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Hawkins Takes Home Another Top-10

Sparta, KY 7/18/2008 - Two races in two different states can be a daunting task for any racer, especially when it comes in two different racing series with two completely different race cars. Fortunately for Matt Hawkins, it didn’t faze him one bit this past weekend as he was able to capture a top 10 finish in ARCA RE/MAX Series competition and a top 15 in the USAR Hooters Pro Cup Series. Hawkins headed for Kentucky Speedway on Friday, July 18th to battle some of the best racers in the country on the one-and-a-half mile super speedway in the Kentucky ARCA RE/MAX 150.

“We qualified fourth and ran in the top ten the whole race. We really just had a terrible pit stop and that hurt us,” admitted Hawkins. “We came out fifteenth, but we made it back up to sixth. We definitely had a top-five car, but we were all pretty happy with a sixth place run.” Hawkins recently went through a bad-luck streak, but that all changed with a third-place run at Myrtle Beach Speedway in South Carolina prior to Kentucky. After Kentucky, with two top 10’s under his belt, Hawkins was prepared to take on anything that was thrown his way in his next Pro Cup race the following day at Southern National Raceway Park in Kenly, NC. “We had to rush to get everything set up because we ran at Kentucky on Friday night, and fortunately everything went smooth,” explained Hawkins. “We qualified tenth, but we got spun out early in the race and we went a lap down. We came back in and we actually drove our way back up to second. “We were running second and I just spun out all by myself. It was just a driver error. The car was really free getting in to the corners all night. The spin hurt the tires pretty good. After that, we could never really get the car fast enough. We battled around the track and got back up to fifteenth for the finish.”

This fifteenth place finish isn’t going to keep Hawkins from achieving his goals for the rest of the season. Using his other top finishes to his advantage, he will be attempting to stay on track for his original plan to become the Hooter’s Pro Cup Champion. “At the beginning of the season we were looking at trying to win the championship,” said Hawkins. If we can keep running consistently, then I hope to be up there going for the championship in the final four championship races.” At the time of this printing, Hawkins was preparing for his next Pro Cup race at Hickory Motor Speedway on Saturday, August 2.

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