Classic 3 Championship
presented by
RCR Racing Museum

Rockingham Speedway
Rockingham, NC
Saturday, November 3rd - 2 PM
K&N East at
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Eddie MacDonald Closes Season at “The Rock”
The final race of the K&N Pro Series East season concluded with a 100 lap event on the fast, high-banked mile oval on the famed Rockingham Speedway. Eddie Mac came from deep in the pack to score his twelfth top ten finish of the fourteen race schedule. The Classic 3 Championship presented by RCR Racing Museum was the first appearance for the K&N Series and the fans witnessed an exciting show.

MacDonald had his work cut out for him after qualifying 22nd in the 30 car field on a track that is considered difficult on which to pass. The Grimm Construction Chevy moved to the front despite a loose handling car to finish a solid tenth when the checkered flag flew.

“We are pleased that we finished tenth especially with the handling of the car,” said MacDonald. “We were really disappointed with our qualifying run. We knew starting where we did would be difficult because this is such a tough track to pass on. To make matters worse the car was real loose in and out of the turns so I had to back up going into turn one so I could get a good exit coming out of turn two. That made it very hard to pass anyone but the car remained the way it was for the rest of the race and did not fall off.”

By lap 20, the Rowley, Mass. veteran moved into 16th saying, “It cuts good on the bottom and I’m not trying to abuse the tires so I’m not gaining a lot. It was tight at the beginning but it is getting a lot looser. It washes up the nose pretty good if I am not right on the bottom line but the way it feels I know it is going to loosen up a lot more.”

By lap 44 Eddie Mac’s prediction was right saying, “it is looser all the way around in and off both turns.” A wedge and tire pressure adjustments were made at the halfway break as MacDonald returned to the track in the 14th position. The #71 gained one more spot when the red flag waved when Dylan Presnell ended up on his roof and on fire on the backstretch. The young driver escaped injury and racing resumed with 17 laps to go and MacDonald in 12th. With five to go Eddie Mac rode in the 11th position. On the white flag lap, leader Brett Moffitt attempted to block eventual winner Tyler Reddick on the backstretch causing Moffitt to hit the wall that cost him the championship. The Grimm Racing Chevy was the lucky recipient of the crash to gain one more position for the top ten finish.

“Obviously we would have liked a better finish but we are happy to run where we did with the car we had today,” said MacDonald. “This series is so competitive I am pleased with our sixth place finish in the championship points. Team owner Rob Grimm also finished sixth in the points and I am very happy for him. He and his wife Carla have been great to us and we really appreciate everything they have done for us. Rollie, the crew, and I can’t thank them enough. I want to take this opportunity to thank the crew for all their hard work this season. This is a volunteer crew and we are competing against a lot of teams that have big payrolls, so for us to do as well as we have is a feather in their caps. We had some students from UNOH this weekend and they did an outstanding job for us. They are well prepared and that is a testament to the education they receive at UNOH. We may be a small team but we are blessed with a lot of caring, dedicated people and Rollie and I really appreciate all the support.”

Eddie Mac and the Grimm Racing Team will be recognized at The NASCAR Touring Awards banquet on December 8 at the NASCAR Hall of Fame Convention Center in Charlotte for the sixth place finish, as well as two Coke-Cola Move of the Race Awards.
Photos by Richard Casey

News & Notes: K&N East at Rockingham - HERE

The Race:
  The inaugural Classic 3 Championship pres. by RCR Racing Museum will be the first stand-alone event in NASCAR K&N Pro Series East history at Rockingham Speedway and the final event of the 2012 season.

The Procedure:  The maximum starting field will be 30 cars, including provisionals. The first 26 starting positions will be based on two-lap time trials and the remaining four will be filled through the provisional process. The race will be 100 laps (100 miles) with a 10 minute break at or near the conclusion of Lap 50.

The Track:  Rockingham is a one-mile asphalt oval with 22 degrees of banking in Turns 1 & 2 and 25 degrees in Turns 3 & 4. The facility opened in 1965 and held NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and NASCAR Nationwide Series races until 2004. The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series contested its inaugural event at the track this past April.

Series History: The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East competed in combination with the NASCAR Nationwide Series at Rockingham six times from 1987-92. Dana Patten registered the highest finish among the K&N Pro Series East competitors in those events, 10th overall in the 1989 race that was won by Nationwide Series driver Rob Moroso.

Statistical Advance: Classic 3 Championship presented by
RCR Racing Museum
Eddie MacDonald (No. 71 Grimm Construction Chevrolet)
• Has six wins, two poles and 74 top 10s in 157 career starts.
• Became the 16th driver in series history to reach 150 career starts in June at Gresham.
• Is tied with Kyle Larson for the most top-10 finishes among all competitors this year with 11. Ranks sixth in points.
• Has three wins – all at New Hampshire – and 21 top 10s in 43 career speedway races.

Rockingham Race Setup
• This will be the first stand-alone race in NASCAR K&N Pro Series East history at Rockingham Speedway.
• A four-way battle for the championship at Rockingham will include Kyle Larson, Brett Moffitt (-10), Corey LaJoie (-19) and longshot Chase Elliott (-30).
• Moffitt is the most-accomplished active driver on tracks .75 miles or larger with five wins, five poles and an average finish of sixth. LaJoie has two wins and an average finish of ninth while Larson has one win and an average finish of fourth. Elliott also has a speedway win and an average finish of 12th.
• LaJoie has won three of the previous four races and will attempt to become just the third driver in series history to record six wins in the same season.

At Rockingham Speedway:
• Opened in 1965.
• Held 78 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races from 1965-2004, 42 NASCAR Nationwide Series races from 1982-2004 and the first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event this past April.
• The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East competed in combination with the NNS six times from 1987-92.

Rockingham Speedway Data
Race: #14 of 14
Track Layout: 1-mile asphalt oval
• Race Length: 100 laps (100 miles)
• Banking/Turns 1&2: 22 degrees
• Banking/Turns 3&4: 25 degrees

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