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Friday, October 18th

Road Atlanta

Braselton, GA
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Eddie Completes K&NPSE Season at Road Atlanta
The fourteen race schedule for the K&N Pro Series East ended on Friday on the 12 turn, 2.54 mile road course in the Road Atlanta 115 with 25 cars in competition. Eddie Mac and the Grimm Racing team struggled to an 18th place finish in the 28 lap event. Despite the run, Eddie Mac held on to post a fifth place finish in the NASCAR point’s race.

“We had a tough week right from the start during Tuesday’s practice,” said Eddie Mac. “”We were under horsepower and with the restrictor plate we all had to run, it hurt us even more. We finally seemed to find something and improved our lap time by a couple of seconds in the third practice but then the car spun out on a rumble strip and hit the tire barrier with the left side. The crew worked late into the night to fix the damage as best as we could for the race. Practice and qualifying were rained out on Thursday and the short practice an Friday really didn’t help us. The only good thing was we started fifth because of points after the rainout but we lost ground pretty quickly.”

“We weren’t competitive and decided to find a place we could run and try to hold on to our fifth place position in the points,” said a disappointed Eddie Mac. “You hate to end the season the way we did but that’s racing. We thought we had a chance to finish third in the points with three races to go but tire issues took care of that. We were tied with Ben Kennedy for third going into Loudon and were leading that race until a right front tire blew out and wrecked our new car. Another tire issue at Dover with three laps to go knocked us back to fifth in the points. It is pretty frustrating because we usually run well at both of those tracks. Road Atlanta is a great facility and it is too bad we didn’t run well there. Congratulations to Dylan (Kwasniewski) for winning the championship.”

“Rollie and I have so many people to thank for all the help and support, especially team owner Rob Grimm and his wife Karla,” said Eddie. “It was an honor to represent the National Multiple Sclerosis Society on the track in support of Megan Spaulding, her husband Ryne, their children, and the entire Grimm family. They are a fantastic family and support many causes. Even Karla and Rob’s son Dylan spent part of his summer volunteering his help in the Texas based New Path Adventures to help minister troubled youth. The family raised a lot of money for MS research when Grimm Nation marched at Pocono Raceway in support of Megan and to help find a cure. It is a real privilege to be associated with such a great group of people.”

“Of course, we have to thank our fans and sponsors for everything including: Stilo, HMS, Waymart Building Center, Peterson Automotive, Kustom Vinyl, the University of Northwestern Ohio students for their dedication and help this season on the crew. We really had a small but hard-working crew this year and I thank them for all their work and sacrifice both in the shop and at the track.”

Fox Sports 2 will televise the Road Atlanta 115 at 10 am on Saturday, Nov.2.
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HOMETRACKS LIVE: K&N East at Road Atlanta - HERE
For the Event Schedule, Entry List, Practices, Qualifying, Lap by Lap, & Results
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News & Notes: Road Atlanta - HERE

FAST FACTS:
The Race:
  The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East is set to conclude the 2013 season with its inaugural event at Road Atlanta as part of the 16th Annual Petit Le Mans powered by Mazda race weekend.

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 28 laps (71.12 miles, 114.47 kilometers).

The Track:  A 2.54-mile, 12-turn road course, Road Atlanta opened on Sept. 13, 1970. Road Atlanta has played host to just two previous NASCAR races in its history – the NASCAR Nationwide Series in 1986 and 1987.

ROAD ATLANTA RACE NOTES:
Series History in the Peach State:
  The inaugural Road Atlanta event will be the fourth race in NASCAR K&N Pro Series East history in the state of Georgia. The series previously visited Gresham Motorsports Park in Jefferson, Ga., once a year from 2010-12.

Series History at Road Courses:  Road Atlanta will be the fourth different road course the K&N Pro Series East has visited in its 27-year history. Lime Rock Park in Lakeville, Conn., held 18 races from 1993-2010 while Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International welcomed the series 14 times from 1993-2009. Earlier this season the K&N Pro Series East held its inaugural event at Virginia International Raceway in Alton, Va.

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Statistical Advance: Road Atlanta - HERE

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East will head to Braselton, Ga., to close out the 2013 campaign with the inaugural series event at Road Atlanta on Friday, Oct. 18. Below is a statistical look at the performance of the series and selected drivers:

Road Atlanta Race Setup
• Just five points separate Dylan Kwasniewski and Brett Moffitt atop the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East championship standings heading into the season finale at Road Atlanta.
• Kwasniewski – the 2012 NASCAR K&N Pro Series West champion – will attempt to become the first driver to win titles in both the East and West while Moffitt is looking to capture his first title after four years of finishes on the championship podium.
• In addition to the overall championship, the Sunoco Rookie of the Year title is also up for grabs at Road Atlanta. Jesse Little has a six-point lead on Gray Gaulding and Kenzie Ruston entering the event.
• The 13 previous races this year have produced seven different first-time race winners, the most since 1994 when there were eight first-time victors.

ROAD ATLANTA:
History

• Held its first race on Sept. 13, 1970.
• The facility’s premier annual event is the Petit Le Mans. The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East’s inaugural race at the track will be part of the 16th Annual Petit Le Mans presented by Mazda weekend.
• Has held two previous NASCAR races. The NASCAR Nationwide Series competed there in 1986 and 1987.

Notebook
• This will be the fourth all-time NKNPS East event in the state of Georgia. The first three took place from 2010-12 at Gresham Motorsports Park in Jefferson.
• This will be the NKNPS East’s 34th all-time road course race since the series was formed in 1987. There were 18 at Lime Rock Park from 1993-2010 and 14 at Watkins Glen International from 1993-2009. The series’ first race at Virginia International Raceway was held earlier this year.

Road Atlanta
Race: #14 of 14
Track Layout: 2.54-mile, 12-turn road course
• Race Length: 28 laps (71.12 miles, 114.47 kilometers)

Eddie MacDonald (No. 71 Grimm Construction Chevrolet)
• Has six wins, two poles, 31 top fives and 83 top 10s in 171 career series starts.
• Sits fifth in points with eight top 10s in 13 outings, highlighted by a runner-up finish at Iowa in August.
• Finished ninth at VIR in August. Has seven top 10s and an average finish of 15th in 16 career road course starts. Best road course finish was second at Lime Rock in 2009.

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ACTIVE SERIES CAREER LEADERS:

Wins
1. Brett Moffitt  ... 9
2. Eddie MacDonald ... 6
3. Dale Quarterley ... 6

Poles
1. Brett Moffitt ... 10
2. Dale Quarterley ... 4
3. Cale Conley … 3
    Dylan Kwasniewski … 3

Top Fives
1. Brett Moffitt ... 33
2. Dale Quarterley ... 31
    Eddie MacDonald ... 31

Top 10s
1. Eddie MacDonald ... 83
2. Dale Quarterley ... 67
3. Brett Moffitt ... 44

Laps Completed
1. Eddie MacDonald ... 22,041
2. Dale Quarterley ... 18,891
3. John Salemi ... 8,605

Laps Led
1. Brett Moffitt ... 1,809
2. Dale Quarterley ... 706
3. Eddie MacDonald … 672


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