PODIUM FINISH FOR HATHAWAY AT BARRIE WRECKED BY LAP CAR
September 12, 2010, Barrie, Ontario- Jason Hathaway, EHR/T3R and the #3 Snap-on Tools/Rockstar Energy Drink Dodge had an excellent podium placing race Saturday night, at the Wild Wing 300, cut short by an accident involving a lap car that Hathaway was attempting to pass.
The Team initially struggled to show speed on the practice charts early on Saturday afternoon, but continued to tune on their set up. The focus was to the get the car comfortable for Hathaway for long green flag runs during the gruelling 300 lap event around the tight and exciting 1/4 mile track. Hathaway qualified a tough 13th in the starting order.
“Our starting spot really doesn’t show what we think we have in this car tonight. This is a long race and we need to be smart and get this car up to the front.” Said Hathaway before climbing into his race machine to start the event.
Starting 13thth, the primary objective was to stay clean and get the car headed to the front, hopefully stay out of trouble. Hathaway had an excellent start and by lap 36 was in the 10th spot. A long green flag run just before the half way point of the race really showed what the Team had in their Snap-on on Tools/Rockstar Energy Drink Dodge, taking the inside line under his competitors moving up numerous positions. By lap 177 Hathaway was just inside the top 3, running in the 2nd spot with some great momentum. He challenged for the lead for 17 laps, but eventually settled into the 3rd place, getting himself into a comfortable rhythm.
Disaster for the Team hit on lap 264, while running 3rd, Hathaway was spun by an overzealous lapped car in corner 2. He was passed by the leader, going a lap down, trying to get the car fired and straightened out as the caution flag came out. He re-started 13th. The Team called Hathaway into the pits for tires with 25 laps to go, in hopes of catching a break and working their way back onto the lead lap and putting the heat on the leaders once again. Unfortunately, the caution flew once again not giving Hathaway enough laps to make up the distance; Hathaway was relegated to the 10th finishing position.
A frustrated driver commented after the race. “Our car was great tonight. I am really disappointed that the lap car I was trying to clear wouldn’t give me the room to run. This track requires a lot of give and take and the accident really wrecked our finish night. The crew worked hard this weekend and I hate that we weren’t able to put this car on the podium, where it belonged, for them and our great sponsors.”
The Team will take their # 3 Snap-on Tools/Rockstar Energy Drink Dodge to the high banked 1/3 oval at Riverside Speedway near Antigonish, Nova Scotia, this coming weekend. The event will be the 12th stop on the 13 race NASCAR R Canadian Tire Series schedule, September 18, 2010.
EHR/T3R is proud to be partnered with Snap-on Tools, Rockstar Energy Drink, Vortex Brake Pads, DSC Security Products, Napoleon Grills, Farmers Feed Families line of clothing, Castrol, Cathcart Trucking, Fast Eddie Racewear, Choko Authentic Apparel , Impact Canopies and Praxair. For more information on EHR/T3R check out the site at www.team3red.com
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