TSR Hits the Pavement
For USAC Midget Maynia Tour
Hines, Jones and Chevy Head to Wisconsin, Illinois
WI); May 15, 2008 -
racing circles, the words “Month of May” are loaded with tradition,
especially to those fans who patronize the Indianapolis Motor
Speedway (IMS) the fifth month of each year. For Tony Stewart
Racing’s (TSR) Tracy Hines, Levi Jones and their fellow USAC
National Midget Car Series competitors, this week in racing’s most
historic month has taken on new meaning.
TSR’s Hines and Jones head to Wisconsin Friday and Saturday and to
Illinois Sunday to compete in the first three events of the Midget
Maynia Tour. Kicking off the weekend’s racing action with be
Friday’s 30-lap event at LaCrosse Fairgrounds Speedway in West
Salem, Wis. The USAC Midgets will compete on the 5/8-mile oval for
the first time in series history.
Saturday’s second leg of the Midget Maynia Tour takes the USAC
Midgets to Slinger (WI) Super Speedway for the series’ first
appearance at the facility since 1984. The 50-lap Stan Fox Memorial
will be the first career start at the quarter-mile paved facility
for both TSR drivers.
Hines and the No. 21 TSR/Chevy/Spike
team enter this weekend’s tripleheader tied for first place in the
USAC Midget Series standings. He has earned three top-five finishes
in USAC Midget Series competition this year. Jones and the No. 20
TSR/Chevy/Spike team have earned one top-10 finish thus far this
Adding to this month’s festivities for TSR, the team also took part
in the historic announcement of the new Chevy Midget engine on May 7
at IMS. The brand unveiled its new four-cylinder Midget powerplant
with the help of Hines, Jones and team owner Tony Stewart. TSR will
debut the new engine in the near future and already has been testing
it with Chevy Racing engineers.
Competitors taking part in this month’s four-event Midget Maynia
Tour have a unique incentive in the way of a $5,000 point fund to be
distributed after the fourth and final race of the mini-series May
30 at Dodge County Fairgrounds Speedway in Beaver Dam, Wis. The
event will be the only race of the mini-series to be held on a dirt
track. The Midget car owner earning the most points in the four
events will receive a $1,000 bonus. The remainder of the point fund
will be distributed among those teams that compete in all four
Midget Maynia Tour events.
Friday at LaCrosse Fairgrounds Speedway, racing will begin at 7:30
p.m. CDT. For more information regarding the track, call
608-786-1525 or visit www.lacrossespeedway.com. Saturday at Slinger
Super Speedway, racing is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. CDT. More
information can be found at www.slingersuperspeedway.com or by
calling the track at 262-644-5921.
Levi Jones, driver of the No. 20 TSR/Chevy/Spike – USAC National
Midget Car Series
Was it exciting to be a part of the Chevy Midget Engine announcement
last week at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway?
“Being part of the whole Chevy engine program, from the development
and testing to the actual announcement last week has been really
exciting. Everyone at TSR is really looking forward to competing
with this new piece. Chevy has put a lot of time and development
into making it really good right out of the box. Even our
competitors are excited about the engine. It’s really cool to see
Chevy become an option in terms of engines in the Midget Series
ranks. Everyone is talking about the new product and we’ve had a lot
of questions about when they may be able to purchase the engines for
their race teams to use, as well”
You’re going to compete at three new race tracks this week in USAC
Midget Series competition. What do you expect heading into these
“I’m really looking forward to running with the USAC Midget Series
for three nights in a row. Any time you run the same type of car on
the same surface, it helps you get into some kind of a flow. I’ve
not seen any of these three tracks before, but I think that we’ve
really stepped up our pavement racing program and that we’ll be good
on both the quarter-mile and the 5/8-mile track. Working with Tracy
(Hines, teammate) has been very helpful and I think TSR has a good
chance of putting Chevy and Bass Pro Shops in the winner’s circle
one, if not more than one, time this weekend.”
Tracy Hines, driver of the No. 21/TSR/Chevy/Spike – USAC National
Midget Car Series
Are you looking forward to bringing USAC Midget Series racing action
to three relatively new facilities for the series this weekend?
“I have competed at Rockford Speedway. It’s been a long time ago,
but I have raced there, so I do remember a little about the track.
The other two tracks, LaCrosse and Slinger, I talked to some friends
who have competed there and I was able to get some information from
them about those facilities. I’m pretty excited about running three
pavement races in a row this weekend. We’ve learned a lot in our
first three Midget races this season and I know we’ll be ready for
these tracks this weekend. Hopefully, things will go well and it
will be another good weekend for TSR, Chevy and Bass Pro Shops.
Having worked with the Chevy engineering team on the development of
the new engine, are you looking forward to competing with the new
powerplant in the near future?
“I’ve been excited about the whole development process, in general.
In working with the engineering team from a junior engineer
standpoint, without any formal education, it’s been really good to
learn about the different components and development that have gone
into these engines. This group has a lot of really intelligent guys
working on the program and it’s been great to have every question
I’ve ever had about a motor be answered and explained during this
process. This team doesn’t just work on the racing engines. It also
works on the Corvette program and on the production side, as well.
They’ve taken what they’ve learned in those areas and applied it to
their racing engines and really made some great powerplants. It’s
very cool to have been part of this process. I love driving my Chevy
truck, and now I have had an opportunity to meet the great brains
behind making it and the other great Chevy products on the road
For complete results from this weekend’s USAC Racing Series events,
log on to www.usacracing.com. For information regarding TSR, Chevy
or Bass Pro Shops, please visit www.tonystewartracing.com,
www.chevy.com or www.basspro.com.