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Hill enjoys “High Banks” of Bristol

Rick Ware Racing’s (RWR) Timmy Hill went into Bristol with the goal of running at the finish at a track that has been known to be not so nice to rookies. After 300 laps, Hill understood why that is the case.

“This track is so fast and there is not much space to move around. I can’t imagine what it was like before they changed the banking’” stated Hill.

Timmy qualified the #15 Ford Mustang in the 25th position, a career high and gained a lot of experience but keeping the car clean and making passes at the right time.

“It is real easy to get caught up racing someone at the wrong time. We worked hard on clean passes and just learning how to set up competitors up to do so, all the while allowing the leaders to do the same without interfering.”

Hill finished the day in the 29th position and agrees that this is one tough track.

“I love short track racing and this was a lot of fun but at the same time, I learned a ton about these cars and my competitors. We will take this knowledge to California and apply to a bigger track,” Hill stated.

Action gets underway on Friday, March 25th at 4:40 pm EST with Nationwide Series practice. Qualifying is scheduled to begin on Saturday at 1:10am EST with the race at 5:30pm EST.

Lilly Trucking joins Hill at Bristol

Timmy Hill will be carrying the logos of Lilly Trucking this weekend for the running of the Scotts EZ Seed 300 at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Lilly Trucking, a long time partner with Rick Ware Racing, will share in memory of fallen teammate Dean Shaut, this weekend with rookie Timmy Hill in what has become one of the toughest weekends for the young team and driver.

“We want to thank Lilly Trucking for joining us in this time tragedy,” stated Hill. “Lilly Trucking and Rick Ware Racing are all one big family and we want to celebrate the life of our family member and team mate, Dean Shaut.”

Dean will be riding “co-pilot” with Hill for the remainder of the season with his name being featured over the passenger door. In addition, a decal on the trunk lid will also have an “In Memory” decal in Dean’s honor.

Hill will making his Bristol Motor Speedway debut this weekend and feels this is a track he can relate to.

“I love short track racing and it doesn’t get any better than Bristol. I have raced on short tracks my entire life and though this is only my third race in the Nationwide Series, I feel good about heading to Thunder Valley!”

Hill’s teammate, Carl Long will be driving the #41 Ford Mustang and will be sending get well wishes to teammate Steve “Dirt” Masch, who was seriously injured in the crash with Shaut.

The Rick Ware Racing team would also like to send its condolences to Brian Loftin and family this weekend. Wife, Melissa Loftin was fatally injured in a separate car accident this week as well.

Earnhardt earns Rookie Stripe early at Darlington

Jeffrey Earnhardt and Darlington Raceway got acquainted very fast this past weekend for the running of the Too Tough to Tame 200 on Saturday night.

Earnhardt wheeling the #1 Fuel Doctor Chevy struggled with the oldest track on the NASCAR circuit and was forced to a back up truck early after encountering the wall.

Earnhardt started 35th for the event as a provisional and ran the race like a veteran. With guidance from his spotter and crew chief to “Race the track and keep rolling through the center”, Jeffrey continued to increase his lap times as he climbed up to the 26th position on lap 40 after dodging spinning trucks for the first few cautions.

By lap 53, Earnhardt was beginning to run down competitors within his view and worked his way to the 24th position before another caution flew.

During the pit stop the Fuel Doctor crew added a spring rubber to the left rear and sent the rookie back out to battle.

The adjustment worked as he turned his fastest time on lap 66. Continuing to listen to his coaches, Jeffrey found a rhythm and was looking at cracking the Top 20 by lap 90.

With just 50 laps remaining, Earnhardt moved into the 19th position and steadily climbed further up the charts with his Fuel Doctor Chevy. A restart on lap 95 put the entire day in jeopardy when the #4 of Carmichael and #20 of Long got together just in front of Earnhardt and with a great move to the inside Jeffrey drove cleanly away and into the 15th position.

Earnhardt continued to move around the tricky Darlington track and turned his fastest lap with just 20 to go before the #22 of Coulter drove into the path of the Fuel Doctor Chevy entry and Earnhardt into the turn two wall.

The crew went to work to pull the fenders away from the tires and sent Earnhardt back to the track in the 20th position, on the lead lap.

As the checkered flag waved, Earnhardt finished 20th and held onto the 10th position in the point standings.

Earnhardt and the Fuel Doctor Racing team will now focus on the next task, Martinsville for the running of the Kroger 250 on Saturday April 2nd.

For more information visit www.wareracing.com or you can also follow the team on Twitter at @rickwareracing