NO REST IN RACING Hines, Jones and Chevy Head to Wisconsin, Illinois For USAC National Midget and Silver Crown Series Action Over Labor Day Weekend INDIANAPOLIS (Aug. 28, 2008) -- While the Labor Day holiday means an extra day of rest for...
NO REST IN RACING
Hines, Jones and Chevy Head to Wisconsin, Illinois For USAC National Midget and Silver Crown Series Action Over Labor Day Weekend
INDIANAPOLIS (Aug. 28, 2008) -- While the Labor Day holiday means an extra day of rest for much of the country, Tony Stewart Racing's (TSR) USAC teams will be back on the road for two days of racing action. TSR's Tracy Hines and Levi Jones will head back to Wisconsin on Friday with the USAC National Midget Car Series for the Seventh Annual Mid-State Equipment Sue Thiel Memorial. On Sunday, they'll follow the road to Southern Illinois for the USAC K&N Silver Crown Series Ted Horn 100.
Friday's event at the Dodge County Fairground Speedway in Beaver Dam, Wis., takes Hines to the half-mile dirt facility for the first time in his career. After finishing second at Angell Park Speedway in Sun Prairie, Wis., on Aug. 24, Hines will look to earn his first USAC Midget Series victory of the year this week. Hines leads the USAC Midget Series championship standings.
Jones, who earned a fourth-place finish at Dodge County in his last appearance at the track on Aug. 31, 2007, will ride the momentum of his first series victory of the year into Friday's race. He is currently ranked fifth in the USAC Midget Car Series standings.
Sunday's Ted Horn 100 takes the USAC Silver Crown Series to the DuQuoin (Ill.) State Fairgrounds. Hines has found the winner's circle at the one-mile dirt facility twice in his career, having won back-to-back event titles in 2005 and 2006. He has also earned six top-five finishes and seven top-10 finishes at the track in 11 starts. Hines is tied for third in the USAC Silver Crown Series standings with Brian Tyler.
Jones enters Sunday's race ranked fifth in the USAC Silver Crown Series standings. He finished 10th in his last appearance at DuQuoin on Sept. 2, 2007. Both Hines and Jones will look to win their first USAC Silver Crown Series event of the season this weekend.
Competitors taking part in Friday's USAC Midget Series event at Dodge County have a unique incentive as it is the fourth and final race of the Midget Maynia Tour mini-series and a $5,000 point fund will be distributed after the event. The event will be the only race of the mini-series to be held on a dirt track. The Midget car owner earning the most points in the four events will receive a $1,000 bonus. The remainder of the point fund will be distributed among those teams that compete in all four Midget Maynia Tour events, which began in May. Friday's finale was postponed from its originally scheduled May 30 date due to rain.
Friday at Dodge County, qualifying is set to begin at 6:30 p.m. CDT. More information regarding the Midget Maynia Tour can be obtained by calling Dan Thiel at 920-319-0177. The track's official Web site is www.dodgecountyfairgrounds.com. For more information regarding Sunday's USAC Silver Crown Series event at the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds, race fans can call 217-764-3200 or visit www.trackenterprises.com.
Levi Jones, driver of the No. 20 TSR/Chevy/Spike -- USAC National Midget Car Series
No. 10 TSR/Chevy/Maxim -- USAC Silver Crown Series (Dirt)
Coming off a USAC National Midget Car Series win at Angell Park Speedway last weekend, are you looking forward to running another Midget race this weekend?
"Getting our first Midget win of the year last weekend was just what our team needed. We'd come so close to winning the first night at Angell Park, but I jumped the cushion in the last few laps and we ended up third. I'd love to put Chevy and Bass Pro Shops back in the winner's circle again on Friday night. Getting back-to-back wins would be great. Our dirt Midget program is doing very well right now and I think we'll have a good chance of winning on Friday."
You're looking to win your first career USAC Silver Crown Series race on Sunday. What would it mean to win the Ted Horn 100 at the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds?
"I've been really close to winning several Silver Crown events in my career, but for some reason or another, we've not been able to seal the deal. Our team has been working really hard to make sure we're as prepared as possible when we get to the race track each night and I know that the guys will have a great car ready for me on Sunday. Putting the Ted Horn 100 in the books as my first career Silver Crown Series win would be really cool. It would be an honor to put my name in the books alongside some of the past winners of this event. I'm ready to head to DuQuoin on Sunday to see if we can do just that."
Tracy Hines, driver of the No. 21/TSR/Chevy/Spike -- USAC National Midget Car Series
No. 22 TSR/Chevy/Maxim -- USAC Silver Crown Series (Dirt)
Are you looking forward to racing at Dodge County Fairgrounds Speedway for the first time on Friday?
"I always look forward to racing at new facilities and this Friday's race at Dodge County will be another chance for us to put Chevy and Bass Pro Shops in the winner's circle. I'd like to make my first event at Dodge County one that ends with a win, though. We had a really good run at Angell Park last weekend but it ended with us in second place. I'd like to see TSR finish one-two again on Friday, but I'd like to put the No. 21 in the winner's circle this time around."
Having won the Ted Horn 100 twice in your career, does that give you a good idea of what you need to do in terms of preparation for Sunday's race?
"I've had some really good runs at DuQuoin in the past and I'm looking forward to racing there again on Sunday. It's an unusual event in that we compete under the lights. But that makes for a great race for both the fans and the drivers. As with any dirt track, it can change and usually does over the course of the night, and we'll have to keep up with it as we get ready for the feature. Hopefully, we'll be able to qualify well and put ourselves in a position to stay up front during the race. A win would be a great way to end the holiday weekend."
For complete results from this weekend's USAC Racing Series events, log on to www.usacracing.com. For information regarding TSR, Chevy or Bass Pro Shops, please visit www.tonystewartracing.com, www.chevy.com or www.basspro.com.