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Timmy Hill had a strong day at Talladega last week

Timmy Hill made his eighth start of the 2017 NASCAR XFINITY Series Season behind the wheel of the No. 40 Dodge Challenger for Carl Long’s MBM Motorsports at the Talladega Superspeedway with partnership from X-treme PH and CrashClaimsR.Us. As a smaller budgeted team, MBM Motorsports and Hill look at both superspeedways as opportunities to secure the best finishes possible, and sometimes can become the Cinderella Story in a book full of giants. “Going into Talladega as a smaller team on a much lower budget is a big challenge. One thing about superspeedway racing is the big draft pack style racing that allows for a team that can’t afford wind tunnel time and top of the line engines, to fight our way into the draft to compete for strong finishes,” Hill said in an interview with OnPitRoad.com. Hill and the team had just came off of a 28th-place finish at Richmond the previous weekend, and were looking at Talladega as the ultimate opportunity for the team to gain extra spotlight and leave with confidence going into the two weeks off. Hill qualified the No. 40 CrashClaimsR.Us/X-treme PH Dodge in the 37th position at a track where starting toward the rear can be an unintentional benefit and that is just what Hill and crew chief Jason Houghtaling used it as. “On Saturday, we knew if we played our cards right that we could find ourselves with a great finish and run as strong as anyone,” Hill said. “Our strategy going into this race was to protect our car and have our strongest surge to the front at the end of the race. This actually worked out really well in our favor as there was two major accidents that took out a good handful of other cars.” As the race began to wind down, cars began to go behind the wall one-by-one after being caught up in the two big ones. Hill and his team began to make a move toward netting the best possible finish and with a crash on the last lap, it pushed them back to a 17th-place finish, his best finish since the July race at Daytona in 2015. “We began our charge with 12 laps to go,” he said. “Our Dodge could run right up in the middle of the lead pack, bumper to bumper with anyone in the top-5. It is an amazing feeling to be door-to-door with top of the line equipment when we know we are working with significantly less. “With a crash on the white flag and no caution, we were pushed back to finish 17th. Even though we wanted more, we are very pleased to race as well as we did and come away with a clean car.”   Photo Credit/ Written by: Christian Koelle/OnPitRoad.com

Timmy Hill set to attempt first Daytona 500

THOMASVILLE, N.C. -- Officials from Rick Ware Racing (RWR) announced today the team’s intent to compete in the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series as an "open non-chartered" team beginning with next month's 59th annual Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway.

RWR's return to the elite level of NASCAR will have Timmy Hill aboard the No. 51 Chevrolet for Speedweeks with a rotating list of drivers to follow throughout the season including longtime RWR drivers Stanton Barrett, Cody Ware and road course veteran Kevin O’Connell to name a few.

"We've been eyeing our return to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series since the end of last year," said RWR team principal Rick Ware. "We knew with the competition level stronger than ever, we needed to take the steps to make sure we could come to the track and be as competitive as possible, while focused on building our organization as the season presses on.”

RWR also announced the team has acquired assets from Tommy Baldwin Racing (TBR) for use this season, including cars, pulldown rig and technology support.

Additionally, longtime industry veteran Joe Lax, also previously with TBR will serve as crew chief, while pro-motor engineering (PME) will supply the horsepower during the season.

Furthermore, Mike Hillman Sr., a longtime fixture in NASCAR joins RWR in a newly created role as team consultant.

"I feel like we've done a great job getting our stars aligned for this year," Ware added. "Between acquiring cars from Tommy Baldwin Racing and having a good open relationship with them, plus being able to bring key personnel aboard who have the desire and drive to make our team the best it's ever been.

"One component I'm really proud about is our initiative to bring our body work in-house. We really have hired some talented and experienced personnel overall and I couldn't be more excited to get our season underway."

Hill is hopeful to make his "World Center of Racing" debut in next month's Super Bowl event. The 23-year-old hopes to make his 49th Cup race in his first ever Daytona 500.

Despite no Cup starts at Daytona, the Port Tobacco, Maryland native has four XFINITY starts at the 2.5-mile oval with two career top-10 finishes including back-to-back top-10 runs for Rick Ware Racing in 2012 with a career-best seventh in the season-opening race.

"I'm thankful to continue my relationship with Rick Ware Racing for the 2017 season," said Hill. "I've always wanted the chance to compete in the Daytona 500 and thanks to Rick and Lisa (Ware), I'll have that opportunity. It won't be easy, but as a team and Joe (Lax) leading the way, we’re focused and will give it all we have and hope we’ll be one of the 40 cars running in the Daytona 500!"