HILLSDALE, ON – After finishing 4th in Sunset Speedway’s Ltd. Late Model points standings in 2017, multi-time feature winner Travis Hallyburton has confirmed his Hillsdale Service Centre-backed team will be back fulltime in 2018 to push for their first ever division championship.
“To finally be able to call myself a champion is the number one thing on my list when it comes to racing,” explains Hallyburton. “I’ve been close before, a few times, but we just haven’t been able to seal the deal. The closer we get – the more I want to win a championship. It would mean the world to me and to my team.”
“I mean, look at the [Sunset Speedway] roster right now,” continues ‘.50 Cal’. “These are the best teams in the division. These guys are a rough night for anybody. If you can beat them then you’ve definitely earned the right to have the word ‘champion’ on the back of your hero card.”
Together with older brother Thayne Hallyburton, the Hillsdale Service Centre outfit has become one of the most formidable two-car outfits in Ontario. When asked about the team’s ascension to weekly contenders, Travis insists the family-run combination is just beginning to hit their stride.
“I like to believe that our team hasn’t taken a step backwards since we moved to a two-car deal,” offers the former Super Stock standout. “We’re better now than ever before. As drivers, my brother and I are as sharp as we’ve ever been. We’re just learning from our mistakes and getting stronger every week. That’s what makes us so hard for these other teams to deal with.”
Never short on confidence, Hallyburton’s enviable sense of self-belief continues to help him stand out in a division brimming with top-level competition.
“I honestly try and believe in myself as much as I can – because so much of this game is mental,” explains the fan favourite. “I know that our team is as good as any in this division. And, I know that on my best night, I can outdrive anyone on this roster.”
“If you don’t believe in yourself then no one else will either,” adds Hallyburton. “I know what I’m capable of. I have all the respect in the world for the guys we race against – but they can be beat. We know how to outrace them. Now, we just have to make that happen.”