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Eddie Opens K & N Pro Series East Season in Florida
The K&N Pro Series East season began as part of Daytona Speedweeks with the New Smyrna 150 Presented by Jegs on Sunday night and the UNOH Battle at the Beach on the back Superstretch at Daytona International Speedway on Tuesday night. Unfortunately for Eddie MacDonald and the Grimm Racing Team, the results of a winter of hard work in the shop were not what the team expected. The #71 Grimm Construction Chevy finished 17th at New Smyrna and posted a 19th place finish at Daytona.

With a 22nd starting position on the high banked, half-mile oval for the New Smyrna 150, Eddie Mac began moving through the field when the green flag waved and was riding in the 15th position by lap 31 but handling became an issue with MacDonald saying, "The car was good early and I was able to move through the field early without driving it too hard but then it started getting loose everywhere and pretty soon it was loose in, tight in the center, and loose off the turns. We tried adjustments at the halfway break (after the lap 67 caution) but we kept losing positions."

After falling back to 20th by lap 125, Eddie Mac brought the #71 to pit road for a wedge adjustment during the lap 138 caution saying, "We hoped for a better finish and with the wedge adjustment, I was able to get back a few spots to finish 17th but it definitely was not the finish we had hoped for. It was disappointing for everyone but we had to put it behind us quickly to get the car ready for the race at Daytona on Tuesday."

The UNOH Battle at the Beach proved to be another frustrating night for the Grimm Racing Team to finish 19th after losing the brakes on lap 127. Eddie Mac started 22nd after qualifying on the .37 mile track fabricated on the backstretch to finish 19th and two laps down. MacDonald raced to the eighth position by the lap 73 restart saying, "Restarts worked out great for us even starting on the outside because a lot of cars on the inside were getting jammed up on the restart. The car wasn't great but I was able to drive it and turn in the tight corners. But then we got caught up in one of the restarts (lap100) and lost live spots but I thought we could get them back but then I lost the brakes (lap 127). I hit the brakes once and the pedal was soft but then the next time it went right to the floor. I tried pumping the pedal but it was like pumping air in a cylinder."

MacDonald limped the car around hoping for a caution to come to the pits saying, "As soon as I accelerated coming out of the turn I had to take my foot off the gas to slow it for the next corner. We finally got a caution (lap 140) and I told the guys they may have to help me stop because the brakes were gone completely. The reservoir was empty and
even with the guys filling it, the pedal hardly came back. I came back in again to add more but by then we were two laps down. We had such big hopes for good runs down here so having these finishes is a terrible feeling. I have to thank everyone who worked so hard both in the shop and at the tracks."

The K & N Pro Series East will fire up the engines on March 15th at the famed Bristol Motor Speedway in the Pitt Lite 150. Fox Sports 1 will air the New Smyrna 150 on February 22nd, at 9:00am.
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Sun. Feb 16th - 7:30 PM

New Smyra Beach, FL
New Smyrna Speedway

K&N Pro Series East News & Notes: HERE
NEW SYMRNA 150 PRESENTED BY JEGS

FAST FACTS

The Race: The New Smyrna 150 presented by JEGS opens the 2014 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East championship season. It is the first of 14 oval track events and 16 races overall on the schedule. This is the series' first visit to the Florida oval.

The Procedure: The starting field is 28 cars, including provisionals. The first 24 cars will qualify through two-lap time trials while the remaining four starting spots will be awarded through the provisional process. The race will be 150 laps covering 72 miles with a break at or near the conclusion of Lap 75.

The Track: New Smyrna Speedway opened in 1964 and has a grandstand capacity of 8,000. The .48-mile banked oval has 600-foot staightaways, 720-foot turns with 23 degrees of banking. The track was repaved in January 2007. Additionally, it is part of the weekly NASCAR Whelen All-American Series.
The Records: Qualifying and race records will be established at the event.
 

K&N East Statistical Advance - New Smyrna: HERE

-New Smyrna Race Setup
Of the entered drivers as of Feb. 11, six have taken a K&N East car to Victory Lane. Veteran Eddie MacDonald tops the list with six followed by Sergio Peña with three. Brandon Gdovic, Ryan Gifford, Austin Hill and Daniel Suárez have one each.
Sixteen drivers entered into the New Smyrna 150 presented by JEGS as of Feb. 11 are Sunoco Rookie of the Year contenders. Eight of that group will attempt to make their series debut.

Eddie MacDonald (No. 71 Grimm Construction Chevrolet)
Has six wins, two poles, 31 top fives and 83 top 10s in 172 career series starts.
Has finished in the top 10 in points for six consecutive K&N East seasons.
Season-best finish in 2013 was a runner-up effort at the August Iowa date.
Has made starts in the NASCAR Nationwide Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in addition to the K&N Pro Series West and NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour.

NASCAR K&N Pro Series East At New Smyrna Speedway
This is the series' first visit to the Florida oval.
The New Smyrna 150 will be telecast on FOX Sports 1 at 9 a.m. ET on Saturday, Feb. 22.
This is the series' 10th race in Florida - eight of those came between 1988 and 1997 at Daytona which were combination races with the NASCAR Nationwide Series.
New Smyrna is one of four half-mile tracks on the series schedule this season with Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway, Five Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Fla., and Greenville (S.C.) Pickens Speedway being the others.
This is the only event scheduled on a Sunday this season.
 
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Tues. Feb 18th - 8:45 PM

Daytona Beach, FL
Daytona Int'l Speedway
K&N Pro Series East News & Notes: HERE
UNOH BATTLE AT THE BEACH

FAST FACTS

The Race: The UNOH Battle At The Beach is the second race of the 2014 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East championship season. It is the second of 14 oval track events and 16 races overall on the schedule. This is the series' first championship race at the Florida track after being part of a non-points event a year ago.

The Procedure: The starting field is 26 cars, including provisionals. The first 22 cars will qualify through two-lap time trials while the remaining four starting spots will be awarded through the provisional process. The race will be 150 laps covering 55.5 miles without a halfway break.

The Track: The .37-mile short-track oval is situated on the backstretch of the 2.5-mile tri-oval at Daytona International Speedway. This newest addition to the menu at "The World Center of Racing" was made possible following the 2010 resurfacing project. The track is virtually flat and has a paperclip-like shape. The track has been altered slightly from its .4-mile configuration a year ago. The changes will result in a different racing line and entrance angle to the turns.

The Records: The one-lap qualifying record for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East will be established in this event. Last season's non-championship event utilized heat races to set the starting lineup. The official race record also will be set this year. The 150-lap K&N Pro Series event last February took 1 hour, 22 minutes, 15 seconds for an average speed of 45.503 mph.

Live Broadcast For UNOH Battle At The Beach:
FOX Sports 2, MRN and SiriusXM To Carry Race Coverage

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Last year's 2013 UNOH Battle At The Beach may have been the most talked about short-track event of the season. There was plenty of action and drama as Daytona International Speedway hosted the inaugural event on its backstretch.

The UNOH Battle At The Beach is back at "The World Center of Racing" on Tuesday, Feb. 18 and again will air live on television and radio. FOX Sports 2 will broadcast live beginning at 7 p.m. ET. Motor Racing Network (MRN) will go on the air at 6:45 p.m. with its pre-show, and the broadcast will be streamed live at MRN.com and simulcast by SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Ch. 90.
The evening kicks off with the special non-points combination event for the NASCAR Whelen Modified and Whelen Southern Modified Tours. The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East points race follows at approximately 8:45 p.m. Both races will be 150 laps on the .37-mile oval.

Last year, popular veteran Steve Park used a little "chrome horn" to pass nine-time champion Mike Stefanik for the modified victory, while Cameron Hayley picked up his first NASCAR win in the K&N Pro Series race.

In addition to the live broadcast, the Whelen Modified race re-airs the same day, at 11 p.m., on FOX Sports 1. The K&N Pro Series East race re-airs on FOX Sports 1 on Wednesday, Feb. 19 at 5:30 p.m., following live NASCAR Sprint Cup practice from Daytona (4-5:30 p.m.) and leading into live NASCAR Sprint Cup practice beginning at 6:30 p.m.

The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East season starts the season Sunday, Feb. 16 at New Smyrna (Fla.) Speedway. FOX Sports 1 airs the race in a one-hour format on Saturday, Feb. 22 at 9 a.m., leading into Daytona 500 Final Practice at 10 a.m.
 
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Eddie Mac and Grimm Racing Prepare for
K&N Pro Series East Season Openers
In 2007 Waymart, Pa. businessman Rob Grimm joined the NASCAR fraternity sponsoring driver Eddie MacDonald and crew chief Rollie LaChance for the final three races of the K&N season. Grimm liked what he saw and a partnership evolved among the three to form Grimm Racing. With Rob's Grimm Construction based in Waymart, Pa. the main sponsor, Grimm Racing has taken the green flag for every K&N PSE race since 2008. When the green flag flies again to open the season in the New Smyrna 150 presented by Jegs in Florida on Sunday, February 16 and then again at UNOH's The Battle at the Beach on the Surperstretch at Daytona International Speedway on Tuesday, February 18, the Grimm Racing Team will be there for its seventh full season together.

The early start to the season put the crew in race mode very quickly with Eddie Mac saying, "We have been very busy since NASCAR announced the schedule trying to get both of our new cars ready but we are in good shape and look forward to racing at New Smyrna and Daytona. We raced a Late Model at New Smyrna a couple of years ago so we are familiar with the track but we hope the get a lot of knowledge out ofthe practice there on Saturday. Everyone here is anxious to get racing again and then two days later we race at Daytona. It was not a point's race there last year so we didn't go, so it will be a new learning experience for us. We hope to race the same car in both races so we have our fingers crossed."

Rob Grimm has 77 starts to his credit as team owner with three huge wins at New Hampshire Motor Speedway along with 18 top fives. "We probably would not be racing if not for Rob," said Eddie. "Karla, Rob, and their family have been great to us. We are not just part of the race team but we are also part of their family. "Grimm Nation" has been with us every step of the way and our crew appreciates all the support. Rob gives us everything to be competitive on the track even though the series has changed greatly since we joined together in 2007. We have been very lucky to have the Grimm family supporting us."

The crew is in the final stages in preparing the #71 that was wrecked in a hard crash in the September race at NHMS while leading the race with Eddie saying, "That hit destroyed the front end and a new clip replaced all the damage but we essentially had to build a new car in the Newburyport shop. A lot of people are responsible for a lot of hard work to get this car ready for Florida. As soon as we get this one finished, we have to do it all over again with a brand new car this season. We are very excited with the new cars and expect to be very competitive and challenge for the championship this season. That is of course, if everything goes according to plan and we get the all-important luck on our side."

Grimm Construction will again be the main sponsor, along with Waymart Building Center, Stilo, HMS Motorsports, Schroth Racing, and Racing With Jesus. The National Multiple Sclerosis emblem will again occupy the rear quarter panels of all #71 racecars in support of Karla and Rob's daughter Megan Spaulding who was diagnosed with the disease. New Path Adventures, a ministry for troubled youth based in Texas, will be affixed to the rear of the car.

"This has been a lot of work to get ready so quickly and Rollie and I thank everyone for all the help", said a thankful Eddie. "I get to have the fun racing around the track but if it were not for Rob and all the people working hard, it would not be possible. We are looking for great runs to kick off the season and the continued support of all our fans."
Photos by
Richard Casey
 
Photos by
Norm Marx
 

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