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Hill Survives Chaotic Kansas to Score Rick Ware Racing’s Best Cup Finish

Timmy Hill and Rick Ware Racing entered Kansas Speedway with a little extra confidence as the team welcomed a familiar sponsor on board the No. 51 Chevrolet SS. Lilly Trucking for the first time this season. With Kansas being one of Hill’s best tracks, the season debut for Lilly was a memorable one for Rick Ware Racing. “Kansas has always been a great track for me. I hold my best Cup Series finish there with a 22nd place on the lead lap from 2012. Each time we roll into this track I seem to have success,” Hill told OnPitRoad.com in an interview on Monday Afternoon. In his eighth start of the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season, Hill started the No. 51 in the 39th position since he was one of 11 drivers unable to make it through pre-qualifying inspection, but that wouldn’t put down the spirits of the small team. The 2017 Go Bowling 400 had a record amount of cautions at 16, which played in the hands of Rick Ware Racing. “The Kansas race ended up being a survival race. The caution flag continued to fly in this race which made for interesting strategy,” said Hill. “Our Lilly Trucking Chevy struggled must of the race with handling but with the added caution flags we did find ourselves improving each pit stop and ultimately finished up 28th.” Written by: Christian Koelle/OnPitRoad.com

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