Mechanical Trouble Hampers Hillier at I-96 LAKE ODESSA, MI (July 27) -- Engine problems in the ...
Mechanical Trouble Hampers Hillier at I-96
LAKE ODESSA, MI (July 27) -- Engine problems in the #5C DIRT Inc. Maxim kept Chad Hillier from having the kind of run he would like in his first visit to I-96 Speedway in Friday's World of Outlaws "Rumble in Michigan" event.
"It was tough to get going, and our engine laid down in the 'B,'" Hillier said. "I don't know if it did it earlier, but it definitely laid down in the 'B.' We were up to fourth, but we kept slowing down, slowing down and slowing down toward the end."
The World of Outlaws Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year contender was the 30th-fastest qualifier in the 32-car field with a 17.147-second lap around the semi-banked, ½-mile oval, then finished seventh in both the Second Heat Race and the "B" Feature.
"We couldn't get qualified and we didn't do much in the heat," Chad said. "We started eighth in the 'B' and got into a transfer spot, but lost it. I don't think we burned the motor up, but something's not right with it for some reason. We're going to put a different one in and ship it back to get it looked at."
Hillier and DIRT Inc. are looking forward to Saturday's World of Outlaws "Summer of Money" event at K-C Raceway, a high-banked, 3/8-mile oval in Chillicothe, OH.
"K-C is fast little place," Chad said. "We're excited to go there. It gets a little dry, but it has really good banking and it's pretty racy. We're looking forward to having a good night."