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The American Revolution 150

2008 CW East Race 2

Greenville-Pikens Speedway
Greenville, SC - .500 mile
Saturday, April 19th

MACDONALD FINISHES FIFTH AT GREEVILLE-PICKENS

Eddie started 28th on an owner provisional & fought his way thru the pack
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Eddie came from the back of the pack to score a solid fifth place finish in the An American Revolution 150 at the famed half-mile track. Starting 28th in the 30-car field, Eddie stayed out of trouble to move the Grimm Construction Chevrolet to a very respectable top five finish in the Camping World East Series opener.

“We were just terrible in practice. The car was just sliding all over the place. The crew went to work and changed a number of things for qualifying. Usually Rollie dials it in but this time it just didn’t work out,” said the frustrated driver after his run.

After running 26th in practice the Grimm Chevy did pick up three tenths of a second but fell short of qualifying for the race. The team made it to the feature on an owner’s provisional, starting near the tail.

“Because it was an impound race, we did not have a chance to adjust anything on the car. All we could do was to get out there, steer clear of any crashes and move up when we had the chance. I knew if we could miss the wrecks that usually happen in the back, then I could start picking them off one at a time and that’s what happened,” said Eddie of the only strategy available to the team.

As the race progressed MacDonald was able to move through the field saying, “It seemed like a lot of cars were loosing the grip but our car stayed the same. We really didn’t loose anything until the end. This is the same car we brought here two years ago and we had the same set –up in it so we knew, or hoped we knew, that it would be good in the late stages of the race. Rollie just has that knack of doing it right so we are there at the end.”

By the lap 128 restart, Eddie was running solidly in the fifth spot but knew he had nothing left for the leaders saying, “The car started getting loose at the end. I knew we had a solid fifth place finish but not enough to challenge for the lead. We are very happy for our top five run and hope to get even better at our next race in Iowa. I want to thank my sponsor Rob Grimm, my team, and all the other people for giving us the opportunity to run the full schedule. We feel this will be the first of a number of top five’s.”

 

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