The Late Model
All-Star Challenge

New Hampshire Motor Speedway
Loudon, NH
Fri./Sat. August 12th/13th
After posting two impressive wins in the ACT All-Star Challenge at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Eddie fell 14 laps shy of winning the final segment when an ignition problem ended his run for the title. The Hancock Electric Pontiac started 35th after the first 36 cars were inverted for the final 50 lap segment. Eddie won the first 25 lap feature Saturday morning then lined up 35th when one car could not take the green flag for the 6:30 p.m. start.

Eddie moved through the pack into 14th place by lap 17, and then set his sights on the lead saying, “The car was really fast and I was able to pick my way through the field. I saw Brian (Hoar) on the move and knew we were going to be racing at the end. At least I thought we were. I was able to drive the car anywhere it was so good.”

Eddie raced to the lead on the 23rd circuit and appeared headed for his second ACT win at the “Magic Mile” after winning the inaugural ACT Invitational two years ago. “I knew Brian was close behind me and it seemed we were both saving our stuff for the end. We were making our way through some lapped traffic and gearing up for the final laps. I knew he would be coming but my car felt great so I felt we had something for the end. I was getting ready for the restart with 14 laps to go when the motor stalled going into turn one. It would not re-fire and we ended up getting pushed in and that was it. It really stinks that something like the ignition put us out. We almost had it but that’s just racing. We had great runs in the heat and the first segment then almost finished it off but it was not meant to be.”

“We will be back for another shot at it in September. I want to say thanks to Kenny Thompson from Hancock Electric for all his support this season. Hopefully we can get him the win next time we are here. Congratulations to Brian and his team for their win and hope we have a chance to race him for the win again in September,” said Eddie.
Photos by Richard Casey
Eddie has taken the win in Saturday mornings first 25 lap segment. The #17 was a few car lengths ahead of Brian Hoad but almost a full straightaway ahead of Tom Carey, Joey Laquerre and Austin Theirault.in 3rd through 5th.

With the massive invert, Eddie will now start in 36th for the second segment at 6:30 PM today.
By Richard Casey - Eddie, Rollie and the crew established themselves as the team to beat with a spectacular qualifying run to take the pole position for the third ACT Invitational at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Eddie will be looking to win for the second time in three years after winning the first ever ACT race at the “Magic Mile.”

Eddie started 15th in the second heat of the day and raced to the lead on the 12th lap of the 20 lap qualifying heat. The Grimm Construction/NEMO Pontiac was able to hold off all contenders to take the checkered flag with a +14 finish, which was good enough to take the pole. The ACT Tour uses a plus/minus system to determine starting positions.

Eddie said after the run, “The car was really good and fast and with the level of completion here this weekend we will have to be even better tomorrow. It really feels good to start on the pole because it means everyone is doing a great job on this car.”

The first 25 laps will be run at 10:30 Saturday morning, and then the final 50 laps will be run at 6:30 in the evening. To complicate matters the first 36 cars will be inverted for the final 50 laps with Eddie saying, “It will be difficult for the top guys, and I hope I am one, to come from the back to challenge for the win in 50 laps. It may sound easy but there are a lot of good cars so the leaders will need to pass to get to the front. We will do our best to win the first segment then take our chances over the final 50 laps. It will be a tough day but it will also be a fun day.”
Photos by Richard Casey
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