Sat. June 7

Iowa Speedway
Newton IA
MacDonald Runs 15th at Iowa
Eddie MacDonald and the Grimm Racing Team posted three consecutive top ten finishes at Iowa Speedway but this time the #71 struggled to 15th place in the Casey’s General Store 150. The combination race was the first of two this season on the 7/8 mile oval pitting the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and West teams for series bragging rights. The first seven combo races were won by the East until Michael self finally scored a win for the West on Friday night. MacDonald’s best finish in the previous events was a third in 2011.

“We just missed it,” said Eddie Mac after the race. “We were either too loose or too tight regardless of what adjustments we made to the car. I really thought we would run well here. We have good runs at this track and we had the same car but it was strange right from the first practice. The crew made small adjustments but it seemed that every time it would be too much.”

MacDonald posted fast times of 18th and 24th in the two practices and qualified the Grimm Construction/National Multiple Sclerosis Society Chevy in the 20th position in the 42 car-field. When the green flag waved, the #71could not hold the position and started sliding back in the pack with MacDonald saying, “We decided to come in to the pits twice before the ten minute half-way break but each change we made the car go from loose to tight or tight to loose. Regardless of what we did, we just didn’t get it.”

The team went to work again when the mandatory yellow flag wave at the half-way mark. Starting 27th for the final half of the race, MacDonald was able to drive the car toward the front getting inside the top twenty with forty laps to go and hoped to salvage a top ten saying, “The car was better for a while and I was able to miss some of the wrecks and drive toward the front but the late race cautions killed any chance we had to get a top ten finish.“

MacDonald ran 13th in the field with only 15 laps remaining in the 150 lap event but a series of cautions extended the race to a green/white/checker finish on lap 159 with Eddie Mac saying, “I still thought we had a shot for a top ten but the last three cautions were a disaster. Whether we started on the inside or the outside that lane didn’t go so I lost two more spots. It was just one of those days that whatever you did was going to be the wrong thing. We didn’t have any luck today making adjustments or position on the restarts. As I said, I thought we would have a solid run here. This track is a lot of fun and we have done well here in the past. Hopefully when we come back here in August we will be a lot better.”

Both driver and team owner remained in seventh place in the points race with Eddie Mac only four points out of fourth place. The Grimm Racing Team will have the opportunity to improve their position on Saturday, June 22 when the K&N Series returns to Langley Speedway in Hampton, VA.

Speed will televise the Casey’s General Store 150 from Iowa on Thursday, June 13 @ 3 PM.
For the Event Schedule, Entry List, Practices, Qualifying, Lap by Lap, & Results

News & Notes: K&N East at Iowa - HERE
The Race:
The Casey’s General Stores 150 will be the eighth all-time NASCAR K&N Pro Series East-West combination race at Iowa Speedway, and the first of two at the track in 2013.

The Procedure: The starting field is 36 cars, including provisionals. The first 28 cars will qualify through two-lap time trials. The remaining eight spots will be awarded through the provisional process. The race will be 150 laps (131.25 miles) and will be run in two segments with a midway break at or near the conclusion of Lap 75.

The Track: Iowa Speedway is a .875-mile paved oval with the turns banked 12-14 degrees, four degrees of banking in the backstretch and 10 degrees in the frontstretch.

Race Winners: The seven previous editions of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East-West combination race have each produced a different overall winner. Chase Elliott won this event last year as a representative of the East while the highest finisher from the West was Dylan Kwasniewski, eighth overall.

Pole Winners: As with race winners, each of the first seven Iowa combo races has also produced different overall pole winners. Iowa native Brett Moffitt earned the pole for this race last year as an East representative while the best qualifier from the West was David Mayhew, ninth overall.

Records: Qualifying: Kyle Busch, May 17, 2009, 135.484 mph, 23.250 sec.; 150-Lap Race: Corey LaJoie, Aug. 3, 2012, 88.883 mph, 1 hour 28 minutes 36 seconds.

Statistical Advance: Casey's General Stores 150 - HERE
Eddie MacDonald (No. 7 Grimm Construction Toyota)
• Six wins, two poles, 29 top fives, 78 top 10s in 163 career series starts
• Best finish this season of fourth
• Average finish this season of 9.2
• One top five, four 10s in six E-W combination races at Iowa
• Best overall E-W finish of third in 2011
• Average overall E-W finish at Iowa of 13.83
Iowa Race Setup
• Brett Moffitt of Grimes, Iowa, has a four-point lead in the championship standings of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East after five races. Moffitt, who won the East-West combination race at Iowa in 2011, is the only driver in the top five in series points without a win so far this year.
• Derek Thorn has an eight-point lead in the championship standings of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West, with three races complete in that division. Thorn of Lakeport, Calif., is one of three different series winners this year.

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