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Sat. April 6 - 8 PM ET
Kevin Whitaker Chevrolet 150
presented by G-Clean


Greenville-Pickens Speedway
Greenville, SC
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Top Ten for Eddie at Greenville Pickens
Eddie MacDonald posted a satisfying eighth place finish in the Kevin Whitaker Chevrolet 150 presented by G-Clean in the NASCAR K&N Series East’s second race of the season. The scheduled race date of March 23 was rescheduled to April 6 due to rain. MacDonald scored a seventh place run in the season opener at Bristol Motor Speedway after starting 30th on the grid. Eddie Mac received the Coke Cola Move of the Race Award for the Bristol effort. After two events both driver and team owner Rob Grimm sit in fifth place in the points.

Saturday did not appear headed in the right direction when the Grimm Construction Chevy struggled in practice in the 22nd and 24th positions. However, the veteran driver explained saying, “We had one set of practice tires we were planning to use while most all of the teams used two and three sets. We were just trying to get the handling of the car where we wanted it. We had some different set ups planned, so we weren’t really concerned where we ran in practice.”

When qualifying rolled around the #71, again carrying the National Multiple Sclerosis Society logo on the rear quarter panels, knocked one second off the best practice time to start 12th on the grid with Eddie Mac saying, “We are very pleased to qualify in the 12th spot. With the new tires we knew the car would be a lot faster with the new set up, so it was not a surprise but we are real happy with the result. We ran with the National Multiple Sclerosis logo on the side in support of Megan Spaulding and the Grimm family so we are happy to do well for them. Rob Grimm wants us to run the MS logo on the quarter panels all season to continue to raise awareness and we are proud to help in any way we can.”

When the green flag waved to begin the 150 laps on the flat, half-mile oval, MacDonald was content to ride around and let the youngsters use up their stuff saying, “This is a long race and the track is tough on tires, so I wanted to be smart and not burn the tires off it. NASCAR has a no tire change rule except for damage, the same at Bristol, so we knew we had to save them for the end. We planned to make adjustments late in the race with fewer than 50 laps to go. We have raced here enough to know how quickly this surface eats tires if you are not careful.”

The Grimm Construction Chevy rode in the top fifteen for the first 100 laps before pitting on the lap 101 caution flag. “It was only the third caution of the race (for 12 total laps) which is unusual for this place so we decided to come in for adjustments and not wait,” said MacDonald. “It was a good thing we did since there were no more cautions after that one. We made some minor changes and the car felt a lot better. The new set up seemed to be working well. I felt like I passed a lot of cars after the green flag (on lap 106) so I was a little surprised we finished eighth when the checkers waved. I thought we had a better finish than that but we are happy with the run and we brought the car home in one piece.”

With the rescheduled rain date, the team is forced to prepare for the next race at Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Florida on Saturday, April 13 in the NAPA 150. “We have a quick turn around to get ready or Saturday’s race,” said the Rowley, Mass. driver. “We decided to stay in North Carolina and work on the car here rather than head all the way home only to return days later. We have a shop here to do our maintenance on the car and luckily there is no body damage to fix. Our new car was originally scheduled to run at Five Flags but it is not ready so we will race Shorty again. This car has been our workhorse so we know what we have and it survived Greenville in great shape. With our new set ups, we expect to be competitive on Saturday. We have a test day on Friday since our series is new to this track so we are looking forward to that.”

After the checkered flag waves, MacDonald and crew chief Rollie LaChance will drive to Atlanta, board a plane to Boston in hopes of making it to Lee USA Speedway in Lee, NH for Sunday’s ACT Tour Governor’s Cup race to open the season for both the speedway and the tour. “It will be close getting there but we have done it in the past. The only problem is we will miss the Saturday practice and just have to qualify well in the heats. Of course I grew up at Lee with my parents the owners and would like nothing better than to win there. We are running Freddie Peterson’s car so we are hoping for another great finish. I hope to see all our fans at Lee. The ACT series is very competitive so it should be a great race.”

Five Flags Speedway is home to the famous Snowball Derby and is celebrating its 60th anniversary. The half-mile oval with 15 degree banking in the turns hosted only one NASCAR Cup series event during its first year in 1953 with Herb Thomas beating Lee Petty. The K&N first visit schedule includes two practices, qualifying, and the NAPA 150 on Saturday. Speed 51 will broadcast the event on its website.
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FAST FACTS
The Race: 
The eighth edition of the Kevin Whitaker Chevrolet 150 pres. by G-Clean will mark the 10th all-time event for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East at Greenville Pickens Speedway, and the first of two in 2013.

The Procedure:  The maximum starting field will be 30 cars, including provisionals. The first 26 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 150 laps (75 miles) 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 nine previous K&N Pro Series East races in Greenville have produced eight different winners. Only Darrell Wallace Jr., who took the checkered flag in this event last year, has won at the track twice.

Pole Winners:  Like with race winners, there has been only one driver to earn multiple poles at GPS: Brett Moffitt. 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: The Kevin Whitaker Chevrolet 150 - HERE
Eddie MacDonald (No. 71 Grimm Construction Chevrolet)
•    Has six wins, two poles and 76 top 10s in 159 career starts.
•    Tied with series champion Kyle Larson for the most top-10 finishes last year with 12.
•    Has five top 10s with an average finish of 10th and a best result of third in eight career starts at GPS.
•    His eight starts at GPS are the most of any competitor at the track.
UP TO SPEED:
•    The 2013 season is the 27th for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East.
•    The 2013 schedule features 15 races at 13 different tracks across 11 states.
•    The competition season opened with the non-points UNOH Battle At The Beach on Feb. 19 on the short track at Daytona International Speedway. Cameron Hayley won the K&N Pro Series feature.
•    Dylan Kwasniewski took the checkered flag in the first points race of the season on March 16 at Bristol Motor Speedway. He assumed the lead from polesitter Michael McGuire on Lap 30 and held it the rest of the way.
 
ACTIVE SERIES CAREER LEADERS:

Wins
1. Brett Moffitt … 9
2. Eddie MacDonald … 6

3. Dale Quarterley … 6

Poles
1. Brett Moffitt … 8
2. Dale Quarterley … 4
3. Cale Conley … 2
  
 Eddie MacDonald … 2

Top Fives
1. Dale Quarterley … 31
2. Brett Moffitt … 29
3. Eddie MacDonald … 28

Top 10s
1. Eddie MacDonald … 76

2. Dale Quarterley … 67
3. Brett Moffitt … 35

Laps Completed
1. Eddie MacDonald … 20,466
2. Dale Quarterley … 18,816
3. John Salemi … 8,182

Laps Led
1. Brett Moffitt … 1,532
2. Dale Quarterley … 706
3. Eddie MacDonald … 668


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