Hillier Passes Hafertepe in Point Standings OSBORN, MO (May 11) -- Chad Hillier appeared to be on his way to one of the best performances of his rookie season in the World of Outlaws' Second Annual Missouri High-Banked Nationals Friday...
Hillier Passes Hafertepe in Point Standings
OSBORN, MO (May 11) -- Chad Hillier appeared to be on his way to one of the best performances of his rookie season in the World of Outlaws' Second Annual Missouri High-Banked Nationals Friday at U.S. 36 Raceway when "one of those racing deals" transpired.
Hillier was challenging Kerry Madsen for 12th place when the fellow Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year candidate collided with him and damaged the front suspension on the #5C DIRT Incorporated Maxim.
"The night started out really well, and everything was going good," Hillier said. "We were moving forward the first few laps in the feature, but it looked like Madsen had a cut tire and he shot across the track and hit the left front. It tore a bar stub out of the axle, so we coasted around for a while until there was a caution. We went to the work area and they (Crew Chief Tyler Swank and Mechanic Pete Stephens) thought they could stick it back in the hole well enough, but on the next restart it just wouldn't work. We went back in and changed the front axle. We were five laps down, but we kept we went back out because a few other guys pulled off. We wanted to make sure we finished ahead of them in case we were close to them in points."
The moved paid off, as Hillier's 23rd-place finish pushed him into 21st place in the World of Outlaws point standings, one point ahead of fellow rookie Sam Hafertepe Jr.
Hillier's 10.474-second lap was the 10th-fastest in the 33-car field. He started next to former Selma Shell teammate Paul McMahan outside front row in the Second Heat Race. Chad fell behind Jason Solwold early, but held off Hafertepe for third place in the 10-lap race. He started next to 2006 Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year Chad Kemenah in the feature and was moving forward when the collision with Madsen turned his night sour.
Hillier doesn't have time to think about what might have been. He and DIRT Inc. will be back in action Saturday at Lake Ozark Speedway in Lake of the Ozarks, MO.
"It was just one of those deals," Hillier said. "The track was actually pretty racy, but it started rutting up toward the end. We got a dirt clod got into the oil line, so we're going to have to change out a couple of cabbage lines. The night started off well, but it ended poorly. We have tomorrow to build on it though, so we'll do our best at Lake Ozark."