Family races together at Firebird's Halloween Classic

Posted at 3:21 PM, Oct 11, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-11 17:21:59-04

The Halloween Classic at Firebird Raceway has close to 600 cars ready to race.
But a good chunk of those cars come from one family.
The Hawker family has been coming to the Classic for decades.
It's a big family, and they all race. Troy Hawker says they have 15 family members racing and a total of 32 cars that compete.

Troy says it's like a yearly family reunion, "Some weekends it's cold and others better, but we always have fun. Usually have a car that's broke and we all pitch in and get it back together."
That's no big deal when you have dozens of family members around to help. But that doesn't mean they don't enjoy beating each other.

Second generation Hawkers are ready to drive anything with wheels. Jayden Hawker normally drives a car but its being painted, so he borrowed a bike. Because like all Hawkers, he loves to go fast. "When I was 7 or 8 I decided to start building my own junior dragster out of scrap parts in the shop."

Usually every family who bails just to be different, but not the Hawkers.
"I don't know, we're all just motorheads." Explains Troy. "My dad and my grandpa were mechanics. I'm a mechanic. And if it's got wheels and a motor we're having fun with it and making it go faster."
You can see the Hawkers through Sunday at the 26th Halloween Classic at Firebird Raceway.