Timmy Hill Joins List Of Contenders For Rookie Of The Year

By Christy Valdez
Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

The upcoming 2013 NASCAR season will give Timmy Hill the opportunity he has been looking for in his career.

In the new season Hill will be joining FAS Lane Racing in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series for 18 to 20 races in the No.32 car. The announcement was made Wednesday on Hill’s webpage and for the 2013 season Hill will be among the eligible drivers to race for Cup Series Rookie of the Year honors.

The 2013 season will also feature Hill’s return to FAS Lane Racing; he first joined the team in 2012 for three races.

Throughout the season Hill will also be sharing time with Terry Labonte and Ken Schrader. With Labonte and Schrader as his teammates in the No.32 team Hill sees them as great mentors to have for his rookie season.

“Terry Labonte and Ken Schrader bring a wealth of knowledge to the program and will be great mentors to me while I attempt to earn Rookie of the Year, said Hill in a release.

Hill is set to make his first start of the 2013 season at the Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California on March 24. Not only will the race at Fontana be Hill’s first start, but it will also be his first race against his fellow rookie competitors.

For the 2013 season, Hill is the latest driver to attempt to race for Rookie of the Year honors, a class that will include two-time Nationwide Series champion Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Danica Patrick. Unlike his competitors, Hill wont have the opportunity to race in every Cup race to gain points towards rookie honors, but Hill is still looking forward to racing against them.

“Danica Patrick and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. are great race car drivers, and I am looking forward to battling with them on the track for that title,” said Hill in the release.

Hill is making his way into the Cup Series after previously racing in the NASCAR Nationwide Series in the 2011 and 2012 seasons. In his Nationwide debut season Hill won Rookie of the Year honors behind the wheel of the No.15 car for Rick Ware Racing. In his three races with FAS Lane Racing in 2012 Hill captured a 22nd place finish as his best in the Cup Series and finished on the lead lap.

Hill’s addition to the 2013 Cup Series rookie class adds more attention to rookie honors, which over the last few years has gone on to miss that prestigious honor it once had. His major competition will be Stenhouse and Patrick; regardless of the result at the year’s end, the opportunity will be a good one for Hill and a step in the right direction for his career.

Christy Valdez is a member of the NASCAR Media. Follow her on Twitter @Knowursports and on Facebook at On The Sidelines With Christy  

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