Tracy Hines dominates at Nazareth

NAZARETH, Pa. -- Tracy Hines led from start to finish this morning to win the second round of the Stoops Freightliner USAC Sprint Car Series race at Nazareth Speedway. "It's hard to pass here," Hines stated. "Thank goodness I was...

NAZARETH, Pa. -- Tracy Hines led from start to finish this morning to win the second round of the Stoops Freightliner USAC Sprint Car Series race at Nazareth Speedway.

"It's hard to pass here," Hines stated. "Thank goodness I was upfront. Passing lapped cars that you are half a second a lap faster than is hard. I'm sure these guys in the pack were having a hard time passing people. We inverted the top-six and maybe they need to think about leaving the fastest qualifier up front on one-mile tracks so he doesn't have to wait around at the back."

"Tracy got the jump on the start and he pulled away right away," explained second place finisher A.J. Fike. "My car was tight from the beginning and the longer the race went the tighter the car got. I was trying to hang on there at the end, so I'm pretty happy with a second place finish with the car so tight."

Hines's second win of the season also enabled car owner Dick Hoffman to break the USAC record for most wins by a sprint car owner.

"It makes me feel good because I only started running sprint cars in 1998," Hines said. "And I think I've won 26 or 27 features, so I'm kind of creeping up on the ladder myself. We're almost in the top-10 now for USAC sprint car wins. Hoffman hired me to get feature wins and break the record for owner wins. And now that we've done that, we can just keep gaining on it and try to keep some of these other good teams back."

Hines attributed much of his dominance this morning to his previous Silver Crown experience at Nazareth and the strength of his car.

"This is a track with a funny set up. Not that many people run the sprint cars on anything bigger than IRP [Indianapolis Raceway Park]. Most of the guys that run Silver Crown probably had a little bit of advantage here because their similar in horsepower, wheelbase, and they way they handle. I just have to give credit to my team. We had a very, very fast race car. There are probably ten more guys who could have gotten in this car and won the race like I did. We had a car that was stuck on the track and it was my job to keep in between the lines."

Jay Drake finished third, followed by Derek Davidson and Yeley.

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Series USAC
Drivers Tracy Hines , Jay Drake , A.J. Fike