Sat. June 1 - 8 PM ET

Bowman Gray Stadium
Winston-Salem, NC
12th Place Run at Bowman Gray

With only ten laps to go in the K&N Pro Series East race at historic Bowman Gray Stadium in Winston- Salem, N.C., Eddie MacDonald appeared headed for another top ten finish. Instead, the Grimm Construction/Multiple Sclerosis Society Chevy suffered a flat tire forcing the Rowley Mass. veteran to the pits to go a lap down to finish twelfth in the NASCAR Hall of Fame 150.

“We did not have a very good car all day, but we managed to stay out of trouble for almost the entire race,” said a disappointed driver. “It felt like we had a broken shock but when we came in we found out the tire had only ten pounds of air in it. I must have run over something out there and the tire started going down slowly. The car just wouldn’t turn so I had to pit on the final caution.”

MacDonald started the race in the 20th position on the tight, flat quarter mile oval and was able to move up steadily through the first 140 laps saying, “The car was slow and wouldn’t turn in practice, qualifying and the race, but we managed to miss all the wrecks and be in a position to finish fifth or sixth so it was really disappointing to have the tire issue with only ten laps remaining.”

The 13th and final caution flag waved on lap 140 that appeared to be just what MacDonald needed to get to the pits to change the tire and get back to the track in the seventh place position. “We didn’t get the change done in time and get back on the track before the green flag so we went a lap down. We were running seventh and I think we probably could have even had a top five finish but we were the first car a lap down. This is such a tough place, you can’t afford any mistakes but we will learn from this and hope we will have a good run in Iowa this Friday.”

The sixth race of the season will be the first of two combination races with the K&N Pro Series East/West teams at Iowa Speedway. The Casey’s General Store 150 will get the green flag on Friday, June 7 on the 7/8 of a mile oval designed by Rusty Wallace. It will be the eighth combo race at the Newton, Iowa facility. Eddie Mac is tied with Brett Moffitt for the most top ten finishes in the previous seven races with four each. NASCAR Home Tracks will cover the practice, qualifying, and the 150 lap event on its website.

Speed will televise the Hall of Fame 150 on Thursday, June 6 at 3pm.

Photos by Duane Owens
HOMETRACKS LIVE: K&N East at Bowman Gray - HERE
For the Event Schedule, Entry List, Practices, Qualifying, Lap by Lap, & Results

News & Notes: K&N East at Bowman Gray Stadium - HERE
The Race:
  The fifth of 15 races on the 2013 schedule, the NASCAR Hall of Fame 150 will mark the third year in a row the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East has contested an event historic Bowman Gray Stadium.

The Procedure:  The starting field is 24 cars, including provisionals. The first 20 cars will qualify through two-lap time trials. The remaining four spots will be awarded through the provisional process. The race will be 150 laps (37.5 miles).

The Track:  Nicknamed “The Stadium” and “The Madhouse,” Bowman Gray is a flat quarter-mile asphalt oval. The track opened in 1946 and held 29 races from 1958-71 for what is now known as the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.

Race Winners:   Matt DiBenedetto won the inaugural NASCAR Hall of Fame 150 on June 4, 2011 while Corey LaJoie earned his first career victory in the event a year ago.

Pole Winners:  Coleman Pressley took the first series pole at Bowman Gray in 2011 while Kyle Larson established the track record last year with a fast lap of 14.696 seconds (61.241 mph).

Ingram to Serve as Grand Marshal:
 For the second year in a row the NASCAR Hall of Fame 150 will have a recent selectee serve as grand marshal. Jack Ingram, one of five selected on May 22 for the NASCAR Hall of Fame’s fifth induction class, will be in attendance Saturday for the festivities at Bowman Gray Stadium. In last year’s event NASCAR Hall of Fame Class of 2012 inductee Glen Wood served as grand marshal.

Getting Back in the Groove:  The last NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race took place on April 25 at Richmond International Raceway, which will result in a span of 37 days before the return to action on June 1 at Bowman Gray. That will be the longest drought of inactivity for the series during its 15-race 2013 schedule.

Statistical Advance: NASCAR Hall of Fame 150 - HERE
Eddie MacDonald (No. 71 Grimm Construction Chevrolet)
• Has six wins, two poles and 78 top 10s in 162 career starts.
• Ranks fifth in points entering Bowman Gray on the strength of three top 10s in four races.
• Has finished in the top 10 in 20 of his last 23 starts dating back to the 2011 season.
• Has finishes of 13th and 10th in his two career starts at Bowman Gray.
• This week will mark his 163rd career start, which will put him in 10th on the series’ all-time list.
Bowman Gray Race Setup:
• Each of the first four races of the 2013 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East season have produced different winners, all of which were first-time victors.
• Just eight drivers on the NASCAR Hall of Fame 150 entry list have previous series experience at Bowman Gray Stadium, including five that have participated in both events.
• Points leader Brett Moffitt will look to break a career-long winless streak of 10 races. Should Moffitt end his drought at Bowman Gray, the tight quarter-mile would be the ninth-different track he’s earned a checkered flag at.

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