Hillier Qualifies Well in Outlaws World Finals CONCORD, NC (November 1) -- Chad Hillier qualified for the third row of the Friday- and Saturday-night heat races Thursday when the World of Outlaws opened the Inaugural Outlaws World Finals...
Hillier Qualifies Well in Outlaws World Finals
CONCORD, NC (November 1) -- Chad Hillier qualified for the third row of the Friday- and Saturday-night heat races Thursday when the World of Outlaws opened the Inaugural Outlaws World Finals at The Dirt Track @ Lowe's Motor Speedway.
Hillier, on the verge of completing his first full season with "the greatest show on dirt," circled the semi-banked, 4/10-mile oval in 12.803 seconds. The 112.474-MPH lap was 24th-fastest -- .387 seconds off defending series champion Donny Schatz's pace.
Chad's second lap was slightly slower but, at 12.897 seconds, it was the 19th-fastest in the 48-car field.
"We were a little bit off in the first qualifying session," Chad said. "The car was good, but the motor was down a hair. We just changed the fuel around a little for the second set and we were able to pick up a few spots. They gave everybody two laps in each session and, I think if you look at the lap times from the first time they went out to the second, they were almost identical.
"It's hard to believe that with all those cars, including the late models, the track would stay that smooth. The track actually stayed fabulous all night; it was definitely an improvement over the way it was in the spring. The cars weren't tearing up the track at all. The racetrack stayed nice and hard, but it was hooked up all night. It should make for some good racing this weekend, which is a good way to finish the season."
The only driver to win championships in all three sprint car divisions at Skagit Speedway is pleased with his starting positions in the World of Outlaws' last two racing programs of the 2007 season.
"We're feeling pretty good," Chad said. "We start on the third row in the heat races both nights, so we're just going to go out and make the most of it. They're inverting four and taking five to the feature, so all we have to do is run hard and pass a few cars and we'll be sitting pretty good."