Hathaway’s car came off the trailer pretty stable and he practiced well; seventh in the first session and fourth in the second session. The looming rain finally came just before qualifying late in the afternoon and the starting field was set by the times established in the first practice.
The excitement started with the drop of the green flag as the 16 car field barreled into corner one. A rookie driver sailed it into the corner and spun Hathaway damaging the car. Crew Chief Craig Masters brought the car down pit road and the team cleared away the damaged fiberglass. Hathaway started 14th in the field and worked his way up to seventh place until he was spun by the 18 car bringing out the caution and putting Hathaway a lap down to the leaders. NASCAR then suspended the race due to rain.
The race got back underway an hour later and the team made some more repairs to the car and focused on getting themselves into a position to earn their lap back. The chance finally came on lap 115 and once they were back on the lead lap the Team didn’t look back. Hathaway was a man on a mission and drove his way up to second place by lap 177.
Hathaway was spun again by the 18 car, the same driver that spun him earlier in the race with five laps to go. The wreck put them back to tenthth and with a green white checkered finish; Hathaway drove his way back to sixth place. Hathaway was assessed an aggressive driving penalty under caution and was scored 10th in the official finish.
Hathaway was frustrated with their great night that was hampered by one driver the entire race.
“We had a great car tonight. It’s a shame that some drivers can’t just be patient and smart all at the same time. When you come up on one driver every lap and wonder how he is going to race you or wreck you, it isn’t good for the sport. NASCAR can only officiate so much and the rest is up to us as drivers to settle on the track. Our team did an awesome job dealing with what was put in front of us and I’m proud to have them behind me. They showed class and caliber.” Said Hathaway
T3R/EHR is proud to be partnered with sponsors Raybestos, Fast Eddie Racewear, The Harman Group, DSI, Choko Motorsports and BIO 2000 Pressure Wash.
The Lucas Oil 250 will air on TSN on Sunday, September 18th and 1pm EST.
Jason Hathaway and his NASCAR Pinty's Series team will return to the track for the final race of the 2016 season on Saturday September 17th, 2016 for the Kawartha 250 at Kawartha Speedway.
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