J. WALLY NESBITT The Standard
Jason Hathaway snatched the race lead away from Scott Steckly on a Lap 47 caution period restart and then kept his #3 Williamson (Uxbridge)/ Bio 2000 Pressure Wash/ L&C Construction Chevrolet at the front of the 22 car field for the remaining 203 consecutive laps to record the victory in the Pinty's 250, the final round on the 2015 NASCAR Canadian Tire Series schedule, run on Saturday, Sept. 19 at Kawartha Speedway.
Hathaway's most recent victory comes on the same circuit where he scored his first career NCATS win eight years previously.
“We came here to win and to lead the most laps, and we got that part covered,” noted Hathaway from Victory Lane. “We got three wins this season and we weren't even supposed to make it past the fourth race. We might just have to come back (to the series) next year.”
Despite a dominating performance from the Uxbridge driver, because polesitter and point leader Steckly finished just .368 seconds behind him in the runner-up position, Hathaway's championship challenge ultimately came up four points shy of the crown as Steckly secured his record-setting fourth Canadian Tire Series championship.
Former series champions DJ Kennington and LP Dumoulin, along with Rookie of the Year runner-up Marc-Antoine Camirand, rounded out the top five race finishers.
A notable and impressive performance was turned in by sixth place finisher, 15 year-old Cayden Lapcevich. Qualifying his #76 Tim Horton's Dodge on the outside of the front row, the third-generation driver ran solidly in the top three throughout the opening 200 laps of the event before the handling started to go away in the car and he was forced to slow in order to complete the full, 250 lap distance.
In the final point standings, former two-time series champion Andrew Ranger concluded his season in third place, 14 points behind Hathaway, with LP Dumoulin and Kennington rounding out the top five. In the Rookie of the Year chase, Gary Klutt, the winner of the season's opening race at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, edged Camirand by a single point, the two drivers finishing in sixth and seventh place overall, respectively.
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