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Jason Hathaway Set for Double Duty at CTMP

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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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Ashley McCubbin

Currently the Executive Editor for Popular Speed, Ashley McCubbin also runs Short Track Musings, while handling media relations for OSCAAR. Currently living in Bradford, Ontario, she spends her weekend at the local short tracks in the area taking photos.