Tracy Hines Makes The Trek West For The Hall Of Fame Classic

NEW CASTLE, Ind. — Oct. 24, 2013– With the temperatures falling in
the Midwest and all of the non-wing sprint car racing events in that
part of the country in the books, that means one thing for Tracy
Hines and his fellow USAC competitors. It’s time to head west to wrap
up the 2013 season in warmer locales, mainly the desert of Arizona,
as well as Southern California. The stretch of races begins this
weekend at Canyon Speedway Park in Peoria, Ariz.

The 13th Annual Hose Advantage Hall of Fame Classic at Canyon
Speedway for the Amsoil USAC National Sprint Car Series is set for
Friday, Oct. 25 and Saturday, Oct. 26. A full racing program will be
in effect each night.

Hines, who pilots the Hansen’s Welding Inc. DRC, made a number of
starts in 2012 at Canyon Speedway Park and picked up three victorious
during the Winter Freeze at the one-third-mile oval. He finished
among the top-five in five of the six rounds that comprised that
mini-series to win the overall championship that pit the ASCS Canyon
Region versus the USAC West Coast Series.

“We definitely turned a lot of laps at Canyon (Speedway Park) last
season, with the winter races and then being there last fall,” said
Hines. “We didn’t quite finish where we were hoping in the fall
races, but learned quite a bit and have some good notes going back
this time. The competition will certainly be tough with the guys we
race against week in and week out, along with the west coast

In the Hall of Fame Classic last fall at Canyon with the Amsoil USAC
National Sprint Car Series, Hines finished sixth on the opening night
and was ninth in the finale. On the opening night, the veteran was
ninth-fastest lap in time trials of the 32 cars that were in
attendance. Hines finished third in the first eight-lap heat race to
earn a spot in the 30-lap main event. He started the A-Feature from
the inside of the fifth row and gained a couple of spots in the early
going and would eventually cross the line sixth.

Hines took the checkered flag in the finale in the ninth position. He
finished second in the third heat race to open that night, after
qualifying 15th. The 2002 USAC Amsoil National Sprint Car Series
champion lined up on the outside of the seventh row for the 30-lap
main event and worked his way forward, in the feature race, which was
slowed by a pair of yellow flags and one red flag period.

“Having a two-night show is a plus,” he noted. “There are only a few
times over the course of the season where we have a multi-night
event, and you always run across a few things on the first night that
you can apply on the second. We did well in Florida to open the
season when we had a few nights in a row and the same at Kokomo
(Speedway) back in August. With how tough the competition is, you
have to try and take advantage of everything you can.”

With the Honda USAC National Midget Series in the Western Classic at
Canyon Speedway Park last season, Hines finished fourth. The native
of New Castle, Ind., opened the night by recording the
seventh-fastest lap in time trials of the 28 cars that took to the
track. Hines followed that up with a fourth-place finish in the third
eight-lap heat race to earn a spot in the 30-lap A-Feature.

Hines enters the Hall of Fame Classic sixth in the Amsoil USAC
National Sprint Car Series standings. He has two victories on the
season to go along with 15 top-10 finishes. A total of four nights of
racing remain on the 2013 calendar for the series.

“We have a handful of sprint car races left this season and we want
to make the most of them,” Hines said. “We won those two races early
in the season in the sprint car and have not won since, so we that’s
what we have our sights set on. Having raced quite a few times at
Canyon (Speedway Park) should work in our favor a little bit.”

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