2019 has been a year of firsts for 39-year-old racing veteran Eddie MacDonald. The driver from Rowley, Massachusetts will add another first to his list in just over a week as he prepares to make his All American 400 debut at Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville (TN) on November 3.
MacDonald’s first trip to the historic Nashville oval will be the fifth time this year that “The Outlaw” will run a Super Late Model at a track for the first time. It will also be the third time that MacDonald will pilot the house car for Pathfinder Chassis, with the first two starts coming in Pathfinder’s home state of Wisconsin.
Both MacDonald and the Pathfinder camp are filled with anticipation for this joint road trip to the Music City.
“I’m definitely excited. It’s something that just came about in the last couple of weeks and I’m looking forward to it. We’ll be running the Pathfinder house car again,” MacDonald told Speed51. “Joe Wood came up to Thompson and worked with us. We got to talking about it, decided to put something together to run the race. Can’t wait to try it out and hopefully have a good run.”
While it will be Eddie Mac’s first time in a Super Late Model at Nashville, it will not be his first time turning race laps at the historic venue. MacDonald has one previous start at the track in 2008 during a NASCAR K&N Pro Series East event.
“I’ve run K&N there once, but that was a while ago,” he explained. “But, it’s a neat place. Getting excited to head back there and run a Super Late Model for the first time with Joe and Jason, all the guys from Pathfinder. It’s a big race, proud to be getting the chance to compete.”
In the two previous outings with the Pathfinder house car in 2019 at the Milwaukee Mile and Wisconsin International Raceway, ‘The Outlaw’ defended his reputation well, finishing top 10 on both occasions while making appearances at or near the front of the field.
“We were hoping to be a little bit better, but for the first time we were really happy with it,” MacDonald stated. “It’s been great to get out there and try some new tracks this year. Got to thank Dave Lemieux too for all his support. He, Joe, and Jason, it wouldn’t be possible.”
Just as has been the case throughout 2019, there are a lot of unknowns facing Eddie Mac and the Pathfinder team. But, those previous outings have allowed the bunch to become accustomed to facing the unknown heading into All American 400 weekend.
“Like I’ve said before, you don’t know what to expect. We just got to go in, get the laps we need, and do the best we can. We approach each race the same. We try to be as prepared as we can in the shop, work hard when we’re there and hope things go your way.”
Fans from the Northeast unable to make the trip to Nashville on November 3 will be able to watch the race via a live pay-per-view broadcast on Speed51. More information about that broadcast will be announced soon.
-Story by: Connor Sullivan, Speed51 Northeast Editor – Twitter: @Connor51CT
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