Tony Stewart Racing's USAC Duo Prepares for 'The Copper on Dirt' Jones, Hines and Chevrolet Ready for Doubleheader at Manzanita Speedway INDIANAPOLIS (Feb. 7, 2007) -- Tony Stewart Racing's (TSR) USAC teams have had little rest since their ...
Tony Stewart Racing's USAC Duo Prepares for 'The Copper on Dirt'
Jones, Hines and Chevrolet Ready for Doubleheader at Manzanita Speedway
INDIANAPOLIS (Feb. 7, 2007) -- Tony Stewart Racing's (TSR) USAC teams have had little rest since their triumph at East Bay Raceway Park last Friday night but they're loaded up and ready to roll toward the sunny skies of Phoenix for this week's first-ever 'The Copper on Dirt' event. Levi Jones, Tracy Hines and the Tony Stewart Racing crew will trek more than 1,700 miles westward to compete in the two-day event featuring the USAC Silver Crown Series, USAC CRA Sprint Car Series and the USAC National Midget Car Series at Manzanita Speedway Feb. 9-10.
This weekend, Jones and the No. 20 TSR/Chevrolet/Maxim team will look to recreate the same results as last year's season-opening event, as Jones won the USAC/CRA feature event at Manzanita Speedway on Jan. 21, 2006, in his first outing with TSR. In addition, the team is riding the wave of a solid victory in last Friday's O'Reilly Sprint Bandits Tour 'N Topless Series finale and is hoping to carry that momentum into this weekend's event. Manzanita Speedway has been good to Jones in the past, as he was crowned 2005 USAC National Sprint Car Series Champion at the facility in November 2005.
Hines will also be looking for some momentum as the No. 21 TSR/Chevrolet/Maxim team heads to the famed half-mile oval of Manzanita Speedway on Friday as he'll be looking to get his first victory of the 2007 racing season. Having scored one top-five and two top-10 finishes in Florida last week, Hines will look to earn his first 'W' in the win column this season. The No. 21 TSR/Chevrolet/Maxim team will also look to kick off its quest to win the USAC National Midget Car Series Championship and garner Hines his first series title.
Jones and Hines will compete in the USAC National Sprint Car and USAC National Midget Car Series divisions of 'The Copper on Dirt' event. TSR has earned a victory in both divisions thus far in 2007, with Tony Stewart winning the O'Reilly Chili Bowl Midget Nationals on Jan. 13, and Jones winning the O'Reilly Sprint Bandits TNT Series finale on Feb. 2.
'The Copper on Dirt' event, featuring USAC's three premier racing divisions, is scheduled to take place at Manzanita Speedway in Phoenix Feb. 9-10. Gates will open to the public each day at 4 p.m. MST, with hot laps beginning at 5:30 p.m. Racing is slated to begin at 6:30 each evening. Saturday's USAC Silver Crown Series event will be 50 laps, with the USAC National Sprint Car Series feature event totaling 40 laps. The USAC National Midget Car Series feature is scheduled for 30 laps. A total event purse of more than $90,000 will be up for grabs between the three divisions.
Levi Jones, driver of the No. 20 TSR/Chevrolet/Maxim:
Did the win at East Bay Raceway Park last week give the No. 20 TSR/Chevrolet/Maxim team some added confidence heading into Manzanita Speedway later this week?
"The win at East Bay was huge for both Tony Stewart Racing and Chevrolet. Our team has really worked hard to get ready for this season and it's beginning to pay off. We learned a lot in Florida and really found some things that we're going to be able to use as the season progresses. Getting that first win was a great way to kick off the season, but now we're focused on running well and getting the win at Manzanita Speedway. I think that we're going to be a contender for both the midget and sprint car feature events this weekend." Tracy Hines, driver of the No. 21 TSR/Chevrolet/Maxim:
Did the events at East Bay Raceway Park last week assist the No. 21 TSR/Chevrolet/Maxim team in its preparation for 'The Copper on Dirt?'
"We're pleased with the progress we made at East Bay last week. Considering that we had to battle pretty challenging track conditions, we were able to learn a lot about our chassis setups. The first two nights of racing were pretty tough. Bobby (Barth) and I were able to gain some insight on how the chassis will respond to dry-slick surfaces and on tracks that take on a lot of rubber. I think we've learned some things that will help us as we move forward in the season, including Manzanita. We're heading to Phoenix with the goals of getting a win for Chevrolet and the first of the season for our team. We should be very competitive in both the sprint and the midget series events."