April 6, 2024 - Hickman Racing On Top: Riley and Bryson Hickman visit victory lane at I-75

Joined by his two sons Bryson and Drew, Riley Hickman and the Hickman Racing team traveled to I-75 Raceway (Sweetwater, Tenn.) on Saturday as the 3/8-mile oval hosted the first race of the Elite 8 Points Racing Series.

Dominating from the moment he unloaded, Riley backed up the fastest qualifying effort with a flag-to-flag victory in his heat race and the 35-lap feature. Hickman banked his first win of the season and the $3,000 payday ahead of Hayden Cardwell, Tyler Price, Kyle Courtney, and Cade Brookshire.

In another dominant display of driving by a member of the Hickman Racing team on Saturday, Bryson topped the speed charts in B-Sportsman time trials before cruising to the 15-lap A-Main victory.

Drew capped off the evening for Hickman Racing with a top-10 finish in his main event. He started on the third row of the feature via third-place heat finish and went onto place seventh aboard his No. D1 Sportsman entry.

Full results from the events are available at www.I75RacewayPark.com.

March 30, 2024 - 13th-place finish in Southern Heritage Classic at Needmore

Riley Hickman returned to the driver’s seat of the CVR Race Cars No. 17 Late Model over the weekend for the two-day Southern Heritage Classic at Needmore Speedway (Norman Park, Ga.).

Against a stout field of 40 Rogers Dabbs Chevrolet Crate Racin’ USA 604 Series entries, Hickman fell short of a transferring out of his heat race on Friday, relegating him into a consolation race on Saturday night.

Racing into the $10,000-to-win A-Main with a seventh-to-third showing in his B-Main, Riley advanced forward nine more positions in the 50-lap affair to finish 13th.

Full results from the events are available at www.CrateRacinUSA.com.

January 20, 2024 - Hickman Makes Appearance as CVR Race Cars Driver

Article Credit: Robert Holman | Crate Racin' USA

BARBERVILLE, Fla. (Jan. 20) — Veteran driver Riley Hickman didn’t plan on spending the third weekend in January tackling the fifth annual Sunshine Nationals at Volusia Speedway Park.

Although he’d finished sixth in the Rogers-Dabbs Performance Parts Crate Racin’ USA Winter Shootout Series-sanctioned Ice Bowl on Jan. 6 at Talladega Short Track in Eastaboga, Ala., Hickman experienced engine trouble and as a result he planned to skip the tour’s second event.

But when CVR Race Cars owner Chip Vineyard gave him a call offering a ride for the weekend, Hickman, of Ooltawah, Tenn.—a community of about 700 residents located 20 miles east of Chattanooga—found himself preparing for a trip to the Sunshine State.

“We went to the Ice Bowl and I said I'd like to maybe go do this Winter (Shootout) deal,” Hickman said following a solid third-place effort in his 20-lap qualifying feature at Volusia on Friday. “Did the Ice Bowl deal and I hurt an engine down there. Then the generator tore up on my hauler down there (at Talladega). It was after we got loaded up, thank goodness. So I wasn’t planning on coming here. (Chip) called me on Monday and was like ‘Hey, what are you doing?’

“I said I'm just staying home working. I'm not planning on going anywhere with it. He was like, ‘I’ve got this stuff if you want to go race,’ and I said okay. So, we put a seat in it, and we’re here. This is a CVR car, and is the CVR house car. Chip is snowed in at home (in Lenoir City, Tenn.) and hadn't been able to get out yet. These (crew) guys left early enough that they missed part of the snow and were able to get out and not get stuck.”

Hickman, a four-time Southern All-Star Dirt Late Model Series champion who had never seen Volusia’s sprawling half-mile, D-shaped track before Thursday, made the most of the last-minute decision to head towards the Daytona Beach region. Thanks to the third-place finish in his qualifying feature, by Saturday he’d climbed to third in points on the Adam Stewart-directed miniseries.

Unfortunately for Hickman and the CVR team, mechanical gremlins prevented him from lining up in Saturday’s B-main, ending his night early.

“We had a parts failure in the (right-front) shock department. So in an effort for us not to make ourselves look more embarrassing, we elected to load up for the evening,” said Hickman.

Nevertheless, it was a nice return for the 45-year-old driver who spent the last few seasons promoting Boyd’s Speedway in Ringgold, Ga., while in semi-retirement. During that stretch, Hickman also took the time to recuperate from injuries he received during a race at 411 Motor Speedway in Seymour, Tenn. Hickman, one of seven drivers across multiple divisions who flipped his car that day, suffered a broken wrist and a concussion.

“I’ll be honest with you, and I've told some people this and told some others, when I turned the car over at 411, it affected me more mentally than I thought it would,” admitted Hickman. “Honestly, there was a good eight months there that I didn't want to be in a race car. I just did not want to be around it. Not so much, it didn't scare me. It was just…I’ve got to work on Monday morning. We've got a business to run. I've got a family to take care of, and that weighed on me a little bit. For a good eight months, I just didn't want to race. I didn't want to be in a car. Just no desire at all. I didn't care. Doing the racetrack deal kept me in the loop.”

How long his self-imposed break continues is still undecided. Hickman, who also runs his family-owned Hickman Manufacturing, a Cleveland, Tenn., company which machines parts for the automotive and textile industry, had very little time to race while operating Boyd’s. Now that he’s no longer involved with the historic speedway, which was sold by owner Emerson Russell to Brown Brothers Construction last April, Hickman said he has a little more time.

“We're going to race a little bit, as much as I can anyway,” said Hickman. “The racetrack deal, while I was doing that deal, I wasn't able to go racing. I wasn't in the right mindset, honestly, to be able to go do that. My kids got old enough during that time to where they wanted to race a little bit. So, this past year I kind of focused on just doing some stuff with them and I raced my own car there a few times at the end of the season. Had a good time and then this deal came about.”

Despite sitting out awhile, Hickman has still managed to do a good job keeping up with ever-changing chassis technology. Operating Boyd’s Speedway actually helped him in that respect. When teams leased the facility to test, Hickman silently paid attention.

“It’s kept me in the loop whenever these guys would come over,” he said. “We did a lot of track rentals at Boyd’s, and I would see these guys. You'd have these guys from Longhorn come down. You'd have big name drivers and they would come and test. I don't say a whole lot, but I just kind of watch and take it all in, as long as you're not one of those guys that are tell-all’s. You can find out a lot more if you just stand around and listen and don't run your mouth. I'm quiet when it comes to a lot of that stuff, and I've seen a lot of stuff and it's all relative.”

Following the disappointing ending on Saturday, Hickman said the team doesn’t plan to follow the series to East Bay Raceway Park for the tour’s third stop. That doesn’t change his outlook on the rest of the season though.

“I would like to do a little Super (Late Model) racing if my schedule allows it,” said Hickman. “I’d like to do some of the Crate Late Model shows, and possibly do some Super racing. When I slowed down a few years ago, I kinda sold all of our Super stuff that we had and got rid of all of it. So, my motor…I’ve got to do something about the engine program and stuff for the Super deal. I don’t know, we’ll just kind of play it by ear and go from there, and we’ll figure it out one way or the other.”

January 20, 2024 - Third-place finish in Sunshine Nationals prelim

Making a surprise appearance aboard the CVR Race Cars No. 17 Late Model, Riley Hickman was one of 70 Crate Racin’ USA Winter Shootout Series entries crammed into the pit area at Volusia Speedway Park (De Leon Springs, Fla.) on Friday afternoon for the fifth annual Sunshine Nationals. (Chris Anderson photo)

With a rainout on Thursday evening forcing officials to restructure the weekend, Hickman raced into his preliminary feature with the 10th-fastest qualifying effort. Moving forward two spots in the 20-lapper, Riley rolled to a third-place finish, chasing Brock Pinkerous and Will Roland to the checkers.

The weekend drew to an early close for Riley on Saturday after a mechanical failure in the right-front shock department forced the Cleveland, Tennessee native to scratch from his consolation race.

Full results from the events are available at www.CrateRacinUSA.com.

January 6, 2024 - Hickman opens 2024 season with sixth-place outing in Ice Bowl

Kicking off his 2024 season in January, Riley Hickman traveled to Talladega Short Track (Eastaboga, Ala.) on Friday afternoon for night one of the 33rd-running of the Ice Bowl.

Among 36 Late Models in the pit area, Hickman topped his group in qualifying and dominated his heat race which earned him a second-row starting spot in Saturday's A-Main.

For the $4,000-to-win Ice Bowl, Riley ran inside the Top-5 for the majority of the 40-lap main event before slipping back to sixth when the checkered flag flew.

Full results from the 2024 opener are available at www.CrateRacinUSA.com.

October 27, 2023 - Early exit in Halloween Bash at I-75 Raceway

Friday night found Riley Hickman in action at I-75 Raceway (Sweetwater, Tenn.) competing in the Limited Late Model ranks for the track's Halloween Bash.

Drawing 15 Late Models, Hickman squeezed into the $1,200-to-win A-Main with a sixth-place finish in his heat. He was scored 11th in the final rundown after retiring on lap 12.

September 30, 2023 - Hickman third with Topless Outlaws at Duck River

For the Topless Outlaw Series sanctioned event, Riley Hickman made his first start of the season at Duck River Raceway Park (Wheel, Tenn.) on Saturday afternoon to pilot his Competition Race Equipment No. R1 Late Model.

With 25 Late Models on the grounds, Hickman raced into the $4,000-to-win A-Main with the second-fastest qualifying lap in his group. Muscling forward one spot in the 30-lap affair, Riley rolled to a third-place finish, which came behind Jadon Frame and Skip Arp.

Complete results from this event can be found at www.ToplessOutlaws.com.

September 23, 2023 - Riley Hickman lands a pair of top-fives

Taking part in a doubleheader weekend, Riley Hickman returned to action on Friday evening at I-75 Raceway (Sweetwater, Tenn.) where he was competing in a field of 28 Limited Late Models.

Starting the main event in third via his qualifying effort, Riley shuffled a few spots early before ultimately crossing the line in fourth.

In a field of 37 Topless Outlaw Series entries on Saturday at Smoky Mountain Speedway (Maryville, Tenn.), Hickman claimed the fast time honors in qualifying before placing second in the 40-lap feature. He chased Hall of Farmer Skip Arp to the checkers with Bobby Giffin rounding out the podium.

Complete results from this event can be found at www.ToplessOutlaws.com.

August 26, 2023 - Hickman notches fourth-place finish at 411 Motor Speedway

Riley Hickman entered a single event over the weekend with a trip to 411 Motor Speedway (Seymour, Tenn.) to pilot his Tucker’s Mobile Home Service No. R1 Late Model.

With his time trial lap placing him on the third row for the main event, Hickman inched forward one spot to register a fourth-place finish. He trailed Hayden Cardwell, Bradley Lewelling, and Brad Seagle to the checkers in the 25-lapper with Trevor Size coming in fifth.

Complete results from this event can be found at www.411MotorSpeedway.net.

July 22, 2023 - Runner-up showing in 2023 season opener at 411

Riley Hickman lifted the lid on his 2023 season on Saturday with a visit to 411 Motor Speedway (Seymour, Tenn.) where he steered to a top-five finish.

Taking the green flag in fifth in the feature via his qualifying effort, Hickman jumped up three spots in the 20-lap affair to place second. He finished 1.302 seconds behind Jed Emert with Terry Poore rounding out the podium.

Complete results from this event can be found at www.411MotorSpeedway.net.

May 7, 2022 - Hickman scores top-five finish in season opener at I-75

The 2022 season got underway for Riley Hickman on Saturday afternoon at I-75 Raceway (Sweetwater, Tenn.) aboard his Franklin Enterprises No. R1 Late Model. With a second-place finish in his B-Main pinning him on the seventh row for the $5,000-to-win A-Main, Hickman advanced through the field nine spots in the 40-lapper to register a fifth-place finish. He trailed Cory Hedgecock, Mack McCarter, David Payne, and Heath Hindman to the checkers.

Complete results from this event can be found at www.SASDirt.com.

November 27, 2021 - Riley Hickman finishes 14th in Leftover at 411

On Saturday afternoon, Riley Hickman visited 411 Motor Speedway (Seymour, Tenn.) to return to the driver’s seat of his No. R1 Late Model for the sixth annual Leftover. In a field of 40 cars, Hickman qualified 11th-fastest in his qualifying group before grabbing the third-and-final transfer spot in his B-Main. Starting the $5,000-to-win A-Main in 18th, Riley gained four spots in the 40-lapper to finish 14th. (Josh James Artwork)

Complete results from this event can be found at www.411MotorSpeedway.net.

August 28, 2021 - 11th-place finish in Michael Head Jr. Memorial

Riley Hickman returned with the Southern All Star Series on Saturday afternoon at Senoia Raceway (Senoia, Ga.) for the Michael Head Jr. Memorial. With his qualifying effort lining him up fifth on the starting grid for the $5,054-to-win A-Main, Hickman faded late in the 54-lap affair to cross the line in 11th.

Complete results from this event can be found at www.SASDirt.com.

August 14, 2021 - Heartbreaker in Governor's Cup at Talladega Short Track

Back behind the wheel of the No. R1 Late Model, Riley Hickman visited Talladega Short Track (Eastaboga, Ala.) on Saturday afternoon for the B.J. Parker Memorial Governor’s Cup. With a stout field of 45 Southern All Star Series entries on hand, Hickman topped the charts in time trials to claim the Knowles Pace Parts & Bodies fast time honors. Outdueling Sam Seawright in his 10-lap heat race, Riley locked into the pole position for the $10,000-to-win A-Main. After pacing the field for the first 50 circuits, Hickman suffered a flat tire while trying to fend off Michael Page on lap 57 that brought a disappointing end to his evening.

Complete results from this event can be found at www.SASDirt.com.

January 10, 2021 - Riley Hickman attends Ice Bowl at Talladega Short Track

Saturday night saw Riley Hickman return to action at Talladega Short Track (Eastaboga, Ala.) for the 30th annual Ice Bowl. Drawing 49 Crate Racin’ USA Winter Series entries for the two-day event, Riley timed in third fastest in his qualifying group before placing fifth in his heat. (Josh James Artwork)

Transferring into the B-Main on Sunday for another shot at the main event, Hickman streaked to a 12-lap consolation victory, which positioned him 17th on the starting grid for the show. With $3,000 on the line, Riley was an early retiree from the 50-lapper on lap 40.

Complete results from this event can be found at www.CrateRacinUSA.com.

January 2, 2021 - Hickman walks away uninjured in wreck at 411

Riley Hickman kicked off his 2021 season on Saturday afternoon at 411 Motor Speedway (Seymour, Tenn.) for the 11th annual Hangover. With severe rainfall on Friday night making for rough track conditions, Hickman rolled violently during his hot lap session but was able to walk away unharmed.

Complete results from this event can be found at www.411MotorSpeedway.net.