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Thursday, September 10th


Richmond International Raceway
 

Washout for Eddie MacDonald at Richmond in the K&N UNOH 100

Eddie MacDonald not only battled with the weather in the K&N Pro Series East's UNOH 100 at Richmond international Raceway on Thursday, September 10, he also struggled with a loose car for the entire race. The checkered/yellow flag waved on lap 70 of the scheduled 100 lap event for rain with the Grimm Construction Chevy scored in the 19th position.

Earlier in the day qualifying was rained out with five cars in the 35 car field left on pit lane unable to take time due to the thunderstorm raging through the track. Eddie Mac had qualified and was in the 12th when the rains came. The field was set by points forcing Eddie Mac to start 21st on the grid. The team only runs a part-time schedule. The scheduled 6:40 start was pushed back until the Air Titans dried the track so the UNOH 100 could get under way at 7:50. The Xfinity practice scheduled after qualifying was also rained out.

"It's too bad we lost qualifying and had to start so far back," said Eddie Mac. "The car was a handful right from the green flag. It was free in and out of the turns and was washing the nose up the track. I tried to run different lines but that only made the car worse. I had to stay on the bottom of the track so I couldn't challenge anyone on the outside to try to make a pass. It is tough to pass here anyway and being so loose made it nearly impossible. Then suddenly just before the yellow came out for rain, the car got really tight. We have had our struggles here in the past and tonight was not any different."

Eddie Mac started inside in the 21st spot but could not make up any ground and rode mid pack until the first caution on lap 17. After much discussion between crew chief Rollie LaChance and the veteran driver to pit for an adjustment, the decision was made to stay out so as not to lose more spots to the field. Eddie Mac fell back to 23rd by lap 27 but was able to gain four positions and into 19th until the next caution on lap 61 for rain. Track officials finally waved the checkered/yellow flag on lap 70 when the sky really opened up.

"I feel bad for everyone on the team that worked so hard here at the track on Wednesday and Thursday," said Eddie Mac. "The guys at the shop worked their tails off to get this car ready. We had the new body style put on and that required a ton of work in the Newburyport shop. Freddie Peterson, our ACT car owner, painted the car at his shop Peterson Auto and John Tiernan did the entire black accent work on the body. The car looked great and it is just too bad we couldn't get it to run better. We knew there would be a learning curve with the new body so hopefully we will have it figured out for the Dover race."

The UNOH 100 will be televised on NBCSN on Thursday, September 17 at 7:00 p.m.

The final race of the K&N Pro Series East will be the Drive Sober 125 at Dover International Speedway.
 
Photos by
Richard Casey
 
RACE CENTRAL LIVE powered by Speed51.com:
K&N East at Richmond - HERE

For the Event Schedule, Entry List, Practices, Qualifying, Lap by Lap, & Results  
 
K&N Pro Series East - Richmond News & Notes: HERE 

FAST FACTS:
The Race: The UNOH 100 is the 12th race of the season for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East. It's the 10th of 12 oval track events and 14 races, overall on the 2015 schedule. This is the series' first time competing at the Virginia track in the fall as a companion event with NASCAR's national series.

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 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 (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:
A New Victor Will Be Crowned:
There will be a new victor celebrating in Victory Lane Thursday night. None of the previous eight race winners are scheduled to compete in the UNOH 100 at Richmond. Three of the last four winners (Darrell Wallace Jr., Brett Moffitt and Cole Custer) are now competing in a NASCAR national series.

 
K&N East Statistical Advance - Richmond: HERE
Analyzing The K&N Pro East UNOH 100 

Richmond Race Setup:
- There are no previous Richmond race winners scheduled to compete in the UNOH 100. Three of the last four winners (Darrell Wallace Jr., Brett Moffitt and Cole Custer) are now competing in one of NASCAR's national series.
- Three of the last four events at Richmond have been won from the front row: Brett Moffitt from the pole in 2012 and Darrell Wallace Jr (2011) and Cole Custer (2014) winning from the outside pole.
- This is just the third time the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East will compete at Richmond in the fall. The first two were combination races with the NASCAR XFINITY Series in 1988 and 1989.

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

Notebook
- This is the series 10th visit to the historic Virginia oval.
- The 2011 Blue Ox 100 was the first stand-alone race a Richmond in NASCAR K&N Pro Series East history. Teams from the K&N East competed in combination with the NASCAR XFINITY Series in five races at Richmond from 1988-92.
- The UNOH 100 will be telecast on NBCSN, Thursday, September 17th at 7 p.m. ET
- Last season at Richmond, Cole Custer collected his third series win.
- The most cautions for a K&N East race at Richmond is eight in 2012, while the fewest is two in 2011. The most cautions laps (35) came in 2012, while the fewest (20) were in 2011 for an average of 29.33
- In four races, the lead has changed hands an average of 2.5 times with a high of four in 2012.
- The average starting position for the winner is fourth while the polesitter has an average finish of eighth.

EVENT INFORMATION

Richmond Date:
Race:
#13 out of 14
Track Layout: .75-mile D-shaped asphalt oval
Race Length: 100 laps (75 miles)
Banking/Turns 1 & 2: 14 degrees
Banking/Turns 3 & 4: 14 degrees
Banking/Frontstretch: 8 degrees (1,290 feet)
Banking/Backstretch: 2 degrees (860 feet)

Richmond Qualifying/Race Data:
2014 Race Winner:
Cole Custer
2014 Pole Winner: Nick Drake
1-Lap Qualifying Record: Max Gresham, Toyota, 22.272 seconds (121.228 mph), April 28, 2011
100-Lap Race Record: Darrell Wallace Jr., Toyota, 55 minutes and 20 seconds (81/325 mph), April 28, 2011

Richmond Leaders: (K&N East standalone events)
Wins:
Cole Custer - 1
Ryan Gifford - 1
Brett Moffitt - 1
Darrell Wallace Jr. - 1

Poles:
Nick Drake - 1
Gray Gaulding - 1
Max Gresham - 1
Brett Moffitt - 1

Laps Completed:
Brandon Gdovic - 403
Eddie MacDonald - 392
Ben Kennedy - 303
Brett Moffitt - 303

Laps Led:
Brett Moffitt - 92
Max Gresham - 55
Gray Gaulding - 53
Cole Custer - 52
Nick Drake - 48

- Eddie MacDonald (No. 71 Grimm Contracting Chevrolet): Will be making his 186th K&N East start.
In four starts at Richmond he has an average finish of 13.3.


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