NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. — Recap by Race Chaser Online New England Correspondent Kyle Souza — Victory Lane Radio photo —
Twice is nice for Eddie MacDonald.
For the second straight day, MacDonald showed up to New Smyrna Speedway with the fastest ride right off the truck and once again showed it late during the feature event, winning the opening night of the American Racer Challenge Cup.
Patrick Laperle and Joey Polewarczyk Jr. brought the field thundering to the green flag and settled in single file in the early going, closely chased by MacDonald.
When the field crossed under lap 12, MacDonald pounced to the inside of Polewarczyk Jr. and took over the second spot with ease. Not only did Polewarczyk lose the second spot, he quickly fell back through the field.
Fans later found out the culprit for his immediate fall through the field — a cut tire. Pole went spinning down the backstretch on lap 27 and drew the first caution flag of the night.
When the green flag flew once again, the caution was dropped right after when Rowland Robinson overcorrected on the start and climbed the wall down the frontstretch. It stacked the field right back up and gave MacDonald a chance to pounce on Laperle out front, which he did.
MacDonald used the inside to slide by until another caution for a massive pileup slowed the race again, just two laps later. After fighting tooth and nail for the lead and swapping it back and fourth for multiple laps, MacDonald was able to clear and head off into the sunset, at least some thought.
Aaron Fellows came from deep in the top five to challenge and later pass MacDonald — and Fellows lead the feature when it hit the halfway point. He slid away from the field by over ten car lengths at one point, but MacDonald was not done. He closed the gap in the late stages and got his oppurtunity on lap 86, due to a spin by Travis Stearns and early race leader Patrick Laperle tangeled, drawing the caution flag.
Eddie Mac used the inside lane to get by Fellows on the restart, but then Fellows got collected with Travis Stearns while battling for second spot and ended up crashed in turn one. Following cleanup, the final laps went without incident, and MacDonald collected his second straight win with the ACT Tour and second in two nights.
Wayne Helliwell Jr. was able to cross the line second, with Alex Labbe, Nick Sweet and Josh Demers completing the top five.
The ACT Tour will be in action one more time at New Smyrna tomorrow night for the finale of the American Racer Challenge Cup.