A what-if season for Thomson

nascarcanadaIf racing were like the occasional cooperative school teacher who would allow the worst or lowest mark to be thrown out, then Hamilton’s Don Thomson Jr. might be closer to the points lead than where he sits in the NASCAR Canadian Tire series.

Aside from a 21st-place finish in the season opener at Delaware Speedway and a 22nd-place showing in Trois-Rivieres, Que., the remainder of Thomson’s (No. 4 Home Hardware Chevrolet) finishes have come inside the top 10, including eight in the top five. He currently is in fourth place in the points race with 1,846 points to leader DJ Kennington’s 1,947.

With a third-place finish last Saturday at Riverside International Speedway in Antigonish, N.S., the veteran driver has recorded a podium finish in four consecutive races.

“We dug ourselves a hole with that finish of 21st at Delaware,” said Thomson. “Then, we had a little problem at Trois-Rivieres. Other than that we’ve been good all season.”

As a five-time champion of the former CASCAR Super Series, he knows what it takes to end up on top.

“We learned a lot this year about this new car,” he said. “We have one more this year to get ready for, then it will be time to start planning for 2011.”

The 2010 series resumes – and concludes – this weekend with the Kawartha 250 at Kawartha Speedway.