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Monday, September 2nd - 6 PM ET

Kevin Whitaker Chevrolet 140


Greenville-Pickens Speedway
Greenville, SC
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Eddie Runs Fourth at Greenville Pickens

Eddie drove from his twelfth place starting position to finish fourth in the Kevin Whitaker Chevrolet 140 at Greenville Pickens Speedway in the eleventh K&N Pro Series East race this season. It was the second visit to the “Old House of Racing” this season with MacDonald taking the checkers in eighth place in the March race. Monday’s Labor Day finish solidifies Eddie Mac’s fourth place standing in the point’s race trailing third place by only four points with four races remaining.

The Grimm Construction Chevy/Multiple Sclerosis Chevy qualified twelfth in the 23 car field in 21.051 sec. around the flat half mile oval. Eddie Mac ran seventh fastest in the first practice session and ran 19th on old tires in the second practice saying, “The car ran well in the first practice and we knew we would be okay for the race. We qualified in twelfth and that is about what we expected. The important thing on this track is to save your tires for the end. The drivers that do that the best will be there at the end of the race.”

The race turned out to be more about strategy than racing early on with the veteran driver saying, “It was weird when the green flag waved almost everyone was half throttle. A number of guys said in the pits before the race they were going to take it easy and save the tires for the end. This track surface is pretty abrasive so it doesn’t take long before the tires go away. Only a few guys raced hard from the beginning and they ended up falling to the back near the end of the race.”

The start of the 140 lap event (70 miles) found many drivers falling back in the field and let the rabbit’s race their way to the front. Eddie Mac dropped from his 12th position to ride around in the 16th spot saying, “It was strange that everyone drove off the corners nice and easy without spinning the tires. Hardly anyone was racing and that’s why we only had one caution and that was for debris (Laps 58-66). We planned to get going around lap 90 to make our way to the front. Everyone decided to go then so the race was on. I was able to get near the front but the tires were pretty shot with about 15-20 laps to go.”

On lap 106 The #71 rode in tenth place and into fifth on the 125th circuit with MacDonald saying, “We were hoping for a late race caution to bunch things up and give us a shot for a top three finish but it didn’t happen. I passed the #21 on the last lap to get to fourth. It was a good finish for us and a good point’s day. Now we have the opportunity in our next race in New Hampshire to improve on that. The team is looking forward to racing at home in front of our fans. The crew did a great job today and in the shop getting this car ready. We had a lot of work to do after the Iowa race and I want to give a special thanks to John Tiernan, our body and paint man, for all his hard work.”

Eddie Mac and the Grimm Racing Team will pull double duty at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Saturday, September 21, racing in the K&N Pro Series East’s North American Power 100 and the American Canadian Tour’s ACT Invitational 50 lap event as part of the big NASCAR Cup weekend. FS1 will televise the Kevin Whitaker 140 on Sunday, September 22, at noon.

 
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FAST FACTS
The Race:
  The third edition of the Kevin Whitaker Chevrolet 140 will mark the 11th all-time event for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East at Greenville Pickens Speedway, and the second of two in 2013.

The Procedure:  The maximum starting field will be 28 cars, including provisionals. The first 24 starting positions will be based on two-lap time trials and the remaining four will be filled through the provisional process. The race will be 140 laps (70 miles), run straight through with no tire changes.

The Track:  Greenville is a half-mile asphalt oval with five degrees of banking in the turns. The facility opened in 1946 with a dirt racing surface and was paved in 1970. There were 29 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races held there from 1951-71.

Race Winners:  The 10 previous K&N Pro Series East races in Greenville have produced nine different winners. Only Darrell Wallace Jr. has won at the track twice. Brandon Gdovic captured checkers in the first 2013 race.

Pole Winners:  Like with race winners, there has been only one driver to earn multiple poles at GPS – Brett Moffitt – with three. Moffitt set the qualifying record at 20.534 seconds (87.659 mph) in the 2011 season-opener, and his 2010 pole eclipsed Joey Logano’s series record as the youngest pole winner at 16 years, eight months.

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Statistical Advance: Greenville - HERE
Eddie MacDonald (No. 71 Grimm Construction Chevrolet)
• Has six wins, two poles, 31 top fives and 82 top 10s in 168 career series starts.
• Ranks fourth in points with seven top 10s in 10 outings, highlighted by a runner-up finish at August Iowa.
• Has an average finish of 10th and a best result of third in nine career GPS starts.

Greenville Race Setup:
• The 10 previous NASCAR K&N Pro Series East races at Greenville Pickens Speedway have produced nine different victors and eight different pole winners.
• Brett Moffitt has six track records at GPS including the best average finish, most laps led and most poles.
• Eddie MacDonald’s nine starts are the most in series history at GPS, and he’s tied with Moffitt for the most top-10 finishes at the track with six.
• Season points leader Dylan Kwasniewski made his NKNPS East debut at GPS in 2012 and drove from the rear to finish seventh.

AT GREENVILLE PICKENS SPEEDWAY:
History
• Opened on July 4, 1946 as a dirt track. The race surface was converted to asphalt in April, 1970.
• Held 29 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races from 1951-71, including the first flag-to-flag televised event.
• David Pearson (1959) and Ralph Earnhardt (1965, 66) are among the famed drivers that have won championships at the track.

Notebook
• The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East held its inaugural Greenville Pickens Speedway race on June 6, 2006 and has returned every year since. This is the third season in a row that the track has held two events.
• Corey LaJoie took the checkered flag in this event last year while Brandon Gdovic won this season’s first event there. Darrell Wallace Jr. is the only driver in the first 10 races at GPS to earn two victories.
• Brett Moffitt is the only driver to capture more than one pole at GPS. He has three, including the first event there this year.
• In the first 10 NKNPS East events there have been two drivers that have won from the pole: Joey Logano (2007) and Moffitt (2011). Moffitt also set the track qualifying record in 2011.
• Logano, Austin Dillon (2008), Gdovic (2013) and Wallace (2010) earned their first career NKNPS East wins in events at Greenville.

Greenville Pickens Speedway Data
Race:  #11 of 15 overall, #2 of 2 at GPS
Track Layout:  .5-mile asphalt oval
• Race Length:  140 laps (70 miles)
• Banking/Corners:  Five degrees


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