Louden, N.H. — Eddie MacDonald and the Grimm Racing team returned to New Hampshire Motor Speedway last weekend for a double-header on Saturday afternoon.
The Waymart based team competed in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, G-Oil 100, and American-Canadian Tour Invitational, Bond Auto Parts 50.
MacDonald finished 8th in the NASCAR K&N Series East event and a disappointing 39th in the ACT Invitational.
Three words can describe MacDonald's two races. Good, bad, and ugly...but, not necessarily in that order.
First up for the team on Saturday was the NASCAR K&N Series race where MacDonald qualified the Grimm Racing entry 18th on the starting grid.
At the drop of the green flag, the race turned bad for MacDonald. An ill-handling car forced an early pit stop during the first caution of the race for some major adjustments.
The good thing was that the yellow flag came out before the #71 Chevy went a lap down on the field, but it was bad in the fact that it set him back to 34th in a 36 car field.
By the halfway break in the race, MacDonald had worked his way back up to 21st place.
During the 10 minute break, the Grimm Racing crew again went to work on the car, making adjustments and changing two right side tires.
As the second half of the G-Oil 100 unfolded, MacDonald was making steady progress toward the front and had broken into the top-15 with 10 laps to go in the race.
On Lap 92, several cars were involved in a back stretch wreck that brought out the red flag, but MacDonald received some left rear quarter panel damage in the melee.
On the restart with five laps to go, MacDonald had some bad looking smoke coming from the rear of the car caused by tire rub from the left quarter panel damage.
MacDonald didn't slow down or give up an inch. He restarted in 12th and raced his way up to an 8th place finish in the final 5 laps.
MacDonald has recorded 10 top-10 finishes in a row and is now 6th in the season championship points with three races remaining in 2012 season.
Kyle Larson and Corey LaJoie were locked in a tight battle for the win with Larson taking the checkered flag 0.071 seconds ahead of LaJoie.
Within a half-hour of the finish of the NASCAR race, MacDonald strapped himself into the MacDonald Motorsports #17 ACT Late Model sponsored in part by Grimm Construction for the Bond Auto Parts 50.
The ACT starting line-up was determined by the luck of the draw with MacDonald starting 26th in the 42 car field.
Page 2 of 2 - At the start of the race, MacDonald roared through the field with two and three wide passes on his way to the point.
A caution flag for a spin brought out a caution on Lap 15. At this point in the race, MacDonald had powered his way from 26th to 6th place. It was back to green flag racing and MacDonald moved further to the front, picking off one spot at a time until he was in second place behind race leader Ray Parent.
It was a good run for MacDonald's #17 Pontiac, as he set his sights on the leader.
With 26 laps complete, another caution slowed the field for a spin in turn four. For the restart, MacDonald was on the outside of the front row with Parent setting the pace.
When the green flag restarted the race and just as everything was going good for MacDonald, it turned bad, as MacDonald dropped like a rock through the field.
The right rear tire on MacDonald's car went flat without warning. MacDonald struggled back to the pit area and was lapped twice by the lead lap cars.
Upon reaching the pit area, MacDonald made the hard left turn back to the garage area ending his day with a 39th place finish.
Ray Parent, who MacDonald was chasing for the lead, went on to capture his first career ACT win.
What looked like a good race turned bad and ended up ugly. But, there's little time to waste. The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East returns to Dover International Speedway on Friday afternoon.
The black #71 Grimm Racing Chevrolet will quickly need to have repairs to the body, general maintenance, and set-up for the high-banked concrete Monster Mile.
Eddie MacDonald and Grimm Racing will be on the road mid-week to Delaware from their race shop in Waymart.