Twenty-two-year-old NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) driver Austin Hill cut his teeth on short track racing and is eager to get back to his racing roots this week at Bristol Motor Speedway as he strives for his first Top-10 finish of the 2016 season.
“Going into Bristol I feel really confident. I grew up racing short tracks, from Legend cars to Bandoleros and up through the K&N Series,” said Hill. “I’ve competed on short tracks and half-mile tracks almost all my life, this is the type of racing I know well!”
Hill, who has two Top-10 finishes in three starts in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East at Bristol Motor Speedway, will be piloting the No. 02 Ford F-150 for Young’s Motorsports. The UNOH 200 will mark his NCWTS debut at the famous short track.
“I’ve raced at Bristol three times in the K&N Series and was in contention for the win in two of those races,” said Hill. “Being familiar with the track and how it handles is definitely going to help me adapt to how the trucks run. I feel like we’re ahead of the learning curve at Bristol compared to so many tracks we’ve been to this year where I’ve never seen the track until I made my first laps.”
Running a partial schedule, Hill is proud of what he’s been able to accomplish so far this season and looks at short tracks like Bristol Motor Speedway to level the playing field.
“I feel like short tracks are a great equalizer in the Truck Series,” said Hill. “Smaller teams can go out and have a strong showing and get more out of these half-mile tracks without spending a bunch of time in the wind tunnel that benefits some of the bigger budget teams on intermediate tracks.”
“We’ve been so close to breaking through at every track we’ve been to this year and it has really pushed the team to be better,” said Hill. “We’re hungry to go out there and prove that we have what it takes to compete, and I think we can do that at Bristol. This could be our break through race. I’m more confident going into this race than any other race on our schedule this season.”
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