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Sat., August 24th - 4:35 PM ET

Virginia International Raceway
Alton, VA
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Eddie Mac Ninth “On the Road” at VIR

The K&N Pro Series East’s inaugural visit to Virginia International Raceway in Alton, Virginia in the Biscuitville 125 on Saturday marked the first appearance for the series on a road course since Lime Rock Park in 2010. Eddie MacDonald struggled in practice and qualifying on the 2.25 mile, 17 turn track yet posted a satisfying ninth place finish. With his seventh top ten finish this season in ten races, both driver and team owner, Rob Grimm, improved to fourth place in the all-important point’s race.

The Grimm Racing Team arrived at VIR for a full day of practice on Friday and it became clearly evident the Grimm Construction/ Multiple Sclerosis Chevy was down in horsepower to deal with the long straightaways and uphill configuration of the track. When the series ran at Lime Rock many teams suffered the loss of the spec engines that were clearly designed to run oval tracks and not designed for the rigors of right and left hand turns. The #71 ran a “built” engine for durability then and ran the same engine at VIR this past weekend.

“We knew we would be down in power but we felt if we could stay on the track until the finish, we would have a decent run,” said MacDonald. “Even with the fixes to the spec engines a number of them did blow up over the two days as did a number of transmissions. There were a lot of turns (17) with only three left handers so the track is really hard on equipment. The top guys had it figured out with speed ant handling but we are happy with the run we had. The car was not real fast but it was steady all through the race. We gained a spot in the point’s race (fourth) so overall it was a good day for us.

The Grimm Construction Multiple Sclerosis Chevy was 18th (133.888sec.) fastest in the 26 car field and slipped to 23rd in qualifying. Road Corse Qualifying is different from oval racing in that cars are sent out in seven second staggered groups depending on practice speed. Eddie Mac ran with the second group for eight minutes with the best lap scored for the starting grid for the 55 lap event.

Only three caution flags for 13 laps made for long green flag runs with teams employing different pit strategy for fuel. No tire changes were allowed unless a tire went down on the track. Crew chief Rollie LaChance called Eddie Mac to the pits for fuel and minor adjustments on lap 36 while running fifth after most of the leaders pitted laps before the #71. MacDonald returned to the track in the 12th position then taking the 11th spot on the grid as the caution flag flew on lap 50 when the engine on the #6 car of Daniel Suarez erupted on the front straight right in front of Eddie Mac’s pit sending oil everywhere.

The massive oil loss required a lot of work to clean up forcing the race into the first green/white/checker attempt. When the green flag flew the speedy dry on the track made visibility almost impossible with Eddie Mac saying, “It was pretty wild out there. You couldn’t see anything in front of you and you were just hoping to hold it straight and not run into anyone. By the time we made it to turn one I was in ninth. It was funny but I didn’t even see the two cars I passed because of the sandstorm. The crew did a great job getting the car ready and we ended up with what we wanted: a top ten finish and a good point’s day. We will head to Greenville next and plan to have a good run there. We ran eighth there earlier in the season (April 6) and now we will be returning there with the new car we ran second at Iowa.  We only have four races left so we want to at least maintain our position but hope to move up in the points.”

On Monday, September 2 the K&N Pro Series East will take the green flag in the Kevin Whitaker Chevrolet 140 at the famed half mile at Greenville Pickens Speedway (SC).

Photos by Richard Casey
 
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News & Notes: K&N East at The Biscuitville 125 - HERE
FAST FACTS
The Race: The Biscuitville 125 will be the 10th of 15 races on the 2013 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East schedule. It’s the first time the series has visited the Virginia track and the first road course event for the series since July 2010 at Lime Rock Park in Lakeville, Conn. It is also the third of three visits to the Commonwealth of Virginia for the series having already competed at Richmond International Raceway in April and Langley Speedway in Hampton in June.

The Procedure: The starting field is 30 cars, including provisionals. The first 26 cars will qualify through NASCAR road race style group qualifying. The remaining four spots will be awarded through the provisional process. The race will be 55 laps (123.75 miles).

The Track: VIRginia International Raceway originally opened in 1957 and was closed from 1974 to 2000 when it was reopened by Harvey Siegel. VIR offers five track configurations. The Full Course is 3.27 miles in length while the Patriot Course stretches for 1.1 miles entirely inside the Full Course. The North Course measures 2.25 miles in length and the South Course covers a distance of 1.65 miles. The Grand East course is the longest configuration at 4.2 miles and is made up from the Full and Patriot courses. Overall, the facility includes three separate paddocks with timing towers, separate skid pads, covered tech bays in the North Paddock, classrooms, full service restaurants, pro shop, restrooms with showers and several lodging options. The Biscuitville 125 will be contested on the North Course.
 
Statistical Advance: VIR - HERE
Eddie MacDonald (No. 71 Grimm Construction Toyota)
• Six wins, two poles, 31 top fives, 81 top 10s in 167 career series starts
• Best finish this season – second
• Average finish this season of 8.3
• Fifth in K&N East championship standings
• Finished seventh at Lime Rock in series’ last road course race in 2010
 

VIR Race Setup
• The K&N Pro Series East has not competed on a road course since a July 2010 date at Lime Rock Park in Lakeville, Conn.
• Twelve of the expected 25 entrants in the Biscuitville 125 have no appreciable road-course experience in a stock car.
• Series point leader Dylan Kwasniewski made seven road-course starts while competing in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West with an average finish of 13.57; average finish of 3.75 in four road course starts last season.
• Andrew Ranger and Daniel Suárez have road course wins this season in NASCAR series.

AT VIRGINIA INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY
History
• Opened in 1957 and was closed from 1974 to 2000 when it was reopened by Harvey Siegel.
• Offers five track configurations. The Full Course is 3.27 miles in length while the Patriot Course stretches for 1.1 miles entirely inside the Full Course. The North Course measures 2.25 miles in length and the South Course covers a distance of 1.65 miles. The Grand East course is the longest configuration at 4.2 miles and is made up from the Full and Patriot courses.
• Has hosted numerous test sessions for NASCAR’s top-three national series.


New Date for
K&N Pro East
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August 24th, 2013
VIR Added To K&N Pro East Schedule
2013 Calendar Now Includes Two Road Course Events
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East will make its inaugural visit to Virginia International Raceway in Alton, Va., on Aug. 24, 2013.
 
The event will replace the race previously announced for CNB Bank Raceway Park on July 20 in Clearfield, Pa.
 
With Virginia International Raceway joining the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East calendar, NASCAR’s top development series will now have two road course dates in 2013. The series was already scheduled for its inaugural event at Road Atlanta on Oct. 18 in Braselton, Ga.
 
“We are very pleased to welcome Virginia International Raceway to the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East calendar,” said George Silbermann, NASCAR vice president of regional and touring series. “Adding a premier road course facility like VIR is a great addition to an already diverse schedule of events.”

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