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Saturday, June 22nd - 8:30 PM ET

Langley Speedway
Hampton, VA

             Transmission Woes for MacDonald at Langley
The debut of the new #71 Grimm Racing Chevy in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Visit Hampton Va. 175 at Langley Speedway showed great promise until transmission trouble struck on a lap 52 restart. The 23 car field was set by points when rain wiped out qualifying on the .4 of a mile oval with Eddie MacDonald starting seventh then riding comfortably in the fifth position before problems arose. The Grimm Construction/National Multiple Sclerosis Society entry finished in ninth place after a green/white/checker extended the race to 177 laps.

“The new car was great and I really thought I had something to contend with for the win,” said the disappointed driver after the race. “Everyone worked so hard to get this car ready and it felt super during practice on Friday and then during our two practices on Saturday. The car had a lot of forward bite and really turned well in the corners so we were very optimistic for a top finish.”

When the green flag waved MacDonald quickly settled into fifth place as the field ran single file in the early going with Eddie Mac saying. “The car was driving pretty well and I was just taking care of the tires since they had to last the whole race. It cut the center well and the only bad thing, if you could call it that, was a little snug driving off turn two. Overall though, I was very happy with the car.”

On a lap 42 restart, MacDonald raced the #00 of Cole Custer door-to-door for seven exciting laps before Custer fell back in line. The second of twelve caution flags (for sixty-two laps) flew on lap 52 and that is when trouble struck with Eddie Mac saying, “We were coming to the green flag and I was running fifth but when I shifted into second gear the gears just started grinding and I was lucky not to get dumped. I knew second was gone so I had to try to restart in third gear and that didn’t work out too well. I couldn’t get going on the restarts and that hurt our chances plus the car was getting really tight.”

MacDonald managed to hold onto eighth place for the next three restarts but the fourth yellow on lap 86 and restart on lap 91 sent the #71 spinning down the front stretch. “The car wouldn’t go quick enough in third gear and someone ran into me and sent me around. I don’t know who it was but I really can’t blame whoever it was. We decided to pit to try to loosen the car up so we made a track bar adjustment. We had to restart 15th but the adjustment helped the car and we pitted two more times and it kept getting better but it is so hard to pass anybody, it was pretty frustrating. If we didn’t make the adjustments, we would have lost more positions so we had to do it.”

On the lap 155 restart, Eddie Mac ran in the 11th position and into eighth by lap 162 but a caution on lap 169 set up the G/W/C finish that cost #71 a position. “We had to start on the outside and with no second gear; there was no way to hold off the #99 so we settled for ninth. It wasn’t as good as we hoped but it was a good point’s day (sixth in the standings) and the car didn’t get too torn up. I was very happy with the new car and think we can have some great finishes with it. This car was built specifically for our series and is a lot of fun to drive. We should have it ready to go for the next race in Ohio.”

Speed will televise the Visit Hampton Va. 175 on Thursday, June 27 at 3pm. The eighth of the scheduled fifteen races for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East will take the green flag in the NAPA Auto Parts 150 at Columbus Motor Speedway on Saturday, July 13.

Photos by Richard Casey
 
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FAST FACTS:
The Race: The seventh of 15 races on the 2013 schedule, the Visit Hampton VA 175 will mark the third year in a row the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East has contested an event at Langley Speedway. It will be the second of three races on the series’ calendar in the state of Virginia.

The Procedure: The starting field is 30 cars, including provisionals. The first 26 cars will qualify through two-lap time trials. The remaining four spots will be awarded through the provisional process. The race will be 175 laps (70 miles).

The Track: On property that was originally a .8-mile horse track, the racing distance was cut in half and made exclusively an auto racing facility in 1950. The track, which played host to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series from 1964-70, was converted to asphalt in 1968 and currently runs as a slightly-banked .396-mile oval.

Race Winners: Sergio Peña was the inaugural Visit Hampton VA 175 winner on June 18, 2011 while Corey LaJoie was last year’s victory.

Pole Winners: Coleman Pressley turned the fast lap to take the inaugural pole at Langley in 2011 and Chase Elliott became the youngest pole winner in series history – at the time – when he captured last year’s top qualifying honors with a track record lap of 16.400 seconds (86.927 mph).

LANGLEY RACE NOTES:
Langley Resurfaced: Prior to the start of the 2013 racing season, Langley Speedway’s .396-mile asphalt oval was resurfaced. Due to the track’s racing surface update, NASCAR has waived its standard regional touring series testing policy and will allow teams to participate in an open practice at Langley on Friday, June 21, the day before the Visit Hampton VA 175. Teams are generally not allowed to test at a track in the seven days preceding a race weekend at that same facility.

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Eddie MacDonald (No. 71 Grimm Construction Chevrolet)
• Has six wins, two poles and 78 top 10s in 164 career starts.
• Ranks seventh in points entering Langley on the strength of three top 10s in six races.
• Has finished in the top 10 in 20 of his last 25 starts dating back to the 2011 season.
• Has an average finish of 11th with a best result of ninth (2012) in the two previous NKNPS East races at Langley.

Langley Race Setup:
• Brett Moffitt brings the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East season points lead to Langley Speedway looking for his first victory of the season, and to end the longest winless drought of his career. He has finished second in both of his previous Langley starts.
• There are three Virginia natives on the entry list, all looking for their first home state win. Gray Gaulding hails from Colonial Heights, Brandon Gdovic from Yorktown and Sam Hunt from Midlothian.
• Neither of the previous NKNPS East winners at Langley are entered this year, opening it up for three-different winners in three all-time series visits.

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