Early Race Incident Puts Hathaway Out Of Contention

July 23, 2011 – Vernon, British Columbia – On track trouble dashed Hathaway’s ability to repeat his 2010 podium finish in his #3 Snap-on Tools/Rockstar Energy Drink/Vortex Brake Pads Dodge on Saturday at Motoplex in Vernon, British Columbia.

Vernon Autograph Session

Vernon Autograph Session

Hathaway struggled with a tight race car in practice and qualifying, but managed to post a respectable 11th place starting spot on the grid.  The Cruisin the Dub A & W 300, the first of two races in western Canada, got underway on Saturday night at Motoplex just outside of Vernon, British Columbia.  The team was confident that they could adjust on the car and make it handle better as the race got underway.

Hathaway started to make his move to the front right off the drop of the green flag and by lap 40 of the gruelling 300 lap race Hathaway was up to 6th in the running order.  On the restart after a caution on lap 56, the Teams’ luck ran out.  Starting behind their team-mate Don Thomson Jr.,   on the outside line a number of cars in front of the team-mates checked up and Hathaway swerved to avoid Thomson.  When he did he caught the rear of Thomson’s car and was shot up into the wall.  With front end damage, Hathaway quickly brought his car to the attention of his team and they went to work on repairing the damage and bent steering components. With some hard work and great determination they got the #3 Snap-on Tools/Rockstar Energy Drink/Vortex Brake Pads Dodge back out on to the track to pick up valuable driver points.  The Team posted an 18th place finish at the end of the night.

“This was a bad break for our team tonight. The car was starting to work better and on that re-start everyone bunched up and I was trying to stay clear of Donnie and not hit him.  Our team usually runs really well here and we were looking forward to a great day.”  Said a disappointed Hathaway.

The next race for the #3 Snap-on Tools/Rockstar Energy Drink/Vortex Brake Pads Dodge will be at Auto Clearing Motorspeedway in Saskatoon Saskatchewan, Wednesday July 27th.  The Cruising the Dub A & W 300 will be broadcast on TSN on July 30th  at 2 pm EST.

Ed Hakonson Racing is proud to be partnered with Snap-on Tools, Rockstar Energy Drinks, Vortex Brake Pads, Napoleon Grills, Castrol, Fast Eddie Racewear, Choko Motorsports, Praxair and Cathcart Trucking.

For additional Information please contact:
Jamie Hakonson
Ed Hakonson Racing/Team 3 red