Saturday, June 20, 2015
White Mountain 150


Penalty Costs Eddie MacDonald Chance to Win
in ACT Race at White Mountain

On lap 115 with 35 circuits to go in the American Canadian Tour's White Mountain 150 Eddie MacDonald made contact with Brandon Atkins while contending for the lead to bring out a caution. As a result the "Outlaw" was sent to the rear of the field and had to settle for a 12th place finish.

"It was terrible to lose a race this way," said Eddie Mac. "The car was fast again and I made my way to the front and was racing the leader trying to figure a way to get by him. He was hard to pass and I tried different lines for a number of laps. I was on the outside and tried to do a crossover move and he just slowed down in front of me and I hit his back bumper and sent him spinning into the infield. I feel bad for both of us but I had 35 laps to go so I certainly did not do it on purpose. I felt I would get by him sooner or later because the car was that good."

The Grimm Construction/Hancock Electric Chevy established fast times in practice then won the second heat easily from the pole to grid sixth for the 150 lap event at White Mountain Motorsports Park on Saturday, June 20. When the green flag waved, the Rowley, Mass. veteran racer was content to ride in the sixth position early to save tires. A four car wreck on lap 94 almost ended Eddie Mac's night.

"I almost got spun out in that one when a bunch of cars wrecked all around me," said Eddie Mac. "I was lucky to make it through but I had to restart in the eighth position so I knew I had to get going then. The car was great and I was able to drive through the field to contend for the top spot." Four cautions (Laps 98, 100, 101, 104) slowed the pace but Eddie Mac was on the move driving under eventual winner Wayne Helliwell for second place on lap 111. The incident with Atkins appears to be another case of bad racing luck to plague the team since sweeping all three ACT races at New Smyrna, Florida in February.

"We have had such bad luck since Florida in the ACT races and the K&N Series, it is very frustrating," said Eddie Mac. "Freddie's (Peterson) car has been fast every race but tire issues have hurt us. This time I made a mistake. I did not expect him to slow down that much. I don't know for sure if we would have won that race but I know we would have been a strong contender. I feel bad for Freddie and Sheila (Peterson) and hope we get a win soon for them. Thanks again to everyone that helps us every race, Scott and Ken Thompson from Hancock Electric, Stilo, Schroth Racing, HMS Motorsports, A&B Vending, especially Peterson Auto Body in Peabody. We plan to race at Oxford Plains this Saturday so hopefully our luck will change."

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