NEW CASTLE, Ind. – Versatility has always played a role for Tracy Hines throughout his racing career. Traditionally, he has competed in all three USAC National series, which takes a certain skill and versatility in itself. This season he’ll add yet another element to his repertoire as he will take part in a number of winged 410-sprint car races.
He’ll make his first winged start this weekend at Fremont Speedway in Ohio in a F.A.S.T. Series event, following the season opening race for the Traxxas USAC Silver Crown Series on Friday night.
The 100-lap Hemelgarn Racing/Super Fitness Rollie Beale Classic for the Traxxas USAC Silver Crown Series hits the track at Toledo Speedway in Ohio on Friday, May 1. Baumann Auto Group night at Fremont Speedway is set for Saturday, May 2.
Hines finished second in points with the Traxxas USAC Silver Crown Series last season. He finished sixth or better in nine of the 10 series races in 2014, with eight top-four finishes, including a trio of runner-up performances. Hines was fastest in qualifying at three Silver Crown races in 2014. He opens the 2015 Silver Crown campaign with nine-career series wins.
“We have been anxiously waiting for the Silver Crown season to start,” said Hines. “It’s a new deal this year and we are hoping to get off to a strong start. We had a solid year last year in the Silver Crown car and came up a little short. We really need to turn the thirds and fourths into wins in order for the points to take care of themselves at the end of the year.”
In his most recent pair of starts at Toledo Speedway in 2012, Hines finished fifth with the Traxxas USAC Silver Crown Series and was 11th with the Honda USAC National Midget Series in a doubleheader event. He also has raced with the Amsoil USAC National Sprint Car Series at the half-mile, picking up a top-five finish in 2010.
“I’ve run every kind of car USAC races over the years at Toledo,” he noted. “It’s a fast place and 100 laps will go by pretty quick as long as we stay green. It sounds like things are continuing to build for the Silver Crown Series and it should be a good group of cars following the tour this year.”
Hines most recently raced at Fremont Speedway in 2013 with the BOSS non-wing series. He started fifth in that event, after winning a heat race. Mechanical problems caused him to have to pull off the track early in the feature.
“The winged car is definitely going to be something different,” said Hines. “We know we are probably not going to go out and set the world on fire right away, so we have some realistic expectations. Getting laps and the feel of the car is the most important thing and learning how to race around other cars with the way the air comes off the wings and front end. We are looking to have some fun with the winged racing and not put too much pressure on ourselves.”
Last weekend, the 2002 Amsoil USAC National Sprint Car Series champion, finished third with the series at Eagle Raceway in Nebraska and was eighth at Lakeside Speedway in Kansas. He started on the pole at Lakeside and led the first seven laps. He was spun with 12 laps to go and restarted 10th, gaining a couple of positions over the final 18 circuits.
Hines currently is second in points with the Honda USAC National Midget Series and is seventh in the Amsoil USAC National Sprint Car Series standings.