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Hillbilly Racing and Brian Loftin at Bowman Gray Stadium

Modified Race team, Hillbilly Racing, and 2008 NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Champion Brian Loftin join forces this weekend as the MADHOUSE hosts the K&N East series on Saturday night with the modifieds running 100 lap features both nights!

 
 
The Hillbilly Racing 79 at the MADHOUSE
The Hillbilly Racing 79 at the MADHOUSE
PRLog - May 31, 2012 - WESTFIELD, N.C. -- Mention the name Hillbilly Racing around race tracks and most everyone thinks “winner” or at the least “contender” because for over 25yrs the Hill Enterprises/Coors Light/Annabelles #79 modified race team has done just that;  win or been in contention to win.  From the early years when the now late Roger Hill drove the #19 and #79 until the most recent drivers, some of the best have climbed behind the wheel of the famous #79 including: James Civali, Teddy Christopher, Ronnie Silk, Chuck Hossfeld, Eddie Flemke, Woody Pitkat and more.

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/QMF Metal Fabrication modified at Bowman Gray this summer to spend time with his son Carson.  However that changed just a week before opening night when he was asked by long time stadium car owner, Melvin “Puddin” Swisher to race his now famous #53 for the first few races of the year.  While “Puddin” and his S&R Motors/Don&Dee Stone Motorsports team have bent over backwards to accommodate Brian and his crew, things have not turned out the way any of them would have liked.   Brian and the crew thank “Puddin” and everyone at the S&R shops for everything including the opportunity to race the last 5 weeks at the Madhouse.  Business is business, and after both Brian and the Hills had a lengthy discussion they agreed to see where things might lead.  As most of you know Brian is no stranger to Bowman Gray Stadium coming in 2nd in the Brad’s Golf Carts Modified Division in 2010.  With his experience at the stadium coupled with the knowledge he and his crew bring to the track, the #79 should be one of the top 5 cars in contention to win at any track the mod squad visits.  Bowman Gray as we all know is not called the Madhouse for nothing though, the fastest and best car do not always win, especially when the infamous “cone” is part of the festivities.  This Friday and Saturday night will be no different at the famed ¼ mile.
 
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/Coors Light/Anabelle’s modified to Victory.

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