Hillier Anticipates Dave Helm Memorial TULARE, CA (October 10) -- Chad Hillier will be racing with a heavy heart Saturday when the World of Outlaws runs the Dave Helm Memorial at Thunderbowl Raceway. The Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the...
Hillier Anticipates Dave Helm Memorial
TULARE, CA (October 10) -- Chad Hillier will be racing with a heavy heart Saturday when the World of Outlaws runs the Dave Helm Memorial at Thunderbowl Raceway.
The Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year contender was a crewman for the late owner of the #11H Selma Shell Maxim Helm campaigned on the World of Outlaws trail since the mid-1990s. Helm, one of the most highly respected team owners in sprint car racing, lost a long battle to illness earlier this year in Selma, CA, just 30 miles from Thunderbowl Raceway.
"Running the Dave Helm Memorial will mean a lot to me," Chad said Sunday. "I worked for him in 2005. He was a super guy to work for and a great guy for the sport."
Hillier, who drives the #5c DIRT Inc. Maxim, hopes last Saturday's 11th-place finish in the Polydome Princeton Nationals will carry through his weekend. He looks forward to racing at Tulare's high-banked, 1/3-mile oval.
"Thunderbowl is a fun, little racetrack," Chad said. "We've had good nights and bad nights there. It can be hard on equipment, but it usually produces a good race. Hopefully, we can go in there and build on what we did this weekend."
Hillier tied his second-best finish in a World of Outlaws "A" Feature at Princeton Speedway. The only driver to win championships in all three sprint car divisions at Skagit Speedway was the second-fastest driver in the hot-lap session, only .04 seconds off Joey Saldana's pace. Hillier recorded a similar time in the qualifying session and tied Chad Blonde for the seventh-fastest lap. Chad started inside the second row in the Fourth Heat Race and passed 1995 Rookie of the Year Randy Hannagan on his way to a runner-up run and a spot in the Crane Cams Dash.
Hillier passed World of Outlaws points leader and eventual Polydome Princeton Nationals winner Donny Schatz during the opening lap and held him off for eight laps. He battled Jac Haudenschild and 20-time World of Outlaws champion Steve Kinser throughout the second half of the 40-lap main event.
Hillier failed to qualify for the main event on opening night and finished 23rd in the "A" Feature in the finale when the World of Outlaws raced at Thunderbowl Raceway February 23-24.