Eddie Wins ACT Invitational at NHMS

Eddie MacDonald continued his dominance at the Magic Mile in Loudon, N.H. with his third victory in the American Canadian Tour’s 5th Annual Bond Auto 50 lap event. The Rowley, Mass. driver won the first ever ACT race at NHMS and has now won three of the five contests held on the September NASCAR Sprint Cup weekend schedule. Unfortunately, Eddie Mac was not as fortunate in the K&N Pro Series East race when he hit the wall in turn one while leading the race when the right side tire blew apart.

“We won one and wrecked one,” said MacDonald in victory lane after the impressive ACT win. “I really wanted to win this for a third time. Rollie (LaChance) and the entire team love running here in front of all our fans. It is a great win but the day is also bittersweet. The K&N car is in pretty bad shape and we have to evaluate it to see if it can be fixed. It is our new car this year and is my favorite car. So it is really disappointing to have a blown tire ruin our chances to win the race and destroy the car. I feel bad for team owner Rob Grimm and the rest of the team that worked so hard on it from day one.”

The Hancock Electric Late Model Pontiac with the familiar flame covered body started the race in the 26th position in the 43 car field after a draw for position with the “Outlaw” saying, “We came here a few weeks ago for a practice day and the car was fast and handled well. This car is incredible since it sat in the trailer since last year and still runs as well as it does. This morning (Saturday) we had an hour of practice and the small changes Rollie made were fantastic. I knew we had something to contend for the win but I knew we had some tough competition from the regular ACT guys.”

When the green flag waved to start the 50 lapper, Eddie Mac steadily moved to the front and rode in the 15th position on the lap 4 caution and into fourth the next time the yellow flag slowed the action on lap 12 with Eddie saying, “The car was so good I wasn’t pushing it. I was just riding trying to save the tires for the end of the race. I knew Brian (Hoar), Wayne (Helliwell), Joey (Polewarczyk) and a few others would all be battling for the win the last ten laps. I thought whoever saved their stuff the best would be in a position to get the win.”
The #17 Ma. Late Model maintained the third spot behind leaders Hoar and Helliwell until making the move for the lead on lap 34. Eddie Mac took the lead and established a two to three car length advantage to take the checkers saying, “This win really means a lot to me and the team. We owe a big thank you to Rob Grimm for all his support and special thanks to Kenny Thompson of Hancock Electric for his sponsorship. We have to keep Kenny around because we won the last two races he has been at (Beech Ridge, NHMS). He is our good luck charm. Hopefully he can make it to the Milk Bowl at Thunder Road. The day started off so badly, I am glad we had something good happen.”

K&N Pro Series East North American Power 100

The Grimm Racing Team posted a seventh fastest qualifying time for the North American Power 100 in the twelfth race in the K&N Pro Series East schedule with Eddie Mac saying, “I was really pleased with the qualifying run and felt the car would be good in the race and it was. This car has been a standout for us since we started running it this season and thought we could be in position to get the win. We were only four points behind third place in the point’s race and were hoping for a good finish and a good point’s day. Unfortunately, a blown tire knocked us out before the halfway break at lap 50.”

The Grimm Construction Chevy was “just riding” in sixth before taking the fifth position on a lap 17 restart. The #71 then began powering to the front. On a lap 40 restart after a red flag, Eddie Mac moved into third then took the top spot on lap 41. The lead was short-lived when four laps later the right front tire exploded sending Eddie nose first into the turn one wall.

“The tire just blew out and there was nothing I could do,” said Eddie Mac. “I remember thinking, “This is going to hurt,” but the construction of the car and the safety equipment did the job and I was okay. I was just sick over what happened to the car. As I said, this is my favorite car to drive so hopefully it can be fixed. It was a tough day out there for all the point’s leaders and despite the 23rd place finish we are tied for third place with Ben Kennedy heading to Dover. Fortunately we have a great Gibbs’ car ready for Dover so hopefully we will have a solid finish there.”

The Drive Sober 150 will take the green flag in the second to last race on the K&N Pro Series East schedule this Friday on the “Monster Mile” as another companion race for the third “Chase” race for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.
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Richard Casey
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Chris Roy
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Richard Casey
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Saturday, September 21st

New Hampshire Motor Speedway
Loudon, NH
Having taken the lead on lap 41, , Eddie had the right front tire suddenly go down on lap 44. The #71 pounded the turn one wall for a 23rd place finish.
Eddie will start 7th after turning a 30.0 sec. lap.  Lineup HERE
For the Event Schedule, Entry List, Practices, Qualifying, Lap by Lap, & Results
News & Notes: The North American Power 100 - HERE

The Race:
  The North American Power 100 will be the 12th of 14 races on the 2013 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East schedule and the lone trip to New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

The Procedure:  The starting field is 36 cars, including provisionals. The first 32 cars will qualify through two-lap time trials. The remaining four spots will be awarded through the provisional process. The race will be 100 laps (105.8 miles) with a 10-minute break at or near the conclusion of Lap 50. The tire change rule is two tires, any position.

The Track:  NHMS, a 1.058-mile slightly-banked asphalt oval, is the largest track the K&N Pro Series East races at. NHMS has played host to the K&N Pro Series East in each year of the track’s existence and has held more races than any other facility in the series’ 27-year history.

Race Winners:  There have been 26 different winners in 57 all-time stand-alone races at NHMS. New Hampshire native Brad Leighton has the most series wins at the “Magic Mile” with eight while Eddie MacDonald is the active leader with three.

Pole Winners:  Of the 29 different drivers to earn a Coors Light Pole Award at NHMS, Kelly Moore has the most in K&N Pro Series East history with six. Brett Moffitt set the track qualifying record at 29.648 seconds (128.467 mph) in this event last year for his third “Magic Mile” pole.

MacDonald on a Run: Eddie MacDonald is once again turning in a commendable performance in 2013, and it could get even better as the K&N Pro Series East heads to his home track this week for the North American Power 100 at NHMS. MacDonald ranks fourth in points and only championship leaders Dylan Kwasniewski and Brett Moffitt have more top-10 finishes (nine) than the Rowley, Mass., native (eight). Following five straight top 10s, MacDonald heads to his best track, where he’s posted three of his six career victories. The recent run of success could have MacDonald positioned to end a 48-race winless drought that dates to his last Loudon win in 2009.

Statistical Advance: Loudon - HERE

New Hampshire Race Setup
• Points leader Dylan Kwasniewski can move into a tie with Brad Leighton for second on the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East single-season wins list with a victory, which would be his sixth of 2013.
• Brett Moffitt has a win and three runner-up finishes in seven previous races at NHMS.
• The active leader with three wins at NHMS, Eddie MacDonald enters this race with a streak of 10 consecutive top-10 finishes at his home track.
• Daniel Suárez has finished on the podium in four of the last five races and has improved from 12th to sixth in the standings during that run.

New Hampshire Motor Speedway:
• Groundbreaking for New Hampshire International Speedway, as New Hampshire Motor Speedway was originally named, was Aug. 13, 1989.
• The 1.058-mile oval is located on approximately 1,200 acres; the multi-use complex is the largest sports facility in New England.
• The official opening was June 5, 1990 and the first NASCAR event was a NASCAR Nationwide Series race on July 15, 1990 in which NASCAR K&N Pro Series East drivers competed in combination.
• Speedway Motorsports Inc., agreed to purchase New Hampshire International Speedway from Bob and Gary Bahre on January 11, 2008 and then renamed the track New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

• The first NKNPS East stand-alone race was held on Sept. 2, 1990.
• There have been 57 stand-alone NKNPS East races at NHMS, more than any other track in series history.
• There have been 26 different race winners, led by Brad Leighton’s eight. Eddie MacDonald is the active leader with three victories.
• There have been 29 different pole winners, led by Kelly Moore’s six. Brett Moffitt is the active leader with three poles, and maintains the series’ qualifying record.

New Hampshire Motor Speedway Data
Race: #12 of 14
Track Layout: 1.058-mile asphalt oval
• Race Length: 100 laps (105.8 miles)
• Banking/Corners: 2-7 degrees

Eddie MacDonald (No. 71 Grimm Construction Chevrolet)
• Has six wins, two poles, 31 top fives and 83 top 10s in 169 career series starts.
• Ranks fourth in points with eight top 10s in 11 outings, highlighted by a runner-up finish at August Iowa.
• Has three wins, 12 top 10s, an average finish of 17th and 171 laps led in 24 career starts at NHMS. Maintains a streak of 10 top-10 finishes in a row at the track. Had an average finish of 25th in 14 starts there prior to the current top-10 streak.

Saturday, September 21st - 4:30 PM
Eddie MacDonald made history when he won the inaugural ACT Invitational back in 2009. He became the first driver to win two ACT Invitationals when he took the checkers in 2011. On Saturday, he became the first to win it a third time, crossing the Granite Stripe to win the American-Canadian Tour Bond Auto Parts ACT Invitational at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

MacDonald (Rowley, Mass.) drove away from the field over the final 10 laps of the 50-lap feature, capping off a great day at the 1.058-mile speedway. MacDonald joins 15-year-old Cole Custer (K&N Pro Series East) and Todd Szegedy (Whelen Modified Tour) as Saturday's winners.

MacDonald ran a strong race, avoiding trouble and staying ahead of the likes of ACT points leader Wayne Helliwell Jr. and Brian Hoar.

"I just love racing at NHMS," said MacDonald. "These guys are the best in the sport, it is tough to get by them. We are all pretty equal. You are not going to fool these guys too much."

Helliwell, a native of Dover, N.H., who leads the ACT with 12 top-10s in 13 starts, ran up front for most of the second half of the race, but didn't have enough left in the tank for MacDonald at the end.

"We made really good strides with this team," said Helliwell. "We definitely crossed the T and dotted the I today. I am not complaining about second."

Hoar (Williston, Vt.) led twice for 13 laps, but knew he didn't have anything for MacDonald.

"I got to the outside and made a pretty good move and got to the front," said Hoar. "I tried to save something. I knew with Eddie going fast it was going to be tough to chase him down."
The Bond Auto ACT Invitational took place on September 21 as part of a spectacular triple header which also featured the NASCAR Whelen Modified FW Webb 100, and the NASCAR K&N Series North American Power 100. Racing action starts at 12:15.
The 43-car field for the 5th Annual Bond Auto ACT Invitational at New Hampshire Motor Speedway has been announced. The biggest names in American Canadian Tour Late Models will be on hand for the event on Saturday, September 21.

The field will be led by twelve drivers who have won an Invitational qualifier event. A strong contingent from New Hampshire includes Wayne Helliwell, Jr. and Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. Vermont drivers Brian Hoar, Jimmy Hebert, Bobby Therrien and Cody Blake claimed qualifier wins. From north of the border, Quebecer’s Jean-François Déry, Alex Labbe, Donald Theetge, Dany Trepanier have all won qualifying events. Travis Stearns of Maine and Eddie MacDonald of Massachusetts complete the 12 Invitational Qualifier winners.
The remainder of the field includes American Canadian Tour regulars Ben Lynch, Glen Luce, Kyle Welch, Ray Parent, Rowland Robinson, Jr., Luke Hinkley and Todd Davis. Completing the Canadian group are Série ACT’s Jonathan Bouvrette, as well as Ontario’s Sean Kennedy and Bryan Mercer.

Representatives from several tracks around the Northeast will also be on hand. From Thunder Road, Ricky Roberts, Emily Packard, Jamie Fisher, Matt White, and the Grandfather/Grandson combo of 70-year-old Joey Laquerre and 16-year-old Joey M. Laquerre. Devil’s Bowl Speedway’s Brandon Atkins and Josh Masterson also accepted invites.

Sept. 4th Test & Tune at NHMS
Practice at NHMS for the 5th Annual Bond Auto ACT Invitational
on Saturday September 21, 2013. Eddie is a two-time winner of
this event, including the inaugural. Eddie will also compete
in the K&N Pro Series East race the same day.
Photos by Richard Casey

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