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THE GRIMM RACING CREW

ROB GRIMM
Waymart, PA - Team Owner


Rob is in his fourth full year as owner of the #71 Grimm Racing team. A decision to purchase a then Busch car was made four and a half years ago after Rob had been involved with working on dirt cars and sponsoring racecars for many years. Rob had always enjoyed the old Busch North Series and decided to purchase a car owned by Eddie MacDonald and crew chief Rollie Lachance. After speaking with a number of racing people, Rob decided to keep the team intact and has enjoyed the growth and the success the team has experienced, culminating with three wins at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Rob believes the second win at NHMS showed everyone the first win was not a fluke in 2008 and to come back strong to win the third race at NHMS in 2009 says a lot about the depth and dedication of the team. Rob looks at this volunteer team as another family that strives to do better each race. Rob’s goals for the team are to run consistently, keep adding to the equipment, and making a long-term commitment to the success of the team. Rob has been in the construction business for over 25 years, currently owning and operating Grimm Construction. He is married to Karla and is the proud father of seven children: Megan with husband Ryne and son Caleb, Victoria, Dylan, Grace, Kelli, David, and Noel.

 

ROLLIE LACHANCE

New Gloucester, ME - Crew Chief

 

Rollie’s racing roots began on the small bullrings in Maine and drag strips at the age of five. Rollie’s friend from his hometown of Auburn got him involved in 1990 as a crewmember for Tracy Gordon, who was running the old ACT Tour. One of Rollie’s greatest memories is the win at Thunder Road International Speedbowl in Vermont, as a crew chief for Tracy that was televised nationally. Rollie participated in many Pro Stock races at his home track, Oxford Plains Speedway. One of his enjoyments when not racing on the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East is “fooling around” with the Late Model both he and Eddie own on the ACT Tour circuit, especially at Oxford. Rollie and Eddie are two time winners of the prestigious Oxford 250. All of his wins are special beginning in the Busch Series in 1997 and considers the first win at Loudon very special “because it’s Loudon.” The goal for the team is to win the championship and Rollie feels this can be accomplished, if they keep putting good cars on the track and compete in the top five each race. He is married to Laura and have two children named Rachael and Ryan.

JOE ST. JACQUES

Rowley, MA - Body Metal Work

 

Joe has been with Eddie for eight years since the day he was shopping at the local grocery store and ran into John Tiernan, who asked him to stop by the race shop to help out with some metal work. At the time Joe was a tin knocker and duct-work specialist for Amanti Plumbing and Heating located in Amesbury, Mass. Joe has been with the team since and feels the greatest pride when he can build something better than anyone else. The realization of all the team’s hard work naturally came with the wins at Loudon, but Joe’s favorite win was the one at Beech Ridge “because it was the first.” Joe feels the team is getting better, needs some improvement, and likes their chance to win a championship. Ask Joe and he will proudly show you a picture of his grandson and recalls the best time he has had with racing was going to the track with his two girls Theresa and Stephanie.

JOHN “JT” TIERNAN

Rowley, MA - Body and Paint Man

 

JT has been involved with racing for 50 years, including Supermodifieds, Funny Cars, and Jet Cars before settling in on a career with full-bodied racecars. JT has been painting and repairing Eddie’s cars since Eddie’s teenage years running at Lee USA Speedway. JT owns and operates Hanover Place, a body shop that specializes in restoration of classic cars. JT is particularly proud of his three year in a row New England Dragster Championships at New England Dragway “back in the day.” JT has worked with Jet car driver Al Hanna, Donny McTavish, ISMA’s Chris Perley, and Jamie Aube, just to name a few. He cites the back-to-back wins in the K&N Pro Series East at Loudon with Grimm Racing as his most satisfying. When not involved with racing and meticulously restoring cars, JT enjoys spending time with his daughter.

SHAUN MORAN

Bradford, MA - Gasman

 

Shaun is a forklift mechanic at Crown Lift Trucks in Woburn, Mass. and has been a member of Eddie MacDonald race teams for 7 years. Previously, Shaun was a mechanic for a GM dealership for twenty years. Shaun started in the Busch North series working on Mark Durgin's Race team in the 2002 season. In 2003 he was a crew member for Jamie Aube's race team. He enjoys working with “a great bunch of guys”. Shaun has been married to Lori for ten years, and they just welcomed a baby daughter, Shannon Marie, in the off-season of 2011.

DAVID “LOGGER” RICKER

Hinsdale, NH - Tire Specialist

 

Logger has been with the team as the tire guy and spotter for Eddie on race day. During the week he is a sawmill maintenance mechanic for a Vermont company. Logger began working on Pro Stock racecars over 20 years ago before moving into the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East. He has worked for Andy Santerre’s ASM Motorsports doing the tires for Jeffrey Earnhart and spotting for Sean Caisse. His greatest thrill working with the Grimm team was the two NHMS wins, especially the second because “it proved the first one wasn’t a fluke and it dotted the ‘I’.” Logger has fun on the team that is made up of volunteers saying they are a great group of guys. Logger is married to Jennifer and is very busy in kid’s sports with his two daughters Kaitlyn and Emily.

KENNY GROOMS

Merrimack, NH - Crewmember

 

Kenny signed on with Eddie, after working with Jamie Aube for three years. He is the guy on the team that makes everyone’s life a lot easier. Kenny makes sure the hauler, pit box, radios, water, shocks and springs and whatever else is needed for race day is at the ready. At the shop, he is often sweeping, cleaning the car, chasing, cleaning, and putting away tools. Kenny knows this allows the rest of the team time to focus on working on the car. At an early age, he and a few neighborhood buddies worked on a dragster and that experience gave him the racing bug. Kenny got into the then Busch series after volunteering to sweep the floors and take cars apart after a race at Aube’s garage in Manchester, N.H. Kenny is respected on the Grimm team as the guy who will do anything asked of him and enjoy every bit of it. His favorite racing memory is standing on pit lane for the pre-race activities at NHMS thinking, “Wow, this is fun. How many people in the stands would like to be in my position?” Kenny is the manager of Nashua Wallpaper, the company he started in as a stock boy over 30 years ago. Debbie is his wife and the two have three grown children and three grandkids.

ROB DRANDSON

Sandown, NH - Welder/Fabricator

 

Rob got the racing bug after attending the Thompson Icebreaker in 1984 and had been a fan ever since. Rob joined the Grimm Racing team in 2008 and enjoys his membership as part of the crew. Rob continues to work in the Media Center at Loudon on Cup weekend (when the Grimm team is not racing) and will continue to do so this year. He sees his transformation from fan to track worker to crewmember as an opportunity to experience racing from all sides. Traveling to new tracks is part of the fun and he looks forward to visiting the new tracks on the schedule. Rob is a welder at Bartley Machine in Amesbury, Mass. and is married to Jolene for twelve years. They share their home with their dog Shelby.

TALON PACKER

Amesbury, MA - Tire Carrier

 

Talon joined the Grimm team, coming over from three years with Mike Johnson’s team. Talon gets to experience a little bit of everything beside his job as tire carrier on race day. Talon began his involvement in racing by attending NASCAR’S Technical Institute while living in Mooresville, N.C. During that time he worked for a Drift Team before heading home. Talon says there is nothing like working in this series and there is so much to like, especially seeing the finished product run up front. He enjoys working on the set-up of the car and watch it go out and go fast. Talon likes the series because it gives him the opportunity to work at his full-time job as a technician at Smith Motor Sales in Haverhill, Mass. while working on a NASCAR Touring series team. He feels it gives him the best of both worlds.

DAVE BIGLIN

Honesdale, PA - Hauler Driver

 

Dave works as construction foreman for Grimm Construction and has done so for the past thirteen years. Dave drove a truck early in his career until giving up the road in 1992 for a hammer. Besides driving the hauler, Dave also works in the Waymart racing shop doing whatever is asked of him. With no racing experience, except for being a Cup fan, Dave enjoys everything and is excited about it all. Starting at the ground level has given him an appreciation for all that is involved in racing. Dave’s attitude is to “go with the flow and try to stay out of the way.” He enjoys going to the different tracks, learning something different, and watching Eddie and the team do well. Dave has three daughters, one son, a grand-daughter and two grandsons.

BILLY JENKINS

Waymart, PA - Jackman

 

Billy is a mechanic for Grimm Construction and is responsible to help prepare the cars when they are at the shop in Waymart. Billy began his involvement with the team in 2007. Billy brings with him a wealth of racing experience that dates back to his first Go Cart racing at age eight. He then moved up to dirt modifieds at age sixteen, racing alongside his father. Billy says his whole life has been involved in racing and enjoys the atmosphere of working on a race team. He is also proud to serve as a volunteer fireman for the Waymart Fire Company.

 

HERBIE WING

Rowley, MA - Shop Steward

 

Herbie is at the shop nearly every day doing just about anything to help prepare the car for race day. He has been with Eddie since his teenage years racing at Lee USA Speedway. Herbie’s ties to the MacDonald family extend back to the days when Eddie’s father Red owned the #1 Supermodified. His greatest memory from the “early” days was the CanAm Championship at Star Speedway with Dave Thomas at the wheel with just Red and himself as the mechanics. His greatest memory of racing with Eddie is, “standing on the podium after the second Loudon win, because I was not there for the first one.” Herbie loves working at the race shop because of the good guys and the relaxed atmosphere. He is retired from Jackson Lumber where he worked in the Mill Works division. He has been married over 50 years to his wife Joanne. They have five children and five grandkids.


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