Richmond qualifying report

By Patrick Jennings - Motorsport.com Tracy Hines Captures Pole for USAC Coors Light Silver Bullet Series Event at Richmond International Raceway Tracy Hines, the 2000 Silver Bullet Series champion, will lead the field to the green flag in ...

By Patrick Jennings - Motorsport.com

Tracy Hines Captures Pole for USAC Coors Light Silver Bullet Series Event at Richmond International Raceway

Tracy Hines, the 2000 Silver Bullet Series champion, will lead the field to the green flag in Saturday night's USAC Coors Light Silver Bullet Series Dominic's of New York 100 at Richmond International Raceway. Hines quick lap did not surprise the 29-year old USAC standout. "The car's been really good all weekend," Hines explained.

Hines, who has been close to the top of the time sheets since unloading at Richmond, revealed that his team really did not have to do much work on the car prior to qualifying. "I basically just put four new tires on it [the car]," Hines admitted. Similarly, he does not anticipate many changes for the race.

"For the race, we don't really change that much on the car. We just make some small adjustments with the weight-jacker, raising it up to compensate for the extra weight of the fuel."

Although Hines does not plan on making many changes to his car, he does expect the track to become very slippery as the race unfolds and the tires start to take their toll on the track's sealer. "It'll [the track] be slick. This is open wheel racing at its finest. We have to saw at the wheel for 100 laps."

Two-time Silver Bullet winner Dave Steele will start from the outside of the front row for the third time this season. "I guess I'm getting used to it [starting second]," Steele declared. I knew Tracy [Hines] was the guy to beat. Tire management will really come into play here because we're sideways so much."

1993 Silver Bullet Series champion, Mike Bliss, qualified third on the grid. "My first lap wasn't good at all, " Bliss explained. "I got too loose, because I drove in too hard. I tried to play it safe and be cautious on my second lap, but I missed my line, and slid out of the groove. I think a guy who knows this track and how it changes, the guy who has experience running on this sealer, will be in good shape [for the race]."

"I have an idea even though this isn't a night race, that it's going to tighten up. I basically just change the left rear spring between qualifying and the race," Bliss added.

The 2001 Silver Bullet Series points leader, Russ Gamester, will roll off the starting grid in the 12th starting position. "We're close with the setup. The main thing was getting into the race. These 100 laps will be a grueling process. By one-half or three-quarters of distance, you'll know who' taking care of their tires. They'll be the quickest at the end," Gamester stated.

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Series USAC
Drivers Tracy Hines , Dave Steele , Mike Bliss , Russ Gamester