Eddie MacDonald Registers An Eighth Place Finish
for New Triple Crown Race Team
By Dick Casey---Triple Crown Racing
Eddie MacDonald accomplished the first goal for the newly formed Triple Crown race team
with a top ten finish in the Aubuchon 150 at Stafford Motor Speedway. The veteran Busch
North Series veterans eighth place run served notice that the One Stop Toy Shop
entry will be a team to be watched this season. Despite a couple of first race jitters,
the team rebounded under the steady shoe of the Rowley, Mass. driver for an impressive
first race finish.
Following last weeks third fastest practice run at Thompson, MacDonald was the only
driver to crack the 20 second barrier in practice on the fast half-mile oval. With two
qualifying laps, the team was sure their second lap would put them in pole contention.
However, a one-lap penalty was given for qualifying due to the team exceeding a time limit
rule. Despite the penalty, MacDonald recorded a fast lap time of 20.111 seconds, good for
a tenth place starting position.
I dont know what happened that we got the one lap penalty but it was too bad
because we really had a fast car and who knows what we could have done on the second
lap, said a disappointed MacDonald. We were so fast in practice, we were
hoping for our first pole that would have been great for our new team, everyone has been
working so hard.
More surprises hit the team when the car would not start and had to be pushed out onto the
track. The car did fire but then the radio did not work. MacDonald could not talk to crew
chief Rollie LaChance, nor could he hear anything. A set of hand signals was used in order
to communicate and that made the teams first pit stop a rather dicey proposition.
LaChance positioned himself at the turn to pick up any visual clues as to what the car was
The car was handling well for the first part of the race but then it started getting
real loose but it was real frustrating because I couldnt tell Rollie what I needed.
When I did come in we changed right side tires and added a spring rubber and that really
helped out a lot, said MacDonald. We had been running in the top ten for the
first 60 laps and when we pitted on lap 69, we got the car good again but I used up the
car getting back up through traffic and didnt have any tires left at the end.
The #77 Chevy moved quickly through the field and into seventh place at the 100-lap mark
and was all over Dale Quarterleys bumper but just couldnt make the pass. On
lap 137, MacDonald tried the outside to make the pass but slid up the track allowing Mike
Olsen to make an inside pass to take the spot from MacDonald who said, I had to try
to get the spot from Dale but I was just too loose. I figured what the heck,
there were only a few laps left and I tried to get one more spot but I ended up losing one
but it was worth a shot.
MacDonald was very pleased with the teams performance saying, Were happy
because we were real quick in practice and with the problems we had like losing a lap in
qualifying, and with everything else that happened, it wasnt that bad of a day and
we are really looking forward to Holland. Everyone on the team is just upbeat now so we
hope to capitalize on it.