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The New England 125
Friday, June 25th

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MACDONALD REBOUNDS for 10th PLACE RUN at NHMS

Eddie MacDonald came from 21st on the starting grid in the K&N Pro Series East New Hampshire 125 at NHMS to post a solid tenth place finish. The New England Mechanical Overlay sponsored Chevy did not have the typical qualifying run MacDonald and the Grimm Construction Racing Team has come to expect but the Rowley, Mass. veteran knew he had a fast car.

“We will be just fine for the race, “said MacDonald after the run. “The car is fast but the nose just wouldn’t drop down but I know it will be good. We know how to get around this place and we will be ready to make any adjustments if necessary. We just have to be careful to avoid anything that happens but we are not going to be patient and sit back. We are going to go.”

MacDonald wasted little time charging to the front and by lap five the #71 was in the 13th position and took the ninth spot just as the caution flag on lap 17 waved putting him back in 11th. MacDonald picked up two positions on the restart but could not get around the #35 that was blocking all over the track and remained there until pitting on lap 83 for tires and fuel.  Restarting in 12th, MacDonald moved into seventh on lap 103 and briefly held the sixth position as the caution flag waved again on lap 107.

“I had a good run going with only about 15 laps to go but we ended up three wide in turn four and I was down on the bottom of the track and there isn’t any grip down there. I thought I was definitely going around on that one but I got it straightened out but I lost three positions. Again we were three wide with about six laps to go and I just slid up the track losing the three spots I had gained back. I was just trying too hard to make something happen but there were not enough laps left to make up the lost positions this time. We definitely had a better car than 10th but we will take it and go to Lime Rock next week. Last year we finished second so I am hoping we can repeat that performance.”

The K&N Pro Series East and the Whelen Modified Tour will both be in action on the road course of Lime Rock Park. Practice and Qualifying will take place on Friday with both races on Saturday, July 3.

10th Place Finish for Eddie - Results Page HERE
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Eddie qualifies in 21st on Thursday - Starting Grid HERE
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Photos by Chris Roy

NEW HAMPSHIRE MOTOR SPEEDWAY IS
HOME SWEET HOME FOR EDDIE MACDONALD

Eddie MacDonald has enjoyed great success at the “Magic Mile” with three victories in the last four K&N Pro Series East races and hopes the streak continues in the New England 125 on Friday, June 25. The Grimm Construction Chevy started on the pole and on the outside of the first row during that stretch.

“We love racing at Loudon and have had super runs there,” said MacDonald from his Newbury, Mass. shop. I always felt we could win there and now that we have, we want to keep it going. This is our “home” track so the team wants to do well in front of our fans. We travel so much now, it is really a lot of fun to see and be with all the people who have supported us through the years.”
The veteran driver from Rowley, Mass. knows it will be no small task to repeat but is confident another trip to victory lane is possible saying, “The level of competition in our series is really tough but we know we have the car to be competitive for the win. Rollie has this place figured out with the set-up so we just have to qualify up front, stay out of trouble, and we will be there at the end. The crew is excited to race at NHMS and they have been working really hard getting everything ready.”

MacDonald expects positive things this week after some disappointing runs,” We need to turn things around especially after our run at Martinsville that knocked us to twelfth in the points. We hope to dig ourselves out of the hole we are in and this is just the place to do it. We know we can win after getting three out of four there, but we will have to be on top of our game. Hopefully the car will be as fast as it was at Martinsville. It was flying before the flat tire and the broken sway bar. Things have been a little frustrating so far but a good, solid finish at Loudon will certainly help.“

A long time sponsor will be back on the hood with MacDonald saying, “I am glad to have NEMO- New England Mechanical Overlay from Pembroke, N.H., back as our primary sponsor this weekend. Owners Ron and Becky Bennett have been great supporters of ours for a long time now. NEMO was on the car for our NHMS wins, as well as our ACT Invitational win there last year, and we are happy to have them with us again. Our team has a lot of people to thank from team owner Rob Grimm to all our other sponsors including: A&B Vending, HMS Motorsports, Waymart Building Center, R.B. Fries of Waymart, and Hanover Place. We also have the great support of Racing with Jesus. We could not do any of this without the support of these people and we would like to thank them with a win.”

The New England 125 will take the green flag on Friday, June 25 at 5:00pm. Practice and qualifying are scheduled for Thursday.


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