Bruce Hill (racing driver)

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Bruce Hill
Born (1949-07-09)July 9, 1949
Topeka, Kansas, U.S.
Died May 14, 2017(2017-05-14) (aged 67)
Topeka, Kansas, U.S.
Cause of death Esophageal cancer
Achievements 1975 Rookie of the Year
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career
100 races run over 8 years
Best finish 16th (1975)
First race 1974 Los Angeles Times 500 (Ontario)
Last race 1981 Champion Spark Plug 400 (Michigan)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 21 0
Statistics current as of January 27, 2011.

Bruce Hill (July 9, 1949 – May 14, 2017) was an American former stock car racing driver from Topeka, Kansas. He competed in the Winston Cup Series, ARCA, and in the NASCAR West Series. He also competed in late model races around his hometown later in life.

Personal life[edit]

Hill was born on July 9, 1949 in Topeka, Kansas, and graduated from Shawnee Heights High School.[1] He resided in and around the Topeka metropolitan area his later years of life, raising American Quarter Horses.[2] Hill died on May 14, 2017 due to issues with esophageal cancer.[3]

NASCAR career[edit]

In 1974, Hill began racing in NASCAR in the Winston Cup Series (now Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series) and the NASCAR West Series (now K&N Pro Series West). He only competed in one race in both series the same year.[4] The race in 1974 was the only race Hill would run in the West series.[5]

One year later, Hill won the Rookie of the Year award in the Winston Cup Series.[6] During that season, he competed in all but four of the season's 30 races. Among his highlights were top-five finishes at Rockingham Motor Speedway, Darlington Raceway and Dover International Speedway.[7] Still running as an independent driver, Hill returned to the series again in 1976, competing in 22 events, which he recorded only four top-ten finishes and finished 23rd in the standings.[8] In 1977, Hill was able to record four top-tens and a 29th-place finish in points after participating in 16 events.[9] During the following year, he only participated in 14 events, and recorded two top-tens with a 32nd-place finish in the point standings, but benefited form teaming up with Harry Clary to field cars.[10]

For 1979, Hill teamed up with fellow owner-driver Walter Ballard for a limited slate of events. He finished 34th in points after running seven races.[11] Continuing to race for Ballard in 1980, he finished 50th in points, and only competed in six races.[12] In his final year in the Winston Cup Series, he competed in eight races and finished 43rd in points.[13] Also in 1981, he participated in a NASCAR Late Model Sportsman race at Darlington Raceway.[14]

Other racing[edit]

While competing in the Winston Cup Series, he also participated in the ARCA Racing Series as well as in USAC.[14] In 2002, Hill participated in a Late model race at Thunderhill Speedway in Mayetta, Kansas.[15]

In 2016 it was announced that A.J. Allmendinger would run a throwback scheme based on Hill's 1977 car for the annual throwback race at Darlington Raceway.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rick, By (2003-09-29). "Driver remembers NASCAR's history". CJOnline.com. Retrieved 2011-01-28. 
  2. ^ a b "NASCAR, No. 47 team haven't forgotten Topekan Bruce Hill". Retrieved 2017-05-14. 
  3. ^ "Sad News - Bruce Hill". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2017-05-15. 
  4. ^ "Driver Bruce Hill 1974 NASCAR Winston Cup Results - Racing-Reference.info". racing-reference.info. Retrieved 2017-05-15. 
  5. ^ "Driver Bruce Hill's NASCAR K&N Pro Series West races - Racing-Reference.info". racing-reference.info. Retrieved 2017-05-15. 
  6. ^ "Bruce Hill Results and Stats from". databaseRacing.com. Retrieved 2011-01-28. 
  7. ^ "Driver Bruce Hill 1975 NASCAR Winston Cup Results - Racing-Reference.info". racing-reference.info. Retrieved 2017-05-15. 
  8. ^ "Driver Bruce Hill 1976 NASCAR Winston Cup Results - Racing-Reference.info". racing-reference.info. Retrieved 2017-05-15. 
  9. ^ "Driver Bruce Hill 1977 NASCAR Winston Cup Results - Racing-Reference.info". racing-reference.info. Retrieved 2017-05-15. 
  10. ^ "Driver Bruce Hill 1978 NASCAR Winston Cup Results - Racing-Reference.info". racing-reference.info. Retrieved 2017-05-15. 
  11. ^ "Driver Bruce Hill 1979 NASCAR Winston Cup Results - Racing-Reference.info". racing-reference.info. Retrieved 2017-05-15. 
  12. ^ "Driver Bruce Hill 1980 NASCAR Winston Cup Results - Racing-Reference.info". racing-reference.info. Retrieved 2017-05-15. 
  13. ^ "Bruce Hill Career Statistics". Racing-Reference.info. 1949-07-09. Retrieved 2011-01-28. 
  14. ^ a b "Bruce Hill". Ultimateracinghistory.com. Retrieved 2011-01-28. 
  15. ^ "(And not over the racing bug, either) Not over the Hill | Topeka Capital-Journal, The | Find Articles at BNET". Findarticles.com. 2002-04-07. Retrieved 2011-01-28. 

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