Bowmanville, Ontario- August 25th , 2018– Coming off of an awesome 2nd place finish at Riverside Speedway, Ed Hakonson Racing/Team 3 Red and driver Cole Powell ran their final road course race this weekend posting a 14th place finish.
Practice on Saturday afternoon was tough as Powell struggled to get the rhythm of the track and balance in his race machine. The Team ended practice in the 20th spot.
The skies opened up with a late afternoon rain and washed out qualifying for the NASCAR Pinty’s Series. The Team would start 20th in the field for Sunday mornings’ Total Quartz Energy 200.
The focus for Powell and the Team for the race Sunday morning was to learn, make adjustments throughout the race and get their #3 Kubota/Copp’s Build All Chevrolet back towards the front.
With the drop of the green flag, Powell picked up a spot right away and continued to log laps and providing feedback to the Team for adjustments. Crew Chief Craig Masters brought Powell in for fuel on lap 12 under green and tires under caution on lap 18. It was all front for Powell from there as he worked his way through the 10 turns of the prestigious road course.
Powell made some great on track passes and brought his #3 Chevrolet home 14th in the finishing order.
“Like anything else, road course racing takes time and practice to be really good at,” said Team Owner Ed Hakonson. “Cole made some progress today and we just need to keep fine tuning with seat time and feedback on the car. It’s onto 3 ovals to finish the season and we are confident that the Team we have here will have some success to close out the season.”
Powell is now tied for 3rd in the Championship points battle as the Team get a week off before heading to the bullring at St Eustache, Quebec, just north of Montreal on September 8th.
(Photo: Matthew Manor/NASCAR)