MacDonald Back In Victory Lane Third win in last four races at Loudon LOUDON, N.H. -- Eddie MacDonald closed the gap on NASCAR Camping World Series East points leader Ryan Truex Friday night at New Hampshire Motor Speedway with a win in the...
MacDonald Back In Victory Lane
Third win in last four races at Loudon
LOUDON, N.H. -- Eddie MacDonald closed the gap on NASCAR Camping World Series East points leader Ryan Truex Friday night at New Hampshire Motor Speedway with a win in the Heluva Good! Fall 125.
MacDonald beat Kevin Swindell to the line on a Lap 92 restart and kept the lead when Swindell faltered on a Lap 97 green-white-checker restart to win the rain-delayed and darkness-shortened race in Loudon.
"Everything worked out exactly the way we needed it to," MacDonald said. "Luckily when that [final] restart came, and the tires got a little cold, it really had a lot of grip. That restart is definitely what helped us win the race."
MacDonald, driver of the No. 71 NEMO/Daymark Chevrolet from Rowley, Mass., entered Friday trailing Truex by 50 points in the season standings. By virtue of winning the race and leading a lap, MacDonald was able to gain 20 points on Truex -- who finished third -- with just one race remaining to decide the championship.
MacDonald also earned a secure spot in the postseason NASCAR Toyota All-Star Showdown, to be run Jan. 30, 2010 at the Toyota Speedway at Irwindale (Calif.).
For Truex, a third-place effort on Friday was satisfactory after leading the June New Hampshire race only to be passed on the last lap.
"We didn't have the best car today," Truex said. "Finishing third was pretty good for us. Last time we came here we were upset to finish second and this time we finished third and we're pretty happy.
"I didn't even think we'd get a top five, but we worked on it on the pit stop and got it a lot better," Truex said.
Brett Moffitt wound up second Friday and was followed across the line by Truex, Matt Kobyluck, and Jesus Hernandez. Kobyluck led a race-high 38 laps but lost the lead to Swindell on the Lap 82 restart.
The rest of the top 10 finishers were Jody Lavender, Alan Tardiff, Steve Park, Max Gresham and Swindell.
The race was originally scheduled for 125 laps, but the start was delayed by 40 minutes due to rain and the race was shortened to 99 laps by darkness.
The finale of the 2009 season and the crowning of a champion will take place on Friday, Sept. 25 with the Sunoco 150 at Dover (Del.) International Speedway.
"Its going to be tough to catch him [Truex], he's still pretty far ahead," MacDonald said. "All we can do is do the same thing again at Dover and hopefully be there at the end."