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The Slack Auto Parts 150

Gresham Motorsports Park
Jefferson, GA
Saturday, June 9th - 8:30 PM
Eddie  Rallies to Eighth Place Finish at Gresham
Eddie MacDonald started deep in the field in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Slack Auto Parts 150 At Gresham Motorsports Park then rallied to an eighth place finish on the half-mile oval.

The Grimm Construction Chevy struggled in practice and qualifying starting 27th in the field. “We had a number of issues the team had to deal with, one of them a tight condition,” said MacDonald. “We just couldn’t get the car to go early but Rollie and the crew made the right adjustments and the car was really fast right from the start of the race.”

When the green flag waved, MacDonald immediately began his move to the front saying, “I was able to drive it on the bottom and pass a number of cars. The only time we slowed down is when I had to run the high groove. The car was really tight there, so the place to be for us was on the bottom of the track. The handling was great on the bottom and that gave us the opportunity to pass a lot of cars.”

By the halfway flag, the #71 was running in twelfth and was still passing cars, “The car was strong but as you know, when you get up into the top ten the lead cars are tougher to pass. We just needed to be a little patient and take the positions when we could. The late race cautions cost us some momentum because everyone was bunched up so it was more difficult to make passes on the bottom,” said the Rowley, Mass. veteran.

With only 12 laps remaining, the Grimm Racing Chevy based in Waymart, Pa. ran comfortably in the eighth position with MacDonald saying, “Of course you always want a better finish, but to finish in the eighth spot after starting so far back was satisfying. The crew really did an outstanding job to get us the finish that we had. Things did not look good in practice and qualifying but these guys never give up and it showed today.”

With the run, MacDonald moved into seventh place in the point’s race and only two points behind the sixth place car after six races. Rob Grimm also sits in seventh place in the owner point’s race as the team has posted one top five and five top ten finishes to date.

After a week off, the Grimm Racing team will next fire the engine on June 23 in the Visit Hampton Va. 175 at Langley Speedway. The Slack Auto Parts 150 will be televised on Speed at 3 p.m. on Thursday, June 21.
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Fast Facts
The Race: The sixth of 14 races on the 2012 schedule, the Slack Auto Parts 150 will mark the third year in a row the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East will travel to Gresham Motorsports Park in Jefferson, Ga.

The Procedure: The starting field is 30 cars, including provisionals. The first 26 cars will qualify through two-lap time trials. The remaining four spots will be awarded through the provisional process. The race will be 150 laps (75 miles).

The Track: Gresham is a high-banked fast half mile that opened late in the 2009 racing season. The facility, which sits on the grounds of the former Peach State Speedway, underwent a complete renovation under the Gresham family ownership.
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Eddie MacDonald (No. 71 Grimm Construction Chevrolet)
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Has six wins, two poles and 67 top 10s in 149 career starts.
 Will become the 16th driver in series history to reach 150 career starts with this race.
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Has four top 10s in five starts this year.
• Has an average finish of 11th in the two races at Gresham.

Gresham Motorsports Park:History

• Opened in 1967 as Jefco Speedway. Has also been known as Georgia International Speedway and Peach State Speedway.
• Played host to the NASCAR Nationwide Series in 1967, 1986 and twice in 1987.
• The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series held races there in 1968 and 1969.
• Re-opened in November 2009 as Gresham Motorsports Park.
• The inaugural race for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East at Gresham, and the first event for the series in the state of Georgia, was held on Aug. 28, 2010.
• Kevin Swindell earned the inaugural event pole while Ty Dillon earned his first and only series win in the event.
• Max Gresham won from the pole at his family’s track in 2011.

Gresham Motorsports Park Data
Race: #6 of 14 (6/9/12)
Track Layout: .5-mile asphalt oval
• Race Length: 150 laps (75 miles)
• Banking–turns: 12 degrees
• Banking–straights: six degrees

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