Return of the Mac
Eddie MacDonald Wins PASS Race at NHMS
Eddie MacDonald is no stranger to Sunoco Victory Lane at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. On Sunday, he made his seventh career stop there after winning the AIM 60, a Pro All-Stars Series (PASS) National Championship event. It was the first time the super late models have raced at the 1.058-mile oval.
It was the seventh career late model win at NHMS for MacDonald, a native of Rowley, Mass., who has three NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and three American-Canadian Tour Invitational wins at the Magic Mile.
"I really wanted this one bad today," said MacDonald, who will return to NHMS for the Granite State 70 K&N Pro Series East and New Hampshire 301 Sprint Cup Series races on July 17 and 19, respectively. He will also be behind the wheel for the Sept. 26 Bond Auto Parts ACT Invitational.
"I'm excited for those events, but I'm also excited for this win here today. So many guys have worked so hard on this car that we won here with. I'm happy for them and it's always a great feeling to win here."
While he led most of the race, MacDonald certainly had to earn this one in the later stages. With 20 laps to go, David Garbo Jr. passed MacDonald on the backstretch and pulled away before a caution with just over 10 laps to go tightened the field back up. It was there, on the restart, that MacDonald jumped back ahead for good.
Garbo Jr., Spencer Davis, D.J. Shaw and Derek Ramstrom rounded out the top-five finishers on Sunday.
The race used a competition yellow flag after lap 35 to allow two-tire stops for all teams.
A good crowd was on hand for the series' debut, which included a North East Mini Stock Tour race as the matinee feature event. Toby Wells picked up the win, edging Emerson Cayer and Ricky Labrecque for the top spot on the podium. The win gave Wells the all-time wins record in NEMST history.
"I forgot all about that, I was just happy to win the race," said Wells of setting the new record. "Maybe someday when I'm old and gray we can about stats, but right now we've won five straight and that's something to be excited about. This was incredible side-by-side racing here at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, so I'm immensely proud of this win."