Eddie 11th at Thunder Road
After posting a third place run in Freddie Peterson’s ACT Late Model in the Governor’s Cup 150 season opener at Lee USA Speedway, Eddie Mac and the team set similar expectations in the Merchants Bank 150 at the famed bullring in Barre, Vermont. However, Eddie fought an ill handling car starting in practice on Sunday.

With an impressive fourth place finish in the K&N Pro Series East race at Richmond International Raceway on Thursday night, Eddie, Rollie (LaChance), and the ACT crew hit the track in the Green Mountain state on Saturday for a full day of practice with Eddie saying, “The car handled great on Saturday and was really fast. Rollie and I were pleased and thought we had a car to compete for the win. But Sunday was a lot hotter and the track was very slick and the car was loose from the start.”

The crew made a number of changes on the Hancock Electric/MS Society Chevy yet nothing appeared to make the car handle as it did on Saturday. After finishing sixth in the heat race, Eddie qualified for the 15th annual Merchants Bank 150 in the consolation race and had to start in the 23rd position.

For the first third of the 150 lap event, Eddie managed to run mid-pack with the leader closing until the first caution on lap 82 with Eddie Mac saying, “We really needed that caution. The car was loose everywhere and free in and off the corners. It did start to rotate a little better just before the caution but only on the bottom of the track.”

The #17 started 14th after another caution on lap 86 as a number of cars headed to the pits to make adjustments with Eddie saying, “We decided to stay out since we would have to start near the back and it would be tough to pass all those cars to get back to the front. We were running easy around 12th, trying to save the tires for the end. We didn’t have anything for the leaders but we were hoping for a top ten but late race cautions hurt us. The car would not turn when we ran in the second groove so I tried to stay on the bottom.”

Caution flags on laps 126,129, and 131 placed the #17 on the outside on each restart with no chance to get to the bottom and only 19 laps to go to the checkered flag. The veteran driver said, “Everyone was packed in so tight on the green flag and no one was going to let me in so we kept sliding back. I think we were up to ninth on the final restart and lost two spots before I was able to get to the bottom with about 15 laps to go. I got real loose and Joey Pole (#97) let me recover and slide in front of him. He could have turned me but he didn’t and I thank him for that. It was not the finish we had hoped for but there are more races ahead in the ACT Series that we are going to run. I want to thank Sheila and Freddie Peterson and the crew for everything they have done. We are planning to race at Airborne Speedway in Plattsburgh, N.Y. next. ACT is a great series and Rollie and I love competing in it and hope to run well there.”
Photos by Richard Casey


It’s Virginia and Vermont for Eddie Mac This Week
After last week’s races in Florida and New Hampshire, Eddie MacDonald and the Grimm Racing Team will take the green flags this week on Thursday at Richmond International Raceway and on Sunday at Thunder Road in Barre, Vermont.

For the third year in a row, RIR will host NASCAR’s K&N Pro Series East event in the Blue Ox 100 as part of the big Cup weekend at the banked .75 mile D-shaped track. When the checkered flag waves sometime Thursday night, the team will pack up for a return to the Newburyport, Mass. shop on Friday to get ready for a Saturday morning departure for the American Canadian Tour race at the historic “bullring” in the Green Mountain state.

“We had a busy week and we are doing it all again, but this is the fun part of racing,” said Eddie. “We are racing at two tracks that are a lot of fun and have a lot of history. It isn’t as hectic as last week but we really have been busy getting both cars ready, and hopefully we will have great runs.”

Both the #71 K&N and the #17 Late Model will carry the National Multiple Sclerosis logo. The Grimm Construction Chevy finished eighth in the Blue Ox 100 last year with Eddie saying, “Richmond is a great track and we had a strong run last year and hope to do even better this time. The track is very fast so the set up and the handling have to be there if you want to compete. The car was really good at the end of the race last year so we hope our set up this year will be getting us to the front.”

Eddie Mac finished third in last week’s ACT season opener Governor’s Cup 150 at Lee USA Speedway and will run Freddie Peterson’s car again this Sunday in the 15th annual Merchant’s Bank 150 at Thunder Road with Eddie saying, “It is always fun to drive there. You really have to have a good car under you to run on that track. It is tough to pass there and you are always turning left so handling is critical. It sounds like a great field of cars is entered and we are looking forward to running there. We have a day of practice Saturday to get the car the way it needs to be to be competitive. Rollie (LaChance) and I will have logged a lot of miles in the last couple of weeks so we hope all the travel and lack of sleep will pay off.”

NASCARHomeTracks.com will live stream practice (beginning at 12:00 noon), qualifying, and the Blue Ox 150 from Richmond on Thursday, April 26. Speed will televise a tape of the race on May 16 at 3:00 pm. Action gets under way at Thunder Road at noon with the ACT race scheduled for 4:30 pm.

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