Tony Stewart Racing news 2007-03-26

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. NOTE - THE USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR SERIES SEASON OPENER AT ELDORA SPEEDWAY HAS BEEN...

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.

NOTE - THE USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR SERIES SEASON OPENER AT ELDORA SPEEDWAY HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER HINDERING TRACK PREPARATION.

FAST FORWARD.

Sat., April 7 - Thunder Hill Raceway in Kyle, Texas.

* Jones will compete in the Allstate Texas Lightning 100 at Thunder Hill Raceway.

* Thunder Hill Raceway is a 3/8-mile, D-shaped, semi-banked paved oval.

* The event will feature the USAC National Midget Car Series. Feature event will be 100 laps.

* Grandstand gates will open at 3:30 p.m. CDT on April 7; qualifying is scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m.

* There is an autograph session scheduled for April 7 at 6:30 p.m. on the frontstretch.

* The event marks the second time the series has competed at the facility in more than 30 years; Dave Steele won the 40-lap preliminary feature at the facility on Oct. 14, 2006. The 2006 event finale was canceled due to inclement weather.

* Jones qualified seventh for last year's event; he was credited with a 17th-place finish after mechanical issues sidelined him early in the feature.

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

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

NOTE - THE USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR SERIES SEASON OPENER AT ELDORA SPEEDWAY HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER HINDERING TRACK PREPARATION.

FAST FORWARD.

Mon., March 26 - USAC Racing Show on RaceFanRadio.com

* Hines will appear as a guest on the USAC Racing Show with host Rob Klepper at 9:15 p.m. EDT on Monday night.

Sat., April 7 - Thunder Hill Raceway in Kyle, Texas.

* Hines will compete in the Allstate Texas Lightning 100 at Thunder Hill Raceway.

* Thunder Hill Raceway is a 3/8-mile, D-shaped, semi-banked paved oval.

* The event will feature the USAC National Midget Car Series. Feature event will be 100 laps.

* Grandstand gates will open at 3:30 p.m. CDT on April 7; qualifying is scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m.

* There is an autograph session scheduled for April 7 at 6:30 p.m. on the frontstretch.

TRACY HINES, No. 21 TSR/CHEVROLET/MAXIM, continued

* The event marks the second time the series has competed at the facility in more than 30 years; Dave Steele won the 40-lap preliminary feature at the facility on Oct. 14, 2006. The 2006 event finale was canceled due to inclement weather.

* Hines qualified 11th for last year's event; he earned a second- place feature event finish.

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

VOLUNTEER SPEEDWAY, BULLS GAP, TENN. - MARCH 24

Sat., March 24 - Volunteer Speedway in Bulls Gap, Tenn. (4/10-mile)

* McMahan timed in 20th quick in qualifying.

* He finished fifth in the fourth heat race to transfer into the A- main event.

* McMahan started 20th and finished ninth in the 35-lap A-main event.

* McMahan moved into the 11th position in the WoO Sprint Series championship standings; only 201 points behind series leader Donny Schatz.

* McMahan has earned one quick time award, one top-five finish, one dash event win, one B-main event win and three top-10 finishes thus far in 2007.

HE SAID IT.

PAUL MCMAHAN ON THE TEAM'S PERFORMANCE AT VOLUNTEER SPEEDWAY AND HOW HAVING TEAM OWNER TONY STEWART IN THE PIT BENEFITS THE TEAM:

"It was great to have Tony with us on Saturday night at Volunteer Speedway; he brings a great perspective to our efforts and we're always glad to have him at a race. He helped us out a lot on Saturday night, especially as the track changed throughout the event. We had a rough qualifying session and it put us behind the eight-ball a bit. We were able to transfer out of the heat race but starting in 20th position isn't what you'd like when the green flag drops. The car was pretty good in the A-main; we'd made a few adjustments before pushing off for the feature and they worked. I was able to drive forward throughout the race and we were able to salvage a top-10 finish for the night. Consistency is the key to the big picture and we're steadily gaining ground. I'm confident we're going to continue to move forward and not only get our first win of the season in the near future but move into the top-five in points as well."

PAUL MCMAHAN ON THE SERIES' RETURN TO DIXIE SPEEDWAY:

"This weekend's race at Dixie Speedway should be a great one for both us [the competitors] and the fans. The track is extremely racy; it's got a flat bottom and great banking on the top. It's another track in the southern states that features late model racing but it's awesome for sprint cars, too. It's a place where you really need to be up on the wheel; qualifying and heat races are key to how you fare in the A-main."

PAUL MCMAHAN ON THE TEAM'S OBJECTIVES AT DIXIE SPEEDWAY:

"We need to have a consistent night from start to finish; how we perform from start to finish will tell the tale. At Dixie Speedway, you have to qualify well and finish well in your heat to give yourself the best possible starting spot for the A-main. I remember how tough the track was the last time I raced there; it's a place that will definitely keep you on your toes. We've learned some things over the past couple of weeks as we've been racing on these fast, high-banked tracks in the southern part of the country. We're going to be in a much better position this weekend at Dixie Speedway because of the combinations we've figured out and having a better understanding of how the car is going to react to these types of tracks. Our goal is to qualify in the top-five; win the heat race and finish well in the dash event to start the A-main at or near the front. We're hoping that this will be our weekend to put the No. 20 in victory lane for Bass Pro Shops and Chevrolet."

PAUL MCMAHAN, No. 20 TSR/BASS PRO SHOPS/EAGLE, continued

FAST FORWARD.

Sat., March 31 - Dixie Speedway in Woodstock, Ga.

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

* Dixie Speedway is a high-banked 3/8-mile oval located in Woodstock, Ga.

* This weekend's event will mark the WoO Sprint Series' first event at the facility since 1999.

* Mark Kinser won the WoO Sprint Series' last event at Dixie Speedway on April 10, 1999.

* Pit gates will open at 3 p.m. EDT, with the grandstands opening at 5 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 classes.

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: trs

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Series USAC , World of Outlaws
Drivers Tony Stewart , Steve Smith , Mark Kinser , Donny Schatz , Dave Steele