The Samuel 150

CNB Bank Raceway Park
Clearfield, PA
Saturday, July 14th
6th at Clearfield
Eddie MacDonald and the Grimm Racing Team began the second half of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East 14 race season with a sixth place finish in the Samuel 150 at CNB Bank Raceway Park in Clearfield, Pa.

The Grimm Construction Chevy started 13th in the field after running sixth and fourteenth in the first and second practice sessions respectively with MacDonald saying, “We drew the number one position for qualifying and that is always tough but I knew we had a good handling, fast car that would be there at the end and it was. The car was very good in practice and we were looking forward to the race. We planned to go out there and take what we could the first half of the race and then go for it in the second half.”

When the first of eight caution flags flew on lap nine, the #71 was riding in the tenth spot and gained two more positions by the time the second yellow waved on lap 23 with the veteran driver saying, “For the most part, I was out there just riding and some of the front guys got in trouble and I was able to take advantage of their problems. We wanted to be in a good position when they stopped us for the break and it was even better than we had hoped.”

From lap 50 to the mandatory ten minute break on lap 76, MacDonald moved the Grimm Construction Chevy into the fourth spot for the restart of the second half. When the green flag waved, MacDonald drove to second place in two laps saying, “With the new tires and the adjustments we made during the break, the car was really fast and was handling great in the corners. We blew past two cars right away and then settled into second place. I knew Moffitt was just riding around so I decided not to burn up my tires chasing him. I let the #96 go since it seemed he wanted to try to pass the leader but Moffitt had a great car.”

With 40 to go, Eddie Mac was in third, and then settled into fourth at lap 128 caution flag when the car was “a little too tight.” With four laps to go, MacDonald appeared headed to a second top five finish this season when the backstretch lights went out to bring out the red flag. After a 15 minute delay to restore power, the field restarted for the green white checker finish. MacDonald started outside in the fourth spot but was shuffled back to sixth when the #96 spun his tires right in front of the #71 when the green flag waved.

“I moved to the outside so I wouldn’t get run over from behind and thought I could get the spot but he got it going and I was hung out on the outside in the turn one marbles. I got back down but lost two positions. That did not make me happy but we had a great car and a great run and it was a lot of fun to run the way we did. I think we put on a good show for all the “Grimm Nation” fans that came down from Waymart, Pa. They really support us and we really appreciate it. Rob (Grimm) has been such a great team owner; it is a lot of fun to run well in front of the hometown crowd. I think half the stands were filled with Waymart people and that was just great,” said MacDonald after the race.

The K&N series will take the green flag again for the Jegs 150 at Columbus (Ohio) Motor Speedway on Saturday, July21. Eddie Mac will then try for a third win in the Oxford 250 the following day on Sunday at the Oxford Plains Speedway in Maine. Speed will televise the Samuel 150 on Thursday, July 19 at 3 PM.
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The Race:
  The Samuel 150 will be the eighth of 14 races on the 2012 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East schedule. It will mark the series’ first visit to CNB Bank Raceway Park since 1988 and the first trip to the state of Pennsylvania since 2006.

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 (93.75 miles) and contested in two segments with a 10-minute break at or near the conclusion of Lap 75.

The Track:  Originally a half-mile oval, which held the two previous races for the K&N Pro Series East, CNB Bank Raceway Park was recently reconfigured to a banked .625-mile track. The Samuel 150 will be the first NASCAR-sanctioned event for the renovated facility.

Race Winners:   Bobby Dragon won at Clearfield on June 11, 1987 during the K&N Pro Series East’s inaugural season. Kelly Moore won the only other race there in 1988.

Pole Winners:  Moore and Pete Silva earned the two previous poles at Clearfield. Pole times from the first two races are not available.

Statistical Advance: Analyzing The Samual 150 at CNB Bank
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Eddie MacDonald (No. 71 Grimm Construction Chevrolet)
• Has six wins, two poles and 69 top 10s in 151 career starts.
• Became the 16th driver in series history to reach 150 career starts in June at Gresham.
• Is in a four-way tie for the series lead in top-10 finishes this year with six in seven races.
• Four of his six career wins have come at tracks .625 miles or larger: three at New Hampshire and one at Thompson International Speedway.

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