Hillier Finishes 22nd at Cedar Lake Speedway NEW RICHMOND, WI (July 1) -- Chad Hillier recorded the second-fastest qualifying lap in Sunday's World of Outlaws event at Cedar Lake Speedway, but problems in the Second Heat Race and ...
Hillier Finishes 22nd at Cedar Lake Speedway
NEW RICHMOND, WI (July 1) -- Chad Hillier recorded the second-fastest qualifying lap in Sunday's World of Outlaws event at Cedar Lake Speedway, but problems in the Second Heat Race and "B" Feature led to his 22nd-place finish in the "A" Feature.
The Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year contender drove the #5C DIRT Inc. Maxim into 10th in the Second Heat Race, and his ninth-place run in the "B" Feature forced him to use one of his two remaining provisionals to start the 30-lap main event.
"We got off to a good start," Hillier said. "We drew an early number and we were able to get a good time. But we didn't have a good heat race, had a worse 'B' Main and a pretty average 'A' Main. We had a good qualifying time, but the track went away really quick and we couldn't get much traction so we didn't get much forward drive. Unfortunately, we weren't able to use the good time to our advantage and have a good night.
"In the heat race, we got off to a good start. We jumped into third place, but the start was called back. On the second start, I don't know if I sealed my tires up on the first start or what. We just couldn't get going. We went into the first turn and lost a couple (of positions), and lost another one in the next turn. Before we knew it, we were back in eighth place going nowhere. We just couldn't get any forward drive. It was pretty frustrating because we had a top-five starting position and had a good chance to transfer to the feature. Unfortunately, we weren't able to do that.
Hillier started on the pole in the "B" Feature and was 1.246 seconds ahead of Dion Hindi when he collided with the retaining tires in the infield with four laps remaining.
"In the 'B' Main, we were rolling around there really good, but I made a driver error," Hillier said. "I got in there with the left front into the tires around the infield and it spun me around. I tried to spin it around really quick in the slick, but it caught the right rear and tipped me over on my side. All it did was crinkle the left corner of the top wing. There were only four laps to go, so we went back out and tried to get into sixth place."
Hillier, who started 25th in the "A" Feature, passed Bill Balog for 24th place during the sixth lap when the #5C was at its fastest: 104.570 MPH. Chad raced past Hindi for 23rd four laps later, got by Jeremy Campbell for 22nd with three laps remaining and finished .047 seconds behind Jason Martin.
"They gave us two more provisions before the race," Hillier said. "We used one of them, so I just have one more for the rest of the year. They went out and reworked the track before the feature, which made it better for us because we were able to get out and get going. But everybody else was able to get going, too, so, unfortunately, we weren't able to make much of it. We thought it was better to go ahead and use the provisional so we could stay in the top 20. It was just really unfortunate we couldn't make it out of the 'B' main. It was a pretty tough one to swallow."
Hillier and DIRT Inc. will take its 18th-place ranking to Huset's Speedway in Brandon, SD, Tuesday and I-55 Raceway in Pevely, MO, Saturday.
"I'm pretty excited about going to Huset's and I-55 this week," Hillier said. "They're both racy places with high banking. I raced at Huset's about eight years ago; we just ran a Sunday show there. It was fun, and I'm glad to be going back. I think we can do well there, and at Pevely, too. They're both about 3/8 of a mile and they're pretty fast. We're looking forward to having a good couple of nights."