tyler-hawnPeterborough, ON – Coming off a seventh-place finish at Kawartha Speedway, Tyler Hawn returned to action with another top-ten result on Saturday night at Peterborough Speedway with the OSCAAR Super Late Model tour.

After fourth- and sixth-place finishes in his pair of Klotz Canada heat races, Hawn was among the top runners and earned himself a spot in the redraw which yielded the seventh spot on the starting grid.

Like many drivers in the field, Hawn struggled to get a handle on the race track for the feature event which changed considerably as a hot afternoon faded in to a cool evening.

“The car was really good until the sun went down,” said Hawn. “Then we were a bit loose coming off of turn two. It wasn’t too bad, but the car felt a lot more comfortable than it did previously.”

Nonetheless, the veteran driver was content with his result and the show the series put on.

“It was pretty fast racing. In my opinion it was a really good show,” he said. “It was fast, there were only a couple of cautions and they weren’t serious.”

Hawn was shuffled to the back on an early restart when he was pinned to a very slippery outside lane which limited drivers to racing in the bottom groove.

“The outside was not the lane to be in,” explained Hawn. “It probably would have been better if we re-started single-file.”

“It was brutal. Even coming out of corner two, if you didn’t come off right, all of the traction the track had in previous years was gone,” added Hawn.

The race was slowed for just three caution periods in the 50-lap event, with the final one coming on lap 23. As a result, a long 27-lap green flag run helped Hawn towards the end of the A-Main event, but the team ultimately ran out of laps to make a charge for the top-five in a single-file field led by Brandon Watson (No.9).

“It seems our car works really good on long runs,” explained Hawn. “Towards the end of the race, the car was still running consistent lap times, whereas a lot of the top guys had used up their equipment. At the end of the race, we were catching (the frontrunners), but we needed another 30 laps to give them anything.”

Hawn and his Stewart Carriers Ltd., Belford Haulage sponsored team entered the ninth event of the season with a new setup courtesy of Brian MacDonald. The new setup was a step in the right direction for the third-year team.

Coupled with Hawn’s efforts to improve tire management, significant gains were made at Peterborough.

“We tried a few things that didn’t work for us. It’s a learning process,” explained Hawn. “The tire management stuff is a whole year deal. You’ve got to make sure you’re getting the right size tires. With Stewart Carriers Ltd. coming on board, we were able to get a whole shipment of tires for the rest of the season that are all the same size. From here on out, we should be able to track them all the same.”tyler-hawn

After the event at Peterborough, where the tour still has one more stop to close out the 2013 schedule as part of the Autumn Colours Classic on Thanksgiving weekend, Hawn sits fifth in the championship standings.

“We should be top-five, which was my goal at the start of the year,” he said. “We have to keep making the top-ten like we’re doing and hopefully we get better. We only have a few races left, so I hope we have some clean runs.”

After an off-weekend, the series shifts to Flamboro Speedway on September 7, a rescheduled event from July 20.

“It will be the first time I’ve set foot on the property in probably 20 years,” said Hawn. “I’ve watched a couple of videos and it looks like a pretty fun place to run. It should be fun, good tight racing.”

After a pair of successful top-ten finishes in the Kawarthas, Hawn has his sights set on his first top-five finish with the tour at Flamboro. For more information on the September 7 event, stay tuned to 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.