YOUNGSVILLE, N.C.– For much of the CARS Late Model Stock Tour’s inaugural season Brayton Haws has been the driver to beat, however he trails Myatt Snider by three points heading into the Liberty University 300 at North Carolina’s Hickory Motor Speedway.
But Haws is as confident as he’s ever been heading into a race. The last time the tour ran at Hickory it was the No. 41 Rheem Ford of Haws that pulled into victory lane.
Now, with a championship on the line, Haws said he believes he can replicate that performance and get the job done once again on Saturday night to win the title.
“If I do the same thing I did the last time I went to Hickory then it really just falls into our hands,” said Haws. “Last time we went to Hickory we ran really well all race and won. It gives me a lot of confidence because we’ve raced at that track numerous times and have we’ve had consecutive good finishes there. And the last CARS Tour race there we won, Myatt (Snyder) finished second and Deac (McCaskill; tied with Haws) finished 13th.”
For Haws, the strategy on Saturday night is actually pretty simple. He just wants to score as many points as possible, and win the race. If he does that, the championship should be his.
“We just need to do what we did last time,” he said. “We had a really good car there so we have a lot of confidence. We’re going to be really good.”
At this point in time, Haws has only encountered one problem. He’s still only 15 years old and he’s still in school. But he isn’t thinking about school at a time like this.
“I’m so focused on the race and the championship,” said Haws. “That’s all that’s on my mind right now. This is probably the most focused I’ve been. Right now our heads are really in the game. We really want that championship.”
The championship would close out a season that has seen Haws win three races, seven top-10 finishes, and lead 338 laps. The championship is really the only goal left for Haws to accomplish, and it would mean a lot for Haws to be remembered as the inaugural champion.
“It would be a very good accomplishment for me to win the inaugural championship,” he said. That would be awesome. It would really mean a lot to me, my team and also my mom and dad.”
The CARS Racing Tour Liberty University 300 takes place this Saturday, October 31 at the historic Hickory Motor Speedway. Practice is set to begin at 12:30 p.m. ET with qualifying taking place at 4:30 p.m. The first green flag will fly on Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. ET.
For more information on Brayton Haws visit his website at www.braytonhaws.com, and follow him on Twitter at @BraytonHaws.