Hillier Breaks into World of Outlaws Top 20 ELBRIDGE, NY (May 28) -- Chad Hillier broke into the World of Outlaws top 20 with a 19th-place finish in Monday's Memorial Day race at Rolling Wheels Raceway Park. The Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the...
Hillier Breaks into World of Outlaws Top 20
ELBRIDGE, NY (May 28) -- Chad Hillier broke into the World of Outlaws top 20 with a 19th-place finish in Monday's Memorial Day race at Rolling Wheels Raceway Park.
The Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year candidate from Burlington, WA, drove the #5C DIRT Incorporated Maxim past five cars en route to his 10th top-20 finish of the year.
When he was told he moved ahead of Tony Bruce Jr. by one point to move into 20th place in the point standings, Hillier said, "Good; that'll make Dave (DeWitt, the team's car owner) happy. Tony ran a good race at Lowe's, so we feel fortunate to pass him. It's good to be in the top 20; we'll start getting tow money."
Monday's Memorial Day event didn't start very well for Hillier. His 117.727-MPH lap around the semi-banked, 5/8-mile oval was only the 29th-fastest in the 33-car field, and his sixth-place finish in the First Heat Race forced him to race in the "B" Feature.
The only driver to win all three sprint car championships at Skagit Speedway turned his situation around in the "B" Feature, however, with an incredible fifth-to-second move past Bruce, Randy Hannagan and Jason Martin on the ninth-lap restart to qualify for the 25-lap main event.
"We were fortunate when the caution came out," Hillier said. "We were running pretty well, but everybody was strung out. There were only a couple of laps to go, so I didn't think we could be able to get it done (finish in the top four). On the restart, everybody went to the bottom in (turns) one and two and we were pretty good around the top, so we drove around them. I was really happy the caution came out when it did.
"We made the wrong tire choice in the ('A') feature. The tire we put on the right rear took too long to fire up and get going. After the cars got strung out, the tire fired up and we were able to pick off quite a few. Actually, toward the end, if we hadn't gotten lapped, we would have been able to pass more cars that were on the lead lap. We went a lap down with six or seven to go. The car was really nice; we just missed it in qualifying because it was a little too free. But we changed some shocks around and got going pretty good in the 'B' and the 'A.' It was just unfortunate that we started so far back. We would have been a lot better off if we had started closer to the front."
"I like that place," Hillier said. "It goes dry, which is what I like. I'd rather it get slicker than it be hooked up and rough. If your car is good, you can make up space on a lot of guys. I'm looking forward to going there; it's a neat place. Everything is nice about the facility. It's really clean and there's a great atmosphere there. It's owned by a racing family (1995 World of Outlaws champion Dave Blaney and 1998 Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year Dale Blaney), so they know what racers like. Dale does a good job of running the place; it's a really racy track. I'm sure there will be quite a few cars there, too."