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Sat. March 22, 2014 - 8:00 PM ET
Kevin Whitaker Chevrolet 150

Greenville-Pickens Speedway
Greenville,SC
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Eddie Posts Top Ten Run at Greenville
One week after winning at Bristol Motor Speedway in the K&N Pro Series East's third race of the season, Eddie Mac appeared headed for a seventh place finish in the Kevin Whitaker Chevrolet 150 at historic Greenville Pickens Speedway. Some rough driving after a lap 145 restart cost Eddie Mac three positions over the last five laps to push the Grimm Construction Chevy to a tenth place finish. Despite the run, both driver and owner (Rob Grimm) gained one more spot into fifth place in the point's race after four starts.

"We didn't have the car we had last week at Bristol but it was decent and I thought we could get up to fifth but the # 4 car (Pena) nearly wrecked us," said an unhappy Eddie Mac. "When the green flag waved with only five laps to go, the #4 car lifted my rear end off the ground and drove me sideways all the way down the backstretch. I even waved to him out of my side window but he did it again in turn one. Everyone thought he was going to wreck me but I was able to get it straightened out but the damage was done. I guess he really wanted that all-important seventh finishing position," said MacDonald sarcastically. (Pena finished ninth)

During the first practice the #71 posted a 16th fastest time but the team was not expecting a lot with Eddie Mac saying, "This place chews up tires and we didn't use new ones for mock qualifying runs in either the first or the second practice like most of the teams. We felt we had a pretty good car so the strategy was to get what we could before the break near the halfway lap, put on four new tires, make necessary adjustments, and hopefully be in position near the end of the race to make a run for the win. Unfortunately I messed up in qualifying and drove it in too hard in the turn and with the track as flat as it is and rough there was no way to regain what we lost. We had to start further back than we expected."

Starting 20th in the 26 car field, Eddie Mac was patient moving slowly through the field when the green flag waved. By lap 50 The Grimm Construction/Multiple Sclerosis Chevy ran in 16th position and into 15th on the lap 68 restart and drove into the top ten, ninth place, when the competition halfway flag flew on lap 76.

"We took on four tires, fuel, and made minor adjustments for the final half of the race and felt we had at least a top five car," said Eddie Mac. "We knew it would be tough to get to the front but anything can happen so I knew I had to be patient with a purpose and take the spots when the opportunity came about. The track chews up the tires pretty quickly after 30 laps so I knew everyone would be slipping and sliding around near the end so we just had to be lucky and be in the right spot to take advantage. Toward the end it got pretty crazy out there. "

By lap 135 Eddie Mac rode in the seventh spot when the fifth caution flag flew on lap 138. With only five laps remaining when the final green flag waved on lap 145, Eddie Mac was poised to move forward only to be driven into by Pena with Eddie Mac saying, "We started on the inside and I figured some guys would be sliding up the track on worn tires so I stayed on the bottom ready to make a move. Unfortunately y the #4 wanted to drive through me and that's when he almost wrecked us. Once wasn't enough so he did it again on the next lap. We were hoping for a better finish but at least we held on to tenth and didn't load up a wrecked racecar. We are now fifth in the point's race and heading next to Richmond. I really want to thank Rob and Carla Grimm, the crew, sponsors, and all our fans for all the support."

Grimm Construction is the main sponsor but the Grimm Racing Team also receives the support of Stilo, HMS Motorsports, Schroth Racing, Peterson Auto, Waymart Building Center and RB Fries. It proudly displays the banners for the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation, Racing with Jesus, and New Path Adventures.

The Kevin Whitaker Chevrolet 150 will be televised on Fox Sports 1 on Friday, March 28, at 11 a.m.

The fifth event on the NASCAR K&N Series East schedule will take the green flag on April 25 in the Blue Ox 100 at Richmond (Va.) International Speedway.
 
K&N Pro Series East Greenville News & Notes: HERE

FAST FACTS
The Race:
The Kevin Whitaker Chevrolet 150 is the fourth event of the season for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East. It's the fourth of 14 oval track events and 16 races, overall, on the 2014 schedule. This is the series' 12th visit to the historic South Carolina oval.

The Procedure: The starting field is 30 cars, including provisionals. The first 26 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 75 miles with a break at or near the conclusion of Lap 75.

The Track: Greenville Pickens Speedway is a half-mile asphalt oval with five degrees of banking in the turns. The facility opened in 1946 with a dirt racing surface and was paved in 1970. There were 29 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races held there from 1951-71. The track has also hosted two NASCAR Nationwide Series, four NASCAR Convertible Series and two NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour events.

The Records: The one-lap qualifying record for the series at Greenville of 20.534 seconds (87.659 mph) is held by Brett Moffitt and established on April 2, 2011. The 150-lap race record of 1 hour, 2 minutes, 27 seconds (72.058 mph) was set on April 6, 2013 by Brandon Gdovic.

GREENVILLE RACE NOTES
Double 'Em Up:
The Kevin Whitaker Chevrolet 150 is the first of two visits to Greenville Pickens for the K&N East this season with the return trip scheduled for early September. It's one of two tracks on the 2014 schedule that hosts two events with the other being Iowa Speedway in Newton, Iowa.

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K&N East Statistical Advance - Greenville: HERE
Analyzing The Kevin Whitaker Chevrolet 150

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East heads to Greenville (S.C.) Pickens Speedway on Saturday, March 22 for the Kevin Whitaker Chevrolet 150, the season's fourth event. Below is a look at the performance of the series and selected drivers at Greenville, as well as, some other statistical trends:

Greenville Race Setup
 Sergio Peña is part of an impressive list of NASCAR K&N Pro Series East winners at Greenville that includes Austin Dillon, Dylan Kwasniewski, Joey Logano and Darrell Wallace Jr., who is the only multi-time series winner at the track.
 Eddie MacDonald, who broke a 53-race winless streak with a triumph on March 15 at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway, leads active drivers with 10 GPS starts and four top-five finishes.
 Track position is critical in short-track racing, and Greenville is no exception. The average starting position for the 11 race winners is 3.18.

Greenville Pickens Speedway
History
 Opened on July 4, 1946 as a dirt track. The race surface was converted to asphalt in April, 1970.
 Held 29 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races from 1951-71, including the first flag-to-flag televised event.
 David Pearson (1959) and Ralph Earnhardt (1965, 66) are among the famed drivers that have won championships at the track.
 Junior Miller won a pair of NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour races at Greenville in the 2006-07 seasons.

Eddie MacDonald (No. 71 Grimm Construction Chevrolet)

 Has seven wins, two poles, 32 top fives and 84 top 10s in 175 career series starts.
 Has four top fives and seven top 10s in 10 GPS starts to lead active drivers.
 Has an average finish of 9.2 at the South Carolina oval with a best finish of third in 2009.
 Snapped a 53-race winless streak with a victory at Bristol Motor Speedway on March 15.
 Has finished in the top 10 in points for six consecutive K&N East seasons.

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