Hines moves close to Yeley, Nazareth next

Tracy Hines of New Castle, Ind. remained within 35 points of J.J. Yeley in their battle for the USAC "Triple Crown" with his victory in Sunday night's 30-lap feature events at Mansfield (Ohio) Motorsports Speedway. The win was Hines' eighth in ...

Tracy Hines of New Castle, Ind. remained within 35 points of J.J. Yeley in their battle for the USAC "Triple Crown" with his victory in Sunday night's 30-lap feature events at Mansfield (Ohio) Motorsports Speedway. The win was Hines' eighth in USAC-sanctioned competition this season.

Hines, who set an all-time speed record of over 138 mph in winning last year's USAC Sprint Car race at Nazareth, Pa., returns to the 1-mile paved Nazareth (Pa.) Speedway this week to compete in all three of USAC's "tripleheader" events, part of the track's Indy Racing League Firestone Indy 225 weekend activities. A 30-mile USAC Midget Car and Sprint Car feature are on tap, in addition to a 100-mile USAC Weld Racing Silver Crown race.

The Nazareth USAC slate calls for Midget, Sprint and Silver Crown practice Friday morning and afternoon, followed by Friday afternoon Sprint and Midget qualifying. Saturday's timetable has Silver Crown practice and qualifying in the morning, plus qualifying races for all three series in the afternoon. The 30-mile Midget and Sprint Car feature events are later Saturday afternoon and the 100-mile Weld Racing Silver Crown race gets the green flag at 12:30 pm Sunday.

Hines and his Wilke-Pak Oxi-Clean/Team Mopar Beast started on the pole at Mansfield and led all 30 laps around the 1/2-mile paved oval. He was followed at the checkered flag by Yeley, Teddy Beach, Cole Carter and A.J. Fike. Hines and Yeley each own USAC Silver Crown and Sprint Car titles and a National Midget Championship would complete the career "Triple Crown," enabling either to join Tony Stewart, Pancho Carter and Dave Darland in the prestigious "Triple Crown" category.

Hines will be among drivers aiming at Ron Gregory's 1-lap Nazareth qualifying record of 135.808 mph and would also like to establish a new all-time USAC Midget Car feature race speed record as well. Hines already owns the record for the fastest USAC Silver Crown and Sprint Car races ever run but Dan Drinan is the all-time Midget race record holder, winning at Phoenix, Ariz. in 1995 at a speed of 128.822 mph.

Defending Nazareth USAC Midget race winner Michael Lewis is also expected to be in action at the Pennsylvania mile this weekend.

USAC NATIONAL MIDGET CAR SERIES STANDINGS
1. J.J. Yeley 1,095
2. Tracy Hines 1,060
3. Bobby East 1,015
4. Jay Drake 872
5. A.J. Fike 856
6. Teddy Beach 659
7. Dave Darland 597
8. Aaron Fike 544
9. Tom Hessert 507
10. Ryan Durst 444

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Series USAC
Drivers Tony Stewart , Michael Lewis , Dave Darland , J.J. Yeley , Tracy Hines , Aaron Fike , Tom Hessert , Jay Drake , Bobby East , Teddy Beach , Dan Drinan , A.J. Fike , Ron Gregory , Pancho Carter , Cole Carter , Ryan Durst