Saturday, May 30, 2015
Generation Next
Lil' Joey Memorial 151

Speedway 51
Seventh Place Run for Eddie at Speedway 51
Eddie MacDonald dominated in practice and for 86 laps in the American Canadian Tour's Generation Next 150 at the newly revamped Speedway 51 in Groveton, NH on Saturday, May 30. With the threat of rain looming, Eddie Mac battled eventual winner Wayne Helliwell on a lap 86 restart but a flat right rear sent the Grimm Construction/Hancock Electric Chevy out of the groove and into seventh place before the yellow/checkered flag waved to end the race on lap 91 due to rain.

"We have had a string of bad luck with tires lately in the ACT and K&N series," said a frustrated MacDonald after the race. "When the race restarted on lap 86, I went into turn one and the car slid up the track and rolled over. I thought we broke something in the front end but it turned out to be a slow leak in the right rear. It seems like we have had nothing but tire issues. The car was so good in practice and early in the race, I thought we really had a chance to win this thing."

"The Outlaw" set the fastest times in two of the three practices he took part in and scored a +4 point total as he won the first heat going away starting from the fifth position. The Freddie Peterson owned ride started the scheduled151lap event on the outside pole and quickly took the lead on the second circuit. When the #60 took the lead on lap 13 Eddie Mac was content to ride around conserving the tires.

Weather played a significant role in the day's event as all the teams had to deal with ferocious wind and dust in the pits and on the track. Rain was predicted early and then with the reports of heavy rain approaching the speedway, Eddie Mac took the lead back on a lap 76 restart and appeared ready to battle Helliwell for the win. A lap 86 caution put the two veteran racers side by side for the restart. Eddie Mac could not hold the car down in turn one allowing Helliwell and others to slide underneath as Eddie Mac slipped back on the outside to seventh.

"I thought the sway bar link broke the way the car reacted but it wasn't until after the race and in the pits we found the right rear had a slow leak, said the Rowley, Mass. driver. "I am disappointed for Sheila and Freddie Peterson, out car owners. To show how involved they are, both of them constantly cleaned the dust off the car between practices, the heat, and the race. The crew did their usual great job and Rollie and I really appreciate all they do for us. Thanks to our K&N owner Rob Grimm and Scott and Kenny Thompson from Hancock Electric for their great support. The car is in good shape so we hope to be back for the White Mountain race in a couple of weeks. Hopefully we can keep the tires on it."
Photos by
Richard Casey

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