Hill leads NNS Rookie Standings after Dover
NASCAR Nationwide Sunoco Rookie of the Year Standings after Dover
1. Timmy Hill 97
2. Ryan Truex 89
3. Blake Koch 84
4. Jennifer Jo Cobb 60
5. Charles Lewandoski 44
Timmy Hill continued to build on his resume' of tracks to compete on for 2011. Hill entered Dover International Speedway this weekend with yet another yellow stripe on the rear of his #15 Lilly Trucking of Virginia Ford indicating to the competition that he has never competed at this specific track.
Timmy paced the high bank speedway for 62 laps in practice and soon realized that this track is one of the toughest on the circuit.
"It is really fast and not a bunch of room if you mess up. I'm struggling a little in turns 3 and 4 but I feel like I have 1 and 2 down. Its just going to take some adjustments but we should be good," stated Hill.
As the weather typically happens at Dover, rain fell on the concrete track and cancelled qualifying, providing Hill with a 30th starting position, but the young driver took the rain as an opportunity.
"I looked up and saw thousands of fans sitting in the rain waiting like I was for the track to dry. I figured I would do something a little different and go into the stands and meet the fans and sign autographs until it was time to go racing," stated Timmy.
"That was really cool, something you don't see in any sport or even series," stated Justin Stevenson of Milford, Delaware who was in attendance. "I was shocked that a driver would take the time to come over and talk with us and sign autographs. I'm a Hill fan for life!"
Once the race got underway, Hill moved into the top 25 rather quickly but fighting traffic became costly as he found himself a lap down in the meantime as the leaders set sail on the field.
Hill kept the car on target and dodged several spinning cars throughout the day and finished a respectable 22nd on the night.
"This was a great job by the entire crew. We came in a little behind, trying to learn the track but came out without a scratch and was competitive with a solid finish. We have to just keep gaining experience and driving hard and these top 20's and 25's will turn into 10's and 15's before the season is over. That is our goal, and we know we are capable of it."