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Eddie Mac Scores Third Place Finish in Governor's Cup
Eddie MacDonald staged a familiar battle with eventual winner Wayne Helliwell in the Governor's Cup 150 at their home track Lee USA Speedway on Sunday May 26 to post a third place finish in an exciting duel. The Grimm Construction/Hancock Electric Chevy started third on the grid after winning the heat to score a +2 rating.

Twenty-seven cars took the green flag under stormy skies that dictated the early race strategy for Eddie Mac saying, "We were riding around comfortably in sixth place when a little rain began to fall around lap 25. It looked like heavy rain would arrive shortly so we decided to go get some spots in case the race ended at the halfway mark. I used up a lot of the car racing on the outside for position. No one was out there so the little bit of rain really hurt the tires. Of course the rain never came but we committed early instead of saving tires for the end. We did what we needed to do ans that's just racing."

"The Outlaw" wowed the crowd with some great side by side racing before settling into third place by lap 63. The Governor's Cup defending champ and winner of his last five ACT events waited patiently while Helliwell and Jeff White battled for the top spot. Eddie Mac ran the outside groove to race White side by side, then taking the second spot on lap 84 and setting his sights on the #27. Again the Rowley, Ma. veteran drove hard on the outside to take first place on lap 91. Eddie Mac and Helliwell have staged epic duels throughout their careers.

A lap 93 caution put the #17 and #27 head to head on the restart with Helliwell getting the jump with Eddie Mac saying, "Wayne was fast all day and he had a good restart. I spun the tires a bit and he was able to take advantage. He ran a great race getting the pole and running out front saving his tires. I used up the tires early and couldn't race with him at the end. By the end of the race the car was so loose I was just hanging on trying to get the best finish I could. We had a lot of fun racing at my home track and seeing a lot of family and friends. Obviously I wish we won but Wayne deserved the win so congratulations to him and Bruce. We may do it again next week at Thunder Road. My thanks go to the crew for all the hard work and Kenny and Scott Thompson from Hancock Electric for their continued support. Car owners Sheila and Freddie Peterson are just awesome people to be associated with."

The 17th annual Merchants Bank 150 event will be run at the famed Thunder Road in Barre, Vt. on Sunday, May 3 with a 1:00 pm. post time. The Thunder Road Car Show in downtown Barre will run from 9:00-12:00 Saturday followed by the parade of cars to the track.
Photos by
Richard Casey
 

Eddie Runs for the Governor's Cup Title
at Lee USA Speedway on Sunday

Eddie MacDonald will drive the Freddie Peterson owned #17 Chevy Late Model in the American Canadian Tour's Governor's Cup 150 on Sunday, April 26 at Lee's "Center of Speed." The Rowley, Mass driver, and son of track owners Judy and Red MacDonald, will defend the title won in last year's event. "The Outlaw" is a serious contender to repeat posting five late model wins in a row.

Eddie Mac began the streak last season with a huge Milk Bowl win at Thunder Road followed with a win in the Fall Brawl at Riverside Speedway. The veteran racer impressed many with three 100 lap wins in a row at New Smyrna Speedway, Florida during speedweeks in February to capture the first ever American Racer Challenge Cup.
Since joining forces with Freddie Peterson in the Grimm Construction/Hancock Electric sponsored Chevy crew chief Rollie LaChance and Eddie Mac have posted a stellar record of wins and top three finishes. Both hope to continue the torrid pace with a win this Sunday with Eddie Mac saying, "We have had an incredible run since last season and would like nothing better than to get the win at my home track. To have a lot of family and fans cheering for you is a great feeling."

More than forty cars are expected to compete for the 28 starting positions in the ACT feature. Teams will practice on Saturday with qualifying heats and the 150 lap event slated for Sunday. Schedules for both days begin at noon and will also feature the regular Lee USA Speedway racing series.

"This should be a great race with all the talented drivers and teams competing in the ACT series," said MacDonald. "Rollie, the crew, and I love racing in this series. We have to travel so much in the K&N series it is nice to be at home with all our fans. Freddie and Sheila (Peterson) have been terrific and we couldn't do this without the longtime support of Ken and Scott Thompson from Hancock Electric in Quincy. If you need electric motor service those are the guys to call. Thanks go to our K&N team owner Rob Grimm who supports us racing in the series. Hopefully we can celebrate with all our fans on Sunday."
 
MacDonald Ready to Hold His Turf at Lee USA
ACT PRESS RELEASE - The American-Canadian Tour (ACT) Late Models will be at the Lee USA Speedway in Lee, NH this coming Sunday, April 26 for the 25th annual New Hampshire Governor�s Cup 150. Eddie "The Outlaw" MacDonald will look to defend his title in the event, but a host of veterans and newcomers alike figure to be up for the challenge.

MacDonald has been red hot in the ACT Late Models in recent months. The Rowley, MA driver swept all three 100-lap events at the New Smyrna Speedway in Florida as part of the annual February racing. Combined with his victories in the Vermont Milk Bowl at Barre, VT's Thunder Road last October and the Fall Brawl 150 at Groveton, NH's Speedway 51 in November, MacDonald has five straight wins in ACT-type Late Model events.

"We've got a pretty good idea of where we need to be from last year," MacDonald said. "We're just going to have to go there and tune on the car and see if we can get it to perform steady throughout the whole race. You never know who's going to be able to hit it right for that day."

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