Hillbilly Racing and Chuck Hossfeld Part Ways
New Driver To Be Selected Soon for #79 Modified
Hillbilly Racing has announced that Chuck Hossfeld will no longer drive #79 Coors Light Pontiac effective immediately. The search for a replacement has already begun and an announcement is expected soon. Hossfeld and Hillbilly Racing joined forces at the start of the 2006 season, running full-time on the Whelen Modified Tour and select Southern Modified Tour events. The relationship started with high expectations, but failed the turn into a combination that could battle for wins on a weekly basis.
It's been a tough season and a half for the #79 team and Chuck Hossfeld. Both the driver and team are capable of winning races, but bad luck kept them for reaching their potential together. (Howie Hodge Photo)
Team owner Roger Hill says that despite being in the middle of a season, now is the right time for the change.
“The first few races of this year have shown we’re not making progress, so why wait to make a change? For whatever reason, this just didn’t work out. I have no doubt that Chuck can win races and I know that we can win races, but together it wasn’t working.” Roger is also thankful for the effort that Hossfeld has given the team over the last year. “Chuck was willing to drive anytime, anywhere, which we love to do ourselves. We enjoyed having him as our driver and wish him success in the future.”
Crew Chief David Hill knows that the change means that the communication process starts from scratch, so he’s ready to find a new driver and start the team’s next chapter.
“It takes a while to build the communication necessary to be a successful team. It’s been too long since we’ve won a race. I know it won’t be easy, but I believe we can be back at the top soon.”
The next Whelen Modified Tour event is the New England Dodge Dealers 100 at Thompson Speedway on June 21st. Hillbilly Racing plans to be in competition with its new driver at that time.