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HMM'S Brayton Haws Named Breakthrough Driver of the Year!

Brayton Haws’ win in the Autumn Classic, one of the crowned jewel races in Late Model Stock Car racing, was one of the most pivotal breakthrough performances of the season.  Haws won a race at Hickory in June and having a top-10 finish at Martinsville, but he was still a relative unknown entering the Autumn Classic.  After that race, everyone knew he was a contender.  Two weeks later, Haws scored a top-10 finish in the Myrtle Beach 400 to finish in the top-10 in all three races of the late season triple crown. Full Story - http://race22.com/best-of-2014-breakthrough-drivers/

Brayton Haws’ win in the Autumn Classic, one of the crowned jewel races in Late Model Stock Car racing, was one of the most pivotal breakthrough performances of the season.  Haws won a race at Hickory in June and having a top-10 finish at Martinsville, but he was still a relative unknown entering the Autumn Classic.  After that race, everyone knew he was a contender.  Two weeks later, Haws scored a top-10 finish in the Myrtle Beach 400 to finish in the top-10 in all three races of the late season triple crown.

Full Story - http://race22.com/best-of-2014-breakthrough-drivers/

RHEEM TEAMS UP WITH MECHANICAL HVAC SERVICES TO SPONSOR HAWS!
 

Haws to Compete in Late Model and NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Events

YOUNGSVILLE, N.C. (January 20, 2015) - Brayton Haws Racing (BHR) today announced that Atlanta, Ga.-based Rheem Manufacturing Company will be the team's primary sponsor for the 2015 racing season.  Brayton Haws, the 15-year-old driver from Youngsville, N.C., is one of stock car racing's young, head-turning talents. The No. 41 Hawk-McCall Motorsports (HMM) team will compete under the longtime motorsports sponsor's iconic red and black Rheem paint scheme for 20 to 25 Late Model Stock Car events, as well as an unspecified number of NASCAR K&N Pro Series East races.  Mechanical HVAC Services of Wake Forest, N.C., will be providing additional support of Haws' Late Model and K&N East efforts in 2015.
 
Haws and the powerhouse HMM team will again compete at several tracks throughout the southeastern U.S.  The young driver first competed in the late model stock car ranks for Hawk-McCall Motorsports in 2014, where Haws scored 10 top-10 finishes in 15 starts and capped off his rookie year by winning the prestigious Autumn Classic at Southern National Motorsports Park in Kenly, N.C.
 
"I'm grateful to have the support of Rheem for the upcoming season," said Haws.  "They are an experienced, dedicated sponsor known for their quality and reliable performance; I'm honored to become a part of their team and am humbled to join some of the best talents in our sport that have driven under the Rheem brand.  I'm looking forward to taking this next step in my development.   The success our team had at the end of the 2014 season has given me a lot of confidence in myself and my team's ability to perform at a level that will please fans and make Rheem proud of sponsoring our No. 41 HMM team."
 
Haws will be under the direction of veteran Late Model Stock Car crew chief Lee McCall.  Throughout his career in the sport, McCall has worked with names like Ricky Rudd, Jamie McMurray, Bill Elliott, Kyle Larson, Brandon Jones and most recently 2014 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East champion, Ben Rhodes. McCall sees an unlimited amount of potential in Haws and has high expectations for the 2015 season.
 
"I am thrilled to get started for the 2015 season with Brayton, Rheem and all of our partners," said McCall.  "After a successful season with Brayton in 2014 scoring two wins, our goals and achievements will be set much higher for the 2015 season. We are looking forward to our winter testing in a couple of weeks for the upcoming season, as well as our season opening race on March 7."
 
"Brayton has shown a great ability to learn and develop into a top-rate racer; he has shown the maturity and discipline necessary to be an excellent driver and more importantly a good and decent young man," said Ed Raniszeski, Managing Director of Rheem Motorsports.  "All of us at Rheem wish Brayton, Lee and the entire No. 41 team much success on and off the track in 2015."
 
Details on Haws' plans for the 2015 NASCAR K&N Pro Series East season will be announced at a later date.  At this point, the 15-year-old is eyeing starts at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway and Iowa Speedway.  For more information on Brayton Haws, visit BraytonHaws.com, or follow him on twitterat @BraytonHaws or "like" Haws Motorsports on Facebook.
 
 
About Rheem (www.Rheem.com):
Rheem is privately held with headquarters in Atlanta and U.S. operations in Alabama, Arkansas, California, Indiana, North Carolina and Texas. In its 89th year of operation, the company is a global manufacturer of residential and commercial heating and cooling systems; tank, tankless, solar and hybrid heat pump water heaters; whole-home standby generators, controls, swimming pool and spa heaters; indoor air-purification products; commercial boilers; and commercial refrigeration equipment. The company's premium brands include Rheem, Raypak, Ruud and Richmond, as well as commercial refrigeration brands Russell, Witt, ColdZone and Kramer, which are part of the company's Heat Transfer Products Group (HTPG) division. Rheem products have been recognized with countless industry and consumer awards for reliability, innovative design and high quality. 
 
About Mechanical HVAC Services (MechanicalHVACServices.com): 
For HVAC services in the Raleigh-Durham and Charlotte areas, call Mechanical HVAC Services based out of Wake Forest, N.C.  With over 20 years of heating and air conditioning repair & installation experience, we are Raleigh's trusted home and commercial HVAC contractors.  We provide what our customers value most: reliability, honesty and excellence.  Mechanical HVAC Services offers complete residential heating and AC, and commercial HVAC services throughout the Triangle region, in cities of Raleigh, Durham, Cary, Chapel Hill, Apex, Carrboro, Holly Springs, Hillsborough,  Fuquay-Varina and Wake Forest, as well as in the Charlotte and Lake Norman Regions, to include cities Mooresville, Huntersville, and more.

HMM's Anthony Anders Named National Champion!

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Best of 2014 - NASCAR Home Tracks) — Anthony Anders completed his dream season in 2014, adding to his legacy at South Carolina’s Greenville Pickens Speedway, taking home yet another South Carolina championship and finally capturing his first NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Division I national championship.

The 43-year-old from Easley, South Carolina, took aim at national crown in the offseason, moving to the potent Hawk McCall Motorsports late model team from Travelers Rest, South Carolina. With the addition of Anderson Motor Speedway as a NASCAR-sanctioned track in 2014, Anders had three tracks in-state in which to chase wins and points.

“We’re focused on national points. The bottom line is we have to win races,” said Anders in May. “We want to have staying power.”

Mission accomplished.

They burst out of the gate with eight wins before the calendar turned to May and led the championship standings the entire season.

Two-time national champion Lee Pulliam of North Carolina made a midseason push for a third straight title but came up short. Likewise, former national Keith Rocco of Connecticut put together another banner season. But it too was not enough to erase Anders’ advantage.

Anders finished with 30 wins, 44 top fives and 48 top 10s in 51 races at Greenville, South Carolina’s Anderson and Myrtle Beach Speedway, as well as North Carolina’s Hickory Motor Speedway.

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Anthony Anders: Anders' 30 victories was the ninth highest single-season total in series history and most wins since Larry Phillips tallied 32 in 1995. In addition to his national crown, Anders took home top honors in South Carolina for the fourth straight season, breaking a tie he held with Ralph Earnhardt and Marty Ward. Earnhardt won three straight state Sportsman championships from 1965-67 and Ward won the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series state honors from 2008-10. Anders won his second Late Model Stock Car crown at Greenville Pickens. He excelled away from his home track, too. Anders recorded a second-place finish in the middle of the summer at Hickory and closed the season by coming from 17th to win at Myrtle Beach.

HMM's Anthony Anders Takes 2014 NASCAR Whelen National Championship!


HMM's Lee McCall wins Crew Chief of the Year!


Another Win for HMM!

LUCAMA, NC :: Brayton Haws made sure the Late Model Stock Car racing world took notice to his presence by scoring the victory in Sunday’s $10,000-to-win Autumn Classic at Southern National Motorsports Park.

Nick Smith started on the pole but Lee Pulliam took the lead from Smith early and dominated the first half of the ace but was forced to drop out of the event with transmission problems during the scheduled intermission at halftime.  That put Matt Bowling in the lead to start the second half.  Haws made his move for second on lap 156 and then ran down Bowling to take the lead on lap 161.  Haws never looked back, pulling away from Todd Gilliland and Jamey Caudill to score the victory, the second of his short career.

“Lee McCall, my spotter, just kept telling me to save and save and save,” Haws said in victory lane.  “I ended up saving until 15 to go.  I couldn’t do it without him and everyone else.  I’m just speechless.  This is definitely the biggest check I’ve been presented yet.  I couldn’t do it without my sponsors, Rheem and Mechnical HVAC Services, my mom and dad, everyone who came out and definitely the team, Hawk-McCall Motorsports.  Day in and day out, they work on the car as hard as they can to get me out here so I can do what I did today and come to the winner’s circle.”

Gilliland looked like he’d have the car that could win the race but lapped traffic late in the race proved to be his undoing when the entire second half of the race ran caution free.

“I think, if we had an open track, we could’ve caught him but the lapped cars were kind of hard to pass,” Gilliland explained.  “It’s part of it and to finish second is pretty good.  I thought I did pretty good with tire management but I wish I had a little more at the end there.”

Third place finisher Jamey Caudill, driving a car prepared by Charlie Long, said the second half of the race running caution free also put a wrinkle in his plans.

“We saved a lot today, had a really good racecar, we were just counting on a caution,” Caudill remarked.  “If you get out ther and go, those guys were on the right plan.  If we would’ve got a caution with 10 to go, it was goingto be a race.  They had used their stuff more than we did to get out there that far.  It was a good run for us.  We had a car to get up there with them to race; we were just on the wrong plan.  I just appreciate Robert, Charlie and all the guys working on the car to get it together so we can run out here.”

Kaz Grala had a strong car for much of the race and was in the mix for the lead in the later stages of the race but wound up being relegated to a fourth place finish.  David Garbo, Jr. raced his way up to fifth.  Matt Bowling faded to a sixth place finish while Tyler Ankrum, Tommy Lemons, Jr., Ricky Jones, III and Myatt Snider rounded out the top-10.

Snider had been running in second at one point in the race but was relegated outside the top-five after a punt from Tommy Lemons, Jr. on the race’s final restart.  Snider also had an on-track altercation with eventual 11th place finisher Mike Darne when the two traded paint and exchanged bumpers.

Langley Speedway regulars Matt Waltz and Greg Edwards ended up having problems during the duration of the race.  Waltz’s car fell off the pace in the closing laps of the first half of the race and he ended up getting drilled by Edwards, causing significant damage to the Greg Edwards machine that was prepared by JT Jackson.

The race was slowed down only by a handful of cautions – two of those being for on-track wrecks – all coming in the race’s first half.

HMM TAKES THE CHAMPIONSHIP!

Anders Completes Journey To National Title

South Carolina Driver Wins First Whelen All-American Crown

By Jason Christley, NASCAR
September 24, 2014 - 5:31pm

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Anthony Anders was sitting with friends in the grandstands off Turn 4 at historic Greenville Pickens Speedway when he got the itch to give this racing thing a try. Twenty years later, the Easley, South Carolina, driver has reached the pinnacle of short-track racing.

Anders is the 2014 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series championship.

The 43-year-old Anders accomplished the feat by leading the national points standings every week of the season and finishing with 30 wins, ninth most in a single season in the history of the series.

“I remember being at the banquet and seeing all those banners (of past national champions),” Anders said. “I said, ‘I want to be there one day.’

“I've won a lot of races in my career. It's just amazing to accomplish this.”

PosDriverStartsWinsPoints

1Anthony Anders5130720

2Lee Pulliam4625708

3Keith Rocco4616698

4Dillon Bassett3713649

5Chad Finchum3719647

To win the national title, Anders had to fend off a pair of the best short-track racers in NASCAR.

Two-time national champion Lee Pulliam of North Carolina finished second, while Connecticut’s Keith Rocco finished third. It is the fourth straight year Pulliam has been among the top three, while Rocco stretched his run to eight seasons – every year under the current format – of being in the top four.

“NASCAR would like to congratulate Anthony Anders as our 2014 NASCAR Whelen All-American Series National Champion,” said George Silbermann, NASCAR vice president, regional and touring series. “There have been a lot of great champions from Greenville Pickens Speedway over the years, and Anders continued that legacy with his tremendous season. We look forward to formally crowning him at the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Awards at the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte in December.”

Anders finished with 720 points, to Pulliam’s 709 and Rocco’s 698.

The NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Awards will take place on Friday, Dec. 12. Among those honored will be the 2014 national champion, as well as track champions from 58 tracks across the United States and Canada, state and province champions, and top rookies.

In addition to his national championship, Anders took home top honors in South Carolina for the fourth consecutive season and added his name again to the Wall of Champions as the Late Model Stock Car champion at Greenville. The outside retaining wall around the flat half-mile lists the names of all the track’s champions, including the likes of David Pearson and Ralph Earnhardt, as well as 1997 NASCAR national champion Dexter Canipe. The state championship traces its lineage back to 1953 and also includes Pearson, Cale Yarborough and Bobby Isaac.

Anders is the 25th driver in the 33 years of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series to win the national championship.

“Our goal was to win it in the beginning of the year,” said Anders. “It’s been an overwhelming blessing for us.”

Anders had 30 wins, 44 top fives and 48 top 10s in 51 races at Greenville, South Carolina’s Anderson Motor Speedway and Myrtle Beach Speedway, as well as North Carolina’s Hickory Motor Speedway.

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Pulliam continued his incredible four-year run, adding 25 wins, 41 top fives and 42 top 10s in 46 starts to his resume. The 26-year-old from Semora, North Carolina, has 92 Late Model wins since 2011. He won his first North Carolina championship to go with the Virginia titles he has won in 2012-14.

Rocco also added to his own legacy.

The 29-year-old from Wallingford, Connecticut, won his seventh straight Connecticut championship. He has already clinched the SK Modified Division title at Waterford Speedbowl, and is third at Stafford Motor Speedway and second at Thompson Speedway heading into each track’s final weekends.

Rocco, who had 16 wins, 35 top fives and 40 top 10s in 46 starts, will be on the big stage in Charlotte for the awards as one of the top three drivers in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series for the sixth straight year.

“Waterford, we absolutely dominate; Thompson, we were very, very strong; Stafford, we had a better year than we did last year but still not quite up to par,” said Rocco. “Stafford has the fiercest competition, I think, than anybody in the country. It's tough to win up there. We definitely made big gains this year.

“We just work hard in the shop. All I do is live, eat and sleep racing. It's truly what I enjoy to do and it’s what I put my heart and soul to do.”

Dillon Bassett, 17, of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, collected 13 wins racing his Late Model at seven different tracks throughout the southeast and finished fourth in the standings.

Rounding out the top five is Chad Finchum, 20, of Knoxville, Tennessee, who won the Late Model championship at Lonesome Pine in Coeburn, Virginia, and finished second at Tennessee’s Kingsport Speedway.

Ryan Preece finished sixth in the national standings. Preece is six points behind Ted Christopher heading into Sunday’s SK Modified finale at Stafford, and leads Rocco by 10 points with one race remaining at Thompson. Fourth through sixth in the national standings were separated by just six points.

Kres Vandyke, who won the track championship at Kingsport, placed seventh, while former national champion Peyton Sellers finished eighth after winning the Late Model division at Virginia’s South Boston Speedway. Randy Porter, who competes against Anders at Greenville and Anderson, finished ninth. Completing the top 10 is Tommy Lemons Jr., who raced at Motor Mile, South Boston, Caraway Speedway in Sophia, North Carolina, and Southern National Motor Speedway in Lucama, North Carolina.

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Brayton Haws Talks About His Win At Hickory Speedway! We did it! We came out of the weekend with our first win of the season and the first official Late-Model win of my career! The #41 car powered by HMM Racing, Rheem, and Mechanical HVAC Services was running great in the pre-race practice. The team was on point and we were able to produce consistent lap times, putting us 3rd on the pole! When that green flag flew, I knew we had a winning car, everything just felt perfect! About 20 laps in, we made the move for 2nd and were quickly battling for the lead. After running side by side for the next 25 laps, the caution flag came out, sending us to a 5 lap shootout for the win! From the start of the shootout, the leader and I ran side by side for the first 4 laps but when the white flag dropped, the adrenalin started pumping! We managed to make it through turns 1 and 2 with minimal rubbing but it was close. Going into turn three, I moved him up the track and killed his momentum, setting myself up for turn 4 and taking the win! I couldn't do any of this without the help of my team and crew! Huge thanks to Hawk McCall Motorsports, my mom and dad, Rheem Manufacturing, and Mechanical HVAC Services for all they do. Hopefully, this is the start of many more wins with the team!

Brayton Haws Talks About His Win At Hickory Speedway!

We did it! We came out of the weekend with our first win of the season and the first official Late-Model win of my career!

The #41 car powered by HMM Racing, Rheem, and Mechanical HVAC Services was running great in the pre-race practice. The team was on point and we were able to produce consistent lap times, putting us 3rd on the pole!

When that green flag flew, I knew we had a winning car, everything just felt perfect!

About 20 laps in, we made the move for 2nd and were quickly battling for the lead. After running side by side for the next 25 laps, the caution flag came out, sending us to a 5 lap shootout for the win!

From the start of the shootout, the leader and I ran side by side for the first 4 laps but when the white flag dropped, the adrenalin started pumping! We managed to make it through turns 1 and 2 with minimal rubbing but it was close. Going into turn three, I moved him up the track and killed his momentum, setting myself up for turn 4 and taking the win!

I couldn't do any of this without the help of my team and crew! Huge thanks to Hawk McCall Motorsports, my mom and dad, Rheem Manufacturing, and Mechanical HVAC Services for all they do.

Hopefully, this is the start of many more wins with the team!

Brayton Haws – Hickory Race Report

This weekend we raced at the historic Hickory Motor Speedway in Newton, North Carolina. We definitely had high hopes heading into the race and planned on building upon our previous 6th place finish. At the last showing, we learned a lot and I sat behind the driver seat with confidence in my car and crew. My qualifying run was good and I was excited to be sitting in the top 10. Right off the bat, we knew we had a fast car and were sitting in 11th when the first of multiple cautions came out. The restart went well but another caution came out almost immediately. With luck was on my side, we had another good restart! I diced back and forth with another driver for a bit and ended up getting around him with minimal damage to the car. Unfortunately, after getting around him another caution came out and we had to restart. After the restart things took a bit of a bad turn, I couldn’t avoid a wreck in front of me and caused a bit of damage to the car forcing me to pit. Once we were back out on the track I did my best to salvage a finish. The car was super-fast but pretty tore up. In the end, we ended up 11th overall out of 26. I learned a lot and I couldn’t have done it without Rheem, Mechanical HVAC Service and the whole crew at Hawk McCall Motorsports!

Race Report - TWO TWIN 40's at Greenville Pickens Speedway!

After a day of testing at Greenville Pickens with Brayton and Anthony, both drivers were excited for Saturday’s race and happy with their cars. Qualifying would show their cars were fast… Anthony qualified at a 20.78 and Brayton at a 20.87 putting them on the pole and outside pole!

The first race of Two Twin 40’s would be led by Anthony Anders from start to finish with Brayton coming home in 6th. Both drivers reported being tight and some simple adjustments were made for the second 40 lap race.

Due to an invert, Anthony would start third and Brayton would start fifth.  After several cautions at lap 25 Brayton would remain in fifth with Anthony moving into second.  Eventually, Anthony took the lead on lap 26 and completed the sweep of the twin races with Brayton coming home with another solid top 5 finish!

Brayton’s Notes

After a good test Friday and unloading fast on Saturday, I felt really good about my car. Both mine and Anthony’s cars were fast heading to qualifying.  I qualified 2nd, barely missing the pole.

The first twin race I learned a great deal about conserving my tires. For the second race, I rode in the top five saving my tires but we got too tight at the end of the race. Greenville is a track like no other and I learned a tremendous amount about the braking of my car and saving tires. It wasn't what we were looking for as for a finish but my crew worked very hard to give me a great car. Now I am looking forward to South Boston in two weeks! 

Anthony's Notes

After a short practice Saturday, I knew both mine and my teammates cars were very fast. I felt I would need to put up a fast lap to beat Brayton for the pole and I barely squeezed it out. Starting one two was really cool! I was fortunate to lead every lap of the first twin 40s.  My car was a little tight and felt like I needed some adjustments to be better for the second 40 laps.  My crew made a few minor adjustments and my car was very good for the second 40 laps. I bided my time for 20 laps trying to save my car and with 15 laps left, a caution came out and I ended up running up front again. I had an awesome car all night and was able to bring home the Hawk McCall Motorsports car home for a second victory!

HMM Prepares for Brayton Haws Hickory Debut!