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Jason Hathaway Scores Emotional Victory in Final Trip to Saint-Eustache

It was a perfect weekend for Jason Hathaway.

After welcoming his son Maxson, early Friday morning, Hathaway promised he would bring a trophy home for his newborn son. Hathaway delivered on that promise in dominant fashion, winning the Lucas Oil 250 at Autodrome Saint-Eustache.

Similar to Hathaway’s first win of the season, it came down to a duel between himself and Kevin Lacroix. Taking the lead on Lap 166, Hathaway’s No.3 Kubota Canada Chevrolet held off all who challenged him and claimed his second win of 2019 and 11thof his career.

“It was a crazy weekend how it all turned out,” Hathaway said. “Had a baby boy early Friday morning, drove here on two hours sleep. Practiced Saturday and raced Sunday and we took home the trophy.”

Prior to today, Hathaway had a career best finish of fourth at Saint-Eustache, back in the 2010 season. With all that has happened in the Stouffville, Ontario driver’s life during the past 72 hours, this win is  one of Hathaway’s most special victories.

“This is one of those stories you could never line up even if you had to,” added Hathaway. “I promised my little guy that I had a trophy coming back to the crib when I get home, the boys delivered, it’s awesome.”

Hometown favourite, Kevin Lacroix will leave Saint-Eustache a happy man. Lacroix started on the provisional pole and led 42 laps en-route to a runner-up finish. The No.74 Bumper to Bumper team fought tooth and nail to get around Hathaway but in the end Lacroix would finish with a two point lead heading into Loudon.

“The goal today was to finish ahead of the No.27 [Ranger],” Lacroix said. “I was hoping to get closer to Jason to give him his Riverside bump, but he was too fast today.”

Lacroix, whose race shop is located five minute down the street from Saint-Eustache, scored his best career finish in the final kick of the can at his home track.

“Definitely happy for him [Hathaway], it was an awesome job,” Lacroix added. “But we are really happy with our second place today.”

Despite running around mid-pack all race long, Andrew Ranger turned on the jets in the in closing laps. Making a bold move to get around a dominant Alex Labbe, the Roxton Pond, Quebec driver would settle for his seventh podium finish of the season.

For Labbe’s No. 36 team, it had been a while since he had a truly dominant run. Leading 123 laps, Labbe would bring his Hotel Le Concorde Ford home in the fourth position for his fifth top five of the season. Donald Theetge would complete the top five.

D.J Kennington and LP Dumoulin would come home sixth and seventh, respectively.

Kerry Micks, Marc-Antoine Camirand and rookie Mathieu Kingsbury would round out the top ten.

Scott Steckly, who make his first start in four years, would come home 11th after subbing-in for an ill Alex Tagliani.

Fans can catch the Lucas Oil 250 on TSN – Saturday, Sept. 14, 3:30 p.m, and RDS2 – Sunday, Sept. 29, 1:30 p.m.

The NASCAR Pinty’s Series will be back in action on Saturday September 22nd for the only stop south of the border, the Visit New Hampshire 100 at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon.

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Jason Hathaway Survives Chaotic Overtime Finish for Riverside Win

ANTIGONISH, N.S. — When Jason Hathaway returned to the NASCAR Pinty’s Series full-time, he had one goal in mind – win.

Hathaway accomplished his goal in dramatic fashion, winning the Bumper to Bumper 300 at Riverside International Speedway in a thrilling overtime finish.

For the third year in a row, Kevin Lacroix had the car to beat. He dominated the race, leading 195 laps and appearing all but untouchable. Despite the sizeable lead, Hathaway and D.J Kennington closed in lap after lap.

A pair of late race cautions set up a thrilling pair of restarts. Hathaway’s No.3 Kubota Canada/Choko Chevrolet was given the ‘chrome horn’ by Lacroix once the green flag dropped for the two-lap overtime shootout.

The Appin, Ontario driver repaid the favour in the exact same corner, this time on the white flag lap. The contact sent Lacroix up the track and into the side of Andrew Ranger.

Hathaway held on for his 10th career win and first since the 2016 season finale at Kawartha Speedway.

“That was really crazy. I wasn’t even sure we were going to get the lead, Kevin was really good,” said Hathaway. “It was a battle, Lacroix got into the back of me in turn three and four and I paid him back in one and two. I was expecting it and I’m sure he was expecting it too.”

“It’s a good way to get a win,” continued Hathaway. “Ed Hakonson’s 70th birthday; car owner and father-in-law, so I gotta keep him happy.”

D.J Kennington led 20 laps and managed to sneak through the last lap wreck for a runner-up finish. The two-time champion had two prior wins at Riverside and was in position for a third until losing the lead Hathaway on Lap 289.  The No.17 Castrol Edge team would celebrate their second podium in five races.

“The restarts were really crazy. One way to sum it up, it sucks if you were on the outside, you just couldn’t get a run,” said Kennington. “We’re looking better every week, we’re knocking on the door and we’ll get back to Victory Lane by the end of this season, I’m sure.”

The last lap fracas enabled Alex Tagliani to score a surprise podium finish, in third. The Rona/EpiPen team found themselves stuck in the pack during the final restart. The contact between Lacroix and Hathaway enabled Tagliani to sneak through and bring his relatively clean No.18 home for his third podium of the season.

LP Dumoulin’s race was eventful to say the least. After suffering a mechanical problem just before the halftime break, Dumoulin fought back for a fourth-place finish. Alex Labbe, who also suffered mechanical issues, rounded out the top five.

Championship contenders Lacroix and Ranger were sixth and seventh, respectively. Ranger’s points lead drops to 11 points heading into next week’s race.

Mark Dilley, pole sitter Donald Chisholm and Marc-Antoine Camirand rounded out the top ten.

The Bumper to Bumper 300 will air on TSN on Saturday, August 24 at 1:30 p.m. and RDS2 on Friday, September 13 at 10:30 p.m.

The NASCAR Pinty’s Series will be back Sunday, August 25 for the TOTAL Quartz 200 at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.

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Brett Taylor Hopeful for Strong Performances with Team Change

TORONTO, Ontario — Looking to improve his performances, Brett Taylor made the move this past week to Ed Hakonson Racing as a teammate to Jason Hathaway.

“We wanted to go down a different path,” he told POPULAR SPEED. “Jason Hathaway (and Ed Hakonson Racing) are an awesome team. They have a great group of guys. Hathaway is a championship driver. With his experience, I was hoping that he would help mentor me and he’s willing to take me under his wing, I look forward to learning from him.”

The new addition to EHR brings uncharted waters for Jason Hathaway, as he has ran most of his career without a teammate.

“Don Thomson was my teammate once back in 2011; he’s the only teammate that I’ve really had,” Hathaway said. “Brett is a good guy. He’ll listen, take your advice –he even listens to the guys. A few times this weekend he even said to me, ‘I’ve never had anybody tell me that before.’ He’s eager to learn, and I think he respects our team and the way we ran for a lot of years, so it’s a good partnership.”

In just a season and a half of competition, Taylor has left his mark on the NASCAR Pinty’s Series. He won the 2018 Jostens Rookie of the Year Award following four top-10’s in the 12 races, with a best finish of eighth. Thus far this season entering Toronto, he had only scored one top-10 in the first three events.

Now joined up with EHR, the goal is simple – to step up performance moving forward.

“We are going to get on the podium this year – we have to,” Taylor stated. “That’s what my eyes are set for.”

His first race with EHR did not go as well as hoped, with brake issues in the early laps taking him out of contention. However, it hasn’t dampered any spirits in knowing the box they were painted in entering the weekend.

“We came not too prepared because the transition to this team was last minute,” Taylor admitted. “The boys had never saw the car before.”

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Jason Hathaway Comes Through Field for Top-10 Finish

TORONTO, Ontario — Steadily making progress throughout the Pinty’s Grand Prix, Jason Hathaway was able to leave the streets of Toronto with a solid top-10 finish.

“It was a good run for us,” he told POPULAR SPEED. “A little bit of a momentum builder heading out west; we’ve had a couple rough weeks. A little rough out there on some of those restarts. It’s real hard in some of those passing zones, but I was getting everything I could on every restart and it just worked out for us that it was our day today to get a good finish.”

The weekend did not start off strongly, as Hathaway would only qualify the No. 3 Kubota/Choko/Premium Bulk Systems/Kugel Chevrolet in the 14th position for the 35 lap event.

“I thought we’d be a little bit better when we showed up here, but it took me a little truthfully to get back into the rhythm,” he admitted. “I haven’t been here in three years. I think the car was better than the driver for the little while. But we made some adjustments this morning and thought we had a good car going into the race.

“It was good. Got to race with a lot of good guys as at the end, we were with (Gary) Klutt and Jason White was real fast this weekend, as well as D.J. Kennington. We had a real good battle with Donald Theetge most of the day. I think everybody is still friends after it, so I think we’ll pack up and head out west and get on some ovals.”

Although normally known for his oval performances, the previous two events this year have ended early for Hathaway as a result of incidents on-track. Now with momentum on his side, it’d be no surprise to the No. 3 up front in Saskatoon.

“We have a real good oval program and it’s two races – double points you could say – at Saskatoon,” he said. “So hopefully we can have two good runs out there, and come back with the finishes that we expect to have. We’re gearing up. We have a strong team this year. We’ve just had a couple bad weeks that have put us behind.”

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ASHLEY ASKS…… Jason Hathaway

After pursuing other racing endeavors, Jason Hathaway announced that he will return to the NASCAR Pinty’s Series full-time. The nine-time race winner recently spoke with POPULAR SPEED to share his thoughts entering the 2019 campaign.

POPULAR SPEED: What are your thoughts entering the season?

JASON HATHAWAY: Well, our team is solely focused on winning races and the championship. From where we’re at, this is our major goal and we have been working towards it all winter. We’re working on the cars, building on some new ones, so I guess all cards on the table entering the year.

PS: Why did you make the decision to come back full-time?

JASON: Well, I think honestly seeing the team with them being competitive week-in-week-out kind of rejuvenated, re-fired up what I had inside. It wasn’t like I didn’t race; I raced the pro late a bunch of races, so not like I was totally out of the seat. Just to have the opportunity to get back in with some sponsorship from Kobota, Choko, and Fast Eddie Racewear it was the right opportunity to get back in.

We talked to some different drivers through the winter time, but I still wanted to do this and I felt it was the right time to get put the band back together and go racing.

PS: If you could make the title happen, what would that mean to you?

JASON: Well, it’d definitely cap off my racing career well, but honestly, I think I want to do this for another couple of years. I’m not looking at this as a one-and-done. I think I can still do it for another couple of years after this if everything lines up.

So I don’t want to call it a one-and-done year, as I think the series is working in the right direction as there’s some real good direction moving forward with the new team involved in NASCAR now. I think I like the way it is going, with the positive outlook in the series right now.

PS: What track on the schedule are you most looking forward to?

JASON: Riverside Speedway.

PS: Right, as I know you like racing out there….

JASON: Yeah, I was out there three times racing my late model. But you know what? There’s a lot of tracks when you break it down to look forward to. Saskatoon is real good, too; it’s a lot of fun. I can’t wait to get to New Hampshire (Motor Speedway) either. I feel like I am a little behind there because most of the teams have already ran there, raced there last year, so I feel I’m a little behind compared to the others. Jukasa is always good; it’s close to home, so that’s a good race track as well. But it’s just a real good mix of race tracks that we can run on.

PS: You’ve been around for a while, and you touched upon this already, but what are your thoughts on the current state of the series?

JASON: I think this year, we have the right team at NASCAR to take us in the right direction moving forward. The series is on solid ground, but they want to grow and move forward with some of the ideas that some of the teams and sponsors have that are involved. So I think it’s in the probably in the best situation that it’s been in over the past five years. The teams are strong, the competition is strong; you cannot beat the competition in this series, and I’ll stand behind that. It’s got a lot of corporate sponsorship involved, still.

Could there be more fans? Yeah, for sure, we’re all fighting for that for the same eyes and ears with every other sport like the rest of them. But I do feel it’s in good hands with the right people in NASCAR, that value your ideas and ask for them. Open communication always bring the best ideas. That’s my feeling on it, and I think some of the other teams as well are under the same impression after the meetings this winter.

PS: Even coming back Pinty’s Series full-time, will we see you behind the wheel of a late model this season?

JASON: I’ve got one race on my schedule already signed with my wife’s approval – that’s who has to sign it, and that’s Jukasa with the big one, the Canadian Short Track Nationals. We are gearing up for that. We were quick last year. We were fast in practice a lot of it, most of it, and ran up front before the crash. We definitely had a good car there; that’s one circled on the calendar.

PS: With how things played out last year, did it surprise you?

JASON: Not really. I think some of the U.S. cars that were there had an advantage over the Canadian cars that were there. I think the rules and race benefited what they brought to the race track. It was a good race. From my perspective, my feeling is Bubba Pollard wasn’t the best car there. He won the race because he was up front and had a chance, with some of the cars in front of him having issues. He didn’t walk into that race and dominate all day, all night, like a lot of people expected.

It just played into his hands with how the race broke down. Three of the fast six qualifiers ran into issues during the race. So he had a good car, but he wasn’t a dominant as some say he was. I know there are a lot of guys that came and a lot coming, and I don’t know who they are, and they don’t know who I am – but that’s the way I like it. So bring your car, let’s race, and let’s see who stacks up on top at the end of the day.

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ASHLEY ASKS…… Jason Hathaway

Despite retiring from full-time NASCAR Pinty’s Series competition, Jason Hathaway did not slow down last year as he competed in a variety of races across numerous series, experiencing success along the way.

Recently, POPULAR SPEED caught up with the veteran to speak about the year, and his perspective moving forward.

POPULAR SPEED: You did quite a bit this past year, from racing in the truck series to late models. What are your reflections on everything?

JASON HATHAWAY: It was pretty busy for a retirement year….No, I think it went well. We built a brand new late model, had some issues with it in the beginning, and started to figure it out at the IWK 250. We sat on the pole down there and led the first 40 laps, so that was good and encouraging for our season.

We ran some Pinty’s races at CTMP (Canadian Tire Motorsports Park). We had fun doing that. We then ended up putting a truck deal together for CTMP as well to have a little bit more fun that same weekend as the Pinty’s Series. So that was kind of unexpected. I mean, I was hoping to do the race but wasn’t sure I was going to, but we were able to put that together and have some success there and finish 15th.

We went to Jukasa (Motor Speedway). We had a good test there, and I knew we had a good car going back for the race weekend. Running the APC (Auto Parts United Late Models of Ontario) series with all the guys that were running that deal weekend in and weekend out, I was pretty excited to go and just race with the competition and see where we stacked up. I wasn’t going there thinking I was going to win, with Brandon Watson winning every race that they ran pretty well. I was hoping that I could come there and have a decent, respectable run. We went there with a new car – it was only our third race in the Late Model. But we ended up winning both of those, and kind of really set momentum going into Labor Day weekend going into CTMP with the Pinty’s and truck ride. So it was kind of cool to announce the truck ride prior to the Jukasa race. We had a lot of fans that were interested and asking questions, and cheering us on, so that was cool.

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Then we ended up going to Phoenix (Raceway – now ISM Raceway). We go down there every year, so that was kind of cool to put the deal together that we could run a truck in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. That was a lot of fun, had a good finish and ran into a bunch of Canadians down there. (Martin Truex  Jr.’s crew chief) Cole Pearn came to see me and we chatted for a couple hours, so that was cool. (Noel) Dowler was down there, along with a bunch of other guys. Lots of Canadians go down there for that race weekend as fans to go down there and watch, so it was kind of cool to race at that race track. Never been there before, never sat in the truck before, and never seen the team before Friday morning. So I kind of showed up with a helmet and firesuit, and figured this is the one that I get in because my name is above the door, and ended up 11th. That was Premium Motorsports’ best finish all year, so that was cool about that event. D.J. Kennington, a good buddy of mine – I’ve known him since we were kids – he ran the Cup Series and finished 26th, so that was their best finish all year, too. We both ran the same number – No. 15. So it was pretty cool – two kids from Delaware Speedway running the Phoenix race and getting the two best finishes for a team.

I got to interview Cole Pearn tonight for TSN – so two kids that grew up at Delaware Speedway interviewing each other at the Hockey Hall of Fame in sports coats. That’s the way life goes. It’s a wild ride, but you got to live for every moment and enjoy it.

PS: Jumping into the truck, what was the biggest surprise for you?

JH: Definitely the weight of them, the amount that they roll over compared to the Pinty’s cars that I’ve run and am used to, and horsepower, a little bit; you kind of get where you’re going a lot quicker. But definitely the weight; the weight transfer is a lot different. They don’t slide; like the Pinty’s NASCAR car you slide – almost like a winter day on ice. But in the truck, you can’t do that. Once you slide the tires in the truck, you’ve lost all momentum and it’s hard to drive. That was the big thing for me.

Phoenix, it took me awhile to get used to the truck. I would say probably say after practice before qualifying, I was pretty comfortable. But we were respectable in the race and at the end, we ended up P11.

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Kubota (Tractors) jumped on board and helped us out. That’s really what inspired our team to get more involved. We probably weren’t going to run as many races if Kubota didn’t get involved, but their involvement inspired us. They’d say let’s go do that and have some fun. Our schedule was kind of based off having fun, and picking races we wanted to race, and trying to get the best results at the end of the day. I’m a fortunate racecar driver.

PS: Is there a possibility now for you to run more truck races in the future?

JH: I hope so. Right now so far this year, I have the IWK 250 in Nova Scotia – that’s my number one that I know I am going to do standing here today. Then obviously the Jukasa Late Model event (Canadian Nationals) with $25,000 to win. That’s the two that I have. In a perfect world, I’d like to run CTMP in the truck and I would like to try a mile and a half oval. In a perfect world if all the stars align, if things happen for me, that’s what I would like to do this year.

We have a few other things going. We’re thinking of maybe helping some of the younger drivers do a one-off and maybe working with them, but we’ll see how that goes. That’s a new adventure that I may be doing. I have a couple NASCAR Pinty’s races that we’ve had some rental opportunities come our way, some younger drivers, so I am excited about that if it comes together. I feel like it’s a good thing to give back to the sport. I think I have some knowledge from doing it so long that I can share and help the next generation coming up.

PS: Having been involved in the Ontario Late Model scene this year, what is your perspective on the state of the sport?

JH: Strong, very strong. Real good friends with the ownership group at Sunset Speedway. They run a fabulous weekly program there. Car counts, competition, payouts – it’s a real good short track program. Delaware Speedway is bringing back the late models; that will be good for that area for the fans number one, but also the racers.

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The APC Series is strong. Rumor has it that they are going to pay more this year – I don’t know if that’s certain, but that what I’ve been told. It’s not a cheap series, but it’s the best short track series in Ontario, and I would put it up against the Maritime Pro Stock Tour, as far as car counts, competition, payouts, professionalism. That’s a good thing because you can get cars switching back and forth series for big money races.

We’re starting too actually – I think the tracks and series promoters are starting to get things aligned with rules, and allowing racers to travel more, rather than try to keep the racers at their own track for themselves. It’s a bad decision to do that, because you shut yourself out for growth. You must just like the 20 cars you’re getting and not want anymore. Myself, I’d rather have the opportunity going to a track on Saturday night that maybe they’ll be 25 cars, and better competition.

I remember back when I ran late models at Delaware, I bought myself for my first late model off of Cole Pearn in 2006. So you know, we used to bring in anybody. A car would come along and want to run from the US and we’d just put weight on them. So if you had a different brake or rear-end package, we’d just put weight on them; we’d never turn any car away.

That’s what some of the series and tracks need to start focus on doing. I’ve been told that they had a summit together with some of the tracks to work together – which is good, so I think it’s heading in the right direction. I think everybody, as far as the racers are concerned, should be happy with the direction.  

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Jason Hathaway Set for Double Duty at CTMP

Over the past four years, nine different Canadians have taken part in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Chevrolet Silverado 250 at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park (CTMP). But just for the second time, there will be four Canadians competing at one time.

Alex Tagliani will make his third series start following a fifth-place finish in 2015, while D.J. Kennington and Gary Klutt return for the second straight year after top-15 performances last season.

The fourth entry is Jason Hathaway, who is making his Camping World Truck Series debut, driving for Bolen Motorsports.

The 40-year-old is no stranger to the 2.549-mile road course, with nine top-10’s in 15 previous NASCAR Pinty’s Series starts, including a victory last season. Hathaway is also scheduled to run the Pinty’s event before the truck race.

“I’m looking forward to getting back in the Pinty’s car, and I’m hoping to use the Pinty’s deal as a test for the truck, truthfully,” he told POPULAR SPEED. “Not in it for the points, so hopefully have a good solid finish there. We’ve won it before so I wouldn’t count me out there. Just using it as a test to get ready for the truck. I’m really focused on the truck.”

Although retired from full-time Pinty’s Series competition, Hathaway has been busy this year with a pair of starts in Canada’s NASCAR series, along with select late model events in Ontario and Nova Scotia. He will enter the weekend with some momentum, after winning both APC Auto Parts United Late Models of Ontario Tour features at Jukasa Motor Speedway this past weekend. 

“I didn’t plan on coming here and winning both, that’s for sure,” he said. “I just wanted to come here and make sure we were competitive. My main focus was making sure that we got to race the 9 car (series points leader Brandon Watson). I wanted to gauge how our car was, where we were, and how I was as a driver truthfully. So got to race him in the first one, and had a real good set-up on the long distance, so I said to the boys to not tweak it too much, just a few changes, and it took off like a rocket.”

Beyond this coming weekend, a possibility to see an expansion in his schedule is possible, as he may take part in the NASCAR Pinty’s Series season finale race day at Jukasa, either behind the wheel of his NASCAR entry, or his late model.

“I hope so. I’d like to come back here in September, but we’ll have to see,” he said. “I’ll have to check with the boss.”

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Pinty’s Series, APC Tour Among Plans for Hathaway

When Jason Hathaway announced that he was retiring from full-time NASCAR Pinty’s Series competition, some fans expected him to walk away from racing altogether. Though it turns out that is not the case, as he has put together a schedule for the upcoming season.

Fans of the Pinty’s Series will see Hathaway behind the wheel of his familiar No. 3 entry as he will compete in both Canadian Tire Motorsports Park races this season.

“It’ll be fun,” Hathaway told POPULAR SPEED. “I’ve got a road course car with a brand new engine, so thought I might as well put two road courses on the schedule, nice and close to home, especially the truck weekend there in September. It’s an action-packed weekend with big crowds are there, big activation for sponsorship, so that’s why it was fitting as well.

“On the sponsorship side, we’ve got some things brewing that we will announce in the next few weeks and everybody can know our plans for the summer.”

While he wasn’t seen as one of the front-runners at the road courses, the past couple of years has seen a change with no finishes outside of the top-seven in his last four starts at CTMP, including a victory in the fall of 2015.

Outside of that, Hathaway has a schedule consisting of six events behind the wheel of a pro late model.

He plans to run four APC Auto Parts United Late Model of Ontario Tour races this season, including both events at Delaware Speedway, the season opener at Sunset Speedway, and Jukasa Speedway in the summer. Going into the season, Hathaway admits he hasn’t attended one of the series’ events yet.

“I’ve talked to some of the competitors that race in it. I think the competition from what I hear is real strong and there’s 15 cars that win any race, which is really good,” he said. “I like the structure with the way they do it with the tire program. They do a great job. It’s run the right way and for an Ontario touring series, its run really professionally.”

Each of those events marks a highlight on the tour as Delaware will host the series as part of their Canada Day Weekend and Great Canadian Weekend racing festivities. Meanwhile, the event at Jukasa will mark the first event at the speedway previously known as Cayuga Speedway since 2009 as Alex Nagy and his staff work towards getting the facility back up and running.

“I spent a lot of time there – ran street stock there back when I was younger,” Hathaway said of Jukasa. “I ran CASCAR Sportsman there, CASCAR, NASCAR. It’s good to get it back, and especially with the renovations and the re-paving, and with some banking into it. Looking forward to it. It’s going to be a lot of fun. For those who haven’t been there, they’re going to be in for a surprise as it’s really fast.”

It’s entirely possible to see Hathaway visit victory lane in the season opener, as he has finished in the top-five while competing in a limited late at Sunset Speedway.

Hathaway will round out his schedule with two races out west at Riverside International Raceway in Nova Scotia as part of the time Maritime Pro Stock Tour. He plans to the Ron MacGillivray Chev Buick GMC 150 in June, followed by taking part in the prestigious IWK 250 in July, joining NASCAR legend Mark Martin among others in the field.

Before announcing his retirement from full-time Pinty’s Series competition, Hathaway spent the past 12 years in the series and is only one of two drivers to compete in every race in the series’ history, along with D.J. Kennington. During that time, he has picked up nine wins and 74 top-10s, highlighted by a runner-up finish in the series standings last season.

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“They Said What?” Memorable Quotes – 2016 Pinty’s Series

We may have turned a page on the calendar and entered the year 2017, but that doesn’t mean we’re quite ready to leave 2016 behind yet. Even if we were, there’s still four months left till the start of the next season for the NASCAR Pinty’s Series.

So to help pass the time, here are some memorable quotes that drivers said to me throughout the 2016 season.

 

“Our goals are very simple. These guys will be house hold names in the next four to five years. We’re going to make them that way. I am tired as a fan of racing to mention names like Scott Steckly, Mark Dilley and not be recognized. We got great talent up here, but nobody knows about it.”

Pinty’s Director of Marketing and Research Tony Spiteri on what Pinty’s plans to do with their NASCAR Sponsorship

 

“It’s awesome. I didn’t think it could happen in the first year, but to be here and named the champion is pretty cool. I didn’t think I would do this in my rookie guy, racing guys like Andrew Ranger and D.J. Kennington who have championships and be as consistent as we were. I definitely didn’t think I’d be doing it at this level with the caliber of talent.”

Cayden Lapcevich on winning the championship in his rookie season. 

 

“We made a plan on the way here to get a win – I didn’t want to go out wrecking. I got the job done, so I kept the wife happy.”

Jason Hathaway on winning at Kawartha Speedway in his last NASCAR start as a full-time driver. 

 

“Third place run for Larry Jackson at this track is a win. To finally be in a car that turns and runs well and have my family and old friends and crew here – it’s awesome.”

Larry Jackson on finishing third in the Leland Industries 300 at Sunset Speedway. 

 

“If you know Alex Tagliani, there’s a lot less chance you’ll feed me nuts because everybody knows I have an allergy. But if you hide it and come talk to me, spend time with me and don’t know, maybe you’ll feed me a meal that has nuts. There’s no chance this meal has nuts because if they know me, they know I have an allergy. But if you hide it, the risk elevates. My message is to more make kids feel they can live well with it, you need to be comfortable with it and not embarrassed, and always used the safe way. I mean, would you jump in my car without the seat belt on and no helmet? I’ll drive that fast, but with a helmet. That’s the comparison that we’re making to them and hopefully get to something.”

Alex Tagliani speaking about why he is spreading awareness about allergies and encouraging those with allergies to always carry their EpiPen with them.

 

“I am always stressed when I am traffic and the only way to be calm is to be leading and seeing nothing ahead of me. That’s always what I want to do, and I want to control the pace of the race, and that’s what I did in each race that I won and that’s what I want to do this year.”

Kevin Lacroix on his goals entering the 2016 season.

 

“We’re just going to keep building on the team as it’s a new team this year. As a new team we faced a lot of challenge, but the season is like a race. You have to finish to strong. We have two races to go – two ovals – and our oval program is doing really well so we want to go win those two races.”

L.P. Dumoulin on his goals with two races remaining in the season following a top-five at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park.

 

“It was pretty intense. I passed him on the inside initially, and then he gave me the bumper to get me outside and got back inside of me. I was on the outside for the last 25 laps, at least, and it was pretty good. Every time I thought I was clear, he was there again. He gave me a good run at the end. It was good hard racing.”

Alex Labbe on the battle back and forth with Cayden Lapcevich for the win at Autodrome Chaudiere. 

 

“I couldn’t be happier. We started the season out with no funding, so we were only going to run a couple of races. He ran so good, and some money came in, and he ran good again, and a bit more money came in. Cayden really rose to the occasion. As a father, I’m really proud. As a crew chief, I couldn’t ask for more out of him. Everything was against him, and he rose to the occasion. He’s done it before – in super stock, he had to win the race to win the championship, and he won the race. It’s great. So I couldn’t be happier.”

Jeff Lapcevich‘s thoughts at Kawartha Speedway after Cayden won the championship. 

 

“It’s been years to figure out and now I’m starting to finally get there. We’ll adjust a little bit more and get the car where I need to so I can run the same times that they’re running. Then it’s left up to the driver. So struggling a little on the set-up, but we’re a lot stronger than we were.”

Kerry Micks following a top-five finish on the streets of Toronto.

 

“Joey McColm has really taken this team to another level. He’s so motivated, active in the racing world and we have a plan that is going to attract drivers. The series is growing, and we’re also growing in the Trans-Am Series, as well. It’s definitely in developing stages and we have a lot more cars, a lot more drivers, and a lot more interest in what he does. It’s a bright future.”

Kevin Poitras on how much Joey McColm has contributed to the growth of Canada’s Best Racing Team. 

 

“Just being on these streets is cool because I went to school at Ryerson. I was on these streets for a lot of time and to go up the Lakeshore and through all of Exhibition Place/CNE Grounds, it’s like no other place that we go to. Plus, it’s Toronto so the hype is massive.”

Joey McColm on the Pinty’s Series returning to the streets of Toronto. 

 

“It’s fun to be in the series. I’ve driven other series in the past few years, and just to be in the NASCAR Pinty’s Series – it’s so competitive. To see guys like Kevin Lacroix and Alex Labbe, it’s a lot of pleasure to me as a driver. To see a guy like Mark Dilley or Kerry Micks, it’s fun. They’re a really good driver, too. It’s weird to say that I am a veteran, but I’m still young, I think.”

Andrew Ranger on racing in the NASCAR Pinty’s Series.

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Jason Hathaway Goes Out with a Bang

If there’s a way a driver wants to go out, it’s certainly on top of victory lane.

Jason Hathaway was able to do just that, leading the most laps en route to scoring the victory on Sunday in the Kawartha 250 at Kawartha Speedway. The win came just days after announcing this year would be his last full-time season in the Pinty’s Series.

“We made a plan on the way here to get a win – I didn’t want to go out wrecking,” he told POPULAR SPEED. “I got the job done, so I kept the wife happy. But you know, we’ve always had good cars here. It’s just biding our time and playing the strategy game on pit road. We got beat by tires on the ovals the last few races so we thought we’d pit later in the race and see if we could get through the traffic, and it worked out for us.

“It’s just a family deal with our car – Choko, Fast Eddie, HTC – we don’t have any corporate sponsors, just our own family companies, and we’re having fun. So no sense being here if you’re not having fun, and we’re having fun.”

Starting the event from seventh, Hathaway quickly made his way to the front of the field, taking the top spot on Lap 65. He led till pitting under caution for four tires at Lap 147. Though due to drivers staying out due to pitting under yellow earlier in the race, he was shuffled back to the eighth spot.

“Graham (Annis) was kind of mad at himself, saying, ‘Sorry it’s my fault. I blew the strategy a little bit on when to take tires’,” Hathaway said. “But I said, ‘Just give me the tires and I’ll do the rest,’ and that’s what happened. Everybody says they have the best crew in the business, but I’ve had the same guys for 12 years, some five-to-seven years, and that’s what you need in this sport, knowing you have the commitment from them and their family. It shows on the race track.”

He made quick work of the track, passing Mark Dilley with 75 laps to go to take the lead. From then on, he cruised the rest of the way en route to victory lane. For Hathaway, it marked the third time he had visited Kawartha’s victory lane in NASCAR competition.

“It just fits my style,” he said. “You really got to save your stuff and ease in the throttle, ease in the brakes. This track has always liked me. I won a thunder car race the night it opened, won a CASCAR race, NASCAR here, and Summer Sizzler in a Late Model. Whatever I come here in, I normally finish up front so it just fits my style and I love coming here.”

Including this past season, Hathaway has spent the past 12 years in the series and is only one of two drivers to compete in every race in the series’ history, along with D.J. Kennington. During that time, he has picked up nine wins and 74 top-10s, highlighted by a runner-up finish in the series standings last season. Looking back at his career, he says memorable moments include his first career Pinty’s win at Kawartha Speedway, finishing second in points in 2015, and his first road course victory last year.

While he makes the step away from full-time competition, it may not be the end of his racing career as always smiling, laid back driver admits there may be some plans in the works.

“I know a few things certain and one of those things for certain is we’re going to build a house,” he said. “We’re going to get a boat and relax on the beach with the kids a few weekends, and we’ll probably race something – a few Late Model races, or a couple road courses with CTMP being close to our house. Nothing is certain in racing right now so we’ll see what we want to do.

“If we go racing, the guys will be here; if you buy a boat, the guys will be there – whatever we do, we’ll do as a team.”

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