Hillier Runs 20th in Magic City Showdown MINOT, ND (August 14) -- Chad Hillier maintained 19th place in the World of Outlaws point standings with a 20th-place finish in Tuesday's Second Annual Magic City Showdown at Nodak Speedway. ...
Hillier Runs 20th in Magic City Showdown
MINOT, ND (August 14) -- Chad Hillier maintained 19th place in the World of Outlaws point standings with a 20th-place finish in Tuesday's Second Annual Magic City Showdown at Nodak Speedway.
Hillier, who recorded his 24th top-20 finish of the season, left "The Playground of Power" with a one-point advantage over fellow Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year candidate Sam Hafertepe Jr.
"Sam has been running pretty consistent lately, so we need to put together some better nights," Chad said. "We need to start running a lot better so we don't have to worry about that kind of stuff. We have plenty to be concerned about out here already."
Hillier's 13.890-second lap around the high-banked, 3/8-mile oval was the 20th-fastest in the 30-car field, .559 seconds off fast-qualifier Donny Schatz's pace. Chad qualified for the 35-lap "A" Feature with a sixth-place finish in the Second Heat Race.
"We didn't have a fantastic night," Hillier said. "We just didn't lay down a very good qualifying lap -- I missed the corner a little bit. In the heat race, we were fortunate that 'Haud' (Jac Haudenschild) got spun out with a couple (of laps) to go. We were able to transfer out of the heat, but I couldn't do much with it in the 'A' main. I didn't have much corner speed and we couldn't roll through the corner very well. There wasn't a whole lot of passing going on in the heat. If somebody made a mistake you could get by them, but most guys just ran around the middle or the top."
Hillier, who started outside the 10th row in the main event, fell behind former Selma Shell Racing teammate Paul McMahan during the opening lap. Two other drivers also passed Chad during the race's early stages before he raced back into 20th place.
"I think we just missed the setup in the feature," Hillier said. "I'm sure some guys were moving around in the feature but, from what I saw, if you slipped up out of the corner, guys would drive by you. You had to have a pretty nice car to roll through the corner to make up any speed on anybody. We just kept fighting to get the car to get locked down through the corner. No matter where I ran on the track or tried to change my entry point or how fast or slow I went into the corner, it still skated out on the exit. There was just no drive on the exit."
Hillier and his DIRT Inc. teammates will exit the United States for several days to race with the World of Outlaws in the Oil City Cup at Castrol Raceway in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, Friday and Saturday.
"I don't know if they've changed anything at the racetrack since I used to go up and run 360 races there a few years ago," Chad said. "It can be pretty racy. It has decent straightaways and tight corners, and I'm sure they're still doing a good job with the track. I have quite a few friends there who used to come down and race on the West Coast and I'd race up there with them, so it will be good to catch up with them. We look forward to every race, but we're happy to have some behind us and look forward to seeing some like this one coming up."