Tony Stewart Racing news 2007-03-19

TONY STEWART RACING WEEKLY REWIND LEVI JONES - No. 20 TSR/CHEVROLET/MAXIM (USAC) THE NO. 20 TSR/CHEVROLET/MAXIM TEAM HAD THE WEEKEND OFF FROM COMPETITION. FAST FORWARD. Sat., March 31 - Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio * Jones will ...

TONY STEWART RACING WEEKLY REWIND

LEVI JONES - No. 20 TSR/CHEVROLET/MAXIM (USAC)

THE NO. 20 TSR/CHEVROLET/MAXIM TEAM HAD THE WEEKEND OFF FROM COMPETITION.

FAST FORWARD.

Sat., March 31 - Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio

* Jones will compete in the USAC National Sprint Car Series season opener at Eldora Speedway.

* The event will feature the USAC National Sprint Car Series. Feature event will be 30 laps in length.

* Jones made four starts at Eldora Speedway in 2006. His top finish was ninth in April.

TRACY HINES, No. 21 TSR/CHEVROLET/MAXIM (USAC)

THE NO. 21 TSR/CHEVROLET/MAXIM TEAM HAD THE WEEKEND OFF FROM COMPETITION.

FAST FORWARD.

Sat., March 31 - Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio

* Hines will compete in the USAC National Sprint Car Series season opener at Eldora Speedway.

* The event will feature the USAC National Sprint Car Series. Feature event will be 30 laps in length.

* Hines won the USAC National Sprint Car Series portion of the 'USAC 4-Crown Nationals' on Sept. 24, 2006 at Eldora Speedway and collected $25,000 for his first-place effort.

* Hines also collected a second place finish at the facility in April 2006.

PAUL MCMAHAN, No. 20 TSR/BASS PRO SHOPS/EAGLE (World of Outlaws)

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Fri., March 16 - Houston Raceway Park in Baytown, Texas (Big 1/4-mile oval)

* McMahan timed in fifth quick in qualifying.

* He finished second in the first heat race event.

* McMahan finished seventh in the first dash event.

* McMahan started seventh and finished 16th in the 35-lap A-main event.

Sat., March 17 - Pike County Speedway in Magnolia, Miss. (3/8-mile oval)

* McMahan qualified 22nd quick on the night.

* He finished seventh in the first heat race event, the toughest heat of the night.

* McMahan finished third in the B-main event to transfer into the 35-lap A-main event.

* He finished 13th in the A-main event after starting 20th.

* McMahan and the No. 20 TSR/Bass Pro Shops/Chevrolet/Eagle team are currently ranked 12th in the WoO Sprint Series Championship - only 189 points behind series leader Donny Schatz.

* McMahan has earned one fast time award, one top-five finish and two top-10 finishes in eight A-main starts this season.

HE SAID IT.

PAUL MCMAHAN ON THE TEAM'S LUCK OF THE DRAW ON FRIDAY AND SATURDAY NIGHTS:

"On Friday, we fought the car all night. We never could get a handle on what it needed to adjust to the track. We're qualifying well, but we're just still searching to find the right combination to allow us to be fast throughout the night. On Saturday, we drew a late number in qualifying. The track had slowed down considerably by the time I went out to qualify. Again, it's like we can't get any luck to fall our way. We started eighth in the toughest heat race of the night. There were eight WoO drivers in our heat. We changed the torsion bars and dropped the wing before the B-main and we were really good. I started the A-main from 20th and tried to move forward as best as possible as the track took rubber around lap 10. Once the track took rubber there wasn't much advancement throughout the field. We were able to salvage a decent finish for the night."

PAUL MCMAHAN ON THE TEAM'S OUTLOOK OF THEIR PROGRESS:

"We're really learning something every time we race. It's just a matter of getting all the pieces to fall into the right places. We're trying different combinations each event and some of those combinations are going to work well. We're in a learning phase. Some of our efforts have produced great results and some haven't. The Chevrolet engines are running well. They're really strong, as is evident by our qualifying efforts. We just need to get the car hooked up to let the engine do its job. We're on the right track to get Bass Pro Shops and Chevrolet their first WoO victory of the season."

FAST FORWARD.

Sat., March 24 - Volunteer Speedway in Bulls Gap, Tenn.

* McMahan will compete in a one-day event with the World of Outlaws Sprint Series.

* Volunteer Speedway is a high-banked 4/10-mile oval.

* This weekend's event will mark the WoO Sprint Series' first-ever event at the facility.

* Pit gates will open at 3 p.m. EST, with the grandstands opening at 4:30 p.m.

NUTS AND BOLTS.

*Jones and Hines compete with a Maxim Chassis in the USAC National Sprint Car Series and the USAC Silver Crown Series. The No. 20 and No. 21 dirt midget chassis are designed by Spike Chassis.

*Paul Kistler of Kistler Engines builds the Chevrolet powerplants for TSR's USAC National Sprint Car and Silver Crown Series entries. TSR's Chevrolet midget engines are built by Steve Smith of Hawk Race Engines.

*McMahan competes with an Eagle Chassis in the World of Outlaws Sprint Series.

*Kistler also builds the Chevrolet powerplants for TSR's World of Outlaws Sprint Series entry.

*The No. 20 (USAC & WoO) and No. 21 team's sponsors are:

* Chevrolet, Bass Pro Shops, J.D. Byrider, Coca-Cola, Old Spice, Hoosier Tire and Simpson.

Crew Chiefs:

* Bubby Jones - crew chief, No. 20 USAC National Sprint & USAC National Midget, No. 10 USAC Silver Crown Series entries driven by Jones.

* Bobby Barth - crew chief, No. 21 USAC National Sprint & USAC National Midget, No. 22 USAC National Silver Crown Series driven by Hines.

* Jimmy Carr - crew chief, No. 20 World of Outlaws Sprint Series, driven by McMahan.

LEVI JONES.AT A GLANCE

* Jones is the driver of the No. 20 USAC National Sprint Car & USAC National Midget and the No. 10 USAC National Silver Crown Series entries for Tony Stewart Racing.

* Jones is in his second year with TSR. He was the USAC National Sprint Car Series runner-up in 2006 in his first season with TSR. Jones also earned a sixth-place finish in the USAC National Midget Car Series championship in his first full season in the series.

* Jones will enter his fourth year of USAC National Silver Crown Series competition this year. The 2007 season will also mark Jones' second full-time efforts in the USAC Silver Crown Series and the USAC National Midget Car Series.

* Jones won the 2005 USAC National Sprint Car Series championship, his first national series title.

* Jones won the inaugural O'Reilly Sprint Bandit Tour 'N Topless Series in 2005 sweeping four of five events en route to the title.

* Jones was named as the 2005 "Driver of the Year" by the North American Non-winged Sprint Car Poll voting panel.

* Before becoming a full-time USAC National Series competitor, Jones honed his racing skills around the Midwest in various sprint car competition.

TRACY HINES AT A GLANCE

*Hines is the driver of the No. 21 USAC National Sprint Car & USAC National Midget and No. 22 USAC National Silver Crown Series entries for Tony Stewart Racing.

*Hines is in his first year with TSR. He returns to open-wheel racing after three years of competing in the NASCAR Busch Series and the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series.

*Hines ran a limited USAC schedule in 2006 earning two USAC Silver Crown Series victories, as well as two victories in the USAC National Sprint Car Series.

*Hines also won in the USAC National Midget Car Series making him one of three drivers to win in all three USAC National divisions in 2006.

*Hines won the 2000 USAC Silver Crown Series championship. He went on to win the 2002 USAC National Sprint Car Series title in 2002.

*Hines earned the 2000 USAC "Super License" award for his stellar performances in all three USAC National divisions.

*Hines made his USAC National Midget Car Series debut in 1993.

PAUL MCMAHAN.AT A GLANCE

*McMahan is the driver of the No. 20 World of Outlaws Sprint car for Tony Stewart Racing.

*McMahan is in his second year with TSR. He earned a sixth place finish in the 2006 National Sprint Tour Series Championship.

*McMahan posted one World of Outlaws Sprint Series victory in 2006 winning at USA Race Park in Tucson, Ariz., in March 2006.

*McMahan has earned at least one World of Outlaws Sprint Series A-main event victory since 2003.

*McMahan won his first World of Outlaws Sprint Series A-main event in 2001 capturing a victory at the Sedalia (Mo.) State Fair Speedway.

*McMahan was named as the All Star Circuit Champions "Rookie of the Year" in 1999.

*Before joining the World of Outlaws Sprint Series full-time in 2001, McMahan competed in the Golden State Challenge Series in California, the World of Outlaws Gumout Racing Series and the All Star Circuit of Champions.

-credit: tsr

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Series USAC , World of Outlaws
Drivers Tony Stewart , Steve Smith , Donny Schatz