Barrie: Don Thomson Jr race notes

ANOTHER PODIUM FINISH FOR HOME HARDWARE CHEVROLET September 9, 2007. Don Thomson Jr. and the Home Hardware Chevrolet team were back in top form at round ten of the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series (NCATS) season at the challenging 1/3 mile oval at ...

ANOTHER PODIUM FINISH FOR HOME HARDWARE CHEVROLET

September 9, 2007. Don Thomson Jr. and the Home Hardware Chevrolet team were back in top form at round ten of the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series (NCATS) season at the challenging 1/3 mile oval at Barrie Speedway. Forced into a back up car after an enormous wreck last week, the Home Hardware team showed their resilience with a podium finish.

The Home Hardware team set about their mission right away posting quick times during practice and posting the second fastest qualifying time to claim a front row starting spot. "This car runs pretty good for an old piece" Thomson would joke after qualifying. While it may not have been their primary car the Home Hardware Chevrolet is always meticulously prepared for on track activity.

As Thomson and the rest of the field accepted the green flag to begin the 300 lap feature staying out of trouble was top of mind. "This is a tough race to go 300 laps on this 1/3 mile track, you have to be extra careful out there". The Home Hardware Chevy driver would do that for the entire event. As usual Thomson would accomplish his first goal of leading the race to claim the five bonus points on lap 66.

Throughout the middle portion of the race it was a reasonably quiet evening for the Home Hardware Chevy team. Thomson had little difficulty maintaining a strong race pace with the leaders and stayed inside the top-five or higher for much of the race. The Home Hardware team had flawless service for their first stop for right side tires and fuel, and also had an equally good stop for their second service for fresh left side rubber.

"We debated the second stop a little bit" said Thomson. "The car was pretty tight and we thought it would help if we changed left sides, there weren't a lot of cars on he lead lap so we didn't have to give up a lot position wise".

After the final stop of the evening the rest was up to the driver. Thomson was his usual business like self knocking off strong lap times for the rest of the race, securing another podium finish for the Home Hardware Chevrolet. It would be the fourth podium finish of the season that includes two victories, and a fifth top five of year. "I've got to hand it to the whole Home Hardware team, all of the guys did a great job to get ready for this race" he said. "We had a lot of work to do after last week and the whole Fitzpatrick Motorsports crew was great".

With the third place finish at Barrie, Don Thomson Jr. and the Home Hardware team move up to fourth in the championship point standings, just five points out of third after ten events.

-credit: dt/tlsw

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Series NASCAR Canada
Drivers Don Thomson Jr.