In 2012, the team had its sights set even higher as young gun and 2010 Legends Millions winner, Daniel Hemric, was hired by team owner Sandra Hill and her son, team manager, David Hill. Things seemed to be great, Daniel was having very solid runs in his Rookie year on the NWSMT (NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour) when the young up start driver bailed on the team just after the NWSMT spring break and prior to the start of the Bowman Gray season. Not only did this leave the Hill’s trying to find a replacement, but it also left many in the racing world scratching their heads on how anyone would or could bail on such a great organization. We’ll leave that for everyone to discuss at the water cooler though. For the Hill’s first trip to the MADHOUSE in 2012, they brought in veteran and popular northern modified driver Jimmy Blewett to put the #79 through its paces. While they had spoken to several other potential drivers, Jimmy was the only one whose schedule fit and he made it a memorable trip for sure.
The Hill’s then reached out to veteran modified driver and 2008 NWSMT Champion, Brian Loftin. Brian had decided to not run his #23 L&R Transmissions/
As part of the NASCAR K&N visit to the Madhouse this weekend’s racing action happens on both Friday and Saturday nights for the modified division. On Friday night all of the stadium’s divisions will race their normal ‘show’. Then on Saturday night the K&N East series and the modifieds will race. Back to back night of 100 lap modified races with the infamous “cone” (the cone gives drivers a choice on starting on the inside or outside for restarts, the driver chooses) should make for some very interesting racing and all in front of capacity crowds both nights.
While both parties are cautiously optimistic, both agree that with both Brian and the Hillbilly’s credentials and experience, it could be a truly great fit for everyone. But let’s not get our “cart before the horse just yet”, Brian and the Hill’s have agreed to race for wins, have some fun and see how things go from there. So, ya’ll come on out and have some Hillbilly Racing fun this Friday and Saturday night at the Legendary Bowman Gray Stadium. Help cheer Brian and the #79 Hill Enterprises/