JOHN RITTENOURE For the world of Tulsa
A glance at the black # 2 micro sprint car with the name ‘Hillenburg Special’ on the side during the Tulsa Shootout will bring back fond memories to longtime fans of the race.
In the late ’80s and into the’ 90s, Hillenburg Special was on the side of the 410 sprint car driven by 14-time Tulsa Speedway champion Donnie Crawford. Andy Hillenburg was also on his Hillenburg Special on the World of Outlaws tour where he scored 30 career victories from 1988 to 2001.
In 1994, Hillenburg became the first Oklahoman to win the Chili Bowl Midget Nationals.
As a longtime friend of the Hillenburg family, Austin Lambert decided he wanted to honor Andy with a schematic back on his mic.
The Lambert and Hillenburg families have been friends since Austin’s dad, Jimmy, raced with Crawford and Hillenburg at Tulsa Speedway.
“My dad Jim Lambert used to race with Ray Crawford all the time, and that’s when Junior (Hillenburg) had these cars that Ray raced on with the Hillenburg stage, and my dad (Jimmy Lambert) raced 410 sprint cars with Andy Hillenburg, ”said Austin Lambert. “Over the years, we have always kept in touch with the Hillenburgs. Almost like family.
“I became very close to Andy’s boys, Drew and Hayden. Drew has been with us since we came back to racing. “