Fri. August 1, 2014

Iowa Speedway
Newton, IA
Solid Sixth Place Run at Iowa Speedway
In the same car nearly destroyed in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series race at Iowa Speedway in May, Eddie MacDonald powered the Grimm Construction/Multiple Sclerosis Chevy to a hard earned sixth place finish in the Autolite Iridium XP 150 in the second combination race pitting the East vs. the West on the Newton, Iowa track.

"We brought the car home today without a scratch on it," laughed Eddie Mac after his ninth race this year in the K&N Pro Series. "The first time here with the new car in May ended in disaster when a tire blew out on lap 57 and destroyed the front clip. After fixing the car, we raced it to a second place finish at New Hampshire a few weeks ago and had hopes of running in the top three and compete for the win here but we struggled in practice and qualifying with it being too tight. We weren't that great in practice (22nd and 27th) or qualifying (19th) but we thought we would be good for the race. Unfortunately, we just had to wait until after the break for that to happen."

Starting 19th in the field of 43 cars when the green flag waved, the Rowley, Mass. veteran driver had to bide his time until the halfway break around lap 75 on the .875 of a mile oval saying, "The car was tight from the start and I just could not pass anyone. The track was really different than last time and everyone ran in the second and third groove and shot to the bottom to make their move to pass. It was like Irwindale Speedway but I wasn't able to take advantage of it and had to wait until we could make some adjustments at the break. Rollie and I planned a number of changes to loosen up the car for the second half run and they really helped. It is too bad the car wasn't a little bit on the loose side at the beginning. I think we would have been in really good shape. The car was loose but fast the first race here this year but it was just too tight and not as fast this time."

The #71 Grimm Construction Chevy ran in the 17th to the 20th position for the first half on the race when a caution flag on lap 72 brought the field to the pits for tires, fuel, and adjustments for the second half run. Eddie Mac restarted in the 13th position when the four lead cars were forced to start in the rear of the field for entering the pits too soon which is a NASCAR violation, with Eddie Mac saying, "It was really weird that happened but it was a good break for us. The changes the crew made in the pits really helped the car turn in the corners and I was able to run in the second and third groove and use the bottom to slingshot by some cars. I was able to pass cars which I could not do in the first half. It also helped that Rollie (LaChance) was spotting and he was able to get me into some good positions to make passes and get back in line. Usually the crew chief is in the pits but we didn't have a spotter so Rollie did it and his experience really paid off for us."

Eddie Mac began marching to the front picking off cars one at a time and rode in the eighth spot when the caution flag waved on lap 130 of the scheduled 150 lap event. With only eight laps remaining Eddie Mac held the fifth spot saying, "I wanted a top five finish but I just couldn't hold the spot and had to settle for sixth which we are satisfied with considering how we started the day. Last year we had a second place finish and we tried using that same set-up but it didn't work. As I said, the track was different this time around so it may have been a combination of factors that caused us to be so tight. A number of drivers complained they were too loose but that was not the case for us. It was a good, solid sixth place run for us and we are happy to bring the car home in one piece this time. The crew did a great job and I thank Rob and Karla Grimm for everything they do for us. Thanks also to Waymart Building Center, Stilo, Schroth Racing, and HMS for their continued support. We are proud to have the Multiple Sclerosis emblem on our cars and encourage everyone to help support the fight for a cure of this terrible disease."

The Grimm Racing Team has one win (Bristol), two top five's and five top ten's in the nine races run in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series this season. The next K&N race on the team's schedule is at Dover International Speedway on September 26. Eddie Mac will also compete in two American Canadian tour races at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway on August9 and then defend his title at the ACT Invitational at New Hampshire Motor Speedway as part of the September Sprint Cup weekend.

Fox Sports 1 will televise the Autolite Iridium XP 150 on Friday, August 8, at 11a.m.
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K&N Combo at Iowa - HERE

For the Event Schedule, Entry List, Practices, Qualifying, Lap by Lap, & Results
K&N Pro Series Iowa Combo News & Notes: HERE

The Race:
The Autolite Iridium XP 150 will be the 11th all-time NASCAR K&N Pro Series East-West combination race at Iowa Speedway, and the second at the track in 2014. It's the 12th of 14 oval track events and 16 races, overall, on the 2014 schedule for the K&N East and ninth of 14 races, overall this season for the K&N West.

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 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. The track opened in 2006 and the first NASCAR-sanctioned race was a K&N Pro Series combination event on May 20, 2007 won by Joey Logano. NASCAR Nationwide and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series events were added in 2009.

The Records: The one-lap series qualifying record at Iowa was established by Kyle Busch on May 17, 2009 at 135.484 mph (23.250 seconds). The 150-lap race record was set by Ben Rhodes on May 17, 2014 at 93.287 mph (1 hour, 24 minutes, 25 seconds).

K&N East Statistical Advance - Iowa: HERE
Analyzing The Iridium XP 150

Iowa Race Setup
Ben Rhodes led the final 115 laps and bested the field by 2.377 seconds to win the first Iowa event earlier this year. The K&N Pro Series East points leader returns to Iowa with a chance to become the first driver to win back-to-back combination events at the track.  
 K&N West points leader Greg Pursley has twice been the top-finishing West driver and leads all competitors with 10 Iowa starts. 
Ten East-West combination events at Iowa Speedway have produced 10 different race winners and 10 different pole winners.

Iowa Speedway
 Designed by NASCAR Hall of Famer Rusty Wallace and patterned after Richmond (Va.) International Raceway.
 First race was held in September 2006.
 First NASCAR-sanctioned race in May 2007 was a NASCAR K&N Pro Series East-West combination race won by 17-year-old Joey Logano.
 Hosted first NASCAR Nationwide Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series events in 2009.
 Facility purchased by NASCAR in November 2013.

 This is the 11th K&N Pro Series East-West combination race at Iowa with one each from 2007-2011 and two in 2012-2013.
 The K&N Pro Series West had a standalone event at the track in September 2009. 
 The Autolite Iridium XP 150 will be telecast on a delayed basis by FOX Sports 1 on Friday, Aug. 8 at 11 a.m. ET. 
Cole Custer, representing the K&N East, won this event a year ago and also claimed the overall pole award.
 Kyle Busch and Cole Custer are the only drivers to win the East-West race at Iowa from the pole. Chase Elliott started the furthest back and won, coming from 15th on the grid in May 2012.
 The most cautions for an East-West combination race at Iowa is 11 in June 2013 while the fewest is four in May 2009 and May 2014. The most caution laps (68) came in the inaugural 2007 event and the fewest was 24 in May 2009 for an average of 42.67. The average number of cautions is 6.9.
 In the nine combination events, the lead has changed hands an average of 7.0 times with a high of 18 in the 200-lap May 2007 race.
 The average starting position for the winner is 5.1 while the pole sitter has an average finish of 9.3.
 Three of the 10 East-West combination races at Iowa were extended by a late-race caution for a green-white-checkered finish with the last coming in June 2013.
 Chevrolet has gone to Victory Lane in six East-West events at Iowa, while Toyota has three wins and Ford has one.

Iowa Data
Race: #12 of 16 - East; #9 of 14 - West (8/1/14)
Track Layout: .875-mile asphalt tri-oval
Race Length: 150 laps (131.25 miles)
Banking/Turns: 12-14 degrees
Banking/Frontstretch: 10 degrees
Banking/Backstretch: 4 degrees

Iowa Qualifying/Race Data
2013 Pole Winner: Cole Custer, Chevrolet, 133.063 mph (23.673 seconds)
2013 Race Winner: Cole Custer, Chevrolet, 84.120 mph (1 hours, 33 minutes, 37 seconds)
1-lap Qualifying Record: Kyle Busch, 135.484 mph (23.250 seconds), May 17, 2009
150-lap Race Record: Ben Rhodes, 93.287 mph (1 hour 24 minutes 25 seconds), May 17, 2014

Combination Race Laps Completed
Greg Pursley - 1,460
Eddie MacDonald - 1,393
Daryl Harr - 1,269
David Mayhew - 1,217
Eric Holmes - 1,092

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