June 15, 2013- London, Ontario– After a very successful 3rd place finish at the season opener 3 weeks ago at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park, Hathaway and his team were looking forward to getting started on the oval tracks on the schedule last night at Delaware Speedway. A flat tire however early in the 200 lap EMCO 200 took that away from the hard charging team.
Returning to his roots at Delaware Speedway, where Hathaway got his racing start and won countless races, Jason Hathaway and his #3 Snap-on Tools/Rockstar Energy Drink Dodgewere poised to have a great night at the familiar track. The car practiced very well, 3rd on the speed charts and Hathaway laid down a 6th pace qualifying effort.
“It’s great to come to the track every weekend and know that we have a car that is very competitive everywhere we go. The guys in the shop worked really hard during the off season and during the week and we are excited to show what we can do this weekend.” said Hathaway during the autograph session flanked by the popular ROCKSTAR models trackside.
Starting on the outside of row 3, Hathaway and team spotter Jeff Gotalear worked to get a run going early and to get down to the bottom groove of the race track off the start. This set him up to content for 5th and by lap 17; he had taken over the spot. Hathaway pulled into the 4thspot when he reported in wicked vibration to his Crew Chief Craig Masters. By the time Hathaway brought his race machine to the attention of his over the wall crew, his left front tire was flat. Under green flag conditions, the team changed the tire and repaired the damage to the car. With green flag laps still being recorded on the track, unfortunately he went down 3 laps to the leaders.
Hathaway battled back as much as he could but was running on his own lap for the remainder of the race, recordings some super-fast laps and working his way back up to the 11th finishing positions.
“This was not the night that we worked for tonight. We had a great car and the flat tire really wrecked our night. We battled back, but we could only get so far up in the field to get our laps back. Our over the wall guys worked hard never gave up. With our equipment and their determination we will battle back next week at MOPSORT.
The EMCO 200 will air on TSN on June 23, 2013 at 1 pm EST and on RDS2 on Monday July 8 at 9pm.
Despite the frustrating finish, Hathaway still has a strong hold on 3rd place in the Championship points standings going into the Clarington 200 at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park on the oval on June 22, 2013, near Bowmanville, Ontario.
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