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Saturday, May 16th - 8:00 PM CDT


Iowa Speedway
 
 
Eddie Disappointed with K&N Run at Iowa Speedway
Eddie MacDonald, driver of the #71 Grimm Construction/Multiple Sclerosis Chevy, battled tire issues to finish 19th in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East/West combination race in the Casey's General Store 150 at Iowa Speedway Saturday, May 16. MacDonald overcame a tire problem the first half of the race but could not overcome the issue in the second half of the 150 lap feature.

Usually a net set of Goodyear tires make both the driver and the car very happy but right from the green flag, Eddie Mac could not make any progress from his 24th starting position and was nearly lapped by the leader until the caution flag flew on lap 37. Crew chief Rollie LaChance made a wedge adjustment and discovered the left rear tire's low air pressure. With the fix made, the Rowley, Mass. veteran racer returned to the track in the 27th spot and began making his way to the front with some spectacular three wide moves with Eddie Mac saying, "The car felt great and could really get into the turns, especially turn one. With the air pressure set and a wedge adjustment the loose condition was fixed and I was able to drive the car. I was able to race to eleventh at the break."

No adjustments were made on the #71 at the break other than the four new tires with Eddie Mac confident the car would be fast again but the complete opposite happened saying, "The car was a handful right from the green flag. It was so on the edge I almost went around a couple of tires. The new tires were terrible and it just killed the car. You are not anywhere near as loose on new tires so it was a big surprise. We had to wait for a caution but it didn't come soon enough to help."

Unfortunately, Eddie Mac just had to ride it out and fell back in the pack to 22nd until he was able to pit on caution lap 133 for air and wedge adjustments. The Grimm Construction Chevy restarted 22nd on lap 140 with ten to go as Eddie Mac could only manage to pick up two spots before the final green flag.

""It was so loose everywhere I just couldn't drive it hard without wrecking it. We are so disappointed with the finish. We think it was the right rear that really ballooned during the race and that caused all the problems. We certainly hoped for a better run and I feel bad for all the crew that traveled a long way and worked hard for two days out here. These guys had to take time from work back home to come here and I really appreciate it. I want to give a shout out to Mallet Meyer. He was with us when he was a student at UNOH and did a great job. He now lives in Clarence, Iowa and runs and owns Revelation Racing specializing in fabrication and engines for dirt mods and all types of dirt racing. He is a very talented guy."

"Our next K&N race will be at our home track at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on July 17 and we love racing there. We have some wins there and finished second last year so we are looking forward to that race. Thanks as always to our owner Rob Grimm, Schroth Racing, Stilo, HMS Motorsports, and Waymart Building Center for their support."

The Casey's General Store 150 will air on NBCSN on Friday, May 22 at midnight following the hockey game.
 
Photos by
Richard Casey
 
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FAST FACTS
The Race: The Casey's General Stores 150 marks the 12th NASCAR K&N Pro Series East-West combination race at Iowa Speedway, and the first event at the track in 2015. It's the fourth of 14 races overall on the 2015 K&N Pro East schedule, and the fourth of 13 races overall for the K&N Pro West.

The Procedure: The race will be 150 laps (131.25 miles) and will be run in two segments with a midway break at or near the conclusion of Lap 75. The starting field is 36 cars, including provisionals. The first 28 cars will qualify through two-lap time trials. The remaining eight spots will be awarded through the provisional process. Note: Each driver will be credited with a finish and points respective to the series they've designated.

The Track: Iowa Speedway is a .875-mile paved oval with the turns banked 12-14 degrees, four degrees of banking in the backstretch and 10 degrees in the frontstretch. The track opened in 2006 and the first NASCAR-sanctioned race was a K&N Pro Series combination event on May 20, 2007 won by Joey Logano. NASCAR XFINITY and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series events were added in 2009.

The Records: The one-lap series qualifying record at Iowa was established by Kyle Busch on May 17, 2009 at 135.484 mph (23.250 seconds). The 150-lap race record was set by Ben Rhodes on May 17, 2014 at 93.287 mph (1 hour, 24 minutes, 25 seconds)

 
K&N East Statistical Advance - IOWA: HERE
Analyzing The K&N Pro East Casey's General Stores 150

Notebook
- Iowa held one East-West combination race each season from 2007-2011 and has had two each year since 2012.
- The K&N Pro Series West had a standalone event at the track in September 2009 won by David Mayhew.
- The Casey�s General Store 150 will be telecast on NBCSN Thursday, May 21 at a time to be determined next week.
- Kyle Busch and Cole Custer are the only drivers to win the East-West at Iowa from the pole. Chase Elliott started the furthest back and won, coming from 15th on the grid in May 2012.
- The most cautions for an East-West combination race at Iowa is 11 in June 2013 while the fewest is four in May 2009 and August 2014. The most caution laps (68) came in the inaugural 2007 event and the fewest was 24 on May 2009 and August 2014.
- In the 11 combination events, the lead has changed hands an average of 13.7 times with a high of 18 in the 200-lap May 2007 race.
- The average starting position for the winner is 6.09 while the pole sitter has an average finish of 9.63.
- Three of the 11 East-west combination races at Iowa were extended by a late-race caution for a green-white-checkered finish, the last occurring in June 2013.
- Chevrolet has gone to Victory Lane in seven East-West events at Iowa, while Toyota has three wins and Ford has one.

Iowa Data
Race #: 4 of 14 - East; 4 of 13 - West
Track Layout: .875-mile asphalt tri-oval
Race Length: 150 laps (131.25 miles)
Banking/Turns: 12-14 degrees
Banking/Frontstretch: 10 degrees
Banking/Backstretch: Four degrees

Iowa Qualifying/Race Data
2014 Pole Winner: Brodie Kostecki, Toyota, 133.102 mph (23.666 seconds)
2014 Race Winner: Ben Rhodes, Chevrolet, 93.287 mph (1 hour, 24 minutes, 25 seconds)
1-Lap Qualifying Record: Kyle Busch, 135.484 mph (23.250 seconds), May 2009
150-lap Race Record: Ben Rhodes, Chevrolet, 93.287 mph (1 hour, 24 minutes, 25 seconds)

Eddie MacDonald (No. 71 Grimm Contracting Chevrolet)
- Ranked 25th in the East standings after one start at Bristol.
- In 10 starts at Iowa, his second place finish in August 2013 is his best.
- Has an average finish of 9.4 and an average start of 18.4 at Iowa.
- Has earned seven wins, 34 top fives, 90 top 10s and two poles in 183 starts.


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