Hillier Runs 19th in Prestigious Kings Royal ROSSBURG, OH (July 14) -- World of Outlaws Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year contender Chad Hillier drove the ...
Hillier Runs 19th in Prestigious Kings Royal
ROSSBURG, OH (July 14) -- World of Outlaws Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year contender Chad Hillier drove the #5C DIRT Inc. Maxim into 19th place in his first Kings Royal by Crown Royal Saturday at Eldora Speedway.
Hillier battled defending All-Stars Circuit of Champions titleist Greg Wilson for most of the 40-lap "A" Feature, and finished .329 seconds behind Dirt Cup champion Brandon Wimmer.
"We ran pretty similar to the way we did Friday, but we were better in the feature than we were the first night," Hillier said. "It was a really even racetrack. We ran with Greg Wilson quite a bit, but he was a little better than I was and got away from us at the end. On the last restart, we had (Craig) Dollansky and (Jason) Solwold behind us. They showed their noses and I let them go around me, and I ran the bottom of the track for the rest of the race. We were just as good on the bottom as we were up by the fence, and we actually ended up passing Dollansky and Jason back by running the bottom."
Hillier, the 32nd-fastest qualifier in the 51-car field, finished fourth in the Second Heat Race and third in the "B" Feature to qualify for the 11th-row-inside starting position the $50,000-to-win main event.
"It wasn't spectacular, but it was good to get into the feature in my first Kings Royal," Hillier said. "It has a different format and, luckily, we ran well enough in the heat race to start on the front row of the 'B.' I chased Steve (Kinser) for the whole race, and we just held our own to get into the feature. On the last restart, there was a lapped car between Steve and me. I went down low and he took away my line and that allowed Danny (Lasoski) to get by me. Second or third, we still made it with a tough group of cars."
A tough week looms ahead as DIRT Inc. and the World of Outlaws return to battle the tough Pennsylvania Posse in Tuesday's Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup at Lernerville Speedway and the Cleveland Brothers Summer Nationals, which is scheduled for Thursday, Friday and Saturday at Williams Grove Speedway.
"We're excited to go back to Lernerville," Hillier said. "We just barely missed the show there last time, but I feel like we learned quite a bit and have a good shot at it this time. It's a good, racy track; a fun place to race."
Hillier finished just .072 seconds behind Zach Chappell in their battle for fourth place in the "B" Feature at the First Commonwealth Bank Clash at Lernerville May 15th.
"We have mixed emotions going back to Williams Grove," Hillier said. "We had a tough time there last time (finishing fourth in the "D" Feature both nights), so I'm not sure I want to go back. The car is running better than it was in May though, so we expect to improve. We've learned from our mistakes, so we expect to be better there this time."