EDMONTON, AB – Don Thomson Jr. and the Home Hardware team were looking for another strong race performance as the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series (NCATS) season had team’s road racing on the challenging 14 turn course at Edmonton City Centre Airport this past weekend. The Home Hardware Chevy had another solid outing.
As practice for the 100km event began Thomson knew that preserving the car and making sure to be there for the end of the race was important. “This track is pretty tough on the car” said the Home Hardware Chevrolet driver. Thomson would run only the number of laps necessary to set the car up properly. Thomson qualified with the eighth quickest lap time.
As the green flag waved the take it easy early approach from Thomson was evident. “We’d experienced a bit of an electrical problem in the car earlier in the weekend and I wanted to make sure everything was okay early on” said the Home Hardware Chevy driver. “And things looked pretty good.
Consistent laps around the airport runways and taxiways had Thomson up near the lead group. Unfortunately for the Home Hardware Chevy team, Thomson noticed that the motor was not performing at peak efficiency. “We’d been a little underpowered at times in the weekend and I just wanted to make sure we finished as well as we could” said the driver.
As other drivers had worked hard to try and maintain positions earlier in the race Thomson moved the Home Hardware Chevy forward in the closing laps. Even with an engine working at less than 100% Thomson was able to gain positions and bring the Home Hardware car home with a fifth place finish. “It was a pretty good day overall, but if we didn’t have that little miss in the engine I think we could have been up there on the podium for sure” said Thomson afterwards. “We’ll get this car back to the shop and get this little problem figured out before the next race”.
Through five races Don Thomson Jr. and the Home Hardware team are currently sixth in the championship point standings.
The NASCAR Canadian Tire series will return to action on another temporary course on August 4th at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal. The NCATS run a twelve event schedule on ovals, road courses and temporary street circuits across Canada. Each of the twelve races will also be broadcast on TSN. For information about the NCATS including schedule, results and more, log onto www.nascar.ca
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