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1st Annual Jeff Norris Memorial Late Model Spectacular Is In The Books
 by Bob on Monday, Jun 3rd
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Mother Nature may have delayed the Jeff Norris Memorial race but she more than made up for it this Friday night. We were treated to beautiful weather, a great track surface, huge crowd, awesome car count, and of course plenty of side by side action. Getting this show put together was a dream come true for me, but it wouldn't have been possible without Buck, Jesse, Chuck, and the whole staff at Hilltop Speedway. Shucks, even Ed Fredrick showed up to flag the Late Model Spectacular. HUGE THANKS goes out to the entire Hilltop gang, the fans, and all the racers that put on a kickass night of racing in honor of the man that brought us Hilltop Speedway. The Norris family is extremely grateful to all of you that made this event possible. Not only was it a great show on the track, it was wonderful to get together again with the Norris family along with others from the "Original Hilltop Gang". Many old memories were shared and new ones were created on this very special night. I couldn't help thinking to myself as we witnessed the 3 and 4 wide action in the early heat races that this is exactly what Jeff envisioned for this place when he decided to turn a junkyard into a racetrack. I could just about see that shit eatin' grin of his knowing he was watching this show from a better seat than mine.

At last count I saw 35 Late Models in the pits, and plenty with out of state plates on their trailers. These guys came to play hard and that's exactly what they did. The heat races looked like the were chasing a million dollars to win. Thanks to Bob Daugherty of McKenzie Concrete they were racing for $50 to win those heats. There were some crazy battles and lots of slide jobs as these drivers fought for a top 3 finish that would put them into the feature. The surprise of the night was Corey Conley being forced to run a B-Main to get into the feature because he failed to snag one of those top 3 spots. The $100 DFC Racing Carburetors fast qualifier bonus money went to none other than Fast Freddie Carpenter. After the Dash I went back to congratulate him and decided to offer him a challenge. I told him if he won the feature, I'd double that bonus money. He laughed a little and said that's exactly what he came here to do. Starting 5th in a damn strong field of cars he'd have to earn it though. It took him until about lap 4 to decide it was time to get up on the wheel and make me sweat a bit. Not long after that I was digging into my wallet but still smiling. While there was plenty of side by side action from 2nd on back, Freddie took to the top groove and put on a clinic on how to get around "The Hill". A few people asked me why I would ever bet against Freddie Carpenter so I'll try to explain it here. I wasn't actually betting against him and never would. I love and have great respect for this man. Not only does he build wicked fast late models for others to enjoy, and is one of the best wheel men I've ever seen, he also does more to promote this sport than most people will ever know. When Freddie heads to a track he invites others to not only challenge him but to support that track also. While at the track he's more than happy to help others get better only to race against them that very night. I've never seen him without a smile and it's obvious this guy enjoys every bit of what he does, even on a bad night. Simply put, Fast Freddie is a class act and racing could sure use more racers like him. As tight as I am about throwing money around, it was an honor to double the bonus money for a guy like him. Hat's off to ya Freddie, and feel free to come back any time to take more of my lunch money! ;-)



Jeff Norris Memorial Race Rescheduled For Friday, May 31st
 by Bob on Thursday, May 23rd
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Folks, you don't want to miss this show. Mother Nature caused Hilltop Speedway to reschedule the Jeff Norris Memorial event for Friday, May 31st. Late Models will be racing 27 laps for a shot at $2000 to win, and $200 just to start the feature. DFC Racing Carburetors has also stepped up the bonus for the Late Model top qualifier to $100 for this show. McKenzie Concrete will also give $50 to all Late Model Heat Race winners, and $25 to the top qualifier in the Modified division. For the original scheduled date we had commitments from some heavy hitters that planned to take on the strong weekly field of Late Models. Let's hope they can make it this time and bring even more outsiders to join the show. Racers or fans, this is your opportunity to not only take part in a great show, but to honor the man responsible for the very existence of this track known for the best side by side racing in the area. Without the dream of this "crazy bastard" we would have to watch the parades seen at the "motor tracks" around here. That would be a damn shame.

Once again, A HUGE congrats goes out to Dwayne Powell for picking up the $500 to win Mini Truck feature win at Hilltop. He sure seems to be enjoying his DFC Racing carburetor alot lately. Awesome job Dwayne, or as the crowd chanted, "Dewey Dewey Dewey!!!" Certainly a fan favorite and we all enjoy seeing this guy woopin some ass. ;-)



It's Time To Salute Jeff Norris This Friday April 19th
 by Bob on Monday, Apr 15th
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Now that Hilltop Speedway has put 2 nights of kickass racing in the books for 2019, it's time to salute the man that made this all possible. Without Jeff Norris and his crazy dream to bring back a track that had been dormant for 30 years, Hilltop Speedway simply wouldn't exist today. This Friday night April 19th we will do our very best to honor the man and his dream. If you weren't around back when Jeff turned an overgrown junk yard into the best place to see side by side dirt racing, come on down to Hilltop this week to learn a little history. If you were lucky enough to be around to witness the transformation from the start, please come to honor Jeff and his family on this very special night. Either way you will be treated to a full night of awesome racing, just as Jeff had envisioned. All divisions except Mini-Wedges will be in action and the spotlight will be on the Late Models. They will be chasing $2000 to win the 27 lap Feature. McKenzie Concrete will give $50 to all Late Model Heat Race winners, and DFC Racing Carburetors will hand over $100 to the fastest qualifier. McKenzie Concrete will also give $25 to the fastest qualifier in the Modified division. You won't want to miss this show folks!

While I'm passing out salutes, I'd like to send out congrats to the first 2 winners of the fast qualifier bonus money from DFC Racing Carburetors. On opening night it was Tyler Carpenter and on week 2 it was Larry Bellman. Congrats guys!

A HUGE congrats also goes out to Dwayne Powell for picking up the Mini Truck feature win this week on his very first night out with his DFC Racing carburetor. Awesome job Dwayne!!!



Here Comes The 2019 Racing Season
 by Bob on Wednesday, Mar 27th
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DFC Racing Practice time is over and it's now time to kick off the 2019 racing season. Hilltop Speedway is once again the first in the area to get back to the racing action starting this Friday March 19th. This place is well known for plenty of door to door action every week so you don't want to miss your chance to take in those racing sounds and fumes you've been missing all winter long. As a special bonus, Ed Fredrick will return to the flagstand for the start of the season. He swears he's not returning for the entire season though so enjoy it while ya can. See ya there!



Hilltop Speedway To Salute The ''Dreamer'' That Started It All
 by Bob on Monday, Feb 4th
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Hilltop Speedway only exists today due to the dreams and determination of a man I called the "Crazy Bastard" from the first time I met him. Way back in 2005 the rumor mill was going wild about a former racer not only opening up a new dirt track in the area, but bringing one back from the dead after more than 30 years. I certainly wasn't alone in thinking this was probably just a wild dream that would fizzle out before completion. Curiosity got the best of me so I made the trip to see the place and meet this man that insisted he'd make this dream come true. When I saw the property I was even more skeptical than before. The faint outline of the track could barely be seen through the trees, weeds and debris. The infield was now an overgrown swamp and the area outside the track was now a junkyard filled with tons and tons of scrap vehicles from the past 3 decades. The only buildings to be found were falling apart and totally worthless. I remember thinking just how the hell was this place ever going to be a racetrack again, and who was crazy enough to think they could do it in just months instead of years. Then I met Jeff Norris. He wasn't some millionaire looking to throw cash at an idea hoping for the best. He was a simple, down to earth, hard working man that had racing running through his blood. Since I'm not exactly known to sugar coat things I started that first conversation by asking him why the hell he'd even think of taking on such a project just to own a racetrack. His reply will always stick with me. He simply said "Why not, nobody else was gonna do it and it's something I really want to do." His determination and realistic attitude was obvious the more we talked, and just what it took for me to jump aboard the "crazy train" along with him from that day forward. There were others from the racing community that did exactly the same as I did after meeting Jeff. You just couldn't help liking the man and getting excited about seeing this dream come true. We would all give our best towards getting this project done successfully, but one fact is simply undeniable. There would be no Hilltop Speedway today without Jeff Norris and his family.

From the first time I met Jeff we became good friends and we shared some great conversations even after he left the track. Some of those conversations were hilarious, and others were very serious. It was never made public but we even took a tour of another overgrown and closed down racetrack after some discussions with someone about securing finances to make yet another dream come true. Those plans ended up falling apart after the seller got too greedy and jacked up the selling price. What a damn shame. I would have loved another opportunity to work with Jeff once again. It simply wasn't meant to be I guess. One of our conversations after that really struck me in a very serious way. Jeff joked that maybe someday after he was gone somebody would hold a memorial race in his name. I remember telling him that if anybody in the whole racing world deserved such an honor, it would surely be a man that had accomplished what he had done. We honor great racers so honoring a guy responsible for the very existence of a great track should be an obvious move. He may have been joking but I knew then that this was something that needed to be done in the event of his passing. Sadly we lost Jeff in July of 2017. Hilltop honored the family on a special night that year and I hoped for a memorial race in 2018. Unfortunately that didn't happen. Talking with Buck recently I brought it up again since the schedule wasn't quite complete yet. Buck was eager to make this happen this year as long as the Norris family was onboard. When I contacted them it was clear that they were behind this idea. So I'm very happy to announce that on Friday, April 19th, Hilltop Speedway and Holmes Tire will bring you the Jeff Norris Memorial Race paying the Late Models $2,000 to win. DFC Racing Carburetors will also bump up their Late Model fast qualifier bonus to a cool $100 for this event. All other divisions except Mini-Wedges will also be in action on that night. I'd love to see this become an annual event so let's pack the house folks. Let's show some support for a great man that gave so much just to make his dreams and our dreams come true to bring us the best place for side by side racing in the area. It's the very least we can do and we'll get to see a kickass show while we're there. Jeff may be gone but he will never be forgotten. His dream will live on as we witness and remember the sounds and smells of race cars at a place that many never thought would ever experience them again. We salute ya Jeff and the entire Norris family!

I've created a slideshow as a tribute to Jeff Norris and posted it on Youtube. Huge THANKS goes to Ken Cunningham for the use of his pictures that he took years ago to capture a very special time for our racing community. Click the link provided to see the slideshow and I hope you enjoy it.

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What To Watch For In 2019 At Hilltop Speedway
 by Bob on Monday, Feb 4th
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It may be hard to believe now, but the 2019 racing season will be here before too long. Hilltop Speedway has always kicked off the action early, and this year is no exception. You never want to miss a night of racing at Hilltop and you may need to dress warm for some of the early events but it will be worth it. The entire schedule will have plenty of great shows as always, but I'll cover some highlights here. They will start the racing on March 16th with an Enduro event at 2:00pm. The following week on March 23rd will be an open test and tune day from noon til 4pm. This practice is open to all race cars of course. Things will really heat up on March 29th when the official season will begin with all divisions except Mini-Wedges taking to the track. Then on April 5th the Renegades Of Dirt Modifieds come to town for the King Of The Hill show. The Modifieds will be chasing $2,000 to win on that night. You sure as hell don't want to miss the show on April 19th as Holmes Tire brings you the Jeff Norris Memorial Race where they honor the man that turned an overgrown junkyard into the Hilltop Speedway we enjoy today. Late Models will be racing for $2,000 and with some extra talent in the area that week this should be an awesome show. On July 12th New Fast Motorsports will present the Mini Stock Nationals with a HUGE payout yet to be announced. Last year this show paid $5,000 to win! On July 26th The Buckeye Late Model Dirt Week event will pay $3,000 to win and $400 to start the 30 lap feature. Fast qualifier will pick up an extra $100 for the efforts that night also. There's plenty more great shows on the schedule and some others still being planned so stay tuned folks. Hilltop is the place to be for the very best door to door action in the area without a doubt. Now is the time to make your plans to make the trip to Millersburg every Friday night. As a nice bonus you're bound to see my smiling face there.



DFC Racing Carburetors To Reward Top Qualifiers In 2019
 by Bob on Friday, Feb 1st
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DFC Racing Last year I decided to reward the top Late Model qualifiers at Hilltop Speedway with a bonus of $25 and the feedback was great. I originally planned to only do it for the first month of the 2018 season but that turned into a season long deal after talking with the folks that picked up the bonus money. Their appreciation has lead me to kick off the 2019 season at Hilltop with the same deal for at least the first 8 races. Of course this could easily last all season again if all goes well. This year I'd also like to challenge other businesses to do the same for the Modifieds. It's a great way to show your support for the racers and Hilltop Speedway while getting to know some great people along the way. The advertisement is just a bonus but it never hurts to get your name out there for a good cause.



PLEASE Support A Man That Has Supported Area Racing For Decades
 by Bob on Tuesday, Jan 29th
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DFC Racing Chuck Griffith has been a huge supporter of local racing for what seems like forever. He's kept the crowds entertained from behind the microphone at several tracks, dirt and asphalt, as well as being involved in many fund raisers for others over the years. Or as Chuck would say "many many years". ;-) He's a walking history book as far as local racing is concerned too. I'm almost certain that if you ask him who won the first Late Model feature in May of 1974 at Wayne County Speedway, he could tell you who it was and throw in what lap they took the lead just for fun. Then he'd ramble on about the first car that driver ever drove and what size engine it had in it. He probably wouldn't shut up until he listed all the sponsors of that car too because Chuck has always taken great care of the sponsors.

Sadly Chuck is in need of some support from the racing community this time around as he battles Acute Myloid Lukemia. The folks at Wayne County Speedway have organized a fund raiser to be held in Creston Ohio on Sunday March 3rd. You can show your support in a few different ways. The easiest is to show up and eat some spaghetti and bid on the items that will be donated. You can also donate an item to be auctioned off at the dinner. If you can't find your way to Creston you can go to the link below and make a donation to his gofundme account. Please do whatever you can to show this man some support.

Go Fund Me Account



Kickass Racing Action Won't Be Ruined By A Few Assholes
 by Bob on Tuesday, Jun 19th
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DFC Racing If you missed the Race For Hunter on May 25th, you missed some of the very best racing I've seen in many years anywhere. 29 Late Models signed in to not only chase the $2500 to win along with other bonus money, but they did it for a great cause. The 30 lapper would give the fans 3 wide thrills throughout the entire field, including one hell of a fight for the lead. It looked like these guys were chasing a million dollars to win! They used every inch of the track and even a little bit of sheet metal to put on an amazing show that will be remembered for years to come. In the end it would be Jeremy Berwanger holding off Carpenter and others at the line. The battle for the win was very impressive but what followed was even more impressive to folks like me. All of the drivers stopped and got out of their rides for a group picture with Hunter himself. These same drivers just turned 30 laps all over each other rubbin' body panels and bumpers but the first thing they did was high five and hug each other, laughing the whole time. That was an awesome display of how REAL racers act and it's very much appreciated. Hats off to each and every one of you and thanks for a damn good show!

The past couple of weeks since that show have also provided the great side by side racing we all expect at Hilltop including Kyle Moore finally getting his shit together to pick up his first feature win of the season. He would go on to make it 3 in a row at different tracks. This past Friday night however started out with some ugliness during qualifying. I'll agree that the track was still too wet, but we all understand that will happen at a dirt track and it will only get better during the night. There is no money or points involved in qualifying so if you don't like the surface it's your choice to go out or not. The ugliness actually started when a driver known for his hissy fits got out of his car and went after a track official. Over the years this asshole has been able to get away with his childish actions but not this time. Now that Jesse Wardell has returned as Race Director, that shit has hopefully come to an end. Rick Mardis was told to load his car up which lead to a huge bullshit story being spread through the pits. Mardis, Wolford, Wilson, and their group of habitual cry babies told everybody that Wardell told all drivers they should load up and go home if they didn't like the way things are being run. That sure as hell didn't happen and I was standing feet away from the conversation. While the car may have been loaded up, it didn't stop Mardis and his crew from wondering the pits and stirring up even more shit trying to pick a fight with veteran drivers that didn't agree with their bullshit antics and making threats to the track owner and officials. It's pretty clear that some of these idiots don't come to the track to race. They want to pretend they're in some reality tv show and crave all the drama they can create. To make things worse there are employees in the tower that have connections to these same trouble makers and that has to end if the trouble is to be completely stopped. By the time the bitching and moaning was over it was time for features and the track was PERFECT for kickass racing. The top 3 in the Late Model and Mod features could have been covered with a tarp. Shane McLoughlin, JR Gentry, and Dave Hornikle used 3 lanes to put on quite a battle. Hornikle worked the bottom hard and snuck past Gentry and Mcloughlin in the closing laps but Mcloughlin stayed smooth and consistent to retake the lead coming to the checkers off turn four. Shane has twice picked up my bonus money for fast qualifier but this is his first win of 2018. Congrats to you sir. What a race! I just bet the cry babies wished they were out there instead of pouting in the stands. ;-) The Modified feature almost looked like a replay of the Late Models. DJ Kline would patiently work the bottom to work his way to Wisecarver and Hartman who were side by side fighting for the lead. Kline would eventually slip into the lead while nobody was looking but lapped traffic would ruin his night. Wisecarver never gave up his hunt for the win and Kline would have to settle for second. Thanks guys for another great show!



Time To Catch Up A Bit & Announce A Great Show Too
 by Bob on Tuesday, May 22nd
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DFC Racing As you know, Mother Nature has been killing the 2018 racing season at nearly every track in Ohio this year. Hilltop has only been able to squeeze in 3 shows so far but they've been damn good ones for sure. This week on Friday May 25th they will bring not only a great show, but it's for a great cause. Dubbed the "Race For Hunter", brought to you by E-Pak Manufacturing, Isner Racing Engines, Tye Twarg Racing, and DFC Racing Carburetors, the Late Models will be racing for at least $2500 to win plus many more bonuses. Start money for the feature has been increased to $250, the fastest qualifier will pick up $100, Heat race winners will snag an extra $100, and the Hard Charger award will be worth another $100. 50/50 proceeds will go to Hunter's family so come out to take in a great show while helping a family in need.

Corey Conley has picked up all 3 feature wins so far this year at Hilltop but he's had close company the past 2 times out. Wolford hounded Conley nearly every lap one night and the last time JR Gentry damn near pulled off the win. Those are weekly racers that have proven that they can compete for the win any given week, but with the extra money this week ya never know who will show up to take on the challenge of ending Conley's streak. Speaking of extra money, Shane McLoughlin has picked up that DFC Racing Carburetors bonus money for the fastest qualifier twice so far, with Ryan Markham taking it home once. Who will it be this week?



Opening Night Is In The Books And McLoughlin Picks Up A Bonus
 by Bob on Monday, Apr 16th
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Mother Nature finally gave in and allowed the gang at Hilltop Speedway to get their opening night in the books. What a beautiful night she gave us! Racers and fans were more than ready to fill the place and enjoy the roar of horsepower and those awesome smells of racing fuel. I was kinda anxious to get me some of those Hilltop coney dogs too to be perfectly honest. The action was fast and furious all night long, beginning with qualifying. Picking up the very first DFC Racing Carburetors bonus money for fast qualifier in the Late Models was veteran racer Shane McLoughlin. Shane has been a strong competitor in this area for years and it was my pleasure to see him grab the cash. On a side note, I've decided to extend that bonus money offer to the Late Model fastest qualifier through the month of May. Let's see how many different drivers can pick up that bonus folks.

When it was time for the Late Models to hit the track for their feature it was clear that Shane would have his hands full if he wanted to take home the win. Early on it looked like Wolford had the entire field covered, including the often dominant Corey Conley. After an early caution Corey must have decided it was time to get up on the wheel and show the crowd how to pilot a Kryptonite car around "The Hill". On the restart Corey dove to the bottom and snagged the lead by the exit of turn 2. He never looked back after taking the lead and simply put on a clinic on smooth driving all the way to the checkers. It would be a special win for Conley too. This win gave him the record for all time feature wins in the Late Models at Hilltop. It's a record he's been working for since last season and very well deserved. Congrats Corey!



A New Generation At DFC Racing Carburetors
 by Bob on Tuesday, Mar 20th
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I'm not quite ready to retire just yet, but I've always thought it would be great to hand over those secret recipes for carburetors to another generation someday. As a very proud grampa, I'm always happy to help my granddaughter with any projects that she shows interest in of course. I've often teased her about having her build carburetors with me, and each time she just chuckled and said she couldn't do that since she's only 11 years old and a girl. I try my very best to convince her that she can do absolutely anything she tries, and to never underestimate herself. This young lady is very smart and picks up on new things as quickly as anybody I've ever known. What better way to teach her than to turn her loose with a carburetor while explaining to her how it worked? One night while we were having some "grampa time" in the garage, I handed her a carburetor from a lawn mower and told her to take it apart. Once it was apart I explained to her what each part was and how it worked. She seemed to be surprised just how easy it was to disassemble and reassemble, so I told her that her next project would be a racing carburetor. To my surprise her eyes lit up and she asked me when we could do that! Since it's that time of year when there's plenty of those on the bench waiting to be done, it was only a couple of days before she would get that opportunity. One evening after she finished her homework she was more than ready to get to work. I should mention that I had promised to make her a custom shirt of her choice after she assembled her first racing carburetor. Once all the parts were laid out to assemble, it was pretty clear the shirt wasn't the source of her excitement though. She was sure to ask plenty of questions along the way and I was more than happy to answer them. I honestly expected to see her stumble at some point or to make a mistake that I'd have to have her fix, but her questions helped her to avoid any problems from start to finish. The look on her face as we finished up the final adjustments was absolutely priceless and made this old fart a little misty eyed to be honest. I couldn't have been more proud of her if she had just won a 100 lap feature. I'm pretty sure you can see her satisfaction in the picture. Hats off to ya Angelena! My little munchkin isn't quite ready to take over the carburetor business just yet, but I sure hope to keep those little hands busy for years to come. Oh, and here's your shirt kiddo!

A new employee at DFC Racing Carburetors isn't the only news to kick off the 2018 racing season. I'm happy to announce that we will be sponsoring the fastest qualifiers in the Late Model division at Hilltop for the month of April. More sponsorships for 2018 are also under consideration.



Here Comes The 2018 Racing Season
 by Bob on Monday, Mar 5th
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DFC Racing It's that time of year again when I can almost smell those racing fumes. Two area tracks will start their 2018 seasons with new ownership and I wish them well. Near the end of the 2017 season a deal was worked out to sell Deerfield Raceway to Don Sharpless. It will now be known as Deerfield Speedway, and more than the name has changed. Don has some pretty big plans for this 1/4 mile bullring including the new Wingless Sprint division. Sadly the Modifieds are now gone, but this place has many other divisions to keep you entertained. The Miller family deserves HUGE credit for running Deefield all these years in a way that not only helped the place survive and thrive, but they made sure it was the most family friendly facility in racing. Hats off to ya Paul and the entire Miller family and track staff. I'm sure gonna miss dealing with Paul but I look forward to giving the same support to Don and his crew. The other track that will start 2018 with new folks holding the keys is Midvale Speedway. While I haven't always had kind words for some of the actions I witnessed there over the years, I've also told everybody I know that Midvale is the nicest facility in the area and the action on the track is great every week. That's saying alot for an asphalt track;-) The Smith family has poured tons of money and sweat into this place in recent years to make it what it is, and the deserve respect and many thanks for their efforts. They handed this beautiful facility over to new owners, John and Kelley Chapman during the off season. Many of those that have been in the background to help this place run smoothly will return in 2018 to help John and Kelly in every way that they can. Both of these tracks will continue to get advertising and coverage here on this website as well.

Hilltop will kick off their season very soon with the same great owner of course. Buck Smitley is one of those track owners that honestly wants to hear any concerns or ideas from the racers and fans. To be perfectly clear, this means either stop and talk to him in person at the track, or give him a call any time. Posting online is no way to get concerns addressed by any track owner, so step up and talk to the man about anything. Buck has always taken the time to listen to anybody that's ever done it the right way. Shucks, he will even personally address your online rant while you're at the track if given the chance but I don't recommend taking that route. ;-) Buck is always looking for ways to speed the show along while putting on the best show possible every week so if you have real suggestions give him a shout. The 2018 tentative schedule has been released and posted below. Some dates are still being discussed but expect some great shows this year on "The Hill" for sure. See ya there!

Hilltop Speedway 2018 Schedule FRIDAY NIGHT RACING IN 2018!!!

March 17: Test & Tune 12:00 p.m. 5:00 p.m.

March 24: Test & Tune 12:00 p.m. 5:00 p.m.

March 30: Opening Night Regular Racing Event Excluding Mini Wedges

April 6: Regular Racing Event

April 13: Regular Racing Event Plus $500 to win Mini Stocks

April 20: Regular Racing Event Plus $1500 to win Late Models *No Wedges*

April 27: Regular Racing Event

May 4: Driver Autograph Night Regular Racing Event Plus Trucks $500 to Win *No Wedges*

May 11: OVSCA Sprints plus Late Models, Modlites, and Mini Stocks *No Mini Wedges, Street Stocks, or Modifieds*

May 18: Regular Racing Event

May 25: Regular Racing plus Late Model Show *No Wedges*

June 1: Regular Racing Event

June 8: TBA

June 15: Regular Racing Event

June 22: Regular Racing Event plus $1,000 to win Street Stock *No Wedges*

June 29: Regular Racing Event

July 6 TBA

July 13: Regular Racing Event

July 20: Regular Racing Event plus $1,000 to win Modifieds *No Wedges

July 27: Regular Racing Event

August 3: Regular Racing Event plus Kids Night

August 10: Regular Racing Event

August 17: Regular Racing Event Plus Season Championships

September 14th and 15th: 10th Annual Weekend on the Hill More details will follow

This is a tentative schedule. Dates may be changed or added. Watch website for up to date information about Hilltop Speedway at www.hilltopspeedway.org

*FRIDAY NIGHT RACING TIMES*

Pits and General Admission OPEN @ 5:00pm
Pill Draw closes @ 6:45
Hot laps/Qualifying @7:00pm
Racing starts @7:30pm
Mini Wedges 6:30 sharp *FEATURES ONLY*

Regular Races Pricing


General Admission - $12
Kids under 12 Free
Pit Pass - $30



The End Of More Than Just A Racing Season
 by Bob on Sunday, Jan 7th
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DFC Racing Now that the holidays are officially behind us, we normally take this time to look forward to the upcoming racing season. I always like to reflect back on last season too for many reasons. While looking back I often see some signs of what to expect the new season to bring. This time around those signs make me both nervous and optimistic. The good news is that throughout the 2017 season car counts and crowds remained strong at most tracks. The fields of cars also grew more competitive with the exception of Street Stocks at Hilltop. Even with that exception, the number of Street Stocks did start to climb back up from the dismal numbers we saw midseason. With some changes being made in that division for 2018, I hope to see this class return to a show worth staying late into the night to see. At Hilltop alone the Late Models have really stepped up the game. Sure Corey Conley still seems to stand out and run out front but lately he's had plenty of company up there. It's no longer a done deal when Corey starts up front. The return of George Lee in a borrowed ride was just one of the examples of threats to win on any given night. Other guys such as Hottinger, Misel, Wolford, and Hornikle are weekly regulars that have put on great shows fighting for a win. The Modifieds have remained very strong at Hilltop for years and 2017 showed some very promising signs also. This division is well known for 3 and even 4 wide battles for the lead and in 2017 even more drivers were capable of pulling off the win. It was great to see Wardell, Kline, Lee, and others fight their way to the top of the field. George Lee even brought home a hard fought championship in the Modified owned by Tom Conley. Couldn't happen to a nicer guy!

Towards the end of the season rumors always fly, and I'm very happy to see one of them actually come true this time. Buck Smitley is always looking for ways to improve the show for racers and fans at Hilltop. Hell, he's often looking for ways to support other tracks to improve shows for all involved. That's not nearly as common as it once was, and very refreshing to see. For 2018 Buck will make a huge leap in that direction by switching to Friday nights for weekly shows. This move should help give drivers and fans the opportunity to support more than just one track every weekend. The already strong fields of cars should only improve at Hilltop and elsewhere with this change. Bigger and better fields of cars at any track means more fans in the stands of course, but more importantly it improves the health of the sport overall.

The health and future of this sport is exactly what has honestly made me a bit nervous the past couple of seasons. There's more than a couple reasons for this. In recent years we've seen some very seasoned drivers, track owners, and even track staff walk away from the weekly racing scene. Having the chance to talk to many of these folks I've seen a pattern. Every one of them has said that racing isn't what it once was and that the fun for them is all but gone. Sure, the costs and other factors played a role in their decisions but that one thing really stood out to me. That's probably because I have also had those same thoughts the past couple of years and I was somewhat surprised that so many shared that opinion. So what the hell went wrong? For me, it started with the attitudes of so many of the younger generation which slowly spread to some of the older ones too. Don't get me wrong, there are plenty of young drivers with talent and just plain love the opportunity to race. There are also plenty of younger fans that understand the rules and do their best to support racing in many ways. However, dealing with the ones that feel the world revolves around them and that they should be catered to no matter what really sucks to put it bluntly. From racers wanting to fight over any call, even the right call, to the keyboard cowboys that rush to social media to bitch and whine while sitting at the track, may of us older folks aren't exactly wild about the "new normal". It's not too late to clean things up but it's gonna take some work and the right people to do it. Track owners will need to do a better job of educating racers and fans about the rules and procedures a well as what will be accepted and not accepted. You can't stop all the ugliness and I get that, but allowing things to get out of hand in the pits. grandstands, and on the track will only fuel the fires. Quick and decisive action against those involved is the only way to stop it. I'm old enough to remember when racers showed up to battle each other on the track, not to do battle with track owners and officials. Fans came to see good rivalries, not fights and crybabies. I never heard the Wirt brothers, Jim Gentry or others of that generation crying about less than perfect track conditions. They knew they would all be racing on the same surface and that they were there to try to out drive each other. Drivers and fans would actually take their concerns/complaints to the track owners or staff so they could actually be addressed. I sure miss those days.

That brings me to the "end of an era" part of the story. With more and more of the older generation either walking away from racing or at least stepping back a bit from it, I feel that a bit of what made racing in this area so great is quickly slipping away. Those folks have been around long enough to see the good times as well as the ugly times and have the wisdom to avoid making mistakes of the past. With the loss of Jeff Norris in 2017 we lost one of the few guys out there willing to risk everything to bring a track back from the dead just for the love of the sport. Jeff was probably the best track owner I've ever worked with and a very good friend. More importantly, he wasn't looking for fame or fortune by bringing Hilltop back to life. He wanted to give the racers and fans a great place to enjoy racing even knowing the sacrifices he would face. I've seen plenty of folks that thought they had the best plans to run a track but lacked the backbone to follow through. Jeff sure as hell wasn't one of those guys. Speaking of great track owners, Paul Miller brought back Deerfield Raceway years ago and turned it into the most family friendly track I've ever visited. He worked tirelessly to put on a smooth fast paced show each week that included racers of all ages. By the end of the 2017 season Paul had also decided that he'd had all the fun he could handle and sold the track. Don Sharpless is the new owner and has big plans for the future of the track. Let's hope he can have the level of success that Paul and his family have had there.

An huge loss to the racing community at the end of the 2017 season was the retirement of Ed Fredrick. Ed has been working as a flagman and/or race director for over 40 years and has served each of the local tracks at one time or another. He's the man that drug my ass onto the flag stand for the first time and it was a true pleasure to work with him. One of the highlights of each season working with him was the opportunity to share the flag stand at least a couple times with his father, Earl. Earl stretched his career on the flag stand to over 60 years. Now that's a family that has dedicated more than most to the racing community folks! Filling those shoes will be nearly impossible. Ed tells me he's looking forward to getting to a few different tracks this year just to take in the show for once. Hopefully this will return the fun in racing for him. After all that he's given to racing over the years, he certainly deserves to enjoy himself. I'll sure miss being the first one to give him the finger each night, but he has earned this retirement. So Ed, go have your fun with the grandkids and such, but I still hope to see ya at some track this year Prick! ;-)



Weekend On The Hill Is Here!
 by Bob on Wednesday, Sep 13th
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Here comes the big show we've all been waiting for at Hilltop Speedway. September 15th & 16th the folks at Hilltop will close out their racing season once again with the 9th annual "Weekend On The Hill" event. Mark your calendars and load up everybody you can find to take in this great season ender at the place best known for kick-ass door to door action. Both nights are sure to be action packed. Of course this weekend isn't only about the racing. These shows offer a great party type atmosphere now that the stress of the points season is all gone, and the focus is much more towards the fun side of racing. Racers and fans alike are able to get together each night for more than just a typical race night. You'll be kicking yourself in the ass all winter long if you miss this show folks!

The format for this year is different from previous years so here's the details. Friday night will be focused on the support classes, with 2 divisions of Mini Stocks, Mini Trucks, and Mini Wedges. There will be a Powder Puff Race and a Mechanics Race in the Mini Stocks for some extra excitement. There will also be a ceremony celebrating the top 5 in points in both the Mini Stock and the Truck divisions. No other classes will be in action on Friday night. Pits open at 5:30 on Friday night with Hot Laps at 6:30

Saturday night will be action packed with all divisions except Mini Wedges taking to the track and extra money up for grabs. The Late Models will be chasing $2000 to win and a $500 bonus for the fastest qualifier. The Modifieds will race for $1200 to win, and $150 just to make the feature event. Fastest qualifier in the Modifieds will snag an extra $200 bonus. Street Stocks will be racing for $700 to win, the Modlites will be racing for $1000 to win. Mini Stocks and Trucks will each be racing for $500 to win.

Pits open at 3pm on Saturday- $35
General Admission opens at 5pm- $15
Hot Laps at 5pm
Racing at 6:30



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