Hathaway Podiums At Western Showdown At Saskatoon

July 18, 2013-Saskatoon, Saskatchewan– Coming off a strong second place finish at Motoplex on the weekend, Hathaway in his #3 Snap-on Tools/Rockstar Energy Drink Dodge had a score to settle from last season’s running of the Prairie Thunder 250 at Auto Clearing Motor Speedway on Wednesday night.  After almost winning the race last year, Hathaway and his team rallied back from a tough starting spot to post yet another podium finish for the Team.

Practice well Saturday afternoon under the blazing Prairie sun; Hathaway was 5th  on the speed charts.  A set up change temporarily hampered Hathaway’s quantifying effort however, but the Team was confident that they would be able to make it up in the 250 lap Prairie Thunder 250 later that night.

“We are starting deep in the field, but I know we have a car that can go to the front.” said Hathaway during the very busy trackside autograph session.

Starting 15th, Hathaway set his sights on the front and started working his way through some tough competition.  His car worked well on the inside and the outside lanes of the race track and was passing cars high, low and at one point through the middle! When the caution flew for the first time on lap 75, Hathaway with some awesome driving had worked his way up the 5th spot in the running order.

On that caution Crew Chief Craig Masters called his driver down pit for a tank of fuel and chassis adjustment and sent him back out onto the track in the 5th spot.   With only 11 cars on the lead lap the #3 Snap-on Tools/Rockstar Energy Drink Dodge got right back to it and on lap 92 took command of the race leading the hard charging field.  Hathaway lead 47 laps of the event.  The Team put fresh tires on the car on lap 135 and Hathaway worked his way up to the 5th spot once again.  By lap 186, Hathaway had earned 3rd place and was showing no signs of letting up. On lap 208, Hathaway was spun out by a competitor and he came down pit road for a splash of fuel and Car Chief Graham Annis checked the car over. Luckily he didn’t suffer any damage, but had to start at the back of the pack in 11th with only 42 laps to go.

A charged up Hathaway moved his way back up to the front with the leaders, passing almost every car on the track and with 10 laps to go was in 5th spot.  After the final caution of the night flew Hathaway once again put his car wherever he wanted on the track and when the checkers flew, he crossed the line in 3rd.

“This was a disappointing way to get a 3rd place finish. We had a car to win here tonight, but when we got spun we had a lot of ground to cover! We passed a lot of cars tonight and we were charging to the front.  Snap-on was here tonight and we were hoping to put on a show; and I think we did that! The Rockstar girls were also here tonight and it made for a great event!” Said Hathaway after climbing out of his car after the race.

The TSN premier telecast of the Velocity Prairie Thunder 250 presented by Bayer CropScience will be on Sunday, July 28 at 11 a.m. EST. The French telecast on RDS2 will debut at 11 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 16.

Hathaway and his Team will have a weekend off and will be back in action on July 27 at Autodrome St. Eustache (Que.) for the National 250.

Stay up to date with the weekend’s events following the Team on Twitter @jasonhathaway3, @ehrt3r. “Like” the team on their Facebook page facebook/edhakonsonracing.team3red and check out their website at team3red.com.

T3R/ EHR are proud to be partnered with Snap-on Tools, Rockstar Energy Drinks, Napoleon Grills, Mobil 1, Harman Group, Fast Eddie Racewear, Choko Motorsports, Praxair, Thornbury Cider and King Brewery.

 About Snap-on Tools: Snap-on Tools is a leading global innovator, manufacturer and marketer of tools, diagnostics and equipment solutions for professional users. Product lines include hand and power tools, tool storage, diagnostics software, information and management systems, shop equipment and other solutions used by technicians and professionals at vehicle dealerships and repair centers in the marine, power sports and aviation industries. Learn how you can become a part of the Snap-on Tools family by visiting www.snaponfranchise.ca Snap-on Tools and its affiliates have more than 22,000 products, operate in more than 130 countries and employ approximately 11,000 people worldwide. Snap-on also has a franchise network of more than 4,200 franchises

 About Rockstar: Rockstar Energy Drink is designed for those who lead active lifestyles – from Athletes to Rockstars. Available in over 20 flavors at convenience and grocery outlets in over 30 countries, Rockstar supports the Rockstar lifestyle across the globe through Action Sports, Motor Sports, and Live Music. New from Rockstar for 2013, Rockstar Energy Water is a non-carbonated and sugar free enhanced water beverage that is now available throughout the U.S. in three refreshing flavors. For more information visit: www.RockstarEnergy.com  Find us at:www.Facebook.com/Rockstar ~ www.Twitter.com/RockstarEnergy ~ www.Instagram.com/RockstarEnergy ~ www.YouTube.com/Rockstar