Practice went well for the team, posting a sixth on the speed charts and Hathaway was happy with his race machine on Saturday afternoon. Hathaway qualified 11th in a deep field of 32 competitors. With a stable car underneath him, Hathaway wasn't concerned about his starting spot.
"Qualifying was a little off where we wanted to be, but that's okay. It is a long race and we are pretty confident with the setup we have," said Hathaway on Saturday afternoon. "Hopefully the weather holds off tomorrow."
Looming storms and rain moved in a Sunday afternoon and caused problem for teams. Thunder and lightning along with torrential rain stopped the race just after the wave of the green flag, forcing teams and drivers to take shelter and wait out the two-hour rain delay.
Once racing got underway, Hathaway slipped back in the field after being spun out. He gathered it back up and started his trek towards the front. After a long green flag run, Hathaway had worked his way up to the 11th spot by lap 22. With some great driving and steady rhythm Hathaway earned numerous positions and was running 5th with 8 laps to go.
Unfortunately, Hathaway's luck ran out with only four laps to go, while passing for 4th spot, when a part failure caused Hathaway to drop back in the field and finish 15th.
Hathaway summed up the team’s day. "We have had some bad luck the last two events. We are strong though as a team and we will battle back," he said. "Our car was pretty good today and super-fast. We are showing that we can contend for wins lately and that means a lot in this series with the tough competition each and every week."
The Juliawine.com 100 will be broadcast on TSN2 on August 11, 2012, at 9:30 p.m.
Jason Hathaway and the #3 Snap-on Tools/Rockstar Energy Drink/Vortex Brake Pads Dodge will be back in action August 17-18 as part of the NASCAR Nationwide weekend at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal, Quebec.
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From Jamie Hakonson / Ed Hakonson Racing/ Team 3 Red