After qualifying 11th, the team focused on their strategy for 51 lap event.
Hathaway's #3 Snap-on Tools/Rockstar Energy Drink Dodge was quick off the trailer and by lap 5 Hathaway was up to the 10th spot in the running order.
Crew Chief Craig Maters brought Hathaway's race machine down pit road on the first full course caution for a four tire pit stop and fuel. When the green flag flew after his pit stop, Hathaway was ready to make his way back up from his 14th place re start position. With some great driving and perseverance, Hathaway was up to the 5th spot by lap 20.
By the half way point Hathaway had earned 3rd place in the running order and held his own there, logging some fast lap times. On lap 31, the #3 Snap-on Tools/Rockstar Energy Drink Dodge race machine moved into 2nd and defended his position for the 2 subsequent restarts.
With only 6 laps to do, Hathaway was passed for 2nd, but put some distance between him and the 4th place competitor to finish a strong 3rd.
"We are really proud of our team today. We worked hard on our road course program this winter and we think it showed here at the first race. We ran up front most of the day and got some great live television for our sponsors and our fans. This is a great way to start our season off and our guys did a great job!"
The Team will have three weeks off to test and prepare for the first oval race of the season and Hathaway's home track at Delaware Speedway on June 15th.
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T3R/ EHR is proud to be partnered with Snap-on Tools, Rockstar Energy Drinks, Napoleon Grills, The Harman Group, Fast Eddie Racewear, Choko Motorsports, Praxair, Thornbury Cider and King Brewery.
About Snap-on Tools: Snap-on Tools is a leading global innovator, manufacturer and marketer of tools, diagnostics and equipment solutions for professional users. Product lines include hand and power tools, tool storage, diagnostics software, information and management systems, shop equipment and other solutions used by technicians and professionals at vehicle dealerships and repair centers in the marine, power sports and aviation industries. Learn how you can become a part of the Snap-on Tools family by visiting www.snaponfranchise.ca Snap-on Tools and its affiliates have more than 22,000 products, operate in more than 130 countries and employ approximately 11,000 people worldwide. Snap-on also has a franchise network of more than 4,200 franchises.
About Rockstar Energy Drink: "ROCKSTAR is the world's most powerful energy drink. Enhanced with the potent herbal blend of Guarana, Ginkgo, Ginseng and Milk Thistle, ROCKSTAR is formulated to provide an incredible energy boost for those who lead active and exhausting lifestyles - from athletes to rock stars!
From: Team 3 Red