Westward Ho! Tony Stewart Racing's Jones, Stenhouse, Jr., Ready for USAC Midget Series Action in Nebraska, Kansas INDIANAPOLIS (July 24, 2007) -- As the USAC National Midget Car Series heads west this week for two doubleheaders, Tony ...
Tony Stewart Racing's Jones, Stenhouse, Jr., Ready for USAC Midget Series Action in Nebraska, Kansas
INDIANAPOLIS (July 24, 2007) -- As the USAC National Midget Car Series heads west this week for two doubleheaders, Tony Stewart Racing's (TSR) Levi Jones and Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., will be looking to make the most of four nights of midget racing action. The duo will warm-up with a two-day event at Junction Motor Speedway in McCool Junction, Neb., today and tomorrow. And on Friday and Saturday night, TSR will take to the legendary Belleville (Kan.) High Banks for the prestigious 30th Annual Mopar Belleville Midget Nationals.
Jones will look to drive the No. 20 TSR/Chevrolet/Spike machine into victory lane for his first USAC Midget win. This week's doubleheader will mark Jones' first appearance at Junction Motor Speedway, but in 2006, Jones scored an eighth place finish in the Belleville Midget Nationals preliminary feature and followed it up with a fourth place run in the event finale on July 29, 2006.
Stenhouse will make his first-ever appearance at Junction today. He will also make his first USAC Midget start on the half-mile Belleville oval this weekend. He has not yet competed at either famous speedplant.
Jones is ranked third in the USAC Midget standings with 335 points, only 70 markers out of first place. He currently leads the USAC National Sprint Car Series championship with 1,166 points. Jones has won a season-high four USAC Sprint features, as well as the prestigious East Bay Winternationals in January. In USAC Midget action, Jones has earned two top-five finishes and two top-10 finishes, including back-to-back fourth place finishes at Knoxville (Iowa) Raceway in late June.
Stenhouse has one victory in USAC Sprint and Silver Crown competition this year and two USAC Midget wins making him the only driver to have won in all three national divisions. After missing three Sprint races and one Midget event early in the season, Stenhouse is ranked fourth in the USAC Midget standings with 322 points. His triumphs include a win at the legendary Knoxville Raceway in June.
TSR's Tracy Hines continues to recover from injuries he sustained in an off-road motorcycle accident on April 30. He joined the team at Bloomington (Ind.) Speedway for the seventh leg of the USAC Indiana Sprint Week series events last Friday. For an update on his recovery efforts, log on to www.tonystewartracing.com.
Levi Jones, driver of the No. 20 TSR/Chevrolet/Spike
Are you looking forward to heading west to Junction Motor Speedway and the Belleville High Banks?
"Having four races on two big tracks is going to be a lot of fun. I have always enjoyed racing on big, fast racetracks and from what I hear Junction fits into that mold. We all know how tough Belleville is but the speed that you carry around that place is amazing. I really gained some momentum in last year's feature event and was able to move up through the field. Belleville is just really an amazing place to race. It's also very cool to have the entire community welcome you into their town like the people there do. The fair and festival atmosphere really adds to the event and I'm really looking forward to heading back there later this week. It would be pretty cool to get my first midget win at Belleville and I'd like to get Chevrolet and Bass Pro Shops into victory lane for their first Belleville Midget Nationals win too."
Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., driver of the No. 21 TSR/Chevrolet/Spike
You're heading to two tracks you've not seen again this weekend. Do you still look forward to new racetracks?
"I have always been able to adapt to new racetracks pretty quickly, so going to new ones doesn't throw me off too much. From what I've been told about both Junction and Belleville, they're my kind of race tracks. The bigger, the better is kind of how I look at it. I really enjoy racing on the bigger tracks, and I've had some success on the half-miles this year. I also like 3/8-mile tracks, especially when they're racy. I think that with two nights at each facility we're going to have a great chance to put Chevy and Bass Pro Shops in victory lane. When you get more than one night at a track it gives you a chance to really use what you learn on the first night. I'm looking forward to getting things started on Tuesday."