"There's always an extra little bit of momentum behind you when you're the defending winner", explains the driver of the No. 3 Rockstar Energy Drink/Fast Eddie Racewear Chevrolet. "Barrie's a place that we're very comfortable at. It's one of my favourite races on the schedule. I consider short track racing to be my greatest strength, and that's exactly what Saturday night is going to be all about."
Barrie's tight 1/3-mile tri-oval has been known to test a driver's patience, though Hathaway explains the challenging confines are exactly what make Barrie so much fun.
"You have to be up on the wheel every single lap at Barrie", says Hathaway. "If you take a lap off, you'll find yourself back in traffic pretty quickly. Of all the speedways we visit in a season, track position means more at Barrie than anywhere else. You want to make sure you're at the front, because when you're mired in traffic – that's when the headaches happen"
Hathaway was able to implement that strategy in 2013, avoiding a number of mid-race incidents and making a late-race push for the victory. The short track ace hopes for a repeat this weekend.
"A good time trial effort is going to be our best friend this Saturday", says Hathaway. "You can use up a lot of your equipment if you have to come through the field. If you qualify well, you're able to pace yourself and keep your car underneath you, so that you're able to put something together in the last 50-laps"
Details, including gate times and ticket prices, for this weekend's Wahta Springs 300 can be found at www.BarrieSpeedway.com.
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By Spencer Lewis (@itsspencerlewis)