Brayton Haws had been the hottest driver in CARS Tour competition across both divisions coming into Saturday’s Don’t Tread On Me 250 at Southern National Motorsports Park in Lucama, North Carolina. He was riding a streak of two straight wins, but an 11th-place finish at Southern National now makes Haws have to look forward to starting a new streak.
Haws’ No. 41 Rheem Ford was on the loose side all day at SNMP. He wrestled his racecar on his second qualifying lap, forcing a 17th-place qualifying result. After some adjustments to his No. 41 Rheem / Mechanical HVAC Services Ford, Haws started from the rear of the 22-car Late Model Stock Car field. He began working his way forward immediately, but the loose condition quickly reappeared. He battled his way almost into the top-10, but wound up 11th at the fall of the checkered flag.
“With about 40 to go we started getting really loose,” said the 15-year-old. “I probably wore out my tires a little bit trying to come through the field and maybe drove a bit over my head, but it was a pretty good result for having to start at the rear.
“I’m really proud of all my Hawk-McCall Motorsports guys for their hard work this weekend. We proved that we could get a solid finish on a day when the car isn’t its best, which hopefully will go a long way towards the championship.”
Following the Southern National event, Haws remained CARS Late Model Stock Car Tour points leader as the series heads to Tri-County Speedway (NC) on June 12.
Haws has never raced at Tri-County, but he had never raced at Orange County Speedway (NC) either and he won there earlier this season in CARS Tour competition.
“I’ve never been to Tri-County, so I’ll have to approach that like I did Orange County,” said Haws. “We got a win there so I’m hoping to replicate that again.”
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