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Timmy Hill to Attempt 2019 Daytona 500 with MBM

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

By: Zach Catanzareti, Staff Writer

Timmy Hill will attempt next year’s Daytona 500 for MBM Motorsports.

The veteran, who will run his 21st Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race of 2018 Sunday at Homestead-Miami Speedway, will return with the Carl Long team for the 61st running of the Great American Race in February, the second time of his career attempting the event.

“I’m really excited,” Hill told Kickin’ The Tires. “I attempted the 500 once before, didn’t have much of a shot. We brought a car that probably wasn’t good enough to make it through the duels. We ended up having engine problems and didn’t get the chance to make it.

“It’s a thrilling feel and hopefully I can come out on the better side of it.”

Attempting the 500 in 2017, Hill missed the show while driving for Rick Ware Racing. The 25-year-old will have a full-fledged effort behind the wheel of MBM’s No. 66 entry.

“We’re going to try a lot harder this go-round,” he said. “Carl [Long] has bought some engines we’re trying to pick through to see what will make the most horsepower for us.

“It’ll take a lot of thinking and planning but we think we can do it. That race is extremely tough to make and hopefully this time we can make it.”

Additionally, Hill won’t be the only car MBM will field in the 500 next year.

“We are going to bring two cars next year,” he said. “Beyond that, we don’t know what we’re going to do. I’ll be in one of the cars for sure. The second one, we’re still trying to decide who’ll be in it. It’s really up to debate right now.”

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