USAR: Valdosta: Matt Hawkins preview

Matt Hawkins Returns to Georgia to Try For Next Pro Cup Win 19-Year-Old Looks Towards Round Two of Southern Division CANTON, GA (March 22, 2007) -- 19-year-old Matt Hawkins has already left a pretty big impression on the short track world after...

Matt Hawkins Returns to Georgia to Try For Next Pro Cup Win
19-Year-Old Looks Towards Round Two of Southern Division

CANTON, GA (March 22, 2007) -- 19-year-old Matt Hawkins has already left a pretty big impression on the short track world after winning in his USAR Hooters Pro Cup debut. What would be even more impressive is if the young driver could make it two in a row. He will get his chance on Saturday, March 31st, as he returns to his home state to race at South Georgia Motorsports Park (GA).

"I am really looking forward to racing at home," said Hawkins. "But it's not really one of my favorite tracks. I think that we will be good, though. I know that Mike (Garvey) has ran really good there in the past when he ran, and hopefully we should have a similar set up this year."

In 2006 Matt made one start at the track while competing in select events of the ASA Late Model South Series, and he brought home a third-place finish in the race at South Georgia.

"I haven't been back to South Georgia since I raced in the ASA South Late Model race there last year. We were really fast, and we started up front. Hopefully we will have that same luck there this year. We finished third last year, but my current crew chief, Rich Lushes, led Landon Cassill's team to the win in that race, so we should have a lot of information going into this weekend."

That information should prove useful, as some say that South Georgia can be a difficult track to get around.

"The racetrack is a little tight and it limits the racing you can do. You can't really do anything. It is a one-groove track, and you race pretty much in the middle. If you don't start up front, you probably are not going to finish up front."

While the team hasn't tested at South Georgia, Hawkins is confident in their ability and with the momentum carried over from the win. He looks forward to being able to put his car up front, alongside his teammates.

"I think that we should be really good at Valdosta with as good as we ran at Lakeland. Mike (Garvey) and Bill Plemons, Jr., should have been up there, too. We all should have run top-five. With Mike, we shouldn't go anywhere and run bad."

Going into the event at South Georgia Motorsports Park, Hawkins has the points lead for the Aaron's Southern division, but he isn't going to let that distract him going after the win.

"It's a little too early to be thinking points," added Hawkins. "Maybe after Peach State we can start thinking, but right now there is not anything to think about. We just need to finish up front, and things should work themselves out from there."

-credit: www.matthawkins.net.

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Drivers Landon Cassill