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Fri. April 25, 2014 - 9:45 PM ET


Richmond International Raceway
Richmond, VA
 
Mechanical Problem Sidelines Eddie at Richmond
The rain-delayed NASCAR K&N Pro Series East's Blue Ox 100 at Richmond International Raceway took the green flag on Saturday morning with Eddie MacDonald starting in the 11th position after a solid qualifying run on Friday morning. The 100 lap event originally scheduled for a 9:40 p.m. Friday start after the Nationwide race, moved to Saturday morning after a three hour rain delay caused the re-schedule. However, a leaking rear seal late in the race forced Eddie Mac to the pits with eleven laps remaining to post a 27th place finish.

"We definitely struggled in practice both Thursday and Friday morning so having the rear seal leak was the final icing on the cake," said the frustrated driver after the race. "The car was tight in the corners from the time we unloaded and the tires would just chatter when I got back to the throttle. The nose would just wash up and I didn't have any forward bite coming off the corners. We thought we improved when we ran a pretty good lap in qualifying but it just didn't last in the race."

The Grimm Construction/Multiple Sclerosis Society Chevy's problems began during the first practice on the three-quarter of a mile oval when the car simply would not turn. The team made multiple changes in an attempt to help the car during the hour and a half practice but could not get the handle on the car. After a night of evaluation and a new shock package, the #71 took the track for the Friday morning practice with some limited improvement but far from where the car needed to be. More adjustments were made after practice in preparation for the 2:00 p.m. qualifying appeared to help significantly when Eddie Mac posted the 11th fasted time of 22.394 seconds, only .219 seconds behind the leader.

"We didn't know for sure, but we thought we were on to something that would help us during the race but everything fell off after the first ten laps and began falling back, (19th by lap 20)" said the veteran driver. "Rollie and I decided we needed to pit on the first caution (lap 25) but the car remained tight in the center of the corners and very loose off. Every time I got back on the throttle, it kept shoving the nose. It is a lousy feeling not to be able to race for the win but things got worse when the rear end began smoking and the officials called us to the pits on lap 85 caution. (Eddie Mac was credited with running 89 laps when the field went back to green).We were done then. I feel bad for all the hard work everyone put into this car but we will work on the new car for Iowa and hope to get back on the right track. I want to thank Karla and Rob Grimm for everything as well as Waymart Building Center, Stilo, HMS Motorsports, Schroth Racing and Peterson Auto Body for their continued support."

The sixth race for the K&N Pro Series will combine both the East and their West counterparts at Iowa Speedway in the Casey's General Store 150 on Saturday, May 17.

Fox Sports 1 will televise the Blue Ox 100 on Friday, May 2 at 4:30.p.m.
 
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FAST FACTS

The Race:
The Blue Ox 100 is the fifth event of the season for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East. It's the fifth of 14 oval track events and 16 races, overall, on the 2014 schedule. This is the series' fourth standalone event at the Virginia track. The series participated in five NASCAR Nationwide Series events in 1988-92.

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 100 laps covering 75 miles.
The Track: Richmond International Raceway, known as "America's Premier Short Track," opened in October 1946. Lee Petty won the first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event in April 1953. The track operated as a half-mile oval through spring 1988 before being reconfigured to its current .75-mile, D-shape for the September 1988 date. Lights were added in 1991. The track is 60 feet wide with a 10-foot apron. There is 14 degrees of banking in the turns, eight degrees of banking on the 1,290-foot frontstretch and two degrees of banking on the backstretch that measures 860 feet.

The Records: The one-lap qualifying record for the series at Richmond of 21.948 seconds (123.018 mph) is held by Max Gresham and established on April 28, 2011. The 100-lap race record of 55 minutes, 20 seconds (81.325 mph) also was set on April 28, 2011 by Darrell Wallace Jr.

RICHMOND RACE NOTES

New Next Class: The NASCAR Next class for the 2014 season will be announced on Friday, April 25 at Richmond International Raceway. A total of 21 drivers have been in the program that spotlights NASCAR's emerging stars since its inception in 2011. All told, the group has accounted for 76 NASCAR touring series wins, 10 NASCAR national series wins and four touring series championships. Most of the new class will be on hand for Saturday's Track Takeover on the backstretch at RIR. Of the 13 NASCAR Next drivers for the 2013 season, eight called the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East home.

Been There; Done That: Of the drivers currently entered in the race only Ryan Gifford has gone to Victory Lane at Richmond. The Winchester, Tenn., driver won last year's event.

Richmond Rookies: Eighteen of the 40 officially entered drivers in the Blue Ox 100 will be attempting to make their track debut in a K&N East machine. Only four drivers - Brandon Gdovic, Gifford, Eddie MacDonald and Daniel Suárez - on the entry list have made all three starts since the series returned to competition at the track in 2011.

 
K&N East Statistical Advance - Richmond: HERE
Analyzing The Blue Ox 100

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East rolls into Richmond (Va.) International Raceway on Friday, April 25 for the Blue Ox 100, the season's fifth event. Below is a look at the performance of the series and selected drivers at Richmond, as well as, some other statistical trends:

Richmond Race Setup
 Ryan Gifford is the only past Richmond winner in the field and with last year's victory, he joined Darrell Wallace Jr. (2011) as RIR winners out of the Rev Racing stable.
 Two of the three standalone series events at Richmond have been won from the front row with Brett Moffitt winning from the pole in 2012 and Wallace in 2011 from the second position.
 Virginia native Brandon Gdovic has a pair of top-five Richmond finishes in three starts including a runner-up finish last season.

Richmond International Raceway
History
 Originally known as the Atlantic Rural Exposition Fairgrounds, Richmond International Raceway held its first race in 1946 as a half-mile dirt track.
 The track name changed to Virginia State Fairgrounds in 1967.
 The track surface was changed from dirt to asphalt between races in 1968.
 The track name changed to Richmond Fairgrounds Raceway in 1969.
 The track was rebuilt as a three-quarter-mile D-shaped oval following the Feb. 21, 1988 race.

Notebook
 This is the series' ninth visit to the historic Virginia oval.
 The 2011 Blue Ox 100 was the first stand-alone race at Richmond in NASCAR K&N Pro Series East history.
 Teams from the NKNPS East competed in combination with the NASCAR Nationwide Series in five races at Richmond from 1988-92.
 The Blue Ox 100 will be telecast on a delayed basis by FOX Sports 1 on Friday, May 2 at 4:30 p.m. ET.
 Last season, Ryan Gifford collected his first series win in the Richmond event.
 In the three K&N East standalone events at Richmond, two have been won from the front row. Brett Moffitt won from the pole position in 2012 while Darrell Wallace Jr. started from the second spot in 2011.
 The most cautions for a K&N East race at Richmond is eight in 2012 while the fewest is two in 2011for a three-race average of 4.67. The most caution laps (35) came in the 2012 race while the fewest were 20 in 2011 for an average of 29.33.
 In three races the lead has changed hands an average of 3.0 times with a high of four changes in 2012.
 The average starting position for the winner is 4.67 while the pole sitter has an average finish of 9.67.

Richmond Leaders (K&N East standalone events)
Laps Completed
Brandon Gdovic - 303
Ben Kennedy - 303
Eddie MacDonald - 303
Brett Moffitt - 303

Eddie MacDonald (No. 71 Grimm Construction/National MS Society Chevrolet)
 Has seven wins, two poles, 32 top fives and 85 top 10s in 176 career series starts.
 Ranks fifth in points after four events.
 Finished 14th a season ago in Richmond.
 Has an average Richmond finish of 8.7 in three starts with a best finish of fourth in 2011.
 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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