HOME HARDWARE TEAM SURVIVES STORMY WEATHER AND SCORES PODIUM FINISH June 15, 2008. Don Thomson Jr. and the Home Hardware Chevrolet team battled the fierce competition and the elements and came away with a podium finish in round number two of the...
HOME HARDWARE TEAM SURVIVES STORMY WEATHER AND SCORES PODIUM FINISH
June 15, 2008. Don Thomson Jr. and the Home Hardware Chevrolet team battled the fierce competition and the elements and came away with a podium finish in round number two of the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series (NCATS) at Mosport Raceway this weekend.
The Home Hardware team qualified an unusually low thirteenth for the 200km race and knew that they would have to be one their game to come away with a good finish. Trouble lurked only a few laps into the race as Don Thomson Jr began to notice a vibration in the car. Thinking quickly the Home Hardware driver tried to change strategy. "Truthfully when we came in, I told the boys put the new tires on, this is our pit stop. When I got about halfway around the track I found out we didn't put fuel in the car".
While the clouds darkened above the race course, Thomson who knew the Home Hardware Chevrolet team would have to stop again to take on fuel made another bold call. "I said to the boys, when I come in for that fuel, put the rain tires on". The gutsy call paid off as Thomson began to cruise around the other competitors that had continued on slicks.
As the Home Hardware Chevy continued toward the front, other drivers could not control their vehicles and slid off course and a full course caution slowed the field and bunched up the competition after they had also changed to wet weather tires. Thomson would grab the lead briefly, but chose to ensure his car made it to the finish and claimed a third place finish. "That's a brand new car, never been on the track" said the driver afterwards. "I'm not as crazy as those young guys, so I just cruised home to third and we'll take that and move on. The rain coming definitely worked in our favour.