Eddie MacDonald’s list of accomplishments over the span of his racing career in the Northeast is nothing short of impressive. It boasts much success at Oxford Plains Speedway (ME) where he has amassed six wins, four in American-Canadian Tour competition, plus the 2009 & 2010 editions of the Oxford 250.
This weekend the Rowley, MA driver is looking add a new career mark, winning Saturday’s ACT Tour 150-lap “Night Before the 250” feature, and the 45th Oxford 250 on Sunday, all on the same weekend.
Eddie Mac’s success at Maine’s largest sporting venue can be traced back over ten years, with the track becoming a favorite of his and crew chief Rollie LaChance. Now they hope to use all that experience gained to try and make both their ACT Late Model and Pro All-Stars Series Super Late Model, the cars to beat this weekend.
“We’ve been working to try and get things figured out, just hoping we did enough come this weekend,” MacDonald told Speed51.com. “When I first went there, it wasn’t one of my favorites it was difficult to get a handle on it. But after getting teamed up with Rollie, we worked well there together. It’s become one of my more likeable tracks to go to. It’s great that the Oxford 250 is back to what it is, it’s awesome to have a big race like in the Northeast with a great payout.”
The No. 17MA team is a sure a favorite for the ACT feature Saturday, having won the last Tour event in May at OPS, and currently running third in the points. But since then, the competition has tightened their grip, and MacDonald wants this to be the weekend they get their edge back.
“We changed a few things just trying to get a little better. It seems like some of the guys have been getting better as the year has gone on, so we’ve been trying to get better ourselves. We’ll see if it pays off come Saturday.”
This is not the first time that MacDonald has attempted two races on 250 weekend, having done the double in 2016 when ACT last raced at OPS at the end of August. Though he did not win either race, the team came away with second in ACT and fourth in PASS competition that Sunday. While the schedule is indeed daunting, especially Saturday with all ACT track activity, Eddie Mac feels they are ready for a busy three days, starting with Friday’s opening practice for the Oxford 250.
“It’s usually hectic but it shouldn’t be too bad this weekend. Saturday you’ve got all the Super Late Model practice early and then the ACT stuff starts. It’s a good transition rather than having to bounce back and forth between different cars with the same group of guys. The schedule works out pretty good that everything doesn’t overlap with each other.”
While MacDonald and LaChance know what they need for the ACT car, the matter of their PASS Super Late Model won’t be entirely known until they can get some shakedown time Friday.
“We’re putting our best effort in to try and get the car where we need it to be, but you never really know until you get there on race weekend and do a bunch of hours of practice throughout the weekend. Usually about halfway through the weekend you’ll know if you’re going to be at least in the right group of guys. After that you got make sure you have a good race and to be there at the end.”
Despite the tall odds, MacDonald knows that he has a team of accomplishing such an incredible feat, and that the best way to pull it off is to enter the weekend expecting to do it.
“That would be amazing, I would really, really love to be able to get that. It would make our whole season. We haven’t had quite the season we wanted and we’d like to have more wins. We want to do it, but it’s going to be difficult in both series, they are both very competitive right now, plus the 250 itself is always so much more difficult.”
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-Story by: Connor Sullivan, Speed51.com Northeast Editor – Twitter: @Connor51CT
-Photo credit: TJ Ingerson / VTMotorMag.com