Double Duty Weekend Tony Stewart Racing's Jones, Stenhouse, Jr., Gear Up For USAC Sprint and Midget Runs INDIANAPOLIS (June 13, 2007) -- Tony Stewart Racing's (TSR) Levi Jones and Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., will not only switch gears from...
Double Duty Weekend
Tony Stewart Racing's Jones, Stenhouse, Jr., Gear Up For USAC Sprint and Midget Runs
INDIANAPOLIS (June 13, 2007) -- Tony Stewart Racing's (TSR) Levi Jones and Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., will not only switch gears from dirt to pavement this week, they'll also switch from sprint cars to midgets. The dynamic duo will tackle dicey Gas City (Ind.) I-69 Speedway in USAC National Sprint Car Series competition on Thursday, then pull double duty in the USAC Sprint and Midget Series at O'Reilly Raceway Park (ORP) in Clermont, Ind., on Saturday.
Thursday's race at Gas City will serve as a make-up for the April 27 USAC Border Wars Series event that was postponed due to weather. Jones finished second in the USAC Sprint race in his last appearance at Gas City (July 16, 2006). Stenhouse will take on the quarter-mile bullring for the first time this week.
TSR will look to throw the proverbial monkey off its back at ORP on Saturday, as both Jones and Stenhouse will seek their first-ever victories there. In Jones' last doubleheader at ORP (July 1, 2006), he earned a seventh-place finish in the USAC Sprint feature and a 12th-place finish in the USAC Midget race. In Stenhouse's first appearance at the track on May 26, he finished 17th in USAC Midget action.
Jones leads the USAC Sprint Series championship standings with 522 points heading into this week's events. He has won a series-high four USAC Sprint feature events and is the series' only repeat winner thus far. Jones is ranked seventh in the USAC Midget standings with 127 points, only 53 markers behind series leader Darren Hagen.
Stenhouse has one victory each in USAC Sprint, Midget and Silver Crown this year, making him the only driver to have won in all three national divisions. He is ranked 11th in the USAC Sprint Series standings, only nine points out of the top-10. After missing three USAC Sprint races and one USAC Midget event early in the season, Stenhouse is ranked 12th in the USAC Midget Series standings with 104 points.
Gates will open at Gas City I-69 Speedway Thursday at 4 p.m. EDT. Qualifying is set to begin at 6:30 p.m., with racing at 7:30 p.m. For tickets or more information regarding Gas City, call 765-674-6135, or visit www.gascityi69speedway.com.
The gates for Saturday's doubleheader at ORP will open to the public at 3 p.m. EDT. Practice is set to begin at 3:30 p.m., with qualifying set to start at 4:30 p.m. Racing action will follow at 6:15 p.m. For tickets or more information, call 317-291-4090 or log on to www.oreillyracewaypark.com.
For more information regarding TSR's USAC Racing or World of Outlaws Sprint Series teams, please visit www.tonystewartracing.com.
Quote from Levi Jones, driver of the No. 20 TSR/Chevrolet/Maxim
Having competed at race tracks last week that were longer in length, will it take much time to adjust to the tight configuration of Gas City I-69 Speedway on Thursday?
"Not at all. I love to run at Gas City. It's a track that I compete at several times during the season, with USAC and in the regular Friday-night shows when our schedule allows. It's a really racy little bullring and the crew there does a great job in preparing the track each week. I've run second at Gas City several times in the past few years, so it's time to get a win there. It would be great to not only get another win to keep our streak going for Chevrolet and Bass Pro Shops, but it would be a great way to head into ORP on Saturday."
After winning your first pavement event at Anderson Speedway in May, are you more prepared to head to the tricky oval of ORP on Saturday night?
"Getting that first pavement win at Anderson last month was a huge confidence booster for our team. We'd been looking for that first pavement win for a long time. Heading into a track like ORP, you want as much confidence as you can get. It's a track that can change a lot. It will be entirely different for the feature than it is when you first get on the track for hot laps. We just need to stay on top of the track and try to make the right changes throughout the night to have the best possible car when we go out for the feature. I'd really like to get my first midget win or my second pavement sprint car win at ORP."
Quote from Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., driver of the No. 21 TSR/Chevrolet/Maxim
This Thursday's USAC Sprint race at Gas City will be your first-ever trip to the Indiana bullring. Are you looking forward to it?
"I'm really excited about Thursday's race. I've heard so much about Gas City and seen a couple of features there and it's a track that I think will be a lot of fun. Having watched some of the USAC and local drivers compete there has been a real asset. I especially paid attention to Jon Stanborough. Watching how he passes cars and drives the corners has been a big help. Levi's (Jones, teammate) also helped me prepare. He's given me some tips about how the track can change and where to pass. I love dirt-track racing and this week's race at Gas City is going to be a good one."
With one event at ORP in the books, will you be more comfortable racing there in this Saturday's doubleheader?
"I really think it will be a much better event for us. We've tested in both the sprint and the midgets at ORP, so we're going to really depend on what we learned in those tests to help us with our starting set-ups and how we progress through the event. Coming off a week like last week where we swept all three features, there's nothing more we'd like to do than sweep both events on Saturday. It's been a lot of fun running up front and we're hoping to put Chevrolet and Bass Pro Shops back in victory lane again this weekend."
For complete results from this weekend's USAC National Sprint and Midget Car Series events, log on to www.usacracing.com. For information regarding Stewart or Chevrolet, log on to www.tonystewartracing.com or www.chevrolet.com.