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Saturday, Oct. 3rd - 9:30 AM


Dover International Speedway
 

Second Place Finish for Eddie MacDonald
at Dover International Raceway

Torrential rain forced the Drive Sober 125 from its Friday start to a Saturday afternoon green flag but the weather did not stop Eddie MacDonald from posting a fantastic second place finish in the K&N Pro Series East final season race. Rain washed out practice and qualifying so the field was set by the rulebook with Eddie Mac starting 23rd in the 31- car field. A pit lane penalty during the competition left the team wondering "What if" after the race.

The second place run was the Grimm Construction/Multiple Sclerosis Chevy driver's best performance of the five races run in the series of the fourteen scheduled events. Eddie Mac scored two top tens, a sixth at Bristol and a ninth at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

"This is one of my favorite tracks and to get a second place finish is great," said Eddie Mac. "Of course being so close , it is a little disappointing not to get the win. We finished fourth last year and had the same set up in it plus we had the new body style and that made all the difference. Like everyone else I guess, the car was just a little tight but it handled pretty well. We had a penalty that probably hurt us. You never know but things could have turned out different."

When the green flag finally started the race at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, Eddie Mac began his move to the front and was in the 15th position when the yellow flag brought the field to the pits for a competition caution to check for tire wear. The teams were given an extra set of tires and when the air gun did not work properly, the crew had to torque the lug nuts by hand. NASCAR determined the #71 returned to the track ten seconds late and the penalty was given. Eddie Mac had to start tail on the longest line in the 26th position.

"It is really unfortunate we received the penalty because it sent us almost to the rear so I had to pass the same cars all over again," said Eddie Mac. "Fortunately, the car was fast and I was able to make my way back through the field but obviously I would have preferred to restart fifteenth and go from there. I know we would have been in contention for the win sooner if we had."

After the lap 26 restart Eddie Mac made steady progress going from 26th to 11th by the next caution flag on lap 40 and into 7th by the time the next yellow waved on lap 55. The halfway break yellow flag waved on lap 70 with Eddie Mac riding in the fourth position saying, "We just made a small adjustment to loosen the car up and that was all. We knew we had something for the leaders."

Eddie Mac set his sights on series champion William Byron for third place and made the pass on lap 80 then began chasing down second place Rico Abreu saying, "Abreu was fast so it took quite a few laps to get by him. I was really faster on the bottom but I had to go outside to make the pass and finally got by him on lap 118. By that time Cabre was way ahead and with seven laps to go I wasn't going to catch him. Finishing second on the track in this series is a great accomplishment and I am happy. To be able to run as well as we did with no practice with this new body is awesome. The crew did an exceptional job as always and Rollie (LaChance) and I are really thankful for their effort. Of course we could not do this without the support of Karla and Rob Grimm. We are proud to carry the National Multiple Sclerosis emblem on the car and hope everyone will support this organization. Thanks to all our fans for the tremendous support we have received."

The Drive Sober 125 will be televised on NBCSN on October 6 at 4pm.
 
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K&N East at Dover - HERE

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

FAST FACTS
The Race: The Drive Sober 125 at Dover International Speedway will be the 14th and final event of the 2015 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East season. 

The Procedure: The starting field is 30 cars, including provisionals. The first 26 cars will secure starting positions based on the two-lap qualifying session. The remaining four spots will be awarded through the provisional process. The race will be 125 laps (125 miles) with a five minute break occurring at or near the conclusion of lap 65.

The Track: Known as the “Monster Mile,” Dover is an even one-mile concrete oval with banking of nine degrees on the straightaways and 24 degrees in the turns.

Race Winners: There have been 12 winners in the previous 14 K&N East races at Dover. Austin Hill’s win last season join him with Brett Moffitt as the only drivers to earn multiple victories at the track.

Pole Winners: In the 14 previous events, there have been 12 different pole winners. Darrell Wallace Jr. is the only multi-time polesitter at Dover, while Matt DiBenedetto holds the qualifying record with 23.201 seconds (155.166 mph), established in 2009.

 
K&N East Statistical Advance - Dover: HERE
Analyzing The K&N Pro East DRIVE SOBER 125

Dover International Speedway:
History
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The official opening of Dover International Speedway, then named Dover Downs International Speedway, was in 1969.
- The first NASCAR Sprint Cup race was held on July 6, 1969 – won by Richard Petty.
- Dover held 10 NASCAR Nationwide Series-NASCAR K&N Pro Series East combination races from 1987-92.
- The track surface was changed to concrete in 1995.
- The first stand-alone K&N East race was held at Dover on July 18, 1998.
- The track’s name was changed to Dover International Speedway in 2002.

Notebook
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There have been 14 previous stand-alone K&N East races at Dover.
- Of those 14 events, there have been 12 different race winners and 12 different pole winners, with qualifying cancelled one year.
- Of the 12 previous race winners, only Brett Moffitt and Austin Hill have won twice.
- Of the 12 pole winners, only Darrell Wallace Jr. has two.

Dover International Speedway Data:
Race: #14 of 14
Track Layout: One-mile concrete oval
Race Length: 125 laps (125 miles)
Banking/Corners: 24 degrees
Banking/Straights: Nine degrees
Telecast: NBCSN, Thursday, October 8 at 4 p.m. ET

Qualifying/Race Data:
2014 Winner: Austin Hill
2014 Pole Winner: Jesse Little
Qualifying Record: Matt DiBenedetto, 22.201 seconds (155.166 mph), September 25, 2009

Active Series Leaders At Dover International Speedway:
Wins
Austin Hill - 2
Corey LaJoie - 1

Poles
Jesse Little - 1

Top Fives
Corey LaJoie - 3
Eddie MacDonald - 3
Brandon McReynolds - 2
Austin Hill - 2
Kaz Grala - 1

Top 10s
Corey LaJoie - 4
Eddie MacDonald - 3
Brandon McReynolds - 3
Austin Hill - 2
Gray Gaulding - 2
Kaz Grala - 1

Laps Led
Austin Hill - 125
Corey LaJoie - 42
Jesse Little - 14
Peyton Sellers - 8
Kyle Benjamin - 3

Laps Completed
Eddie MacDonald - 1847

Sergio Pena - 680
John Salemi - 638
Corey LaJoie - 473
Brandon McReynolds - 456
Jesse Little - 384
Austin Hill - 300


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