Weekend Warriors Tony Stewart Racing's Jones, Stenhouse, Jr., Prepare for Two Illinois Tracks in USAC Racing Competition INDIANAPOLIS (August 14, 2007) -- Tony Stewart Racing's (TSR) USAC driving duo of Levi Jones and Ricky Stenhouse, Jr.,...
Tony Stewart Racing's Jones, Stenhouse, Jr., Prepare for Two Illinois Tracks in USAC Racing Competition
INDIANAPOLIS (August 14, 2007) -- Tony Stewart Racing's (TSR) USAC driving duo of Levi Jones and Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., are set to take on a schedule that will give them an opportunity to catch their breath after competing at four different race tracks last week. The duo will return to the Land of Lincoln to compete in USAC National Midget and Silver Crown Series competition on Friday and Saturday.
Kicking off the week will be USAC Midget Series events Friday at Macon (Ill.) Speedway. Co-owned by Tony Stewart, Ken Schrader, Kenny Wallace and Bob Sargent, the 1/5-mile oval will host the series for the first time since 1996. Friday's race will mark both Jones and Stenhouse's first appearance at the facility.
On Saturday, TSR will make its first USAC Silver Crown appearance of the year at the Illinois State Fairgrounds Speedway. The one-mile facility in Springfield, Ill., will see the team debut a new Chevrolet engine after rain canceled the series last event on May 25. Paul Kistler of Kistler Engines maintains the team's Chevrolet program.
In his last race at the Illinois State Fairgrounds (Aug. 19, 2006), Jones earned a 24th place finish. Entering this weekend's events, Jones is ranked seventh in the USAC Midget Series standings with 611 points. He also leads the USAC National Sprint Car Series standings with 1,206 points.
Making his second start at the Illinois State Fairgrounds on Saturday, Stenhouse will be looking to win his second USAC Silver Crown event of the year. In his last appearance at the facility on Aug. 19, 2006, he was credited with a 28th place finish. Stenhouse has won four midget races this year, two USAC/POWRi co-sanctioned events and two USAC Midget Series events. He is ranked third in series standings with 726 points.
TSR's Tracy Hines underwent surgery on Mon., Aug., 13, to break-up and remove scar tissue from his right knee. After a few days of recovery, he will resume therapy and continue to work toward rejoining the team. He will also continue in his role as a consultant to TSR while he continues to heal.
Friday's USAC Midget event at Macon Speedway will feature a 30-lap race. The series' last event at the track in 1996 was won by Randy Koch. The official Web site of Macon Speedway is www.maconracing.com.
Registration begins at 6 a.m. CDT for Saturday's Tony Bettenhausen 100 at the Illinois State Fairgrounds. Practice is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. A 100-lap feature will conclude the event at the one-mile dirt oval. The series' last contest at the track was won by Tracy Hines (Aug. 19, 2006). The official Web site of the Illinois State Fairgrounds is www.trackenterprises.com.
Both events are being promoted by Track Enterprises. Tickets for both events can be purchased by calling 217-764-3200 or by visiting www.trackenterprises.com.
Quote from Levi Jones, driver of the No. 20 TSR/Chevrolet/Spike -- USAC National Midget Series and the No. 10 TSR/Chevrolet/Maxim -- USAC Silver Crown Series
Are you looking forward to racing at a new venue on Friday and are you ready to get back into the dirt champ car?
"This weekend is going to be awesome. I love to race as much as I can, whenever I can, so I've really enjoyed the past few weeks. But it's also going to be pretty cool to have a chance to regroup a little bit this week. We're really looking forward to running the Silver Crown Series car on Saturday. It's been a long time since we've had a chance to do so. The rain in May really was a bummer. We'd worked really hard to get brand new cars ready for that race and then we only got to practice. Hopefully the weather will cooperate this time. It's also going to be a lot of fun to race at Macon on Friday night. It's almost in the backyard of my hometown. I know my family and friends will come out to watch us race, so hopefully we'll be able to get a win for them as well as Chevrolet and Bass Pro Shops."
Quote from Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., driver of the No. 21 TSR/Chevrolet/Spike -- USAC National Midget Series and the No. 22 TSR/Chevrolet/Maxim -- USAC Silver Crown Series
Having won in both the USAC Midget and Silver Crown Series this season, do you think that TSR will have a good shot at picking up victories at both facilities?
"I have a lot of confidence heading into this week. Coming off the win at Kokomo is a really good way to enter Friday's race at Macon Speedway. I am really comfortable in the midget and the guys have been working hard to give me a great car every night. Even though it will
be a new track for us I think we'll be well prepared and we'll have a great shot at getting our fifth midget win of the year. I'm also really excited to be heading back to the Fairgrounds with such a great team. We know from running them in May that the new cars we've built are going to be really good and I am anxious to get back in a Silver Crown car. Winning at Manzanita earlier this year was really cool and I think we have a great shot at giving Chevrolet and Bass Pro Shops their first series victory on Saturday."
For complete results from this weekend's USAC National Midget & Silver Crown Series doubleheader, log on to www.usacracing.com. For information regarding Stewart, TSR or Chevrolet, log on to www.tonystewartracing.com or www.chevrolet.com.