SCARBOROUGH, MAINE (2005 September 25) - 2005 CARQUEST Pro Stock Tour champion Rollie MacDonald "settled" for third today in the Pullen Heavy Industries 300 at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway. MacDonald (Pictou, NS) had led 75 laps earlier in the race and had an "awesome" racecar, so third was not where he hoped he would finish - but he was none the less very pleased with his showing.
"We started 16th and raced to the front on the outside," said the 61-year-old racer. "We just drove around Ben Rowe in second then Mike Rowe for the lead. We'd have stayed there if we hadn't had to pit for fuel and tires. We came back out almost at the back then worked our way back to third. The second set of tires wasn't as good as the first and the car was tighter in the second half - but it was a great day for us."
The event was the crown jewel on the 2005 PASS schedule, paying $15,000 (usd) to winner Ben Rowe and $7000 to second place finisher Mike Rowe. MacDonald collected $4,000 for third plus an additional $50 per lap led.
46 of the best short track racers in New England entered the event and 34 started the feature race. The only other Maritime racer in the Pullen 300 field was John Flemming (Halifax, NS) who finished 16th.
MacDonald will be officially crowned 2005 CARQUEST Pro Stock Tour champion at the 2005 series Awards Banquet on October 29. Team hotel and ticket reservation deadline is September 29; availability will be based on supply after that date. For more banquet information please call 902-481-2531.
By Joan Roué