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2015 American Racer Challenge Cup Champion
1 - Eddie MacDonald
2 - Wayne Helliwell, Jr. -2
3 - Alex Labbe -6
4 - Josh Demers -11
5 - Nick Sweet -13

Eddie Wins American Racer Challenge Cup

Eddie MacDonald dominated every aspect of American Canadian Tour schedule this week at New Smyrna Speedway, Florida culminating Wednesday night with his third win in three nights to capture the American Racer Challenge Cup title. Eddie Mac posted the fastest time in every ACT practice, led all 100 laps Sunday night, won going away Monday, and drove from a 17th starting position to beat rival Wayne Helliwell for the win in the Florida series final.

"This win is fantastic," said "The Outlaw." "I have so many people to thank for this win. We joked in the shop this winter that we would win all three events. We really didn't think it would happen but I am thrilled that it did. The car was phenomenal all week and winning all three races says a lot about all the hard work the entire crew put in at the track and in the shop. Everyone always goes the extra mile on this team and it shows."

The American Racer Challenge Cup was slated to run Monday and Tuesday night with the driver with the best combined finishes in both events would be crowned the champion. Tuesday night's race was postponed to Wednesday due to rain. By virtue of Eddie Mac's win in the first race, the veteran racer started 17th in the finale when the field was inverted. In typical Eddie Mac fashion, racing from the rear of the field involved in and out passing, side by side racing, and three-wide excitement.

"Starting this deep in the field with all the great drivers, we knew it was going to be a tough race and it was," said Eddie Mac. "There was a lot of side by side racing so it was really difficult to get to the front. I just had to take the positions when I could and had to force the issue at other times. Even though Wayne Helliwell spun early I knew he would be back to challenge and he did. Wayne is such a great driver; I thought we would battle it out at the end. He finished second the other night so this was for the title. I drove as hard as I could the last 20 laps and it was just enough to get the win."

When the green flag waved for the 100 lap feature, Eddie Mac drove to seventh by lap 25 and into fifth by the halfway flag at lap 50. For the next 15 laps the Hancock Electric/Grimm Construction Chevy had to ride behind side by side racing before making it three wide and into third place and moving to the front. Another great three wide move underneath the leaders on lap 70 gave Eddie Mac the top spot that he would not relinquish. Helliwell's late charge provided excitement over the final stretch but the #17Ma proved to be too strong at the end.

"This has been such an incredible week I will be forever thankful for all the people responsible for this title," said the American Racer Challenge Cup Champion. "It is so rare to post the fastest time in all practices and win all three 100 lap events; it is not possible without the commitment of a lot of people. The crew worked their butts off this week. What a team! Freddie and Sheila are great car owners and Kenny and Scott Thompson from Hancock Electric have supported us for years. Rob Grimm, our K&N owner, helps us in so many ways. The list goes on but needless to say you can't win at this level as often as we have without the support of a lot of people. Thank you to all our team members and fans. We will see everyone at home at Lee USA Speedway for the Governor's Cup in April."
Eddie Makes it Two in Row in ACT Competition
For the second time in successive nights, Eddie Mac celebrated his American Canadian tour win in Victory Lane at New Smyrna Speedway in Florida on Monday night, February16. The all-important victory places him in contention to win the American Racer Challenge Cup. The winner will be crowned champion with the best two combined finishes after the second 100 lap event to be run Tuesday night.

The Hancock Electric/Grimm Construction Chevy posted the first win in the stand alone ACT 100 on Sunday night. Last night's celebration for winning the first Challenge Cup segment will be short lived as Eddie Mac and the team prepares to do it all over again Tuesday night with an added twist. The first two race starting positions were determined by the plus/minus system in heat qualifying. The final segment for Tuesday's finale will invert the first twenty cars which will certainly add excitement to the race. Both previous nights offered great racing and tonight's feature will prove to be a matter of survival, strategy, and luck.

The #17Ma started third in the field after posting a +4 finish in the first heat. Starting behind Patrick Laperle and Joey Polewarczyk in the 100 lap feature, "The Outlaw" knew he would be in for a tough battle saying, "With those two guys in front and some great cars right behind, Rollie and I knew it was going to be a lot tougher than last night and it was. This is a fantastic win that was not settled until the final lap. Laperle is always tough, and when Fellows got by he just took off. I didn't know if I would be able to catch him. Then Helliwell came on at the end so this was one tough race from the start and I am just so happy to win this for the team and fans especially Freddie and Sheila Peterson, Kenny and Scott Thompson and Rob Grimm."

When the green flag waved Laperle established an early comfortable lead and with Joey Pole fading with a tire issue Eddie Mac rode in second place until a five lap door to door duel with Laperle ended with Eddie Mac taking the lead on lap 32. Aaron Fellows passed Laperle and wore out the bumper of the Freddie Peterson owned ride before making the pass on lap 47 to open up a sizeable lead until lap 86. Fellows appeared to get loose opening the inside for Eddie Mac to take the lead to the finish. A series of late race cautions, eight in all for the race, bunched the field for the final ten laps with Wayne Helliwell final push falling short to give Eddie Mac his second victory in two nights.

"This car is fast, fast, fast and with the set-up Rollie put in and the hard work of the crew, it is a lot of fun to drive this car," said the Rowley, Mass. veteran. "We came here hoping to win it all but we didn't know if it was possible since there are so many things that can happen along the way. But to get two wins in two nights is awesome. We set fasted times in all three practices and with the two wins it is proof that all the hard work everyone put into this car really paid off. Now hopefully we can have a great race on Tuesday night to win the Cup. We will have our hands full with the inverted field so we will have to be patient, stay out of trouble, save the tires and be there at the end. This has been a lot of fun."

Eddie Wins ACT 100 in Sunny Florida

While Eddie Mac's hometown of Rowley, Mass. is battling blizzards and freezing temperatures, "The Outlaw" heated up the half mile oval at New Smyrna Speedway to win the ACT 100. Twenty six cars took the green flag to kick off three nights of American Canadian Tour races as part of the World Series of Asphalt Racing at the legendary track. Eddie Mac and the MacDonald Motorsports team led the caution free event from green flag to checker flag run in less than thirty four minutes.

"This is really exciting to come down here and get the win," said Eddie Mac. "The car was fast from the first practice on and we knew we had something for the competition. Everyone worked hard on the car this winter to get it ready to be part of this and all the effort paid off. Rollie and I used a set-up from another track and it worked to perfection. I am so proud and thankful of all the people involved to make this happen."

The #17ma Hancock Electric Late Model posted the fastest times in both practices (19.773 sec. and 19.361 sec.). The Freddy Peterson owned Chevy started ninth in the first of three qualifying heats and scored a +7 rating after finishing the heat in second place, good enough to start on the pole for the race. The heats were run before the K&N Pro Series East race with the ACT 100 taking the green flag immediately afterward.

"We were in a great position and the car just took off. Alex Labbe stayed close but I was able to keep in front by a few car lengths. Did I mention the car was fast? Who knew the race would go the distance without a caution? It was good in some ways but it definitely had an effect with the lapped traffic. It was tough to get by because guys were racing side by side and did not want to get lapped. These guys worked hard all winter getting their cars ready and wanted to race. I don't blame them. I don't think the next two nights will be caution free," said Eddie Mac.

At the halfway mark, Canadian great Patrick Laperle made his charge from his starting 14th position to the back bumper of "The Outlaw." "You just knew Patrick, Wayne (Helliwell), Joey (Pole) and a few others would make a charge and it turned out to be Laperle. The last half of the race we both had to deal with lapped traffic and it all depended where you had to pass whether you could gain or lose separation. With about ten to go I was able to get some separation to get the win. I am sure the next two nights are going to be a lot tougher."

Monday and Tuesday night's races are for the title of champion of the American Racer Challenge Cup. Twenty-seven teams will compete both nights with the team with the lowest combined finishes crowned champion. Each night's winner will be rewarded with a portion of the $35,000 purse. Both races will be 100 laps and the events will be covered by Speed 51 and FanChoiceTV on your computer starting at 7:30 pm.

"Winning tonight is a great start but we really want to run well to win the American Challenge Cup for all the people responsible for us getting here," said Eddie Mac. "Our car owners Sheila and Freddie Peterson and Scott and Kenny Thompson from Hancock Electric have been great. None of this would be possible without them. Our K&N team owner Rob Grimm has be supportive of our ACT racing and Rollie and I really appreciate it. Of course, our crew back at the shop and at the track is terrific. Hopefully we can bring home the win. Let's race!"
Eddie MacDonald Readies for Florida
The American Canadian Tour opener at New Smyrna Speedway in Florida will feature three nights of racing as part of the World Series of Asphalt Racing with Eddie MacDonald ready to participate in the inaugural American Racer Challenge Cup. The Cup Challenge is slated to take the green flag for two 100 lap events on Monday, February 16 and Tuesday, February 17. The ACT cars will also be in action on Sunday, February 15 as a stand-alone 100 lap event made possible when a racing series cancelled their participation.

"We are ready and excited to race at New Smyrna Speedway in February," said Eddie Mac. "Last time we were there (2011), we didn't finish too well (seventh overall) but we have the new car that won a couple of times last year so we are looking to greatly improve that finish. This car won the ACT opener at Lee in the Governor's Cup and the Milk Bowl at Thunder Road plus a couple of other solid finishes last season."

Upwards of thirty cars have entered the event and will be racing for the $35,000 purse. The overall winner will be crowned based on the two best combined finishes. Individual winners will be recognized each night. The special stand-alone race on Sunday will be run after the season opener for the K&N Pro Series East race with 26 cars entered.

The Hancock Electric-Grimm Construction Chevy will run all three events with Eddie Mac recognizing a number of people responsible for making the trip possible saying, "This is an expensive trip for all the teams and our trip would not be possible without the help from Freddie and Sheila Peterson our car owners, Ken and Scott Thompson from Hancock Electric in Quincy, and Rob Grimm our K&N team owner who continues to support Rollie (LaChance- crew chief) and me in the ACT series. I can't thank Freddie and Sheila enough for everything they do. They have fun racing and hopefully winning and give us whatever we need to be successful. Kenny and Scott have been helping us out for many years and we are very grateful. Kenny is making the trip so we hope to get a win for him."

"Of course our crew deserves a lot of credit for their efforts," continued Eddie Mac. "Our success at the track starts in the shop with Joe St Jacques working on the body and John Tiernan handling the painting with Bobby Wood providing the transportation as well as machining parts we need. Our regular racing crew of Rob Drandson, Tom Rice, Donny Higginbotham, and Rollie's family will be making the trip."

New Smyrna is a fast, high banked half mile track that provides great racing with Eddie Mac saying, "The track is a lot like Thompson, fast and a lot of fun to drive. With the long straights and banked turns you have some great side by side and tight racing. It will be a tough field of cars with a number of top drivers but we are confident we can win there."

"Everyone is excited and ready to go racing. It should be fun."

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