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Adirondack International Speedway
Beaver Falls, NY -
.500 Mile
The Edge Hotel 150
presented by
Casella Waste Systems
August 1st, 2009

MACDONALD FINISHES TENTH AT ADIRONDACK
Eddie MacDonald scored his first ever Camping World Series East pole for the Edge Hotel 150 at Adirondack International Speedway with a time of 16.739 sec. (107.533mph). The Grimm Construction Chevy led the field with 101 laps but the handling went away late in the race causing MacDonald to slide back to tenth.

“ It was so great to win the Coors Light Pole Award. We have been on the outside pole a number of times but this was my first in the Camping World East. I really thought we had a good chance to win this thing but the right front tire was just used up at the end. When I turned it in the corner, it just wanted to go straight.”

When the green flag waved, MacDonald was able to establish a four-car length lead was not seriously challenged according to the driver, “I didn’t have anybody pushing me but we started off tighter than we should have been and that started using up the right front tire. I was just riding around out there. When we got to a hundred laps I thought we could run the last fifty the same way but it gave out at the end. It would have been nice to win it from the pole but it just didn’t happen.”

Matt Kobyluck’s #40 took the lead from MacDonald on lap 51 but the #71 was able to re-take the top spot eleven laps later. By lap 96, MacDonald and Jody Lavender were pulling away from the field with the #88 taking first on lap 112 with MacDonald saying, “At that point we were really starting to slide in the turns. Later on when I started racing the #00 for second it felt like I was on ice. At that point I just started going backwards. It’s one of those things that happen. We were hoping for the win so it was disappointing to end up tenth.”

The team will now prepare for the road course race at Lime Rock Park on August 15 and MacDonald feels confident the team can improve from third in the points with a solid run saying, “We had a pretty good car but the engine let go but we had a decent run in the back-up car. Hopefully we will definitely have a much better run this year and try to improve our position in the points.”

OFFICIAL RUNDOWN: 1. PARK, 2. TRUEX, 3. LAVENDER, 4. HERNANDEZ, 5. KOBYLUCK, 6. TARDIFF, 7. DILLON, 8. MOFFITT, 9. SALEMI, 10. MACDONALD, 11. DELANEY, 12. SMITH, 13. CLOCE, 14. DUFF, 15. HOLEHOUSE, 16. GRESHAM, 17. KURZEJEWSKI, 18. ARTHUR, 19. BOULEY, 20. KENNEDY, 21. PECK 

QUALIFYING: MacDonald Collects First Series Career Pole Award

Championship hunt heats up
by Jason Christley, NASCAR - August 1, 2009 - 4:30pm

BEAVER FALLS, N.Y. – In the middle of the championship hunt, Eddie MacDonald put himself in perfect position at the start of The Edge Hotel 150 presented Casella Waste Systems.

MacDonald, making his 118th career start, earned his first Coors Light Pole Award. MacDonald was the first driver out in qualifying and put down a lap of 16.739 seconds around the half-mile asphalt oval.

MacDonald enters the event nine points behind rookie Ryan Truex in the points standings with four races remaining. Truex will start 10th.

Rookie Brett Moffitt qualified second at 16.806 seconds (107.105 mph). Matt Kobyluck, who has won at Adirondack three times including last year, qualified third at 16.823 (106.996). Ryan Duff and Dustin Delaney rounded out the top five.

Alex Kennedy, who was fastest in practice, qualified sixth.

Statistical Advance: Analyzing The Edge Hotel 150 at Adirondack


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