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Mother Nature Says We'll Just Have To Wait.....

Mother Nature says NO RACING this Saturday night March 28th. The temps will just be too damn cold to get the show in this weekend. The good news is that this gives the crew at Hilltop to put the finishing touches on some needed repairs/upgrades before getting the season started. Plans are to be in action next Saturday night April 4th.

Load up your friends and family every weekend of the summer and head to "The Hill" for the very best side by side racing to be found on dirt!

We've Just Lost A Dirt Racing Legend
 by Bob on Monday, Mar 23rd
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Anybody that has been around racing at all knows the name Eal Baltes quite well. Sure many know him as the owner of Eldora Speedway for what seemed like forever. But this man did much more than own and operate a race track. He created it from scratch and then went on to spend decades of hard work and tons of his own money promoting it in ways that no other track owners have dared to do. To say he was successful in his quest to make his track the king of all dirt tracks, would be a huge understatement. Eldora Speedway and Earl Baltes both went on to become legendary over the years and he never let up on his dedication to the racers, the fans, and the sport he loved so much. Hats off to ya Earl and may you rest in peace knowing that you've not only created the most famous dirt track in the world, but also made racing what it is today. You will truly missed but NEVER forgotten!

Please Help This Family If You Can
 by Bob on Wednesday, Mar 4th
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An act of heroism†quickly turned into a terrible tragedy and†has taken†the life of a former local†racer. Roger Rush Jr. was a member of the Rush Racing family that often dominated the Mini Stock division at Lakeville Speedway. This 44 year old father of 9 didn't hesitate for even a second to help a woman that he saw get hit by a car on an icy road. Another driver stopped to help also and Roger moved her to a safer place and even gave her his reflective coat for her safety. Seconds later another car slid into the accident scene and Roger was trapped under that car, killing him. The complete story can be read by clicking here. The family is in great need of our support right now and have set up a web based opportunity for getting that help. PLEASE visit this webpage to help if you can. The family will truly appreciate any help they can get in this time of need. This man lost his life while saving the lives of 2 people he didn't even know. That's just the guy he was. It's not often that you get to honor a true hero, but here's your chance.

Hilltop Speedway Announces 2015 Schedule
 by Bob on Sunday, Feb 15th
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Once again the gang at Hilltop Speedway seems to be itching to kick off the racing season whether Mother Nature is ready or not. With the nasty way our winter has been going, racing on March 14th seems to be some wild dream. However, I've learned in recent years that if Buck says we're racing, he'll do absolutely anything and everything to make it happen. I know I'm not the only one that's more than a little eager to get back to "The Hill" for that kickass side by side action this place was built upon. After another long and ugly winter, those racing fumes and coney dogs are gonna taste GREAT. Check out the schedule below and plan to take in every great show they have to offer. See ya there!!

March 14 Opening Night Regular Racing Event Excluding JPR Auto & Tire & A & B Construction Mini Wedges

March 21 Regular Racing Event Excluding JPR Auto & Tire & A & B Construction Mini Wedges

March 28 Regular Racing Event Excluding JPR Auto & Tire & A & B Construction Mini Wedges

April 4 Regular Racing Event Excluding JPR Auto & Tire & A & B Construction Mini Wedges

April 11 Regular Racing Event

April 18 Finish Line Auto Body Modifieds $1,000 to Win Plus Regular Racing Event

April 25 Regular Racing Event

May 2 Holmes Tire Late Models $1,500 to Win Plus Regular Racing Event Excluding JPR Auto & Tire & A & B Construction Mini Wedges

May 9 Regular Racing Event

May 16 Modlites $400 to Win Plus Regular Racing Event

May 23 Regular Racing Event Plus Driver Autograph Night

May 30 Regular Racing Event

June 6 Holmes Pest Control Street Stocks $1,000 to Win Plus Regular Racing Event

June 13 Regular Racing Event Excluding Bugs R Gone Trucks

June 20 Finish Line Auto Body Modifieds $1,000 to Win Plus Regular Racing Event

June 27 Mid-Season Championship

July 3 & 4 TBA

July 11 Holmes Tire Late Models $1,500 to Win Plus Regular Racing Event

July 18 Winning Edge Auto Body Mini Stocks $400 to Win Plus Regular Racing Event Excluding JPR Auto & Tire & A & B Construction Mini Wedges

July 25 Bugs R Gone Truck Invitational $400 to Win Plus Regular Racing Event Plus Fan Appreciation Night

August 1 Regular Racing Event

August 8 Regular Racing Event Plus Kids Night

August 15 Season Championships

September 18th and 19th 7th Annual Weekend on the Hill Ė Holmes Tire Late Model Invitational, Finish Line Auto Body Modifieds, Homes Pest Control Street Stocks, Bugs R Gone Trucks, Winning Edge Auto Body Mini Stocks, Modlites, JPR Auto & Tire & A & B Construction Mini Wedges.† More details will follow.

This is a tentative schedule.† Dates may be changed or added. Watch website for up to date information about Hilltop Speedway at www.hilltopspeedway.org.†

Regular Racing Event Includes: Late Models sponsored by Holmes Tire, Modifieds sponsored by Finish Line Auto Body, Street Stocks sponsored by Holmes Pest Control, Mini Stocks sponsored by Winning Edge Auto Body, Trucks sponsored by Bugs R Gone, Modlites, and Mini Wedges sponsored by JPR Auto & Tire & A & B Construction

Regular Racing Events Start Times: Pit Gates Open at 3:00 p.m. cost $30.00 General Admission at 4:00 p.m. cost $10.00 Kids 12 and under free

Spring Hours: Hot laps 5:00 p.m. racing at 6:30 p.m. ††††††††† Summer Hours: Hot laps 6:00 p.m. racing at 7:30 p.m.

This Sure Sounds Familiar.....
 by Bob on Thursday, Jan 15th
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DFC Racing I found this message while checking out the website of another of my all time favorite race tracks, Dragway 42. I couldn't help feeling like I've written/spoken many of these same lines before. The bottom line is that no matter what type of racing you enjoy, it's up to everybody involved(racers, fans, and media) to support the local tracks to keep this sport alive for ourselves and future generations. Dragway 42 was my favorite home back in my drag racing days and I still enjoy making the trip whenever I can. Over the years this place has changed hands a few times, just like our local dirt tracks have. And just like the history of ownership at those dirt tracks, some were better than others at making the track not only survive but thrive. The most recent ownership has taken on the largest project of any track I've ever seen, which lead to delaying opening back up. Of course that lead to online bashing by those "keyboard cowboys" as I call them, and that just pisses me off. Damn folks, take a look at the project they took on all in the name of bringing this historic track not only back to life, but to the top of the heap. The entire property is being completely reshaped and the facility rebuilt from the ground up. This will clearly take time and plenty of money to complete, and hats off to them for stepping up to do it. Those of you reading this may not be into racing in a straight line for seconds at a time, but ALL tracks in our area will need our support to survive. I am eagerly awaiting opening day at the new Dragway 42, whenever that turns out to be. I'll be sure to invite all of you as soon as General Manager Joe Gambino makes the announcement. Please read the message below and and remember it the next time you see those pesky "keyboard cowboys" bashing any track online or elsewhere.

You Canít Race Without a Race Track

by Scott Gardner Ė President, International Hot Rod Association

There are two distinct trends happening with race tracks and racers these days. Generally race tracks, as a percentage, are closing at an alarming rate and a small but vocal group of racers are sometimes adding fuel to the fire of that trend. Having been a track operator for nearly twenty years, I have struggled with operations, finances and decisions. Being a track operator is not for the faint of heart.

Race tracks close for a variety of reasons. The most common reason is financial. Simply put, the profit margin in race track operations is razor thin. It takes a wise operator to figure out the path to profitability and that path varies dramatically from facility to facility. In some markets, specialty events like heads-up classes, brand events, etc., work well. In other markets, itís appealing to the street enthusiasts to bring their cars to the race track that makes the difference. Yet for others, who are lucky enough to be in bigger markets, itís the major spectator event that is the path to success. However, many track operators struggle to find that niche.

The risk versus the reward of running a race track is often upside down. Long hours with big financial commitments makes high stakes gambling in Vegas look like childís play. I would guess the divorce rate of track operators is high. The stress, long hours, risk, and in most cases, low rewards are often more than a person can take or would even want to attempt. To put this into the racer prospective Ö a racer who spends 50K annually to race is doing so for the love and enjoyment. For the track operator, who loses 50K, there is often no credible value against that loss.

Then enters the small but vocal group of racers (with bystanders who join in with them) that voice their often uninformed positions via social media on how bad they believe their local track is operated. Perceived poor track conditions, lighting, parking, concessions, procedures, etc. are all discussed, while never realizing their attitude and words are very destructive and can ultimately lead to the demise of their home track. While it is human nature to complain and it is understandable people have frustrations, it makes little sense to publically lambast a business without ever reaching out to discuss the issues with the management. If I go to a restaurant and have a bad experience, I will reach out to a manager and hopefully get my issues resolved. If not, I might choose to go elsewhere but wonít spend countless hours tearing down the business on social media and then return there to eat the next day. That cycle makes no sense.

As a Track Operator I would sometimes see race cars or teams with issues. This could be bad tires, the car being lined up crooked, etc. Do you think I run to racers and tell them they donít know what theyíre doing? Or get on social media and talk about how unwise they are? Not a chance. So, why are some racers so openly critical of how a track is operated? I believe it comes from really not understanding the challenges of operating a race track. Rather than taking energy to tear down the local operator/track, why not develop a reasonable dialogue legitimately addressing the concerns? Most track operators are willing to listen to sensible suggestions.

Thankfully, for the most part, this vocal group is often not taken seriously by the majority of racers and fans who understand the challenges of operating a business. My hope is that those who choose to tear down their local operators donít ever succeed with what appears to be their goal of tracks closing. Whether the negative local few know it or not, that is what they are doing Ė closing tracks. We need to keep our track operatorís enthusiast and motivated, not beaten and disheartened.

Until next time, I will see you at the racesÖ

Very Interesting End To 2014 Season
 by Bob on Wednesday, Oct 22nd
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There was certainly no shortage of excitement and drama as this racing season came to an end. Hilltop finished up in a huge way with their "Weekend On The Hill" event. The place was absolutely packed on both nights and the level of competition was taken to a whole new level on Saturday night in the Late Model division. When guys like Markham, Duncan, Lee, and Gentry are simply cars in the field that finished a lap or more down, it tells you that this was one hell of a show. This feature went caution free for the entire 35 laps and that allowed Fast Freddy Carpenter to "put a real ass whoopin' on them boys" as Dave Ledford put it. Folks, Carpenter has raced here often but during this feature he really put on a clinic for all others including Devon Moran on how to get around Hilltop while using every inch of the track surface while not touching another car. DAMN, that was something to see! Sadly we lost Dave Ledford not long after this show, but at least he was treated to one of the very best races I've ever seen and he truly enjoyed it.

On the asphalt side of things the drama really went into high gear as Mike Miller was looking to close out the season and possibly his career with yet another track championship. Leading the points for most of the season, it sure looked like that kind of year for him but the final weeks brought plenty of challenges. Engine failures would eat up nearly all of his points lead by championship night which was a double points night. A very controversial decision by the folks at Midvale would keep Mike from qualifying and from there it was clear that he wouldn't be allowed to win the championship no matter what he pulled off the rest of the night. For the second year in a row Miller would have a championship yanked out of his hands in the final race of the season. Last year it was at Barberton Speedway that the championship was stolen during the final feature event. At least he got even by winning their big show at the end of the year and took home all the cash after that heart breaker.

At least one Miller closed out the 2014 season on a very high note. Did you dirt folks ever wonder what ever happened to the fella that won the very first Late Model Season Championship at Wayne County Speedway way back in 1966? Well that fella is none other than Mike Miller's father, now known as Pappy Miller. This guy has one of those racing histories that most racers can only dream of, and raised a family of drivers with similar records. Pappy kicked off his racing career in 1952 at the Akron Rubber Bowl in a Hudson Hornet. He raced both asphalt and dirt before unofficially hanging up his helmet in 1990. Mostly known to drive Mopars this Miller also picked up several track championships and held many track records including WCS and Barberton in 1966. Most people find it hard to believe but the night before winning that first Late Model Season Championship at WCS, he also pick up the track championship at Barberton Speedway with the very same car. Going from that 1/4 mile asphalt bullring on one night, and onto WCS the next night to pull off that stunt should tell you a little something about the level of talent in this driver! How many drivers could pull that off nowadays? During Pappy's career he raced at roughly 14 different tracks, often running 2 tracks each week. More than once he had 20 or more wins in one season, and finished up with nearly 200 feature wins along with many special events. So,,,, what the hell ever happened to Pappy Miller you may ask. Well on September 13th he was invited to race in the staff race at Midvale Speedway and the old fella jumped at the chance. This wasn't your typical staff race as this time all of the cars were identical retired sheriff cruisers so it would be up to the drivers instead of the cars to make a difference. Other staff members may have raced in their past too, but none of the others were Millers. Pappy didn't seem to lose anything over the years as he showed those youngsters how to get around Midvale while picking up the win. Way to go "Old Timer"! When I got the chance to introduce Pappy to my granddaughter recently I explained that this very man in front of her had not only won the first track championship at WCS in 1966, but he had also just won another race just weeks ago. At first she thought "crazy old grampa" was pulling her leg, but once she was convinced it was true, you could really see the wheels in her head turning. She thought that was " the coolest racing story she's ever heard" and "now she's met a real racing legend". Grampa agrees without a doubt!

Now watch & learn youngsters. Pappy has his helmet dusted off and he's ready to give some lessons! ;-)

Racing Loses A Hall Of Famer, I Lose A Hero
 by Bob on Tuesday, Sep 30th
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It's always tough to get the news when racing loses a driver that helped make this sport what it is today, but when I got the call today about Dave Ledford passing away, I struggled to take it all in. First of all, this man was one of my early racing heroes and not just because of his talents on the track. Dave had a heart of gold and anybody that was blessed to know him, would certainly agree. Need a hand with your car no matter what class you ran? Dave was there. Need a tire for the feature? Dave was there. Need a good ol' boy to shoot the shit with between races? Dave was there. Look towards the front of the pack at Lakeville, Wayne County, and countless other tracks, and you'd find Dave there too. Even after he hung up his helmet and fire suit I truly enjoyed getting to talk with Dave about old times and I'm thankful that at least I got the chance to tell him that he was one of my all time heroes. He looked at me like I was nuts of course but I explained why. As a teenager I always looked up to him as what a racer should be. Tough as nails behind the wheel, but once the helmet came off, this guy would give you his engine and help you swap it if it got you back out onto the track. My dad has always thought the world of Dave for the same reasons and it was hard to break the news to him while he struggles with his own health issues. Through the tears he managed to say "that's a damn shame. He was a class act and they just don't make them like him any more" I couldn't agree more Pop! If there were more Dave Ledfords in racing, we'd all be better off. Rest in peace my friend!

THANKS to Kathy Richards for the picture.

It's Almost Over Folks!
 by Bob on Tuesday, Aug 12th
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It's pretty hard to believe but the 2014 racing season is winding down in a big hurry. This Saturday night August 16th Hilltop Speedway will close the books on their regular season with Season Championship night. Damn, where did the season go? We've been treated each week with the best door to door action to be found in the area, and this week will surely be even more wild than normal as drivers scratch and claw for those final points. Pack up the family and friends and head to Millersburg for this one!

If ya just can't wait to see some action on "The Hill" there will be some other action there on Friday night August 15th when the Ohio Outlaw Motorsports gang rolls into town. For those that have never seen one of these bike/quad shows, I can honestly tell you it's worth the trip. It's always amazing to see these crazy bastards flying around our favorite race track at high speeds while battling elbow to elbow. These riders are just plain nuts and they truly enjoy putting on a kickass show for the crowd.

Hilltop action still won't quite be done this weekend either. The 6th annual Weekend On The Hill will take place September 12th & 13th. All divisions will have complete shows both nights along with plenty of more fun as always. This is always one hell of a show and a great way to end the racing season.

But wait, there's more! On September 20th the Ohio Outlaw Motorsports series return for yet another bike/quad show. This will be your last chance to get your Hilltop fix for 2014 so you sure as hell don't wanna miss this one. Be there or be square! ;-)

A Very Special Night For This Old Fart And Pretty Good For Bob Daugherty Too
 by Bob on Monday, Jun 16th
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The highlight of any recent racing season for me is when I get to take my granddaughter along to the track. We usually take the ride to Deerfield and I'm sure we'll get there too before too long, but this week it was finally time to take her to Hilltop Speedway. I think she was getting tired of hearing about the place and all the great drivers there, and she REALLY needed to experience it for herself. Without taking her in the pits she was still able to meet some of you folks I enjoy hanging out with every week and she got quite a kick out of it. Thanks to all of you that took the time to chat with her. It made a huge impression on this wonderful little girl. A special thanks goes out to Rory Reed for taking some time to sit with us in the stands for a while. She may have been a bit shy while he was there but Rory now has a fan for life. She picked up a few new heroes Saturday night and cheered for them like she's never done before. The Mini Wedge drivers may have made more of an impression than I would have liked. She's already asking me to build her one and even has the color scheme all worked out. Oh, and she wants it to be really fast too. ;-) She loved the side by side action Hilltop provides in every class and she was pleasantly surprised that she didn't need to wear her goggles to keep the dust out of her eyes. What can I say, her mom took her to another area track recently and goggles were certainly needed.

Probably her favorite race of the night was the Street Stock feature. She became a huge fan of Bob Daugherty earlier in the evening and the feature was quite a thrill for her. Alright, I enjoyed the hell out of it too, but she screamed louder than me when Daugherty took the lead. ;-) This race had most of the crowd on their feet and for good reason. While the 2 car of Kyle Moore started up front, Daugherty lined up in the 4th row with some damn stout competition between him and Moore. It was easy to wonder if Moore would get away before Bob would work his way through the field. That question was answered in just a few laps as Daugherty took to his favorite groove on the bottom and went to work. Caution flags seemed to be the only thing stopping the 21 car from taking the lead and under each caution the ol' veteran pulled beside the younger Moore and you just knew he was getting into his head a bit. We all know it doesn't take much to get Kyle to overdrive the car and that little extra encouragement wasn't gonna make his night any easier. In turn 4 Daugherty finally made the pass for the lead and Moore went pitside to change a tire. That put him on the tail of the lead lap and we all knew the fireworks were gonna really start on the drop of the green. We were right as Moore proceeded to shorten, lighten, and narrow his car while working his way back to the front. Damn, somebody better check those guard rails during the week because he worked them over pretty damn good. Once he had Daugherty in sight it only seemed to get more intense and on the final corner a slam into the railing was probably the only thing keeping him from picking up the win. I guess the moral of this story is that you might be able to buy Moore car and Moore motor, but ya just can't buy Moore talent or experience. ;-) Congrats goes out to Bob Daugherty one one hell of a race. This guy has been been making up for early season engine problems by picking up $3000 in just the past 2 weeks. Not too shabby for the guy they call "Bottom Feeder Bob". If he keeps this up they'll be calling him "Bringing Home ALL The Money Bob"

Thanks again to all of you that helped to make some great memories for Angelena on Saturday night. You proved why we all love this sport as much as we do. It's made up of some of the best people you'll find anywhere!

Hilltop Packs The House For Autograph Night & 8 Divisions In Action
 by Bob on Tuesday, May 27th
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Let's begin with a little rant. ....

Before the season even started, the threat of 2 area dirt tracks running on Saturday night had many rumors and ugly predictions flying. Personally, I had high hopes for Hilltop not just holding their own, but continuing to grow stronger. Sure it's been no cake walk and there's still plenty of the 2014 season left to go, but early indications are that treating racers and fans with respect and honesty really is the way to go. I won't go into all of the dirty details at this time but many of you already know about certain drivers and others being "rewarded" for their ummmmm "support" at the other place. Drivers flat out lying about track conditions at Hilltop have been exposed by online videos here and elsewhere too but that doesn't stop the ugly talk. Come on folks, when facts prove you to be full of shit, it kinda makes ya look silly after a while. While we're talking about making yourself look like an asshole, let's look at the latest brilliant move by that other Saturday night track. Within 24 hours of Hilltop Speedway announcing a big Sprint car show on a weekend that the other track wasn't running them, that other track decided they would now add Sprints to their show too. Gee, that doesn't seem too obvious as a dig at the competition does it? The trouble is that many of us have seen this bullshit before and it may have worked against a weaker track with less than motivated owners, but this isn't Lakeville this time folks. Buck and the entire staff, along with the weekly racers and fans, have worked very hard to improve Hilltop in any way they can, and they're damn sure not gonna roll over now. This isn't meant to start a pissing match between 2 race tracks, but I felt it was beyond time to expose some of the dirty games being played by one track against another. Dammit, this area can't afford any track deliberately working against another track again. It's time to work together and promote racing at ALL area tracks before we end up killing our favorite sport all together. If you agree, don't hesitate to contact the tracks and tell them that you want to see cooperation, not pissing matches. Just think how strong each track could be if they worked this hard to work together. The racers and fans are smart enough to see what's really going on and would really appreciate an honest effort to help each other in order to help them all.

Now to the racing action on Saturday night. The night was kicked off with the fans being turned loose in the pits to meet their favorite drivers and get some autographs and other goodies. It's always great to see the youngsters that will hopefully take to the track some day getting to meet their heros. The drivers also always do their best to return the support they get weekly from their loyal fans. A really nice twist is seeing the young drivers such as the Mini Wedge pilots signing autographs and playing the roll of hero to other kids and even many adults. How cool is that?

For the 4th show in a row, the track crew at Hilltop provided another great racing surface for the 122 cars in 8 divisions this week. They'd be sure to use every inch of it all night long too. When you think of using all of the track surface, the first name that comes to mind has got to be George Lee. In the feature he made rare use of the bottom groove to take the lead and then set out to clean off the guardrails the rest of the race. There was no catching this crazy bastard this week, although Duncan sure gave it all he had. In the final laps Mike Basich made great use of the bottom groove to sneak into second. A few more laps may have helped him reel in Lee, but then ya gotta get around him. That's no easy task but we"ll see what Basich and others have in mind next week.

All of the divisions put on great side by side shows as always too. The Mini Trucks were chasing $500 to win but the action looked more like they were chasing $5000. Damn, what a show! I wish I had the time to cover every class each week but work is always getting in my way. Maybe if you still haven't made the trip to Hilltop to witness this kickass action for yourself, it' time to get your butt to Millersburg this Saturday night. A few of my own customers will be making their first ever trip to a race track this week at Hilltop. They'll be treated to the best action to be found on dirt for sure, and the Modlites will be there too as an added bonus. BE THERE!!!

That Didn't Take Very Long!
 by Bob on Thursday, May 8th
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So, where the hell was I last Saturday night seems to be a popular question this week. I took a trip to Midvale Speedway or "the dark side" as many of you folks call that asphalt racing stuff. Mother Nature tried her best to ruin our night but she failed. It was just the second night of racing action for the season at Midvale and I was shocked at the lack of a decent crowd. Come on people, the Smiths have put tons of money and hard work into providing the nicest facility in the area. Ya gotta support the place now! Sure, the weather had something to do with it but this idiot left his house in a down pour to head to the track. When the night was over I can honestly say it was worth the trip too. Miller has only tried his new ride once before under race conditions and it's clear that this thing is a huge improvement over last years car, there's still room for improvement. That was the goal for this week, and it did get a little better. Better enough to qualify second, snag second in the heat race while tripping over the leader, and better enough to take home the feature win in fine Mike Miller style. The trip to the front of the pack was fairly uneventful, but once in the lead those damn double file restarts would make him work for this win. Fast qualifyer Randy Smart was the best challenge he had and they'd race side by side for a lap or two after the restart. Smart couldn't pull off the pass and dropped into line only to watch Mike drive away. A light sprinkle in the final laps would allow Smart to close the gap a bit but with the smell of the white flag in the air, Miller got back to work and drove away for the win. Damn, that was purrrrty!

I'm told I missed some great action and an awesome track surface at Hilltop Saturday night. You won't want to miss this Saturday on "The Hill" as the Late Models will be racing for $1500 to win. This field of Late Models has already proven to be too tough for at least one local driver on a weekly basis, and this week should be even stronger. It's pretty clear by now that if you're only interested in an easy win, this isn't the place you'll find it. It takes much more than a wide open throttle to win here!



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