MADERA RANCHOS, CALIFORNIA (March 27, 2017) – 19 year-old Dalton Hill nearly claimed a top five finish on Saturday night, in a strong debut performance Saturday night at the Keller Auto Raceway at Kings Fairgrounds in Hanford, CA. Driving the #81D Double D’s Motorsports KPC Gowens 360, Hill made his USAC West Coast Sprint Cars debut.
The former Micro Sprint Delta Speedway track champion and Turkey Bowl winner has competed in limited Winged 360 campaigns over the last couple of seasons while also attending Reedley College. He intends to compete in a varied schedule of USAC, Winged 360, and Micro Sprint action in 2017.
Drought busting rain brought a challenging heavy surface to Saturday’s races with many tracks in the area rained out. Hill fought a tight condition in hot laps including a hard bike in turn one on the second lap of hot laps where he nearly flipped. The team was unable to free the car up enough for qualifying where he settled for 11th quick out of 21 entries.
The West Hills Farm Services #81D lined up on the pole for the second heat race with a borrowed right rear tire from fellow competitor Ryan Timmons. After falling to third on the opening lap, Hill hung in with the pack and was just nipped at the stripe for a fourth place finish.
Dalton turned his attention to the 30 lap feature where he started 11th. Narrow track conditions forced Hill to search for a way to the front, heading upstairs to start the charge. By lap 25 he had advanced all the way up to the fifth position and by the 27th lap he was into fourth with third position in the crosshairs. Unfortunately Hill dropped over the cushion with two to go and lost several positions. He then surrendered to the infield on the final lap with a serious vibration and an 11th place finish to show for his efforts.
Despite the final finish result, Hill was very pleased with the evening. “That was the most fun I’ve had in a race car in a very long time,” Hill said. “I am looking forward to more races in the USAC West Coast Series this year to see how far we can go!”
The vibration was determined to be a broken crank, which will prevent the team from participating in April 7th’s King of Kings Winged 360 event in Hanford. Their next race will now be Saturday night April 15th for round #2 of the King of California Series, driving a non-wing 600cc Micro Sprint for Greg Gillespie.
Race fans can keep up on all of the action for Dalton Hill Racing on Facebook or by visiting www.DaltonHillRacing.com
Dalton Hill thanks Double D’s Motorsports, West Hills Farm Services, Inc.,Totlcom Voice & Data Systems, Inc., Champion Spark Plugs, MPD Racing, Western Speed Racing, Radical Race Gear, American Broadband Services, and Blakesley Sports Media for their support.


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