Hines won championships in USAC’s two most high-powered series. He first claimed the 2000 Traxxas USAC Silver Crown Series title and two years later won the AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Car Series crown. He started the 2013 season with two USAC National Sprint Car Series wins at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla., in February.
Hines made his NASCAR debut in 2003, with four Truck Series starts for owner Jim Smith before he raced two seasons in trucks with ThorSport. Hines had a best start of fourth for Smith in 2003 at Texas and fifth for ThorSport in 2005 at Daytona and a best finish of fifth, at Mansfield, Ohio in 2004 and Richmond in 2005.
In all, Hines has 69 career starts between the Truck Series and the NASCAR Nationwide Series, where he made 17 starts for four owners between 2004-2006, with a best finish of 13th at Bristol in 2006, for Armando Fitz.
“(The year’s been) pretty good so far (and) we won both races at Eldora (in 2012) so who knows?” Hines said while taking a break from car preparation in his Indiana shop. “You know you’re only as good as your last race, so we’ll see.”
Hines’ next race of about 80 he’ll race in USAC this season is a Sprint Car Series event at Lawrenceburg, Ind. – ironically the same day the NASCAR Truck Series races at Martinsville. April 12-13 Hines races a USAC midget at Kokomo (Ind.) before he’s back in a sprint car April 20 at Eldora.
“We’ve had a lot of success over the years at Eldora, in many different types of cars,” said Hines, who has 12 career victories at the fast half-mile, putting him one win behind legend Jack Hewitt on Eldora’s all-time wins list. “I’ve ran modifieds over there so I have some bigger car experience and I’m excited to see how my 52 Truck starts and my wins at Eldora can hopefully add up to success in the Truck Series.”