HILLSDALE, ON – After having finally closed the book on a nightmare 2018 season, former Autumn Colours Classic champion Travis Hallyburton will look to reinvent himself in 2019 by returning to Sunset Speedway’s Limited Late Model division on a full time basis.
‘.50 Cal’ is more than ready to forget a 2018 campaign that saw his Hillsdale Service Centre-backed program labour through a fulltime Sauble Speedway schedule marred by mechanical failures and on-track incidents that kept Hallyburton from victory lane all season long.
“Honestly – the only thing worth remembering about last summer is how our team never backed down from any of the bad luck that was thrown at us,” says Hallyburton. “Other than that, i think the whole team is ready to leave everything that happened during 2018 in the rear-view. It wasn’t our best work – that’s for sure.”
This season, Hallyburton will return to Sunset Speedway for a push towards his first career Limited Late Model track championship from behind the wheel of a freshly refurbished Port City Racecars by Junior Hanley chassis.
“We’re coming to Sunset with both barrels loaded, for sure,” says the multi-time Sunset Limited Late Model feature winner. “I’m real bad at losing – and it felt like we did a lot of that last year. So, this Summer is all about reminding ourselves of how strong we can be when everything is working the way it needs to.”
“Junior [Hanley] has done an incredible job on our car to make sure that we have what we need to give these other guys a few headaches,” continues the Hillsdale, ON native. “I’m about as motivated as I’ve ever been, so I think we have the perfect combination to put up some real serious numbers this year.”
And, despite working through a myriad of disappointment during his 2018 efforts, Hallyburton insists that his self-belief remains unchanged.
“You’re never going to be able to convince me that we don’t belong with the best teams in the province,” says the first-generation racer. “We got knocked down last year – more than a few times. But, we picked ourselves up. That’s what it’s all about.”
“We came away from last season having to really think about how badly we want to do this whole deal,” adds the fan favourite. “Because there’ll never be an easier time to quit than when nothing is going right for you.”
“At the end of the day I wouldn’t trade any of this – the good and the bad – for anything in the world. We took our lumps last year and we’re still standing. And we’ll be there on Opening Night to remind the rest of these guys just how good we can be.”