If there’s a racecar available, Timmy Hill won’t hesitate to jump inside of it. It doesn’t matter who owns it or if he’ll even run the full race. All that matters to Hill, 28, is that he gets to race.
The ironman often runs all three races in a weekend, and it doesn’t seem to phase him. Each vehicle has a different level of competitiveness, but Hill is still looking for his big break. Will it come with his own team or elsewhere?
BY JOSEPH WOLKIN, @JoeWolkin
“It can be a challenge. My Truck Series team doesn’t have a staff at all. I have one full-time employee, which is my crew chief, Greg Ely. We do everything from building the vehicles to planning the travel, the paperwork side, the NASCAR paperwork and it’s from top to bottom. I also drive for MBM, so I stack my driving duties on top of that. It’s quite the challenge, especially on a race weekend when I have to tend to our Truck Series program. What’s made it easier this year is the lack of practice and qualifying. The circus of going from one garage and one vehicle and hopping into the other is great in the aspect that you get more track time than the other drivers, but the logistics of it makes it very difficult. In my career, I’ve driven in multiple series in most years. As far as the workload of owning my own team, that’s been quite the challenge. The reward for me is the results we get from our program and the enjoyment that we can succeed with it. That comes with all of the work.”
“It’s difficult as far as not running races means I’m personally not making money right now, which is a challenge. I have a newborn, and babies are very expensive. Not running on Sundays means I get more time at home, which is good. Financially, it’s been difficult and I have to watch what we’re spending and how we’re spending it. People assume Nascar drivers make a ton of money -- some of them do -- but I’m not. I have to watch my everyday spending. On the bright side, I get to spend more time with my wife and kid, and that’s a blessing.”
“Performance always helps. If we can position ourselves and run up front, television time and coverage will come our way. I finished third two years ago at Daytona, and FOX interviewed fourth, fifth, everybody but third. I don’t know. I’ve tried to talk to some people. I have a lot of support behind me and a lot of fans. I have a good personality and good work ethic, and I’d like to think I have everything somebody would want. I’ve always been skipped over. For me, I continue to work hard and I enjoy the racing aspect of it. I have a lot to offer as far as an audience and television, and I wish they would utilize me more.”
“It’s tough because this industry is built around relationships. It’s always a challenge for guys like myself. You don’t see guys from the second side of the garage making that jump. It doesn’t come down to driver ability. When you’re on separate sides of the garage, you’re not even seeing those guys and forming relationships. You see every now and again that a guy gets support and picks up a sponsor, but it’s difficult for the second side of the garage to get that opportunity. You used to see it all the time years ago, but not anymore.”
“When I first broke into the sport, I was always able to go to Carl Edwards, which was really nice. I really look up to him and I remember vividly in my rookie season I could do that. I’ve been to every track 10 or 15 times, so I do less of it. Sometimes, when we go to a brand-new track, I’ll lean on some of the locals who race there.”