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Friday, August 2nd - 8 PM CT


Iowa Speedway
Newton IA
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Second Place Run for Eddie at Iowa
From the first practice Eddie MacDonald battled his car then thirty-nine other opponents to post a hard-earned second place finish in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series’ Pork Be Inspired 150 at Iowa Speedway. The race was the second of two combination East/West Series events held on the fast 7/8 of a mile speedway. The new Grimm Construction/MS Society Chevy gave the crew fits in the first practice but really came on at the end of the race while the competition faded.

“This is a great finish for us at Iowa. We really needed this for the team,” said Eddie Mac after the race. “It was a crazy day right from the beginning. We were black flagged for a serious tire rub in the first practice. The crew did an outstanding job cutting away the fenders where the tires burned through. We had to replace the composite body affected areas with sheet metal and rivets. It didn’t look pretty but it got the job done. I thank the guys for all their hard work. This new car is super but we keep learning things about it both good and bad.”

The second practice saw some improvement with new tires (22nd) along with a qualifying run of 18th with MacDonald saying, “I probably could have driven it in a lot harder in qualifying but the car was still tight and I didn’t want to push it. Starting 18th was tough so we decided to take what we could in the first segment then make adjustments at the halfway break.

The 40 car field took the green flag with the #71 moving cautiously through the pack with Eddie Mac saying, “The car was tight in traffic so it was difficult to pass. The composite bodies all seemed to be tight in traffic so getting to 12th by the halfway break was okay. We just had to make the right adjustments and we did. Rollie and the crew loosened it up exactly where it needed to be.”

With the green flag waving for the final half of the race on lap 77, Eddie Mac began making his run to the front. By lap 108, the #71 ran in the eighth spot and tracking down the leaders. On lap 130 with 20 laps to go MacDonald ran in the sixth position and knew he had the car to drive to the front saying, “We were about a straightaway behind the fifth place car and I was reeling him in. The car came alive when the other cars were struggling.”

On lap 132 the Speed51.com reporter wrote on the Home Tracks website covering the race, “Eddie Mac Is having an Eddie Mac-like run tonight. He has steadily worked his way to the front and sure enough he is a factor down the stretch.”

In the final 11 laps Eddie Mac went from sixth place to second place when the checkered flag waved. “After I passed Little for fifth the car was really turning. I was able to drive it in the turns harder and lower that anyone out there. At that point in the race, we were the fastest car out there. This new car gave us some problems early on but it responded when it needed to respond. We are learning about it with each race and hopefully we will get a win with it soon. We built it this season and it is only our third race with it and it is a lot of fun to drive.”

With the second place run, both driver and car owner, Rob Grimm, moved in to the fifth position in the point’s race after nine races. The K&N East Series returns to action on the road course of Virginia International Raceway on August 24. It will be the first visit for the East Series on the challenging road course with another road event scheduled for October 18 on Road Atlanta.

The Pork Be Inspired 150 will be televised on August 25 at 1 p.m. on Fox Sports1. It is the first NASCAR touring series to air on the network, which will carry the touring series through the year.
 
HOMETRACKS LIVE: K&N East at Iowa - HERE
For the Event Schedule, Entry List, Practices, Qualifying, Lap by Lap, & Results
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News & Notes: K&N East at The Pork Be Inspired 150 - HERE

FAST FACTS:
The Race:
The Pork Be Inspired 150 will be the ninth all-time NASCAR K&N Pro Series East-West combination race at Iowa Speedway, and the second of two at the track in 2013.

The Procedure: The starting field is 36 cars, including provisionals. The first 28 cars will qualify through two-lap time trials. The remaining eight spots will be awarded through the provisional process. The race will be 150 laps (131.25 miles) and will be run in two segments with a midway break at or near the conclusion of Lap 75.

The Track: Iowa Speedway is a .875-mile paved oval with the turns banked 12-14 degrees, four degrees of banking in the backstretch and 10 degrees in the frontstretch.

Race Winners: The eight previous editions of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East-West combination race have each produced a different overall winner. Cale Conley won this event last year as a representative of the East while West driver Michael Self took the checkered in this season’s first Iowa event.

Pole Winners: As with race winners, each of the first eight Iowa combo races has also produced different overall pole winners. Cale Conley earned the pole for this race last year while the best qualifier in this season’s first Iowa event was Anderson Bowen.

Records: Qualifying: Kyle Busch, May 17, 2009, 135.484 mph, 23.250 sec.; 150-Lap Race: Corey LaJoie, Aug. 3, 2012, 88.883 mph, 1 hour 28 minutes 36 seconds.

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Statistical Advance: Iowa - HERE
Eddie MacDonald (No. 71 Grimm Construction Toyota)
• Six wins, two poles, 29 top fives, 80 top 10s in 166 career series starts
• Best finish this season – fourth
• Average finish this season of 9.1
• Sixth in K&N East championship standings
• One top five, four 10s in seven E-W combination races at Iowa
• Best overall E-W finish of third in 2011
• Average overall E-W finish at Iowa of 14.0

NASCAR K&N Pro Series East-West Combination Races At Iowa
• There have been eight previous East-West combination races at Iowa Speedway – one each year from 2007-2011, two in 2012 and one earlier this year.
• Iowa Speedway is located about 30 miles east of Des Moines. It was designed by NASCAR Hall of Fame driver Rusty Wallace. The track opened in September of 2006.
• The eight East-West combination events have resulted in eight different winners – Joey Logano (2007), Brian Ickler (2008), Kyle Busch (2009), Max Gresham (2010), Brett Moffitt (2011), Chase Elliott (May 2012), Corey LaJoie (Aug. 2012) and Michael Self (June 2013).
• The eight events have also produced eight different Coors Light Pole winners – Kevin Harvick (2007), Austin Dillon (2008), Kyle Busch (2009), David Mayhew (2010), Matt DiBenedetto (2011), Brett Moffitt (May 2012), Cale Conley (Aug. 2012) and Anderson Bowen (June 2013).
• Kyle Busch was the only driver to win the E-W race at Iowa from the pole. Chase Elliott started the furthest back and won, coming from 15th on the grid last year.
• Brett Moffitt has the most top-five finishes in E-W action at Iowa, with four, and the most top 10 finishes, with five.
• With an average of 5.33, Elliott and Jesus Hernandez have 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 387 circuits.
• Eric Holmes is the only driver to start all eight E-W combination races at Iowa.
• Three of the eight East-West combination races at Iowa were extended by a late-race caution for a green-white-checkered finish, including the one earlier this year.
• Chevrolet has gone to Victory Lane in four E-W events at Iowa, while Toyota has three wins and Ford has one.
• 158 different drivers have competed in the eight E-W combination events at Iowa.

Iowa Speedway Data
Race: (8/2/13)
East – #9 of 15
West - #8 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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