tyler-hawnStroud, ON – Tyler Hawn turned one of his best showings yet at Sunset Speedway on Sunday night with the OSCAAR Super Late Model tour, earning an eighth-place result.

Unfortunately for Hawn, he was not able to see his success over the full 50-lap distance as the race was cut short by rain at lap 20. Under OSCAAR rules, a race must complete lap 25 to be considered official. As a result, Hawn will receive five bonus points from his third-place heat finish and 50 ‘show-up’ points, awarded to all drivers in attendance at Sunset.

Nonetheless, Hawn ran well in the limited time on track, moving up one position from his ninth-place starting spot over the course of the 20 laps. Hawn appeared to be gaining on the front runners as the race wore on, but the Oro Station, Ont. driver said he would have needed to make some adjustments.

“The car was pretty tight down low and would only work up high,” explained Hawn. “When we got single-file, I couldn’t enter the corner at all.”

Hawn was exceptionally happy with his ability to compete with the series’ traditional frontrunners, including four-time champion Glenn Watson.

“To run with these guys baffles my mind. It’s definitely a goal I’ve wanted to achieve all year,” said Hawn. “We’re sitting fifth in points. I never thought I’d be sitting there. The more the race went on, the worse the car got, but the better it worked up high. We’ll have to throw it back on the scales this week and tweak it.”

The eighth-place finish was one of Hawn’s best appearances at Sunset Speedway since he joined the tour three years ago. The learning curve has been steep, but the reward is that much sweeter for Hawn.

“We’re trying a lot of new things. My confidence level’s getting higher,” said Hawn. “I’m trying to drive the car the way it’s built. Hopefully there’s a win soon. It’s coming, one day it’ll be there.”

The final stop on the 2013 OSCAAR Super Late Model tour is the 21st edition of the Autumn Colours Classic at Peterborough Speedway on October 12 and 13. Autumn Colours is commonly considered the pinnacle of short track racing in Canada, and Hawn has set his goals high for the big weekend.

“A top-five, even a win is a huge goal for us. You have to set your goals high,” said Hawn. “A lot of good, local Super Late Model guys show up there as well and they’re fun to race with. It’s like a big family. We’re just out to have a good time and we’re getting better every week.”

The two-day show at Sunset followed by the two-day show at Peterborough places a high-demand on OSCAAR drivers and crew members, which led Hawn to thank his dedicated team.

“If it wasn’t for these guys we wouldn’t be making every race. It’s huge. I can’t thank them enough,” explained Hawn. “Without them we wouldn’t be here. That’s how it is.”tyler-hawn

“Every day during the week, we’re working on the car and they’re there. I don’t even have to ask them to come. They just show up and don’t ask for anything in return. One day if I ever win the lottery, they’ll be involved in that one for sure.”

Tyler Hawn will close out his 2013 racing season at the Autumn Colours Classic.

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