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Saturday, July 13th
The NAPA 150

Columbus Motor Speedway
Columbus, OH
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MacDonald Finishes Sixth at Columbus
Eddie MacDonald posted a sixth place finish in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race at Columbus (Ohio) Motor Speedway Saturday night in the NAPA 150. It was the sixth top ten run in the eight scheduled events for the Grimm Racing Team driver this season, tying him for the lead. Both driver and team owner, Rob Grimm, are currently sixth in the point’s race.

After running ninth in the new car at Langley Speedway, Eddie Mac finds the new car to his liking saying, “The car is every bit as good as expected. The chassis was built by Hess in North Carolina specifically for this series and we put a composite body on it and it is performing very well. Both Rollie and I are learning more about it with each race and have high hopes for it in the upcoming races it is scheduled to run.”

The Grimm Construction/MS Society Chevy ran tenth and eleventh in the two practices before qualifying twelfth on the third of a mile track saying, “The car handled well in practice and I thought we would have a better qualifying run but this track is so small we were only separated by a little over a tenth (.120) from the pole. We knew it would be tough passing on this short track but it is wide and we hoped the second groove would come in and it did. I was able to pass a number of cars out there later in the race.”

With only three caution flags for 17 laps, there were a lot of green flag laps that spread out the field with Eddie Mac saying, "You would expect a lot of yellow flags but it seemed that everyone ran pretty clean and used the width of the track to stay out of trouble. Eventually I was able to run in the second groove and start passing cars. Last year if I tried to that here it would be like throwing out an anchor. This car really makes a difference.”

By lap 40, the #71 ran comfortably in ninth, then into seventh by lap 112 with the rest of the field jockeying for position. Eddie Mac raced the #46 (Gdovic) hard over much of the final 40 laps for the fifth position before losing the spot with 13 laps to go. The third and final caution was thrown on lap 143 for a three car wreck leading to a green/white/checker finish. MacDonald restarted sixth on the outside for the G/W/C finish holding on to the spot for the checkered flag on lap 152.

“There was not a chance to pick up a spot over the final two laps with everyone bunched together,” said Eddie Mac. “ We had a very good run today. Of course, a top five would have been nice but we are happy with sixth. The crew did a great job today and I want to thank the UNOH guys who have been with us for a couple of seasons. They do a great job for us and we really appreciate their hard work and professionalism. Every student that UNOH has sent us has been fantastic. We look forward to our next race in Iowa and hope to finish the second half of the season strong.”

The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East will return for the second combination race with its West counterparts at Iowa Speedway on Friday, August 2. Speed will televise the NAPA 150 on Thursday, July 25, at 3 PM.
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HOMETRACKS LIVE: K&N East at Columbus - HERE
For the Event Schedule, Entry List, Practices, Qualifying, Lap by Lap, & Results
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News & Notes: K&N East at The NAPA 150 - HERE

FAST FACTS:
The Race:
  The NAPA 150 will be the eighth of 15 races on the 2013 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East schedule. It will mark the third year in a row the series has visited Columbus Motor Speedway and the lone trip to the state of Ohio.

The Procedure:  The starting field is 28 cars, including provisionals. The first 24 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 (50 miles).

The Track:  A charter member of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series, Columbus is a .333-mile asphalt oval that began as a motorcycle racing track in 1946 and first played host to stock cars in 1950.

Race Winners:   Darrell Wallace Jr. was victorious in the K&N Pro Series East’s first trip to Columbus in 2011 and Cale Conley found Victory Lane there a year ago.

Pole Winners:  Max Gresham was the inaugural pole winner at Columbus and established the qualifying record at 14.176 seconds (84.565 mph). Ben Kennedy captured his first career pole last year at Columbus.

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Statistical Advance: Columbus - HERE
Eddie MacDonald (No. 71 Grimm Construction/National MS Society Chevrolet)
• Has six wins, two poles and 79 top 10s in 165 career starts.
• Ranks sixth in points entering Columbus on the strength of four top 10s in seven races.
• Has finished in the top 10 in 21 of his last 26 starts dating back to the 2011 season.
• Has finished 10th in both of the previous series races at Columbus.

Columbus Race Setup:
• Dylan Kwasniewski brings the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East season points lead to Columbus Motor Speedway following wins in his last two series outings.
• Brett Moffitt has finished third and second in the two previous races at Columbus. He is looking for his first victory of the season, and to end the longest winless drought of his career.
• Aside from Moffitt, the driver with the best average finish through the series’ first two events at Columbus is Daniel Suárez, who has crossed the line in fifth place both times.

AT COLUMBUS MOTOR SPEEDWAY:
History
• Began as a motorcycle racing track in 1946 and first played host to stock cars in 1950.
• A charter member of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series, now in its 32nd season.
• Is the second track in the state of Ohio in which the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East has competed, along with Mansfield Motorsports Park.

Notebook
• The NKNPS East is the only NASCAR touring series to have visited Columbus. The inaugural event was July 23, 2011.
• Each of the first two events have produced different race winners: Darrell Wallace Jr. in 2011 and Cale Conley in 2012.
• As with race wins, each of the first two event have featured different pole winners: Max Gresham in 2011 and Ben Kennedy in 2012.

Columbus Motor Speedway Data
Race: #8 of 15 (7/13/13)
Track Layout: .333-mile asphalt oval
• Banking-turns:  variable between 8-10 degrees
• Banking–straights: none
• Race Length: 150 laps (49.99 miles)


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