BUSCH: Michigan: Tracy Hines preview

Tracy Hines has spent very little time at his home in Indianapolis, IN this season. Between being one of four drivers in the NASCAR Busch Series' Hungry Drivers program, racing in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, the USAC Midget Series and the...

Tracy Hines has spent very little time at his home in Indianapolis, IN this season. Between being one of four drivers in the NASCAR Busch Series' Hungry Drivers program, racing in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, the USAC Midget Series and the Sprint Car Series, Hines is lucky to get home once or twice a month. However, the hard work is worth it to Hines who feels that the experience he is gaining will pay off in the end. This weekend at Michigan International Speedway, Hines will make his final start of the season in the No. 6 Hungry Drivers Dodge and he is determined to prove himself as the top driver in the program.

Tracy Hines on Michigan International Raceway:

"Having raced there a couple of weeks ago with the truck series, I feel like I have a little bit of an advantage," said Hines. "It gave me the opportunity to study and learn the characteristics of the track in preparation for this weekend. It's a smooth, wide, fast race track where you can run several different grooves. You have a lot more leeway when it comes to the handling of the car. From a driver's standpoint, you have the ability to up your performance simply by changing what lines you are running. You can adjust your line to compensate for what the car is or isn't doing, whether that's running down on the inside line or up against the wall."

Crew Chief, Ron Otto, on Michigan International Speedway:

"A lot of factors come into play at Michigan including horsepower, handling, and aerodynamics," said Otto. "If you can nail down the right combination you are guaranteed a good day. One thing you have to keep in mind at Michigan is fuel economy. Races at Michigan often boil down to fuel mileage so that will have a big impact on our pit strategy throughout the race.

This Week's Primary Sponsor:

Ragu pasta sauce will serve as the primary sponsor on the No. 6 Dodge this weekend in the Cabela's 250.

About The Hungry Drivers' Program:

The Hungry Drivers program, sponsored by Ragu® pasta sauce, Shedd's Spread Country Crock® spread and Hellmann's® mayonnaise, places four up-and-coming drivers behind the wheel of the NASCAR Busch Series No. 6 Dodge. The participating brands have category exclusive marketing rights as "proud sponsors of NASCAR".

Four drivers have been named, including Tracy Hines, Paul Wolfe, Mark McFarland and Scott Lynch. The Hungry Drivers program allows each driver to compete in three races throughout the 2004 season. The driver who delivers the best performance will be in a prime position to secure a full NASCAR Busch Series ride in 2005. For more information go to www.hungrydrivers.com

About Tommy Baldwin Racing: Mooresville, North Carolina based Tommy Baldwin Racing formed the Hungry Drivers team in late November 2003. Team owner Tommy Baldwin Jr., a native of Bellport N.Y., is at the top of his game and continues to prove that he is one of the best Crew Chiefs in the Winston Cup ranks. Tommy's work ethic is no-nonsense and straightforward.

His career as Crew Chief began in 1997 with veteran car owner Junie Donlavey. He joined Bill Davis Racing at the end of the 1998 season and stayed with the team until 2002. With Davis, he and Ward Burton clinched the illusive 2002 Daytona 500. He spent the 2003 season with Ultra Motorsports and driver Jimmy Spencer.

The 2004 season will prove to be a busy one for Baldwin. Not only will he be leading the Everham Motorsports No. 9 team with Nextel Cup rookie driver, Kasey Kahne, but he will also oversee the NASCAR Busch Series Hungry Drivers team.

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Ward Burton , Jimmy Spencer , Kasey Kahne , Tracy Hines , Paul Wolfe , Scott Lynch , Tommy Baldwin
Teams Tommy Baldwin Racing , Bill Davis Racing