Bobby Hillin, Jr. : biography
Bobby Hillin, Jr. (born June 5, 1964 in Midland, Texas), is an American stock car racecar driver. Hillin's love for racing began when he was a young boy watching his father's USAC Sprint and Indy cars race across the Midwest. At the age of 13, after a short period of racing go-karts and motocross, Hillin drove his first race car in Abilene, Texas. Two years later, Hillin won 17 out of 22 featured races to become the track Champion at his hometown track of Odessa, Texas. In the early years, Hillin had aspirations of racing Indy and Formula One, but after attending the Buck Baker Driving School at the age of 16, Hillin was hooked on NASCAR.
Return to NASCAR
On September 27, 2008, after not racing for 8 years and with the help of longtime friend Tom Potts as well as T4 Spa Concepts & Designs, Bobby returned to NASCAR in the Nationwide series at Kansas Speedway. Just over one year later, Bobby raced in the O'Reilly Challenge at Texas Motor Speedway. He was sponsored by his own two companies, T-Rex Services, and T-Rex Engineering and Construction, that he operates out of Houston, Texas. Hillin drove the #81 for Randy MacDonald Motorsports in both races. Hillin ran the 2009 Nationwide race at Texas for Pat MacDonald, finishing 23rd.
- 2001 – Started Texas ReExcavation, a Non-Destructive Industrial Vacuum Excavation Company to serve the growing demand for safer excavation and Sub Surface Utility Engineering.
- 1998/2000 – Owned and operated Bobby Hillin Racing, a Busch Grand National Series race team with 5 Major League Baseball players as partners. (Best finish: 2nd, Dover, DE).
- 1993/1997 – Drove for Donlevey Racing, Bill Elliott Motorsports, and Jasper Motorsports in the Winston Cup Series.
- 1993 – His first son, Luke, was born. He would later have a daughter, Stephanie, and another son, Robert Joseph.
- 1992 – Relief driver for the late Davey Allison in the Robert Yates owned Ford Thunderbird. Qualified 3rd, finished 3rd, placing Allison back into the season Winston Cup points lead.
- 1989 – Winner, NASCAR Busch Grand National Race: Nazareth, PA.
- 1988 – Winner, NASCAR Busch Grand National Race: Dover, DE.
- 1988 – Winner, Sears Die Hard Challenge. Completing the most miles of competition during the Winston Cup Season.
- 1987 – Elected President of the Unocal Darlington Record Club.
- 1987 – Surpassed the million-dollar career earnings mark, becoming the youngest driver in NASCAR history to accomplish this feat.
- 1986 – At the age of 22, became the youngest driver in the modern era of Winston Cup racing to win a race and the youngest ever to win on a superspeedway.
- 1985 – Became the youngest driver in history to qualify a stock car over 200 mph.
- 1983 – NASCAR Winston Cup Series: 11th – World 600 Charlotte Motor Speedway. Day after his high school graduation.
- 1982 – Ran five (5) Winston cup races before his senior year of high school.
- 1981 – Track champion, Odessa Speedbowl – 17 featured wins.
With the help of sponsorship from his Grandfather, Hillin teamed with legendary crew chief Harry Hyde and entered his first Winston Cup race in 1982. This would give Hillin the distinction of becoming the youngest driver in 25 years to enter and compete in a Winston Cup event since Cale Yarbrough. Hillin competed in 5 events that year and then returned to finish his senior year at Midland High School.
The next year, before High School Graduation, Hillin moved to North Carolina full-time to pursue his career. "I would knock on doors and dial for dollars until I could get enough money to race the next race." quoted Hillin. That year Hillin would meet Bill Stavola which would launch his career with the formation of Stavola Brothers Racing. In 1985, Hillin became the youngest driver to ever qualify any type car on a closed course circuit over 200 mph. The next year, Hillin became the youngest driver to win a Modern Era NASCAR event, and the youngest driver to win on a Superspeedway with his win at Talladega at the age of 22. This is a record that would stand for over 19 years.
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