HITTING THE HOMESTRETCH Jones, Hines and Chevy Return For Third Attempt at Victory in Winchester Speedway's USAC Sprint Series Event INDIANAPOLIS (September 26, 2008) -- Tony Stewart Racing's (TSR) USAC duo of Levi Jones and Tracy Hines will...
HITTING THE HOMESTRETCH
Jones, Hines and Chevy Return For Third Attempt at Victory in Winchester Speedway's USAC Sprint Series Event
INDIANAPOLIS (September 26, 2008) -- Tony Stewart Racing's (TSR) USAC duo of Levi Jones and Tracy Hines will take to the famed high banks of Winchester (Ind.) Speedway on Sunday in their third and final appearance at the facility this season. With high stakes racing action on tap as the USAC National Sprint Car Series enters the final six races of the year, TSR will look to put its name in the record books as the series prepares to leave the Midwest.
Jones and the No. 20 TSR/Chevy/Bass Pro Shops team carry a nine-point margin over second-place Jerry Coons, Jr., as they head to Winchester this weekend. Neither Jones nor Coons have found their way to victory lane at the historic half-mile paved oval. Sunday's event offers 74 points to competitors as the season winds to a close and the 30-lap feature event on tap will be key in Jones' run at a third career series title. Jones is ranked first in the USAC Sprint Series standings with 1,076 points entering the weekend.
The No. 21 TSR/Chevy/Bass Pro Shops team and Hines head to Winchester ranked fourth in the USAC Sprint Series standings. Hines is no stranger to the winner's circle at the track. In 17 starts, he's posted four victories, 12 top-five finishes and 15 top-10s. He is also still mathematically eligible to win the series championship, sitting only 134 points out of first place.
Gates will open to the public at 11 a.m. EDT for Sunday's Old Timers Weekend USAC Sprint 30 at Winchester Speedway. Racing will begin at 2 p.m. The official Web site of Winchester Speedway is www.winchesterspeedway.com. For more information, the track office can be reached at 765-584-9701.
Levi Jones, driver of the No. 20 TSR/Chevy/BEAST
From a driver's perspective, how do you approach this weekend's race and the other remaining events with the USAC Sprint Series championship standings being so tight?
"You focus on each race as it comes. Every time we go to the track, our goal is to win. If you win races and perform well, the points will take care of themselves although, at this point in my career, I've also been able to use my experience to know when I need to think about the point standings. If I know I have a top-five car -- maybe not one that can win, but a solid top-five car -- I know that we need to focus on finishing the race and making sure we gain as many points as we possibly can. As I've matured as a driver, I've learned when to go all out and when to look at the bigger picture."
With the possibility of a third USAC National Sprint Car Series title within reach, do you allow yourself to think about the possibility of winning the championship?
"It's always in the back of your mind. As much as we need to stay focused on the races we have in front of us, you're always aware that the possibility is there. But, in order for that to become a reality, we need to keep our attention on the remaining races of the season. It would be great to win a second title for Chevy and Bass Pro Shops, as well as put my name in the record books for a third time. Hopefully, we'll see the ending we'd like to have happen played out as the season comes to a close in November."
Tracy Hines, driver of the No. 21 TSR/Chevy/BEAST
Do you enjoy racing at Winchester Speedway?
"I do enjoy racing at Winchester. I've had some success there over the course of my career. It's definitely a place that requires your attention. It's very fast and is a lot of fun to race on. It's also a place where you have to respect the speed and banking. We were involved in an incident earlier this season at Winchester where I ended up flipping. Things can happen in the blink of an eye and you really have to be aware of the other cars around you at all times."
Does testing at Winchester Speedway early in the season help with set-up and approach over the course of the year?
"Testing at Winchester has definitely helped us this year. We learned quite a bit in terms of set-up and that knowledge has benefited us each time we've race at Winchester this season. We'll have all of the testing information, as well as what we've learned in the previous two USAC Sprint Series events this year, at the front of our minds as we prepare for Sunday's racing. I think we're going to have a good chance of putting Chevy and Bass Pro Shops in victory lane this weekend."
For complete results from this Sunday's USAC Racing Series events, log on to www.usacracing.com. For information regarding TSR, Chevy or Bass Pro Shops, visit www.tonystewartracing.com, www.chevy.com or www.basspro.com.