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The Mansfield 150

2008 CW East Race 10

Mansfield Motorsports Park
Mansfield, OH - .500 mile
Saturday, August 23rd

LOOSE CAP RUINS EDDIE’S RUN AT MANSFIELD - 21st

Eddie’s race in the NASCAR Camping World Series East at Mansfield Motorsports Park all but ended early when a loose radiator cap forced him to the pits on lap two for repairs. Another pit stop on lap 27 for more water put the Grimm Construction Chevy three laps down leading to a 21st finish.

A frustrated Eddie said after the race, “ It was a terrible way to start the race. Coming in twice to get the car full really cost us because this is a difficult track to make up laps, especially three laps. We were forced to drive around, stay out of trouble, and hope for the lucky dog. We didn’t get one until late in the race so there wasn’t much we could do.”

The first of the lucky dogs did not come until lap 120 in the Mansfield 150 with the second coming six laps later leaving Eddie one lap down. The Rowley, Mass. driver could not get another pass to put him on the lead lap and the finish was disappointing for the team.

“We had the car set up to be there at the end of the race but with us being three laps down it took too long for us to be eligible for the lucky dog. We needed to get back on the lead lap with about thirty to go but that didn’t happen so we just wanted to stay out there to get as many points as we could,” said Eddie before continuing. “All we can do is learn from this and move on. I’m really disappointed for everyone right now. We had a much better car than we showed tonight. Even qualifying 18th was not that bad because we knew we would be there at the end competing for a top five finish, but unfortunately we never got the chance.”

Team owner Rob Grimm was philosophical after the race saying, “This was a tough one tonight but we brought the car home in good shape and we will be ready to defend at Loudon and run well for the rest of the season.”

The Grimm Construction Chevy won the Camping World Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in June and would like nothing better than to complete the sweep on September 12th.

Eddie summed up his plans for the rest of the season saying, “I am excited about Loudon and Dover as well as Stafford. We won at Loudon in the June race and we usually run well at Dover so hopefully we can turn things around and get back on track to close out the season with some top five runs. I hope to see all our fans at New Hampshire and give them something to cheer about.”
 

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