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HINES AIMS FOR 4th BORDER WARS TITLE AS SPRINT CARS VISIT GAS CITY & ELDORA; JONES TAKES LAWRENCEBURG THRILLER; "VOGLER CLASSIC" TO JESSUP Tracy Hines of New Castle, Ind. will shoot for his fourth "Border Wars" championship...

HINES AIMS FOR 4th BORDER WARS TITLE AS SPRINT CARS VISIT GAS CITY & ELDORA; JONES TAKES LAWRENCEBURG THRILLER; "VOGLER CLASSIC" TO JESSUP

Tracy Hines of New Castle, Ind. will shoot for his fourth "Border Wars" championship this weekend when the Lucas Oil National Sprint Car Series visits Gas City (Ind.) I-69 Speedway Friday night and the Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio Saturday night. Hines won the 1999, 2002 and 2003 titles and could tie Brian Tyler as the only four-time champs.

Hines won the 2002 & 2003 titles but will have to contend with defending "Border Wars" Champ Jerry Coons Jr. as well as a host of other top championship prospects, including teammate Levi Jones, who won Saturday night's 2007 Lucas Oil National Sprint Car opener at Lawrenceburg (Ind.) Speedway.

Jones scored what might have been the closest victory in USAC's 53-year history as he came from behind to beat Brady Bacon by less than ten-thousands of a second. Bacon led the first 29 laps of the race in his Kasey Kahne entry before yielding to Jones' Tony Stewart Racing Chevrolet/Bass Pro Shops Maxim/Chevy. Trailing Jones and Bacon at the finish were Kevin Swindell, Robert Ballou and Josh Wise.

Marc Jessup of Camby, Ind. earned his initial USAC National Sprint Car victory Sunday afternoon at the Winchester (Ind.) Speedway, leading the final 24 laps of the "Rich Vogler Classic" in his Keith Kunz Motorsports Advanced Racing/Sander Engineering Beast/Speedway Dodge. Dave Steele finished second, followed by Darren Hagen, Hines and Eric Gordon. Dave Darland led the opening six laps but was seventh at the checkered flag.

Kevin Swindell of Germantown, Tenn. enters this week's "Border Wars" races as the Lucas Oil National Sprint Car point leader after his third and sixth-place finishes this past weekend. He has a two-point edge over Jones.

Former champions of the two-race "Border Wars" series include Tony Stewart (1995), Brian Tyler (1996-1997-1998 and 2000), Hines (1999, 2002-2003), J.J. Yeley (2001), Jay Drake (2004-2005) and Coons (2006).

-credit: usac

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Series USAC
Drivers Tony Stewart , Kevin Swindell , Kasey Kahne , Dave Darland , J.J. Yeley , Tracy Hines , Dave Steele , Brian Tyler , Jay Drake , Levi Jones , Josh Wise , Marc Jessup , Darren Hagen , Jerry Coons Jr.