When Jason Hathaway announced that he was retiring from full-time NASCAR Pinty’s Series competition, some fans expected him to walk away from racing altogether. Though it turns out that is not the case, as he has put together a schedule for the upcoming season.
Fans of the Pinty’s Series will see Hathaway behind the wheel of his familiar No. 3 entry as he will compete in both Canadian Tire Motorsports Park races this season.
“It’ll be fun,” Hathaway told POPULAR SPEED. “I’ve got a road course car with a brand new engine, so thought I might as well put two road courses on the schedule, nice and close to home, especially the truck weekend there in September. It’s an action-packed weekend with big crowds are there, big activation for sponsorship, so that’s why it was fitting as well.
“On the sponsorship side, we’ve got some things brewing that we will announce in the next few weeks and everybody can know our plans for the summer.”
While he wasn’t seen as one of the front-runners at the road courses, the past couple of years has seen a change with no finishes outside of the top-seven in his last four starts at CTMP, including a victory in the fall of 2015.
Outside of that, Hathaway has a schedule consisting of six events behind the wheel of a pro late model.
He plans to run four APC Auto Parts United Late Model of Ontario Tour races this season, including both events at Delaware Speedway, the season opener at Sunset Speedway, and Jukasa Speedway in the summer. Going into the season, Hathaway admits he hasn’t attended one of the series’ events yet.
“I’ve talked to some of the competitors that race in it. I think the competition from what I hear is real strong and there’s 15 cars that win any race, which is really good,” he said. “I like the structure with the way they do it with the tire program. They do a great job. It’s run the right way and for an Ontario touring series, its run really professionally.”
Each of those events marks a highlight on the tour as Delaware will host the series as part of their Canada Day Weekend and Great Canadian Weekend racing festivities. Meanwhile, the event at Jukasa will mark the first event at the speedway previously known as Cayuga Speedway since 2009 as Alex Nagy and his staff work towards getting the facility back up and running.
“I spent a lot of time there – ran street stock there back when I was younger,” Hathaway said of Jukasa. “I ran CASCAR Sportsman there, CASCAR, NASCAR. It’s good to get it back, and especially with the renovations and the re-paving, and with some banking into it. Looking forward to it. It’s going to be a lot of fun. For those who haven’t been there, they’re going to be in for a surprise as it’s really fast.”
It’s entirely possible to see Hathaway visit victory lane in the season opener, as he has finished in the top-five while competing in a limited late at Sunset Speedway.
Hathaway will round out his schedule with two races out west at Riverside International Raceway in Nova Scotia as part of the time Maritime Pro Stock Tour. He plans to the Ron MacGillivray Chev Buick GMC 150 in June, followed by taking part in the prestigious IWK 250 in July, joining NASCAR legend Mark Martin among others in the field.
Before announcing his retirement from full-time Pinty’s Series competition, Hathaway spent the past 12 years in the series and is only one of two drivers to compete in every race in the series’ history, along with D.J. Kennington. During that time, he has picked up nine wins and 74 top-10s, highlighted by a runner-up finish in the series standings last season.
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