MacDonald Ends Drought

Eddie MacDonald

Eddie MacDonald celebrates in Victory Lane Saturday following the PittLite 125 after he scored his seventh career NASCAR K&N Pro Series East win. (Photo: Getty Images)

Race Results

BRISTOL, Tenn. - Eddie MacDonald took the lead on a green-white-checkered restart and scored the victory in Saturday’s NASCAR K&N Pro Series East race at Bristol Motor Speedway, ending a 53-race winless drought that dates to 2009.

Gray Gaulding finished second with pole-sitter Ben Rhodes third. Gaulding and Rhodes each tied their career-high finish in the East Series. Bennan Newberry placed fourth and Austin Hill completed the top five.

Rhodes controlled much of the race until the end. After Gaulding pressured Rhodes, MacDonald took over and ran side-by-side with Rhodes. They made contact, which allowed Gaulding to take the lead. The caution came out and the field was reset to the previous lap, putting Rhodes back in the lead.

The damage was done, though.

“That contact tightened up the car a little bit,’’ Rhodes said.

Said MacDonald: “I feel awful for running into Ben Rhodes. When I drove it in hard, the back end came around and I slid into him. With a drought like we have, we wanted to get that win really bad.’’

MacDonald took the lead on the final restart. He completed the pass off Turn 2 and pulled away as Rhodes fought with the rest of the field to stay near the front.

Daniel Suarez, who entered as the points leader, finished 26th. Gaulding is the new points leader. He has a four-point advantage on Suarez.

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