Mid-week shows never allow time to recover. But apparently recovery was the last thing Chris Hile and the 5H machine needed heading into the weekend. After the Hile Motorsports team decided to come home from the west Super DIRTcar tour a day early skipping the last stop on the way back at Sharon Speedway, Chris and the 5H were more than ready to go at the Brewerton Speedway Friday night. Chris took what he learned on the road and applied it to the 5H’s set-up Friday. After starting deep in the field, the 5H showed a very strong run finishing in 3rd and securing Chris solidly in the top 5 in points for another week.
Off to Fulton, both Hile Motorsports cars were ready to go after the already successful weekend. Katelyn and the 25H machine would suffer some misfortune in the heat just missing a qualifying spot causing her to start deep in the field in 20th. But she would prove that she could recover driving through the field to 14th.
Now usually a strong Friday night run can go one of two ways. You can either back it up with another solid run or you can all but wipe your memory of the good run. Fortunately, again Chris and the 5H showed that traveling and experimenting at new tracks proves good to the set-up book. Chris even showed the Fulton Speedway crowd a few new passing lanes he had developed on the road and threw a few slide jobs throughout the night to end up finishing in the top 5 yet again.
With the week of traveling behind them, it was safe to say that team Hile Motorsports was looking forward to a typical maintenance week reflecting on the good fortune they had.
When we set out for Eldora, we really had two main goals in mind: make both shows and keep everything in one piece so we could continue our weekly points assault at both the Brewerton and Fulton Speedways. Of course going onto a big stage like Eldora and given the history behind the legendary speedway we always push for more, but at the end of the day these two races were not going to define our season. Showing up Monday afternoon for the Tuesday race, we were all pleasantly surprised in the amount of Modifieds that made the long haul to Rossburg, OH. We were also excited to see many fellow competitors and factory representatives we hadn’t seen in a while. The weather forecast for our 2-day show looked great on paper; little did we know how hot it would really be. The Rossburg Ohio heat was comparable to sitting on a beach in the Caribbean, and being out among corn fields there was nowhere to hide from the sun beating down.
Tuesday, the Chris Hile 5H machine was slated to go off in a very tough heat. The qualifying time the 5H machine ran within his group would have easily been a quick time in any of the other 5 groups, but unfortunately only proved to give Chris a mid-pack starting position within his group’s qualifying heat. This starting position ended up writing our ticket to the last chance qualifying event where we improved on the set-up in hopes of making the Tuesday night Super DIRTcar Series Big Block Modified event. We knew if we couldn’t make the Tuesday night show all chances of being invited to the Wednesday night exhibition with the NASCAR Camping World Trucks were done. Starting deep in the last chance qualifier, Chris and the 5H powered through the field securing his starting spot in the main. After battling through adversity and needing an early tire change forcing the 5H to start tail in the main event, Chris and the 5H would end up finishing with a solid 17th. Additionally, the 5H would secure his spot in the Wednesday night invitational by taking the last spot on the roster as a result of his finishing spot.
If we thought Tuesday was a hot day, we were quickly reminded how much hotter it could be by Wednesday’s heat. At that point everyone was feeling the heat, including the cars which were nearly all battling overheating problems throughout the day and night. Chris and the 5H again would put up a strong battle and finish 18th as a result of overheating issues.
Given the amount of talented Super DIRTcar Big Block Modified teams who made the treck to the famed Eldora Speedway to be on the same stage as the NASCAR Camping World Trucks it was an honor for the 5H to be one of the 24 cars that competed in both shows, especially taking into consideration nearly 60 made the haul. Although results did not exactly meet our expectations given the year we are having at our home tracks, the experience we took from traveling to a new track only better prepares us for our trip next year!
Going into this weekend we were already planning the days after it as we gear up to take the Chris Hile 5H to Eldora Speedway. But sometimes when you overlook something you can be quite surprised and that's exactly what we got!
This weekend was shaping up to be perfect for racing action both Friday night at the Brewerton Speedway and Saturday night at the Fulton Speedway. With 2 weeks since new clay was laid down at Brewerton we came into Friday with hopes of a smooth track knowing that new clay can rough a place up until it has fully cured. Unfortunately we didn't get the typical Brewerton smooth track but we really have to hand it to the track crew who were able to keep the track as smooth as possible given the circumstances.
Going into the night Chris and the 5H sat in 6th in the season point standings and at halfway through the season we are all pretty excited to see where the second half of the season will lead us. Given the new track conditions we knew all drivers were going to be chasing setups. Chris was able to battle through attrition and hold onto 8th place propelling him to 4th in the overall point standings.
Going into Saturday night at Fulton Speedway we all joked that the 25H was due for a hat trick after breaking in hot laps the past 2 weeks. Fortunately Katelyn was able get that monkey off her back and completed hot laps without any misfortune. After the heats both Hile Motorsports cars were questioning what setups they would ultimately want for the feature as track conditions were a little different than normal. Both Chris and Katelyn decided on slightly different feature setups. Katelyn and the 25H would start on the pole and Chris and his 5H would go away midpack. At the halfway point of the feature the 25H was still holding strong in 3rd. With 5 to go after getting stuck behind a lap car Katelyn was still showing a strong run in 4th and would ultimately lose 4th on the last lap finishing a Modified career-best 5th. Chris and the 5H would end up 12th.
As I said before sometimes when you overlook something you can be surprised. If you had asked me after the heat where I would've predicted the 25H to finish I would've said that I'd be lucky to stay with the pack. Never did I think my career best finish would come this weekend!
Although we are leaving my 25H home this week as we take the 5H west to Eldora, I am not too upset as it gives me more time to enjoy this career milestone! Here's to hoping we can see more top 5's in the near future!
Stay tuned to #HileMotorsports social media to see how Chris and the 5H do at the Eldora Speedway!
Mother Nature had every intention on raining on our parade this past weekend. Friday the Hile Motorsports 5H pulled into the Brewerton Speedway just in time for the flood gates to open and the rain to pour down canceling Friday's show. Although we are never truly happy to see a rainout it is nice to know the new clay surface at the Brewerton Speedway will have another week to cure and with the night off the Hile Motorsports team had the opportunity to catch up on shop work.
Saturday looked to be shaping up to be the same as Friday with rain showers forecasted just as teams would be showing up at the Fulton Speedway. However, forecasts can change in an instant and somehow we dodged a majority of the showers. Both the 5H and 25H were ready to go hitting the track for hot laps. Unfortunately the 25H did not fair too well during the hot lap session breaking drive train components. As the Hile Motorsports team was working to repair the 25H a few rain showers passed through giving the team the extra time to get everything squared away for the heat. Katelyn and the 25H had a very strong 2nd place heat race finish overcoming the problems faced during hot laps. Chris and the 5H also proved he was more than ready to get the weekend underway qualifying for the feature. Even with the bleak forecast the track made sure to take the time for their biggest supporters- the fans by still holding autograph night during the intermission. This gives the fans an opportunity to see their favorite cars and drivers up close. Just as features were being called another brief shower put the show on rain delay. We all thought this was it but the track crew was able to jump into action saving the track. Katelyn and the 25H would start on the pole and Chris and the 5H was slated to start 12th. Both cars remained in the top 10 majority of the race until a late race caution proved beneficial for Chris and disadvantageous for Katelyn as Chris would come home in a strong 6th and Katelyn would tie her season best after fading to 13th.
This weekend will be another regular show at both the Brewerton and Fulton Speedway followed by week day shows for Chris and the 5H at the legendary Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, OH supporting the NASCAR Camping World Truck Mudsummer Classic event.
This past weekend was busier than normal. With the 4th of July, came a few extra series races at local tracks we don't visit all too often for Chris and the 5H.
They always say one little mistake can put you behind and man did that hold true on the first night of the weekend. Thursday June 30th at Canandaigua Motorsports Park was Chris's 2nd Super DIRTcar series race of the season. After a minor mistake in the heat, Chris went on to dominate the last chance qualifier earning a 21st starting spot in the main event. Unfortunately starting that deep proved to be costly when an early mistake by another car lead to an unavoidable wreck for the 5H machine, which took him out of the race.
Regrouping in time to make it to his Friday night home at the Brewerton Speedway the night proved to be challenging for all drivers. Track conditions proved difficult for not only Chris and the 5H but all running in the top 5 in season points as they finished amongst each other, nearly all outside of the top 10 with Chris coming in 13th.
Saturday night both Hile Motorsports cars hit the track at the Fulton Speedway. Chris would drive up through the field finishing in a strong 5th place after starting deep, where Katelyn and the 25H would hold on to 15th.
The last and final stop of the weekend would be the Super DIRTcar Series Race at the Utica Rome Speedway on Sunday July 3rd. This again would be a show for only the Hile Motorsports 5H. Again track conditions proved treacherous and passing was at a premium, but Chris was able to overcome tough track conditions and still drive up to finish a strong 13th in the 100 lap feature event.
After a long weekend and late nights we can both honestly say we are looking forward to our normal weekend routine coming up! Long weekends are always fun until it's time to go back to work...