Practice for the truck race was first up on Saturday morning and Hathaway used that first practice to sort the truck out and get some laps under his belt. The second practice allowed the team to make some adjustments to the truck and get Hathaway comfortable. In his first ever truck race Hathaway qualified his #66 Choko/Kubota Chevrolet 22nd in the field of 32 trucks.
A solid practice session in his #3 Kubota/HGC Pinty’s Series car on Saturday was backed up with a ninth place qualifying effort by Hathaway for the 51-lap event on Sunday morning.
The skies over CTMP opened up Saturday night and greeted the teams with wet track conditions for the Sunday morning start of the NASCAR Pinty’s Series Total Quartz 200 in Hathaway #3 Kubota/HGC Chevrolet Pinty’s Series race machine.
The race started in the rain and by lap 10 some teams started coming in for slicks and removing the rain tires. The #3 car decide that they would stay out on rain tires as long as they could to save the slicks. The Team was hoping for a caution, but with the entire race running under green the Team’s ability to bring in their race car in for tires and adjustments was limited. This relegated the team to a 13th place finish.
Hathaway climbed out of this car and climbed in his #66 NCTWS truck and settled in for the 64-lap, live event, with coverage on FOX SPORTS 1, Rogers FS1 and MRN Radio, on Sunday afternoon.
The race was divided in three segments and by the end of the second segment Hathaway was up to the seventh spot in the running order. The truck was serviced by Hathaway’s NASCAR Pinty’s crew which did a great job on the pit stops for new tires and filing his truck full of fuel during the event.
The finish of the race saw Hathaway take the checkered flag 15th in the finishing order.
“We had a great day in the truck today.” said Hathaway. “This was a great opportunity for not only me, but also our crew guys and 15th place isn’t too bad at all for our first time. I sat in the truck for the first time last Monday with the Bolen Motorsports team at their shop and Saturday morning was my first laps in it. We made some pretty good progress today on track. To be honest the way that our Team and sponsors pulled together for this weekend was truly a cool thing to be a part of and I think everyone was happy with what we accomplished today. I really need to thank our Team owner Ed Hakonson for allowing us this huge opportunity," said a pretty happy Hathaway as he met with his family and friends after the race.
From: Jamie Hakonson/ Vice President-Sales, Marketing & Operations- Velocity Marketing Group & Choko Motorsports