ENGINE TROUBLES SPOIL STRONG NCTS OPENER FOR JASON HATHAWAY
BOWMANVILLE, ON-May 19, 2014- After time trialing 4th quickest in a talent-laden 28 car field, Jason Hathaway appeared to have a car capable of contending for victory at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park’s Pinty’s presents the Clarington 200. Unfortunately, Hathaway’s Rockstar Energy Drink/Roto-Static No. 3 experienced engine troubles on lap-36, relegating the veteran to a 24th place finish.
“These are the days in which it helps to have a short memory in this sport”, offered a visibly disappointed Hathaway post-race. “I can’t say enough about this car, my team and my sponsors, though. We had a car capable of winning this race this afternoon. I think we showed that in practice, and we certainly showed that on the race track.”
Hathaway was running 4th ,knocking out great lap times, when the caution flew and the first round of pit stops took place. When the crew went to work on their tire change an incident happened and Crew Chief Craig Masters had to bring Hathaway back down pit road to fix the part and re-join the field in the 23rd position.
“I didn’t panic at all, I knew we had a good car and could just pick our way back through the field”, said the Team 3 Red pilot of the second trip down pit road.
When the field got back to green flag racing, Hathaway made quick work of passing cars and made his way to 15th place in only a few laps, feeling comfortable with his race machine.
“This car got better as the day went on”, said Hathaway. “My team is one of the best in the business, and they gave me a fantastic piece this afternoon.”
At lap-36, Hathaway had stormed to the 6th position when, without warning, mechanical gremlins ended the team’s race early.
“No amount of strategy can protect you against a blown engine”, offered Hathaway. “We were coming at the end. I hate for our team that the day ended early, but those 36-laps gave us a lot to be proud of”, said Hathaway. “Thanks to Roto-Static for coming on board this weekend and we will be ready for Chaudiere!”
Jason Hathaway will return to action with the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series at Autodrome Chaudiere in Vallee-Jonction, Quebec on June 14th for the Budweiser 300.
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