tyler-hawnPeterborough, ON – Tyler Hawn secured his second consecutive top-ten finish at Peterborough Speedway on Saturday night after battling back from an early race incident.

Hawn was involved in a lap one incident that began when pole sitter Kevin Cornelius (No.17) made contact with Derrick Tiemersma (No.7) in turn one. With the entire field behind them, many drivers had nowhere to go, including Hawn.

The Oro Station, Ont. driver made contact in the wreck, which tore the nose off the car. The result of the damage meant Hawn would deal with an ill-handling car for the rest of the night.

“The whole night was decent,” said Hawn. “We got involved in that first incident on the backstretch and it ripped the nose right off.”

“(Afterwards) when you get wide open on the gas, you’re still turning and there’s no down force on the front wheels, explained Hawn. “You just can’t keep up the momentum. You try to keep up with what you’ve got and stay clean.”

Hawn felt he could have battled his way in to the top-five, or at the very least run with fifth-place finisher John Owen (No.2).

“I think if we didn’t get in to that mix-up at the beginning, we definitely would have had a good shot at a top-five,” said Hawn. “The car felt really good up until that point.”

Hawn began the night with fifth and sixth place finishes, respectively, in his two Klotz Qualifying heat races. The two finishes would plot him 11th on the starting grid for the main event in the 15 car field.

The Belford Haulage/Stewart Carriers Ltd. team’s competitive season is due to a new Brian Macdonald-built chassis as well as a new power plant which makes considerably more power than previous engine employed by the No.42 crew.

“The (motor) we ran last year is probably a good 150-200 hp less than this one we run,” explained Hawn. “Even the one that blew up earlier this year, it’s pretty equivalent to this one we have now. It’s totally different. It’s there when you want it. You don’t have to push it getting in and out of the corner.”

The series now moves to Kawartha Speedway for Round 8 of the 2013 tour and the only stop at the Fraserville, Ont. facility. This year’s trip will mark the first time Hawn has competed at Kawartha with his new chassis and tyler-hawnmotor combination, which has the second-generation driver excited at the opportunity to run at the 3/8-mile oval this weekend.

“I’m pretty excited to be there. Before, we didn’t have a lot of motor to go to big tracks like that,” explained Hawn. “Now, we’ve got a bigger motor, so hopefully we can be a little bit more competitive there.”

“We’re having a lot of fun this year. This is probably the best season I’ve ever had in my whole career racing,” said Hawn. “I’m pretty excited to be there. Everybody else is excited, let’s hope for a good turnout of cars.”

Pit gates will open at 11:00 am on Sunday August 11 for the event at Kawartha Speedway, which also features a hot rod ‘Show and Shine’ presented by the Syracuse Nationals. Racing is scheduled to get underway at 4:30 pm at the high-banked track. The OSCAAR Super Late Models will be joined by the OSCAAR Modifieds and Brighton Speedway’s Vanderlaan dirt Pro Late Models.

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.