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.
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Eddie MacDonald Completes Successful Season
at Seekonk Speedway DAV Fall Classic
Eddie MacDonald's second place Late Model finish in the DAV Fall
Classic at Seekonk Speedway in Seekonk, Mass. on Saturday, Oct,
29 wrapped up a highly competitive campaign in the Freddie
Peterson owned Chevy. Unfortunately, the veteran driver could
not avoid a wreck on lap three of the 150 lap Pro Stock feature
causing terminal radiator damage in the Dave Lemieux owned
Eddie Mac started the 50 lap Late Model event in
tenth place on the grid in the 23 car field to find the early
going very difficult as both the inside and outside groove
running side by side with the "Outlaw" saying, "There wasn't any
place to go for the first 25-30 laps because the cars on the
outside just stalled. When I finally got by them, my car was
pretty good on the outside and I was able to get by a lot of
cars but unfortunately the leader had a big lead. We needed one
more caution and I think we would have had something for him but
that didn't happen."
Eddie Mac drew the fourth starting
position in the heat and met with the same stalled outside
groove to finish fourth in the ten lap heat. The EXIT
Realty/Hancock Electric Chevy started tenth in the DAV feature,
so named to honor the 1946 speedway founder D. Anthony Venditti,
then moved into the sixth spot by lap eight but again was forced
to restart on the outside after the first of eight cautions. It
was not until a caution on lap 41 that Eddie Mac was able to
restart on the inside. The Rowley, Mass veteran quickly took
over the third position then had to race the #7 hard for
multiple laps before moving to second place on lap 46. With only
four laps to go, Eddie Mac could only close the sizable gap to
the leader by a few car lengths. When the checkered flag waved
Eddie Mac trailed the winner Ray Parent by 5 car lengths.
"It just took so long to be able to race that the winner had
a big lead and I didn't have enough time to catch him," said
Eddie Mac. "The car was real good on the outside when I finally
had room to race and I think I could have gotten by him if we
had a caution or a few more laps. He was really tight and his
car had fallen off quite a bit. But we had a good run and we are
happy to finish second to end our season. It has been a lot of
fun and I am already looking forward to next season."
nightcap feature, the Pro Stock 150, ended nearly as fast as it
started with the EXIT Realty/Neal Excavating Chevy involved in a
huge crash started by an impatient driver. Eddie Mac started in
the fifteenth position after qualifying fifth in the heat. When
the green flag waved to start the event the 24 car field rode
side by side for the first three laps. A driver up front on the
outside decided to cut to the bottom that is the preferred line
around the one-third of a mile bullring. Usually drivers wait
until it is clear to do so but this driver turned down with a
car in the bottom groove causing a huge pile-up. Eddie Mac
weaved his way through the initial carnage but ended up in a
wreck as a car that made it through the wreckage suddenly lost
control and turned down in front of the approaching field of
cars. Eddie Mac and another car plowed into him. Eddie Mac went
to the pits for repairs but his night ended with a badly damaged
"I really feel bad for Dave Lemieux and Brian
Neal who have put so much into this car and finally got it to
where it could run with the leaders," said Eddie Mac. "We worked
on it Friday and Saturday in practice and in the second practice
on Saturday, I think, it was the second fastest car on the
track. We had hoped for a better starting position but we were
stuck again on the outside in the 12 lap heat and just couldn't
go anywhere. But we knew the car was fast and we just needed to
stay out of trouble. This track dictates that you get to the
bottom as quick as possible but the guy up front did not want to
wait for an opening to do that and just caused a huge wreck. I
was able to get through but as soon as I did a car lost it in
front of me and came right down the track sideways. This track
and this race require patience and guys have to wait their turn
to make the move to the bottom. Unfortunately for us, this
"Rollie (LaChance) and I have had a great
season and we are thankful for the support of so many people.
Rob Grimm, our K&N team owner, makes all this possible. Sheila
and Freddie Peterson own our Late Model and are simply wonderful
people to be involved with. Bobby Wood is an important member of
the team. Dave Lemieux owns the Pro Stock and we hope to run
more with him next season. Brian Neal is a very important cog in
the Pro Stock success. We have a small but very dedicated crew
both in the shop and at the track starting with Rollie's family.
His wife Laura, his daughter Rachel and son Ryan do so much for
our team and have for years. Jolene and Rob Drandson and Tom
Ring juggle work schedules so they can be with us every race.
John Tiernan and Dick Casey are in the shop countless hours
preparing the cars. I have to give thanks to my girlfriend Kelyn
Harrell for the patience, understanding, and support. Scott and
Kenny Thompson of Hancock Electric have been incredible sponsors
for a decade and Derek Beatrice has been a huge supporter with
EXIT Realty Beatrice Associates, Of course, my parents, Red and
Judy, have supported my racing career since I was a teenager and
continue to do so. We all have to thank our fans for all their
support and wish everyone well and hope to see everyone again
"Pair of Treys" for Eddie MacDonald
at Lee USA Speedway’s Oktoberfest
Eddie MacDonald posted third place finishes in the Pro
Stock/ Super Late Model and Late Model features to complete the
rescheduled Oktoberfest at his family owned track on Sunday,
Oct.24. Due to heavy rain on the second of two days of racing
two weeks ago, the Sunday event was completed to end the Lee USA
season on a chilly blustery day.
The "Outlaw" piloted the
Dave Lemieux owned PS/SLM Chevy to a solid third place finish in
fifty lap feature. Eddie Mac drove the famous Flame #17 GTO to a
third place finish in the 40 lap Late Model race.
are very pleased to have EXIT Realty Beatrice Associates with us
on the Pro Stock as well as the Late Model," said Eddie Mac.
"Derek Beatrice has been a strong supporter of our racing
program and even sponsored the Oktoberfest weekend at the track
and our team and family appreciate everything he has done. EXIT
Realty will again be on both cars next weekend at Seekonk
Speedway and we look forward to even better finishes. We were a
little off today but know we can improve to finish off our
season with solid runs."
The field was inverted for lead
lap cars for the second 50 lap PS/SLM feature. As a result of
his second place run in Saturday, Oct. 8 event, Eddie Mac
started sixth but struggled with a loose car both entering and
exiting the turns before finally making it to fourth by lap 22.
At the halfway mark Eddie Mac drove to third place then set sail
after the two leaders. The veteran racer closed the gap on the
second place #72 as the laps ticked down before mounting the
final charge with five laps to go with Eddie Mac missing the
second place finish by inches as the checkered flag waved.
The Late Model feature was a mirror image of the PS/SLM with
the EXIT Realty/Hancock Electric GTO struggling with a loose
condition as well with Eddie Mac saying, "The car handled much
better two weeks ago in practice and the heat but with only
eight laps of practice today there really wasn't you could do.
We had to hope it would run okay but the weather and track
conditions were very different today."
Eddie Mac started
sixth in the 40 lap Late Model feature and was never able to
mount a charge while battling the loose condition to run in the
fifth spot for much of the race. A late race caution with three
laps to go found Eddie Mac in the fourth spot where he finished.
However, Eddie Mac was awarded third place when the winner was
disqualified in tech after the race for a rules infraction.
"It was a lot of fun to "Come home" to Lee and race in front
of a lot of family and friends," said Eddie Mac after the race.
"We certainly would have liked to have better runs but it was
still fun. We got to see a lot of people who stopped by the pit
to say hi and wish us well. I started out on this track and my
mother and father have owned and operated this place for thirty
years and have done a fantastic job. They are responsible making
so many fans and teams happy for all these years. I am proud of
them for everything they have done for racing."
will return to racing next Saturday with the Pro Stock and the
Freddie Peterson owned Late Model Chevy to compete at Seekonk
Speedway. The team will practice on Friday in preparation for
their season finale the following day.
Eddie Mac Finishes ACT Season with Sixth Place Run
The American Canadian Tour completed its season with the
World Series 75 as part of the Sunoco World Series of Speedway
Racing at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park on Saturday,
October 15. Eddie Mac finished third in the championship points
battle in the team's first full season on the tour. The "Outlaw"
needed a perfect day to catch eventual champion Nick Sweet for
the title but that day did not materialize.
"We needed to
win our heat, win the race, lead the most laps, and have Nick
finish no better than sixth but we didn't come close," said
Eddie Mac. "We struggled with the car right from the first
practice and tried a number of adjustments but nothing worked.
The car was loose in and off the corners so I couldn't get any
speed down the long straights here. Rollie and the crew worked
hard all day but it just was not our day."
Realty/Hancock Electric Chevy started fifth in the third heat
after struggling to find speed and handling in the only
afternoon practice. Eddie Mac could only finish fifth in the
heat and with the even rating started 14th on the grid for the
75 lap feature on the fast, high-banked, 5/8ths of a mile oval.
When the green flag waved, Eddie Mac powered into the tenth
position after only five laps and into seventh place by the
second caution flag on lap 23, then reported to crew chief
Rollie LaChance saying, "It is really tough to pass and the car
does not have a lot of forward drive."
For much of the
remainder of the race, Eddie Mac followed Sweet but was unable
to make the pass as the two were unable to mount any charge to
the front as the top three pulled away to open up a comfortable
margin. For the remaining 25 laps Eddie Mac rode in the sixth
position to take the checkered flag to end the ACT season.
"We had hopes of winning the championship at the beginning
of the season but we had a few bad finishes and you can't win
championships when that happens," said Eddie Mac. "Nick and
Scott (Payea) had solid finishes all season and deserved to be
first and second in the points. Nick is really a great guy and I
am happy for him to win. We had a couple of wins and a number of
second place runs but it was not enough. I have so many people
to thank for all the support and hard work and I have to start
with car owners Freddie and Sheila Peterson who have been
fantastic and are wonderful people. Bobby Wood is a huge
supporter of this team and does so much to help. Kenny and Scott
Thompson from Hancock Electric have been sponsors for ten years
and are incredible. We have been fortunate to have Derek
Beatrice from EXIT Realty as a sponsor and thank him for
everything he has done. Of course we couldn't do any of this
without the support of our K&N owner Rob Grimm. Rollie and I are
lucky to have the crew both at the track and in the shop. We are
small in numbers but strong in desire and effort. Rollie's
family is always there with his wife Laura, his son Ryan, and
daughter Rachel a huge part of the team. Rob Drandson, Dave
Ricker, and Tom Rice do a great job at the track. Johnny Tiernan
takes care of the body work in the shop and Dick Casey writes
our press releases and works in the shop daily, Jolene Drandson
handles our social media and keeps everyone informed from the
track. My girlfriend Kelyn Harrell is so supportive and I
appreciate everything she does so I can do this. I am blessed to
have so many people as part of our team. Thanks to all our fans
and the support and hope to see you all next season."
Eddie Mac will return to his home track Lee USA Speedway on
Sunday, October 23 to complete the rained out Oktoberfest. Eddie
Mac will run another 50 lap Pro Stock/Super late Model race on
Sunday after finishing second in the first 50 lap feature on
Saturday, October 8. The famous #17 Flame car will compete in
the 40 lap Late Model feature after winning the heat on
Saturday. The racing card will begin at noon.
Eddie MacDonald Returns Home to
Lee USA Speedway for Oktoberfest
Eddie MacDonald's return to his family owned Lee USA
Speedway in Lee, N.H. track for Oktoberfest presented by EXIT
Realty, produced a second place finish in the Pro Stock/Super
late Model 50 lap feature and first in the Late Model heat on
Saturday, October, 8. Another 50 lap PS/SLM race and a 40 lap
Late Model feature were slated for Sunday but heavy rains forced
a re-scheduling for Sunday, October 23, beginning at noon.
A late week decision was made by Team MacDonald to run the
Dave Lemieux owned Chevy Pro Stock along with the famous "#17
"Flame" Late Model GTO that won three Bond Invitational races at
New Hampshire Motor Speedway and two Oxford 250's with many
other victories in the record books.
With little work
the EXIT Realty/Hancock Electric Late Model was ready to go
performing well in Friday's practice and finishing first in the
heat on Saturday. The EXIT Realty Pro Stock proved to be more
difficult to get into shape after sitting idle for most of the
racing season. Eddie Mac drove the car to victory in the first
ever Super Late Model race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway last
season. The first glitch came after the first practice Friday
when the transmission bound up followed by a rear end problem
that required changing Saturday morning. Repairs were made in
time for the heat race only to get run over on the start causing
a flat time and torn up fender. Quick repairs were made as Eddie
Mac returned to the track to complete five heat laps.
crew jumped into action to repair the damage in time for the 50
lap feature starting 11th in the 15 car field. With the gremlins
now behind him, Eddie Mac powered the #17ma to the front moving
into sixth place on the sixth circuit and into third place on
lap 21. The "Outlaw" then set his sights on leader Derek
Griffiths and second place driver Jeremy Davis. Both started
near the front of the field when the green flag waved and were
able to pull away early not having to contend with traffic. Both
appeared headed for easy finishes until the first and only
caution on lap 45 negated the huge leads. Eddie Mac powered past
Davis for second place on the restart with five to go but
couldn't catch Griffiths.
"I have to thank the crew for
this finish because they worked their tails off to get this car
ready," said Eddie Mac. "Even my father was under the car all
morning changing out the rear end and that made all the
difference, Craig (Laroche) spent yesterday under the car fixing
the transmission. Rollie (LaChance) and I are lucky to have the
crew we have to get everything done and do it so well I can
drive it to a second place finish. These people are awesome. We
have another fifty lap race so we will make some minor
adjustments and hope we will be able to win. Derek had a rocket
ship today and I hope we will be as good next time out. "
I have to thank Derek Beatrice from EXIT Realty from
Middleton, Mass. for helping us out on both cars and sponsoring
the Oktoberfest at Lee," said Eddie Mac. "He is a great guy and
I hope we put on a good show for all the EXIT Realty people who
came to the track to support us. Dave Lemieux, from D.R. Lemieux
Builders. Inc. is the car owner and I am happy we were able to
get together for these two races and hope to do more in the
future. His great friend Brian Neal from Neal Excavating is a
huge part of the operation and both are fantastic guys. They
just love racing and will do whatever it takes to be successful.
I know they both enjoyed the second place finish and it would be
great to get the win next time out."
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 30th
THE DOVER 125
Dover International Speedway
Eddie MacDonald Denied Top Five Finish
at the "Monster
Mile" in K&N Race
Eddie MacDonald posted a 12th place finish in the NASCAR K&N Pro
Series East Dover 125 in the series final race of the season.
For 125 laps Eddie Mac drove the Grimm Construction/Multiple
Sclerosis Chevy from his 24th starting position and into the
fifth spot for the final two lap shootout after a late race
caution only to be wrecked one lap short of the checkered flag.
Two early morning practices and qualifying were scrubbed as
rain plagued the Dover International Speedway in Dover, Delaware
for much of the week. K&N officials replaced qualifying with one
forty minute practice session for the 27 car field. Eddie Mac
did post the 15th fastest time but was forced to start 24th due
to points standing for the four previous races he ran in the
When the green flag waved at 5 pm and the threat
of more rain looming, the #71 Chevy struggled to advance over
the first 32 laps and was in danger of being lapped when the
first caution flag waved, the first of seven for twenty-six
laps, but certainly the most important. Crew chief Rollie
LaChance made the call to make a three turn wedge adjustment
amounting to approximately 3/16ths of an inch during the pit
stop and that made all the difference.
The Rob Grimm owned Chevy restarted 15th thanks to a number
of cars pitting but the adjustment made the car come alive to
produce speed off the turns as Eddie Mac began moving to the
front saying, "Rollie made a great call and the car really
responded. I couldn't turn in the corners and that killed my
speed down the straights and you need to keep the speed up at
this place. It is a fast high-banked mile and the speeds are
incredible and if you miss it you will have a long day.
Fortunately, the car responded and I was able to drive it to the
After the halfway break, Eddie Mac restarted 13th
then began picking off the competition with methodical
precision. By lap 72, the Rowley, Mass. veteran passed the #6
car of Ruben Garcia, the driver later responsible with wrecking
Eddie Mac's car, tried unsuccessfully to spin Eddie Mac at that
time. Now riding in the top ten, Eddie Mac drove to the seventh
position on lap 92 and into fifth place when the caution flag
waved on lap 119. Another caution flag on lap 123 proved to be
the undoing of any sense of skilled driving as Garcia
dive-bombed the field on the back stretch then proceeded to
drive it in too hard coming out of turn four to crash into the
left corner of the #71 to send it hard into the outside wall
with Eddie Mac only yards from taking the white flag, then
limped around to get the 12th position. The bonsai driving also
wrecked two other cars, including his teammate, to total three
cars to gain one position for fifth instead of sixth in the
"That kid was just determined to wreck us," said a
very mad Eddie Mac on the radio. "The car was so good and we
were going to have a solid fifth place finish but the #6 just
ruined it. You guys did a great job and I thank you for all your
hard work. I know we had a big Grimm contingent come down from
Waymart. Pa. and it would have been nice to finish fifth but the
#6 was willing to wreck cars to get to fifth to gain one spot.
Thank everyone for all the hard work and effort this season and
thanks especially for the support of Rob Grimm and his family. I
wish everyone will support the Multiple Sclerosis Association
with a donation. Thank you everyone and hope to see you all
again next season. Finally I want to congratulate Justin Haley
for winning the series championship.
The Dover 125 will
air on NBCSN on Thursday, October 6, at 4:00 PM.
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For the Event Schedule, Entry List, Practices,
Qualifying, Lap by Lap, & Results
K&N Pro Series News & Notes - DOVER: HERE
The Race: The Dover 125 will be
the 14th and final race on the 2016 NASCAR K&N Pro
Series East schedule.
The Procedure: The maximum 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. The track
has hosted the K&N Pro Series East 14 times in
standalone events and the season finale for the series
seven previous times since 2004.
Pro East Stat Advance - DOVER: HERE
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 24th
Thirty-First to First for
at New Hampshire Motor Speedway
Eddie MacDonald continued his dominance at NHMS winning
his fifth American Canadian Tour's Bond Invitational 50 lap
event on Saturday as part of the September NASCAR Sprint Cup
weekend. With the victory, Eddie Mac became the driver with the
most wins at the "Magic Mike" posting his ninth win including
three K&N Pro Series and one Super Late Model trips to Victory
Eddie Mac was second fastest in the early morning
practice and following established procedure of starting the
most dominant cars near the rear, the #17 EXIT Realty/Hancock
Electric Chevy started 31st in the 39 car field. It did not take
"the Outlaw" long to charge to the front despite the quagmire of
cars in front of him powering into the 15th position by the
second caution on lap nine. When racing resumed the Rowley,
Mass. veteran continued his trek to the front scoring in the
fourth spot on the grid on lap 22. The top three cars that
started the race near the front were spread out as Eddie Mac had
a lot of ground to cover as the laps dwindled down.
really had a fun time getting to fourth but the leaders were far
ahead and even though I was gaining a little I knew we needed a
caution if I was able to catch them and contend for the win,"
said Eddie Mac. "Fortunately, we caught a caution on lap 35 so I
started fourth on the outside but when the green flag waved the
07 in front of me didn't go and I was shuffled back to sixth.
But my car was so good I was able to regain my momentum and made
it back to third when the caution flag flew on lap 45. My tires
were used up but so were everyone's and I figured I just had to
go for it."
The first green flag with five laps remaining
was nullified with a caution flag as the field was reset for
another attempt. Starting in the third spot Eddie Mac made a
spectacular three wide pass on the inside going into turn one to
grab the lead from Jimmy Hebert and held a two car length to the
checkered flag. Eddie Mac dazzled the crowd all race long with
three and four wide maneuvers with the final one being the most
"My car was great on restarts and that is
where you can get a lot of positions but I had to be careful
going into turn one and not lose it," said Eddie Mac. "Jimmy
(Hebert) blocked me a little but not as bad as I expected and I
was able to make the pass. We really needed this win and to do
it here in front of the crowd that stayed after the truck and
modified race is very special. We love coming here and this is
my favorite track. The ACT Tour is really thankful for NHMS
having us here as part on the Cup weekend."
that he is the all-time driver with the most wins at NHMS Eddie
Mac said, "This is incredible to have the most wins here. There
have been so many great drivers here through the years and to
have the most wins is an honor and I am very humbled to be in
this position. Of course Rollie (LaChance-crew chief) and I have
been together for all of them and he really knows how to set the
cars up for this place. It is so much fun to have Rollie's son
Ryan on the crew to get this win and of course Laura, Rollie's
wife, has been on board from day one."
"I am so happy for
our car owners Sheila and Freddie Peterson who have given us
everything we need to be successful. They are very special
people," said Eddie Mac. "There are so many people to thank and
Rob Grimm, our K&N team owner, is right at the top. Rob supports
us in all our racing and we would not be able to compete without
his support and we are so grateful. Our sponsors are fantastic
and I have to thank Kenny and Scott Thompson from Hancock
Electric Motor Service in Quincy for their continued support.
They have been on board for all our ACT wins here. Thanks also
to Derek Beatrice from EXIT Realty in Middleton, Mass. for all
his support. Derek is also a huge supporter of the Muscular
Dystrophy Association and invited nine year old Sebastian Hanson
and his parent's Mark and Renee to spend the day with the team.
Also Patrick Burke from the Salem Fire Department and his son
Will were also Derek's guest after being the highest bidder for
a NASCAR experience at an auction at a MDA fundraiser earlier
this summer sponsored by Derek's EXIT Realty business."
"Rollie and I have been so fortunate to be surrounded by so many
great people," said Eddie Mac. "Our crew of Tom Rice, Rob
Drandson Ryan LaChance, Bobby Wood, and Dave "Logger" Ricker do
everything, every week to give us the best car possible. I have
to say a special thanks to "Logger" for everything. He is our
tire specialist but is a fantastic spotter. He was great today
directing me through traffic from the back of the field. We did
a lot of work in the shop this week to get this car ready and
John Tiernan worked hard getting it painted and lettered. My
father and Dick Casey did everything to get this car ready. I
have to say special thanks to my girlfriend Kelyn Harrell who is
always there for me. I am the lucky one that gets to drive this
race car but without all these people none of our success would
Eddie Mac will complete the ACT season with
the team competing at Thompson Motor Sports Park as part of the
World Series of Racing on September 15 in a 75 lap feature on
the high-banked five-eighths of a mile track.
NOTE: Eddie MacDonald Not the
All-Timer Leader at New Hampshire Motor Speedway
After Eddie MacDonald's win in the American Canadian Tour's Bond
Invitational it was said in the post-race press conference by a
reporter that the win placed Eddie Mac as the all-time winner at
the track or so I believed it was stated. Afterwards I asked
Eddie for his response believing this to be true and erroneously
wrote this in the press release. It was my error for not fact
checking the record held jointly by Mike Stefanik and Ted
Christopher before asking Eddie. He trails the two drivers by
one race not leading by one race. The error is totally my doing
and I wanted to make it right and apologise to all concerned.
2016 ACT BOND AUTO ACT
The 2016 American Canadian Tour (ACT) has announced the
forty-three (43) teams that will make up the 8th annual Bond
Auto ACT Invitational race at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway
(NHMS) Saturday, September 24, 2016.
ACT teams from all
six New England states and the Province of Quebec will compete
in the 50-mile race on the traditional Fall NASCAR weekend in
Loudon, NH. The field will
be led by Rowley, Massachusetts' four-time winner of the event,
"The Outlaw" will be former winners of the event, including Joey
Polewarczyk, Jr., (Hudson, NH), Ray Parent, (Tiverton, RI), and
Wayne Helliwell, Jr., (Dover, NH). "Eddie (MacDonald) is always
the favorite, but with the handicap system ACT uses to line up
the 50-lap dash, things can be unpredictable. Last year it
looked like nobody was going to be able to run down Jimmy Hebert
of Williamstown, VT who had an early breakout, and a very fast
car. It looked like nobody was going to be able to catch him
until something broke and put him out of contention. It is a fun
race for us, and a lot of fun for race fans to watch," said
three-time Thunder Road International Speedbowl winner Nick
Sweet from Barre, VT.
The 8th annual Bond
Auto ACT Invitational will be held Saturday, September 24, 2016
as part of the greatest triple header of racing on the NASCAR
Championship Chase schedule. The trucks from NASCAR, NASCAR's
Whelan Modified Tour, and the American Canadian Tour will
highlight the Saturday before the NASCAR Sprint Cup chase event
on Sunday, September 25, 2016.
SUPER SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 17th
Due to the weather forecast
for Sunday, this weekend's ACT/PASS
doubleheader at Beech
Ridge Motor Speedway was reformated as a
one-day only show on
Saturday, September 17, with Twin 150s
for both the ACT Late
Models and PASS Super Late Models.
SECOND AT BEECH RIDGE FALL FOLIAGE 150
CORLISS - SWEET - MACDONALD
Eddie Scores Second Place Finish at Beech Ridge
For the fifth time this season, Eddie MacDonald,
starting on the pole, finished second in the Fall Foliage 150 at
Beech Ridge Motor Speedway in Scarborough, Maine on Saturday.
The scheduled two day event reduced to one day due to predicted
inclement weather on Sunday also reduced the American Canadian
Tour's 200 lap feature to 150 laps.
Eddie Mac won the
pole position with a +3 rating after finishing third from his
sixth starting position in the first of two heats. The #17 EXIT
Realty/Hancock Electric Chevy posted the second fastest time in
two of the three fifteen minute practices and a fifth fastest in
the other practice.
Usually a second place run, with
five for the season along with two wins, would be enough to gain
ground in the race for championship points. However, point's
leader Nick Sweet dominated the race after taking the lead from
Eddie Mac on lap 63 then lapped the field to the seventh
position to increase his point lead over Eddie Mac and second
place driver Scott Payea. Sweet now leads the Rowley, Mass.
veteran by 26 points and 23 points over Payea with Thompson
Motor Sports Park the final point's race of the ACT season to be
run as part of the World Series of Racing. The Bond Invitational
event scheduled for this Saturday at New Hampshire Motor
Speedway, a race Eddie Mac has won four times, is a non-point
Eddie Mac held the lead for the first 18 laps
before the hard charge of Payea found the two drivers battling
door-to-door and swapping the lead until Eddie Mac regained a
solid lead on lap 42 after the second of two cautions (laps 33
and 41). The field ran single file with the exception of Sweet
who began his incredible march to the front. On lap 63 Sweet
powered past the Freddie Peterson owned ride on his way to a
dominating run to the checkers. Eddie Mac was never challenged
for the second spot as contenders battled for the third
"I wish we could have done a little better but
that thing (Sweet) was unbelievable," said Eddie Mac on the
radio after crossing the finish line. In the pits after the
race, the "Outlaw" said, "Nick had the car set up and he hit it
just perfect. He was able to run anywhere on the track and we
were not going to be able to catch him even if we had a caution.
You get the set-up right like that sometimes and it is a lot of
fun. Our car was just a little off and unfortunately it cost us
big time. It will be tough to catch Nick at Thompson but as they
say, "That is why we run the race." Our team never gives up and
we will give it our best shot at Thompson."
"I have to
thank the crew for all the hard work this weekend and season,"
said Eddie Mac. "It is really difficult to make changes in the
pits during fifteen minute practices but Rob, Tom, and Ryan were
able to do just that. Rollie (LaChance) and I appreciate
everything the guys do. I also have to thank our fantastic
sponsors beginning with our longtime sponsors Ken and Scott
Thompson from Hancock Electric Motor located in Quincy. EXIT
Realty is a great sponsor and Derek Beatrice even brought his
grill and cooked for the crew. Derek is a super guy and is an
awesome addition to our team since coming on board last year. I
also have to thank HMS, Schroth Racing, Stilo, and Grimm Racing.
We can't thank Rob Grimm enough, our K&N team owner, for
everything he has done for us. Our Late Model owners Freddie and
Sheila Peterson from Peterson Auto Body in Peabody are fantastic
owners and better people. I hope to see a lot of our fans at
Loudon this weekend."
Second Place ACT Finish for Eddie
at Oxford Plains Speedway
For the fourth time this season Eddie MacDonald has posted a
second place finish, this time in the American Canadian Tour's
Dave's Small Engines/Ferris Mowers 100 at Oxford Plains Speedway
on Saturday, August 27. The action was relentless from green
flag to checkered flag as Eddie Mac battled eventual winner
Scott Payea and Brad Babb for much of the race.
The Exit Realty/Hancock Electric Chevy posted fast times in
the three brief practices and scored a plus two for his second
place run in the heat after starting fifth. Eddie Mac started in
the sixth position for the 100 lap feature as part of the Oxford
250 weekend. It did not take the Rowley, Mass veteran long to
move into contention when the green flag waved over the 26 car
field. The Freddie Peterson owned ride jumped to third place as
a result of some heads-up driving by the veteran shoe.
Eddie Mac fell back a couple of positions early as the early
leaders were battling for position before making his move to the
front again. By lap 28 Eddie Mac rode in third behind Babb and
Payea moving up the track to the outside groove when the #17 Ma
became tight going into the flat turns of Oxford. From that lap
on the three racers battled for position while distancing
themselves from the rest of the field. The crowd was treated to
a spectacular race as the three raced door-to-door and nose to
tail until the #15 faded late in the race. Eddie Mac battled
Payea for the lead and the restarts were close but Eddie Mac
could not overcome the tight condition and used up tires to take
"The car was tight in going into the corners and loose of the
turns and I used up the tires driving on the outside for much of
the race. I tried everything but Scott was just too fast and
drove a great race," said Eddie Mac. "We did gain a few points
in the championship race but we were hoping for the win to give
us a big boost but we are in a decent position only sixteen
points behind Nick Sweet and fourteen behind Payea with two
races left. These two guys are tough and we are going to have to
post a win to catch them. We are going back to Beech Ridge in a
couple of weeks and then to Thompson for the final race of the
season so we will have to get great finishes at those tracks."
"I have to thank the guys on the crew for all their hard
work on this hot day," said Eddie Mac. "Rollie (LaChance) and I
would not be able to do any of this without Tom Rice, Rob
Drandson, Ryan LaChance, and Dave "Logger" Ricker. Laura
LaChance made it to the track to spot after dropping daughter
Rachel off to begin her college career. You can always find our
car owner Freddie Peterson cleaning the car after every
practice. It is no wonder Peterson Auto Body in Peabody is such
a successful business. Derek Beatrice from Exit Realty brought a
bus load of Exit people to the race and I hope they had a good
time. Kenny and Scott Thompson from Hancock Electric have
sponsored our efforts for years and we can't thank the enough.
Of course, our K&N team owner Rob Grimm makes this all possible
and we are proud to carry the National Multiple Sclerosis logo
on our car. HMS, Stilo, Schroth Racing, A&B Vending help us in a
number of ways and we are thankful. A shout out to Jolene
Drandson who handles our social media and keeps everyone
informed to what is happening on the track. Special thanks to my
girlfriend Kelyn Harrell for all the support and encouragement."
The American Canadian Tour will return to Beech Ridge Motor
Speedway for a two day event beginning with practice and
qualifying on Saturday September 17 and the Fall Foliage 200 lap
feature on Sunday.
Photos by Richard
Photos by Norm
Mac Finishes Second at
Ridge Motor Speedway
The American Canadian Tour's Coastal 100 at the Scarborough,
Maine track produced an exciting feature from the drop of the
green flag to the checkers one hundred laps later with Eddie Mac
posting a second place finish in the EXIT Realty/Hancock
Electric Chevy. The finish closed the gap in the point's
championship with the Rowley, Mass. veteran driver in third
place only four points behind Scott Payea and twenty points
behind leader Nick Sweet.
Eddie Mac started on the pole with former track champion
Brad Babb starting outside pole, who returned to the track after
serving a two race penalty for rough driving involving Eddie Mac
at Seekonk. This time the duo battled door-to-door and nose to
tail for the entire feature without incident. Eddie Mac led the
most laps in the race to gain points to help close the
championship gap. However, a lapped car pushed up the track on
lap 61 with Eddie Mac on the outside allowing Babb to dive under
to take the lead.
The Freddie Peterson owned Chevy posted the fastest time in
the third practice and finished second in the first heat from
the fifth starting position to receive the pole position.
However the fast time was the result of new tires as the team
continued to deal with a tight condition with Eddie Mac saying,
"We were fast in that third practice but the new tires were the
reason. The car was a little tight from the first practice on
and we never got it to where we wanted it. During the race it
was tight early and after losing the lead it just got way too
tight. I tried to push it to challenge for the lead but the
handling really got worse. I hate to lose the lead but it was a
great race and we gained a lot of points in the process. With
only three races to go our work is cut out for us to win the
championship but today really helped."
Eddie Mac lost the
lead for two laps on the lap 25 restart after the caution but
quickly regained the top spot and held it until the lap 61 run
in with the #10 car with Eddie Mac saying, "We were able to pass
a lot of lapped cars because they stayed on the bottom of the
track but the #10 car was all over the place and just rode me up
the track allowing the #15 to make the move underneath. I don't
know what would have happened if the #10 didn't run me up the
track. Brad's car really turned well from the center off and my
car just got too tight. With ten to go I got to his bumper but
that was it. We had a nice clean run and the car is in one piece
so that is definitely a plus. Now we can focus our attention to
getting the car ready for Oxford."
"I have to thank
Sheila and Freddie Peterson for all the support this year," said
Eddie Mac. "Our crew is fantastic with Tom Rice, Rob Drandson,
and Ryan LaChance doing all the pit work. The entire LaChance
family was working today with Rollie's wife Laura and daughter
Rachel spotting and timing. Bobby Wood is a big supporter of
this team. Derek Beatrice from EXIT Realty was with us today and
has been a great sponsor this year. Kenny Thompson from Hancock
Electric couldn't be with us today as his family surprised him
with a party on his birthday. I am sorry we didn't get the win
he wanted but we all wish him well on his 75th."
will return to Oxford Plains Speedway for their 100 lap event as
part of the Oxford 250 race weekend. The ACT cars will open the
show on Saturday August 27 with the winner guaranteed a spot on
Sunday in the 250.
Sat., July 16 - 6:45 PM
New Hampshire Motor Speedway
Double Disaster for Eddie MacDonald
at NHMS and Seekonk
Eddie MacDonald, driver of the
#71 Grimm Construction Chevy in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East
and the #17 EXIT Realty/Hancock Electric Chevy in the American
Canadian Tour, had to survive an ill-handling car at New
Hampshire Motor Speedway and an intentional, devastating wreck
at the hands of another driver at Seekonk Speedway on Saturday,
July 18, 2016.
The three-time K&N winner at the
“Magic Mile” could not find the handle on the Grimm Racing Chevy
beginning with Friday’s practice despite numerous changes to the
car. The K&N series participates in the July Sprint Cup weekend
in the United Services 70 with Eddie Mac usually a contender for
the win. The Rowley, Mass. veteran battled the ill-handling car
during practice on Friday and throughout the race on Saturday to
“The car was just so loose I
could not get it to turn in the corner,” said Eddie Mac. “Of
course we couldn’t make any adjustments since it was an impound
race and to make matters worse we had to start in the rear of
the 29 car field because we missed qualifying due to a timing
mistake. When the green flag waved we were hoping for an early
caution but it did not come until lap 33.”
The team made adjustments and
Eddie Mac received the “lucky dog” for the lap 36 restart but
the car did not respond as Eddie Mac fell off the lead lap and
the decision to park the car was make on lap 47 with the
disappointed driver saying, “I feel terrible for our
performance. We love coming to Loudon and always feel like we
have a chance to compete for the win. We have so many family
members and fans here we really want to put on a good show. It
is an awful experience to be out there and know you are not
As soon as Eddie Mac climbed out
of the car he headed to an awaiting helicopter to fly to Seekonk
Speedway to race in the American Canadian Tour 150. ACT
officials gave Eddie Mac a provisional starting position since
his NHMS commitment would not allow him to participate in the
heat race for position. The team is competing for the
championship and in second place so a good finish was definitely
needed. The Freddie Peterson owned ride would have to start tail
in the 30 car field provided Eddie Mac made it to the track on
time. The helicopter landed with time to spare as Eddie Mac
strapped in for the 150 lap event.
When the green flag waved Eddie
Mac wasted little time charging through traffic and into the top
ten with fifty laps to go. With nine laps to go the caution flag
waved to set up a dash to the finish with Eddie Mac riding in
the third position behind the leader Brad Babb and Scott Payea.
Payea challenged Babb on the outside and with two laps to go
Babb moved up the track to block Payea’s run. In doing so, the
bottom was left open as Eddie Mac filled the position to make it
three wide. What happened next set off a series of events that
demolished a racecar and could have seriously injured Eddie Mac.
Babb turned down on Eddie Mac
causing a crash allowing Payea to get the lead. Babb then
deliberately slammed into the back of Eddie Mac’s car lifting it
off the ground and driving it and Eddie Mac hard into the
outside wall. Babb has admitted publically he did it
intentionally and appears to be quite pleased with himself for
this cowardly act. He also stated that Eddie Mac will not win
another race again that he (Babb) is in. This is a threat not to
be taken lightly when dealing with 3500 pound cars travelling at
a high rate of speed and a driver pledging to stop Eddie Mac
from winning. If this happened action on the street the driver
would be arrested. Hopefully the ACT officials will look at the
video that shows the attack quite clearly and administer the
justice this cowardly act deserves. This is too good of a series
to allow this barbaric behavior to put lives in danger. A clear
message must be sent to Babb.
Eddie Mac did not suffer serious
injury but the damage to the car is severe. Instead of
celebrating a positive outcome, Eddie Mac finished 16th because
of the boorish behavior of Babb.
White Mountain Motorsports Park
will host ACT’s Showdown in the Mountains on Saturday, July 23.
Photos by Richard
Photos by Chris Roy
Double Duty for Eddie MacDonald at
Seekonk on Saturday
On Saturday July 16 Eddie MacDonald will actually participate in
three races with the first one taking place at New Hampshire
Motor Speedway in the K&N Pro Series East's Granite State 70.
The third event of the day is the American Canadian Tour's
second leg of the Southern New England Tripleheader 150 lap
feature. Sandwiched between the two events will be the mad dash
from Loudon, NH to Seekonk, Mass. in order to make the starting
time for the ACT feature later that evening.
"Accomplishing this will be quite the challenge," laughed Eddie
Mac. "Our first priority is to run for the win in the K&N race.
We compete in five events in this series and we really want to
be competitive at our home track in the Grimm Construction
Chevy. We have three wins in this series at Loudon and would
like nothing better than to add another title for our owner Rob
Grimm. The competition is tremendous in this series but we feel
we have the car that can run up front. Last year we fished
second at Dover and the year before finished second at NHMS and
won at Bristol. Rollie (LaChance) knows the set up for this
place so if we can get the car to handle in the turns we should
be there at the end. It is only a 70 lap sprint so everyone will
be going for it from the drop of the green flag. It should be a
lot of fun running on my favorite track in front of all our
families and fans."
Once the checkered flag waves at
Loudon, both Eddie Mac and Rollie will be on the clock to get to
Seekonk Speedway for a chance to regain the point's lead in the
ACT series. In the first Southern New England event at Waterford
Speedbowl, the EXIT Realty/Hancock Electric Chevy finished
second but sustained heavy damage to the front end that was the
result of oil spread on the track. While the car was fitted for
a new front clip, Eddie Mac was forced to drive the back-up car
at Devil's Bowl to a seventeenth place finish to drop out of the
point lead. A win at Speedway 51 moved the Freddie Peterson
owned ride into second place just 21 points behind Nick Sweet.
The team decided to go to Seekonk this past Saturday night,
July 9 to practice on the track in the Late Model division's
Everett's Auto Parts fifty lap feature since they will not have
any practice time next Saturday. Initially, Eddie Mac and Rollie
planned to take it easy and not compete for the win but when the
car ran well in practice the duo decided to run competitively
for the win. The car dominated from its 17th starting position
and took control of the lead by lap thirty to post the win.
However, the win was taken away after track officials decided
the car was eight pounds to heavy on the left side despite using
faulty scales. The scales were not level with the left side
scales one inch lower than the right side. Car owner Freddie
Peterson used the team's level to show the difference to track
officials who seemed uninterested in the findings only to insist
"That's the way we do it." The decision stood despite protests
from Peterson and LaChance."
"The track officials said it
was the same for everyone when I asked them about the faulty
scales," said the frustrated crew chief. "It may be the same for
everyone but it doesn't make it right. We use the scales in our
shop that are on level ground and so does the ACT tour. We
didn't go on the scales before the race because we were working
on an engine problem and had the thing apart. I would have
picked up the discrepancy immediately. With their scales being
off it hurts their own cars because people are setting up their
cars to go on their scales. It was a very frustrating experience
to go through but we know the car was fast and capable of
winning next week. I just hope we use the ACT scales for our
race. You just hate to have a win taken away from you when you
know the reason was not valid."
Practice for the NASCAR
K&N Pro Series East Granite State 70 will begin on Friday, July
15 at 6:00 and end at 7:20 pm. Group qualifying will begin at
The second leg of the Southern New England
Tripleheader 150 is scheduled to begin after 9:00 pm.
CENTRAL LIVE powered by Speed51.com:
K&N East at NHMS - HERE
For the Event Schedule, Entry List, Practices,
Qualifying, Lap by Lap, & Results
K&N Pro Series Stat Advance - NHMS: HERE
Analyzing the United Site Services 70 at NHMS
list of winners at New Hampshire is a virtual who’s who of
NASCAR K&N East Pro Series competition, including Daytona 500
champion Joey Logano, current NASCAR Sprint Cup Series
competitors Martin Truex Jr. and Kyle Larson, current NASCAR
Camping World Truck Series point leader William Byron, four-time
series champion and NASCAR Xfinity Series race winner Andy
Santerre, and multi-time series champions Mike Stefanik, Jamie
Aube, Brad Leighton and Mike Olsen.
- There have been 29
different winners in K&N Pro Series competition at NHMS,
including active driver Eddie MacDonald with three wins.
Eddie MacDonald (No. 71 Grimm Racing Chevrolet)
- Is the active career win leader at New Hampshire with three
victories, including a season sweep of a pair of races in 2008.
- Has seven career K&N Pro Series East wins and was the
championship runner-up in 2009.
- Finished eighth at Bristol
and 13th at Stafford in his only two series starts this season.
K&N Pro Series News & Notes - NHMS: HERE
'Magic Mile' is a Key Thread Weaving Through Series
Eddie Mac On The Attack:
MacDonald of Rowley, Massachusetts, leads all active drivers
with three career wins at NHMS, including a season sweep of the
two races in 2008. He also has several Late Model and Super Late
Model wins at the speedway, and he’s entered in the NASCAR
Sprint Cup Series New Hampshire 301 on Sunday.
Sunday, July 17 - 1:30 PM
New Hampshire Motor Speedway
204 Country Club Rd #3,
Photos by Richard
Photos by Chris Roy
Eddie MacDonald Reflects on Sprint Cup Experience
If you are lucky enough to be one of forty drivers
taking the green flag in a NASCAR Sprint Cup race, you know all
your hard work, sacrifice, and determination has paid off. For
the third year in a row, Eddie MacDonald has been one of the
fortunate forty as the driver of the Go Fas Racing #32 Ford
Fusion owned by Old Orchard Beach resident Archie St. Hilaire.
Eddie Mac's participation again in the New Hampshire 301 at New
Hampshire Motor Speedway on Sunday, July 17 is the result of a
number of New England businesses pooling resources to sponsor
the ride for the Rowley, Mass. veteran racer.
an incredible experience for me to be able to compete on
racing's biggest stage and I am forever grateful for the local
businesses that made this possible," said Eddie Mac. "Archie St.
Hilaire has been a long-time friend and does everything he can
to get me on the track. He and his son Mason gave me my first
Xfinity experience a number of years ago and are responsible for
my three years running in the Cup series at Loudon. You could
not ask for better people and they make it so much fun."
For three years local business owners have stepped up with this
year's main sponsor is a household name in New England racing.
Bentley Warren is recognized as the greatest Supermodified
driver of all time spanning decades racing at tracks all over
the East coast. Bentley qualified for the Indy 500 three times
as part of his illustrious career and now operates the
well-known Bentley's Saloon in Arundel, Maine, the main sponsor
for Eddie Mac and the Go Fas Racing Ford.
"I have watched
Bentley race ever since I was a little kid and I am so thankful
for his sponsorship this race," said Eddie Mac. "He has been a
friend of my father since they were young men and my father
always tells the story of the two of them hauling out to race at
Indy and I love to hear it over and over. Bentley is a racing
legend and for him to do this for me is fantastic. There are a
number of others to thank for their help. "The Rod Father" Les
Sanborn helped sponsor the car last year and had the rear
quarter panel this year. Les also did an awful lot of work
making calls and helping to get additional sponsors to come on
board to make all of this possible. Weirs GMC Buick, Mike's Clam
Shack in Wells, Maine, Bangor Truck Equipment, and Fisher all
stepped up to help and I appreciate their support."
remember the first race three years ago and how nervous I was. I
didn't know what to expect and just wanted to make sure I stayed
out of the way," laughed Eddie Mac. 'Everyone on the crew just
told me to relax and have fun. Archie reassured me that I would
be fine and as the practices went on, then qualifying I became
more comfortable. Curtis, my spotter for three years, was a real
stable voice in my head and I was able to relax and race. This
year, Curtis was again with me and is so calm you can't help but
be calm yourself. You really want to do well when you see how
dedicated the crew is and to finish 36th is disappointing."
"When the race started the car ran well for about fifty laps
and I was able to pass a number of cars but the tires went
away," said Eddie Mac. ""When I ran the bottom of the track the
car was good but when the leaders came up on me I had to move up
to give them the inside lane and the car was real loose up top.
The crew worked on it the rest of the race and it was better. I
just wished I had a better finish but I ran all the laps and
brought the car home in one piece so the crew was happy."
"Every racer's dream is to compete in the highest series
against the best drivers and I have been given that opportunity
by a number of great people to whom I will be forever grateful,"
said Eddie Mac. "To stand on that stage being introduced, then
riding around the track in front of all the fans is something I
will never forget. This has been the chance of a lifetime and is
something that will never get old. The best thing is I get to
share this experience in front of my girlfriend Kelyn Harrell,
my parents, family and fans."
Eddie MacDonald Leads All-New England Team
in Sprint Cup Race at NHMS
Eddie MacDonald will again partner with Go Fas Racing owned by
Old Orchid Beach, Maine resident Archie St. Hilaire in this
Sunday's NASCAR's Sprint Cup New Hampshire 301 at Loudon's New
Hampshire Motor Speedway. Bentley's Saloon of Arundel, Maine
will be the primary sponsor with The Rod Father of Sanford,
Maine as an associate sponsor.
For the third time in as
many years Eddie Mac will pilot the #32 Bentley's Saloon Ford at
the "Magic Mile," saying, "This is a great thrill for me to
drive for Archie on my favorite track. This is something you
work your whole life for and to be given the opportunity to
realize your dream for the third time is incredible. Archie and
his son Mason are fantastic people and I can't even describe how
thankful I am to them. And to have Bentley Warren sponsor the
car is special. Bentley is the greatest Super Modified driver of
all time and has been a friend of my father for over fifty years
and has always been supportive of my racing since I started at
Lee USA Speedway, my parent's track. Les Sanborn, The Rod
Father, is another super guy and is always in my corner and does
whatever he can to help me out. I am lucky to have these people
Archie Hilaire is pleased to have Eddie Mac in
the seat again saying, "We are really happy to have Eddie back
in the car at Loudon. He knows the track as well as anyone and
is always a crowd favorite. When we sat down with our primary
sponsor, Bentley Warren, and talked about whom to put in the
car, his first choice was Eddie! Eddie is a great guy from a
great family and we can't wait for July 17."
qualifying for the New Hampshire 301 will take place on Friday,
July 15 with Eddie Mac's first of three NASCAR Sprint Cup
practices running from 11:30-12:55. Group qualifying is
scheduled for 4:45 with the final two practices beginning at
10:10 on Saturday. Forty cars will take the green flag for the
New Hampshire 301 at 1:30 on Sunday.
"I can't wait for
Friday to get here," said Eddie Mac. "You don't get this chance
to often, and to experience it three times thanks to Archie,
Mason, Bentley, Les, and my father is something I will never
forget. To be out there competing with all the great drivers is
special. To be able to do it in front of family and fans is
great. I have had a lot of success on this track thanks to a lot
of people helping me especially the crew and working with the Go
Fas Racing crew at the Cup level is an incredible feeling. I am
thankful for everyone's help to get me to this point and I hope
to see a lot of our fans at the track. We have a full weekend on
our plate with the K&N Pro Series East race on Saturday and the
American Canadian Tour race at Seekonk on Saturday night and the
Cup race Sunday but this is every driver's dream. Thanks again
to everyone involved and see you at the races."
FRIDAY, JUNE 24th - 7:00 PM
18th Place Finish for Eddie Mac at Lee in PASS 150
Eddie MacDonald did not have the run at his home track Lee USA
Speedway in the Pro All Star Series Super Late Model race he was
hoping for, posting a disappointing 18th place finish in his
first PASS race of the season on Friday, June 24. Eddie Mac
finished first in his heat in the #66 Lemieux Inc. /Neal
Excavating Chevy to start on the outside pole in the 150 lap
event over the three-eighths of a mile oval on the family owned
"The car was a little tight in practice and the
heat but turned very loose after ten laps of the feature and it
just got worse from there," said the veteran driver.
"Unfortunately we couldn't come to the pits to make an
adjustment because we would lose quite a few laps by the time we
left the track, made the adjustments, and got back out. We just
had to stay out and make the best of a bad situation."
Eddie Mac rode in fourth place during the early laps but started
to fall back to 8th by lap 50 as the back end continued to slide
out in the turns. At the halfway flag Eddie Mac fought to hang
on to the 10th position in the Dave Lemieux owned Chevy but fell
back steadily as the loose conditioned worsened with Eddie Mac
saying, "I tried different lines but nothing worked. For a while
I moved to the second groove but eventually it made the car
really loose going in to the turns. This was our first time
racing this car this season so we didn't have a baseline so we
just had a basic set-up to go by. I am sure we will have a much
better idea for our next race. We know it is a great car and
winning the first-ever Super Late Model race at Loudon last year
proves that. "
With 25 laps to go, the car was sliding
all over the track as Eddie Mac opted to let car pass and avoid
a chance for a crash. By race end Eddie Mac crossed the stripe
in the 18th position, one lap down saying, "One good thing is
the car came back in one piece without a mark on it. I feel bad
for Dave (Lemieux) and Brian (Neal) that we didn't have a better
run. They are two fantastic guys and totally committed to making
this car better. Neither one of them likes the spotlight but
they are a great team. I have to thank crew chief Bobby Cabral,
Chris Bosse, Dave "Logger" Ricker, and Rob Drandson for their
hard work in the pits and John Tiernan for his great vinyl work.
I want to say thanks to my father who spent countless hours
working in Bobby's shop this past week to help get this car
ready. We weren't too good today but we will be much better next
The Pro All Star Series returns to Lee USA
Speedway on Friday, August 12.
Photos by Richard
by Norm Marx
Eddie MacDonald Will Race Pass All Stars Series
Event at Lee USA Speedway on Friday
Eddie MacDonald will team up again with Super Late Model owner
Dave Lemieux in the PASS 150 at Lee USA Speedway on Friday
night, June 24. The pair joined forces to win the first ever SLM
race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway last year and hope to
repeat that performance at the very familiar surroundings of
"I am very excited to race Dave's car at my family's
track," said Eddie Mac. "A win would be extra special since it
would help celebrate my parent's thirtieth year of operation at
Lee. I have raced there since I was a kid in high school and my
parents have been my greatest supporters in my racing career. We
have been working hard in the shop so hopefully we will be very
competitive even though this will be our first race in this car
this season. Bobby Cabral built the car and will be our crew
chief for the race and I am looking forward to working with
The PASS race will cover 150-lap on the fast
three-eighths of a mile oval beginning on Friday with practice
at 4-5:30 and the green flag scheduled for 7:00 p.m.
Fri., June 17, 2016
Time Trials - 6:00 PM
Eddie Mac Wins in ACT,
Falters in K&N
In what can only be described as a dominant performance,
Eddie MacDonald won the American Canadian Tour's Central Asphalt
Paving Generation Next 151 race on Saturday, June 18 at Speedway
51 in Groveton, N.H. to capture his second win of the season. On
Friday night, the Grimm Construction Chevy struggled with a very
loose racecar to post a 13th place finish in the NASCAR K&N Pro
Series East race at Stafford Motor Speedway in Stafford Springs,
After a hard crash at Waterford Speedbowl a
few weeks ago that required a new front clip on the Freddie
Peterson owned EXIT Realty/Hancock Electric Motor Service Chevy,
Eddie Mac and the crew were unsure how the car would respond in
its first outing after being essentially rebuilt. They were
quite pleased with the result as the "The Outlaw" posted the
fastest time in practice and started seventh in the 150 lap
event on the quarter mile oval.
"We hoped all the work
would pay off and it did right from the start," said Eddie Mac
after the race. "The car was fast and handled fantastic in
practice, in the heat, and especially the race. We had a very
hectic few weeks getting this car put together as well as
getting the K&N car ready for Stafford. The guys in the shop
worked their tails off to get everything done and I can't thank
them enough for all the time and dedication. We have a small
crew but they are big time when it comes to this race team. Both
our K&N and ACT crews, and a number of guys do both, do so much
for us at the track. I just have to mention track owner Joey
Laquerre for the outstanding work he has done at this track. He
bought it a couple of years ago (2014) and transformed it into a
beautiful facility. It is a pleasure to race here."
Mac wasted little time charging to the front when the green flag
waved over the 22 car starting field as he quickly raced to
third place on lap 12. By lap 25, the leaders caught the back of
the pack and had to deal with soon to be heavy lapped traffic.
Until lap 66, Eddie Mac was comfortable following the #4 car
through heavy traffic until finally making the pass then set his
sights on leader Nick Sweet. A lap 77 pass put Eddie Mac in the
lead and was never challenged all the way to the checkered flag,
The Rowley, Mass. veteran weaved his way through the field
lapping cars with only six cars on the lead lap when the race
"The car was absolutely perfect," said Eddie Mac.
"It was a pleasure to drive. The handling allowed me to go
inside or outside and it is really a lot of fun when you get a
car this good. We are in the fight for the championship so this
win will help us gain some ground after Devil's Bowl when we had
to use the back-up car. I am so happy for Sheila and Freddie
Peterson, our car owners, to get this win. Derek Beatrice from
EXIT Realty is here so that is great to share the win with him.
Kenny Thompson from Hancock was with us last night at Stafford
but couldn't make it today and I am sure he is pleased. Our K&N
owner Rob Grimm is with us today with his wife Karla and some of
his family and we wouldn't be able to do this without his
support. My father is here so it was an early Father's Day gift,
the kind he likes."
The Stafford 150 was only the second
race for the Grimm Construction Team in the highly competitive
NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Series this season after finishing
eighth at Bristol Motor Speedway earlier this season. The team
is scheduled to run five events this season with New Hampshire,
Iowa, and Dover races remaining. The series last raced at the
half mile oval in 2009 with Eddie Mac winning the event in 2008.
Unfortunately the car was not handling well and could not turn
in the corners in practice on Thursday. Despite numerous changes
the car remained a handful with Eddie Mac saying, "The car was
just so loose it didn't have the speed I needed to get down the
straightaways. It is no fun to be out there and not have the car
handling. We made more changes on Friday's final practice but it
was still a struggle."
Eddie Mac qualified 15th as
handling quickly became a problem when the green flag waved with
the veteran driver saying, "The car was loose but I hoped it
would tighten up during the race when things cooled down but it
didn't. I was just hanging on waiting for an early caution but
it never came. It wasn't until later (caution on lap 91) that we
were able to come in for an adjustment. It helped the car but we
didn't have anything for the leaders. We came in on the next
caution on lap 130 for another adjustment and it was better. We
got our lap back and at least we finished on the lead lap but it
was a disappointing day to say the least. Hopefully we will get
back on track with our next race at Loudon in July. That is our
home track and usually run well there. It will be great to see
all of our local fans and enjoy the time with them."
Eddie Mac and the crew will have their hands full with the K&N
race scheduled for 5:00 PM on Saturday, July 16 at New Hampshire
Motor Speedway and with the American Canadian Tour race at
Seekonk Speedway scheduled later that night around 9:00 PM.
Plans for a helicopter ride are currently in the works.
NBCSN will televise the Stafford 150 on Thursday, June 23 at
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SPEEDWAY 51 - SATURDAY, JUNE 18TH
Busy Weekend for Eddie in K&N and ACT
Eddie MacDonald will face a stern test this weekend as he
competes in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race at Stafford
Motor Speedway in Connecticut on Friday night June 17, then will
have to hustle to Speedway 51 in Groveton N.H. on Saturday
morning to battle for the American Canadian Tour win that night.
A few hundred miles separate the two venues but the preparation
of two cars for the events has been demanding.
have been working hard in the shop to get ready and I know
everyone will breathe a little easier when this weekend is
over," said Eddie Mac. "We were in pretty good shape with our
K&N car but when the ACT car got wrecked at Waterford, we had to
essentially rebuild it once we got the car back from Dale (Shaw)
so now the guys in the shop had to do double duty. Everyone
really pitched in and I have to give huge thanks to everyone
involved especially Joe St. Jacques for hanging the new body on
Freddie's (Peterson) car. The #17 EXIT Realty/Hancock Electric
Chevy looks fantastic thanks to him. Sometimes good things
happen unexpectedly and that is what happened with Joe. He just
got laid off so he was at the shop early every day to get this
done. Things have been hectic but we are ready for both races.
This is our second K&N event this season and we are really
looking forward to this race."
The Stafford 150 will mark
the K&N Pro Series East return to the half mile oval since 2009.
The series began racing at the Connecticut facility in 1987 and
ran 29 features. Eddie Mac posted a win in 2008 to go along with
seven top tens including a fifth place finish in 2008 with the
Rowley, Mass. veteran saying, "Stafford is a lot of fun to drive
and we are happy to be returning there. We have had success
there in the past and that win in 2008 was a tremendous feeling.
We had a solid eighth place run at Bristol in our first K&N race
of this season in our #71 Grimm Construction Chevy and hope to
build on that. This is a very tough series with all the great
teams so hopefully I can use my experience to my advantage. We
will have a day of practice on Thursday since none of the other
drivers have ever run at Stafford. It should be fun and I am
looking forward to getting back together with our Grimm Racing
Early the next morning Eddie Mac begin the three
hour trek to Groveton N.H. from the Newburyport, Mass. shop to
compete in the American Canadian Tour's Generation Next 151 with
a post time of 5:30 pm. Eddie Mac slipped to second place in the
championship point's race after posting a 17th place finish
while driving a back-up car the last time out saying, "We had
the point's lead after our second place finish at Waterford
Speedbowl but wrecked our primary car at the start/finish line
in the process and had to run our old flame car at Devil's Bowl.
We didn't have a great run there but we only lost one spot so it
was not as bad as it could have been. We have had good runs at
Groveton and the track is a lot of fun to drive, Joey has done a
great job with the track and I hope to add another ACT win this
season (Airborne). We will all need a couple of days off to
recover but this is what racing is all about. You just have to
Final practice on Friday at Stafford runs from
3:00-4:00 with qualifying at 6:00. The green flag is scheduled
to wave for the Stafford 150 at 9:15. Gates open at 1:00 on
Saturday with post time for the Generation Next 151 at 5:30 at
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Series Returns To Its Roots At Stafford Motor Speedway
The Race: The Stafford 150 will be the seventh of 14 races on
the 2026 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East schedule. It�s the sixth of
10 oval track events and 14 races overall on the schedule. It
will be the series� 30th visit to the Connecticut oval.
The Procedure: The starting field is 26 cars, including
provisionals. The first 22 cars will qualify through two-lap
time trials while the remaining four spots will be awarded
through the provisional process. The race will be 150 laps,
spanning 75 miles.
The Track: A half-mile, slightly-banked oval, Stafford
originated as a horse racing track in the 1870s. After seven
decades as a horse track, the dirt oval starting holding
automobile races following World War II. Stafford became a
NASCAR-sanctioned track in 1959 and was paved for the first time
STAFFORD 150 NOTES:
Mac Is Back: Eddie MacDonald of Rowley, Massachusetts will make
his second series start of the season in the Stafford 150.
MacDonald, who was the championship runner-up in 2009, will be
the only driver in the field with experience at Stafford. He
finished fifth in 2008, the last time the series was at
Stafford, and he won there in 2007. Overall, MacDonald has seven
top 10s in 15 career starts at the track.
Tough Run for Eddie at Devil's Bowl - 17th Place
The 17th place finish for Eddie Mac in the American Canadian
Tour's Merchant's Bank 100 at Devil's Bowl Speedway in West
Haven, Vermont on Saturday was not the typical run one might
expect from the team. After a devastating crash on the last turn
of the last lap at the Waterford Speedbowl on May 21, Eddie Mac
was forced to activate the old tried but true back-up "flame
car" while necessary repairs were made to the EXIT
Realty/Hancock Electric Chevy owned by Freddie Peterson.
With time constraints plaguing the team, the usual
meticulous preparation in the shop could not happen with crew
chief Rollie LaChance saying, "We literally took the car out of
moth balls and tried to get it ready for today's race. We also
had to strip the Chevy of the damage, get it to Dale (Shaw) for
a new front clip, and take the engine out to be checked out. We
lost a lot of time there so we really didn't have a week to get
the car ready. We could only put in a basic set-up and hope we
could adjust. We only had three twenty minute practices and that
wasn't nearly enough time to make the adjustments needed. This
is a winning car and if we ran it for a number of races, I am
sure we could get it performing as it once did. I was hoping for
a top half of the field finish but we fell a few spots short."
The car was tight in and loose off for Eddie Mac and even
though the EXIT Realty/ Hancock Electric Pontiac posted a fifth
fastest time in the second practice the disappointed driver
said, "The fast time was misleading because I was able to arc
the car in the turns with no one around me. In the heat and the
race I wasn't able to do that in traffic so the car was really
tight in the center and so loose off I couldn't mash the
throttle and had no power down the straight. We knew it was a
longshot with the car when we uncovered it in the shop and not
being able to get it ready as we would have liked was tough but
this is all part of racing, We lost the point lead but we were
able to hold on to second place so now we will get the primary
car back together this week so we will be ready for the next ACT
race at Speedway 51."
Eddie Mac started 20th in the 28
car-field and struggled right away falling as far as 23rd with
the leaders closing. Nick Sweet and Wayne Helliwell set a torrid
pace around the flat, half-mile oval as they quickly began
lapping cars. By lap 40 in the 100 lap event honoring John
Bruno, the #17 went a lap down to the leaders as they continued
to march through the field. Despite the handling woes, Eddie Mac
was able to keep the leaders in sight and it was not until lap
76 that the third place car was able to make the pass.
"The car improved a little as the race went on," said "the
Outlaw." "It isn't much fun being out there in a car that is not
competitive but we did our best to try to make the best of a bad
situation. When you run for the championship things are going to
happen to test you and the fact that we were able to get this
car, that has not run in three years since winning the Bond ACT
Invitational at Loudon, ready in less than a week is a credit to
the guys in the shop and the crew at the track, Everyone worked
so hard on both cars I am very thankful to all the guys.
Tomorrow is Sunday but everyone will be at the shop to start
putting together Freddie's car for Speedway 51 on the 18th and
working on the K&N car for Stafford Springs Speedway on the
17th, As you can see, we will be busy."
"Thanks as always
to sponsors Derek Beatrice from EXIT Realty and Ken and Scott
Thompson from Hancock Electric for their continued support,"
said Eddie Mac. "We couldn't do this without help from our K&N
owner Rob Grimm, Stilo, Schroth Racing, and HMS Motorsports have
been with us for a long time and their support is greatly
appreciated. We hope to see all our race fans at Speedway 51 and
if you can't make it watch for Jolene's (Drandson) updates on
Grimm Racing Buddies."
Second Place Finish for Eddie MacDonald
Eddie MacDonald dominated the field in a late race charge to
post a second place finish in the American Canadian Tour's fifth
race of the season at the New London-Waterford Speedbowl in
Connecticut on Saturday, May 21. The Rowley, Mass. veteran,
driving the EXIT Realty/Hancock Electric Chevy through lapped
traffic chased winner Joey Polewarczyk over the final ten laps
of the 100 lap feature to just fall short at the checkered flag.
The finish was costly as the Freddie Paterson owned Chevy
crashed heavily into the front stretch wall.
very happy with the second place run but the car took a big hit
and will need some serious repairs before we race again at
Devil's Bowl," said Eddie Mac surveying the damage. "I guess the
1vt lost an axle and put down a lot of oil on the track and when
I drove off four on the final lap the car just hit the oil and
sent it straight into the wall. It was a hard hit but I'm
alright but I can't say the same for the car. But we will get it
fixed and be ready for the next race."
The #17ma posted
the fastest time of the day in the second practice and drew the
pole position in the second heat in qualifying for the first leg
of the Southern New England Tripleheader to include Thompson and
Seekonk. Eddie Mac won the heat easily to receive a plus one
rating placing him ninth in the 30 car field for the event.
The scheduled 100 lap feature changed the strategy of a
number of the top contenders as most ACT races are 150 laps with
many drivers comfortable saving tires for the final thirty laps.
In this race, most chose to get after it right from the green
with Eddie Mac saying during a lap 12 caution,, "I am shocked at
how hard these guys are going. It's like a 100 lap shootout and
everyone is going early. The car is handling good so I will pick
my spots to pass. I can run on the outside so that will help a
On lap 40 Eddie Mac drove in fifth place and into
fourth just past the halfway flag on lap 54 while passing cars
on the outside. Joey Pole was able to pull away while the top
five cars were forced to deal with stubborn lapped traffic
despite the passing flag shown them. To add to the difficulty,
an engine laid down a tremendous amount of oil on the track on
lap 74 forcing a long delay. With rain looming in the area track
officials finally cleared the mess before returning the cars to
action for the final 26 laps.
Eddie Mac raced the #37 of Scott Payea hard for multiple
laps before finally completing the pass on lap 86 for second
place. "The Outlaw" then set his sights on the #97 trying to
close a half a straightaway lead. By lap 95 Eddie Mac cut the
lead to two car lengths and to one with two laps remaining.
However, that is a close as he could get with Eddie Mac saying,
"Joey was fast and ran a great race and didn't have to race
anyone hard so he was able to conserve and just had too big a
lead once I got into second place. My car was good and fast and
I think I could have got by him in five more laps. That was my
thinking just before I crashed. We will take second and I
believe this finish will put us in the point's lead. This takes
the sting out of crashing just a little bit. We have a lot to do
to get ready for Devil's Bowl (Saturday, June 4) but we will be
"Rollie and I owe huge thanks to our crew that
works so hard on this car every race, Tom Rice, Rob Drandson,
and Ryan LaChance," said Eddie Mac. "Rollie's wife Laura helps
with the spotting and does so many other things for this team
and is greatly appreciated. Of course, thanks to Derek Beatrice
from EXIT Realty and Kenny and Scott Thompson from Hancock
Electric as well as, Stilo, HMS Motorsports, and Schroth Racing
for their help. Our K&N team owner Rob Grimm supports our Late
Model efforts and we can't say enough about our team owners
Sheila and Freddie Peterson. Bobby Wood is an integral member of
our team and helps in many ways. Rollie and I are fortunate to
be associated with such great people. We may be banged up right
now but we will be there competing for the win at Devil's Bowl."
Eddie MacDonald Wins the ACT Spring Green 116
at Airborne Park Speedway
staged an impressive door-to-door battle in the closing laps
with Nick Sweet to capture his first win in the American
Canadian Tour event at Airborne Park Speedway in Plattsburgh,
N.Y. in the Spring Green 116 on Saturday, May 14. Eddie Mac
powered the Exit Realty/Hancock Electric Chevy to the lead on
lap 107 and held on to the lead to post his sixth ACT win of his
"This is really
a great win and to do it against Nick and Patrick (Laperle) is
one of those races you remember forever," beamed the veteran
racer. "We had so many things go our way today, especially the
weather. At the halfway mark the rain came and I thought our day
might be done with a sixth place run but the officials kept us
out there for 25 minutes to keep the track dry. It was a great
call on their part and gave us the opportunity to win it."
started the 116 lap race on the half-mile oval in 13th place
after an even rating in the heat with the winner saying, "I was
a little concerned after the heat because we started in third
place and didn't pass a car. The handling wasn't great so I
didn't know what to expect. However the car didn't change for
the worse and actually got a little better after the rain break
and I was able to drive it to the front. I think the leaders
fell off a bit and that helped me as well as the lapped cars."
possibility of rain looming, Eddie Mac began his charge
immediately after the green flag and ran in the sixth position
when the yellow flag waved for rain on lap 60 with Eddie saying,
"This was a tough race and I had to fight for every spot. We
never seemed to do well here so when the car reacted the way it
did, I thought we had a chance. I drove it hard right from the
beginning and it paid off. The tires held and I wasn't sideways
coming off the turns."
On lap 82 Eddie
Mac rode Patrick Laperle's bumper and finally passed the
Canadian driver on lap 93 then set his sights on Sweet saying,
"Patrick was very tough as usual and it took a number of laps to
clear him and when I caught Nick I knew it would be a battle to
the end. It took ten laps to catch him and another five to pass
him. We were in lapped traffic and I was able to use one of the
cars as a pick to finally make the pass. My car was able to run
on the outside and that made all the difference. It was a
fantastic battle for the win."
Mass. driver made the pass on lap 107 then put a couple of
lapped cars between himself and Sweet to take the checkered flag
almost a second ahead for the impressive win. Eddie Mac and
Rollie (LaChance- crew chief) committed to run for the ACT
championship this season and the win put the team back in
contention after a couple of disappointing finishes with Eddie
Mac saying, "We definitely needed this win and now we have to go
and get more. It is never easy to win in this series with all
the great drivers and teams, so every win is special. It is our
goal to win the championship so this is a great start."
Rollie and I could not do this without the hard work of the crew
and the support of team owners Sheila and Freddie Peterson. This
is our first win with Exit Realty and Hancock Electric as our
primary sponsors and we are thankful to Derek Beatrice and Kenny
and Scott Thompson for their support. I have to give a special
shout-out to Jolene Drandson who does our social media and keeps
all our fans at home informed through our Grimm Racing Buddies
site. So many people tell me how much they enjoy Jolene's
reporting. We also thank HMS, Schroth Racing, and Stilo for the
support. It was great to have my father and Kelyn (Harrell)
there to share this."
The ACT Tour
returns to battle next Saturday, May 21, for a 100 lap event at
Waterford Speedbowl in the first leg of the Southern New England
Sunday, May 8th
Eighth Place Finish in ACT Race at Thunder Road
Eddie MacDonald battled a tight race car on Sunday, May 8 in the
18th Annual Merchants Bank 150 at Thunder Road in Barre, Vermont
to post an eighth place finish in the American Canadian tour's
race at the famed speedway. The event originally scheduled for
last weekend but postponed due to rain, was again delayed by
morning rain and blustery cold weather prevailed throughout the
"I don't really know what happened to the car during
the race," said Eddie Mac. "We were really happy with it in
practice and in the heat. Even during last Saturday's practice
here, we felt like the car was going good and we would have
solid shot at the win. I don't know if it was the cold or
something else but the car was tight right from the start of the
race and just didn't have any speed."
Eddie Mac drew the
sixth starting position in the second heat but actually started
second when cars in front of the Rowley, Mass. veteran dropped
out. The Exit Realty/Hancock Electric Chevy easily won the heat
earning a plus one rating forcing a 12th place start in the
feature with Eddie Mac saying, "We started on the outside and
there were a number of cars in front of us that just couldn't
run out there. I fell back in the pack and with the car not
handling, it just kept getting worse. It was a struggle during
the race to get the car going."
A caution on lap 49 gave
crew chief Rollie LaChance an opportunity to bring the Freddie
Peterson owned Chevy to the pits to try to free the car up.
Another caution on lap 54 found Eddie Mac in the pits again for
a little more tweaking. When Eddie Mac took the green flag, the
#17 restarted in the 23rd position with Eddie Mac saying, "After
we made the two adjustments, the car was better and I was able
to drive it to the top ten but we probably needed one more
adjustment to get it where we could compete for the win."
With 30 laps to go in the 150 lap event, Eddie Mac rode in
the 13th position and into ninth on lap 133. With 17 laps
remaining, Eddie Mac gained one more spot to post the eighth
place run saying, "The finish was a lot better than we ran. It
was a strange day because the car was so good in practice and
the heat but just changed once we started the race. It was just
one of those days you struggle at the track for every spot. The
crew did a great job considering how cold it was all during the
day. We sat around from nine o'clock before the rain stopped and
we finally unloaded around one-thirty, then it was a rush to get
everything done. Rollie and I appreciate all their hard work."
"We have such great support beginning with our team owners
Sheila and Freddie Peterson from Peterson Auto Body in Peabody,"
said Eddie Mac. "Derek Beatrice from Exit Realty Beatrice
Associates in Middleton is with us full time this year and we
really appreciate Exit's support. Of course, we are forever
grateful for Kenny and Scott Thompson from Hancock Electric
Motor Service in Quincy for their sponsorship over the last ten
years. Our K&N team owner Rob Grimm has been a huge supporter of
our Late Model efforts and we appreciate everything he has done.
Hopefully we can have a good, solid run at Airborne next week."
The team will have a short week to prepare for the Spring
Green 116 on Saturday, May 14 at Airborne Speedway in
POSTPONED TO SUNDAY,
Eighth Place Finish in ACT Governor's Cup at Lee
After posting the fastest time in practice on Saturday,
Eddie MacDonald hoped to repeat his 2014 win in this year's
American Canadian Tour Exit Realty Governor's Cup 150 at Lee USA
Speedway on Sunday. When the checkered flag waved Eddie Mac
crossed the stripe for a frustrating eighth place finish.
"We made an adjustment late Saturday that really helped us
in the short run but killed us in the long run," said the driver
of the Exit Realty/Hancock Electric Chevy. "The car was pretty
fast on Saturday and we thought the change would help the car in
the late stages of the race but it didn't turn out that way. It
was pretty frustrating knowing I didn't have the car to win it.
With all our family and friends here, it would have been great
to win it on our home track."
Eddie Mac posted a plus one
in his qualifying heat to start 13th in the 32 car field
scheduled to go 150 laps around the 3/8ths of a mile oval owned
and operated by Eddie's parents Judy and Red MacDonald who are
celebrating their thirtieth year operating the track. The
American Canadian Tour's Governor's Cup had to be rescheduled
from an earlier date due to weather concerns. When the green
flag finally dropped to open the Lee USA season, Eddie Mac was
comfortable riding the Freddie Peterson owned #17 near the
middle of the pack to conserve tires. ACT rules do not allow
teams to change tires unless damaged.
"It seemed like the
guys up front were really running hard so I was just riding and
taking care of the tires," said the Rowley, Mass. Veteran.
"Around lap 80, I decided to begin moving and managed to gain a
few spots passing on the outside but then the car just wasn't
responding like it did on Saturday. At that point everyone was
bunched up and there were a lot of lapped cars to pass and that
hurt. We were not going to win but I still tried to get as many
spots as possible. We are trying to run the full Act schedule so
every position is important in the point's race. We learned from
this and hopefully next week we will be better. We wanted a
better run at home and especially for all the Exit Realty fans
Derek Beatrice brought to the track."
Two late race
cautions on laps 140 and 141, only three for the race (lap 47),
bunched the field as Eddie Mac was able to gain two positions to
finish eighth when the checkered flag waved with "The Outlaw"
saying, "We had a much better car than it showed today but we
will take this finish and come back stronger. It is our
intention to race for the championship so hopefully this will be
our one "bad" race. Next week we are at Thunder Road so
hopefully we will be more competitive.
"I have to thank
Derek Beatrice from Exit Realty for his support," said Eddie
Mac. Exit Realty Beatrice Associates is sponsoring us this
season and sponsored the ACT race today. Of course, Hancock
Electric, Kenny and Scott Thompson, has sponsored us now for ten
years and we are extremely grateful for all their support.
Sheila and Freddie Peterson from Peterson Auto body in Peabody
are fantastic car owners and we thank them for everything. Chuck
Grimm, Steve Vasey, and Dave Jenkins even drove up from
Pennsylvania this morning to be at the race. Rob Grimm owns our
K&N team based in Waymart, Pa. and also helps us with our Late
Model, so it was great to have his father, Steve, and Dave with
us today. The crew did a great job and worked hard for two days
and Rollie and I greatly appreciate their hard work and
The American Canadian Tour will be back in
action next week at Thunder Road in Barre, Vermont for the
Merchant's Bank 150.
DAY - 4/24
PRACTICE - 4/23
Eddie Mac in the ACT
at Lee USA Speedway April 24
Eddie MacDonald will take the green flag at Lee USA Speedway,
his family-owned track, on Sunday, April 24 in the ACT Tour New Hampshire
Governor's Cup 150.
As the 2014 Governor's Cup winner, Eddie Mac would like nothing
better than to start the season off with a victory on the track
he honed his skills as a teenager.
"We are really looking
forward to this race and hope to win in front of all our
families and friends," said Eddie Mac. "My parent's, Judy and
Red, will be celebrating their 30th season owning and operating
Lee. It would be awesome to win this for them for everything
they have done for me. They haven't put any pressure on me to
win other than my father expecting me to win every race, but I
know it would mean a lot to them."
season's finale in the Fall Brawl at Speedway 51 the #17 Freddie
Peterson owned Hancock Electric/Exit Realty Chevy needed
extensive body repairs with Eddie and the crew spending a lot of
shop time getting the car back in shape with Eddie saying, "We
had to replace all the body panels, nerf bars and just about
everything else you could think of but it looks great and we
think it will be fast once we hit the track. The guys worked
hard getting everything done. Joe St. Jacques did a great job
with metal and tin and John Tiernan did his usual great job with
the paint and lettering. Rob Drandson took care of all the
welding. Herbie Wing and Dick Casey were the guys taking
everything apart and putting it all back together. Rollie and I
have been putting the final touches in for the set up so we are
ready to go."
A full field is expected to be on hand this
year when Tom Curley's ACT Tour takes the green flag for the
first of the thirteen scheduled races for the 2016 season. Eddie
Mac and crew chief Rollie LaChance will attempt to run as many
ACT races as possible to compete for the ACT championship with
Eddie saying, "Rollie and I talked about running for the
championship and we will run as many as we can as long as they
don't conflict with our K&N Pro Series East schedule. We will
run a limited K&N schedule but of course that is our main focus.
There are a few scheduling conflicts and one coming up soon. We
will race the K&N Pitlite 125 at Bristol Motor Speedway on
Saturday night April 16 then fly back Sunday morning April 17 to
run the afternoon ACT race at Oxford Plains Speedway. There are
a couple of other races we have to work out logistics. We will
be busy but it will be fun."
Of course none of this would
be possible without the help of the sponsors. Celebrating
another anniversary is the relationship with Kenny and Scott
Thompson from Hancock Electric Motor Service in Quincy, Mass
with Eddie saying, "This is the tenth year Hancock Electric has
sponsored our efforts. When we didn't know if we would get to
the next K&N race ten years ago, Kenny Thompson stepped up to
keep us racing for the season and I will be forever grateful.
After Rob Grimm bought our K&N team Kenny stuck with us and
sponsored our Late Model. Even after Kenny retired and his son
Scott took over the business, Hancock Electric is still on the
car. I can't thank them enough. They are and will always be a
member of our family."
Last year Exit Realty Beatrice
Associates located in Middleton and Somerville came aboard and
will again sponsor the car for the upcoming season with Eddie
Mac saying, "Last year we welcomed aboard Exit Realty and we
have a great relationship with Derek Beatrice and have had a lot
of fun with the Exit Realty family in a number of promotional
events last year. Derek is a terrific guy and we continue to
look forward to expanding our relationship."
The #17 will
again display the Grimm Construction logo on the hood of the car
as it does in the K&N series. Also on the car are the logos of
Stilo, HMS Motorsports, and Schroth Racing. Also, Bobby Wood is
a huge contributor to the Freddie and Sheila Peterson owned ride
from Peterson Automotive Inc. in Peabody, Mass.
action begins with a test and tune day scheduled for Saturday at
Lee with the action beginning on Sunday at noon with the ACT
car's Happy Hour practice. Qualifying and last chance qualifiers
will follow with the Governor's Cup 150 scheduled to take the
green flag at 4:00 pm.
ACT TOUR at LEE USA
on SUNDAY, APRIL 24th, 2016
Lee, NH - Lee USA Speedway is readying for the 2016 season
opener just two weeks from now on April 24, with the annual
running of the New Hampshire Governor's Cup 150 American
Canadian Tour (ACT) Late Model event. The traditional
season-opener will also feature the NEMST Mini Stocks and
Northeast Classic Lites doing battle at "New Hampshire's Center
Last year's running of the Governor's Cup
event saw longtime Lee USA regular and eventual 2015 ACT
champion Wayne Helliwell, Jr. of nearby Dover take down his
first career ACT win at Lee, with Maine racer Brad Babb and
hometown hero Eddie "The Outlaw" MacDonald of Rowley, MA
rounding out the podium.
and MacDonald cut their racing teeth on the fast 3/8th's mile
oval back in the 1990's, with feature wins and track
championships coming early and often in their careers. "Junior"
has taken home championship titles in the Late Model Sportsman,
Late Model, and Supermodified ranks over the years, with the
2015 Governor's Cup 150 win among his career highlights.
Likewise, Eddie Mac has picked up checkered flags in virtually
every division to ever hit the Lee high banks, dating back to
his early career as a weekly Hobby Stock competitor, right up
through the Late Model and Pro Stock ranks, where he was a
consistent threat to win whenever he hit the track.
MacDonald was the 2014 winner of the Governor's Cup, and is
expected to be on hand again this year. Eddie has also logged
hundreds of laps aboard PASS Super Late Models and NASCAR K&N
Series rides at the track he grew up at, owned by his parents
Judy and recently-elected NEAR Hall-of-Famer Red. The MacDonalds
are celebrating their 30th year of operating Lee USA this
The current iteration of ACT Late Models has been
in competition 13 times at "New Hampshire's Center of Speed" for
the season-opener, with 12 different winners adding their names
to the Governor's Cup during that time. The only two-time winner
was Brian Hoar, who grabbed the checkers in 2011-2012, but has
since retired from racing.
Drivers from all six New
England states and a couple of Canadian provinces typically make
up the starting field for the Governor's Cup 150, and this year
is expected to be no exception, with upwards of 30 entries
anticipated for the race.
In addition to the ACT Late
Models, the highly-successful Northeast Mini Stock Tour will be
contesting the first race of their 2016 points chase, with
defending race winner and 2015 series champion Toby Wells
looking to make it back-to-back wins.
Lee USA Speedway
2009 Roadrunner and 2014 Late Model Sportsman champion Niko
Maniatis of Hooksett is among those expected the challenge for
the NEMST win, coming off an impressive 2015 campaign that saw
him victorious when the tour contested the tough road course at
Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park in CT.
champ Jake Rheaume is another driver among the full field of
entries expected for the NEMST season-opener, and after a solid
fifth-place season in 2015 on the NEMST, his Lee USA experience
puts him among the favorites to take home the win.
Northeast Classic Lites will round out the program on opening
day, the first of six appearances for the 5/8th's scale racers
at Lee USA Speedway this season. Defending race winner
"Hollywood" Dave Helliwell is rumored to be moving up to the
EKeys4cars Supermodifieds for the 2016 campaign, leaving the
door open for any of the expected 20+ entries to find the
Lee USA will be swinging the gates open
for a test and tune session on Saturday, April 23, open to teams
from any track and/or division in advance of the season opener
the next day.
The test and tune session will be followed
by a full card of racing action on Sunday April 24, as New
Hampshire's Center of Speed opens up the northern New England
racing season with the annual Governor's Cup 150 for ACT Late
Models along with the North East Mini Stock Tour and Northeast
Classic Lites season openers.
For more information on
this or any other upcoming event at Lee USA, log on to our
www.leeusaspeedway.com, or find us on Facebook or Twitter.
BRISTOL - SATURDAY, APRIL 16TH
OPS - SUNDAY, APRIL
Back to Back Top Tens for Eddie
at Bristol and Oxford
Eddie MacDonald spent the weekend racing, literally,
after posting an impressive eighth place finish in the NASCAR
K&N Pro Series East Pittlite 125 at Bristol Motor Speedway on
Saturday night then flying into Boston on Sunday morning then
race to Oxford Plains Speedway to score a third place finish in
the ACT Tour's Oxford 100 later that afternoon.
was easy for the Grimm Racing team beginning Wednesday evening
when the lift gate on the hauler malfunctioned and unable to
close with the car loaded in the top. With the gate stuck eight
feet in the air, two ramp trucks and a construction forklift
were called into service to free the car. One ramp truck was
place on top of the other and supported by the forklift, the
Grimm Construction/Multiple Sclerosis Chevy was rolled from the
hauler on to the ramp truck and eventually lowered to the
ground. The car and the equipment were loaded into two car
trailers the following morning for the trek to Bristol.
"That was something you do not see every day," laughed Eddie
Mac. "We knew the weekend would be hectic making two races in
Tennessee then Maine in two days, so to start out like this was
definitely strange. Fortunately Rob (Grimm) knew the right
people to call to get the car down and those guys worked until
one in the morning. Then early the next morning Rob's guys
showed up to help us load the trailers for the trip. It was a
huge relief to get to the track that night without anything else
happening. Racing was easy after all that."
125 was Eddie Mac's first race in the K&N series this season
with the team running a partial five race schedule. The Rowley,
Mass. veteran driver has had great success on "The World's
Fastest Half-Mile" posting a win in 2013 and two top ten
finishes. The team struggled in practice and qualifying on
Friday night to find the speed and ended up in the 26th starting
position for the race on Saturday with Eddie Mac saying, "It was
strange because the car turned well in corners and was down
where we wanted it to be but we just didn't get the speed so our
time was off. We just have to figure this qualifying thing out."
Eddie Mac had his work cut out for him starting 26th in the
29 car field but as he usually does the #71 was glued to the
bottom while the rest of the field opted to run the high side.
By the second caution flag on lap 26, Eddie Mac was running in
the 17th position saving tires and passing where he could
without pushing the car too much. No tire changes were allowed
unless a tire was damaged so everyone had to find ways to
conserve. Eddie Mac continued to run the bottom and move up
through the field. After the break on lap72 the #71 restarted in
the 11th position with fifty laps to go and quickly grabbed
three spots to p.8 then to sixth with 25 laps to go.
18 to go Eddie got into another car in turn three costing him
three spots but was able to get back one to finish eighth
saying, "It is too bad I lost those two spots but it was a good
finish. The tires were just by the end. Starting as far back as
we did use up a lot of the tires, even though I tried to save as
much as possible. Running the bottom uses them up more but I had
to pass all the cars. We had a lot of fun and everyone did a
great job. Now we are off to Oxford. You have to love it!"
Eddie, Rollie, Rob, and Ryan started the trip from Boston to
Oxford Sunday morning hoping to make the last ACT practice to
get some laps on the #17 Exit Realty/Hancock Electric Chevy
after extensive repairs over the winter. With two Oxford 250
wins and multiple Oxford wins both Eddie Mac and Rollie
(LaChance) know what is needed to be successful and despite the
lack of practice they were able to run well in qualifying and
started 16th in the Oxford 100 after posting an even rating.
Eddie Mac moved steadily to the front and into p.11 by lap
40. With 50 laps to go, Eddie Mac began to power his way past
the early leaders and into p.5 by lap 70. From that point on,
lapped traffic made passing more difficult on the quarter mile,
flat oval. Eddie Mac rode in third place and engaged in a
door-to-door battle with the #28 for the remainder of the race.
Eddie finally passed the #28 on lap 94 for the second position
but a caution on the lap restarted him behind the #28. Lapped
traffic starting in front made passing impossible for the final
"We are happy with the finish but you always
want to do better," said Eddie Mac after the race. "Everyone was
sliding around at the end so it was really difficult to pass and
the lapped cars made it very tough. But that is racing and we
hope to have an even better finish next week at Lee USA Speedway
in the Governor's Cup. I have to thank all the people that
helped us this weekend to get everything set up for us here:
Bobby Wood, Tom Rice, Brian Neal, Kelyn Harrell, Jolene and Rob
Drandson, Ryan, Rachel and Laura LaChance, Freddie Peterson and
I am probably forgetting someone. Thanks to Exit Realty and
Derek Beatrice and Kenny and Scott Thompson from Hancock
Electric. We hope to see everyone at Lee next Sunday. It should
be a great show."
by Richard Casey
Sat. April 16, 2016
Eddie MacDonald Races in His NASCAR
K&N Pro Series East Season Opener at
Eddie MacDonald and the Grimm
Racing Team will open the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East season in
the 5th annual Pittlite 125 at Bristol Motor Speedway on
Saturday, April 16. Eddie Mac will pilot the Grimm
Construction/Multiple Sclerosis Chevy in the first of the five
race partial schedule the team will compete in this season.
Eddie Mac has achieved great success on
"The World's Fastest Half-Mile" posting a win in 2014, a seventh
in 2013, and an impressive sixth place finish after recovering
from a flat tire in last year's race with the Rowley, Mass.
veteran driver saying, "We love racing at Bristol and feel we
have a chance to win every time we come here. We had a great car
last year but got a flat (lap 49) to go a lap down but we came
all the way from the rear to post a sixth place finish. Rollie
(LaChance) has a great set up for Bristol so we hope we can run
up front and be there at the end."
Thirty cars are
entered in the highly competitive series comprised of many
Sprint Cup affiliated teams, yet the small team based in
Newburyport, Mass. continues to raise eyebrows despite competing
in a partial schedule. The #71 finished last season with a solid
second place finish at Dover International Speedway and hope to
carry that momentum this weekend. Along with Bristol and Dover
(Sept. 30), the Grimm Construction Chevy will race at Stafford
Motor Speedway (Ct.) on June 17, New Hampshire Motor Speedway on
July 16, and Iowa Speedway on July 29. Eddie Mac will also
compete in many, if not all of the scheduled American Canadian
The Pittlite 125 will take the green
flag on Saturday at 4:30 pm. after the completion of the Xfinity
race with practice and group qualifying taking place on Friday
beginning at 6:00 pm. with Eddie Mac saying, "It will be a
hectic two days for the crew to get everything in place. There
isn't much room left in the infield with the Xfinity and Cup in
there so it is really hard on the crew to get everything in
place and do the work on the car. It just shows how dedicated
our guys are and Rollie and I appreciate everything they do."
"Of course, none
of this would be possible without our team owner Rob Grimm (From
Waymart, Pa.)," says Eddie Mac. "Rob has been an incredible team
owner and we have become part of the Grimm family. He and his
wife Karla have given us everything we need to be competitive
and we thank them for that but, more importantly, they have
welcomed all of our team into their family. All of Grimm Nation
is very supportive and we have developed great friendships."
is the main sponsor for the team with Stilo, HMS Motorsports,
Schroth Racing, Waymart Building Center, Peterson Automotive,
and Kustom Vinyl also on board. The National Multiple Sclerosis
logo is displayed on the rear quarter panel with the New Path
Adventure logo on the rear of the car with Eddie Mac saying, "We
are so thankful for all the help and support we have received
through the years starting with Rob, Karla, and their family,
Grimm Nation, our sponsors and the many fans we have throughout
the country. We are ready and anxious to get our K&N season with
a great run at Bristol."
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News & Notes:
The Race: The PittLite125 at Bristol
Motor Speedway is the fourth race of the 2016 NASCAR K&N Pro
Series East season. It is the fourth of 10 oval track events and
14 races overall on the schedule. This will be the series� fifth
visit to the iconic high-banked Tennessee oval.
MacDonald to Make First
Start of 2016: NASCAR K&N Pro Series East veteran Eddie
MacDonald is set to make his first start of the 2016 season.
MacDonald has recorded seven wins, 35 top fives and 92 top 10s
in 187 series starts. One of his victories occurred at Bristol
New Qualifying Format to Take Place This
Weekend: The PittLite125 will feature a new qualifying procedure
this weekend. Instead of the traditional two-lap time trials,
group qualifying similar to road course procedures, will be
utilized. Each group will participate in a five-minute session
and the fastest single lap speed of each car will determine the
first 32 starting positions.
Eddie Will Race from Bristol
the ACT 100 on Sunday, April 17
The real race for Eddie MacDonald begins Sunday morning
in Bristol, Tennessee when the team will race to Charlotte
Airport in No. Carolina to catch a plane to Boston Mass. then
drive to Oxford Plains Speedway in Maine in time to run in the
ACT 100 later that afternoon. The beat the clock schedule is due
to Eddie Mac running in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race on
Saturday night at Bristol Motor Speedway.
"It will be a
crazy couple of days so we are hoping everything falls into
place so we can arrive at Oxford for the last practice," said
Eddie Mac. "We did a lot of work on the Hancock Electric/Exit
Realty Chevy so we hope to get some practice in to just check
things out. Rollie has a pretty good set up for Oxford but there
is always something that needs attention."
Beatrice Associates has signed on again this year and will
sponsor the #17 Ma. for the entire season with Eddie Mac saying,
"Having Exit Realty on board for the full season is a huge
benefit for our race team since we hope to try to compete in all
the ACT races. We look forward to working with Derek Beatrice
again this season. He helped us out last year in the ACT, K&N,
and Cup races and we really appreciate all Exit Realty has done
for us and will continue to do this season.
We will also
have Hancock Electric with us for the tenth year in a row. Kenny
and Scott Thompson have been an integral part of our Late Model
success and we are thrilled Hancock Electric will be with us
again this year. Freddie and Sheila Peterson are the car owners
and have been fantastic to us. Freddie lives and breathes racing
and gladly gives us anything Rollie and I need to make the car
go fast. I know he likes to stay in the background but Bobby
Wood supports our efforts in a quiet but big way. Stilo, HMS
Motorsports, and Schroth Racing will also be on board. Of course
our K&N team owner Rob Grimm is a huge factor in allowing us to
race the ACT series and we could not do this without his
blessing and support.
The ACT 100 is part of a
doubleheader along with the PASS 150 with a post time for heat
races to begin at 2:00 pm. It is a one day event with practice
beginning at 10:00 am.
New Smyrna Speedway
New Smyra Beach, FL
Mobile Sports Authority
Kevin Whitaker Chevrolet 150
Bristol Motor Speedway
Virginia International Raceway
Stafford Motor Speedway
Stafford Springs, CT
Columbus Motor Speedway
New Hampshire Motor Speedway
Granite State 70
Casey's General Store 150
Watkins Glen International
Watkins Glen, NY
NKNPS East Greenville
Dover International Speedway
NASCAR and K&N Announce Extension
Entitlement Sponsorship Extended Through 2021
- 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
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."
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
"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.
has announced a seven-year extension of its entitlement
agreement with Camping World, sponsor of the national Truck
"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
"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."
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
"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."
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The Grimm family and members of Grimm Nation
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
"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
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
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.
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.
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.