Chuck Joins With Hillbilly Racing to Drive #79 Whelen Modified in '06
Hillbilly Racing has signed Chuck Hossfeld of Buffalo, NY to drive the Hill Enterprises #79 Pontiac on the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour. This partnership combines one of the WMT’s top teams with one of its top young drivers.
combination. “I’ve watched the #79 team race for a while. They always have good equipment. I have a real good feeling about this.”
Hillbilly Racing has been a top WMT team for nearly a decade. Based out of Westfield, NC, the team travels north every weekend to compete at the highest level of modified racing. 2005 was another successful season for Hillbilly Racing, finishing ninth in the points with driver Mike Christopher. It was the fourth consecutive year the team has finished in the top-ten in points.
Team-owner Roger Hill is extremely pleased to have Hossfeld in the seat for the upcoming season. “A driver like Chuck doesn’t become available every day,” said Hill. “He’s one of the top young drivers on the tour and I think we’ll have a lot of success together.” Hill is also happy with the success they had in 2005. “Mike Christopher did a great job for us last year and I’m very thankful for that. We put that deal together just weeks before the season and got stronger as the year went on. I know Mike’s going to continue to have success.”
Crew Chief David Hill is already making plans for the 2006 season. “Our plan is to run two or three Southern Whelen Modified Tour events early in the year to get some time together. I think with that experience we’ll be ready to go by the time we come north.”
Hossfeld is the new pilot of the Hillbilly #79
Hossfeld has been competing on the Whelen Modified Tour since 2002. During that time he has five victories and has finished in the top-ten in over two-thirds of the races. He has finished in the top-three in the point standings in three of the past four years including a third place finish in 2005. Hossfeld spent last season driving the Don Barker #50 after spending three years in the Bob Garbarino #4.
Over the past couple weeks, Hossfeld has had a chance to meet with the Hill family and is excited about this opportunity. “I’ve been able to sit down and talk to Mr. and Mrs. Hill and I can tell they’re great people,” said Hossfeld. “I’m pretty excited about this opportunity. I’ve met some of the crew as well and it seems like they’re all great people.” Hossfeld believes that this will be a good