Nashville "Guitar" Could Be Music to Matt Hawkins' Ears All-American 400 Weekend Next Up For Young Hotshoe CANTON, GA (October 27, 2006) -- Clocks, Rock Monsters, Cowboy Hats. Several tracks hand out different arrays of trophies. Martinsville ...
Nashville "Guitar" Could Be Music to Matt Hawkins' Ears
All-American 400 Weekend Next Up For Young Hotshoe
CANTON, GA (October 27, 2006) -- Clocks, Rock Monsters, Cowboy Hats. Several tracks hand out different arrays of trophies. Martinsville has the grandfather clock, Dover has the monster. Unique and famous trophies are some of the most desired items in auto racing. Matt Hawkins has his eyes set on one. The Nashville Guitar.
He will have his chance to bring home the famed guitar that is awarded as the trophy at the Music City Motorplex as he heads to that track to participate in the newly-revamped All-American 400. Hawkins will participate in the ASA Late Model Challenge 200-lap portion of the weekend.
"I am pretty excited to head to Music City Motorplex again," said Hawkins. "It is a pretty big deal to go to that track, but we just try to run the best we can at every track that we go to. The All-American 400 weekend in general is a pretty special event."
Hawkins has done exceptionally well on the half-mile and slightly larger tracks that he has raced on this year. He recorded two wins at the half-mile Peach State Speedway (GA) and numerous top-five finishes. He hasn't raced at the 5/8th-mile Music City Motorplex track yet this year, but he hopes that his skill at that type of track continues this upcoming weekend.
"Music City Motorplex is a little bit bigger than Peach State. It is quite a bit faster, but I have run really well on all those bigger tracks, and I would like to add another one to the list of tracks that I have done well at."
The latter half of Hawkins' season has been pretty impressive. He has been contending for the wins at almost every track that he has raced at. With former ASA great and short-track master Mike Garvey as his driving coach combined with Hawkins' skill should prove to be a winning combination at Music City Motorplex.
"Hopefully our car will just be a little bit better than the last time we ran it. We came home fourth then, so we just need to better our spot by just a few, and we should be able to take home the win."
To win the North vs. South All-Star Showdown would be one of the ultimate accomplishments of Hawkins' already impressive season. It would be another trophy to add to the collection, but it is most likely one that won't just sit on the shelf.
"It would be really good to win it," added Hawkins. "That guitar would be a pretty neat thing to be able to take home."