Sprint Week Showdown Tony Stewart Racing's Jones, Stenhouse, Jr., Ready To Tackle USAC Indiana Sprint Week Finale INDIANAPOLIS (July 18, 2007) -- Tony Stewart Racing's (TSR) Levi Jones and Ricky Stenhouse opened the 2007 USAC Indiana...
Sprint Week Showdown
Tony Stewart Racing's Jones, Stenhouse, Jr., Ready To Tackle USAC Indiana Sprint Week Finale
INDIANAPOLIS (July 18, 2007) -- Tony Stewart Racing's (TSR) Levi Jones and Ricky Stenhouse opened the 2007 USAC Indiana Sprint Week (ISW) series on a strong note, as the duo combined for four top-five finishes and four top-10s in the first five races. With a solid claim on second place in the ISW point standings, TSR will look to add three victories to the team's collective statistics.
This week's three-race finale will see TSR and the USAC National Sprint Car Series head to Kamp (Ind.) Motor Speedway on Thursday. Moving to the south for the remaining two races, the series will compete at Bloomington (Ind.) Speedway on Friday. The ISW finale will take place at Jones' home track, Tri-State (Ind.) Speedway on Saturday.
Heading into this week's finale, Jones will look for his fifth USAC Sprint Series victory of the season. In last week's five ISW races, he earned three top-five finishes and two top-10s. Jones is currently ranked second in ISW points, only five points behind leader Jon Stanbrough (290-285). While he trails in the ISW standings, the USAC Sprint Series is all Jones, as he leads the national championship chase with 1,048 points.
Stenhouse enters this week's racing action ranked seventh in both ISW (211) and USAC Sprint Series (643) points. He earned one top-five and two top-10 finishes in five races last week. Stenhouse earned a victory earlier this year at Tri-State Speedway in USAC National Midget Car Series competition on May 12.
This week's USAC Sprint Series action will kick off with a 30-lap feature at the 3/8-mile, semi-banked oval of Kamp Motor Speedway on Thursday. Pit gates will open to competitors at 3 p.m. EDT with grandstands opening to the public at 5 p.m. Racing is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. EDT. For more information regarding Kamp, visit the official Web site at www.kampmotorspeedway.com or call 765-869-5212.
For Friday's 30-lap event at the quarter-mile Bloomington Speedway, gates open to the public at 5:30 p.m. EDT. Hot laps are scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. EDT. There are no advance ticket sales for this event. For more information regarding Bloomington, log on to www.bloomingtonspeedway.com.
For Saturday's 30-lap event finale at Tri-State Speedway, racing is schedule to begin at 7:30 p.m. CDT. Tickets can be purchased by calling 812-768-6025 or at the gate the day of the race. The official Web site of Tri-State Speedway is www.tristatespeedway.com.
Quotes from Levi Jones, driver of the No. 20 TSR/Chevrolet/Maxim -- USAC National Sprint Car Series Dirt Car
Having seen some of the Indiana racetracks for the first time last week, is there a particular track on tap for this week that you've already raced at and you're really comfortable with?
"We had some great runs last week, especially at Gas City and Kokomo. But heading into this week's final three races, I am really going to work on my qualifying efforts. I slipped a bit in qualifying a couple of times last week and it put us little farther back to start the heats and the features than we would have liked, especially at Kokomo. Had I not had to start so far back I think we would have been battling for the win with Dave (Darland) and Jon (Stanbrough.) I had a really good car that night. I think if we can qualify a little better this week, we'll have a better momentum to start the night out with."
Which event this week are you most looking forward to competing in?
"I am definitely looking to make the race at Tri-State a good one for our team. It's my home track, I grew up just across the state line in Olney, Ill., and I have a lot of friends and family that turn out to support us when we race at Haubstadt. I really like the track itself. It's just a fast, racy track that you can really use the whole surface to move forward with. I've never won at Haubstadt and I have some really big expectations of myself for that night. We're looking to keep our lead in the USAC Sprint Series championship points but we really want to win Sprint Week along the way. It would be a great way to finish off this year's Sprint Week if I could put Chevrolet and Bass Pro Shops, as well as my friends, fans and family in victory lane at Tri-State."
Quotes from Ricky Stenhouse, driver of the No. 21 TSR/Chevrolet/Maxim -- USAC National Sprint Car Series Dirt Car
Having seen several Indiana tracks for the first time last week in USAC Indiana Sprint Week competition, is there a particular track coming up this week that you're really comfortable with?
"Tri-State Speedway is a track that I am really familiar with. I've competed there with the winged sprint car and the midget and I've been pretty comfortable in both. We're hoping that it will carry over to the non-winged sprint car this week. Getting the win in the midget there earlier this year definitely gave me some confidence. I'm looking forward to competing in another type of car at Tri-State this Saturday."
Are you looking forward to any particular event as the series wraps up this year's Indiana Sprint Week event?
"I think racing at Kamp Motor Speedway on Thursday is going to be a lot of fun. It's a track that a lot of us don't have a lot of races on and that's really going to level the playing field. Racing in the Midwest is tough, especially when you compete at tracks that some of these guys have been racing on for years. Going into Kamp, no one really has a ton of laps there and we're all going to have to pay attention to the track throughout the night. It's also a little bit bigger than most of the tracks we've been on for the past week and I like a big, fast race track. I think we're going to have a good shot at getting Chevrolet and Bass Pro Shops in victory lane this week but getting a win at Kamp would be pretty cool."