HMM'S LEXI GAY is READY TO RACE!
nATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP IS IN THE BOOKS FOR HMM & ANTHONY ANDERS!
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.”
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.
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!
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!
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!
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!