Saturday night saw the end of the rough streak that’s been dealt so far this season to the #3 Raybestos/Fast Eddie Racewear team. Hathaway managed to secure a spot on the podium this time around at Riverside International Speedway, laying down some amazing laps on the track.
After qualifying in a career-high 3rd place, Hathaway and the team had set themselves up for success for the night. Wasting no time at all, Hathaway shot up to 2nd place right out of the gate, but then slid back into 3rd and stayed put, holding off cars behind him. Hathaway came in for fuel on lap 59 following a caution, but received a penalty for an incident on pit road and had to restart in 12th position.
Hathaway took advantage of the green flag to pick up a few lost spots, reaching 7th by the time the caution passed. With the next caution, Hathaway’s team handed him an amazing 4 spots with their phenomenal speed, and he rolled off pit road in 3rd place once again. On lap 242, Hathaway made a break for first, and managed to pull it off. He led the way for 47 laps, right up to the end of the race, but unfortunately a lapped car bounced him around with just 10 laps to go, and Hathway was squeezed out of the lead and wound up 3rd on the checkered flag.
“It is awesome to finally be back up here on the podium. We have had a tough season so far and it was great to get out in front and run competitively. The boys did an awesome job on the tire stop and that helped us huge.We really wanted to win tonight for our little boy who had to stay home sick tonight, but really this finish is like a win for us tonight. I have to thank our owner and all of our sponsors for sticking with us over the last little bit,” said a satisfied Hathaway after the race.
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