Eddie MacDonald hasn’t done a whole lot of Super Late Model racing during his career, but when he has, he has experienced success. The Rowley, Massachusetts driver continued that trend Sunday afternoon at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park (CT) by winning the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) North season opener during the 43rd Annual Icebreaker.
“This is great. It’s just an awesome feeling to be able to come to Thompson for the first time in a PASS car and to be able to come out of here with a win,” MacDonald told Speed51.com powered by JEGS. “I really wanted to get Rob Grimm and Grimm Construction a win, it’s been a little while since we got a win in the K&N Series so I’m excited to get him one here.”
MacDonald started from the outside of the front row after winning his qualifying heat on Saturday and pulled away from the field early. Following an early restart, he would lose the lead to defending PASS North champion DJ Shaw, before taking it back for good on a lap 20 restart.
“I needed a couple practice runs on the restart to get back in the swing of things, but luckily we were able to get the lead on that second restart and keep it from there,” MacDonald stated. “I didn’t like being second behind DJ; I felt like we could be faster out front so I wanted to be there.
Although Sunday’s race was one that was scheduled on MacDonald’s “outlaw” schedule for 2017, it was one that his team didn’t stop preparing for until late Friday night.
“This team, they never give up. We were working on the car until 11 o’clock on Friday night before we put it on the trailer to come down here,” MacDonald explained. “The whole team never gives up, Rollie does a great job getting the setup figured out. This is just a lot of fun that we have.”
Another Eddie, 14-year-old Eddie Fatscher turned in a strong performance on Sunday by finishing runner up. He made numerous attempts to get by MacDonald, but couldn’t make the pass for the lead.
“I’ve got to thank Fat Head Racing, Jamie Yelton and everybody else that have been putting time in at the shop to make this car a rocket ship this weekend,” Fatscher said. “Other than that, I thought we had a great run. We made a few runs to beat the 17 but we just couldn’t get him.”
Shaw prevailed in a thrilling battle for the third position over Derek Ramstrom and Derek Griffith, who charged from the 16th starting spot.
Race fans can find on-demand updates Sunday’s race by visiting 51’s Trackside Now coverage presented by SPAFCO and JRi Shocks: http://speed51.com/trackside-now-icebreaker-pass-nwmt-at-thompson-ct/
-By Brandon Paul, Speed51.com Editor – Twitter: @Brandon_Paul51
-Photo credit: Speed51.com/Evan Canfield
PASS North Unofficial Results
Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park (CT) – April 9, 2017