Watkins Glen International
Watkins Glen, NY

Road Course

Eddie Pleased with 7th Place Finish at Watkins Glen
Eddie MacDonald’s seventh place finish in the NASCAR Camping World Series East Tioga Downs Casino 125 at Watkins Glen International satisfied the veteran driver on a track that has produced mixed results over the last two outings.

“ We ran great there two years ago but last year we blew a motor early. At both road courses last year we broke the engine so this was a good finish for us. The car was good and we finished with it in one piece and that is always a good thing. You always want to finish better but this is what we had and I am happy with the run we had. We didn’t have any issues with the car or with anyone on the track. It was a lot of fun out there and to have a top ten finish on that track is satisfying.”

The Grimm Construction Chevy qualified 11th on the starting grid and was able to move up through the pack after the green flag waved and into second place in the first third of the race with MacDonald saying, “We decided on an early pit strategy and that gave us an opportunity to run up front. The car was really handling well and the engine was very strong. After the problems we had last year and with the number of engines that blew up this year you always worry but fortunately, we didn’t have any issues. Anytime you can run this track and be able to say that, it is a good thing. We’ve had our share of problems the last two races, so to go the whole way without a hiccup is really great. The guys did a great job preparing the car.”

MacDonald is currently fourth in the points and feels the remaining races on the schedule are on tracks that have produced positive results. Next up is the Friday, June 25th race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway; a track that produced both wins last year for the Grimm Racing Team. The June and September wins opened a lot of eyes in the racing community but it was something both MacDonald and crew chief Rollie LaChance knew was very possible.

“ Both Rollie and I knew that we could run there and win. We just needed a little luck. We always were fast there but something stupid always seemed to happen to put us out. Winning the first race there was a dream come true. It proved that all our hard work and preparation paid off. Winning the second one proved to everyone else that the first one was not a fluke. We are really looking forward to going back there as defending champs and do it again. We know it won’t be easy but neither was last year and look what happened.”

MacDonald is pleased to point out that NEMO (New England Mechanical Overlay of Pembroke, N.H.) will again be the primary sponsor at NHMS, as it was last year saying, “ Becky and Ron Bennett have been with us right along so it would be really great to give them another win in our biggest race of the season. Our goal is to contend for the championship so a solid run at Loudon will gives us a lot of momentum for the second half of the season.”

Watkins Glen International Data
Race Date: 6/6/09
East Race: #5 of 11 | ENTRY LIST
Track Layout: 2.45-mile, 11-turn paved road course
Race Length: 51 laps/125 miles
• The Glen held its first NASCAR Camping World Series East race in 1993.
• Road course racing began in 1948 in Watkins Glen, N.Y. … The current permanent facility opened in 1956 and the first professional race at the new track was a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event in 1957.

Eddie MacDonald Highlights (No. 71 Chevrolet)

• Has five wins and 42 top 10s in 114 career NCWSE starts.
• Is currently third in the standings with three top 10s in four starts.
Has completed 663 of 665 laps so far this year, the most among all drivers.
• Suffered a blown engine at WGI last year and finished 27th.
• Best career road course finish was a third at WGI in 2003.

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