SANDUSKY, Ohio – Tracy Hines, a former Traxxas USAC Silver Crown and AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Car champion, will attempt to boost his victory total at one of his favorite race tracks this summer when he drives a Toyota Tundra in a reunion with ThorSport Racing at Eldora Speedway’s inaugural NASCAR Camping World Truck Series dirt-track race.
When NASCAR scheduled its first national series’ dirt race since 1970, it anticipated an all-star cast of dirt-track specialists entering. Hines, 40, of New Castle, Ind., brings much more than a notable dirt pedigree to his ThorSport entry in the July 24 mid-week NCWTS round at the half-mile speedway in Rossburg, Ohio.
“We’re excited to have a driver with Tracy’s ability in one of our trucks for a truly unique event that we feel will really highlight what he’s done at that venue as well as what he can do in the series’ first dirt race,” ThorSport general manager David Pepper said. “We’re looking at Tracy to be a positive influence on our entire organization through his experience as a top-level dirt car owner and driver, but especially through the insight he’ll be able to offer his teammates.”
“The realization that a major NASCAR series is going back to dirt is super exciting,” Hines said. “What is it going to be? I don’t think anybody knows, until we run under that checkered flag, what we’re actually going to see. So that’s definitely huge.”
Hines has 52 career Truck Series starts – 48 of them for ThorSport in 2004-2005 – but he’s been an ace on dirt, where he’s won 85 main events across USAC’s three primary divisions, putting him fourth on USAC’s all-time wins list.
Those victories include Hines’ 12th career Eldora win, in a USAC sprint car in September 2012. Hines’ next Eldora start will come in a USAC sprint car on April 20 – an event he won a year ago.