A flat tire deflated the hopes of a good finish Grimm Racing at Bowman Gray Stadium in the NASCAR K&N Series East, NASCAR Hall of Fame 150.
KnowN in racing circles as the "Madhouse" the tight, flat, quarter-mile asphalt oval lived up to its reputation once again.
A sold-out, standing room only crowd was on hand to watch what would unfold for the third visit of the K&N Pro Series.
Bowman Gray Stadium has been a NASCAR sanctioned track since 1949.
Eddie MacDonald, who qualified in the 20th spot deep in the field, had his work cut out to avoid the madness in front of him.
The Grimm Racing driver methodically worked his way up to the front. By the half-way point of the race on Lap 75, MacDonald was in 14th place.
MacDonald seemed to be able to avoid the accidents and spins in front of him. MacDonald had cracked the top-10 when a red flag stopped the action for track clean up.
He wasn't done yet.
As the laps ticked off, MacDonald had the Grimm Construction/National MS Society Chevrolet up to 6th place.
Then misfortune took a turn when another car pushed the #71 up under the car of Kenzie Ruston.
Front end damage wasn't too severe, but a slow leak on the right front forced a pit stop under the caution.
The short track makes for very quick laps under caution and little time to make repairs.
"I could tell that the front tire was going down," said MacDonald. "We needed to make a pit stop. Under caution the pace car takes about 42 seconds to make a lap.
Page 2 of 2 - "With an entrance and exit to the pit area outside the oval, there is less than 15 seconds for a stop for repairs. The pace car just beat me coming out of the pit, so that put me a lap down in 12th place."
There were only seven laps left in the race when the field went back to green.
In the End
MacDonald finished in 12th place and the first car one lap down.
Ben Kennedy went on to his second career K&N Pro Series win. Dylan Kwasniewski was in second place 0.459 seconds behind the leader. There were 13 cautions at the "Madhouse".
In the season point standings, MacDonald is now 7th, only four points behind Kenzie Ruston in 6th and a scant five points out of fifth place.
"We are all set to make the long haul to Iowa for this weekend's race," said MacDonald at the Waymart race shop. "I hope our bad luck is out of the way, and we have a good showing at Iowa Speedway."
The Casey's General Store 150 is the next race on Friday, June 7 at Iowa Speedway where they share the bill with the NASCAR Nationwide Series.