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ANTIGONISH, NS - AUGUST 20:  Jason Hathaway, driver of the #3 Raybestos, Fast Eddie, HGC, DSI Chevrolet looks on during practice at the Bumper To Bumper 300 at Riverside International Speedway on August 20, 2016 in Antigonish,Nova Scotia, Canada. (Photo by Matthew Murnaghan/NASCAR via Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Jason Hathaway
Jason Hathaway looks to scores his 10th series win in 2019 (Matthew Murnaghan/NASCAR)

Cole Pearn and Jason Hathaway’s Bright Orange Bond

While Cole Pearn continues to makes a name for himself as a champion crew chief for Martin Truex Jr. in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, his long-time friend and competitor Jason Hathaway refuses to let him forget his roots.

Pearn, a Mount Brydges, Ontario native, and Hathaway, of St. Thomas, Ontario, both cut their teeth racing at Southern Ontario’s Delaware Speedway. Logging thousands of laps between the two of them, Pearn and Hathaway built a bond that went far beyond just the confines of the race track.

The similarities didn’t stop there. The two also shared a sponsor: Kubota Canada.

While in CASCAR, Pearn drove under the Kubota Canada banner for three years. In his 27 starts, Pearn scored a best career finish of sixth (Race City 2002, Delaware 2003). While Hathaway joined the Kubota Canada camp in 2017 running a part time calendar. With Hathaway’s return to the Pinty’s Series full-time in 2019, Kubota Canada will return to full-time action in their iconic bright neon orange.

Hathaway, who has nine career series victories, previously won at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (CTMP) in 2015.