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Sat. March 15, 2014 - 4:45 PM ET

Bristol Motor Speedway 
Brisol, TN
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Eddie Takes the WIN at Bristol!
after a battle with Ben Rhodes and Gray Gaulding
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Huge Win for Eddie MacDonald
at Bristol Motor Speedway
"This win is fantastic and unbelievable for our team," beamed Eddie Mac after outdueling Ben Rhodes in the green-white-checker finish in NASCAR's K&N Pro Series East's Pittlite 125 on the famed half-mile at Bristol. "Our team has worked so hard without much success of late so to get this win on this track is huge for our owner, crew, and fans. Winning at Bristol is a dream come true for any driver and I am humbled to win on such an historic track. It is easily one of the biggest wins of my career and I thank a lot of the people involved in this race team in helping me get this win."

The Grimm Construction/Multiple Sclerosis Chevy showed promise during practice and eventually in qualifying. The #71 ranked 16th and 18th in the two practices (16.363sec-117.265 mph---16.334sec.-117.265mph) only two tenths of a second behind the leader on the fast, high-banked oval known as "The World's Fastest Half-Mile." On the second of two qualifying laps, Eddie Mac posted a 16.249sec-118.087mph run to start 13th on the grid.

Thirty-five cars lined up to take the green flag with a competition caution scheduled at or near lap 70. Teams would be allowed fuel and general maintenance on the cars but were not allowed to change tires. By lap six, the leaders were already lapping cars while the Grimm Chevy patiently moved from 13th to 10th by lap 19. Eddie Mac continued to save tires and pass when possible and restarted in the eighth position on the lap 38 restart and into sixth place on the lap 57 restart.

"The car was fast from the start and it was just a little tight so I was trying to conserve the tires and get to the half-way break to make a small adjustment," said the Rowley, Mass. Veteran. On lap 64 Eddie Mac rode in the third spot and restarted in that position after the Competition Caution on lap 71 saying, "We made a half-turn wedge adjustment to loosen the car up just a bit and it was the right call. I was riding comfortably in third and then with fewer than 25 laps to go I felt I had a chance to win this thing."

A caution flag on lap 110 really got the action going and Eddie Mac took advantage on the restart on lap 119 to move into second place. Another caution on lap 122 forced a green-white-checker finish with Ben Rhodes choosing the outside lane giving Eddie Mac the inside position. the veteran driver used the inside position to his advantage as tangled with Rhodes briefly before taking the lead for good over the final two laps then pulling away from second place Gray Gaulding with the race extending to lap 132 for the first GWC attempt.

"We had a really good car and I knew we were pretty fast," said MacDonald in Victory Lane after the race. "I felt bad because I got into Ben Rhodes a little bit in turns 3&4. I got a little loose but I was just driving the wheels off it trying to get the win. It means a lot to get the win here. It's unbelievable."

When asked in the media center after the race to recount his day, the winning driver summed it up saying, "It was a little bit tight at the beginning and at the end it was perfect. I started pushing a little bit. With about 15-20 laps to go I got up there and it gave me the thought that on another restart we ought to be able to win this thing. I have had some big wins up North but I wanted to win one of these Southern races and it feels fantastic."

"I thank Rob and Karla Grimm for all their support, the crew at the track and at the shop, and our sponsors, Grimm Construction, MS Society, Schroth Racing, Stilo, HMS Motorsports, Dirham Lumber and Racing with Jesus for their thoughts and prayers," said Eddie Mac.

The Pittlite 125 will be televised on Fox Sport 1 on Saturday, March 22 at 11:30 a.m. The NASCAR K&N Series East will race again at Greenville Pickens Speedway on Saturday, March 22.
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FAST FACTS
The Race: The PittLite 125 is the third event of the season for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East. It’s the third of 14 oval track events and 16 races, overall, on the 2014 schedule. This is the series’ third visit to iconic high-banked Tennessee oval.

The Procedure: The starting field is 36 cars, including provisionals. The first 32 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 125 laps covering 66.625 miles with a break at or near the conclusion of Lap 70.

The Track: Bristol Motor Speedway opened in 1961 and hosted its first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on July 30, 1961 won by Jack Smith. The .533-mile concrete oval has 600-foot staightaways with five to nine degrees of banking on the frontstretch and four to eight degrees on the backstretch. The turns are progressively banked from 24 to 28 degrees. The racing surface is 40 feet wide.

The Records: The one-lap qualifying record for the series at Bristol of 15.898 seconds (120.694 mph) is held by Michael McGuire and established on March 16, 2013. The 125-lap race record of 1 hour, 2 minutes, 6 seconds (65.402 mph) was set on March 17, 2012 by Nelson Piquet Jr. in a race that was extended to 127 laps.

BRISTOL RACE NOTES
A First For Triumphant Gladiator: The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East field rolls into “The Last Great Colosseum” with each driver hoping to add a Bristol victory to their résumé. The victor will be a first-time winner at the Tennessee track with the two previous series winners – Nelson Piquet Jr. (2012) and Dylan Kwasniewski (2013) not in the field. Eight drivers on the entry list, l
ed by Eddie MacDonald with six, have K&N East wins to their credit while two others have K&N West victories on their list of racing accomplishments.
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Analyzing The PittLite 125

Bristol Motor Speedway

History
Bristol Motor Speedway opened in 1961 and hosted its first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on July 30 of that year. Jack Smith picked up the win and led 243 of the 500 laps.
To date, the track has hosted 106 Sprint Cup Series races, 63 NASCAR Nationwide Series races and 16 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series events. Kyle Busch leads all drivers with 16 Bristol victories and Darrell Waltrip tops the charts with 12 Sprint Cup Series triumphs.
The .533-mile concrete oval hosted its first NASCAR K&N Pro Series event in March 2012 with Nelson Piquet Jr. collecting the win.

Notebook
This is the series' third visit to the legendary Tennessee track.
The PittLite 125 will be telecast on a delayed basis by FOX Sports 1 on Sat., March 22 at 11:30 a.m.
For each of the two previous Bristol winners - Nelson Piquet Jr. (2012) and Dylan Kwasniewski (2013) - it was their first K&N East victory.
The most cautions for a K&N East race at Bristol is eight (2013) while the fewest is six (2012). Consequently, the most caution laps were 37 in 2013 and fewest were 33 in 2012.
In two races the lead has changed hands an average of 3.5 times with a high of five changes in 2012.
The average starting position for the winner is 3.0 while the pole sitter has an average finish of 2.5.
Bristol is one of four half-mile tracks on the series schedule joining 5 Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Fla., Greenville (S.C.) Pickens Speedway and New Smyrna (Fla.) Speedway.
Eddie MacDonald (No. 71 Grimm Construction Chevrolet)
Has six wins, two poles, 31 top fives and 83 top 10s in 174 career series starts.
Finished seventh last season at Bristol after finishing 28th in 2012 track debut.
Has finished in the top 10 in points for six consecutive K&N East seasons.
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.
 Bristol Motor Speedway opened in 1961 and hosted its first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on July 30 of that year. Jack Smith picked up the win and led 243 of the 500 laps.
To date, the track has hosted 106 Sprint Cup Series races, 63 NASCAR Nationwide Series races and 16 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series events. Kyle Busch leads all drivers with 16 Bristol victories and Darrell Waltrip tops the charts with 12 Sprint Cup Series triumphs.
The .533-mile concrete oval hosted its first NASCAR K&N Pro Series event in March 2012 with Nelson Piquet Jr. collecting the win.

Notebook
This is the series' third visit to the legendary Tennessee track.
The PittLite 125 will be telecast on a delayed basis by FOX Sports 1 on Sat., March 22 at 11:30 a.m.
For each of the two previous Bristol winners - Nelson Piquet Jr. (2012) and Dylan Kwasniewski (2013) - it was their first K&N East victory.
The most cautions for a K&N East race at Bristol is eight (2013) while the fewest is six (2012). Consequently, the most caution laps were 37 in 2013 and fewest were 33 in 2012.
In two races the lead has changed hands an average of 3.5 times with a high of five changes in 2012.
The average starting position for the winner is 3.0 while the pole sitter has an average finish of 2.5.
Bristol is one of four half-mile tracks on the series schedule joining 5 Flags Speedway in Pensacola, Fla., Greenville (S.C.) Pickens Speedway and New Smyrna (Fla.) Speedway.
Eddie MacDonald (No. 71 Grimm Construction Chevrolet)
Has six wins, two poles, 31 top fives and 83 top 10s in 174 career series starts.
Finished seventh last season at Bristol after finishing 28th in 2012 track debut.
Has finished in the top 10 in points for six consecutive K&N East seasons.
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.

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