Brandywine driver to run in qualifying

February 17, 1994|By Sandra McKee | Sandra McKee,Sun Staff Writer

DAYTONA BEACH, FLA — DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- The state of Maryland will be represented in the second of the Gatorade Twin 125-mile qualifying races this afternoon.

Jerry Hill of Brandywine, Md., will start his Bell Motor Co. Chevrolet in the 17th position in the field.

The orange and yellow car with the words "Maryland With Pride" written across its rear panel is the second slowest car in the two races.

The best speed Hill has been able to hit is 176.568 mph. Only Delma Cowart of Savannah, Ga., has been slower, clocking his Ford at 170.280.

"We're not doing very well," said crew chief Willy Tierney. "But we're having fun and learning a lot. We're in the building stages."

Hill, 32, raced motorcycles and stock cars in the Dash and Busch series, before taking five years off in the mid-1980s "to save our money." He returned to run ARCA races in 1989 and moved on to the Winston Cup series in 1991.

The team, sponsored by the Bell Motor Co. of Leonardtown, Md., is trying to make the field for its first Daytona 500. Its best Winston Cup finish was a 28th at Rockingham.

The team is scheduled to run its next race at that track, Feb. 27.

Thompson still hospitalized

Mark Thompson, who suffered three broken ribs in a crash during the ARCA race Sunday, was held for a third night at Halifax Medical Center. An official there said Thompson was still so sore that doctors felt it necessary to keep him sedated through the night.

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