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Saturday, August 9th

Fourth Place Finish for Eddie at Beech Ridge

Eddie MacDonald overcame some early practice issues to score an enjoyable fourth place finish in the Beech Ridge Motor Speedway American Canadian Tour 150 on the Scarborough, Maine one third of a mile oval on Saturday night. Driving the Hancock Electric Motor Service sponsored Chevy, Eddie Mac returned to one of his favorite tracks in hopes of repeating his win in last year's ACT race at the "Ridge" only to fall three spots short of his goal.

During a caution on lap 110 in the 150 lap event, Eddie Mac said over the radio to crew chief Rollie LaChance, "Actually, this is pretty good racing" and his longtime crew chief agreed. The plan was to run near his starting position (ninth) for the first 70-75 laps in order to save tires then make his move to the front. From that point on, the #71 owned by Sheila and Freddie Peterson from Peterson's Auto Body in Peabody, Mass. earned each position in tough door to door battles.

The day, however, started on a shaky note when "The Outlaw" quickly returned to the pits on the first lap of practice with a sway bar issue. The crew repaired it in time for the second practice but Eddie Mac returned to the pits when a rear brake caliper fell off the car. The team held its breath when the #17 went out for the third practice then breathed a sigh of relief when all the parts stayed on the car and posted the second fastest time of the 28 cars in attendance.

"It was unusual for us to have those issues but we knew we had a good, fast car that would be a contender in the race," said Eddie Mac. "We love racing here and have had success at this track in the ACT series and also the old Busch North Tour. Freddie has given us a great car and I have to thank Joe St. Jacques for all his hard work over the winter and getting the car looking great again after all the damage from our last race at Airborne. This is Joe's baby and we are thankful for the beautiful work he does."

Eddie Mac started seventh in the ten car second heat in what many recall as the best collection of top running cars in any heat in recent memory. The #17 Ma. advanced two positions for a +2 rating to place ninth on the starting grid for the 150 lap feature. When the green flag waved, "The Outlaw" was content to "just ride" for the first half to save the car for the eventual second half shootout and for the next 50 laps the crowd was treated to the fantastic racing the ACT Tour drivers often provide.

A lap 77 caution bunched the field with MacDonald running in the eighth place saying, " I was just starting to see what it had and it is a little tight when I pushed it but it should be okay."

Eddie Mac raced to the sixth position by lap 90 then spent the next 25 laps battling the #78 then the #58 for position before moving into fourth and set his sights on the leader but the earlier battles took their toll with the veteran racer saying, " When I started to go around lap eighty, I really thought I had a winning car but when I tried to close on the #97 with about 20 to go the car would not rotate enough through the center of the corners. I had a great race with the #78 then the #58; I just didn't have much left. But this was a fun race. Look at my car. There is hardly a scratch on it. As close as we ran tonight, everyone drove a clean race and it was fun. There was a lot of hard racing tonight and I hope the fans enjoyed it. Beech Ridge is a great track and running with the ACT guys is always a lot of fun."

Eddie Mac and the crew will defend its ACT Invitational title on September 20 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway as part of the big NASCAR Sprint Cup weekend.

The Grimm Racing Team will compete in the season's final NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race at Dover International Raceway on Friday, September 26.
Photos by
Richard Casey

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