Saturday, August 17th

Scarborough, ME
Eddie Scores Big Win at Beech Ridge
Eddie Mac’s fantastic run in the American Canadian Tour 150 at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway on Saturday night went right down to the final two laps before pulling out the crowd-pleasing finish. The Rowley, Mass veteran racer battled Joey Polewarczyk then Bobby Therrien in the final thirteen circuits to post his first ACT win of the season to guarantee a starting position in the 5th Annual Bond Auto Act Invitational at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Sept. 21. MacDonald has two NHMS wins to his credit, including the first ACT race there in 2009.

“This is a great win for us,” said Eddie Mac after the incredible finish. “We struggled since last season getting this car going but we knew we were on to something when we raced it in the ACT race at Star Speedway. We ran second that night then decided to go to Airborne Speedway, a track that we ran terrible the last two times. The car handled great and we finished third. Rollie (LaChance) and I thought we would run well here and we did. The car was tight at first but then got loose but I was able to get out front and hold onto the lead at the end.”

The Hancock Electric sponsored Chevy posted the fastest time in the second of three practices (15.809 sec.) and easily won the heat from the pole position. With the starting grid established using a plus/minus system, Eddie Mac placed 11th on the grid for the 150 lap event based on a “flat” finish in the heat. Twenty-five cars took the green flag that was only slowed with four caution flags. After an early caution on lap 6, the action was not slowed until the next yellow flew on lap 124.

By lap 21, the Freddie Peterson owned entry was riding in seventh place and heading toward the front with lapped traffic playing a big role in the race with Eddie Mac saying, ”It is tough to pass here and you have to use all the track and the leaders had to deal with lapped cars early in the race. It was easy to lose sight of the top six cars and I thought I was losing ground but everyone had to deal with it. It seemed like you could pass one guy then had to deal with lappers again before you could get to the next guys bumper.”

On lap 47, Eddie Mac was in the sixth position and in third place at the halfway flag. Second place runner Joey Pole was a straightaway in front of the #17 with K&N Pro Series East regular saying, “I didn’t know if I could catch him. He seemed to be driving away but our car was really coming alive and little by little I was gaining on him. With the #97 (Pole) and the #23 (Farrington) racing each other side by side, I was able to close the gap.”

Pole took the lead on lap 112 with MacDonald powering past the second place Farrington on lap 126 after a lap 124 restart. A power move by MacDonald from the outside on a lap 131 restart pushed the Hancock Electric Chevy past Pole for the lead that would be relinquished for only two laps (138-139) with the furious challenge of Bobby Therrien. On the restart after the final caution flag on lap 137, Eddie Mac was busy holding off Pole on the outside when Therrien made a spectacular move to the inside to give MacDonald a race to the finish. The race was not settled until the final two laps when Eddie Mac was able to pull away for the win.
“The finish was a lot of fun,” said the winner. “I had a great battle with Joey and all of a sudden I heard Logger (spotter) say “inside.” I said “Who the heck is that?” Then the battle was on with Bobby and I was lucky enough to pull away for the win.

It was tough but it was a lot of fun. Everyone ran hard but everyone ran clean. I really enjoy racing with these guys when our K&N schedule allows.”

“I am really happy for Freddie and Sheila (Peterson) to finally get the win for them. They have been great to us and give us everything we need. We finally have this car going good and Rollie, the crew, and I thank them for everything,” said an elated driver. “I also am very happy for Kenny Thompson from Hancock Electric. He has been helping us out with sponsorship for years and it is great we were able to celebrate our first win together.”

Car owner Freddie Peterson was jubilant after the race saying, “This is fantastic. It took a while to get here but what a great way to do it. They (Rollie and Eddie) figured this car out and it has gone great the last three races. Eddie is a tremendous driver and look at the show he put on. I couldn’t be happier for the entire team.”

Ken Thompson said, “This is a lot of fun to get this win with Eddie. He is a great kid and I am so happy for him. It’s nice to see that big smile on his face.”

Eddie, Rollie, and the Grimm Racing Team will race in the K&N Pro Series East inaugural event on the road course at Virginia International Raceway on Saturday, August 24.
Photos by Richard Casey

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