General Tire is the proud Official Racing Tire and Exclusive Tire Supplier of the NASCAR K&N Pro Series, NASCAR Pinty’s Series, NASCAR Whelen Euro Series, and NASCAR PEAK Mexico Series, as well as the longtime supplier of tires for the ARCA Menards Series. Throughout the 2019 racing season, we’ll check in on the stock car series that feature General Tire worldwide, with race notes, previews, and driver profiles:
A remarkably busy weekend in NASCAR Home Tracks competition saw the NASCAR K&N Pro Series in action in both the East and West regions, as well as a NASCAR Pinty’s Series event in Nova Scotia. Sam Mayer won the KNPSE East race at Bristol Motor Speedway in somewhat controversial fashion after bumping Chase Cabre out of the way early, and Cabre visited a hospital after the race complaining of back pain. Trevor Huddleston scored the KNPSW victory at Evergreen Speedway, while Jason Hathaway won the Pinty’s race at Riverside International Raceway in Nova Scotia.
The ARCA Menards Series also returned to action with the Allen Crowe 100, its first dirt event of the season at the Illinois State Fairgrounds. Venturini Motorsports’ Michael Self held off his teammate and defending race winner Christian Eckes for the victory, his fourth of the season and first ever on dirt.
World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway plays host to the second NASCAR K&N Pro Series combination race of the season on Saturday, a 120-lap affair won last year by dual East-West title threat Derek Kraus. Coming off a win at Bristol last week, Sam Mayer will look to sweep both of this year’s combination weekends.
The NASCAR Pinty’s Series will support the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series this weekend at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, where defending Pinty’s race winner Alex Tagliani will look to sweep both races. ARCA Menards Series driver Chandler Smith will also make his Pinty’s debut, becoming the youngest driver to compete in the series this year.
Driver Profile: Jason Hathaway
A veteran of 10 full seasons of NASCAR Pinty’s Series competition, Jason Hathaway returned to the series full-time for 2019 after a two-year hiatus. Reuniting with owner Ed Hakonson, his owner for all 133 of his series starts so far, Hathaway looked to regain the form that saw him earn nine series victories and 10 consecutive top-10 points finishes from 2007 to 2016, including a runner-up result in 2015.
Hathaway kicked off his return to the series with a fifth place finish in the opener at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. After a runner-up finish in Edmonton last month, he finally returned to the winner’s circle last weekend at Riverside International Raceway after leading 16 laps and surviving a battle with Kevin Lacroix in an overtime finish. The Ontario native is currently sixth in series points.