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Fri., July 11, 2014

 
New Hampshire Motor Speedway
Loudon, NH
 
The Granite State 100 - 2nd Place Finish
 
 
       
       
Photos by Chris Roy
       
       
Photos by Richard Casey
 
Eddie MacDonald Finishes Second at NHMS 
Eddie MacDonald almost won his fourth career K&N Pro Series East race in the Granite State 100 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Friday night securing second place in a spectacular last lap duel that had the fans on their feet. The 100 lap event had three and four wide racing in turn one on the "Magic Mile" that most would agree is nearly impossible to achieve.

"That was a crazy race over the second half of the race right to the last lap," said the Rowley, Mass. veteran. "I think the fans saw an exciting race with the winner not decided until the last turn of the last lap. On the last restart my spotter Logger (Dave Ricker) said I was on the bottom of four wide going into turn one and they were three wide behind us. The incredible thing is, no one wrecked. We are very happy with the second place finish since it looked like we were headed for a fourth place finish."

The Exit Realty/Grimm Construction Chevy qualified ninth on Thursday afternoon with Eddie Mac saying, "We were happy starting ninth because we just finished rebuilding the car with the finishing touches completed on Wednesday night. Last Thursday the bare chassis sat on the shop floor so everyone worked very hard to get the car done on time and I am very thankful for everyone's fantastic effort. We also had Exit Realty come aboard for this race and I thank Derek Beatrice for helping us out. A lot of Exit Realty folks were there to support us and I think they all left happy."

When the green flag waved Eddie Mac was able to maintain his position but soon developed a tight condition after lap ten saying, "The car was really good at first but then it got real tight and just shoved the nose when I got back on the throttle. I knew we had to made it to the halfway break for adjustments so I tried not to lose too many spots." The #71 slipped back to 13th position by lap 25 then rode in the 11th position when the flag flew for the break on lap 50. Crew chief Rollie LaChance and the crew went to work making adjustments that allowed Eddie Mac to steadily move through the field and into fourth place for the thrilling final laps.
"Rollie and the guys made the car better for the second half run," said MacDonald. "It was still tight but better than it was but I needed to stay on the bottom. I had a couple of restarts on the outside and lost some positions but I was able to restart seventh on the inside on lap 89 when things really got crazy."

Three wide at NHMS is usually not a good idea but four wide surely spells disaster. With the crowd on its feet, both the four wide and the three wide pack made it through turn one with Eddie Mac saying, "I was glad to be on the bottom of that mess and I am still amazed we all made it through. That is the way this series is. Everyone runs hard every lap and no one wants to give anything. It is a dog fight right to the checkered flag."

A red flag with five laps to go reset the field with Eddie Mac in fourth place poised for a battle with eventual winner Jesse Little for third place while Brandon Jones and Nick Drake fought for the win. With two to go, Eddie Mac made a run under Little in turn one but could not complete the pass saying, "The car was real tight and I knew I would slide up into him if I didn't back off. We had a great battle but then going into turn three we both saw the leaders tangle and crash into the wall just ahead of us. I tried to get to the outside but just couldn't get there. It was a great race, a lot of fun, and a great second place finish. Rob Grimm was there with his family so I am really happy for them. He and Carla and the rest of Grimm Nation have done so much for us. We will be heading back to Iowa for our next K&N race in a few weeks but we will enjoy this one for now."

The celebration for Eddie Mac will be short-lived as he prepares to compete in his first Sprint Cup race at NHMS in the Camping World RV Sales 301 driving the #32 Go FAS Racing entry.

The Granite State 100 will air on Fox Sports 1 on July 20 at noon.
 
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FAST FACTS

The Race:  The Granite State 100 will be the 10th of 16 races on the 2014 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East schedule and the lone trip to New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

The Procedure:  The starting field is 36 cars, including provisionals. The first 32 cars will qualify through two-lap time trials. The remaining four spots will be awarded through the provisional process. The race will be 100 laps (105.8 miles) with a 10-minute break at or near the conclusion of Lap 50. The tire change rule is two tires, any position.

The Track:  NHMS, a 1.058-mile slightly-banked asphalt oval, is the largest track the K&N Pro Series East races at. NHMS has played host to the K&N Pro Series East in each year of the track's existence and has held more races than any other facility in the series' 28-year history.

Race Winners:  There have been 27 different winners in 58 all-time stand-alone races at NHMS. New Hampshire native Brad Leighton has the most series wins at the "Magic Mile" with eight while Eddie MacDonald is the active leader with three.

Pole Winners:  Of the 30 different drivers to earn a Coors Light Pole Award at NHMS, Kelly Moore has the most in K&N Pro Series East history with six. Brett Moffitt set the track qualifying record at 29.648 seconds (128.467 mph) in 2012 for his third "Magic Mile" pole.

NEW HAMPSHIRE RACE NOTES:

NASCAR Prospects Shine at NHMS: Since the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East evolved into a developmental series, many of NASCAR's bright young stars have found success in the series at the "Magic Mile." Joey Logano, who has two wins this year in the NASCAR Sprint Cup, won both K&N Pro Series East races at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in 2007, a feat matched by another NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Ryan Truex in 2010. NASCAR Camping World Truck Series competitor Max Gresham won an East race at NHMS in 2011, while leading 2014 Sprint Cup Series Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender Kyle Larson won at the track in 2012 while running for Rev Racing and NASCAR Drive for Diversity. Other current national series drivers that have turned in top-five K&N Pro Series East finishes in recent seasons at NHMS include: Austin and Ty Dillon, Chase Elliott, Dylan Kwasniewski, Miguel Paludo, Kevin Swindell, Darrell Wallace Jr. and Cole Whitt.

MacDonald on Double Duty: Two days after competing in the Granite State 100, Eddie MacDonald will make his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series debut in the Camping World RV Sales 301. The Rowley, Massachusetts, native will drive the No. 32 Go FAS Racing Ford Fusion co-owned by long-time NASCAR crew chief and NBC analyst Frank Stoddard and Archie St. Hilaire. MacDonald will hope that his K&N Pro Series East success at the track, three wins, four top fives and 12 top 10s in 25 starts, will translate to the Sprint Cup Series.  The veteran has seven career K&N East wins, with his most recent victory coming at Bristol Motor Speedway earlier this year. 

 
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Analyzing The Granite State 100

Granite State 100 Setup:
Points leader Ben Rhodes can move into a tie with Dylan Kwasniewski on the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East single-season wins list with a victory, which would be his sixth of 2013. A win would also tie Ricky Craven's 1991 record of most consecutive series wins in a season, five.
The active leader with three wins at NHMS, Eddie MacDonald enters this race with top-10 finishes in 10 of his last 11 events at his home track.
Daniel Suarez was the runner-up in last year's event at NHMS. He has three top 10s in four career starts at the track .

At New Hampshire Motore Speedway:

History
Groundbreaking for New Hampshire International Speedway, as New Hampshire Motor Speedway was originally named, was Aug. 13, 1989.
The 1.058-mile oval is located on approximately 1,200 acres; the multi-use complex is the largest sports facility in New England.
The official opening was June 5, 1990 and the first NASCAR event was a NASCAR Nationwide Series race on July 15, 1990 in which NASCAR K&N Pro Series East drivers competed in combination.
Speedway Motorsports Inc., agreed to purchase New Hampshire International Speedway from Bob and Gary Bahre on January 11, 2008 and then renamed the track New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

Notebook
The first NKNPS East stand-alone race was held on Sept. 2, 1990.
There have been 58 stand-alone NKNPS East races at NHMS, more than any other track in series history.
There have been 27 different race winners, led by Brad Leighton.s eight. Eddie MacDonald is the active leader with three victories.
There have been 30 different pole winners, led by Kelly Moore's six. Brett Moffitt has the series' qualifying record.

New Hampshire Motor Speedway Data|
Race: #10 of 16
Track Layout: 1.058-mile asphalt oval
Race Length: 100 laps (105.8 miles)
Banking/Corners: 2-7 degrees

Qualifying/Race Data
2013 pole winner: Cole Custer
2013 race winner: Cole Custer
Track qualifying record: Brett Moffitt (128.467 mph, 29.648 seconds, 9/22/12)

Active Series Career Leaders at NHMS:

Wins
1. Eddie MacDonald - 3
2. Cole Custer - 1

Top Fives
1. Eddie MacDonald - 4
2. Ryan Gifford - 2
3. Seven tied with - 1 

Top 10s
1. Eddie MacDonald - 12
2. Brandon Gdovic - 2
    Ryan Gifford - 2    
    Sergio Pena - 2 

Laps Completed
1. Eddie MacDonald - 2,543
2. John Salemi - 1,819
3. Ryan Gifford - 690

Laps Led
1. Eddie MacDonald - 175
2. Cole Custer - 60
3. Daniel Suarez - 39 

Starts
1. Eddie MacDonald  - 25
2. John Salemi - 17
3. Ryan Gifford - 7

 

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