Every driver has a favorite kind of race track. For USAR Hooters Pro Cup driver Matt Hawkins, Myrtle Beach Speedway holds that distinction. "I like old, worn out race tracks," said Hawkins. "I seem to do pretty well at places like that, tracks...
Every driver has a favorite kind of race track. For USAR Hooters Pro Cup driver Matt Hawkins, Myrtle Beach Speedway holds that distinction.
"I like old, worn out race tracks," said Hawkins. "I seem to do pretty well at places like that, tracks like Myrtle Beach, Peach State, Five Flags in Pensacola. You have to take care of the tires at all of those places. You have your hands full most of the time, but I like that."
Hawkins (left) will have an opportunity to master the venerable Myrtle Beach half-mile oval when he and the rest of the USAR Hooters Pro Cup regulars invade the track for the Mark Brooks Memorial 250 this Saturday evening. Hawkins, a 19-year-old rookie in the series, will wheel his familiar No. 2 H&H Electric Ford Fusion in thethird of five USAR championship events this season.
"We ran really good there last time we were at Myrtle Beach this summer for the regular season Pro Cup event, but the finish didn't show it because we broke a sway bar," said Hawkins. "We'll be taking the same car back again this time -- a Laughlin chassis with a Predator engine -- and I think we'll be pretty good. We just need to make it to the checkered flag and I think we'll have a pretty good finish."
Hawkins - a winner in the first USAR Pro Cup race of the season at USA International Speedway in Lakeland, FL - finished 30th in the most recent Pro Cup championship event at Iowa Speedway two weeks ago. The end result was disappointing for the Canton, GA driver who was at the front of the pack with just 25 laps to go when mechanical problems sidelines a top finish.
Despite the setback, Hawkins is optimistic about the Myrtle Beach event and has already has an eye on the 2008 season.
"I'm looking forward to going to the next race at Myrtle Beach," said Hawkins. "We're pretty much done in the points, so our goal will be to run as well as we can and see if we can win one of these races. We're already looking forward to 2008 and the Hooters Pro Cup season. I'm going to have Mike Garvey as my full-time crew chief and team manager next season and that's going to be a big help. The plan right now is to do the full Hooters Cup schedule and maybe some ARCA races. We've had a good year this year, but we're looking to be a lot better next season."