Hillier Runs 21st in Boot Hill Showdown Opener DODGE CITY, KS (June 22) -- Chad Hillier drove the ...
Hillier Runs 21st in Boot Hill Showdown Opener
DODGE CITY, KS (June 22) -- Chad Hillier drove the #5C Dirt Inc. Maxim into 21st place in the "A" Feature Friday on opening night of the Boot Hill Showdown at Dodge City Raceway Park, but his battle with Tony Bruce Jr. for the final transfer position in the "B" Feature produced some of the best racing of the evening.
Hillier held off Bruce, a fellow World of Outlaws Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year contender, throughout the 12-lap race that determined the final six qualifiers for the "A" Feature, and beat him across the finish line by a mere .211 seconds.
"I was making the car as wide as I could," said of his battle with Bruce. "We caught a break that let us start close to the front; we definitely didn't have a very good car to move forward."
Hillier, the only driver to win championships in all three sprint car divisions at Skagit Speedway, started outside the 12th row and finished 21st in the 25-lap main event, .721 seconds ahead of fellow rookie Zach Chappell. The 21st-place finish pushed Hillier to within six points of Jeremy Campbell for 18th place in World of Outlaws standings.
"In the feature, we were just kind of rolling around where we started, but we stayed out of trouble," Hillier said. "We fought our motor all night; we couldn't get it to run like we wanted. We didn't get the air and fuel mixture quite right, which made the car run tight. We were glad to get the car in the feature, and it ran better but not spectacular."
Hillier's 13.476-second lap was the 22nd-fastest in the 31-car field, .56 seconds off fast-qualifier Donny Schatz's pace. He finished eighth in the First Heat Race.
"The track got better and better all night," Hillier said. "The last 15 or 20 laps of the feature, it was just locked down and wide open. It almost raced like 'rubber down,' but it was wide open through the middle and on the bottom. It's a beautiful facility; you really can't ask for a better place to race. It was a little narrow, so it was hard to get a run on somebody to pass them. Hopefully, it will widen out a little bit Saturday.
"We need to change a couple of things on this new car to make it run better Saturday. It was running tight in the right rear, so we need to free it up a little bit. We also want to get the engine running better to free it up even more. We want it to run through the corner a little nicer. We just need to get qualified a little better and get through our heat race. We want to run better Saturday and leave here on a good note."
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