Hathaway wins in PowerWater Series return while Dion Verhoeven clinches his first CASCAR Sportsman championship PETERBOROUGH, ON - Prior to Sunday afternoon's CASCAR PowerWater Series season finale at Kawartha Speedway, it had been a full year...
Hathaway wins in PowerWater Series return while Dion Verhoeven clinches his first CASCAR Sportsman championship
PETERBOROUGH, ON - Prior to Sunday afternoon's CASCAR PowerWater Series season finale at Kawartha Speedway, it had been a full year since Jason Hathaway had participated in a CASCAR Sportsman Series race. The Appin, ON racer showed he hadn't lost his touch as he led all 100 laps on Sunday, making it two straight wins at the 3/8-mile Peterborough-area oval.
Hathaway's Fordham Motors / TSC Stores Chevy started on the outside of the front row in the 25-car field and charged to the lead almost immediately. After that, the talented youngster who raced this season in the weekly division at Delaware Speedway near London, ON maintained the lead through five restarts and came home more than a second in front of four-time Sportsman Series champ Steve Robblee, of Dorchester, ON.
The final podium position at Kawartha went to Dion Verhoeven, driver of the McRoberts Fuels Chevy. The result earned the Kenwood, ON racer his first CASCAR Sportsman Series championship. Verhoeven was solid throughout the six-race schedule, earning a pair of pole positions and one race victory (on Aug. 13 at Barrie Speedway) en route to the title.
Second-place in the championship chase was a tie between 2004 PowerWater Series champ Brad Graham (HB Material Handling Dodge) and Robblee (Grogan Ford). They each accumulated 475 points, which was 25 markers less than Verhoeven (500).
Ron Lethbridge (Fuel Genie Dodge) started fourth at Kawartha but was involved in an incident that left him 21st at the finish. Nonetheless, Lethbridge was honoured, after the race, for being the top rookie on the CASCAR Sportsman Tour in '05.