Hillier Runs 16th at Riverside International Speedway WEST MEMPHIS, AR (May 5) -- Chad Hillier made the most of a disappointing qualifying effort in Saturday's World of Outlaws "A" Feature at Riverside International Speedway, driving the...
Hillier Runs 16th at Riverside International Speedway
WEST MEMPHIS, AR (May 5) -- Chad Hillier made the most of a disappointing qualifying effort in Saturday's World of Outlaws "A" Feature at Riverside International Speedway, driving the #5C DIRT Inc. Maxim into 16th place from inside the 12th row.
Hillier's seventh top-20 finish of the season pushed him to within one point of fellow Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year candidate Sam Hafertepe Jr. in the point standings.
An 11.488-second lap around West Memphis' high-banked, ¼-mile oval made Hillier the 30th-fastest qualifier in the 39-car field -- .428 seconds off Jason Solwold's record-setting pace. Hillier raced into third in place in the Second Heat Race, however -- barely missing the Dash Race -- and improved seven positions in the 40-lap main event.
"We were pretty good in hot laps, but we were a little right-front tight," Hillier said. "We tried to fix it with a bar change, but that gave us a little too much rear-wheel drive. We pulled wheelies on both of our qualifying laps -- it was a photographer's dream. We didn't qualifying well, but we had pretty good runs in the heat and the feature.
"In our heat race, (Danny) Lasoski had to go to the work area, so we moved from the fourth row to the third row. We got off to a good start and moved up to fourth. Then (Tim) Crawley crashed and that moved us up to third. On one of the restarts, I thought I could get by (Paul) McMahan, but we didn't have anything for him.
"It was a pretty good night, but it would have been a lot better if we could have gotten into the Dash. It was kind of a hard track to pass on. The guys running ahead of us could protect the bottom, and you had to turn a really good corner to get around them on the outside.
"We had a decent car in the feature. We were stuck behind the 51 car (Lee Sowell) for two or three laps, and it was kind of frustrating. I just couldn't quite get my nose under him. Every time I'd get a run on him, the yellow or red came out. We moved up through attrition, but we were moving forward pretty well early in the race."
Hillier and DIRT Inc. were planning to run Sunday's Interstate Racing Association event in West Burlington, IA, but inclement weather forced its postponement.
"I drove all night until about 9:00 this morning to make it to that race," Hillier said, "but when we got there it started raining. We drove all that way for nothing.
Hillier is looking forward to the World of Outlaws' upcoming events at U.S. 36 Raceway and Lake Ozark Speedway.
"I've never raced at US 36 or Lake Ozark," Hillier said. "We ran third with Paul McMahan (the Selma Shell team) at Lake Ozark once. It's a nice little place. I'll be glad we can start racing more than one night a week. We need to run more laps and get into a groove."
U.S. 36 Raceway, a 3/8-mile oval in Osborn, MO, will host the Missouri High-Bank Nationals Friday. The World of Outlaws is scheduled to race at Lake Ozark Speedway, a semi-banked, 1/3-mile oval in Lake of the Ozarks, MO, Saturday.
-credit: dwi race team