HINES CLEAN LOGO

 

CONTACT: Tracy Hines Racing PR

tracyhinesracingpr@live.com

Tracy Hines Heads into Turkey Night Grand Prix in Title Contention


By Tracy Hines Racing PR
 
NEW CASTLE, Ind.—November 26, 2014 — Three drivers will battle for the 2014 Honda USAC National Midget Series title this week in the Turkey Night Grand Prix at Perris Auto Speedway in California, and Tracy Hines will be one of them. The veteran driver is looking to add a midget title to his already impressive resume that includes an Amsoil USAC National Sprint Car Series title and Traxxas USAC Silver Crown Series championship, which would put him in very select company, as only five drivers have ever claimed the USAC “Triple Crown,” by winning each of the three series titles.
 
The 74th Turkey Night Grand Prix for the Honda USAC National Midget Series is set for Thursday, November 27 at Perris Auto Speedway in Southern California. The event will open with hot laps, followed by times trials and the 98-lap A-Feature.
 
“It’s always a challenge at Perris,” said Hines. “The track was different each of the nights we were there with the sprint car earlier in the month. The winds come in at night and really change the track. Two years ago we were battling for the win and blew a tire with a lap to go. With the long race, it definitely takes a toll on tires, so you have to try to conserve them as much as you can.”
 
Last year, Hines finished 11th in the Turkey Night Grand Prix, aboard the Parker Machinery/Powered By Toyota Spike, after starting ninth. In his career, he has competed in the event at four different tracks in the Golden State, on both dirt and pavement. Hines finished a career-best third in the event in 2000 and 2004, when Turkey Nights was held on the asphalt at Irwindale Speedway. He also recorded a top-five finish at Ventura Speedway in 1997, on the dirt.
 
This season, Hines finished 14th and 17th in a pair of starts at Perris Auto Speedway with the Amsoil USAC National Sprint Car Series earlier this month. Hines has finished among the top-10 in seven of his last 10 sprint car starts at the half-mile, dating back to 2011. He made his Perris Auto Speedway debut in 1995, in a USAC Western Midget Series event, on a temporary one-third-mile at Perris Auto Speedway that preceded the current half-mile, which opened in 1996.
 
Hines scored his first Honda USAC National Sprint Car Series win of the season on dirt last weekend during the opening night of the Western World Championships at Canyon Speedway Park in Arizona. He also was victorious earlier this season on the pavement in the Night Before the 500 at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis. Hines has finished in the top-10 in all 15 dirt midget races this season, with 11 of those being top-five performances.
 
The 2000 Traxxas USAC Silver Crown Series champion and 2002 Amsoil USAC National Sprint Car Series titlist enters the Turkey Night Grand Prix 36 points behind the series leader, Rico Abreu, and just 10 markers out of second, which is currently held by Christopher Bell.
 
“You don’t really think about points when you are out there,” said Hines. “If you win the race you get the most points possible and then the rest is out of your control. Qualifying will be important as always at Turkey Night and with a bigger field, starting up front is important to try and stay out of trouble. We have some momentum from last weekend and have nothing to lose this weekend. We go out and race hard like we do every night and see where the chips fall.”
 
Tracy Hines Racing would like to thank: Parker Machinery, Powered by Toyota, Turbines, Inc., Afco Racing Shocks, Schoenfeld, Stanton Racing Engines, Daum Motorsport, Indiana Underground, Hoosier, Bell and Drivin Racing Oil.
 
For more information on Tracy Hines Racing, visit http://www.tracyhinesracing.com. Follow Tracy on Twitter at www.Twitter.com/TracyHinesRacin and “Like him” on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/Tracyhinesracing.
 
 
Hines Burg MM Midget
(Mark Miefert Photo)

 

 

Tracy Hines Wins Opener of Western World Championships


By Tracy Hines Racing PR
 

NEW CASTLE, Ind.—November 23, 2014 — Tracy Hines continued to add to his win total at Canyon Speedway Park in Arizona, taking the opener of the Honda USAC National Midget Series portion of the 47th Sands Chevrolet Western World Championships on Thursday, November 20. The win was his second in as many weeks at the track, and the fifth of his career, but his first in a midget, as the previous four had come in sprint car competition.
 
Hines started on the pole for the 30-lap A-Feature for the Honda USAC National Midget Series, but fell all the way back to fifth in the early going, before working his way back into contention. He moved into second by the 10th lap. Hines used a strong restart, following a lap-12 caution, to take the top spot from early leader Zach Daum.
 
The native of New Castle, Indiana, would lead the remainder of the race holding off a hard-charging Christopher Bell in the late going to earn his first Honda USAC National Midget Series win on dirt since 2012, aboard the Parker Machinery/Powered by Toyota Spike. Hines now has 35 career wins with the series, which is seventh on the all-time list.
 
“The track really changed a lot throughout the race,” said Hines. “We fell back to about fourth or so early working the bottom, then moved to the top and then back to the bottom by the end. It probably worked to our advantage to fall back early so we could search around some.”

Hines kicked off the Western World Championships by timing in seventh-quickest in time trials of the 20 entries. He followed that up with a fourth-place run in the first heat race.
 
On the second night of the Western World Championships, Hines finished fourth in the 30-lap main event. He lined up third and ran among the top-five for the duration of the race, which combined with points earned on the opening night set the field for Saturday night’s finale. Hines timed in fourth-fastest of the 19 entrants on Friday night. He finished fifth in the first heat race, after starting in that same position.
 
Hines wrapped up the three-night event with another fourth-place finish. By way of points earned on the first two nights, he earned a spot in the dash, where he finished seventh. Hines lined up for the 30-lap main event on the inside of the fourth row. The A-Feature was slowed by four cautions, with Hines methodically working his way into the top-five during the second half of the race.
 
Following the three nights of racing at Canyon Speedway Park, Hines is third in the Honda USAC National Midget Series standings, just 10 markers out of second and 36 out of the lead. He has finished in the top-10 in all 15 races on dirt this season.
 
Hines wraps up the 2014 season on Thanksgiving in the annual Turkey Night Grand Prix for the Honda USAC National Midget Series at Perris Auto Speedway in Southern California.
 
Tracy Hines Racing would like to thank: Parker Machinery, Powered by Toyota, Turbines, Inc., Afco Racing Shocks, Schoenfeld, Stanton Racing Engines, Daum Motorsport, Indiana Underground, Hoosier, Bell and Drivin Racing Oil.
 
For more information on Tracy Hines Racing, visit http://www.tracyhinesracing.com. Follow Tracy on Twitter at www.Twitter.com/TracyHinesRacin and “Like him” on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/Tracyhinesracing.

 
 
WW

 


Click the logo to return to:

NEWJACKS-1NET.jpg (8671 bytes)

Jack Hedstrom Web services.
Copyright © 2014 [Jack's Race Photos]. All rights reserved.


###

Short Track Racing PR

          30925 Stone Ridge Drive #4309

         Wixom, Michigan 49393

         US

Return to JRP with this button:

Jack Hedstrom Web services.
Copyright 2013 [Jack's Race Photos]. All rights reserved.