USAR: Iowa CS: Matt Hawkins preview

After finishing 24th in the opening round of the 2007 USAR Hooters Pro Cup Championship Series, Matt Hawkins is looking forward to the second event of the title chase at the spacious 7/8-mile Iowa Speedway this Saturday evening. "Iowa is a great...

After finishing 24th in the opening round of the 2007 USAR Hooters Pro Cup Championship Series, Matt Hawkins is looking forward to the second event of the title chase at the spacious 7/8-mile Iowa Speedway this Saturday evening.

"Iowa is a great track with plenty of grooves where you can really race," stated Hawkins. "I liked it a lot when I was there last year. With all the grooves, I think the racing is going to be great when we go there this weekend."

Hawkins, like many of his fellow competitors, was frustrated in the USAR title opener at Mansfield Motorsports Speedway that featured a whopping 20 caution flags. One of those yellow flag periods late in the race sidelined a good run for Hawkins and his No. 2 H&H Electric Ford Fusion.

"We were in a good position for a solid finish," said Hawkins. "We were definitely going to be 10th to 15th and maybe higher given a bunch of the cars in front of us wadded up at the end. We didn't have the best car there, but we were pretty much right there with everybody else."

The 19-year-old Canton, GA driver hopes to be 'right there' with the leaders when it comes down to the finish in Saturday's Soy Biodiesel 225 at Iowa Speedway.

"I'm looking forward to going to Iowa," said Hawkins, 23rd in the 2007 USAR championship standings, but only a mere 35 markers out of 10th place. "I went there last year in an ASA car and we practiced all day only to have engine problems, so I didn't get to race. That was a shame because I really liked the track and we had a pretty good car."

Action for this weekend's Soy Biodiesel 225 will get underway with a practice session and a 'Fan Fair' on Friday. The free of charge Fan Fair will allow fans to tour the garage area, attend a news conference, view pit stop and safety apparel demonstrations, and, best of all, meet USAR drivers.

Saturday's activities will take the green flag with a two-hour practice session beginning at 10:30 a.m. Qualifying is set for 3:30 p.m. followed by a live concert by country artist Craig Morgan at 4:45 p.m. USAR drivers will be on hand at the concert stage outside Turn 4 to sign autographs beginning at 5 p.m.

"We need a good finish," Hawkins concluded. "We haven't had much luck the last three or four races. A good finish would really help our team get back on track and move up in the championship point standings."

-credit: www.matthawkins.net.

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