SIXTH POLE OF THE SEASON AND PODIUM FINISH FOR HOME HARDWARE TEAM September 7, 2008. Don Thomson Jr. and the Home Hardware Chevrolet team once again demonstrated dominating speed at round number eleven of the NASCAR Canadian Tire series ...
SIXTH POLE OF THE SEASON AND PODIUM FINISH FOR HOME HARDWARE TEAM
September 7, 2008. Don Thomson Jr. and the Home Hardware Chevrolet team once again demonstrated dominating speed at round number eleven of the NASCAR Canadian Tire series (NCATS) at Barrie Speedway this past Saturday night. And despite finishing on the podium there was disappointment in the overall result.
As has been the case much for the entire racing season the Home Hardware Chevrolet has shown blistering speed at the oval tracks. The 1/3 mile oval at Barrie Speedway was the latest victim as Thomson blazed to a new track record of 14.066 seconds and his sixth pole position starting spot on the season.
Through the opening half of the 300 lap event the Home Hardware Chevrolet would dominate leading 134 of the first 157 laps. "The Home Hardware car was really good at the start but it kept getting a little tighter as the race went on, but come pit stop time the team made the proper adjustments to keep up with the changing conditions" said Thomson. \
Though not running on the point position in the same dominating fashion as the first half of the race, the Home Hardware Chevy was always in contention. "I knew how good the car was handling and wanted to make sure we were in a position at the end to get another win for the Home Hardware Chevy" said the driver.
As the race approached the final stages Thomson began to maneuver the Home Hardware Chevrolet into position for the run to the finish. As he used the outside line and battled with the #22 car for position heading into the corner their was contacting initiated by the other competitor that turned the Home Hardware Chevrolet around resulting in a significant loss of track position. "I left him a lane, he a got in too deep and clipped me and sent me around" is how Thomson summed up the incident.
Angered by the incident the Home Hardware team channeled their frustration into effort to try and regain as many positions as possible. Thomson would make a pit stop and the Home Hardware crew would repair the body damage as best they could, and left the rest up to the driver. With only a handful of laps remaining Thomson would use all his skills and push the Home Hardware Chevy toward the front of the field and with a little help from a couple of late race cautions salvage a third place finish.
While it was a remarkable finish under the circumstances Thomson couldn't help but think about what might have been. "He said he drove in too deep and got into me and he apologized for it but, you get a lot of apologies after the race. You have to deal with it, but it's pretty disappointing because I thought we had a car that could win at the end".
Don Thomson sits second in the overall championship standings.
The 2008 NCATS schedule has expanded to thirteen events this year run on ovals, road courses and temporary street circuits across Canada. NCATS teams will head to Antigonish, Nova Scotia for round number twelve at Riverside Speedway on Saturday, September 20th. You can watch all thirteen races this season on TSN. For information about the NCATS including schedule, results and more, log onto www.nascar.ca