VALLÉE-JONCTION, Quebec – Jason Hathaway survived a ferocious battle with Mark Dilley and won the Budweiser 300 on Sunday.
Hathaway and Dilley swapped the lead six times in the inaugural NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 race at Autodrome Chaudière and battled to the end on a green-white-checkered finish before Hathaway emerged with the win. It was the fourth series career victory for the driver of the No. 3 Rockstar Energy Drink/HGC Chevrolet out of Dutton, Ontario. Dating back to last season, it was Hathaway’s third triumph in his last five starts.
Dilley settled for second while Steve Mathews, who won his third career pole position earlier in the day, crossed the line in the third position. Defending and three-time series champion Scott Steckly battled back from a start toward the rear of the field to finish fourth followed by Louis-Philippe Dumoulin in fifth.
Alex Guenette, D.J. Kennington, J.R. Fitzpatrick, Noel Dowler and Jason White completed the top-10 finishers on the day.
1 Jason Hathaway
2 Mark Dilley
3 Steve Mathews
4 Scott Steckly
5 L.P. Dumoulin
In the championship standings after just two events, Fitzpatrick leads Dumoulin by five points followed by Kennington, Hugo Vannini and Hathaway.
The race was postponed to Sunday after persistent rain showers washed out all on-track activity on Saturday.
The NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 returns to Quebec for a July 6 date at Mirabel’s Circuit ICAR for the Jiffy Lube 100 presented by La Petite Bretonne, the season’s second of four road course events.