Hillier Battles Engine Problems at Eldora ROSSBURG, OH (September 21) -- Engine problems in the ...
Hillier Battles Engine Problems at Eldora
ROSSBURG, OH (September 21) -- Engine problems in the #5C DIRT Inc. Maxim plagued Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year contender Chad Hillier Friday when the World of Outlaws invaded Eldora Speedway.
Hillier's 13.862-second qualifying lap was the 36th-fastest in the 47-car field and forced him to start near the rear of the Fourth Heat Race and "B" Feature. Tenth-place finishes in each race kept him from qualifying for the "A" Feature.
"We got here with a new motor and worked the bugs out, and that put us behind the eight-ball early," Chad said. "The timing slipped early on, and that gave us trouble. The magneto hold-down broke, so that allowed the timing to move around. We got so far behind there early; it was tough to make up ground. It was frustrating chasing the motor all night. If we hadn't had to do that, we could have concentrated more on the car."
The only driver to win sprint car championships in all three divisions at Skagit Speedway found the silver lining behind the clouds and is looking forward to Wednesday's race at Orange County Fair Speedway and next weekend's Williams Grove National Open.
"We worked on the car and got it better, so we're hoping to be a lot better off at Middletown," Chad said. "We've had better runs at Eldora, but we learned some things. It wasn't a great night, but we figured some things out that will help us later on. We worked with the shocks and some different bar combinations, so we'll be better going into the next races. We should be a lot better at Middletown and Williams Grove."