Hines takes point Lead at Tri-City Speedway; "Hut Hundred" and Kokomo events scheduled this weekend. INDIANAPOLIS - Tracy Hines of New Castle, Ind. leads the USAC National Midget Series points race heading into the 52nd Clabber Girl "Hut ...
Hines takes point Lead at Tri-City Speedway; "Hut Hundred" and Kokomo events scheduled this weekend.
INDIANAPOLIS - Tracy Hines of New Castle, Ind. leads the USAC National Midget Series points race heading into the 52nd Clabber Girl "Hut Hundred" Friday at the Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track.
Hines picked up the series lead after leading 16 laps, including the final seven, of Wednesday's "DuPont Automotive Finishes Midget Classic" at Tri-City Speedway in Granite City, Ill. in his Oxi Clean/Mopar Beast. Then-points leader J.J. Yeley of Phoenix, Ariz. suffered mechanical problems during several legs of the event and finished 21st, only the second time in 20 national events Yeley has finished outside the top six!
Aaron Fike of Galesburg, Ill. led four drivers in breaking Sarah McCune's track record, set last year. Fike lapped the circuit in 20.403 seconds.
Mike Hess of Petersburg, Ill. is the defending winner of the "Hut Hundred", as he led the final 35 laps of the 2002 event. Looking to challenge Hess will be for their second win in the event are Dave Darland (1999) of Lincoln, Ind., Jay Drake (2000) of Val Verde, Calif., and Hines (2001). Drake and Hines won the event at Lincoln Park Speedway in Putnamville, Ind.
Practice for the 100-lap event is scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m., with qualifications at 6:30 p.m. and racing at 7:30 p.m.
The midgets will also visit Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway Sunday for a 30-lap feature. The event will mark the first time the National Midget Series will run at Kokomo since August 27, 2000. Shane Hollingsworth of Indianapolis, Ind., won a USAC regional event at the track July 15, 2002.
Practice will begin at 5 p.m., with qualifications at 5:30 p.m. and racing at 6 p.m.
<pre> USAC NATIONAL SPRINT CAR SERIES STANDINGS 1. Tracy Hines 487 6. Teddy Beach 325 2. J.J. Yeley 476 7. Aaron Fike 235 3. Bobby East 470 8. Tom Hessert 235 4. A.J. Fike 444 9. Ryan Durst 231 5. Jay Drake 326 10. Dave Darland 194