The Kevin Whitaker Chevrol

Greenville-Pickens Speedway
Greenville, SC
Mon. September 5th
The K&N Pro Series East finally returned to action after a month long hiatus plus an additional week when rained delayed the Labor Day event at Greenville Pickens Speedway to this past Saturday. “The Old House of Racing” hosted the Kevin Whitaker 140 and hopes were high in the Grimm Racing pits after a first practice run in seventh place for Eddie MacDonald, followed by an eleventh place run in the second practice. The veteran driver finished the race in the ninth position and moved up one spot to seventh in the point’s race with two events remaining.

A less than satisfying run in qualifying would start the #71 Chevy deep in the field in the 19th position with MacDonald saying, “I thought I had a good car and everything felt good but something happened in our one lap qualifying run. I don’t know if I slipped up the track or what happened but starting that deep in the field we knew was going to be a problem. There are just so many good cars, we knew we had to be patient and get some breaks.”

At the halfway flag, MacDonald was running in the tenth spot and hoping to pick up some more positions saying, “The car was still going good but then I got stuck behind four cars that just covered the track and there was nowhere to go. This track is tight, flat and hard to pass on, so you end up using up the tires, brakes and everything else to get to the front. The long green flags did not help any either. By the time I finally cleared the lapped cars I could only move up to eighth. By that time we only had about fifteen laps left and I was trying to hold on without losing any more spots. The tires were pretty used up by then and I ended up losing one spot to finish ninth.”

“Of course, we would liked to have a better finish and who knows what we could have done if not for the qualifying run but we will move on to Loudon for our next to last race and fight to have a good run there,” said MacDonald. “We are not pleased with the season so far so a good solid run there and at Dover will really help. We know we can run better and we have at times this season , so having two consistent runs to end the season will go a long way for our team.”

The K&N Series will take the green flag next at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Friday, September 23rd as part of the big Sprint Cup weekend. MacDonald has also been invited to participate in the American Canadian Tour Invitational that same weekend.

Speed Channel will air the Kevin Whitaker Chevrolet 140 on Thursday, September 15 at 7 PM.

News & Notes: Labor Day Date In Greenville - HERE

K&N Pro Series East Resumes Schedule In South Carolina

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East will return to historic Greenville (S.C.) Pickens Speedway for the second time in 2011 on Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 5.

The second event of the year for NASCAR’s top development series at one of its longest-standing sanctioned facilities was scheduled on Labor Day weekend to tie in with the popular South Carolina State Fair, and in the process the race will sit squarely in the middle of a late-season points battle.

Following a six-week break in the schedule following the last event at Columbus (Ohio) Motor Speedway on July 23, Max Gresham will look to the Kevin Whitaker Chevrolet 140 at Greenville Pickens as an opportunity to get one step closer to the championship.

Race Notes
Racing on a Monday: The Kevin Whitaker Chevrolet 140 is believed to be the first race in the 25-year history of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East to be originally-scheduled to run on a Monday.

Second event at GPS: The K&N Pro Series East has gone to Greenville Pickens Speedway each year since 2006, but this will mark the first time that the half mile has played host to the series twice in the same season. This will also be the first of the seven all-time events scheduled for 140 laps.
Statistical Advance: Whitiker Chevrolet 140 - HERE
Eddie MacDonald (No. 71 Chevrolet)
•  Has six wins, two poles and 60 top 10s in 141 career NKNPS East starts.
•  Is eighth in the standings with four top 10s.
•  Has an average finish of 11th and a best effort of third in five career starts at GPS.
•  The longest-tenured driver on the pre-entry list. This is his 11th year in the series.
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