Hines Claims Rocky Mountain Thriller

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FOUNTAIN, Colo. – Tracy Hines scored his 86th career USAC National race victory Saturday in the 25-mile Rocky Mountain Classic Honda USAC National Pavement Midget Series race at Pikes Peak Int’l Raceway.

Hines was third on the white-flag lap when, entering turn four, leader Kyle Hamilton ran short of fuel. Runner-up Darren Hagen was blocked as Hines slid by on the top side and emerged as the leader.

Hines led the last two laps for the win in his Parker Machinery/Turbines, Inc. Spike/Stanton Toyota. Hagen took second ahead of Caleb Armstrong, Bobby Santos and Taylor Ferns.

“These races are definitely never over until the checkered flag comes out and that’s why you have to drive every lap as hard as you can, because you never know what could happen,” said Hines.  “It always feels great to win. I’ve been pretty fortunate over the years at Pikes Peak and have a good handle on the race track and the set-up it takes to be fast and run up front. It’s a long trip out to Colorado, but when you pick up a win, it makes that long drive worth it.”

Hamilton, who started on the pole, was sixth in the official finish.

The race feature numerous lead changes. Kyle O’Gara led nine laps, Hamilton led 10 laps, Caleb Armstrong led four laps and Hines the last two. Hagen emerged as the point leader by two points.

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