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The PittLite 125
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Sat. April 18, 2015
Eddie Rallies from Flat Tire for Sixth Place
in the K&N Race at Bristol
Eddie MacDonald powered the Grimm Construction/Multiple Sclerosis Society Chevrolet to a hard earned sixth place finish in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Pittlite 125 at Bristol Motor Speedway as a companion race with the Sprint Cup Series. The Rowley, Mass. veteran started his 183rd race in the series and took the green flag as the defending champion of last year's event. A flat tire on lap 49 appeared to quash any hopes of repeating the win but Eddie Mac and the crew never gave up and rallied from the flat and 24th restarting position to make his patented charge to the front.

"With everything that we had to overcome in the race, we are pleased with the sixth place finish," said Eddie Mac after the race. "Obviously we would have liked to compete for the win but this finish showed how we can overcome adversity. We had a very similar set-up in the car as last year and the car handled pretty good. We didn't have a great qualifying run (16th) but last year we started 13th and won so we knew the car would be good for the long run."

Twenty eight cars took the green flag in the 125 lap event around "The World's Fastest Half-Mile" as Eddie Mac wasted no time moving up four spots from 16th to 12th in just two laps and into tenth by lap 21. The car was "a little loose but not bad" according to Eddie Mac at the first caution on lap 37. While running ninth the #71 blew a left rear tire to bring out the caution on lap 49, then restarted 24th one lap down. Eddie Mac moved up two positions before the halfway break at lap 62. The crew was allowed to re-fuel but could not change tires during the five minute break.

Racing resumed after the break with Eddie Mac the recipient of the "lucky dog" to restart on the lead lap in the 22nd position. Chief Rollie LaChance made the call to bring the #71 to the pits for a wedge adjustment during a lap 76 caution resulting in a charge from the 20th restarting position on lap 81 to 13th on lap 90. On laps 100 and lap 109, the veteran racer made it three wide around the high banked turns of Bristol to ninth place with sixteen laps to go. Eddie Mac battled Austin Hill for sixth place before taking over the spot with ten to go.

"The car was really good all day," said Eddie Mac. "I think we had a top three car and then run for the win and see what would happen but the flat changed everything. I wanted to get to fifth at the end but I used up the car coming from the rear so it was pretty loose at the end. Sixth place is still a great finish at Bristol. It is so much fun to drive here and you have to have a good car or you are in for a long day. Rollie and the crew did a great job all day long and I appreciate their efforts. Our owner Rob Grimm and a number of "Grimm Nation" family and fans were here so I am glad we had a good showing after the flat tire. This is a tough racetrack to make up ground when you have a problem so I am proud of what we accomplished today."

"Many thanks go to our sponsors: Grimm Construction, Stilo, HMS Motorsports, Waymart Building Center, Schroth Racing, Peterson Auto Body, and Kustom Vinyl. The Multiple Sclerosis National Society logo is proudly displayed on the car, as well as, the New Path Adventures logo."

The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East's next race will be a combination race with the K&N West Series at Iowa Speedway on May 16. NBCSN will televise the Pittlite 125 on April 23 with a time to be determined.
 
Photos by
Richard Casey
 
Eddie Kicks Off NASCAR K&N Season
at Bristol Motor Speedway in April
When Eddie MacDonald takes the green flag to open his NASCAR K&N Pro Series East season at Bristol it will be as defending champion after posting the impressive win last year in the Pittlite 125. The Grimm Construction/Multiple Sclerosis Society Chevy piloted by the veteran racer started 13th in the event last season and had the crowd on its feet as Eddie Mac drove to the front in a door to door battle with Ben Rhodes to lead the final two laps for the win. The Rowley, Mass. driver is entering his 15th year in the series and will start in his 183rd race with hopes to repeat last year's performance.

"The win last year at Bristol was huge for our team," said Eddie Mac while preparing the #71 for the race in the Newburyport, Mass. shop. "It was definitely one of the highlights of my career to win there. The track is awesome in every way. You dream about racing there and to get a win there is definitely the icing on the cake. We knew we had a good car despite not qualifying all that well (13th) but Rollie (LaChance) had a great set up and it handled well right from the start. After the break I knew I had something for the leaders and it was a lot of fun to race for the win. That race really gave us the boost we needed to run well the rest of the season even though we ran a part-time schedule."

The #71 Grimm Construction Chevy posted three top five's and one top ten finish over the final four races with Eddie Mac saying, "We did not start the season off well and decided to focus our efforts on a limited schedule and it worked out well. The final four races were pretty strong efforts by the team (8th at Langley, 2nd at Loudon, 6th at Iowa, 4th at Dover). We plan to run around six races in the K&N Series this year with the focus on the bigger tracks. Bristol may be only a half mile but it is definitely a big track to us and we hope to have another great showing there in April. It is always fun to race as a companion to the Xfinity and Cup series. We run after the Xfinity 300 on Saturday so we should have a great crowd. It is tough to win in the K&N Series with all the talented teams and drivers and we always put on a great show, so it should be a lot of fun."

Based largely on his Bristol performance as well as his success in the American Canadian tour, Eddie Mac was recently named Quarter Master Clutch Performer of the Year for 2014. "This award recognizes the hard work the crews for both series put in each and every race," said the second time recipient of the award (2009). "I have really been lucky to have such dedicated and talented people with me. I am so appreciative Quarter Master presented this award to me. I accept it on behalf of all the people involved. Of course none of this would be possible without the fantastic support from our K&N team owner Rob Grimm. He and Karla have been fantastic since Rollie and I teamed up with them in 2007."

All of the sponsors for the last few seasons will again support the Grimm Construction Chevy including Stilo, HMS Motorsports, Schroth Racing, Waymart Building Center, Peterson Auto Body, and Kustom Vinyl. The National Multiple Sclerosis Society logo will again be displayed on both rear quarter panels for the season.

"We are very confident we can run well at Bristol and compete for the win," said Eddie Mac. "It is difficult to win at any level and especially in the K&N Series but we feel we have the car and the set-up to do it. We are excited to get started this year."

The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Pittlite 125 will take the green flag on Saturday, April 18 on the famed track billed as "The World's Fastest Half Mile."

Defending race winner Eddie MacDonald will make his NASCAR K&N Pro Series East
debut this weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway with a field filled with new talent.
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Analyzing The K&N Pro East PittLite125

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East will head to Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway Saturday, April 18 for the PittLite 125, the season's third of 14 events. Below is a look at the performance of the series and selected drivers at Bristol, as well as some other statistical trends.

Bristol Race Setup
- The fop four drivers are within five points of each other headed in to Bristol. Austin Hill leads with 88 points, followed closely by William Byron with 85 points. Dalton Sargeant and Gray Gaulding are two points behind Byron with 83 apiece.
- Defending race winner Eddie MacDonald will be making his season debut at Bristol this weekend.
- Thirteen out of the 31 drivers on the entry list will make their first K&N Pro Series East start at Bristol for the PittLite125.

Bristol Motor Speedway
History
- Bristol Motor Speedway opened in 1961 and hosted its first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on July 30 of that year. Jack Smith picked up the win and led 243 of the 500 laps.
- To date, the track has hosted 108 Sprint Cup Series races, 65 NASCAR XFINITY Series races and 17 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series events. Kyle Busch leads all drivers with 16 Bristol victories and Darrell Waltrip tops the charts with 12 Sprint Cup Series triumphs.
- The .533-mile concrete oval hosted its first NASCAR K&N Pro Series event in March 2012 with Nelson Piquet Jr. collecting the win.

Notebook
- This is the series� fourth visit to the legendary Tennessee track.
- The PittLite 125 will air on NBCSN on Thursday, April 23 TBA.
- For two previous Bristol winners - Nelson Piquet Jr. (2012) and Dylan Kwasniewski (2013) - it was their first K&N East victory.
- The most cautions for a K&N East race at Bristol is eight (2013) while the fewest is six (2012). The most caution laps were 40 in 2014 and fewest were 33 in 2012.
- In three races, the lead has changed hands an average two times of with a high of four changes in 2012.
- The average starting position for the winner is 6.3 while the pole sitter has an average finish of 2.6.
- Bristol is one of three half-mile tracks on the series schedules joining South Carolina's Greenville Pickens Speedway and Florida's New Smyrna Speedway.

Bristol Data
Race: #3 out of 14 (4/18/15)
Track Layout: .533-mile concrete oval
Race Length: 125 laps (66.625 miles)
Banking/Corners: Variable (24-28 degrees)

Bristol Qualifying/Race Data:
2014 Pole Winner: Ben Rhodes
2014 Race Winner: Eddie MacDonald
1-Lap Qualifying Record: Michael McGuire, Toyota, 15.898 seconds, 120.694 mph, March 16, 2013
125-Lap Race Record: Nelson Piquet Jr., Toyota, one hour, two minutes, six seconds, 65.402 mph, March 17, 2012

Eddie MacDonald (No. 71 Grimm Contracting Chevrolet)
- Will be making his season debut and 183rd K&N East start this weekend.
- In three starts at Bristol, has finished 28th (2012), seventh (2013) and first (2014).
- Has an average finish of 12 and an average start of 22 at Bristol.
- In 182 starts as earned seven wins, 24 top fives, 86 top 10s and two poles.
- Has competed in one NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race and finished 30th.
- In two NASCAR XFINITY starts, he finished 41st (2007) and 22nd (2009).
- Competed in one NASCAR Sprint Cup race at New Hampshire and finished 35th.
- In two NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour races he finished 37th (2005) and 39th (2009).

 
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Fast Facts
The Race: The PittLite125 is the third event of the season for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East. It�s the third of 14 oval track events and 14 races, overall, on the 2015 schedule. This is the series� fourth visit to the iconic high-banked Tennessee oval.

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 starting spots will be awarded through the provisional process. The race will be 125 laps covering 66.625 miles with a break at or near the conclusion of lap 65.

The Track: Bristol Motor Speedway opened in 1961 and hosted its first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on July 30, 1961 won by Jack Smith. The .533-mile concrete oval has 600-foot straightaways with five to nine degrees of banking on the frontstretch and four to eight degrees on the backstretch. The turns are progressively banked from 24 to 28 degrees. The racing surface is 37.5 feet wide.

The Records: The one-lap qualifying record for the series at Bristol of 15.898 seconds (120.694 mph) is held by Michael McGuire and was established on March 16, 2013. The 125-Lap race record of one hour, two minutes and six seconds (65.402) was set on March 17, 2012 by Nelson Piquet Jr. in a race that was extended to 127 laps.

BRISTOL RACE NOTES
Team To Watch
Daniel Hemric and Brandon Jones will be behind the wheel for NTS Motorsports Saturday. Hemric will be making his second series start after winning the pole and finishing fifth at Greenville. Jones will be making his season debut, but is no stranger to the K&N Pro East. Jones won the NASCAR K&N Pro combination race at Iowa last August and finished eighth at Bristol last March.

Veterans Returning
K&N Pro Series veterans Eddie MacDonald
and Jesse Little will be making their season debut Saturday. The defending race winner, MacDonald will be making his 183 K&N Pro Series East start. He has earned seven wins, 34 top fives and 89 top 10 finishes. NASCAR Next driver Jesse Little will be making his 38th series� start and looks to redeem himself at Bristol where he finished 13th last year.

 

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