The Kevin Whitaker Chevrolet 150

Greenville-Pickens Speedway
Greenville, SC
Sat. March 31 - 8 PM
Eddie Finishes Fifth at Greenville
Eddie MacDonald took the green flag in his 145th start in the K&N East Series second race of the season at the historic Greenville Pickens Speedway posting a fifth place finish. After rain washed out the qualifying, the grid was set by NASCAR points with the Grimm Construction Chevy starting eighth in the Kevin Whitaker 150 on the flat, half mile oval with the nickname “The old house of racing.”

The Rowley, Mass. veteran maintained positioning in the top ten throughout the event and was pleased with the run saying, “We really needed this after the troubles at Bristol. You always hope you can do better but this fifth place finish really feels good. Rollie (LaChance) did a great job with the set up and I was able to keep it low in the corners. This first turn is the key to a good lap around this place. You have to be able to run your line to set up for the exit off of turn two, and the car was perfect.”

On lap 50, the #71 was cruising along in the ninth position and was not challenged by anyone with MacDonald saying, “I knew that I just had to run easy for the first part of the race and let guys burn up their tires if they wanted to race with the leaders. This place is pretty rough on tires. I think the last time it was paved was in the mid-eighties, so saving them for the end is important. With the set up we had, I knew we were not giving up anything with the tires and would be in good shape for the final laps.”

At the halfway flag, MacDonald ran comfortably in the seventh spot and maintained that position until lap 135 when he made the pass to move to sixth. With only two laps remaining, MacDonald passed Chase Elliott for the fifth spot. In tech after the race Eddie Mac said, “I really wanted to get by Chase for the fifth spot and I have to say he ran me clean. He is a good driver for such a young kid. We had a lot of fun tonight. It really means a lot to have this kind of run after the disappointment at Bristol. It is a tribute to Rollie and the crew for all the hard work everyone puts into this operation. Hopefully we have found something that we can build on for our next race at Richmond. We had a terrible run there last year so we definitely have something to prove at that place.”

Crew chief Rollie LaChance was equally pleased saying, “I am very happy with our run tonight. The two things that pleased me most were that the car held up and was sound all night and Eddie drove a great race. This is really a tough series so to be competitive and run fifth is a great feeling. We had a number of set ups to try in practice but we hit on this one early and decided to go with it and it worked out well. Hopefully we can build on this for Richmond.”

The K&N East Series will take the green flag next in the Blue Ox 100 at Richmond International Raceway on April 26. Speed channel will air the Greenville race on May 3, at 3:00 PM.

The MacDonald Motorsports race team will be in action on April 15th at Lee USA Speedway, all part of the American Canadian Tour 2012 Season Opener.
Photos by
Richard Casey
For the Event Schedule, Entry List, Practices, Qualifying, Lap by Lap, & Results
News & Notes: East Opens 2012 At GPS - HERE
Series Returns To S.C. Track For Seventh Annual 150
The first of two:  Greenville Pickens is one of two tracks that will entertain the K&N Pro Series East for a pair of races in 2012 along with Iowa Speedway, which has added a second combination race with the K&N Pro Series West. GPS added a second date – which is on the Monday of Labor Day weekend – for the first time in 2011.
Statistical Advance: Analyzing The Kevin Whitaker Chevrolet 150
At Greenville Pickens - HERE

Eddie MacDonald (No. 71 Grimm Construction Chevrolet)
• Has six wins, two poles and 63 top 10s in 145 career starts.
• Has an average finish of 11th and a best finish of third – in 2009 – in six career starts at Greenville.
• His six starts at Greenville are the most among active drivers.

Up to Speed:
• The 2012 season is the 26th for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East.
• The 2012 schedule features 14 races at 12 different tracks across 10 states.
• The NKNPS East season opened with the inaugural series event Bristol Motor Speedway on March 17. NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver Nelson Piquet Jr. made a spot-start in the event and won from the pole.
• Following the Kevin Whitaker Chevrolet 150 at Greenville Pickens Speedway, the NKNPS East will be idle until the Blue Ox 100 on April 26 at Richmond International Raceway.

At Greenville Pickens Speedway:

• Opened on July 4, 1946 as a dirt track. The race surface was converted to asphalt in April, 1970.
• Held 29 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races from 1951-71, including the first flag-to-flag televised event.
• David Pearson (1959) and Ralph Earnhardt (1965, 66) are among the famed drivers that have won championships at the track.
• The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East held its inaugural Greenville Pickens Speedway race on June 6, 2006 and has returned every year since.
• There has yet to be a multi-time winner in the first seven NKNPS East events at Greenville, and Brett Moffitt is the only driver to capture two poles.
• In the first seven events there have been two drivers that have won from the pole: Joey Logano (2007) and Moffitt (2011). Moffitt also set the track qualifying record in the first 2011 event.
• Logano, Austin Dillon (2008) and Darrell Wallace Jr. (2010) earned their first career NKNPS East wins in events at Greenville.
Greenville Pickens Speedway Data
Race: #2 of 14 overall, #1 of 2 at GPS
Track Layout: .5-mile asphalt oval
• Race Length: 150 laps (75 miles)
• Banking/Corners: 5 degrees

Preparing for Greenville-Pickens - In the MacDonald Motorsports Shop
Photos by
Norm Marx

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