HATHAWAY’S WIN STOLEN BY LAPPED CAR AT RIVERSIDE
ANTIGONISH, NS- AUGUST 19, 2014- NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 veteran Jason Hathaway appeared poised for his second victory of the 2014 season at the Wilson Equipment 300 at Riverside International Raceway. Hathaway was padding a healthy lead on lap-240, when contact with a lapped car ended his run towards victory lane.
“Today was a tough pill to swallow”, explained a visibly dejected Hathaway post-race. “This car was as good as it’s been all season long. I don’t think there was a car on the track that had anything for us in the late stages. We were just cruising. We hadn’t even started to push the car hard yet. There was a lot left in this No. 3 Rockstar Energy Drink/HGC Chevrolet.”
The Ed Hakonson Racing representative entered the event as the defending race winner, topping the speed charts in final practice before qualifying 4th overall.
“Riverside has always been one of our favourite tracks, we always seem to have a great piece here”, said Hathaway. “My guys worked at this car all afternoon, and it just got better and better. I was proud of what our team accomplished tonight, regardless of the finish.”
Hathaway seized the top spot on lap-172 and lapped up to 4th place before being caught up in an incident with lapped traffic on lap-240.
“A pair of lapped cars got together in front of me as I was working around them”, said Hathaway. “It was a right place, wrong time type of moment. I feel bad for everybody involved. I don’t think anyone wanted an incident like this to play a factor in the finish of the race.”
The team would bring their badly damaged ride to the pit area, and worked to repair it, eventually returning to the track to salvage a 12th place finish.
“I really can’t say enough about this team”, offered Hathaway. “There’s no quit in these guys. Our car was absolutely mangled and they found a way to get us back on track and salvage a top-15 finish. It certainly wasn’t what we were looking for when we unloaded, but this Ed Hakonson Racing team showed a lot of heart in a bad situation.”
Hathaway and team will next return to action with the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 on August 31st, when Pinty’s presents the Clarington 200 on August 31st.
Fans can keep up with Jason and the rest of T3R/EHR at their Ed Hakonson Racing page on Facebook, on Twitter & Instagram @JasonHathaway3 or @EHRT3R and are encouraged to visit their official webpage www.Team3Red.com for all updates concerning the upcoming 2014 season.
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