Extract from Wall Revue - Truck Series Race Report, Saturday April 18,1998

Hilliard Crosses Line Backwards for 1st Ever Win
by Jeff Gravatt

Hammonton's Mike Hilliard, who had a possible win last year taken away in inspection, received redemption with a first-career triumph in the Trucks last week. And the 15-lap win came in exciting style, with Hilliard crossing the line backward after contact with runner-up Kevin Eyres.

The first lap of the event lasted just moments before five trucks tangled in the first turn. The first attempt at a restart also suffered through trouble as Greg Clerico spun his No.31 on the backstretch.

Once underway, T.J. Buckley was the early leader and he paced the field until lap three when Chris Schmidt, Dwayne Carman and Stanley Schanck III tangled on the backstretch.

Buckley led the field back to green, but it was Hilliard who displayed the big horsepower as he throttled to the front. Hilliard led Ronnie Lane through the next few laps before former champ Bart Schanck looped his No.6 in the third turn for the final caution of the test.

Hilliard was still the top man when action resumed, but veteran Kevin Eyres in the Avis No.2 was on the charge into second. Eyres immediately applied the pressure on Hilliard and stayed right there until the final lap.

That final lap will long be remembered by Hilliard as Eyres' pressure got to be a bit too much exiting turn four. Hilliard and his No.11 went spinning exiting the turn, but the Hammonton speedster was able to cross the finish line backwards on the speedway apron to score his first win of the season.

Eyres was second at the stripe, while Stanley Schanck recovered for third. Joe King and Ron Lane wrapped up the top five.