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Friday, September 27th


Dover International Speedway
Dover, DE
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Eddie Finishes 15th at the Monster Mile
A tire issue late in the Drive Sober 150 at Dover International Speedway on Friday in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East twelfth race of the season forced a 15th place finish. A tire problem last week at New Hampshire Motor Speedway’s Magic Mile ruined a potentially strong day and racecar. Friday’s finish cost the Grimm Construction/Multiple Sclerosis Toyota at least four spots at the finish line and a number of positions in the all-important point’s race.

Eddie Mac started the day tied with Ben Kennedy for third place but fell back to fifth place when the outer tire went flat when the green flag waved on the lap 147 restart with the frustrated driver saying, “I was really lucky to keep it off the wall in turn one. Last week we wrecked when the tire blew but this week we ran tires with inner-liners and that was the only thing that kept us off the wall. I just had to limp around the final few laps. The car was not great all race but we were in a position to gain a little in the point’s race. We lost a great opportunity last week to gain a lot of points and today definitely hurt us.”

Both practices on Thursday focused more on preparing a stable car for the 150 lap race around the high-banked extremely fast race track with Eddie Mac saying, “We didn’t tape up and make a qualifying run like most of the fast guys. Rollie (LaChance) and I wanted to get the car set-up for the long race so we weren’t disappointed with the times on Thursday. We knew we could run a good qualifying lap Friday morning and we did. We started ninth (23.506 sec.-153.152 mph) after going out fifth so I was very happy with that but things changed when we took the green flag.”

Eddie Mac slipped back from his ninth starting position to 15th with a tight car, eventually falling to 18th when the second caution flag of the race waved on lap 57. A decision to pit during the caution to free the #71 up was made for a wedge and tire adjustment. The Grimm Construction Toyota headed to the pits again on a lap 64 caution to loosen it up more with a track bar adjustment. A caution on lap 71 also served as the halfway break. The Grimm Racing Team changed tires and more adjustments and returned for the final laps in 17th place.

“It was a crazy day with the car,” said Eddie. “The car got real tight then we hit the pits again and it made it real loose again and we were not making huge adjustments. It seemed whatever we did it sent the car in the opposite direction. We just couldn’t get it where it needed to be. Everyone worked their tails off but it just didn’t happen the way we wanted it to be. Even at the end we still had a chance to have a good top ten finish but the right front tire took care of that. We lost a lot of ground the last two weeks on tracks we usually run well on because of right front tire problems. It is frustrating so we have to have a good run at Road Atlanta (Oct. 18) to close out the season.”

Eddie Mac ran in the 17th position on the lap 116 restart to move steadily through the field and into the 11th spot for the lap 147 restart saying, “I thought we could get a couple of spots on the restart because a lot of guys were sliding around but the tire let go and all I could do was hang on. The restarts today were crazy and it seemed we were always in the wrong lane and we lost a lot of positions because guys didn’t go in front of us, so I was hoping we would have a good one at the end but we were the ones that didn’t go. It was definitely a bad day for us on one of our favorite tracks.”

The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East will wrap up the season with an inaugural trip to Road Atlanta on October 18. Fox Sports 1 will televise the Drive Sober 150 on October 13 at noon. A replay of the race will be shown on Monday, October 14 at 7 p.m.
Photos by Richard Casey 
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HOMETRACKS LIVE: K&N East at Dover - HERE
For the Event Schedule, Entry List, Practices, Qualifying, Lap by Lap, & Results
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News & Notes: The Drive Sober 150 - HERE

FAST FACTS
The Race:
  The Drive Sober 150 at Dover International Speedway will be the 13th event of the 14-race 2013 schedule for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East. This will be the 13th all-time stand-alone race for the series at Dover.

The Procedure:  The starting field is 30 cars, including provisionals. The first 26 cars will have secured starting positions based on two-lap qualifying. The remaining four spots will be awarded through the provisional process. The race will be 150 laps (150 miles) and will have a 10-minute break at or near the conclusion of Lap 75.

The Track:  Known as the “Monster Mile,” Dover is an even one-mile concrete oval with banking of nine degrees on the straightaways and 24 degrees in the turns.

Race Winners:  There have been 11 winners in the previous 12 K&N Pro Series East races at Dover. Corey LaJoie was last year’s winner while Brett Moffitt is the only driver with multiple victories at the track.

Pole Winners:  In the 12 previous events there have been 10 different pole winners. Darrell Wallace Jr. is the only multi-time polesitter at Dover while Matt DiBenedetto has the qualifying record at 23.201 seconds (155.166 mph), established in 2009.

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Statistical Advance: Dover - HERE

Dover Race Setup
• Points leader Dylan Kwasniewski has a mathematical shot at clinching the 2013 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East championship at Dover International Speedway. He brings a 23-point lead on Brett Moffitt into the Drive Sober 150.
• 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.
• Moffitt is the only driver in series history with two victories at Dover and he’s led laps in three of his four career starts there.
• Daniel Suárez has finished on the podium in five of the last six races and has improved from 12th to fifth in the standings during that run.

DOVER INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY:
History

• The official opening of Dover International Speedway, then called Dover Downs International Speedway, was in 1969.
• The first NASCAR Sprint Cup race was held on July 6, 1969 – won by Richard Petty.
• Dover held 10 NASCAR Nationwide Series–NASCAR K&N Pro Series East combination races from 1987-92.
• The track surface was changed to concrete in 1995.
• The first stand-alone NKNPS East race was held at Dover on July 18, 1998.
• The track name was changed to Dover International Speedway in 2002.

Notebook
• There have been 12 previous stand-alone NKNPS East races at Dover.
• Of those 12 previous events, there have been 11 different race winners and 10 different pole winners, with qualifying cancelled one year.
• Of the 11 previous winners, only Brett Moffitt has won twice.
• Of the 10 previous pole winners, only Darrell Wallace Jr. has two.

Dover International Speedway
Race: #13 of 14
Track Layout: One-mile concrete oval
• Race Length: 150 laps (150 miles)
• Banking/Corners: 24 degrees
• Banking/Straights: Nine degrees

Eddie MacDonald (No. 71 Grimm Construction Chevrolet)
• Has six wins, two poles, 31 top fives and 83 top 10s in 170 career series starts.
• Is tied for third in points with eight top 10s in 12 outings, highlighted by a runner-up finish at Iowa in August.
• Has four top 10s, an average finish of 12th and a best result of third (2004) in 11 previous races at Dover.


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