Hillier Anticipates Skagit Homecoming ALGER, WA (August 23) -- The homecoming football game is the game every school looks forward to each season. This weekend's World of Outlaws sprint car racing event at Skagit Speedway will be ...
Hillier Anticipates Skagit Homecoming
ALGER, WA (August 23) -- The homecoming football game is the game every school looks forward to each season. This weekend's World of Outlaws sprint car racing event at Skagit Speedway will be Chad Hillier's homecoming.
Hillier, a Burlington, WA, native, is eagerly anticipating Friday's and Saturday's races at the high-banked, 3/10-mile oval where he made history as the only driver to win championships in all three sprint car divisions. Chad claimed Skagit's sportsman sprint car championship in 1996, the year after he started racing sprint cars. He won the 360 sprint car title in 1998 and the 410 sprint car championship three years later.
"It feels good to be going home," says the driver of the #5c DIRT Inc. Maxim. "This will be the first time I've been home since February. We headed out right after Sunday's race so we could have an extra night at home. It's so pretty out there, and I can't wait to see my family and friends. I'm really excited."
Hillier can't wait to race in front of plenty of familiar faces, including Washington-based Car Owner Dave DeWitt.
"Dave will definitely be there," Chad said. "I can't thank him enough for giving me this opportunity, and my family for always supporting me through the years. We will have a lot of family and friends there to wish us well so, hopefully, we'll have two good nights and make the most of it.
"I haven't been to Skagit in a year, but I've raced there quite a bit before so it's not going to be a big secret about what we need to do. It should be a good weekend, and we're looking forward to it. We don't get out here (to the Pacific Northwest) very often -- we're only out here once a year -- so it's going to be good."
Hillier, who ranks 19th in the World of Outlaws point standings, has recorded 26 top-20 finishes this season. Last weekend, he finished 11th and 17th in "A" Features at Castrol Raceway in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Just two years removed from working as a crew member for the late Dave Helm's Selma Shell racing team, Chad ranks second in the 2007 Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year race.
Both of the weekend's racing programs will be taped for telecasts on the SPEED Channel. Friday's race will air on Sunday, September 2nd, at noon EDT, and Saturday's action will be telecast on Sunday, September 9th, at 2 p.m. EDT.