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FFri., September 26, 2014 - 5:00 PM


Dover International Speedway
Dover, DE
 
Eddie Mac Runs Fourth at Dover in the K&N East
With the decision made to race a part-time schedule after winning at Bristol, Eddie MacDonald and the Grimm Racing team focused their effort on preparing the best possible car for the best possible finish. On Friday night, the Grimm Construction Chevy drove from 16th in the 30 car-field to fourth place in the final race of the NASCAR Pro Series East season in the Drive Sober 150 on the "Monster Mile" at Dover International Speedway.

Eddie Mac's impressive record over the final four races of the season began with an eighth place run at Langley, followed by a second at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, a sixth place in the East West combination race at Iowa Speedway, and finally the fourth place run on the fast, high banked mile oval at Dover. The team ran ten of the 16 race schedule posting one win, three top fives, and six top tens.

"We are really pleased with our performance over the second half of the season," said Eddie Mac. " After the win at Bristol we knew we could be competitive in the races we entered. We have to thank Rob Grimm for providing two new cars for us to race. Unfortunately after we built them, we had to rebuild them after some serious wrecks early on. That is where the crew came in and did a tremendous amount of work to get them race ready in such a short time. Rollie (LaChance crew chief)and I could not have done it without them. We raced the car that finished second at New Hampshire, so we knew we would have a competitive car for Dover."

The #71 qualified 16th (150.823 mph) and when the green flag waved to start the 150 lap event, Eddie Mac made steady progress to the front saying, "The car was a little tight but I could drive it okay and I was able to pass some cars. We were just trying to get as many spots as possible before the break at halfway and we were very happy when we ended up in fourth place when the yellow flag waved. We picked up a few spots when cars in front of me were running out of gas before the caution. We came in for tires and made an adjustment to free us up. Unfortunately we went a bit too far."

Eddie Mac retained the fourth place position on the restart before making it into third place on lap 76. The free condition in the turns cost Eddie Mac as he slid back to sixth on lap 94 then staged one of his patented three-wide moves to regain third on lap 102. The Rowley, Mass. veteran held that position until Scott Heckert was able to make the pass with five laps to go with Eddie Mac saying, "I was trying hard to keep him behind me but I over-drove the corner and the rear end slid up the track allowing him to drive under me for the spot. We are very happy with fourth and very proud we finished the season the way we did. No one was going to catch Hill or Grala. I don't know how those two were so fast. We had a lot of fun out there and had a very good run to end the season. Congratulations to Ben Rhodes for winning the championship with his outstanding season."

"It goes without saying that none of this would be possible without Karla and Rob Grimm and the entire Grimm family. We are proud to carry the MS logo on our racecars and hope people will continue their support to find a cure for Multiple Sclerosis. Megan Spaulding and the Grimm family are always in our thoughts and prayers. Special thanks to the crew throughout the year at the track and in the shop in Newburyport, Ma. Those guys put in countless hours and Rollie and I thank them for all the effort and dedication. Special thanks go to all our fans; you are all a part of "Grimm Nation." Even though we ran ten of the sixteen races, we accomplished a lot and it was a lot of fun. I hope to see you all in the spring."

Fox Sports 1 will air the Drive Sober 150 on Saturday, Oct. 4 at 10 am.
 
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For the Event Schedule, Entry List, Practices, Qualifying, Lap by Lap, & Results
 
K&N Pro Series East Dover News & Notes: HERE

FAST FACTS
The Race:
  The Drive Sober 150 at Dover International Speedway will be the 16th and final event of the 2014 schedule for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East. This will be the 14th all-time stand-alone race for the series at Dover.

The Procedure:  The starting field is 30 cars, including provisionals. The first 26 cars will have secured starting positions based on two-lap qualifying. The remaining four spots will be awarded through the provisional process. The race will be 150 laps (150 miles) and will have a five-minute break at or near the conclusion of Lap 75.

The Track:  Known as the “Monster Mile,” Dover is an even one-mile concrete oval with banking of nine degrees on the straightaways and 24 degrees in the turns.

Race Winners:  There have been 12 winners in the previous 13 K&N Pro Series East races at Dover. Austin Hill was last year’s winner, while Brett Moffitt is the only driver in series history with multiple victories at the track.

Pole Winners:  In the 13 previous events there have been 11 different pole winners. Darrell Wallace Jr. is the only multi-time polesitter at Dover, while Matt DiBenedetto has the qualifying record at 23.201 seconds (155.166 mph), established in 2009.

 
K&N East Statistical Advance - Dover: HERE
Analyzing The Drive Sober 150

Dover Race Setup
Ben Rhodes clinched his first NASCAR K&N Pro Series East championship after a fourth-place effort at Greenville Pickens Speedway in South Carolina the last time out. It was the second consecutive title for Turner Scott Motorsports. 
Defending race-winner Austin Hill is the only driver on the entry list with a previous win at Dover. 
Eddie MacDonald will attempt to make his 13th start at the Monster Mile. He leads all drivers with three top fives and four top 10s in his previous starts at Dover. 
Cameron Hayley enters the event with a 19-point cushion for the second spot in the standings, but just 27 points separate third from ninth in the championship standings. 

DOVER INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY:
History

 The official opening of Dover International Speedway, then called Dover Downs International Speedway, was in 1969.
 The first NASCAR Sprint Cup race was held on July 6, 1969 – won by Richard Petty.
 Dover held 10 NASCAR Nationwide Series–NASCAR K&N Pro Series East combination races from 1987-92.
 The track surface was changed to concrete in 1995.
 The first stand-alone NKNPS East race was held at Dover on July 18, 1998.
 The track name was changed to Dover International Speedway in 2002.

Notebook
 There have been 13 previous stand-alone NKNPS East races at Dover.
 Of those 13 previous events, there have been 12 different race winners and 11 different pole winners, with qualifying cancelled one year.
 Of the 12 previous winners, only Brett Moffitt has won twice.
 Of the 11 previous pole winners, only Darrell Wallace Jr. has two.

Dover International Speedway
Race: #16 of 16
Track Layout: One-mile concrete oval
 Race Length: 150 laps (150 miles)
 Banking/Corners: 24 degrees
 Banking/Straights: Nine degrees

Qualifying/Race Data
2013 Race Winner: Austin Hill
2013 Pole Winner: Cale Conley
Qualifying Record: Matt DiBenedetto (23.201 seconds, 155.166 mph, 9/25/09)

ACTIVE SERIES CAREER LEADERS:
Wins

1. Eddie MacDonald ... 7
2. Dale Quarterley ... 6
3. Ben Rhodes ... 5

Poles
1. Ben Rhodes ... 5
2. Dale Quarterley ... 4
3. Scott Heckert ... 3

Top Fives
1. Eddie MacDonald ... 33
2. Dale Quarterley ... 31
3. Ryan Gifford ... 16

Top 10s
1. Eddie MacDonald ... 88
2. Dale Quarterley ... 68
3. Ryan Gifford ... 25

Laps Completed
1. Eddie MacDonald ... 23,219
2. Dale Quarterley ... 18,941
3. John Salemi ... 8,804

Laps Led
1. Ben Rhodes ... 757
2. Dale Quarterley ... 706
3. Eddie MacDonald ... 674


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