Steve Mathews announced pre-season that his team was going to focus on a limited schedule due to lack of funds. For the races that they’ve chose to focus on, Mathews is sending a message early that he’ll be one to watch.
In qualifying at Autodrome Chaudière on Sunday, Mathews would lap the quarter-mile in 13.109 seconds to win the pole for the inaugural Budweiser 300. It marks Mathews’ third career pole and his first since September 2012 at Barrie Speedway.
Anthony Simone would qualify second (13.299) as he makes his return to the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series after taking a couple years off and running the full Sunset Speedway Limited Late Model schedule last year.
Jason Hathaway qualified third, followed by Alex Tagliani and L.P Dumoulin.
Mark Dilley qualified sixth, followed by Alex Guenette, Andrew Ranger, Joey McColm and D.J. Kennington. Points leader and Canadian Tire Motorsports Park winner J.R. Fitzpatrick qualified 11th.
The Budweiser 300 is set for a 1:30 p.m. EST green flag as a result of being postponed till Sunday due to rain.