USAR: Peach State: Matt Hawkins preview

Hawkins Hopes to Return to Pro Cup Victory Lane at Peachstate 19-Year-Old Hopes for Same Peachstate Experience as Last Year CANTON, GA (May 25, 2007) -- Peachstate Speedway (GA) has always been a good racetrack for young Matt Hawkins. ...

Hawkins Hopes to Return to Pro Cup Victory Lane at Peachstate
19-Year-Old Hopes for Same Peachstate Experience as Last Year

CANTON, GA (May 25, 2007) -- Peachstate Speedway (GA) has always been a good racetrack for young Matt Hawkins. Whenever he shows up with one of his blue and black Matt Hawkins Racing machines, chances are he might just end up in victory lane.

And that Peachstate victory lane is a very familiar place for Hawkins; he won there twice in 2006 alone. But this time around Peachstate will be a little different for the young driver. Instead of his Pro Late Model, he will be taking to the high-banked, half-mile in his USAR Hooters Pro Cup car for the first time, on Saturday, June 2nd.

"I am looking forward to heading to Peachstate for some Pro Cup racing," said Hawkins. "We have had a few weeks off, and we had some fun racing with the ASA series. We just had some bad luck when we headed up to Iowa; we had some motor deals.

"I really think that we should run well with the Pro Cup car this weekend. We have run well every time we have ever been there. Maybe we can go get another win."

Peachstate Speedway, located in Jefferson Georgia, just happens to be on the list of tracks that Hawkins considers his favorite. It also claims the title of the tracks that the Pro Cup series races at, that is closest to Hawkins' hometown of Canton, Georgia.

"Peachstate is probably one of my favorite tracks that we get to go to. You can really race up next to people there. The asphalt is pretty worn out, and it's a lot of fun to race on.

"I think a bunch of people form home are coming to watch us race, a lot of our friends and family. I am hoping that we will be as good in the Pro Cup car as we were in the late Model."

It's also a track that his mentor and driving coach, Mike Garvey, has had quite a bit of experience with as well.

"Mike has always run well there. He was leading last year in the Pro Cup car until he had some battery problems develop. I think that he will be able to give us a lot of insight about how to go with the Pro Cup car there, since it is a track he is familiar with. He helped us out a lot with the Late Models in the past, so I am hoping for the same results this time.

"It won't be exactly the same, since the Pro Cup cars and the Late Models are different," added Hawkins. "But I think that we will be able to use our experience there and run somewhat similar stuff with the Pro Cup car, stuff like what we had when we won there with the Pro Late Model. That is what we are going to start off with at least. Hopefully, it will work out for us and we will be in victory lane when all is said and done."

Matt Hawkins will get his next chance to try for the victory when the USAR Hooters Pro Cup Series returns to action on June 2nd at Peachstate Speedway. Racing will get underway at 7:30 pm. All Pro Cup races will be seen on SPEED Channel.

-credit: www.matthawkins.net.

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