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2008 CW East Race 11

New Hampshire Motor Speedway
Loudon, NH - 1.058 mile
Saturday, September 13th

EDDIE WINS AGAIN!
Passing Steve Park with two to go! Matt Kobyluck is 3rd!

Photos by
Jamie Williams
EDDIE COMPLETES SWEEP OF HELUVA GOOD SERIES AT NHMS
Eddie won the Heluva Good Fall 125 after a one-day rain delay at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on a last lap pass to clinch both races at the “Magic Mile” this season. As in the June race, the NEMO/Grimm sponsored Chevy was the dominant car from the green flag in the NASCAR Camping World Series East event.

Eddie started third after qualifying Thursday with a time of 30.190 seconds (126.161 mph) and wasted little time to take the lead on the first lap on the Friday morning start. A planned early pit stop for gas on a lap 18-caution gave up the lead but the Rowley, Mass. driver surged to regain the top spot on lap 38.

“This win is huge for us and the reason is the car was so good right away. After our practice session we were ninth fastest but crew chief Rollie LaChance made the right changes and we qualified well,” said a very pleased driver in Victory Lane. “The car was so fast and handled great in the turns, I was able to work my way back through the field.”

Eddie easily maintained a three to four car length lead on the #1 car with the #55 closing then eventually taking the lead on lap 77. Slipping back to third, Eddie got his wish on caution lap 91.

“I was worried because halfway through, I started getting real tight, then I lost the lead to Leighton. I was hoping Rollie was going to call me in for tires and fuel, When he did, I was worried then because we were a good ways back with not many laps to go. It was a little tight at the end but it really helped us run on the outside. Then it got really good the last ten laps and I could get on the throttle and get a good run down the straight. I was able to pick the cars off one at a time. If we didn’t take tires we were probably a third place car. The tires made all the difference”

On lap 97 Eddie ran fifteenth and by lap 113 moved into fifth place. With seven laps to go the #44 hit the wall, the #55 ran out of gas, and the #4 went to the pits leaving Eddie to chase down the #35 of Steve Park for the win. With the white flag waving, Eddie powered by the #35 to take the checkers for the second win at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

A jubilant driver said afterwards, “This win is just as good as the first one here in June. The first one was awesome because it was our first here and then to come back and do it again means a whole lot to this team. It has really helped us in the points because we had a couple of bad runs with blown engines. Today, everything worked in our favor. Hopefully we can go to Dover next weekend and do it again.”

A smiling Rollie said in Victory Lane, “I was really happy with the car right off the bat. We peaked again to early and I was praying for a caution earlier because I wanted to take tires on. We were just trying to peak again but the tires weren’t the greatest so Eddie had to make up the difference and he did.”

Rob Grimm, owner of Grimm Construction Racing team said of the win, “Unbelievable! It really is to win two in a row at Loudon. This is our biggest event and to win it twice is huge. Rollie called the shots taking tires at the right time and Eddie gets up on the wheel and gets the job done. You can’t ask for anything better than to get it on the last lap and the fans got a good show. We have had a couple of tough weeks so we are looking forward to Dover and Stafford. They have been good tracks for us.”

New England Mechanical Overlay sponsor Ron Bennett shared his feelings saying, “Huge, huge, absolutely huge, I am very happy for Eddie, his family, and the crew. I don’t even know what to say. I am very happy. To do it on the last lap was incredible. He looked good early then went back a little but he did it.”

Eddie summarized the win saying, “ None of this would be possible without Rob Grimm, Ron Bennett, Dirlam Lumber Co., Waymart Building Center, R.B. Fries, my crew, and all the other people who have stepped us to help this team win. This victory is a result of all their support.”

The team pocketed $5,000 for winning the Air Gas fund for the driver with the highest point total for both Camping World Series East races at NHMS. Eddie holds the distinction of winning the first-ever race at the renamed New Hampshire Motor Speedway in June and now adds to the honor as the only successive two-time winner on the Magic Mile.

The Camping World Happy Camper award also went to Eddie, along with the Featherlite Most Improved Driver award for gaining the most positions from the Mansfield race where he finished 21st.

The win at NHMS gave Eddie 190 points, plus ten bonus points to move the team to seventh in the points from eleventh. The NEMO/Grimm Chevy also lead the most laps with sixty of the 125 laps. Eddie, Rollie, and the team won the race with driving and strategy. One New Hampshire paper called the win luck but this win was earned. Eddie started out fast, pitted for fuel on lap 19, pitted twice for fuel and right side tires on lap 91. Eddie had to restart the race in the fifteenth position with only 28 laps to go. Other front-runners chose not to pit for fuel and/or tires and the gamble did not pay off. Even with tires that were not great, Eddie drove inside and outside skillfully to get to the front. The race was won with fantastic driving and excellent pit strategy.

The team now moves on to Dover and the series finale at Stafford that have been good tracks with solid finishes. The team will participate in the prestigious Toyota All Star Challenge in Irwindale, California in January.

EDDIE THIRD IN TIME TRIALS with a strong 30.190 @ 126.151 mph
Pole for Peyton Sellers with a 30.124, 2nd to Steve Park with a 30.177.
Rain on Friday afternoon moves the race to Saturday morning at 10:00 AM.
Photos by
NormMarx.com
 

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