Phoenix International Raceway
Saturday, November 13th

EDDIE 24th after a LAP 107 FIVE CAR WRECK
Eddie MacDonald finished 24th in the 3 Amigos Tequila 125 at Phoenix International Raceway while participating in the final race for the K & N Pro Series West. The Grimm Construction Chevy was running in the eighth position when taken out with a hard crash into the turn one wall.

The race was marred with 11 caution flags for 49 laps including three red flags in the 125 lap event on the mile oval. MacDonald was involved in the ninth caution on lap 107 when the #2 car of Daryl Harr tried to make in three wide in turn one with a bonzi move below the yellow line. The west driver lost it and slid into MacDonald sending both cars up into the

MacDonald was okay but said, "That was two hard hits. I don't know what the #2 car was thinking. You can't run three wide in that turn. The car is junk now. It is just a shame because we qualified good and wanted to have a solid finish. We didn't have anything for the leaders but we were in position for a top ten and possibly a top five but it was not to be." MacDonald ran a qualifying lap of 27.906 sec. (129 mph) that was good enough to start fifth in the 40-car field. When the green flag waved MacDonald took
the fourth spot but it didn't take long for the first caution flag to fly on the second lap. After racing resumed the yellow flags flew regularly with MacDonald saying, "It was really hard to get any kind of rhythm going with all the flags. We were bouncing a bit and the car was free of but the green flag run were not long enough to get the car settled in."

MacDonald ran in the top eight until pitting for tires on caution lap 63 then began making his way back up through the pack. The Rowley, Mass. driver managed to miss a couple of wrecks but was tagged in the right rear and spun on lap 70. The crew repaired the damage and MacDonald restarted in the 25th position. By lap 87 Eddie Mac was 13th and moving to the front. On lap 101
MacDonald was eighth and poised to make a run for a top five finish but his night ended in turn one on lap 107.

"It was getting crazy out there with the laps winding down and I had to back out a couple of times with guys pinching me. We were running three wide a couple of times and you knew something was going to happen and unfortunately it happened to us. It is a shame to come all this way and the only thing to show for it is a wrecked racecar. We had fun up to that point. This track is
a lot of fun to drive and it is not anywhere near as similar to Loudon as we thought. The dogleg on the back stretch makes it totally different that anything we ever raced on. I just want to thank Rollie, the crew, and team owner Rob Grimm for all the hard work and support, as well as, all our sponsors and fans."
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Greg Pursley wins his third Coors Light Pole Award of the season and the fifth of his NASCAR K&N Pro Series West career. Tom Dyer qualified second, followed by David Mayhew, Dusty Davis and Eddie MacDonald. Justin Johnson, Michael Waltrip, Stan Silva, Brennan Newberry and Ty Dillon round out the top 10. Eric Holmes qualified 13th and will clinch his third championship by starting Saturday's race.  Full Qualfying Results
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Eddie MacDonald and the Grimm Racing Team will travel west this week to compete in the season finale for the K & N Pro Series West at Phoenix International Raceway. The 3 Amigos Tequila 125 will be held on Saturday, November 13th as a prelim to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Chase race to be run on Sunday.

“We have wanted to run out there for some time and the entire team is really pleased to be going out there to compete with the west guys,” said MacDonald. “It will be a lot of fun to be part of another Chase weekend and we hope to have a good finish. The west guys definitely have an advantage at Phoenix since they run there twice a year but the track is similar in some ways to Loudon in length and banking, so hopefully we will have the right set up there. I know Rollie and the crew are excited about racing there and putting on a good show. ”

The final will be the twelfth race of the season for the K & N Pro Series West as Eric Holmes has dominated with five wins in eleven races and will certainly present a challenge to MacDonald and the rest of the field. “Eric is having an awesome year and has had great success at Phoenix over the years but there are also a lot of other guys who can get it done. We have seen how well David Mayhew runs and Paulie Harraka has had a great season. We have run with most of those guys at Iowa and Irwindale so we know what to expect. They are every bit as competitive as the guys in the East series.”

MacDonald and crew chief Rollie LaChance would like nothing better than to steal the win out there with Eddie Mac saying, “We finished fifth in the points race this year and we did not have a win so the season was a little disappointing. It would be great to take the win out there to finish the season off strong. Everyone on the team is happy to be racing out in Phoenix but we are not just going for the fun of it, we are going there to win.”

Practice and qualifying for the 3 Amigos Tequila 125 on the mile oval will be held on Thursday then have Friday off before competing on Saturday.
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