Inside Line Promotions - LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (June 30, 2020) - Alex Hill made her long-awaited return to racing last weekend with a pair of Lucas Oil ASCS National Tour races following a layoff from the track since March 8 due to COVID-19 travel restrictions.
"It was really great to be back racing," she said. "I felt pretty good behind the wheel for being off for so long. I felt like I was still pretty aggressive, like I was the last time we raced in California. We had a fast car."
Hill competed against solid fields of approximately 40 drivers each night, but fortune didn't smile upon her as she fell just one spot short of her goal of making the A Main at both events.
Her first race since March got off to a frustrating start as she lined up for a heat race on Thursday night at Caney Valley Speedway in Caney, Kan.
"I was scheduled to start fifth in my heat race," she said. "But another car ahead of me didn't make it and I was told to move to fourth. But when I went to the outside, another car took the fourth spot and I was behind him in sixth. That was the way they started the race and that's where I finished."
Hill's heat race finish slotted her fourth in a B Main, which transferred the top three finishers to the A Main.
"I got up to third in the B Main and ran there for every lap except the last one, when my teammate, Dylan Westbrook, got by me," she said.
Hill took a provisional to start and park the main event.
She enjoyed a better beginning to the night at I-30 Speedway on Saturday when she raced from third to second in her heat race, placing her in the fourth starting position of a qualifier. Unfortunately, a spin in that race sent her to the rear of the 10-car field. Hill eventually finished eighth, which put her second on the starting grid for a B Main.
"We had our car setup to run the bottom," she said. "It was really working well and I was running in second. But the track was weird all night. The faster groove kept moving between the top and bottom. It switched from the bottom to the top during the B Main and a couple of cars got by me and I finished fourth. I should've switched to the top after I was passed for second. That one was on me."
Next up for Hill is a doubleheader at Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa, this Friday and Saturday.
"Knoxville is one of my favorite tracks and I'm really looking forward to racing there two nights this week," she said.
QUICK RESULTS -
June 25 - Caney Valley Speedway in Caney, Kan. - Heat race: 6 (5); B Main: 4 (4); Feature: 25 (24).
June 27 - I-30 Speedway in Little Rock, Ark. - Heat race: 2 (3); Qualifier: 8 (4); B Main: 4 (2).
SEASON STATS -
6 races, 0 wins, 0 top fives, 1 top 10, 1 top 15, 1 top 20
UP NEXT -
Friday and Saturday at Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa
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