Antigonish, NS – August 20TH , 2018- After a complete rain out of the day’s activities on Saturday morning, Ed Hakonson Racing/Team 3 Red and driver Cole Powell ran the high banks of the Maritimes’ premier track; Riverside Speedway, yesterday coming away with a 2nd place finish.
The Team was able to practice on Sunday morning, posting a 10th place on the speed charts. Without being able to run qualifying on Saturday, NASCAR instituted their rain policy and started the race based on current points standings.
Team driver Cole Powell was sitting 4th in points heading into the Bumper to Bumper event and started from outside row number 2 on Sunday afternoon.
The 300 lap event at Riverside is known for having long green-flag runs and Powell kept his #3 Copp’s Buildall/Kubota Chevrolet in the top 5. He came to the attention of the E.H.R pit crew during one of the optional breaks on lap 225 for tires and fuel on his race machine.
Powell restarted 4th in the running order and on lap 240 earned 3rd and finally pulled into the runner up spot on lap 242. Powell held off hard charges for position from 3rd place, while managing to close the gap that the leader had created as the leaders worked through lapped traffic. Powell simply ran out of laps to earn the top spot on the podium. He finished a well deserved 2nd.
“This was another great day for this team,” said Jason Hathaway as the Team was in post-race technical inspection. “We have had great success here in the past and it was great to see Cole have the same.”
The Team will head to the last road course of the 2018 season this coming weekend at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park as part of the NASCAR TRUCK Series weekend in the Total Energy 200 on Sunday morning.
(Photo Credit: Matthew Murnaghan)