HILLSDALE, ON- Sunset Speedway freshman contender Travis ‘.50 Cal’ Hallyburton is ready to return to action this weekend, as he continues to display a constantly improving skillset in his bid for the 2014 Rookie of the Year title.
“We’ve been getting better every week, it seems”, offered Hallyburton after his most recent outing over the August long weekend. “I’m a lot more comfortable in the car now. Seat time was the perfect medicine. It’s a night and day difference from where I was at the beginning of the season”
The youngest member of the Hallyburton Brothers Racing team, Travis recently notched a top-10 finish in August 3rd competition at Sunset.
“I’d be lying if I said I wouldn’t sooner be at the front of the pack and winning races every single night”, admitted the former Super Stock division standout. “But, I realize this is a game of inches. As a team, we just have to approach it one race at a time and get a little better every night”
“I’m proud any time we can bring home a top-10 here”, continued Hallyburton with a smile. “Have you seen this division? The best teams in Ontario are here. There are no slouches”
Travis is quick to point out just how important driver feedback has been to the rapid improvement of his Transaxle Truck Parts-backed program.
“When I first hit the track in this car, I didn’t have a feel for it at all”, explained Hallyburton. “I couldn’t tell my guys if the car felt good or not, because I had no clue what good felt like in a Late Model. The more laps I laid down, the better I was able to understand where the car needed to be”
“Now, if something’s off, I’m able to relay that message a lot quicker and clearer and we’re able to start working to fix the problem. We didn’t have that luxury at the beginning of the season”
With 3 points nights remaining on the 2014 schedule, Hallyburton’s No. 39 currently sits 10th in points, just 13 markers back of the top-7.
“Realistically, a top-10 in our first season would be phenomenal. But, we’re still close enough to 7th to shoot for that. We just need consistency, a few more top-10 finishes to close out the season and we should be alright as far as the points go”
Travis will be back in action at Sunset Speedway this Saturday, August 9th. For details, including gate times and ticket prices, visit www.SunsetSpeedway.ca.
The Hallyburton Brothers Racing Team is proud to carry marketing support from Transaxle Truck Parts, Thompson Enterprises and Hillsdale Service Centre.
To learn more about the team, visit their brand new Hallyburton Brothers Racing page on Facebook.
By Spencer Lewis (@itsspencerlewis)