Mopar Speed news 2003-11-24

The Weekly Newsletter of Team Mopar Monday, November 24, 2003 USAC Midgets Hines dominates "Old Pueblo Classic" as Yeley clinches Triple Crown Team Mopar ace Tracy Hines won Saturday night's USAC Midget event at Tucson (Ariz.) Raceway Park to...

The Weekly Newsletter of Team Mopar Monday, November 24, 2003
USAC Midgets

Hines dominates "Old Pueblo Classic" as Yeley clinches Triple Crown

Team Mopar ace Tracy Hines won Saturday night's USAC Midget event at Tucson (Ariz.) Raceway Park to repeat as champion of the "Old Pueblo Classic."

Hines led the last 13 laps of the 40-circuit event after qualifying fastest earlier in the evening when he circled the 3/8-mile paved track in 14.344-seconds. In 2002, Hines chased down leader Tony Ave with six laps to go and took the checkers in the same event.

J.J. Yeley, Team Mopar sprint car driver, clinched the USAC Triple Crown Saturday, as well, courtesy his third-place finish at Tucson. Yeley captured the USAC National Sprint car title in early October driving the No. 20 Mopar vehicle owned by Tony Stewart. The Triple Crown consists of championships in the three national USAC division: Sprint, Midget and Silver Crown. Incidentally, Stewart is the only other driver in USAC history to complete the Triple Crown in one season.

The 63rd Mopar "Turkey Night Grand Prix" will complete the USAC National Midget season this Thanksgiving Thursday from Irwindale (Calif.) Speedway. Check out details for the nationally-televised event in the Mopar "Turkey Night Grand Prix" section below.

Mopar "Turkey Night Grand Prix" televised live Thanksgiving night

After you've reemerged from that turkey-induced coma this Thursday evening, tune into Speed Channel for some classic USAC racing action from Irwindale (Calif.) Speedway.

Two hours of live action is scheduled to start at 10 p.m., Eastern, for the 63rd Mopar "Turkey Night Grand Prix." The 100-lap USAC National Midget season finale will be the main feature. Support racing will come from a 40-lap USAC Western Sprint race and a 20-lap midget race.

Team Mopar will field several entries in the National Midget event. Tracy Hines hopes to extend his win streak from the past weekend with a win at Irwindale, where he also won a leg of the Mopar Twin 25's at Irwindale in April in the Wilke/PAK No. 11 Mopar.

Dave Steele will also challenge for the Agajanian Trophy in his Tomassi-owned No. 29 Mopar. Steele won the event in 2001.

Jay Drake will pilot his No. 71 Mopar for Tony Stewart Racing Enterprises in search of his second victory of the USAC National Midget season. Drake was Turkey Night champion in 1998.

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Series USAC
Drivers Tony Stewart , Tony Ave , J.J. Yeley , Tracy Hines , Dave Steele , Jay Drake