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NASCAR driver to honor Michigan dirt track legend during Southern 500 throwback weekend – MLive.com

NASCAR driver to honor Michigan dirt track legend during Southern 500 throwback weekend – MLive.com
27 Aug
12:43

NASCAR Monster Energy Cup’s Matt Tifft grew up rooting for Midland driver David Hilliker.

“You could say David Hilliker was my childhood dirt track hero,” the 23-year old Tifft said in a release.

Tifft, a native of Hinckley, Ohio, is paying tribute to Hilliker during Sunday’s Bojanges’ Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway. Tifft’s No. 36 Front Row Motorsports Ford Mustang will feature a special throwback paint scheme replica of the cars Hilliker raced during the 1990s.

Tifft’s father owned a dirt Late Model stock car that Hilliker raced, and the Tiffts would travel to Michigan to watch him compete on weekends.

Matt Tifft's Ford Mustang is modeled after David Hilliker's stock cars that he raced during the 1990s. (Photo provided by Front Row Motorsports)

Photo provided by Front Row Motorsports

Matt Tifft’s Ford Mustang is modeled after David Hilliker’s stock cars that he raced during the 1990s. (Photo provided by Front Row Motorsports)

“I’m really excited to recreate this paint scheme for Darlington,” Tifft said. “When I was little, my dad would bring home this car in the offseason and we’d tear it down together. That was where I first learned how to work on a racecar.

“My dad has been such a huge influence throughout my career, and I couldn’t have gotten to this point without him. I’m grateful for the opportunity to give him this kind of recognition and can’t wait to see his face when he sees the car in person for the first time.”

David Hilliker of Midland (photo courtesy of David Hilliker Racing Facebook Page)

David Hilliker Racing Facebook Page

David Hilliker of Midland (photo courtesy of David Hilliker Racing Facebook Page)

Hilliker is a member of the Michigan Motorsports Hall of Fame, and he has competed at over 30 tracks across the state, Ohio and Canada dating back to 1980, and it is estimated that he has won races at 18 of them. He has won five track championships at Merritt Speedway, as well as titles at Tri-City Speedway and Mount Pleasant Speedway.

Hilliker continues to compete this season. He finished runner-up to son Derrick Hilliker in a Late Model race at Tri-City this past weekend.

The green flag will drop on Sunday’s Southern 500 at 6 p.m. on NBCSN.

Source: https://www.mlive.com/sports/2019/08/nascar-driver-to-honor-michigan-dirt-track-legend-during-southern-500-throwback-weekend.html

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