Eddie MacDonald posted third place finishes in the Pro Stock/ Super Late Model and Late Model features to complete the rescheduled Oktoberfest at his family owned track on Sunday, Oct.24. Due to heavy rain on the second of two days of racing two weeks ago, the Sunday event was completed to end the Lee USA season on a chilly blustery day.
The “Outlaw” piloted the Dave Lemieux owned PS/SLM Chevy to a solid third place finish in fifty lap feature. Eddie Mac drove the famous Flame #17 GTO to a third place finish in the 40 lap Late Model race.
“We are very pleased to have EXIT Realty Beatrice Associates with us on the Pro Stock as well as the Late Model,” said Eddie Mac. “Derek Beatrice has been a strong supporter of our racing program and even sponsored the Oktoberfest weekend at the track and our team and family appreciate everything he has done. EXIT Realty will again be on both cars next weekend at Seekonk Speedway and we look forward to even better finishes. We were a little off today but know we can improve to finish off our season with solid runs.”
The field was inverted for lead lap cars for the second 50 lap PS/SLM feature. As a result of his second place run in Saturday, Oct. 8 event, Eddie Mac started sixth but struggled with a loose car both entering and exiting the turns before finally making it to fourth by lap 22. At the halfway mark Eddie Mac drove to third place then set sail after the two leaders. The veteran racer closed the gap on the second place #72 as the laps ticked down before mounting the final charge with five laps to go with Eddie Mac missing the second place finish by inches as the checkered flag waved.
The Late Model feature was a mirror image of the PS/SLM with the EXIT Realty/Hancock Electric GTO struggling with a loose condition as well with Eddie Mac saying, “The car handled much better two weeks ago in practice and the heat but with only eight laps of practice today there really wasn’t you could do. We had to hope it would run okay but the weather and track conditions were very different today.”
Eddie Mac started sixth in the 40 lap Late Model feature and was never able to mount a charge while battling the loose condition to run in the fifth spot for much of the race. A late race caution with three laps to go found Eddie Mac in the fourth spot where he finished. However, Eddie Mac was awarded third place when the winner was disqualified in tech after the race for a rules infraction.
“It was a lot of fun to “Come home” to Lee and race in front of a lot of family and friends,” said Eddie Mac after the race. “We certainly would have liked to have better runs but it was still fun. We got to see a lot of people who stopped by the pit to say hi and wish us well. I started out on this track and my mother and father have owned and operated this place for thirty years and have done a fantastic job. They are responsible making so many fans and teams happy for all these years. I am proud of them for everything they have done for racing.”
Eddie Mac will return to racing next Saturday with the Pro Stock and the Freddie Peterson owned Late Model Chevy to compete at Seekonk Speedway. The team will practice on Friday in preparation for their season finale the following day.
Sources: Dick Casey/Eddie MacDonald PR