Hillier Has Mixed Emotions About Leaving 'The Grove' MECHANICSBURG, PA (July 21) -- Williams Grove Speedway hasn't been kind to Chad Hillier and DIRT Inc. this season, but the World of Outlaws Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year contender...
Hillier Has Mixed Emotions About Leaving 'The Grove'
MECHANICSBURG, PA (July 21) -- Williams Grove Speedway hasn't been kind to Chad Hillier and DIRT Inc. this season, but the World of Outlaws Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year contender has mixed emotions about leaving the half-mile oval.
"In a way, I was glad to see Williams Grove in our rear-view mirror -- but I almost wish we could race it more often so we could get better there," Hillier said after Saturday's Cleveland Brothers Summer Nationals finale. "It's a tough place to race, but it was tough for other guys, too."
Hillier, who ranked 39th in the preliminary program point standings, finished 11th in Saturday's Second Heat Race and third in the "C" Feature -- 3.295 seconds away from qualifying for the "B."
"It wasn't the best night, but we found a few things that made me more comfortable racing there," Hillier said. "Unfortunately, we weren't able to transfer out of the 'C' and build on that for the 'B,' but that's the way it goes sometimes. First and second (Jac Haudenschild and Tony Bruce Jr.) got away from us, but the car felt pretty good. We just weren't quite good enough. Our crew is working well together though. We're an inexperienced team now, but it's good that we're all learning together."
Hillier hopes the knowledge the team gained at Williams Grove will help him run well in his first race at Lebanon Valley Speedway Sunday.
"Lebanon Valley's straightaways aren't as long as Williams Grove's, but we should be able to use some of what we learned Saturday," Hillier said. "We used a little different bar combination that helped us some. Lebanon Valley is usually pretty slick. It's deceiving; if you think there's any moisture, you can forget about it. I've only been there once before, and that was when I was a crew member for the Selma Shell team. Hopefully, we will run well there."