Just one week ago, Eddie MacDonald’s Super Late Model that he planned to run at New Hampshire Motor Speedway was in pieces. The car, owned by Dave Lemieux, didn’t have a body on it and the multi-time winner at “The Magic Mile” didn’t know what to expect when he showed up for Sunday’s inaugural Pro All Stars Series event.
Fast forward seven days and the man known by many as “The Outlaw” was back in a familiar place in NHMS victory lane. MacDonald took the lead from David Garbo, Jr. on lap 52 of the 60-lap event and put his name in the record book as the first ever PASS winner at the Loudon, New Hampshire oval.
“I can’t thank Dave Lemieux enough for giving me the opportunity and Bobby Cabral and all these guys for putting this car together,” MacDonald told Speed51.com powered by JEGS. “Rollie LaChance came here and really gave us a good setup. The car was fast all weekend long. I just can’t ask for any more than that.”
MacDonald started Sunday’s event from the outside of the front row as he and defending PASS North champion DJ Shaw led the field to the green flag. MacDonald jumped out to the top spot early on and led all 30 laps leading up to the halfway break.
Meanwhile, David Garbo, Jr., who was sent to the rear of the starting lineup for failing post-qualifying technical inspection, was making his way to the front from the 25th starting spot. The Connecticut native made his way into the runner-up spot on lap 18 and began challenging MacDonald for the lead following the competition caution.
Garbo made a strong run on MacDonald down the long backstretch at “The Magic Mile” and took over the lead for the first time on lap 40. A caution with 10 laps to go would give MacDonald another shot at Garbo and he would take advantage of it. MacDonald powered to the inside and took the top spot back over on lap 52. From there, he pulled away to claim his seventh career victory at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
“He was pretty quick,” MacDonald said of Garbo. “I don’t know if anything happened to him or not but he was pretty fast. I just wanted one more chance at him to get side-by-side and luckily we were able to get a good restart. I was having a little bit of trouble on the first few restart so I wanted to make that last one count and pull away.”
Starting from the rear of the field with a fast race car made things interesting for Garbo throughout the day. But in the end, he believed that some sort of problem with the engine may have impacted his chances to score the checkered flag.
“It made the afternoon interesting. I had a task at hand the whole 60 laps and it’s kind of a shame we sort of had some engine issues the last few laps, but Eddie MacDonald did a fantastic job. He rode the perfect amount and came out victorious. It’s an honor to run with these guys.
“I don’t want to blame anything or make excuses, we got beat. We had starter issues, almost like there was something stuck in the carburetor. We had that happen earlier in the year at New Smyrna and it kind of felt like the same thing. But like I said, no excuses. Hopefully we can do this again next year and come back and get the victory.”
Spencer Davis, who was making just his second career start at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, made a charge to the front from 11th to come home in the final podium position. At the end of the day, the Dawsonville, Georgia was very pleased with the finish and stated that he had a whole lot of fun out on the race track.
“This blows a Modified out of the water here,” said Davis, whose previous start at NHMS came with the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour. “I was almost wide-open the whole way around. With all that speed and drafting, I’d have to say this is 10 times more fun than a Modified.”
MacDonald, who has also scored three American-Canadian Tour and three NASCAR K&N Pro Series East wins at the track, is now able to check PASS winner off of his NHMS checklist. When asked what is next on his checklist at NHMS, MacDonald couldn’t think of anything in particular but stated that he just simply loves to race at “The Magic Mile.”
“Anything here would be great to get a win in. It’s a lot of fun.”
A full Trackside Now replay of Sunday's event can be found here.
-By Brandon Paul, Speed51.com Editor – Twitter: @Brandon_Paul51
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PASS Unofficial Finish
New Hampshire Motor Speedway - July 5, 2015
|2||8||David Garbo, Jr.|
|16||23||Dave Farrington, Jr.|
|24||28||Mark Lunblad, Jr.|