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USAC veteran Hines looks to join 1,000-start club

Tracy Hines has 998 USAC starts going into this weekend
Tracy Hines has 998 USAC starts going into this weekend
Al Steinberg

United States Automobile Club (USAC) veteran driver Tracy Hines has a chance this weekend to become just the second driver in USAC history to reach the 1,000 national feature event start plateau – a feat that was first reached earlier this season by Dave Darland. This weekend, Hines will race twice in his home state of Indiana, going into the weekend with 998 USAC national starts.

This weekend’s events take place Friday, April 25th at Gas City I-69 Speedway and Saturday, April 26th at Tri-State Speedway. The Spring Showdown at Tri-State Speedway is co-sanctioned by the Amsoil USAC National Sprint Car Series and the Midwest Sprint Car Series (MSCS).

“This milestone is more of an accomplishment to every car owner and all the sponsors that allowed me to reach this mark, without them I wouldn't have been able to do any of this,” said Hines, driver of The Carolina Nut Company DRC. “Reaching the 1,000 race mark means that I have been lucky enough to have people that believed in me and allowed me to do this for a living.”

Hines made three starts at Gas City last season, picking up a season-best second with the Honda USAC National Midget Series during Indiana Midget Week. He also raced twice with the Amsoil USAC National Sprint Car Series at the quarter-mile track, finishing eighth in the spring. Hines has two Gas City wins in his career, most recently in 2010.

Hines raced twice at Tri-State Speedway with the Amsoil USAC National Sprint Car Series last season, finishing 13th in May and eighth in the Haubstadt Hustler in September, which was a co-sanctioned event with MSCS. He has one career Amsoil USAC National Sprint Car Series win at the quarter-mile track, back in 2002.

Hines currently sits sixth in points with the Amsoil USAC National Sprint Car Series, with three top 10 finishes in four starts. Last weekend, Hines finished third at Eldora Speedway in Ohio, his second podium finish of 2014.

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