ANTIGONISH, Nova Scotia – Jason Hathaway snapped a 59-race winless streak, claiming victory in the Wilson Equipment 300 Supporting Red Cross Disaster Relief on Saturday in NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 action at Riverside Int’l Speedway.
The Dutton, Ontario, driver took the lead on Lap 295 of the 300 lap event from Scott Steckly, who won the pole position earlier in the day, and survived strong competition from defending series champion D.J. Kennington and Steckly to earn his second career series win. His previous best finish at the track was fifth, achieved in the 2010 Antigonish event.
Kennington narrowly missed his second win of the season by just .342 seconds, settling instead for a second-place finish. Steckly finished third for his fourth consecutive top-five finish at Riverside. Mark Dilley and Martin Roy rounded out the top five.
Seventeen-year-old rookie Alex Guenette recorded his fourth top 10 of the season with a sixth place finish while Donald Chisholm, Noel Dowler, Hugo Vannini and Trevor Seibert completed the top-10 finishers.
The victory was a present for car owner Ed Hakonson, who was celebrating his 64th birthday on Saturday. Hathaway’s last series win came in the Sept. 2008 season finale at Kawartha Speedway near Peterborough, Ontario.
The race was slowed due to caution six times for a total of 52 laps and the race lead changed hands seven times among six drivers.
In the championship point standings with just three races to go in the season Steckly maintains a four-point advantage on Kennington while Hathaway closed to within just 10 points of the leader.