With this being the first visit for the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series since 2010, the newly configured 2.256-mile, 13-turn road course at the Edmonton City Centre Airport, Hathaway used the track walk and practice sessions to work through the course.
"This looks like it will be a pretty fast track. There are some long straight-aways and a few hairpins, which should make this fun on Sunday with all of us on track!" Hathaway commented after final practice on Saturday afternoon.
In a deep field of competitors separated by 10ths of a second Hathaway qualified 8th for the 28-lap event.
As with any road course the first turn of the first lap is always key and Hathaway did a great job getting through the initial turn and working his way through the field. By the half-way point Hathaway had his race machine up to 6th and was steadily gaining time on the leaders every lap.
Some great driving and a great handling race car in the closing laps of the race showed Hathaway's road course talent. He out braked and out drove his competitors into corner 1 and moved up to 4th.
With a great restart after a late race caution Hathaway drove his way through a wild pack of spinning cars and moved into 2nd place. On the last restart of the race, with only 1 lap to go, Hathaway put the pressure on the lead car and gave the fans a great show.
"This was a great day today for this team. We ran top five all day and we just kept digging each lap. It got a little wild at the end, but we made it through and brought this Team home another podium finish! Thanks to all of our sponsors and we are proud of our finish today. It was great to come back to Edmonton with this new track configuration and all the awesome fans!" said Hathaway in Victory Lane after the race.
The Edmonton Indy 100 will be aired on TSN2 on Saturday, July 28, at 3 p.m. EST.
The E.H.R Team is on to the final race of the western swing at Auto Clearing Motor Speedway in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan on Wednesday, July 25.
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