Holiday Road Trip Tony Stewart Racing's Jones, Stenhouse, Jr., Head to Wisconsin for USAC Midget Series Action, Illinois for USAC Silver Crown Event INDIANAPOLIS (August 28, 2007) -- Tony Stewart Racing's (TSR) Levi Jones and Ricky Stenhouse,...
Holiday Road Trip
Tony Stewart Racing's Jones, Stenhouse, Jr., Head to Wisconsin for USAC Midget Series Action, Illinois for USAC Silver Crown Event
INDIANAPOLIS (August 28, 2007) -- Tony Stewart Racing's (TSR) Levi Jones and Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., will again travel north for USAC National Midget Car Series action Friday as they take a second shot at the Dodge County Fairgrounds in Beaver Dam, Wis. The Sixth Annual Sue Thiel Memorial Classic marks the initial appearance at the track for the USAC Midgets, as well as the first co-sanctioned event with the Badger Midget Racing Association (BMARA) since 1992.
Following Friday's event, the TSR team will travel south to the DuQuoin (Ill.) State Fairgrounds for Sunday's Ted Horn 100. Stenhouse will be looking to earn his third USAC Silver Crown Series dirt victory of the season. Jones, who led much of the USAC Silver Crown Series event at the Illinois State Fair on Aug. 17 before finishing second to Stenhouse, will look to put his first series win in the record books.
Heading into this weekend's events, Jones is ranked seventh in the USAC Midget Series championship with 659 points. He trails fifth-place Dave Darland by 115 markers. Stenhouse, who has four USAC Midget Series victories to his credit this year, is ranked fourth with 832 points. Last year's event was won by Jerry Coons, Jr.
Grandstand gates for Friday's Sixth Annual Thiel Memorial Classic will open at 4 p.m. CDT. Qualifying is set to begin at 6:30 p.m., followed by racing at 7:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased by calling 920-319-0177. The official Web site of the Dodge County Fairgrounds is www.dodgecountyfairgrounds.com.
On Sunday, the one-mile dirt oval at DuQuoin will host a 100-lap feature event for the USAC Silver Crown Series. TSR's Tracy Hines won the 2006 event, followed by Stenhouse in 12th place and Jones in the 14th position. Tickets can be purchased by calling 217-764-3200 or by visiting the official track Web site at www.trackenterprises.com. The Ted Horn 100 will be broadcast on the VS Channel at 4 p.m. EDT on Oct. 27.
Levi Jones, driver of the No. 20 TSR/Chevrolet/Spike -- USAC Midget Series and the No. 10 TSR/Chevrolet/Maxim -- USAC Silver Crown Series:
You're still seeking your first USAC Midget win heading into this weekend's race. Would you like to put your name in the books as the first USAC winner at the Dodge County Fairgrounds?
"Winning my first career pavement race at Anderson Speedway in May was definitely a highlight for me, but the first time I win in a Midget is also going to be a big deal. I've gotten more comfortable in the Midget since last season, but I'm still looking to get into the winner's circle with one. Heading to a track that we've never competed on, I think it would be pretty cool to get our first win in a situation like this. I know we're capable of winning. Our performances this season have proven that our program is strong. We're heading to Wisconsin this week with the goal of putting Chevrolet and Bass Pro Shops out in front."
You've been the bridesmaid in USAC Silver Crown Series competition a couple of times in the past year. Will Sunday's race at DuQuoin provide an opportunity to even the score a little?
"I can definitely tell you that we aren't going to DuQuoin to run second ... again. We've had good cars in several of the past few Silver Crown events, both this year and last. It always seems to come down to tires in the end for us. We'll go into Sunday's race the same way we go into every event -- looking for the win. I'd love to put Chevrolet, TSR and Bass Pro Shops in the winner's circle for the second time in two weeks. It would also be pretty cool to have TSR run one-two on Sunday."
Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., driver of the No. 21 TSR/Chevrolet/Spike -- USAC Midget Series and the No. 22 TSR/Chevrolet/Maxim -- USAC Silver Crown Series:
Coming off a week that included two Midget races, are you looking forward to returning to Silver Crown racing this weekend?
"I am really looking forward to getting back into the dirt Silver Crown car. We had such a great race at Springfield a couple of weeks ago. I was really comfortable in the car on the mile. I like the bigger, faster race tracks and DuQuoin is another facility that fits in that group. This season, I've really had some great races in the Silver Crown series. We've worked hard in the shop to get ready for this weekend and I think that we'll be in a position to possibly put Chevrolet and Bass Pro Shops in victory lane again on Sunday."
Are you looking forward to competing at Dodge County Fairgrounds for the first time?
We ran on a short track at Angell Park last weekend and I think that running on a 1/3-mile bullring at Dodge County on Friday is going to be a lot of fun. Hopefully, the weather will cooperate this time. After getting caught up in an accident on Sunday night at Angell Park, we're really going to focus on qualifying well and transferring out of our heat race. On short tracks, position is the key and we know we've got to really work to give ourselves the best possible starting spot for the feature."