DOUBLE DUTY Hines, Jones and Chevy Head North To Wisconsin For USAC National Midget Series Action INDIANAPOLIS (Aug. 22, 2008) -- Tony Stewart Racing's (TSR) Tracy Hines and Levi Jones venture to Wisconsin this weekend for a double dip of...
Hines, Jones and Chevy Head North To Wisconsin For USAC National Midget Series Action
INDIANAPOLIS (Aug. 22, 2008) -- Tony Stewart Racing's (TSR) Tracy Hines and Levi Jones venture to Wisconsin this weekend for a double dip of USAC National Midget Car Series racing action as they prepare for the National Midget Auto Racing Hall of Fame Classic. Angell Park Speedway in Sun Prairie, Wis., a major hotbed of Midget car racing, hosts the two-day event co-sanctioned by the USAC Midget Series and Badger Midget Auto Racing Association (BMARA).
Hines leads the USAC Midget Series championship heading into Saturday and Sunday, having regained control of the point standings during USAC Indiana Midget Week. He and the No. 21 TSR/Chevy/Spike team hold a 33-point lead over second-place Bobby East. Hines, who has six victories at Angell Park Speedway, finished fifth in his last USAC Midget Series event at the track on Aug. 26, 2006. He will look to expand his point lead and pick up his first series victory of the season this weekend.
Jones enters the National Midget Auto Racing Hall of Fame Classic event ranked sixth in the USAC Midget Series standings. He and the No. 20 TSR/Chevy/Spike team will be riding the momentum of solid performances during USAC Indiana Midget Week and will look for their first series victory of the year at Angell Park this weekend. In his last appearance at the facility on Sept. 1, 2007, Jones earned a fifth-place finish.
Gates will open to the public at 4:30 p.m. CDT both Saturday and Sunday. Hot laps are scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. with qualifications beginning at 6:30 p.m. Racing is set to begin at 7 p.m. both nights. For more information or tickets for the event, race fans can call the track at 608-837-5252 or visit www.angellpark.com.
Levi Jones, driver of the No. 20 TSR/Chevy/Spike -- USAC National Midget Car Series
Last season, this is the point of the racing schedule that you really began to come into your own. Does that help your confidence heading into this weekend's event at Angell Park Speedway?
"With the Midget, it's all about having seat time and getting comfortable with the car. With this only being my third year of full-time USAC Midget Series racing, I think I'm finally beginning to get into a rhythm when I compete in one of these cars. This time last season, our dirt program really began to step up and we were able to get our first win around this time of the year. I am really looking forward to going back to Angell Park this weekend. I know we're very prepared and I think we have a good shot at putting Chevy and Bass Pro Shops up front on both nights."
Angell Park is known for providing drivers and race fans with great racing action. What's the best part of racing at this historic facility?
"The history behind Midget racing in the Sun Prairie area is what makes it such a great track to compete at. This type of racing is a fan favorite in the Wisconsin region and it's always a great time getting to talk with the fans after the night is over. They really support the sport and their local race tracks and that's a pretty neat environment to come into as a driver. I would love to put my name and Tony Stewart Racing in the books as an Angell Park Speedway feature winner. Hopefully, that's the outcome we see this weekend."
Tracy Hines, driver of the No. 21/TSR/Chevy/Spike -- USAC National Midget Car Series
Does leading the USAC Midget Series point standings heading into this weekend's doubleheader at Angell Park Speedway allow you to focus more on each race individually rather than the championship?
"Leading the points doesn't necessarily take your focus off the race-to-race aspect of the championship. You're always aware of where you sit in the point standings. You ultimately have to win races in order to win the championship or to stay ahead of the competition. We're always focused on how we can win the next race. It's a process that never stops. Our dirt Midget program is doing well this year and I am confident that we're in a good position heading up to Angell Park this weekend."
How many times a year are you able to compete at Angell Park Speedway?
"Normally, I run at Angell Park several times during a season. This year, I've only had an opportunity to compete at the track one time during our regular season. I went up on an off-week from our USAC racing schedule to compete. I'm very familiar with Angell Park, or Sun Prairie as we call it, and I am looking forward to racing there this weekend."
You've won several races at Angell Park in the past. Do you have a favorite memory of the facility?
"I was able to win the Pepsi Nationals at Angell Park a few years ago and that was a really cool achievement. The competition up there is really tough. There are a lot of guys who can win on any given night. I'd really like to win the Hall of Fame Classic this weekend and put Chevy and Bass Pro Shops in the winner's circle for the first time. I think we're going to have really good cars and that it's a possibility for this TSR team."
For complete results from this weekend's USAC Racing Series events, log on to www.usacracing.com. For information regarding TSR, Chevy or Bass Pro Shops, please visit www.tonystewartracing.com, www.chevy.com or www.basspro.com.