Hillier Runs 10th in 'B' Feature at K-C Raceway
CHILLICOTHE, OH (July 28) -- A disappointing qualifying time had Chad Hillier playing catch-up throughout Saturday's World of Outlaws event at K-C Raceway.
The World of Outlaws Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year contender was the 27th-fastest qualifier in the 47-car field with an 11.955-second, 112.923-MPH lap around the high-banked, 3/8-mile oval. Hillier started seventh in the Third Heat Race and finished eighth, and drove the #5C DIRT Inc. Maxim into 10th place after starting inside the fifth row in the "B" Feature.
"We just weren't able to get going," Hillier said. "We ran a decent qualifying lap, but it wasn't good enough. The car felt good, but there were some things that weren't quite right. It was as combination of things: a little bit motor, a little car and a little bit me. Everything has to work in unison for things to go well, and it just wasn't clicking for us.
"We tried really hard to get into a transfer spot in the heat, but we weren't able to come off the bottom very well. We went down there and we were kind of hanging off the exit. We felt better running the top, but it was so far around we couldn't go forward. We lost some spots on the start in the 'B,' and we couldn't catch up. You only have so many laps to get things done before the cars get strung out. It was just a frustrating night."
Hillier and DIRT Inc. are looking forward to several days off before heading to Charter Raceway Park (formerly the Raceway at Powercom Park) for Friday's and Satuday's World of Outlaws "SuperClean Summer of Money" finale. The race, which will be televised on ESPN2 Sunday, will be the team's final tune-up before sprint car racing's premier event: the 47th Annual Knoxville Nationals, scheduled for August 8-11 at Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, IA.
"We're pretty excited about running at Beaver Dam," Hillier said. "It's a high-banked, 1/3-mile like Skagit (Speedway), so we're hoping to have a good run there."
Hillier, who ranks second in the Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year race, is the only driver to win all three sprint car championships at Skagit Speedway in Alger, WA.