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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
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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
 
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FAST FACTS
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

Notebook
� 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.�

FULL STORY AT ACTTOUR.COM HERE


The PittLite 125
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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.
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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
History
� 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.

Notebook
� 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).

 
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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.

BRISTOL RACE NOTES
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. 
2/15

New Smyrna Speedway

The Hart to Heart Breast Cancer Foundation 150
New Smyra Beach, FL .500
2 Sat.
4/4

Greenville-Pickens Speedway
Greenville, SC .500
3 Sat. 
4/18

Bristol Motor Speedway


PittLite 125
Bristol, TN  .533 
4 Sat.
5/16

Iowa Speedway

Casey's General Store 150
Newton IA .875
5 Sat.
5/30


Bowman Gray Stadium

NASCAR Hall of Fame 150

Winston-Salem, NC .250
6 Sat.
6/20


Langley Speedway

K&N 150

Hampton, VA .400
7 Sat.
7/4


Columbus Motor Speedway

NAPA 150

Columbus, OH .333
8 Fri.
7/17

New Hampshire Motor Speedway

Granite State 70
Loudon, NH 1.058
9 Fri.
7/31

Iowa Speedway
Newton IA .875
10 Fri.
8/7

Watkins Glen International
Watkins Glen, NY  2.45
Road
Course
11 Sat.
8/15

Motordrome Speedway
Smithton, PA .500
12 Sat.
8/29

Virginia International Raceway

Biscutville 125
Alton, VA 2.25
Road
Course
13 Thurs.
9/10


Richmond International Raceway

Richmond, VA .750
14 Fri.
10/2

Dover International Speedway

Drive Sober 150
Dover, DE 1.00
 

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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.
(onefundboston.org)

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.

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