With Stadium Super Trucks taking a break until the weekend of August 24-25 at Road America, we take a weekly look back at the series’ top drivers and their results so far! Check in every Sunday for a new driver!
#57 Bill Hynes // 9th overall, 168 points
12 starts, 1 win, 1 podium
For all of the support that he’s afforded to Stadium Super Trucks, it’s fitting that Bill “The Thrill” Hynes finally broke through for his first victory in 2018.
Through his company, United Fiber and Data, Hynes has backed a number of the sport’s top drivers over the years. UFD’s current squad includes everyone from defending SST champion Paul “The Dude” Morris, to current championship runner-up Gavin Harlien, to “The Bachelor” contestant Arie Luyendyk Jr.; of course, it also includes Hynes himself in a full-time role.
After ending last year with a rollover at Lake Elsinore, Hynes entered the 2018 SST season looking for redemption at the California course in January. Coming into his fifth season of racing in the series, what had appeared to be his first career SST victory was initially taken away after a controversial scoring decision pertaining to confusion over use of the Joker Lap after a late-race red flag and restart.
A week and a half later, the decision—which had initially bumped Hynes and Matthew Brabham down the field for violating the rule—was reversed. Hynes was officially awarded his first SST win on February 7, Brabham was reinstated to second, and the remainder of the field kept the points they scored under the initial decision—meaning Apdaly Lopez and fellow UFD driver Jeff Hoffman, initially declared first and second, also kept those points.
Hynes hasn’t taken another victory since, but he’s had a handful of solid performances along the way. Most recently, he posted finishes of sixth and eighth in Detroit, and seventh and ninth in the back-to-back races at Texas Motor Speedway, just before the mid-season break.
Coming into Road America, Hynes has plenty of reason to be proud this season. Not only was he the first first-time winner of the 2018 season, but his Team UFD drivers have also taken more than half of the 12 wins available so far this year. In fact, a Team UFD member has been on the box in all but one race so far this year, for 20 total podiums. No matter what happens from here, it’s hard to not call the season a success.