Soaring Price of Diesel Fuel Doesn't Deter Hill Brothers
It's going to take more than the soaring price of diesel fuel to stop Port Tobacco, Md., residents Timmy and Tyler Hill from making the 600-mile round trip each week so they can compete in the Quaker Steak & Lube Summer Shootout Series at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
With the price of diesel fuel climbing toward $4.70 a gallon, the Hill family spends approximately $500 each week just for fuel so 15-year-old Timmy and 14-year-old Tyler can compete in the series of Tuesday night races.
"There's a lot of good racing here," Timmy Hill said when asked about why they make the long trek each week. "Plus, we like to be around everybody and the level of competition makes it more fun."
"Summer Shootout is one of the only places you can race these cars in a weekly series," added younger brother Tyler Hill, noting that the numerous publicity opportunities associated with the series and SPEED's television coverage are also important factors in their participation.
Timmy and Tyler Hill's interest in racing was bred into them by their father, Jerry Hill, who sponsors their racing efforts. Jerry Hill is a former NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series driver who also competed in a handful of NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series races during the 1990s.
Before hitting the highway, the Hill brothers spent most of their younger years honing their driving skills at Virginia's King George Speedway, a one-fifth-mile paved oval located an hour from their hometown.
Both brothers admit that racing together can get pretty competitive on the track, but Timmy Hill said they "take it easy" on each other.
But when asked who is the better driver, each responds confidently, "I am."
"Since it takes a while to get home, we have arguments about who did better, who finished better and who was running better," said Tyler Hill.
"My brother, he may run faster and kick harder, but more often than not, he ends up behind me when the race is done."
In addition to the Bandoleros and Legends Cars they drive during the Quaker Steak & Lube Summer Shootout Series, the Hill brothers race Allison Legacy cars at tracks up and down the East Coast. However, Timmy Hill said the Legends Car is his favorite because of the higher speeds and intense action.
The older of the Hill brothers is doing double duty during this year, competing in the Sprite Bandolero Young Guns and the Vault Legends Car Young Lions divisions. He finished 12th in the Young Guns standings last year with a best finish of fifth and is a rookie in the Legends Car division, where his goal is a top-10 finish in the final points.
After finishing sixth in the Sprite Bandolero Young Guns division last season, Tyler Hill has his sights on his first Quaker Steak & Lube Summer Shootout title.
"I like the excitement of Summer Shootout," Tyler Hill noted.
"Things happen on the dime-you get mad, you get excited. It's all about emotions and mood swings."
Both Hills got off to a strong start during opening night of the 10-race Quaker Steak & Lube Summer Shootout Series. Tyler Hill finished fourth in the Sprite Bandolero Young Guns feature with older brother Timmy Hill not far behind in sixth. Timmy Hill also raced to a seventh-place finish in the Vault Legends Car Young Lions main event.
The 10-race Quaker Steak & Lube Summer Shootout runs each Tuesday night through Aug. 12.
Admission is just $7 for adults. Children 6-12 are admitted for $3 and kids under 6 are free. Tickets are available in advance at the speedway ticket office and at gates 4 and 5 the night of the event. Parking is free.
Spectator gates open at 5 p.m. with preliminary action at 5:30 p.m.
Feature racing begins at 7:30 p.m. and is scheduled to conclude by 10:15.
For information, call the speedway ticket office at 1-800-455-FANS or visit us online.