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Bristol Motor Speedway
Bristol, TN

SATURDAY, MARCH 17th
CRASH ENDS MACDONALD’S RACE AT BRISTOL
By Richard Casey  -  The first K&N East Series race of the season, the Widow Wax 125, did not end well for the Grimm Racing team. Eddie MacDonald was involved in a multi-car crash on lap 117 resulting in severe front and rear end damage to the car and a 28th place finish. MacDonald was not injured and expressed his disappointment with events leading up to the crash.

“We struggled with the car from the first practice to get it fast but it just was not meant to be. It was not for lack of trying because we did multiple spring and shock changes and even changed the truck arms. Nothing seemed to work. We started 23rd and hoped we would be able to make the car better at the mandatory caution on lap 70 but we were part of the caution on lap 64,” said a frustrated MacDonald .

“The biggest problem was we lost the front brakes. You don’t use a lot of brake here but when the big wreck happened in front of me with eight laps to go, I was pumping the brakes and they just went to the floor and then I was in it hard. Just before that I was wondering how I was going to slow down at the end of the race. As it turned out, I stopped pretty quickly and destroyed a great car in the process. The same guy that wrecked me earlier to lose the brakes caused the final wreck I was in on lap 117. He did the same thing to the car passing him on the outside as he did to me earlier to cause the whole thing. A veteran driver needs to be better than that. We had a terrible finish and totaled a car. I feel bad for the guys who worked so hard to get this car ready. The sad part is, the car was getting better near the end of the race and we probably could have finished in the top 15. It was not the finish we were looking for but it would have been a lot better than finishing where we did, plus with a car that was destroyed.”

“We really looked forward to coming here to race on the high-banks of Bristol. This is a tough, competitive series with a lot of talent and Cup related teams so we have to run the best we can and avoid the wrecks. Our next race will be at Greenville at the end of the month and we look forward to having a great run there. I just want to thank Rob Grimm, our team owner, Rollie, the crew, and all the people who help out in the shop. This race did not turn out the way we wanted, but we are determined to get back on track at Greenville.
HOMETRACKS LIVE: K&N East At BRISTOL - HERE
For the Event Schedule, Entry List, Practices, Qualifying, Lap by Lap, & Results
News & Notes: East Opens 2012 At Bristol - HERE
First Series Appearance At “World’s Fastest Half Mile”
Sharing the stage:  The Widow Wax 125 will mark the first of six companion events for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East with NASCAR’s national series this season. The East will follow the NASCAR Nationwide Series on the Saturday race card at Bristol.
Statistical Advance: Analyzing The Widow Wax 125
At Bristol Motor Speedway - HERE
Eddie MacDonald (No. 71 Grimm Construction Chevrolet)
 Has six wins, two poles and 63 top 10s in 144 career starts.
• Has finished in the top seven in the final NKNPS East standings in each of the previous four seasons.
• Bristol will mark the 12th consecutive season he has made a start, the longest active streak in the series.

NASCAR Home Tracks Stats - Active Series Career Leaders

Wins
Brett Moffitt ... 7
Eddie MacDonald ... 6
Dale Quarterley ... 6
Darrell Wallace Jr. ... 5
Sergio Peña ... 3

Poles
Brett Moffitt ... 4
Dale Quarterley ... 4
Darrell Wallace Jr. ... 3
Eddie MacDonald ... 2
Three drivers with ... 1

Top Fives
Dale Quarterley ... 31
Eddie MacDonald ... 27
Brett Moffitt ... 20
Darrell Wallace Jr. ... 10
Ryan Gifford ... 9

Top 10s
Dale Quarterley ... 66
Eddie MacDonald ... 63
Brett Moffitt ... 24
Darrell Wallace Jr. ... 18
Ryan Gifford ... 11

Laps Completed
Eddie MacDonald ... 18,386
Dale Quarterley ... 18,131
John Salemi ... 7,694
Brett Moffitt ... 4,429
Ryan Gifford ... 3,652

Laps Led
Brett Moffitt ... 749
Dale Quarterley ... 706
Eddie MacDonald ... 668
Darrell Wallace Jr. ... 393
Sergio Peña ... 215

Starts
Dale Quarterley ... 149
Eddie MacDonald ... 144
John Salemi ... 68
Brett Moffitt ... 33
Ryan Gifford ... 26


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