Mac attack hits Beech Ridge Motor Speedway; Eddie Macdonald wins first Busch North Series Race in Irving Oil 150; Santerre'S 2nd builds point lead. SCARBOROUGH, Me.-- A great pit stop gave Eddie MacDonald the lead in Saturday's Irving Oil 150 at...
Mac attack hits Beech Ridge Motor Speedway; Eddie Macdonald wins first Busch North Series Race in Irving Oil 150; Santerre'S 2nd builds point lead.
SCARBOROUGH, Me.-- A great pit stop gave Eddie MacDonald the lead in Saturday's Irving Oil 150 at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway, and the series' youngest driver made full use of his track position to score his first Busch North Series, NASCAR Touring victory before a capacity crowd. The 22-year-old driver from Rowley, Mass. drove the Bellingham Sheet Metal Chevrolet across the line 1.17 seconds in front of point leader Andy Santerre.
Martin Truex Jr., just nine days older than MacDonald, finished third ahead of yet another young gun, Bryon Chew. Mike Johnson was fifth leading Santerre's two main rivals for the title, Brad Leighton and Matt Kobyluck. Mike Rowe, Mike Olsen, and Dennis Demers completed the top ten. All but two of the 26 starters were on the track at the finish, with the top ten on the lead lap.
Santerre expanded his point lead to 27 over Leighton and 34 over Kobyluck with four races remaining. MacDonald started 13th and averaged 65.88 miles per hour in a race slowed only twice by the caution flag for nine laps. The lead changed four times among three drivers, but the only one that counted came when all the lead lap cars pitted following Joey McCarthy's spin at lap 94.
Olsen led the field down pit road, but MacDonald's crew led by Mark Durgin fired on a pair of right-side Goodyear Eagles and moved him to the front for the restart. Chew took second with 50 laps to go and looked like a challenger for his first win, but Santerre was on the move after restarting seventh. First he first he disposed of his point rivals, then he caught Chew with ten laps to go but could make no impression on MacDonald. Truex followed Santerre through the gap to grab third.
Olsen won the Gatorade Front Runner Award for pacing 90 of the first 96 laps, while MacDonald was the Flowmaster Star of the Race and Jimmy Renfrew took Raybestos Rookie-of-the-Race honors. Truex was presented the Bud Pole he won two weeks ago when the feature event was rained out.
The Busch North Series begins a back-to-back run of superspeedway races next Saturday, September 14, with the New Hampshire 125 at New Hampshire International Speedway in Loudon, N.H.