After a solid campaign this past year, Thayne Hallyburton has confirmed that he will be back at Sunset Speedway in 2018, with his focus set on the Sauble Falls Tent and Trailer Park Late Model NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Late Model Championship.
“We are still figuring out what our guys want to do and what kind of budget we will have,” he told SHORT TRACK MUSINGS. “We know for sure we will be at sunset for the 17 scheduled nights and then we will decide a little later on if we will do the complete Great Lakes Concrete Series. (It) will take some sponsorship, but we have some irons in the fire, so hopefully something comes along.”
The Hillsdale Hurricane put together an impressive season in 2017, scoring a pair of feature victories to go along with eight top-five’s and 19 top-10’s.
“It was a fun season; my most successful at Sunset getting a couple wins,” he said. “The team had a lot of fun. The bunch of guys are great that we have on the team! We have a lot of fun even through the hard work!”
It’s no surprise that the most memorable moment from the day was when he and his brother Travis Hallyburton were able to go one-two on consecutive weekends.
“We really had the cars flying at the start of summer,” he added.
It wouldn’t be shocking if Hallyburton was quick once again, given the improvements seen with each season, though there are some changes on the horizon for the speedway. The track has decided to go from eight-inch to 10-inch tires for 2018, in hopes of getting closer to the Pro Late Model package that has become popular via the APC Auto Parts United Late Models of Ontario Tour.
“I really think they are a lot closer than people realize and the gap will continue to close,” Hallyburton commented. “We aren’t far from having one kind of late model in this province. I don’t believe the straight rail is a whole lot more of an advantage than the perimeter as long as left side weights stay where they are. I think there should be one set of rules for all of the cars – the APC series was originally supposed to be that but it didn’t end up panning out, but I think we are closer to that than we were a year ago.”