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Sat. June 21, 2014


Langley Speedway
Hampton, VA
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Eddie Returns to K&N Series at Langley
After a two race hiatus, Eddie MacDonald and the Grimm Racing Team took the green flag in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East in the Visit Hampton Va. 175 at Langley Speedway to post an eighth place finish. Despite an unscheduled pit stop on caution lap 90, Eddie Mac powered back from the rear of the field to post the solid finish.

The .396 of a mile oval proved to be tough to negotiate with the veteran driver saying, "We were running in the ninth position and trying to take it easy but we were getting bounced around a lot. The body took quite a beating and I thought I might have a right front tire going down so we decided to pit. The tire was okay but the toe was definitely knocked out. I probably should have stayed out but I couldn't take the chance. It cost us a lot of positions but it was something we had to do the. The race was 175 laps so we thought we could get back up there."

After returning to the track, the #71 Grimm Construction/Multiple Sclerosis Chevy began marching from its 22nd restarting position to the front despite a handling issue with Eddie Mac saying, "With the toe knocked out, the car was not turning that good but it was fast. I ran mostly on the outside because it was difficult to pass on the inside. As I said the car was fast and I was able to pass a lot of cars until I got up to the eighth spot but by then I had pretty much used up the tires. Except for Kenzie (Ruston) no one had anything for the five Turner Scott cars. It was not the finish we were looking for but we had a decent eighth place run."

"I was pretty excited when we unloaded and hit the track for the first time," said Eddie Mac on his 179th career start in the K&N. "The car was very fast and handled great and we were third fastest in the second group for a long time before finally posting the sixth fastest time. We are not usually up there in speed in practice so I thought we had a shot at winning the race. Qualifying was not great and I'm not sure what happened there but starting 12th was not too bad. We had to change the sway bar and a spring and that made us light so we had to add twenty pounds to the car and that small amount made the car just a little tight, so that could have affected our qualifying run. It definitely had some effect during the race but if we hadn't been forced to the pits because of the damage to the car, I think we certainly would have contended for the win. It is a bit frustrating because we had such a good car right from the start. Rob (Grimm) has provided us with two new cars and they have really made a difference for the team. We will have the other new one ready for Loudon after getting the extensive damage repaired caused by the tire blowing out in Iowa. The team is excited about running at our home track in July where we have had some great success. We had a tire blow out last year while leading the race at New Hampshire so we feel we are owed one and plan to be very competitive there."

On Friday July 11, Eddie Mac and Grimm Racing will compete in NASCAR's K&N Pro Series East's Granite State 100 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. The Rowley, Mass. driver has three K&N wins to his credit, as well as three American Canadian Tour wins on the "Magic Mile." Be sure to follow eddiemacdonald.net website for a surprise announcement coming soon.

Watch the Visit Hampton Va. 175 on Fox Sports 1 on June 27 at noon.
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K&N Pro Series Langley News & Notes: HERE

FAST FACTS

The Race:
The Visit Hampton VA 150 will be the ninth race on the 2014 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East schedule and the only trip to Langley Speedway.

The Procedure: The starting field is 28 cars, including provisionals. The first 24 cars will have secured starting positions based on two-lap qualifying. The remaining five spots will be awarded through the provisional process. The race is scheduled for 175 laps (70 miles).

The Track: Langley is a .396-mile slightly-banked asphalt oval located in Hampton, Virginia. The facility features NASCAR Whelen All-American Series-sanctioned events on Saturday nights throughout the racing season, headlined by the late model division. The track opened in 1950 and has hosted nine Grand National Division (now NASCAR Sprint Cup) races as a dirt track between 1964 and 1970, with NASCAR Hall of Famer David Pearson leading the way with three wins. NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Denny Hamlin was the track's Mini Stock champion in 1997.

Race Winners: There have been three different race winners in three all-time events at Langley: Sergio Pena in 2011, Corey LaJoie in 2012 and Dylan Kwasniewski in 2013.

Pole Winners: Last year's qualifying was rained out, and Coleman Pressley (2011) and Chase Elliott (2012) won the pole in the first two races. Elliott set the qualifying record at 16.400 seconds (86.927 mph).

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K&N East Statistical Advance - Langley: HERE
Analyzing The Visit Hampton VA 175

History
 Originally a .8-mile horse track, the grounds became an auto racing facility in 1950 and cut the distance of the dirt racing surface to .396 miles. It was converted to asphalt in 1968.
 A charter member of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series, Langley’s weekly Saturday night racing program is headlined by the late model division.
 The track held nine NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races from 1964-70 and 14 NASCAR Nationwide Series events from 1982-88.
 The track has played host to the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour since 2010.

Notebook
 The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East debuted at the facility in 2011 with Virginia native Sergio Peña the inaugural winner.
 The three previous events have each produced different winners. Only Peña remains active in the series.
 There have been two different pole winners at Langley, with qualifying rained out in 2013. Chase Elliott established the series record for the youngest pole winner in the 2012 event, a mark that has since been surpassed.
 Among active drivers, only Brandon Gdovic, Ryan Gifford and Eddie MacDonald have participated in all three previous Langley races.

Langley Speedway Data
Race: #9 of 16 (6/21/14)
Track Layout: .396-mile asphalt oval
 Race Length: 175 laps (70 miles)
 Banking/turns: six degrees
 Banking/straights: none

Qualifying/Race Data
2013 race winner: Dylan Kwasniewski
2013 pole winner: None (rain)
Track qualifying record: Chase Elliott (86.927 mph, 16.400 seconds, 6/23/12)

Active Series Career Leaders at Langley:
Wins
1. Sergio Pena - 1

Top Fives
1. Sergio Pena - 2
2. Four drivers with - 1

Top 10s
1. Brandon Gdovic - 2
    Eddie MacDonald - 2
    Sergio Pena - 2

Laps Completed
1. Eddie MacDonald - 527 (all)
2. Brandon Gdovic - 524
3. Ryan Gifford - 523

Laps Led
1. Sergio Pena - 99

Starts
1. Brandon Gdovic - 3
    Ryan Gifford - 3
    Eddie MacDonald - 3


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