karla have been fantastic since Rollie and I teamed up with them in 2007."

All of the sponsors for the last few seasons will again support the Grimm Construction Chevy including Stilo, HMS Motorsports, Schroth Racing, Waymart Building Center, Peterson Auto Body, and Kustom Vinyl. The National Multiple Sclerosis Society logo will again be displayed on both rear quarter panels for the season.

"We are very confident we can run well at Bristol and compete for the win," said Eddie Mac. "It is difficult to win at any level and especially in the K&N Series but we feel we have the car and the set-up to do it. We are excited to get started this year."

The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Pittlite 125 will take the green flag on Saturday, April 18 on the famed track billed as "The World's Fastest Half Mile."

Defending race winner Eddie MacDonald will make his NASCAR K&N Pro Series East
debut this weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway with a field filled with new talent.
RACE CENTRAL LIVE powered by Speed51.com:
K&N East at Bristol - HERE

For the Event Schedule, Entry List, Practices, Qualifying, Lap by Lap, & Results
K&N East Statistical Advance - Bristol: HERE
Analyzing The K&N Pro East PittLite125

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East will head to Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway Saturday, April 18 for the PittLite 125, the season's third of 14 events. Below is a look at the performance of the series and selected drivers at Bristol, as well as some other statistical trends.

Bristol Race Setup
- The fop four drivers are within five points of each other headed in to Bristol. Austin Hill leads with 88 points, followed closely by William Byron with 85 points. Dalton Sargeant and Gray Gaulding are two points behind Byron with 83 apiece.
- Defending race winner Eddie MacDonald will be making his season debut at Bristol this weekend.
- Thirteen out of the 31 drivers on the entry list will make their first K&N Pro Series East start at Bristol for the PittLite125.

Bristol Motor Speedway
- Bristol Motor Speedway opened in 1961 and hosted its first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on July 30 of that year. Jack Smith picked up the win and led 243 of the 500 laps.
- To date, the track has hosted 108 Sprint Cup Series races, 65 NASCAR XFINITY Series races and 17 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series events. Kyle Busch leads all drivers with 16 Bristol victories and Darrell Waltrip tops the charts with 12 Sprint Cup Series triumphs.
- The .533-mile concrete oval hosted its first NASCAR K&N Pro Series event in March 2012 with Nelson Piquet Jr. collecting the win.

- This is the series� fourth visit to the legendary Tennessee track.
- The PittLite 125 will air on NBCSN on Thursday, April 23 TBA.
- For two previous Bristol winners - Nelson Piquet Jr. (2012) and Dylan Kwasniewski (2013) - it was their first K&N East victory.
- The most cautions for a K&N East race at Bristol is eight (2013) while the fewest is six (2012). The most caution laps were 40 in 2014 and fewest were 33 in 2012.
- In three races, the lead has changed hands an average two times of with a high of four changes in 2012.
- The average starting position for the winner is 6.3 while the pole sitter has an average finish of 2.6.
- Bristol is one of three half-mile tracks on the series schedules joining South Carolina's Greenville Pickens Speedway and Florida's New Smyrna Speedway.

Bristol Data
Race: #3 out of 14 (4/18/15)
Track Layout: .533-mile concrete oval
Race Length: 125 laps (66.625 miles)
Banking/Corners: Variable (24-28 degrees)

Bristol Qualifying/Race Data:
2014 Pole Winner: Ben Rhodes
2014 Race Winner: Eddie MacDonald
1-Lap Qualifying Record: Michael McGuire, Toyota, 15.898 seconds, 120.694 mph, March 16, 2013
125-Lap Race Record: Nelson Piquet Jr., Toyota, one hour, two minutes, six seconds, 65.402 mph, March 17, 2012

Eddie MacDonald (No. 71 Grimm Contracting Chevrolet)
- Will be making his season debut and 183rd K&N East start this weekend.
- In three starts at Bristol, has finished 28th (2012), seventh (2013) and first (2014).
- Has an average finish of 12 and an average start of 22 at Bristol.
- In 182 starts as earned seven wins, 24 top fives, 86 top 10s and two poles.
- Has competed in one NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race and finished 30th.
- In two NASCAR XFINITY starts, he finished 41st (2007) and 22nd (2009).
- Competed in one NASCAR Sprint Cup race at New Hampshire and finished 35th.
- In two NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour races he finished 37th (2005) and 39th (2009).

K&N Pro Series East Dover News & Notes: HERE

Fast Facts
The Race: The PittLite125 is the third event of the season for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East. It�s the third of 14 oval track events and 14 races, overall, on the 2015 schedule. This is the series� fourth visit to the iconic high-banked Tennessee oval.

The Procedure: The starting field is 36 cars, including provisionals. The first 32 cars will qualify through two-lap time trials while the remaining four starting spots will be awarded through the provisional process. The race will be 125 laps covering 66.625 miles with a break at or near the conclusion of lap 65.

The Track: Bristol Motor Speedway opened in 1961 and hosted its first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on July 30, 1961 won by Jack Smith. The .533-mile concrete oval has 600-foot straightaways with five to nine degrees of banking on the frontstretch and four to eight degrees on the backstretch. The turns are progressively banked from 24 to 28 degrees. The racing surface is 37.5 feet wide.

The Records: The one-lap qualifying record for the series at Bristol of 15.898 seconds (120.694 mph) is held by Michael McGuire and was established on March 16, 2013. The 125-Lap race record of one hour, two minutes and six seconds (65.402) was set on March 17, 2012 by Nelson Piquet Jr. in a race that was extended to 127 laps.

Team To Watch
Daniel Hemric and Brandon Jones will be behind the wheel for NTS Motorsports Saturday. Hemric will be making his second series start after winning the pole and finishing fifth at Greenville. Jones will be making his season debut, but is no stranger to the K&N Pro East. Jones won the NASCAR K&N Pro combination race at Iowa last August and finished eighth at Bristol last March.

Veterans Returning
K&N Pro Series veterans Eddie MacDonald
and Jesse Little will be making their season debut Saturday. The defending race winner, MacDonald will be making his 183 K&N Pro Series East start. He has earned seven wins, 34 top fives and 89 top 10 finishes. NASCAR Next driver Jesse Little will be making his 38th series� start and looks to redeem himself at Bristol where he finished 13th last year.

NASCAR and K&N Announce Extension

Entitlement Sponsorship Extended Through 2021
NASCAR NEWS - FONTANA, Calif.-- K&N Filters has extended its entitlement sponsorship of the touring NASCAR K&N Pro Series for five years, through 2021, the sanctioning body announced Friday at Auto Club Speedway.

And with good reason. According to K&N Engineering CEO Tom McGann, "This is probably the best return on investment we have in sports marketing, bar none."

Though the announcement was made on K&N's "home turf," with the company based in nearby Riverside, the relationship with NASCAR is truly national in scope, encompassing both the K&N Pro Series East and K&N Pro Series West.

As part of the extension deal, K&N has acquired the designation as the "Official Automotive Filters of NASCAR."

"For K&N, where we truly race on Saturday and sell on Monday, a high-performance company working in Riverside here and working with NASCAR has provided us the opportunity to co-market with some of our largest customers," McGann said.

"One of our core values is the future of performance and the future of the sport. Working with this series fits right with our core values. ... It's all in line very, very well with our goals as a company and our vision as a company, along with the vision of NASCAR."

The extension of the K&N agreement is another in a series of milestone deals that extend beyond the turn of the next decade. NASCAR has reached a 10-year agreement with XFINITY for entitlement sponsorship of its national series, as well as 10-year broadcast agreements with FOX and NBC and international broadcast rights partner IMG.

NASCAR also has announced a seven-year extension of its entitlement agreement with Camping World, sponsor of the national Truck Series.

"Any time that you can extend what is already a long-term relationship, it's a good signal that things are working in that relationship," said Jim Cassidy, NASCAR senior vice president of racing operations, of the K&N deal. "K&N has been a significant partner at a really significant time in the K&N Series.

"Our focus is really honed in on the development of drivers and the building of the brand of those drivers at an earlier point in their careers. The K&N Pro Series offers the opportunity to do that."

Notable "graduates" of the K&N Pro Series include reigning NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Kevin Harvick, 2015 Daytona 500 winner Joey Logano and such rising stars as Kyle Larson, Chase Elliott and Darrell Wallace Jr.

"It is such a great stepping stone as a racer growing up," said Joey Logano, 2015 Daytona 500 winner and 2007 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East champion. "Being able to drive a big stock car on race tracks that you're going to be racing the rest of your career on is a great thing for sure. ... That's what our sport always needs -- to stay true to how we can grow people."

2015 American Racer Challenge Cup Champion
1 - Eddie MacDonald
2 - Wayne Helliwell, Jr. -2
3 - Alex Labbe -6
4 - Josh Demers -11
5 - Nick Sweet -13

Eddie Wins American Racer Challenge Cup

Eddie MacDonald dominated every aspect of American Canadian Tour schedule this week at New Smyrna Speedway, Florida culminating Wednesday night with his third win in three nights to capture the American Racer Challenge Cup title. Eddie Mac posted the fastest time in every ACT practice, led all 100 laps Sunday night, won going away Monday, and drove from a 17th starting position to beat rival Wayne Helliwell for the win in the Florida series final.

"This win is fantastic," said "The Outlaw." "I have so many people to thank for this win. We joked in the shop this winter that we would win all three events. We really didn't think it would happen but I am thrilled that it did. The car was phenomenal all week and winning all three races says a lot about all the hard work the entire crew put in at the track and in the shop. Everyone always goes the extra mile on this team and it shows."

The American Racer Challenge Cup was slated to run Monday and Tuesday night with the driver with the best combined finishes in both events would be crowned the champion. Tuesday night's race was postponed to Wednesday due to rain. By virtue of Eddie Mac's win in the first race, the veteran racer started 17th in the finale when the field was inverted. In typical Eddie Mac fashion, racing from the rear of the field involved in and out passing, side by side racing, and three-wide excitement.

"Starting this deep in the field with all the great drivers, we knew it was going to be a tough race and it was," said Eddie Mac. "There was a lot of side by side racing so it was really difficult to get to the front. I just had to take the positions when I could and had to force the issue at other times. Even though Wayne Helliwell spun early I knew he would be back to challenge and he did. Wayne is such a great driver; I thought we would battle it out at the end. He finished second the other night so this was for the title. I drove as hard as I could the last 20 laps and it was just enough to get the win."

When the green flag waved for the 100 lap feature, Eddie Mac drove to seventh by lap 25 and into fifth by the halfway flag at lap 50. For the next 15 laps the Hancock Electric/Grimm Construction Chevy had to ride behind side by side racing before making it three wide and into third place and moving to the front. Another great three wide move underneath the leaders on lap 70 gave Eddie Mac the top spot that he would not relinquish. Helliwell's late charge provided excitement over the final stretch but the #17Ma proved to be too strong at the end.

"This has been such an incredible week I will be forever thankful for all the people responsible for this title," said the American Racer Challenge Cup Champion. "It is so rare to post the fastest time in all practices and win all three 100 lap events; it is not possible without the commitment of a lot of people. The crew worked their butts off this week. What a team! Freddie and Sheila are great car owners and Kenny and Scott Thompson from Hancock Electric have supported us for years. Rob Grimm, our K&N owner, helps us in so many ways. The list goes on but needless to say you can't win at this level as often as we have without the support of a lot of people. Thank you to all our team members and fans. We will see everyone at home at Lee USA Speedway for the Governor's Cup in April."
Eddie Makes it Two in Row in ACT Competition
For the second time in successive nights, Eddie Mac celebrated his American Canadian tour win in Victory Lane at New Smyrna Speedway in Florida on Monday night, February16. The all-important victory places him in contention to win the American Racer Challenge Cup. The winner will be crowned champion with the best two combined finishes after the second 100 lap event to be run Tuesday night.

The Hancock Electric/Grimm Construction Chevy posted the first win in the stand alone ACT 100 on Sunday night. Last night's celebration for winning the first Challenge Cup segment will be short lived as Eddie Mac and the team prepares to do it all over again Tuesday night with an added twist. The first two race starting positions were determined by the plus/minus system in heat qualifying. The final segment for Tuesday's finale will invert the first twenty cars which will certainly add excitement to the race. Both previous nights offered great racing and tonight's feature will prove to be a matter of survival, strategy, and luck.

The #17Ma started third in the field after posting a +4 finish in the first heat. Starting behind Patrick Laperle and Joey Polewarczyk in the 100 lap feature, "The Outlaw" knew he would be in for a tough battle saying, "With those two guys in front and some great cars right behind, Rollie and I knew it was going to be a lot tougher than last night and it was. This is a fantastic win that was not settled until the final lap. Laperle is always tough, and when Fellows got by he just took off. I didn't know if I would be able to catch him. Then Helliwell came on at the end so this was one tough race from the start and I am just so happy to win this for the team and fans especially Freddie and Sheila Peterson, Kenny and Scott Thompson and Rob Grimm."

When the green flag waved Laperle established an early comfortable lead and with Joey Pole fading with a tire issue Eddie Mac rode in second place until a five lap door to door duel with Laperle ended with Eddie Mac taking the lead on lap 32. Aaron Fellows passed Laperle and wore out the bumper of the Freddie Peterson owned ride before making the pass on lap 47 to open up a sizeable lead until lap 86. Fellows appeared to get loose opening the inside for Eddie Mac to take the lead to the finish. A series of late race cautions, eight in all for the race, bunched the field for the final ten laps with Wayne Helliwell final push falling short to give Eddie Mac his second victory in two nights.

"This car is fast, fast, fast and with the set-up Rollie put in and the hard work of the crew, it is a lot of fun to drive this car," said the Rowley, Mass. veteran. "We came here hoping to win it all but we didn't know if it was possible since there are so many things that can happen along the way. But to get two wins in two nights is awesome. We set fasted times in all three practices and with the two wins it is proof that all the hard work everyone put into this car really paid off. Now hopefully we can have a great race on Tuesday night to win the Cup. We will have our hands full with the inverted field so we will have to be patient, stay out of trouble, save the tires and be there at the end. This has been a lot of fun."

Eddie Wins ACT 100 in Sunny Florida

While Eddie Mac's hometown of Rowley, Mass. is battling blizzards and freezing temperatures, "The Outlaw" heated up the half mile oval at New Smyrna Speedway to win the ACT 100. Twenty six cars took the green flag to kick off three nights of American Canadian Tour races as part of the World Series of Asphalt Racing at the legendary track. Eddie Mac and the MacDonald Motorsports team led the caution free event from green flag to checker flag run in less than thirty four minutes.

"This is really exciting to come down here and get the win," said Eddie Mac. "The car was fast from the first practice on and we knew we had something for the competition. Everyone worked hard on the car this winter to get it ready to be part of this and all the effort paid off. Rollie and I used a set-up from another track and it worked to perfection. I am so proud and thankful of all the people involved to make this happen."

The #17ma Hancock Electric Late Model posted the fastest times in both practices (19.773 sec. and 19.361 sec.). The Freddy Peterson owned Chevy started ninth in the first of three qualifying heats and scored a +7 rating after finishing the heat in second place, good enough to start on the pole for the race. The heats were run before the K&N Pro Series East race with the ACT 100 taking the green flag immediately afterward.

"We were in a great position and the car just took off. Alex Labbe stayed close but I was able to keep in front by a few car lengths. Did I mention the car was fast? Who knew the race would go the distance without a caution? It was good in some ways but it definitely had an effect with the lapped traffic. It was tough to get by because guys were racing side by side and did not want to get lapped. These guys worked hard all winter getting their cars ready and wanted to race. I don't blame them. I don't think the next two nights will be caution free," said Eddie Mac.

At the halfway mark, Canadian great Patrick Laperle made his charge from his starting 14th position to the back bumper of "The Outlaw." "You just knew Patrick, Wayne (Helliwell), Joey (Pole) and a few others would make a charge and it turned out to be Laperle. The last half of the race we both had to deal with lapped traffic and it all depended where you had to pass whether you could gain or lose separation. With about ten to go I was able to get some separation to get the win. I am sure the next two nights are going to be a lot tougher."

Monday and Tuesday night's races are for the title of champion of the American Racer Challenge Cup. Twenty-seven teams will compete both nights with the team with the lowest combined finishes crowned champion. Each night's winner will be rewarded with a portion of the $35,000 purse. Both races will be 100 laps and the events will be covered by Speed 51 and FanChoiceTV on your computer starting at 7:30 pm.

"Winning tonight is a great start but we really want to run well to win the American Challenge Cup for all the people responsible for us getting here," said Eddie Mac. "Our car owners Sheila and Freddie Peterson and Scott and Kenny Thompson from Hancock Electric have been great. None of this would be possible without them. Our K&N team owner Rob Grimm has be supportive of our ACT racing and Rollie and I really appreciate it. Of course, our crew back at the shop and at the track is terrific. Hopefully we can bring home the win. Let's race!"
Eddie MacDonald Readies for Florida
The American Canadian Tour opener at New Smyrna Speedway in Florida will feature three nights of racing as part of the World Series of Asphalt Racing with Eddie MacDonald ready to participate in the inaugural American Racer Challenge Cup. The Cup Challenge is slated to take the green flag for two 100 lap events on Monday, February 16 and Tuesday, February 17. The ACT cars will also be in action on Sunday, February 15 as a stand-alone 100 lap event made possible when a racing series cancelled their participation.

"We are ready and excited to race at New Smyrna Speedway in February," said Eddie Mac. "Last time we were there (2011), we didn't finish too well (seventh overall) but we have the new car that won a couple of times last year so we are looking to greatly improve that finish. This car won the ACT opener at Lee in the Governor's Cup and the Milk Bowl at Thunder Road plus a couple of other solid finishes last season."

Upwards of thirty cars have entered the event and will be racing for the $35,000 purse. The overall winner will be crowned based on the two best combined finishes. Individual winners will be recognized each night. The special stand-alone race on Sunday will be run after the season opener for the K&N Pro Series East race with 26 cars entered.

The Hancock Electric-Grimm Construction Chevy will run all three events with Eddie Mac recognizing a number of people responsible for making the trip possible saying, "This is an expensive trip for all the teams and our trip would not be possible without the help from Freddie and Sheila Peterson our car owners, Ken and Scott Thompson from Hancock Electric in Quincy, and Rob Grimm our K&N team owner who continues to support Rollie (LaChance- crew chief) and me in the ACT series. I can't thank Freddie and Sheila enough for everything they do. They have fun racing and hopefully winning and give us whatever we need to be successful. Kenny and Scott have been helping us out for many years and we are very grateful. Kenny is making the trip so we hope to get a win for him."

"Of course our crew deserves a lot of credit for their efforts," continued Eddie Mac. "Our success at the track starts in the shop with Joe St Jacques working on the body and John Tiernan handling the painting with Bobby Wood providing the transportation as well as machining parts we need. Our regular racing crew of Rob Drandson, Tom Rice, Donny Higginbotham, and Rollie's family will be making the trip."

New Smyrna is a fast, high banked half mile track that provides great racing with Eddie Mac saying, "The track is a lot like Thompson, fast and a lot of fun to drive. With the long straights and banked turns you have some great side by side and tight racing. It will be a tough field of cars with a number of top drivers but we are confident we can win there."

"Everyone is excited and ready to go racing. It should be fun."

2015 K&N Pro East Schedule

  Date Track Location Length
1 Sun. 

New Smyrna Speedway

The Hart to Heart Breast Cancer Foundation 150
New Smyra Beach, FL .500
2 Sat.

Greenville-Pickens Speedway
Greenville, SC .500
3 Sat. 

Bristol Motor Speedway

PittLite 125
Bristol, TN  .533 
4 Sat.

Iowa Speedway

Casey's General Store 150
Newton IA .875
5 Sat.

Bowman Gray Stadium

NASCAR Hall of Fame 150

Winston-Salem, NC .250
6 Sat.

Langley Speedway

K&N 150

Hampton, VA .400
7 Sat.

Columbus Motor Speedway

NAPA 150

Columbus, OH .333
8 Fri.

New Hampshire Motor Speedway

Granite State 70
Loudon, NH 1.058
9 Fri.

Iowa Speedway
Newton IA .875
10 Fri.

Watkins Glen International
Watkins Glen, NY  2.45
11 Sat.

Motordrome Speedway
Smithton, PA .500
12 Sat.

Virginia International Raceway

Biscutville 125
Alton, VA 2.25
13 Thurs.

Richmond International Raceway

Richmond, VA .750
14 Fri.

Dover International Speedway

Drive Sober 150
Dover, DE 1.00

FansChoice.tv Brings Race Track To The Fans
Carries select NASCAR K&N Pro Series events

The Grimm family and members of Grimm Nation participated as
the "MS Warriors" in the May 5th, 2013 MS Walk at Pocono Speedway.
Grimm Nation Walks for One of Its Own
There are usually one or two things that define a race team whether it is a huge win or a race changing pit stop but for Grimm Racing its defining event occurred on a race track yet had nothing to do with racecars flying around an oval at incredible speed. The Grimm Racing Team was at Pocono Raceway on Sunday, May 5 for the third annual National Multiple Sclerosis Society Walk as part of Grimm Nation's "MS Warriors" team in support of Megan Spaulding, the daughter of team owners Karla and Rob Grimm.

"This was one of those events when you look back afterward and just say "Wow," recalled driver Eddie MacDonald. "The turnout from the Grimm Nation supporters was incredible, not to mention the thousands of people that joined us that day to raise awareness and money to help find a cure for this disease. It was really overwhelming at first to realize you are part of something so huge. I had no idea what to expect but just being a part of something like the MS Walk was as rewarding an experience as you can have. It meant a lot to us to be there for Megan and her family."

Megan, her husband Ryne and both children and the Grimm family, plus her extended family enjoyed a beautiful day with Eddie saying, "Everyone was so relaxed and having a great time being together sharing in something so important. It was special that both sets of Megan's grandparents were there to participate in the event. We had our Richmond car at the track with the MS emblem displayed on it and a lot of people posed for pictures. The tremendous turnout of support of over a 100 people there for Megan raised a lot of money just by the "MS Warriors" team. Karla had shirts made for all the participants and it was fantastic to see all the orange shirts walking as one in support of Megan. Karla did an incredible job getting everything organized. She had sandwiches drinks, and snacks and she is really an amazing person. Robin (Allaire) and I and Laura and Rollie (LaChance) were part of this and then spent time afterward with the Grimm family to complete a phenomenal weekend."

Photos of the day's events are displayed on Grimmracing.com as well as the Grimm Racing Facebook page. Ralph Smith took many beautiful pictures that are posted and can be seen on his Facebook page as well. So many people were responsible for making this a life-changing day. Jolene Drandson was actively involved with all of the preparation from the beginning to help make this MS Walk a huge success. Since 1988 the MS walk has raised over $10,000,000 dollars to support research to find a cure and donations are always welcome. Simply contact the Nationalmssociey.org for more information.

Karla Grimm's quote under the family picture on her Facebook page may be expanded to include all of the members of Grimm Nation and the legion of supporters in the fight against MS when she said, "We may not have it all together, but together we have it all."

Grimm Racing Is More than Just Winning 
Racing may be about winning but it also has plenty of room for support and compassion for people and causes and this is what Grimm Racing is all about. If anyone has any doubt about the validity of the statement, all they have to do is to look at the vinyl covering the car. The MS, New Path Adventures, Boston Strong logos, and the Eric Williams emblem are displayed on every Grimm car.

Recently Megan Spaulding, the daughter of Carla and Rob Grimm, was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. In an effort to support MS Awareness Week, the #71 carried the logo for the first race on the rear quarter panels at Bristol. Rob Grimm decided the MS banner would be permanently displayed on the car for the entire season. The family and members of Grimm Nation will participate as the "MS Warriors" in the May 5 MS Walk at Pocono Speedway.  (http://walkpae.nationalmssociety.org)

The Grimm family was deeply moved by the horrific events on Marathon Monday in Boston and the decision was easily reached to display the "Boston Strong" ribbon on the car. Eddie MacDonald and many of the team members call the Boston area home and felt the need to support those killed, injured, and their families was something Grimm Racing does for all those in need.

Rob Grimm decided that "New Path Adventures" logo would be displayed on the back of the car for the season. New Path Adventures is based in Dallas, Texas and ministers to troubled youths ages 13-19. Crew member Steven Owens, nephew of Rob Grimm, is proud to say his brother Jonathan Owens and Alan Owens offer guidance and a positive change in the choices these youngsters make in their daily lives. The Spanish to English Ministry recently completed a very successful bike ride across the state of Texas, an 865 mile journey, to raise money. Alan and Jonathan work with a group of 7-10 youngsters by taking them from their environment and harmful behavior, minister to them while living out of backpacks in the wilds of Texas. NewPathAdventures.org is a good source for information.

On February 25, 2013 Corrections Officer Eric Williams was murdered in the line of duty at the U.S Penitentiary located in Canaan, Pa. that is within sight of the Grimm Racing shop in Waymart, Pa. In order to honor Officer Williams and those men and women that serve, every Grimm car will display the emblem for the remainder of the season. (www.facebook.comCorrectionalPeaceOfficersFoundation)

Being a member of Grimm Nation is much more than supporting the #71 on the track. It means a commitment to show support for those in need.

RACE RESULTS & PHOTOS for 2008 to 2014 HERE
�2015 Robert Grimm Racing, LLC. All Rights Reserved.   Grimm Racing + Post Office Box X + Waymart, PA 18472 + Phone: 570.488.9700 + Fax: 570-488-9704