Eddie MacDonald has gone by the moniker “The Outlaw” for much of his racing career, so it only makes sense that the veteran racer has an “outlaw” schedule lined up for the 2017 season.
MacDonald recently told Speed51.com powered by JEGS that he’ll be racing a little bit of everything during the upcoming season. The Rowley, Massachusetts driver currently has four NASCAR K&N Pro Series East races on his schedule in addition to part-time schedules with the Pro All Stars Series (PASS) and American-Canadian Tour (ACT).
“As of right now, we’re not doing anything full time,” MacDonald stated. “We’ll see if anything changes as the season goes on, but right now we’re getting ready for Thompson PASS race and the Lee ACT race.”
Last season, for the first time since 2013 when he chased a K&N East title, MacDonald made the decision to chase a championship. He competed fulltime on the American-Canadian Tour in 2016, registering two wins and a third-place finish in the championship standings.
Although he enjoyed his full season campaign with ACT, MacDonald is looking forward to once again being able to hand select the races he competes in.
“We like to be able to just pick and choose what we want to do,” he explained. “If something changes and we want to add another race or take a race away we can. We’re not stuck having to go to every single race and worried about trying to get a car ready to turn around and go back the next week.”
MacDonald is also eager to compete in more Super Late Model races in 2017. He will once again partner up with car owner Dave Lemieux to drive the red No. 66 car that he took to PASS North victory lane at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in 2015.
Since that victory, MacDonald and the team have struggled based on their standards. They recorded a 24th-place finish in the 2015 Oxford 250 and finished 18th in a PASS North race at Lee USA Speedway (NH) last season.
“We’re changing a few things around a little bit trying to get it a little bit faster,” MacDonald said. “We had a good race at Loudon but kind of struggled with it after that, so hopefully we can turn it around and get running better with it.”
MacDonald’s NASCAR K&N Pro Series East schedule currently consists of events at New Hampshire, Bristol Motor Speedway (TN), Dover International Speedway (DE) and Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park (CT).
Now 36 years old, MacDonald is considered the veteran of a series that often features teenagers who are on their way up the NASCAR ladder. For him, that is certainly a change compared to the Busch North days, but it’s a role that he welcomes.
“It’s crazy how it’s changed so much the last 15 years or even 10 years,” MacDonald commented. “It’s definitely changed a lot, but it’s still a lot of fun running with those guys and the tracks we run on with that. I’ve got to thank Rob Grimm and Grimm Construction for allowing me to keep racing the K&N Series and the other series.”
MacDonald will kick off his 2017 season behind the wheel of the No. 66 PASS Super Late Model during the Icebreaker at Thompson on April 2 before making his way to Lee USA Speedway (NH) for the ACT opener on April 9. From there, outside of his scheduled K&N East races, there’s no telling where “The Outlaw” may go.
-By Brandon Paul, Speed51.com Editor – Twitter: @Brandon_Paul51
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