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MacDonald Takes Checkered Flag at New Hampshire LOUDON, N.H. (June 27, 2008) -- Eddie MacDonald reached Victory Lane for the first time in 16 NASCAR Camping World Series East career starts at New Hampshire Motor Speedway Friday...

MacDonald Takes Checkered Flag at New Hampshire

LOUDON, N.H. (June 27, 2008) -- Eddie MacDonald reached Victory Lane for the first time in 16 NASCAR Camping World Series East career starts at New Hampshire Motor Speedway Friday evening in the Heluva Good! Summer 125.

MacDonald (No. 71 Grimm Construction/NEMO Chevrolet) and Trevor Bayne (No. 1 Dale Earnhadt Chevrolet) traded the lead several times down the stretch before the final caution came out on lap 122. On the ensuing restart MacDonald got the jump on Bayne to pull away for the win by half a second.

"This is just awesome," MacDonald said. "The one goal we had this year was to win Loudon, and we got it."

The victory for MacDonald was the fourth of his NASCAR Camping World Series East career. A native of Rowley, Mass., his previous best career finish at New Hampshire was seventh in 2004. His last trip to Victory Lane was on June 18, 2007 at Stafford (Conn.) Motor Speedway.

"We've led a lot of laps here," MacDonald said, "but never seemed to be able to finish it off."

Bayne, a rookie, wound up as the runner-up, followed by Matt Kobyluck. It was the best career finish for Bayne, who had been third twice. Kobyluck tied his best New Hampshire finish in his 25th start at the 1.058-mile oval.

Rookies Austin Dillon and Ricky Carmichael registered top-five finishes in their first race at New Hampshire.

Marc Davis, Mike Olsen, John Salemi, Brad Leighton and Brian Ickler rounded out the top 10.

The NASCAR Camping World Series East will return to New England for the sixth race of the 2008 season on Saturday, July 12 at Thompson (Conn.) International Speedway.

-credit: nascar

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Series NASCAR
Drivers Ricky Carmichael , Marc Davis , Eddie MacDonald , Brian Ickler , Austin Dillon , John Salemi