This past weekend will be one looked back on after the season is over as one of the high points of the year for the MacDonald Motorsports team. Jason Bowles drove another excellent race Saturday and brought home a 16th place finish for his American Majority No. 81 team in New Hampshire. Also Saturday night, Harrison Rhodes made his first start for MacDonald Motorsports in the K&N Pro Series race, finishing 8th, and bringing the team its first top-ten finish.
That’s the short story of the weekend. The speed in the MacDonald Motorsports cars is becoming more and more evident as the season goes on. Despite adversity, the team has been working hard and earning strong results week-in-and-week-out.
Jason Bowles and the American Majority No. 81 Toyota team continue to be the strongest of all the one car teams in the Nationwide garage area. This weekend was no different with the team qualifying 16th, and racing there the entire day, despite a broken right rear shock mount early on in the race. Even with the car bouncing all over the race track, Jason drove like a veteran, never complaining and brought the team home the best finish possible.
“It was bouncing all over the place and Jason handled it like a veteran,” explained John Monsam, crew chief on the No. 81. “He didn’t complain at all and brought us home another good finish.”
Also on Saturday, the MacDonald Motorsports K&N East Series team was racing in Clearfield, Pennsylvania at CNB Bank Raceway Park. Harrison Rhodes showed he is someone to watch out for in the coming years, racing inside the top-5 for almost the entire race. If not for a late race mishap which knocked Rhodes back to 14th, the team may have been looking at a top-5 finish.
Sitting 14th with just 18 laps to go, Harrison got back up on the wheel and drove towards the front. Rhodes passed 6 cars in those final laps, bringing home an 8th place finish.
The MacDonald Motorsports team is stronger now than ever, impressing on and off the track. With the addition of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series team, partnership from American Majority, and help from Toyota, the team is going to the track more prepared than ever before. The race cars are quick right out of the hauler, making it much easier at the track. Now in the dead of summer, the team is hoping to continue this momentum throughout the rest of the year.