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New Hampshire Motor Speedway
Loudon, NH
Photo above by Richard Casey
 
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Top Ten for Eddie MacDonald at New Hampshire
Motor Speedway in the K&N Race

Eddie MacDonald began his busy weekend with a ninth place run in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East's United Site Services 70 Friday night to kick off the Sprint Cup weekend. The Rowley, Mass. veteran racer then changed fire suits to compete in the Sprint Cup 5 Hour Energy 301 on Sunday.

The tree time K&N winner at Loudon struggled in practice Friday battling a tight racecar but was able qualify the Exit Realty/Grimm Construction Chevy in the 13th position on Friday morning with Eddie Mac saying, "We made a number of changes during practice but we couldn't dial it in. It was tight during the practices on Thursday but the adjustments we made for qualifying worked enough to get us into a 13th place run. We thought the car would be good for the race but it didn't work out that way."

When the green flag waved to start the 70 lap feature on the "Magic Mile", Eddie Mac was able to move to tenth by lap 15 but the car changed back to the tight condition as Eddie Mac began falling back in the field. The #71 Exit Realty entry fell to 15 by lap 46, then lapped by eventual winner William Byron. The first caution flag waved on lap 56 to give crew chief Rollie LaChance an opportunity to make adjustments.

"We really needed that caution to make changes and we got the "lucky dog," said Eddie Mac. "The car was a little free entering the corner and it was shoving the nose. It was snappy loose so the crew was able to make some changes and it really helped but we needed one more adjustment and a few more laps but we didn't get either. We did get to ninth but you always want a better finish."

Eddie Mac was able to get the top ten finish with a bold three wide move on a lap 60 restart with ten to go as he powered in the middle of the three cars to gain five spots in one lap from his 14th restart position into ninth place and held the position to the checkers saying, "We were a little disappointed we did not have a better finish but at least we got a top ten after struggling in practice and the race."

"I have to give a big thank you to Derek Beatrice from Exit Realty Beatrice Associates from Middleton, Mass. for helping us out," said Eddie Mac. "Derek came on board last year and wanted to help us out again in the K&N, Cup, and the future ACT races. He is an awesome guy and brought a lot of his people to the race and they had a great time. It was a lot of fun meeting all the fans and spending time with them at the cookout Derek had. For many of them it was their first racing experience and they loved it and said they will be back in September when we run the ACT race here."

The United Site Services 70 will air on NBCSN on July 23, at 7p.m.

Two more K&N races are on the Grimm schedule at Richmond on September 10 and Dover on October 2.
 
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K&N Pro Series East NHMS News & Notes: HERE

FAST FACTS:
The Race: The United Site Services 70 will be the eighth of 14 races on the 2015 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East schedule and the lone trip to New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

The Procedure: The starting field is 36 cars, including provisionals. The first 32 cars will qualify through two-lap time trials. The remaining four spots will be awarded through the provisional process. The race will be 70 laps (74.06 miles).

The Track: This is the 69th race for the series at the 1.058-mile slightly banked oval, dating back to Sept. 1990. This is the second straight year the series has raced on the summer stop for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, after running on the September weekend in 2012 and 2013.  It’s the largest track on the K&N East schedule.

Race Winners: There have been 28 different winners in the 59 all-time stand-alone races at Loudon. New Hampshire native Brad Leighton has the most series win at the “Magic Mile” with eight, while Eddie MacDonald is the active leader with three.

Pole Winners: Of the 31 different drivers to earn a Coors Light Pole Award at New Hampshire, Kelly Moore has the most in K&N Pro Series East history with six. Ben Rhodes set a new qualifying record last season with a time of 29.622 (128.580 mph) for his first pole at Loudon.

 
K&N East Statistical Advance - NHMS: HERE
Analyzing The K&N Pro East United Site Services 70

United Site Services 70 Race Setup:
- William Byron is still holding onto the top spot in the season standings with 283 points. Austin Hill is the closest to him, trailing by 20 points.
- Only two drivers scheduled to compete at the “Magic Mile” have won here before, Eddie MacDonald (3) and Jesse Little (1).
- Last season’s event ended in dramatic fashion with Little in Victory Lane and MacDonald second.

At New Hampshire Motor Speedway
History
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 Ground breaking for New Hampshire International Speedway, as New Hampshire Motor Speedway was originally named, started on August 13, 1989.
- The 1.058-mile oval is located on approximately 1,200 acres. The multi-use complex is the largest sports facility in New England.
- The official opening was June 5, 1990 and the first NASCAR event was a NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR K&N Pro Series East combination event.
- Speedway Motorsports Inc., agreed to purchase New Hampshire International Speedway from Bob and Gary Bahre on January 11, 2008 and then renamed the track New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

Notebook
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 The first K&N East stand-alone race was held September 2, 1990.
- There have been 59 stand-alone K&N East races at NHMS, more than any other track in series history.
- There have been 28 different race winners, led by Brad Leighton’s eight. Eddie MacDonald is the active leader with three victories.
- There have been 31 different pole winners, led by Kelly Moore’s six. Ben Rhodes holds the series’ qualifying record.

New Hampshire Motor Speedway Data:
Race: #8 of 14.
Track Layout: 1.058-mile asphalt oval.
Race Length: 70 laps (74.06 miles)
Banking/Corners: 2-7 degrees.

Qualifying/Race Data:
2014 Race Winner: Jesse Little
2014 Pole Winner: Ben Rhodes
Track Qualifying Record: Ben Rhodes, Chevrolet, 29.622 seconds (128.580 mph), July 11, 2014.

Active Leaders at New Hampshire Motor Speedway:
Wins
Eddie MacDonald - 3
Jesse Little - 1

Top Fives
Eddie MacDonald - 5
Jay Beasley - 1
Jesse Little - 1

Top 10s
Eddie MacDonald - 13

Ronnie Bassett Jr. - 2
Gray Gaulding - 2
Jesse Little - 2

Laps Completed
Eddie MacDonald - 2,643
John Salemi -1,919
Jesse Little - 298

Laps Led
Eddie MacDonald - 175
Gary Gaulding - 53
Nick Drake -10

Starts
Eddie MacDonald - 26

John SalemI - 28

Eddie MacDonald (No. 71 Grimm Contracting Chevrolet)
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This will be his third series start of the 2015 season as he competed at Bristol and Iowa and finished sixth and 12th, respectively.
- This will be his 27th start at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
- He has three wins, five top fives and 13 top 10s at the “Magic Mile”
- His average finish at NHMS is 16.61 and his average start is 13.96.


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