The return of racing to the Milwaukee Mile via the upcoming Father’s Day 100 for the ARCA Midwest Tour is continuing to draw Super Late Model drivers to file their entries for this Sunday, June 16 at the grand old oval in West Allis, Wisconsin. While entries from the Southeast have started to trickle in, the Northeast will will also be represented by one of its seasoned competitors.
Massachusetts native Eddie MacDonald has made a name for himself in Northeast racing, winning Late Models and Stock Cars at multiple tracks in the region. Now MacDonald and the No. 17MA Super Late Model team are getting ready for a rare road trip to add one of America’s most treasured racing venues to his career list.
“I am really excited,” MacDonald told Speed51. “Milwaukee is a cool place to be going to check out. I’d never thought I’d ever end up out there, but I’m looking forward to the experience.”
Concentrating on a partial Pro All Stars Series slate in 2019, car owner Dave Lemieux has caught the adventure bug this year. While it will be a long journey for “Eddie Mac” and company, they will not be alone when they reach the Badger State this weekend.
“Dave Lemieux, my car owner on the PASS tour, he’s been looking to do some bigger races, and we’ve been working with the guys from Pathfinder. They’re out in Wisconsin, so we’re going to team up with those guys. We’re going to run a brand-new Pathfinder chassis and it’ll be cool to try it out there. Those guys, Joe and Jason from Pathfinder, they’re a good bunch. It should be a good time.”
With just three starts in PASS competition so far in 2019, the calendar is heating up along with the weather for MacDonald, as he will take on not just the Milwaukee Mile this coming Sunday, but also the “Magic Mile” known as New Hampshire Motor Speedway the following Sunday.
“It’ll be good going forward. We haven’t done a lot of races this year, so it’ll be nice to get busy over the next couple of weeks. Two big tracks coming up between Milwaukee and New Hampshire the week after. Really looking forward to it.”
While the Milwaukee road trip may give MacDonald a leg up for the PASS portion of the New England Short Track Showdown on Sunday, June 23 at NHMS, he is hoping his past experience over several years at Loudon, where he has 10 wins in various divisions, will give him a base on which the 17MA team can quickly build on with the limited practice time at Milwaukee this weekend.
“That’s what we’ve been thinking, it’s similar to New Hampshire. We want to go out there, hope it’s similar enough that we can get competitive right off the bat, and try to keep up with those guys.”
Any kind of advantage will be critical for MacDonald as he will be facing a roster of drivers from the ARCA Midwest Tour and beyond, most that he knows little or nothing about.
“I don’t know a whole lot about it, just starting to learn a little more as we get closer and it sounds like those guys have a lot of big races. Going to be interesting to find out.”
Unknowns aplenty, “The Outlaw” still believes that victory is a good possibility this weekend. The Dave Lemieux Super Late Model team has collected wins at New Hampshire in 2015 and 2017, and MacDonald wants to be able to add a second mile-oval to his winning resume.
“That would be just amazing, it’s a huge goal to go there and win. We know we’re going to have to work hard to figure out what we need to be fast. But we’re also going there to work on this new car with Pathfinder and enjoy this experience.”
Northeast racing fans unable to make it out to the Milwaukee Mile this weekend will be able to watch the Father’s Day 100 via a live pay-per-view broadcast on Speed51.com. Live video tickets can be purchased today by clicking here.
-Story by: Connor Sullivan, Speed51 Northeast Editor – Twitter: @Connor51CT
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