The DOVER 150

Dover International Speedway
Dover, DE
FRIDAY, SEPT. 30 - 5:15 PM
Eddie MacDonald and the Grimm Racing Team closed out the K&N Pro Series East schedule with an impressive fourth place finish in the Dover 150 at the Dover International Speedway. After “terrible” practice and qualifying sessions, the #71 Grimm Construction Chevy fought its way from a 26th starting position to post its second top five run in the final two events of the season.

“We were just terrible in practice so the crew spent all of Friday morning changing everything, including the radiator cap, and even though qualifying was not good, the car was a lot better,” said the Rowley, Mass. veteran. “I have to thank those guys for all their hard work. It is because of them, we had the finish we did. It feels great to run fourth on this track and we finally had some luck on our side for a change. There were guys in front of us that had flats, wrecks, or ran out of gas and that helped us get to the front.“

By lap 20 MacDonald was in 18th and on lap 37 took over the 10th spot on the “Monster Mile” and was able to gain two more positions before the caution flag waved on lap 71. With the leaders pitting, Eddie Mac restarted in the third spot when racing resumed on lap 83. Another caution on lap 100 gave the team an opportunity to pit for tires and gas. Even a flat tire came at the best time as the crew was able to send the Grimm Chevy back to the track with four new Goodyears with MacDonald saying, “We ran our first set of tires for nearly one hundred laps, so when we went back to racing we had to start near the rear but with the new tires we were able to pass a lot of cars on our way to the front. Guys really started having problems then, so that helped us even more.”

With 25 laps to go, Eddie Mac was running in the 12th spot and moving quickly through the field. While running seventh with four laps to go, the leader Moffitt crashed hard into the wall to set up a green/white checker finish. Restarting in sixth, MacDonald passed two cars in the final two laps to finish fourth in the 152 lap event.

“We had a tough season so it was great for everyone associated with this team to run fourth on a track that is as difficult as this one,” said MacDonald. “We have had a number of things go against us this year so it was fun to have things fall our way despite the bad start. To end the season on a positive note is a lot of fun for everyone. I really thank Rob and Carla Grimm for everything they have done. Our sponsors and fans have been terrific. Rollie and the crew have worked hard and it is great to finish strong. I hope everyone gets to watch the race on Speed.”

With the run last week at New Hampshire and this week at Dover, Eddie Mac finished the season in seventh place in the point’s race, while Rob Grimm finished eighth in the owner’s race. The Dover 150 will be televised on Speed Channel at 7pm this Thursday, Oct. 6.
For the Event Schedule, Entry List, Practices, Qualifying, Lap by Lap, & Results
News & Notes: September 30th in DOVER - HERE

Fast Facts
The Race:  The Dover 150 at Dover International Speedway is the final event of the 12-race 2011 schedule for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East. This will be the 11th all-time stand-alone race for the East at Dover.

The Procedure: The starting field is 30 cars, including provisionals. The first 26 cars will have secured starting positions based on two-lap qualifying. The remaining four spots will be awarded through the provisional process. The race will be 150 laps (150 miles).

The Track: Known as the ‘Monster Mile,’ Dover is an even one-mile concrete oval with banking of nine degrees on the straightaways and 24 degrees in the turns.

Race Winners: There have been nine winners in the previous 10 K&N Pro Series East races at Dover. Brett Moffitt is the two-time defending winner at Dover and is the only driver with multiple wins at the track.

Pole Winners: There has yet to be a driver that has earned multiple poles at Dover. Max Gresham earned the pole in last year’s event and Matt DiBenedetto has the qualifying record at 23.201 seconds (155.166 mph), established in 2009.
Prior History: The K&N Pro Series East competed in 10 combination races at Dover from 1987-1992. These were combo events with the NASCAR Nationwide Series in which competitors designated the series they wished to earn points for at the time of entry.

25 For 25
The 2011 season is the 25th in series history. From its days as the Busch North Series, to the present-day NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, there are countless moments that have come to define the series. Each week we will take a look back at those moments and figures that have defined the series.

Champions Crowned at Dover: Since 2007, Dover International Speedway has been the home for crowning K&N Pro Series East champions. Joey Logano took a 171-point lead on Sean Caisse to Dover in 2007 and then finished second to Caisse in the race to start the tradition. Matt Kobyluck celebrated his 2008 crown at the ‘Monster Mile’ with one race left in the season and both of the titles earned by Ryan Truex in 2009 and 2010 came down to the last race of the season at Dover.

Like this year’s season finale, there was plenty of drama leading up to the 2009 championship event as Truex led Eddie MacDonald by just 30 points. With little margin for error, Truex ended up finishing one position ahead of MacDonald on the track to clinch his first title and then cruised to his second in a row last year after his nearest challenger, Darrell Wallace Jr., was involved in an early accident.

Statistical Advance: THE DOVER 150 - HERE
Eddie MacDonald (No. 71 Chevrolet)
•  Has six wins, two poles and 62 top 10s in 143 career NKNPS East starts.
•  Is seventh in the standings with six top 10s. Best finish this year is third at Iowa Speedway.
•  Has three top 10s in nine previous starts at DIS. Best finish is third in 2004.
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