Iowa: Round three preview

HINES LEADS SILVER CROWN SERIES TO "CASEY'S GENERAL STORES USAC TRIPLE CROWN" AT IOWA Tracy Hines and A.J. Foyt continue their quest for the 2007 USAC Silver Crown Series Championship presented by K & N Engineering...

HINES LEADS SILVER CROWN SERIES TO "CASEY'S GENERAL STORES USAC TRIPLE CROWN" AT IOWA

Tracy Hines and A.J. Foyt continue their quest for the 2007 USAC Silver Crown Series Championship presented by K & N Engineering this Saturday when Iowa Speedway hosts the "Casey's General Stores USAC Triple Crown."

Hines drives the #14 Foyt Racing C & R/Chevy fielded by the four-time Indianapolis 500 champion and that team won at Homestead-Miami Speedway in March. The results is that Hines has a 12-point lead over former series champion Paul White going into Saturday's tripleheader which also features the Lucas Oil USAC National Sprint Cars and the USAC National Midgets.

Hines and the rest of the field will first aim at Dave Steele's 1-lap track qualifying mark of 135.999 mph, then compete in a 100-lap feature race on the 7/8-mile oval.

Saturday's race is round three of this year's 14-race slate and will be followed closely by the May 10 "USAC Silver Crown Showdown at Darlington" in South Carolina.

Saturday's Silver Crown field also includes defending series champion Bud Kaeding of Campbell, Calif., still seeking his first 2007 victory, as well as 2006 USAC National Midget Champion Jerry Coons Jr. of Tucson, Ariz. Aaron Pierce of Muncie, Ind. is a top threat, since he already holds the all-time USAC Silver Crown qualifying record of 175.012, set at Homestead-Miami.

Wayne Reutimann and Brian Tyler are two more 2006 series feature winners among the entered drivers Saturday.

International flavor comes in the form of Chile's Pablo Donoso, who teams with Hines for car owner A.J. Foyt.

In addition to Saturday's 100-mile Silver Crown race, the Midgets and Sprint Cars each have a 25-lap feature on tap.

-credit: usac

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Series USAC
Drivers Tracy Hines , Brian Tyler , Bud Kaeding , Paul White , Aaron Pierce , Wayne Reutimann , A.J. Foyt , Jerry Coons Jr.