HOME HARDWARE CHEVY BUMPED OUT OF CONTENTION AT TROIS-RIVIERES August 17, 2008. Don Thomson Jr. and the Home Hardware Chevrolet team demonstrated their usual speed and found themselves near the front of the field at round nine of the NASCAR...
HOME HARDWARE CHEVY BUMPED OUT OF CONTENTION AT TROIS-RIVIERES
August 17, 2008. Don Thomson Jr. and the Home Hardware Chevrolet team demonstrated their usual speed and found themselves near the front of the field at round nine of the NASCAR Canadian Tire series (NCATS) this past weekend at Trois-Rivieres, Quebec. Thomson's plan to work with his teammate to ensure both a great finish was disrupted early in the event.
The Home Hardware Chevy team once again prepared a well performing race car for their driver. "Right from the first practice our car was really good; the guys did a great job getting ready for this event". Thomson would qualify the Home Hardware machine with the fourth quickest time and start the 100km event from the outside of row two. "I probably left a little bit on the table" said Thomson but I didn't want to over work the car before the race" he added.
The Home Hardware Chevy drivers methodical approach was playing out perfectly the race began. In only a couple of laps Thomson took advantage of circumstances ahead of him to jump ahead to second spot, directly behind his teammate in the #84 Chevrolet. "I was just taking it easy not pushing very hard at all" said the driver.
Thomson would continue to work with his teammate looking first to lead a lap and claim five bonus points to help his championship cause. "Everything was going as we hoped at that point, but it was taken out of our hands shortly after that".
Not even halfway through the race an overly aggressive and foolish attempt by the #7 car to take over the second position held by the Home Hardware Chevrolet resulted in heavy contact and disaster for the team. Heavy damage occurred to the left front area of the car and Thomson was forced to pit. "I just can't explain why he did it, I'm totally at a loss for an explanation." said the stymied driver.
The Home Hardware Chevrolet arrived on pit road and the team would do their best to make repairs and return Thomson to the competition. With significant handling and brake damage in addition to his loss of track position his fortunes were at best limited. "The guys tried to fix thins as best they could but all we could really do after that was cruise around and try to stay out of everybody's way. I feel bad for the Home Hardware team; we deserved a much better fate than we received.
The Home Hardware Chevrolet would be classified fourteenth at the end of the race. Don Thomson Jr. suffered a significant blow in the championship standings and now sits fourth overall.
The 2008 NCATS schedule has expanded to thirteen events this year run on ovals, road courses and temporary street circuits across Canada. Teams will enjoy a break after five consecutive race weekends and return to action on Saturday August 30th at Cayuga Speedway near Hamilton, Ontario. 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