Super Late Model drivers from all over the East Coast are expected to flock to New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Sunday, July 5 for the first ever Pro All Stars Series (PASS) North event held at “The Magic Mile.” But one name already on the entry list sticks out as the guy that the rest of the field may be chasing come Sunday.
Eddie MacDonald of Rowley, Massachusetts has entered the 60-lap Super Late Model event in a brand new car owned by Dave Lemieux. MacDonald and team have been working countless hours on the car to get it prepared for the high speeds of NHMS, and as recently as Saturday the car didn’t even have a body mounted.
“It’s getting closer every day,” MacDonald told Speed51.com powered by JEGS. “We’re going to work every second to try to get it done. I’ve been trying to help them out working on it and stuff. Saturday we didn’t even have a body on it. We have one on there now. There’s still a long ways to go.
“The first time it will hit the track will be Saturday. We’ll have to work a lot of bugs and everything out of it.”
Despite having to work the bugs out during Saturday’s practice session at the track, MacDonald’s prior experience and success at the track makes him an instant contender. The 34-year-old has made 37 career starts at “The Magic Mile.” Those starts include his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, NASCAR Xfinity Series, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour debuts.
He has recorded six career wins at the track including three NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and three American-Canadian Tour Invitational wins. He’ll be looking to bring his win total to lucky number-seven when he makes his Super Late Model debut at the track on Sunday.
“I’m excited about it,” MacDonald stated. “I just want to go there and be prepared and hopefully have a good run. There will be a lot of good cars there. I love racing at New Hampshire in anything. This is one of the series I haven’t run in up there, nobody has, so it will be kind of neat.”
MacDonald stated that he’s not exactly sure how the Super Late Models will drive on the flat mile-oval. Like many of the Super Late Model drivers and teams entering the event, he’ll take the track for Saturday’s practice trying to answer that question.
“Just kind of guessing at it I would say it will probably be similar to Late Models but a lot faster and kind of drive more like a Modified I’d guess,” said MacDonald. “I really don’t know. I don’t know what to expect but hopefully we’ll be able to figure it all out on Saturday.”
MacDonald, whose schedule for 2015 includes multiple American-Canadian Tour starts and select NASCAR K&N Pro Series East events, informed 51 that he and the team have yet to make plans to race the car at any future SLM events after Sunday.
“We’re just taking it one step at a time. Right now the idea was to get this car done, run New Hampshire and then I don’t know if they had other plans to have someone else drive it here and there. As of right now, we’re just going to get it ready for New Hampshire and see how it goes.”
If MacDonald’s recent history at the Loudon, New Hampshire oval is any indication, chances are it’s going to go well.
-By Brandon Paul, Speed51.com Editor – Twitter: @Brandon_Paul51
-Photo credit: Chris Roy Photo