Blown tire ruins Hills Music City debut
While competing solidly in the top 25 at the Nashville Superspeedway, Timmy Hill, driver of the #15 Rick Ware Racing Ford, blew a left front tire in the NASCAR Nationwide series Nashville 300 and finished 33rd.
“We had a great car. Before that restart, we made up 15 positions under a green-flag pit stop. I could have been more proud of my guys, and the car was getting incredible fuel mileage,” Hill explained.
The incident occurred around lap 150, shortly after a restart. Upon entering turn one, Hill felt the tire go down, but before he could get back to the pits, the tire blew, destroying much of the front end.
“I was getting up to speed from the restart, and when I drove it into one, I knew we had a problem. I was trying to get the car to the bottom when the tire blew and ripped the fender off,” Hill said.
Hill lost 3 laps in the pits during the repairs, and he was forced to run the remainder of the race as a practice session.
“The blown tire killed our chances at a competitive finish. It was out of our control though, and the team busted their knuckles trying to put the car back together. They gave me an amazing car this weekend, and despite the finish, I’m proud of where we’re going with the program. We’ll hope for better luck going into Richmond,” Hill said.
The next race for the NACAR Nationwide series will be the Bubba Burgers 250 at the Richmond International Raceway in Richmond, VA on Friday, April 29th. Qualifying for this event will be 4:10 pm EST with race cover following on Speed at 7:00 pm EST.