HILLSDALE, ON – Multi-time Ltd. Late Model feature winner Thayne Hallyburton will once work with longtime Crew Chief ‘Razor’ Ray McCaughey in 2018, as his family-operated team hopes to chase their first career Sunset Speedway championship.
“There isn’t another person on the planet I’d want to chase a title with more than ‘Razor’,” says Hallyburton. “He’s been such a huge part of our program for a long time and I want to see this through with him. We’re a unit. And we’re all real excited to be together for another year and to be back at Sunset full time.”
In addition to McCaughey, ‘The Hillsdale Hurricane’ will receive additional consultation and support from longtime racer Kevin Reynolds as he looks to build upon a strong 2017 season that helped define him as a driver to watch in the maddeningly competitive Ltd. Late Model division.
“Ray and Kevin both have very similar ideologies – so having them work in tandem on our car is nothing but a positive,” explains the young veteran. “We’ve been doing our homework all winter and really feel like we’re going to come out of the gate with a package that should allow us to contend for wins right off the bat.”
“Our motor and shock packages have never been better than they are right now – and we’re excited to see just what we can put together for the new [Sunset Speedway] tire package. We’ve put a lot of energy into making sure that we’re as prepared as we’ve ever been for the start of a race season.”
And although Hallyburton impressed on trips to victory lane throughout the 2017 season, he also struggled through a number of parts failures that played a large part in his inability to contend for a track championship.
But, despite the immediate disappointment, Hallyburton credits those setbacks for preparing himself for his upcoming campaign.
“I struggled last year with everything from parts failures that we overlooked to worn tires that kept us from optimizing our equipment,” admits the Hillsdale, ON native. “It was incredibly frustrating at the time – but when I look back on it I know that it helped prepare me for 2018.”
“We’re coming into this season against a roster that’s incredibly deep,” continues Hallyburton. “I haven’t heard of a single team running full time this season that shouldn’t have a chance of winning a lot of races. There’s more parity than ever before – which means we have to be at our best every night.”
“It’s going to create some great racing. The fans are going to get their money’s worth and we’re looking forward to showing the rest of the division just how good we can be.”