Hillier Passes Seven Cars in World Finals Prelim CONCORD, NC (November 2) -- Wanting to end his rookie season with the World of Outlaws on a high note, Chad Hillier drove the ...
Hillier Passes Seven Cars in World Finals Prelim
CONCORD, NC (November 2) -- Wanting to end his rookie season with the World of Outlaws on a high note, Chad Hillier drove the #5c DIRT Inc. Maxim like a virtuoso in Friday's Outlaws World Finals Preliminary Feature.
The 28-year-old driver from Burlington, WA, raced into 13th place from outside the 10th row. Only World of Outlaws veterans Jac Haudenschild and provisional starters Danny Lasoski and Jason Solwold passed more cars in the 30-lap feature race.
"We had a good night," Chad said. "Haud and Lasoski were the only ones who got by us, and they only did that when the car got a little upset on the cushion. We almost got Lasoski back toward the end, but he used his veteran skills to take my line away."
Hillier, the 19th-fastest driver in Thursday's first time trial session, qualified for the preliminary feature by finishing fifth in the Fourth Heat Race.
"We had a good heat race -- we got out of it in one shot -- and everything went well in the feature," Chad said. "We were really good on the cushion, but not the best off the cushion. We were fortunate enough to race around on the cushion for most of the race and we kept our nose clean. It was a good night of racing for us."
Hillier, encouraged by Friday's performance, is looking forward to Saturday's Outlaws World Finals finale.
"We know what to expect and we feel like we're pretty close with the car," Chad said. "We have a good starting position in the heat race again, and we have a good feeling after tonight. Pete (Stephens) and Travis (Van Dam) worked hard to give me a good car, the track is nice and the weather's beautiful, so we're looking forward to another good night of racing."