Hathaway teamed up with Premium Motorsports in his second effort of the 2017 season at PIR to field the #15 Kubota Tractor/Choko Chevrolet on the fast one-mile oval in his first NCWTS oval start.
After a few pace laps in the caution car with Series driver Johnny Sauter, practice was Hathaway's first real laps around the track in his race machine. Practice gave him some laps to get comfortable with the truck and the track, working with his NPS Series Spotter Jeff Gotalear.
Group qualifying on Saturday afternoon saw Hathaway make it through the first round of qualifying and into the second round of qualifying, posting a 23rd starting spot.
Hathaway took the green flag under the lights of PIR with his family and friends on hand. Fellow Canadian racer and friend, DJ Kennington was trackside on the weekend for his Monster Energy Cup start in his Premium Motorsports #15 and gave Hathaway some insight on the track.
The name of the game was to go out, get experience and survive the race. The race was broken into three segments. At the end of the first segment Hathaway was running 20th and at the end of second segment was 19th. The third segment was when the field got super racey and Hathaway held his own.
The Team made a few adjustments to tighten up Hathaway's race machine in the last segment and set his sights on making some movement through the field. Hathaway had a great run to the finish and earned a 11th place finishing position.
"We had a great run tonight at PIR. Having an opportunity to run at this fun oval was a dream come true. The NASCAR Truck series is so much fun and the competitors are great to race with. Thanks to Kubota for all they did to get us here. It meant the word to us to have their support," said Hathaway after the race.
The race was aired live on Sports Fox 1 across the US and Canada.
By Jamie Hakonson-Hathaway