Despite being faced with adversity, Tyler Hawn was still able to put together a consistent season en route to winning the 2019 Knightworks Design, Scott Reinhart Trailer Sales Ltd OSCAAR Hot Rod Championship.
“It feels amazing,” he said. “Three Championships in a row is no easy task. And this year it was the hardest one yet. The 47 Team (Steve Book) was on us all season and finished under 20 points behind us. That was too close for comfort. We will have to step it up if we want a fourth in a row next year, for sure.”
The three-time champion started off the year in familiar territory, winning his qualifier at Sunset Speedway before Spring Velocity was rained out. He then led the first half of the feature a couple weeks later at Jukasa Motor Speedway, before fading back to second at the halfway mark for a runner-up performance.
The return to Sunset showed the familiar speed that fans have grown used to from the No. 2 Beaumont, as Hawn pulled off the hat trick in dominating fashion by pacing the field from green to checkered. He then backed it up another with a checkered just a week later in the series’ inaugural trip to Peterborough Speedway, holding off Steve Book through a multitude of late-race restarts. He then wasted no time at Sunset at the end of July, grabbing the lead on Lap 2 and pacing the field to the checkered for his third victory in a row.
The series’ lone event on dirt at Brighton Speedway saw Hawn challenge within the top-four through the duration of the race, ultimately crossing the finish line in fourth. He then backed it up with a second and a fourth a couple weeks later at Flamboro Speedway.
The Hawn Motorsports team faced adversity upon unloading at Jukasa Motor Speedway, with issues just before taking the green flag in their qualifier. They worked through the afternoon, having the No. 2 Beaumont ready just in time to start the main event. Starting from the tail of the field, Hawn drove his way up to ninth before being one of several caught up in a mid-race incident. The team made some repairs, allotting him to score an 11th-place finish.
With having some time off, the rest of the necessary repairs were able to be made, with the team entering the Velocity 250 at Sunset full boar. It showed, as Hawn won both of his qualifiers, and led the first half of the feature en route to a third-place finish.
Hawn started off Frostoberfest at Flamboro Speedway solidly running in the top-five, until he went around mid-race due to contact with a fellow competitor. Restarting from the tail of the field, he was able to rebound to place eighth.
The champ would end off the year well, battling all feature long at the Autumn Colours Classic at Peterborough Speedway en route to a runner-up finish.
Since the inaugural season, Hawn and his team have been behind the series and are certainly a big part in helping it grow to what it is today. On top of that, he has proven to be one of the toughest competitors to race against on-track, battling you right down to the checkered for the win.
On behalf of OSCAAR, congratulations on your championship, Tyler. We look forward to seeing if you can make series history as we celebrate 30 years of awesome racing.
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OSCAAR’s 2019 racing season was supported by several dedicated partners including Queenston Chevrolet Buick GMC, Knightworks Design, Living Lighting Canada, Scott Reinhart Trailer Sales Ltd., American Racer, and Grisdale Race Products.
By: Ashley McCubbin