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MacDonalds Leads 'Em All at New Smyrna

Posted By Tj Ingerson On February 15, 2015

Categories: American-Canadian Tour

ACT World Series Racing coverage at New Smyrna Speedway on Vermont Motorsports Magazine provided by RPM Racing Engines in Georgia, Vermont.Eddie MacDonald celebrates his American-Canadian Tour win on Sunday night during the World Series of Asphalt Speedway Racing at New Smyrna Speedway. (T.J. Ingerson/VMM photo)PHOTO: Eddie MacDonald celebrates his American-Canadian Tour win on Sunday night during the World Series of Asphalt Speedway Racing at New Smyrna Speedway. (T.J. Ingerson/VMM photo)

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VMM Editor

Eddie MacDonald kept all his challengers at bay on Sunday night at New Smyrna Speedway as he led all 100 laps in the opening American-Canadian Tour race during the World Series of Asphalt Stock Car Racing.

The Rowley, Mass., driver captured the pole position after a ninth-to-second run in his heat race to earn a “plus-seven” qualifying handicap. From there, MacDonald set the pace in the caution-free event and kept Quebec favorite Patrick Laperle behind him over the final 40 laps of the event to score the win.

“I would say for the first 50 to 70 laps, I couldn’t have asked for a better car,” MacDonald said. “After lap 70, it started to kind of get a little sloppy. I kind of used up the tires too much. But I started up front and I wanted to stay there.

“It’s a tough one. I really don’t like starting up front because of (having to set the pace). When you’re starting 10th, you can manage it a lot better. Typically, we don’t start up front so we don’t have to worry about it. I was worried about starting up front, leading a bunch of laps, and having something go wrong.”

MacDonald saw Laperle move into the second spot on lap 53 and the orange in his rear view mirror get closer and closer. However, as Laperle moved closer, MacDonald would find some extra speed and open the gap back up, especially while the duo weaved their way through lapped traffic.

“My mirror was full of (Laperle’s) car,” MacDonald said. “You never know what he is going to do. He always has a fast car. Luckily, we were able to stay ahead of him with lapped traffic and it played out just perfect.”

MacDonald credited the win to his hardworking crew that, despite being the quickest car during both practice sessions, continued to work hard to find any extra speed.

“(Crew Chief) Rollie (LaChance) and the guys worked their tails off,” MacDonald said. “If you added up the laps in practice, we probably had one of the most. They worked their tails off to get us back out there. We weren’t sure about what the weather was going to do where it got so cold (for the race).

“It’s great to get Freddie and Shelia (Peterson) a win. I love coming down here and to get a win, finally. I’ve been coming down there to watch these races. To come win one down in New Smyrna is awesome.”

Laperle, of St-Denis, Que., finished second after he worked his way from a 14th place starting spot. The multi-time American-Canadian Tour champion had worked his way into the top-ten by lap 20 and into the top-five by the midway point.

Wayne Helliwell Jr., of Dover, N.H., came out on top of a thrilling battle for the third spot. Helliwell and Maine driver Travis Stearns were locked in a race-long battle, which saw the two cross the start-finish line under the checkered flag in near unison, with Helliwell getting the nod by a small margin. Stearns of Auburn, Maine had held onto that spot for most of the event, but surrendered it out of turn two on the final lap.

Reigning ACT Late Model Tour champion Joey Polewarczyk Jr., charged from a 16th place starting spot to finish fifth. The Hudson, N.H., driver nearly took advantage of contact between Helliwell and Stearns on the final lap to nab the third spot, but lifted as they entered turn three and settled for fifth.

Reigning Serie ACT champion and early race favorite Alex Labbe finished sixth while Aaron Fellows posted a seventh place finish. Ray Parent, Luke Hinkley, and Brad Babb completed the top-ten finishers.

The caution-free event was in 33 minutes and 42 second which saw MacDonald lead all 100 laps. His margin of victory over Laperle was 0.987 seconds.

The American-Canadian Tour will compete on Monday night at New Smyrna Speedway for the first part of the American Racer Challenge Cup. The 100-lap event will conclude the evening’s racing card that will include Tour Type Modifieds and Florida Modifieds.

UNOFFICIAL RESULTS – New Smyrna World Series 100
American-Canadian Tour – New Smyrna Speedway, New Smyrna Beach, Fla.
Sunday, February 15, 2015

Pos.-(Start)-Driver-Hometown-Laps Completed

1. (1) Eddie MacDonald, Rowley, Mass. – 100
2. (14) Patrick Laperle, St-Denis, Que. -- 100
3. (5) Wayne Helliwell Jr., Dover, N.H. -- 100
4. (3) Travis Stearns, Auburn, Maine -- 100
5. (16) Joey Polewarczyk Jr., Hudson, N.H. -- 100
6. (2) Alex Labbe, St-Albert, Que. -- 100
7. (7) Aaron Fellows, Croydon, N.H. -- 100
8. (6) Ray Parent, Tiverton, R.I. -- 100
9. (10) Luke Hinkley, Claremont, N.H. -- 100
10. (11) Brad Babb, Windham, Maine – 100
11. (26) Nick Sweet, Barre, Vt. -- 99
12. (8) Tom Carey Jr., New Salem, Mass. -- 99
13. (12) Rowland Robinson Jr., Steuben, Maine -- 99
14. (9) Brandon Atkins, AuSable Forks, N.Y. -- 99
15. (13) Jimmy Hebert, Williamstown, Vt. -- 99
16. (21) Josh Demers, Montpelier, Vt. --99
17. (25) Pete Yetman, Peru, Mass. --99
18. (4) Jeff Rocco, Wallingford, Conn. –99
19. (18) Keith Rocco, Wallingford, Conn. – 99
20. (23) Daniel Descoste, St-Joseph, Que. -- 99
21. (15) Donald Theetge, Boischatel, Que. -- 99
22. (19) Dylan Smith, Randolph, Vt. -- 98
23. (24) Brandon White, Kahnawake, Que. -- 66
24. (17) Kyle Welch, Newport, N.H. --35
25. (22) Eddie Leclerc Jr., Taunton, Mass. --7
26. (20) Jean-Pierre Ouimet, Terrebonne, Que. -- 1