tyler-hawnMillgrove, ON – Tyler Hawn was among the 11 drivers which made the first trip to Flamboro Speedway for the OSCAAR Super Late Model tour since 2010 on Sunday night. Unfortunately for Hawn, a clutch problem just past the halfway point in the 50-lap feature would hand the team a DNF.

In the early afternoon practice sessions, Hawn was involved in an on-track accident after contact with another car sent the rear of the car in to the outside retaining wall. Fortunately, the damage was little worse than cosmetic.

“The wreck in practice wasn’t all that bad,” said Hawn. “It looked worse than what it was. It was just body panels and rear-bumper and all the support pieces.”

With seven divisions in attendance, the OSCAAR tour elected to run just one set of Klotz Canada qualifying heat races, placing Hawn fourth on the starting grid in heat two. At a narrow race track, Hawn was not able to make gains in the short 10 lap heat, and would settle for fourth.

The same fourth-place heat finish yielded an eighth-place starting spot in the 11-car field. The team was somewhat nervous entering the feature event after encountering an unusual vibration during the heat race.

“At the start of the feature when I was scuffing the tires, I noticed the clutch was slipping,” explained Hawn. “I guess it was getting progressively worse all night. I kept going so I could see what was going on. The clutch would go away, and it would only work for one lap off one corner.”

The clutch problems limited Hawn’s drive off the corner and limited the car’s ability to get in to high gear following a lap 11 caution.

“I was racing the No. 07 (Todd Campbell) and got a good run underneath him when the clutch slipped, said Hawn. “The motor revved way up and I couldn’t come off the corner. When the caution came out (on lap 29) I talked to the crew guys, and we just decided it wasn’t worth blowing the motor up or blowing the clutch apart.”

Hawn was scored 10th, after Campbell suffered a blown engine to bring out the yellow at lap 29. Andrew Gresel would go on to win the main event.

Despite only having 11 cars in attendance, Hawn was not discouraged, given the field included the top five drivers in the championship standings.

“There’s two ways you can look at it. It stunk that only 11 cars were there,” said Hawn. “The other way to look at it is the quality of the guys there. They’re all respectable drivers, so it was good racing. But, it sucks for our fan base. We’ll have to bounce back at Sunset.”tyler-hawn

In his first ever start at Flamboro, Hawn took much of the afternoon to acclimatize himself to the racetrack.

“It was my first time racing there, but the more we got going, the more comfortable I got,” said Hawn. It’s really tight racing. The outside lane is really tough. It’s like running at Barrie, and I grew up racing there. It’s actually pretty fun. You carry a lot of speed going in to the turns.”

The OSCAAR Super Late Model tour will take a two week break before returning to the asphalt at Sunset Speedway on Sunday September 29. Hawn is well situated in the tire department for the fifth and final trip to the Innisfil, Ont. oval.

“We only put 20 laps on these tires, so we should be pretty good,” said Hawn. “You have to put four new ones on for the feature no matter what. From new tires to old tires, it can be as much as five-tenths of a second. We should have a good tire program for Sunset.”

For scheduling information leading up to the event, visit www.oscaar.ca or www.sunsetspeedway.ca.

Follow Tyler Hawn’s 2013 OSCAAR Super Late Model tour all season long on Twitter at @HawnRacing and online at www.hawnmotorsports.ca.

Tyler Hawn’s 2013 OSCAAR Super Late Model campaign is supported by Stewart Carriers Ltd., Belford Haulage, Fox’s Bakery, TSS Top Shops, Write-It-Out-Loud Graphics, Backwoods Maple Syrup, Daley Custom Fabrication, and BELT Conveyor Guarding.

By Clayton Johns (@cjohnsmedia)

Photo Credit: Dan Little Jr.