Hillier Records Career-Best Run at Kokomo KOKOMO, IN (June 5) -- Chad Hillier put together the best performance of his World of Outlaws career Tuesday in the Hoosier Sprint Nationals at Kokomo Speedway. The Kevin Gobrecht...
Hillier Records Career-Best Run at Kokomo
KOKOMO, IN (June 5) -- Chad Hillier put together the best performance of his World of Outlaws career Tuesday in the Hoosier Sprint Nationals at Kokomo Speedway.
The Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year candidate drove the #5C DIRT Inc. Maxim into eighth place to move into 19th place in "the greatest show on dirt" point standings.
"We had the car ready right when were got there," a happy Hillier said. "We didn't have to change it for qualifying or anything. We didn't have to change much all night. We just focused on the car. We tried some stuff in the dash, but that didn't work well. So we just went back to what we had in the heat race and worked with the tires and snugged it up a little bit. We had a pretty decent car all night. (Crew Chief) Tyler (Swank) and Pete (Stephens, the team's mechanic) did a good job, the motor didn't give us any grief and I kept my nose clean. There were a couple of close calls, but we just had a night that worked in our favor. Hopefully, the monkey's off our back now."
Hillier's 11.297-second lap around the semi-banked, ¼-mile oval was only .052 seconds off fast-qualifier Jeremy Campbell's pace. Chad finished fourth in the Third Heat Race and earned the right to start the "A" Feature inside the fifth row by running ninth in the Crane Cams Dash.
Hillier exchanged top-10 positions with World of Outlaws veterans Terry McCarl and 1995 Rookie of the Year Randy Hannagan the 40-lap race. He passed Hannagan, Campbell and McCarl during the final 10 laps to claim the first top-10 finish of his career.
"We had a good battle going with Hannagan," Hillier said. "He just slipped by me and got free. He was running the middle of the racetrack and taking the top away from me. Once I got back by him, we started to move forward. We got by McCarl after that. He got sideways on the cushion and we almost got into him. After we got by him, we almost passed Steve (Kinser, who raced into seventh place from outside the 11th row). I think Steve snuck around me when I was trying to get around McCarl. We had a really good car at the end."
Hillier enters Saturday's Eagle Nationals at Eagle Raceway only 46 points behind Campbell, who ranks 18th in the World of Outlaws point standings.
"We're looking forward to going to Eagle Raceway," Hillier said. "It's a good, little, racy place. Lately, the racing has been really good everywhere we've been, so I'm sure it'll be good there, too. Hopefully, we'll have another good night like we did tonight."