Steering Problems Turn Hillier South at Manzy PHOENIX, AZ (October 19) -- Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year contender Chad Hillier was on his way to qualifying for Friday's World of Outlaws "A" Feature at Manzanita Speedway, but a power...
Steering Problems Turn Hillier South at Manzy
PHOENIX, AZ (October 19) -- Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year contender Chad Hillier was on his way to qualifying for Friday's World of Outlaws "A" Feature at Manzanita Speedway, but a power steering malfunction in the #5c DIRT Inc. Maxim kept him from transferring.
"It was pretty frustrating," Chad said. "We were leading for a while and (Jason) Campbell got by us. We were running a strong second when the power steering blew. It pumped all the fluid out of it and I could hardly steer it.
"It was a bummer because we were definitely going to transfer. We were pretty good all night -- we had a decent car, the motor was running good and everything was working well -- but a $20 part gave out. You just never know when something like that is going to happen."
Hillier finished fifth in the last-chance race for the second straight time, 1.136 seconds behind 1999 Rookie of the Year Tim Shaffer.
The only driver to win championships in all three sprint car divisions at Skagit Speedway circled Manzanita's historic semi-banked, ½-mile oval in 15.778 seconds, making him the 21st-fastest in the 33-car field and only .366 seconds off fast-qualifier Jason Solwold's pace.
"We had a pretty decent qualifying time," Chad said. "It wasn't quite where it needed to be, but we were close. We needed another tenth (of a second) and we'd have been sitting pretty good."
Hillier was also one spot short of qualifying for the "A" Feature in the First Heat Race. He finished sixth, .844 seconds behind 1986 Rookie of the Year Johnny Herrera.
Hillier and his DIRT Inc. teammates will be back in action Saturday in the World of Outlaws race at Perris Auto Speedway in Perris, CA.
"We're just going to put it behind us and look forward to the Perris race," Chad said. "It's a nice place and it's pretty racy. We just want to get qualified well and hope everything clicks and we have a good night."