STEVE MATHEWS SHOWS POISE AT KAWARTHA
Steve Mathews driving the #15 Mathews Motorsports Ford returned to action last weekend for the final round of the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series season at Kawartha Speedway on Saturday night. During a hard fought race that was one of the most intense competitions all year, Mathews showed that he's more than capable of running with the best racer in Canada.
Mathews was excited to return to Kawartha Speedway after such a strong outing in 2009. "We had a good run last year and lead some laps in the #15 Mathews Motorsports Ford and it was only our second race in the series" said Mathews. "I knew that we could learn from that experience for this season" he added.
During practice the #15 Mathews Motorsports Ford performed well and Mathews was able to qualify with the ninth quickest time. As the green flag waved to begin the 250 lap main event he began his mission to gain positions. "Having been here before helped and knowing the other drivers a little bit better does as well" he stated "I just wanted to take advantage of any openings I saw".
The intensity of the competition continued to build and eventually reached the breaking point entering corner number one when the #15 Mathews Motorsports Ford became tangled with the #3 car and was collected in an incident dropping him well back in the field. Many drivers would become frustrated at this point. Mathews collected himself and got back into the fight. "The car wasn't hurt too badly" he explained "We just kept to our plan and got back into the fight" he stated.
As the race laps ticked away Mathews did all he could to gain position in the #15 Mathews Motorsports Ford. However the car just didn't seem to have the same big horsepower they were used to in previous events. "We were definitely down a little bit on horsepower" said the driver. "If the motor had been 100% I know we would have finished inside the top-ten at least".
When the checkered flag waved the #15 Mathews Motorsports Ford crossed the line in eleventh spot. After the race Mathews praised his team for their hard work and efforts all season. "I know this isn't the finishing result we'd like but I think it shows a lot about this team" said Mathews. "Nobody quit when we got caught up in the incident, we worked even harder and I'm proud of everyone on this team and I can't thank them enough for all the hours they put in this season" he added.
-source: tl sports