Hillier Remains Consistent in Boot Hill Showdown DODGE CITY, KS (June 23) -- Chad Hillier put together another steady performance that was surprisingly similar to his opening-night run when the World of Outlaws returned to Dodge City ...
Hillier Remains Consistent in Boot Hill Showdown
DODGE CITY, KS (June 23) -- Chad Hillier put together another steady performance that was surprisingly similar to his opening-night run when the World of Outlaws returned to Dodge City Raceway Park for Saturday's Boot Hill Showdown finale.
After qualifying 22nd-quick and finishing eighth in his heat race, sixth in the "B" Feature and 21st in Friday's main event, Hillier came back to record Saturday's 24th-fastest qualifying lap and drove the #5C DIRT Inc. Maxim into seventh place in the Third Heat Race, sixth in the "B" and 20th in the "A" Feature.
"The second night went about the same as the first," Hillier said. "We qualified close to the same position; we had about the same result in the heat race, the same in the 'B' Main and almost the same in the feature.
"We were in position to transfer in the heat race, but we just a little too free and I gave it up to (Jeremy) Campbell on the last lap. That was frustrating, but we made some changes for the 'B.'"
Hillier brought the crowd to its feet during the last-chance race for the second straight night, battling all the way to the checkered flag for the final transfer position into the main event. He and Jason Meyers -- Friday's "A" Feature winner -- exchanged sixth place numerous times during the final 10 laps before Hillier beat the 2000 World of Outlaws Gumout Series Rookie of the Year across the finish line by .88 seconds.
"We didn't get off to the greatest start, but we had a good car," Hillier said. "We fell behind Meyers; then we got him back. Luckily, we transferred because we didn't have any provisionals. Jason had a rough go after winning on Friday. Like us, he didn't qualify well. They definitely had a glitch Saturday. Friday, they had the car to beat, but they weren't very good Saturday. I just felt fortunate to beat him and make it to the feature. The car ran well in the 'B' and the 'A' Main."
Hillier, who started outside the 12th row, passed three former Kevin Gobrecht Rookies of the Year -- Stevie Smith (1990), Randy Hannagan (1995) and Jason Sides (2003) -- en route to this 20th top-20 finish of the season. Chad ranks second -- 374 points behind Kerry Madsen -- in the rookie race. He's only 10 points behind Campbell in their battle for 18th in the World of Outlaws standings.
"I hope we can catch Madsen," Hillier said, "but he has a pretty good lead on us. He was really good at the start of the year, but lately he's had a rough go. There are still a lot of races left (48). I think we'll have a chance if we can get things turned around and start cracking the top 10. We'll have to be consistent and pick up five or 10 points a night. I'm not giving up by any means. My goal is just to run the best we can every night and start getting some better finishes. We have 20 top-20s, but I'd like it to be 20 top-10s.
"We really appreciate everything our sponsors -- Jansma Construction and H.B. Jaeger -- do for us, and we couldn't be out here racing without our product sponsors: Fast Wings, Maxim Chassis, Pro Shocks and Weld Racing."
Hillier and DIRT Inc. have a busy week ahead, with races at Black Hills Speedway Monday, River Cities Speedway Friday and Red River Valley Speedway Saturday.
"I've never raced at Black Hills Speedway," Hillier said. "The Outlaws raced there last year after a long absence. Later in the week, we go to Grand Forks and Fargo. The Duel in the Dakotas (at Red River Valley) has been a big event for the series for a long time. I just remember it gets really hot up there and the mosquitoes are big enough to carry off. It's a big track (a high-banked, ½-mile) that's pretty abrasive on tires but, hopefully, they can do a good job of keeping the rubber off the track so we can have some good racing.
"We haven't been spectacular on the big tracks, but I think we had a good racecar at Granite City (Tri-City Speedway) before I junked it. Hopefully, we can build off that, get it worked out and have some good runs this week. We'll do our best, that's for sure."