THOMPSON – And so the mission for the Thompson Speedway 2017 trifecta for Eddie MacDonald begins.
MacDonald, of Rowley, Mass., scored victory in the 75-lap Pro All Stars Series feature Sunday at the Icebreaker at Thompson Speedway.
It was the second career victory at Thompson for MacDonald, who won a K&N Pro Series East feature at Thompson on Oct. 30, 2005.
“I always love coming to Thompson in whatever division it is,” MacDonald said. “I’ve got a win in the [K&N Pro Series East] and in PASS. Almost an [American Canadian Tour] win. I want to get an ACT win.”
MacDonald will be back Thompson later this year with the K&N Pro Series East on July 8 and with the American Canadian Tour during Sunoco World Series Weekend Oct. 14-15.
Eddie Fatscher of East Northport, N.Y. was second and D.J. Shaw of Center Conway, N.H. was third.
“It was a lot of fun to be out there and our car, Rollie [Lachance], my crew chief, did a great job getting the car setup,” MacDonald said. “I’m just excited to get EXIT Reality into victory lane the first race of the season. They’ve been a huge supporter of mine the past couple years, and Grimm Construction. Just so happy for those guys, to get them in victory lane. It’s a great way to start the season.”
Ray Parent of Tiverton, R.I. capitalized on some last lap mayhem to win the 25-lap Late Model feature.
William Wall led the majority of the event, but in the final corner contact between wall and second place Ray Christian III sent both drivers spinning. Parent went diving to the low lane in turn four to grab the surprise victory.
“I’ve never won a race that way,” Parent said. “I’ve won a lot of races, but I’ve never won a race that way. My guys, they were all over me. I didn’t have enough steam to pass those guys. But the car was handling pretty good. They said ‘Just stick it right there, don’t do anything stupid. Let’s come out of here with a good finish.’ You just never know what’s going to happen. This is short track racing at its best right there. I’m glad to be on the receiving end of that today.”
Matt Lowinski-Loh of Milford, Mass. was second and Ryan Morgan of Mystic third.