The Graham Tire 150

Iowa Speedway
Newton, Iowa
Saturday, May 19, 2012
Eddie Finishes 10th After Starting 18th
Eddie MacDonald scored a tenth place finish in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East/West combination race in the Graham Tire 150 at Iowa Speedway. Two West cars finished ahead of the Grimm Construction Chevy giving MacDonald eighth place East Series points. He currently sits in eighth place in the point’s race after four events.

“The car was really fast in the first practice running sixth and we were very happy with it,” said MacDonald. “We went out on old tires so we expected to be faster with new tires, but we were not. The car was very loose in qualifying and I didn’t know what happened. All of a sudden it didn’t handle anything like it did in practice. We lost some positions in the second practice but that was because all the other teams ran stickers. So qualifying the way we did was a real surprise.”

MacDonald started 18th in the race but could not get the car to turn saying, “The thing was so loose, we decided to pit during the caution on lap 38 because we had almost gone a lap down so we had to pit. Rollie and the crew tightened it up quite a bit and it got really good. At the halfway break on lap 75, we put on four new tires.”

Restarting in the 22nd position, MacDonald began moving through the field saying, “The car was very fast on the new tires and I was able to pass a lot of cars but after a while, it got really loose again. We pitted then discovered the right rear tire was really huge. That was the problem right along. We had been chasing the car the entire race and tightened it up quite a bit so now that we knew the problem we had to take out a lot of the adjustment we made earlier. We were running ninth at the end but the late race caution killed us. We were not too good on restarts so at the end I was just trying to hang on to tenth and not wreck the car when it got crazy with ten laps to go. If that caution didn’t happen we probably could have picked up a couple of more positions. It was just one of those strange nights.”

“We had a great finish here last year and thought we would again but it was not to be. I really enjoy racing here against the West guys and we get to do it again later this season, hopefully with a little bit better result. Rollie and the crew worked their tails off and I really appreciate all the hard work. My thanks go to Rob Grimm for making all of this possible and my thanks to a new sponsor, Kustom Vinyl for coming on board.”

The K&N Pro Series East returns to action at Bowman Gray Stadium on June 2.
For the Event Schedule, Entry List, Practices, Qualifying, Lap by Lap, & Results
News & Notes: K&N East-West Meet in Iowa - HERE
Statistical Advance: Analyzing The Graham Tire 150
East-West Combo at Iowa Speedway - HERE
Eddie MacDonald (No. 7 Grimm Construction Chevrolet)
• One top five, two 10s in four E-W combination races at Iowa
• Best overall E-W finish of third in 2011
• Average overall E-W finish at Iowa of 16.25
• Six career series wins
• Two career series poles
• 146 career series starts
• There have been five previous East-West combination races at Iowa Speedway – one each year from 2007-2011. In addition, the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West visited the .875-mile track in Newton, Iowa for a stand-alone series race in 2009.
• Iowa Speedway is located about 30 miles east of Des Moines. It was designed by NASCAR Hall of Fame nominee Rusty Wallace. The track opened in September of 2006.
• The five East-West combination events have resulted in five different winners – Joey Logano (2007), Brian Ickler (2008), Kyle Busch (2009), Max Gresham (2010) and Brett Moffitt (2011).
• The five events have also produced five different Coors Light Pole winners – Kevin Harvick (2007), Austin Dillon (2008), Kyle Busch (2009), David Mayhew (2010) and Matt DiBenedetto (2011).
• Kyle Busch was the only driver to win the E-W race at Iowa from the pole. Ickler started the furthest back and won, coming from seventh on the grid.
• Mayhew has the most top-five finishes in E-W action at Iowa, with three.

• Mayhew, Jesus Hernandez and Brett Thompson have the most top 10 finishes in the Iowa combination races, with three each.
• With an average of 5.33, Hernandez has the best average finish among drivers with at least three starts in E-W competition at Iowa.
• Moffitt has led the most laps of competition in E-W action at Iowa, leading the way for 192 circuits.
• Only four drivers competed in all five E-W combination races at Iowa –Mayhew, Thompson, Daryl Harr and Eric Holmes.
• The 2010 event was the only East-West combination race at Iowa to be extended by a late-race caution for a green-white-checkered finish.
• Toyota has gone to Victory Lane in three E-W events, while Chevrolet is credited with two wins.
• 123 different drivers have competed in the five E-W combination events at Iowa.
Iowa Speedway Data
Race: (5/19/12)
East – #4 of 14
West - #5 of 15
Track Layout: .875-mile, paved oval
Banking: 10 degrees in the tri-oval, 4 degrees on the backstretch, 12-14 degrees in the turns
Race Length: 150 laps (131.25 miles)

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