Andy Hillenburg Gets ''Little More Than Sunburn'' in Fire

Hillenburg Gets 'Little More Than Sunburn' in Fire By Richard Day FORT WORTH, TX (April 3) -- Thanks to the quick work of Art Malies and the Texas Motor Speedway fire and safety crew, Andy...

Hillenburg Gets 'Little More Than Sunburn' in Fire By Richard Day FORT WORTH, TX (April 3) -- Thanks to the quick work of Art Malies and the Texas Motor Speedway fire and safety crew, Andy Hillenburg escaped potentially serious injuries Friday. Hillenburg hit the berm in the third corner midway through the "A" Feature, shoving a brake rotor into the fuel cell on his #2 Luxaire J&J and starting a small fire. He veered into the infield and jumped out his car before Malies quickly sprayed him with a fire extinguisher. The safety crew took him to the superspeedway care center where he was examined. The doctor reported Hillenburg received only a mixture of first- and second-degree burns - a little more than a sunburn - on his right arm only. "I knew I was on fire, but I didn't know where the fire team was," Hillenburg said. "I knew Art and Carol Malies (co-pilots of Workin' Woody, the Official Push Vehicle of the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series) always carry a fire bottle, so I drove to them. I wasn't worried about the car; I was worried about myself. I have to hand it to Art. He was the first guy there spraying me. Even when I was trying to get my uniform off, he was still spraying me. Man, it felt good. When I got in the ambulance, the paramedics had the same stuff Art had and they were spraying me down with that. "Between them and the people who make my uniform - Hinchman Racing Uniforms - and the material they use - carbonex - I'm in good shape. It's unbelievable how the uniform's not burned. It's saturated in fuel, but all I really got was a couple of blisters on my elbow. It's nothing compared to what it could have been. If I was in a normal uniform, I'm afraid I'd be in much worse shape." Other drivers racing in the Inaugural Southern Bleacher Classic had rave reviews for Texas Motor Speedway. "It's a fantasic feeling to win here," Friday's "A" Feature winner Danny Lasoski said. "Being a new facility, it changed from night to night but, overall, it's a great track." Fifteen-time Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series champion Steve Kinser finished second in the 40-lap main event. He was happy with the facility. "The dirt was completely different from one night to the next," he said. "It was fast and sticky Thursday and Friday it was slick and rubbery. We will need to find a happy medium ... but the facility was wonderful for its first race." Greg Hodnett, who won Thursday's Preliminary Feature, would have preferred the track to stay the same Friday. "We thought he had a big opportunity to win, but we just couldn't," Greg said after finishing third in Friday's main event. "They told me to keep it straight and smooth, but I really couldn't. I'm a little disappionted starting on the front row and finishing third. Our tires stuck good in the CHANNELLOCK Dash, but did not hold well in the feature. "We had a great weekend. I appreciate everyone coming out. I read in Open Wheel where the fans want to keep it wet. They kept it wet Thursday. The track was beautiful. It ended up being where you could run a little bit of everywhere." Defending Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series champion Mark Kinser was very pleased with Texas Motor Speedway. "This facility is great," Mark said. "It seats a lot of people. The pit area is nice and the track is lit very well. This could be the nicest speedway in America for its first race. "If the track could be "too nice," it was "too nice" Thursday. It's an excellent place and a step in the right direction for the Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series." Three-time Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series champion Sammy Swindell was happy to race his #1 Channellock Stealth at the new facility. "The track is nice," three-time Pennzoil World of Outlaws Series champion Sammy Swindell said. "It's a first-rate facility." Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year candidate Jeff Shepard enjoyed racing at the new track. "It's a nice facilty," he said. "There's really good clay on the track." WoO

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Series World of Outlaws
Drivers Andy Hillenburg , Mark Kinser , Danny Lasoski , Sammy Swindell