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Leary’s Long Wait is Over; Wins Smackdown Night at Kokomo

August 28th, 2016

Kokomo, Indiana………Patience is a virtue and, over the last five seasons, no one has exhibited that more than C.J. Leary. After watching five other drivers notch their first series victories this season, it was C.J.’s turn Friday night as he held off multiple mid-race challenges, then cruised his way to victory lane for his first career USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car victory on night two of “Sprint Car Smackdown V” at Kokomo Speedway.

In what was his 140th career series start, Leary led all 30 laps from the pole at Kokomo, but it was not nearly as easy as the box score would indicate. Leary had to hold off Thomas Meseraull and Tyler Courtney on a heavy, lightning-quick racetrack assisted by persistent rain throughout the evening. Alongside his initial Silver Crown victory back in April at Terre Haute, Greenfield, Indiana’s Leary became the first driver since Kyle Larson in 2011 to win both his first career USAC Silver Crown and National Sprint Car victories in the same season. “I can’t even put this into words right now,” Leary said after taking the Amati Racing/Marion Underground Construction – Zeller Construction/DRC/Dynotech to BC’s victory lane. “I’ve been so close; I can finally say ‘I parked it.’ Bryan (Clauson) took a lot of wins away from me, but I can say it definitely made me better. Donnie and Cody (Gentry) had this thing on a rail. I got to thank Shane (Wade) for putting me in this car. This is unreal.”

“When I caught lapped traffic, it got real hard seeing the cushion getting into (turn) one,” Leary added. “There was a real fine line hitting the cushion just right. When I was by myself, the car was awesome. The racetrack was legendary tonight; it hasn’t been like this in a while! Hats off to the track crew for working their butts off to let us race tonight and to you fans for sticking it out.” Michael Dutcher Motorsports’ pilot Meseraull began the 30-lap feature from the pole position with Amati Racing’s Leary alongside. Just one month ago, the two drivers were in the other’s current ride before swapping teams just after the conclusion
of “Indiana Sprint Week.” Meseraull beat Leary into turn one from the inside at the start, but Leary was able
to use the high line to rocket off the turn two cushion to grab the lead, quickly distancing himself from Meseraull in the opening stages. On the ninth lap, Gas City “Indiana Sprint Week” winner Courtney entered the fray, applying pressure to Meseraull for the second spot as the two followed Leary into the treacherous land of lapped traffic. While negotiating backmarkers on the 13th lap, Meseraull stumbled on the turn two
cushion, pulling the wheels off the ground briefly and opening the door for Courtney who darted alongside Meseraull, nearly making contact with each other as the two raced down the back straightaway. However, Meseraull was able to withstand the bullet to retain the second spot for the meantime.

Race leader Leary bounced off the thick turn two cushion on lap 15, forcing Meseraull,
following just behind, to get on the binders, thus allowing Courtney to capitalize
and grab second from Meseraull exiting turn two.

Friday night at Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway, C.J. Leary became the first driver since
Kyle Larson to win both his first career USAC Silver Crown and National Sprint
Car features in the same season.
(DAVID NEARPASS PHOTO)

Meseraull dove to the bottom in turn one just after passing underneath flagman Tom Hansing’s crossed flags indicating the halfway mark of the 30-lap feature as Leary went topside and Courtney played the role as the meat in a three-car sandwich in the middle. Leary would prevail off of turn two as the leader while Meseraull slotted back into second and Courtney slid to third on the back straight. Leary again ricocheted off the turn two cushion one lap later. Meseraull cut underneath Leary exiting turn two, making contact with his right front tire and Leary’s left rear which sent Meseraull’s car on four-wheel drift sideways down the back straightaway.

Courtney stood on the throttle, wheel-standing his way past Meseraull for second entering turn three, then beat him in a race back to the flagstand by a single car-length to take the position. Moments later, seventh-running Chase Stockon encountered trouble as he slowed to a crawl around the quarter-mile speedway, bringing about the yellow flag and forcing a restart on with just 13 laps to go. As Courtney bounced across the bottom of turn one on the lap 18 restart, it allowed Meseraull to get a run on Courtney that eventually garnered him the second spot coming out of turn four. Courtney refused to cower, though, as he fought back to the outside of Meseraull entering turn one, but Courtney snagged the cushion with the right rear, snapping him hard right toward the wall and forcing him off the gas which dropped him back two positions. Yet, Courtney would get a reprieve when the yellow flag fell for a turn one tangle between Cole Ketcham and Tyler Hewitt.

Under the caution, second-running Meseraull’s left rear tire was nearly completely flat, but he would remain on the track with the wounded rubber for the final 13 circuits. Leary spurted out front as the green flag flew, ringing the topside as Meseraull worked the middle and Courtney took to the bottom. Leary began to put his stamp on this night in the ensuing laps, building up a nearly two second lead over Meseraull and Courtney by the time Hunter Schuerenberg’s machine went up in smoke with six laps remaining. But the caution would fail to deter Leary – the 2015 Kokomo Speedway Sprint Car track champion – as he would once again pull away from the field, extending his lead lap-after-lap during his final six trips around the oval to finally earn that
coveted USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car feature winner trophy, defeating Meseraull, Courtney, Shane Cottle and Chad Boespflug at the finish. San Jose, California’s Thomas Meseraull took the Michael Dutcher Motorsports/Griffin’s Propane – Indiana Underground/Maxim/Fisher on its best run of the season Friday night, earning a second place finish as well as picking up the most combined points on Thursday and Friday of “Smackdown” to lock himself into Saturday night’s A-Main.

“We had a fast car,” Meseraull said. “With about 15 laps to go, we had a tire go down or I felt like we could’ve won. It feels good to run second. We are locked in for tomorrow and that’s the money night.” Like Leary and Meseraull, Indianapolis, Indiana’s Courtney also finds himself locked into Saturday night’s feature after collecting third in his TOPP Motorsports/Maxim/Chevy.

“We were just a little tight on the short runs there,” Courtney recalled. “We had a good 15-lap run right there when we got into lapped traffic. We were in the right place at the right time a couple times, but the yellows just came out at the wrong time, but it’s a part of it. It’s pretty cool to see another guy get his first win this year at a place like this. We’re going to try to stop him from getting his second one tomorrow night and we’ll try to park it here for BC. My thoughts and prayers are still with the Clausons. They’ve done a lot for me in my career. I definitely would not be standing here right now if it weren’t for Bryan Clauson. I’m going to miss that guy a lot; I can’t say enough about him. And thank you to the O’Connors for giving us a great racetrack after what looking like it was going to be a rainout. We don’t have to do two shows tomorrow and we can just focus on tomorrow night for the “Smackdown” for 10 grand to win.”

Stockon’s First Kokomo Win Caps Smackdown Night 2

August 30th, 2015

Kokomo, Indiana…….It was an excited victory lane on Friday night at Kokomo Speedway as Chase Stockon held off Dave Darland to win the night’s “Sprint Car Smackdown IV” preliminary 30-lapper, scoring his first career win at the Hoosier speedway. The Elizabethtown, Indiana driver made it two wins on the season in the season aboard the Superior Tank & Trailer – Crescent Electric Supply #32 DRC/Fisher. Wednesday’s winner Chris Windom took the lead at the outset over polesitter Tracy Hines, but Stockon cut inside Hines for second on lap two. Justin Grant was working the high side and took fifth on lap two, but as he looked underneath Scotty Weir for fourth on lap four, the two made contact. Grant ended up in the wall on the backstretch with a broken front end and collected Chad Boespflug, who restarted. Windom led Stockon, Hines, Weir, and ProSource “Fast Qualifier” Dave Darland, who cleared Weir for the fourth spot on a fast surface just before a caution on lap ten. That set up a long green-flag stretch, with Stockon trying to keep pace with Windom, while Darland drove by Hines on the restart for third.

Behind the lead trio, a few drivers coming from a back were the show. Hunter Schuerenberg carved in his line up above the cushion, finally taking fifth at the halfway point after starting 13th. AMSOIL National Sprint Car point leader Robert Ballou, who broke an axle in qualifying before coming from 18th to transfer out of the semi-feature, tried to protect his point lead with a spirited drive from the back. Then, there was Brady Short, who had to scratch his primary car after an issue in qualifying. He came from 17th in the Semi-Feature to finish third and transfer to the night’s 30-lap feature. He hit the top-ten with ten laps to go and was still digging.

As Windom hit lapped traffic, the charging trio of Stockon, Darland, and Schuerenberg began to chew on his lead. With five laps to go, Windom was mired in traffic and seeing his lead dissipate quickly. On lap 28, Windom charged up on a lapped car and clipped the rear end of it, kicking him sideways and drawing a yellow flag, although Windom was able to right it and continue on in fourth-place. Due to the inadvertent yellow, Windom was put in line there and the race resumed with three laps to go.

Windom slid past Schuerenberg on the restart, but Schuerenberg wasn’t done. He charged the turn-three cushion on the next lap just as he had been doing all night, but this time it bit him. He bounced and flipped over, ending his spectacular run. He was unhurt.

With just two laps to go, Darland nailed the restart to look underneath Stockon for the lead. Stockon hammered the turn-two cushion and flashed past Darland to retain his lead, but a spin at the back of the pack gave Darland one final shot. This time, Stockon got a jump to pull away and complete the win by .655-seconds, celebrating the big triumph with a backwards victory lap. It was Stockon’s sixth-career win, tying him for 63rd all-time.

“To hold off Dave at his palace for my first win here, that’s a pretty awesome thing. This place is so, so hard. You don’t get a fluke wins here. That was all she had. I ran that thing as hard as I possibly could those last two laps. Luckily, we had the car good enough to stay up front and capitalize on Chris’ misfortune.

We’ve been fast here two years ago, and now we’re better than we’ve ever been with Matt Hummel’s Factory Kahne shocks, DRC chassis, and Fisher engines. (Crew chief) D.J. (Ott) and I are on the same page right now, and hopefully we can carry it into tomorrow,” Stockon said.

With his sixth career USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car feature win Friday night, Chase Stockon tied Kevin Briscoe, Jac Haudenschild, Jason McCord, Jan Opperman, Tom Sneva, George Snider, and Dick Tobias on the all-time USAC National Sprint Car win list.

Darland rebounded from a tough opening night of “Smackdown” to come home second in the Phillips/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports – Trench Shoring #71P DRC/Foxco.
“It makes me feel good when somebody like Chase appreciates the win because he knows how tough it is to beat me here. We had a nice improvement from last night. The race track was really good tonight and more to my liking. I had a couple runs at Chase, especially on that last restart, but the yellow came out. He got a better restart the second time, and congratulations to him. He always does a good job,” Darland said. Windom finished it off third in the Rick Pollock – Bates Commodities #21x Maxim/Advanced, narrowly missing out on his second win of the week.

“I only have to be mad at myself tonight. I beat myself. Rick Pollock gave me another great race car. I tried to slide one lapped car in one and two, but he went back by me, so I tried to get him in three and four and clipped another car. It was my own fault, just being impatient. I’d like to think we can put it back up front and give ourselves to win the big one tomorrow night,” Windom said. Hines ended up fourth in his The Carolina Nut Company – MPHG Promotions #4 DRC/Stanton Chevy, and Jon Stanbrough rounded out the top-five in the MP Environmental Services

Ballou Starts Smackdown IV with 9th Sprint Car Win of 2015

August 30th, 2015

Kokomo, Indiana…Robert Ballou continued his dream season and started off “Sprint Car Smackdown IV” in fine shape as he captured Thursday night’s 30-lap feature at Kokomo Speedway. The Rocklin, California driver made it nine wins for the year, a mark only reached eleven previous times in USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car history. Chase Stockon out-gunned polesitter Tyler Courtney to take the early lead, with Brady Bacon joining them before a red flag appeared on lap two. It came out just two laps later as seventh-running C.J. Leary caught the gnarly turn-one cushion and barrel-rolled into turn-two. He was unhurt.

Stockon held the lead as Courtney took second and left Bacon, who was having issues negotiating the curb himself. He dropped spots to ProSource “Fast Qualifier” Kyle Cummins and Ballou. On lap eight, Courtney jumped to the high side in turns one and two, but it bit him. He snapped sideways and nearly saved it before catching the wall and flopping over, collecting sixth-running Kevin Thomas, Jr. in the process. Courtney walked away, and Thomas restarted at the tail.

While things were fairly calm up front, the show was being put on by Thursday’s winner Chris Windom and provisional starter Brady Short. They stormed through the field, with Short using the lower half of the track while Windom ventured above the cushion to run all the way up to sixth. Bacon and Jerry Coons, Jr. raced for fourth as Stockon continued to hold command at the front of the field. Ballou took second with ten to go and caught a caution with nine laps to go. Ballou stalked Stockon and ran his fastest lap of the race on lap 24, as they came to the line side-by-side for the lead with Stockon .010 seconds ahead. Ballou swept underneath him through turns one and two with the lead and began to put distance between himself and Stockon. Windom had taken fifth but then bicycled violently on the cushion and dropped two spots. Short took advantage, sticking his nose in the battle for a top-five. National point leader Ballou was flawless in the closing laps, taking a .957-second win in the Blakesley Auto – TwisterX #12 Maxim/Ott.

“I know there’s a lot of people up here who don’t want me to win, but we gotta keep racking these wins up if I’m gonna catch Dave Darland on the all-time win list. It was a challenge for us early, but I knew if I could get through some laps, we would be in good shape. If I wasn’t so fat, maybe we wouldn’t have that issue. You gotta bide your time in some races, and tonight we just had to get closer to the end. I got off the bottom once and it was a mistake, but I went back down and we were good there. The track definitely threw us a curveball tonight, but they got it racy and we made the most of it,” Ballou said.

Stockon capped a fine night that moved him back up to second in points with the Superior Tank & Trailer – Crescent Electric Supply #32 DRC/Fisher. “To win up here is really difficult, and we were close tonight. It’s really frustrating to lead all that way and have him go by us late, but he’s going good right now. We could run up and kiss the top in one and two, but that dried up some on us, and it blew off pretty good through three and four. We just got too free towards the end. He kept his car stuck down low, and we couldn’t quite do that. We’re getting there, but need to fine-tune it to get a win here,” Stockon said.

Bacon came home third in the Hoffman Auto Racing – Mean Green #69 Triple X/Williams Mopar. “This place keeps you on your toes, and obviously tonight was a little different than you usually see here. I thought I had it going pretty good up top early, but then as it slicked up getting to it and the curb got bigger, I just got too tight on it and almost crashed a few times. The track moved around quite a bit, and you had to keep up with it. The top wasn’t the fastest place to be tonight and we didn’t get it tight enough, but we got a good solid finish out of it,” Bacon said. Cummins came home fourth in the Rock Steady Racing – Vincennes University #3R Mach-1/Cummins, and Short’s run from 24th ended up fifth in the Pottorff Logging – Sipe’s Body & Glass #11P Maxim/Spec. Windom’s drive from 17th to 7th earned him the TeamVWAudi.com “Hard Charger Award” presented by Maxim Chassis. In the night’s Competition Suspension (CSI) Heat Races, Dave Darland won Hinchman Indy Heat 1, Scotty Weir won STIDA.com Heat 2, Windom won Loudpedal Productions Heat 3, and Jarett Andretti won Racers Storage Heat 4. In the night’s Semi-Feature, Hunter Schuerenberg won the American Racing Ministries “Perseverance Award” as the last transfer. Max McGhee took the night’s Pace Performance Coatings “Hard Work Award” as the slowest qualifier to make the night’s feature. Shane Cottle took the Arizona Sport Shirts prize as the first non-transfer.

UPCOMING EVENT INFO

DATE: Friday, August 28, 2015
SERIES: USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship
TRACK: Kokomo Speedway (Kokomo, Indiana) – 1/4 mile dirt oval
EVENT: “Sprint Car Smackdown IV” Day 2
STARTING TIMES: Grandstands open at 3pm Pit gates open at 3pm Hot Laps begin at 6pm
TICKET PRICES: General Admission: $25 for adults Pit Pass (All Ages): $35
TRACK ADDRESS: 2455 N. Davis Rd., Kokomo, IN 46901
TRACK PHONE: (765) 459-3877
TRACK WEBSITE: www.kokomospeedway.net

DATE: Saturday, August 29, 2015
SERIES: USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship
TRACK: Kokomo Speedway (Kokomo, Indiana) – 1/4 mile dirt oval
EVENT: “Sprint Car Smackdown IV” Day 3

STARTING TIMES:
Grandstands open at 3pm
Pit gates open at 3pm
Hot Laps begin at 6pm
TICKET PRICES: General Admission: $35 for adults Pit Pass (All Ages): $45

TRACK ADDRESS: 2455 N. Davis Rd., Kokomo, IN 46901
TRACK PHONE: (765) 459-3877
TRACK WEBSITE: www.kokomospeedway.net

2015 “HARD CHARGER” OF THE RACE
**Most positions gained by a driver during each feature event.
Feb. 20: Bubba Raceway Park – Bryan Clauson (12 positions)
Feb. 21: Bubba Raceway Park – Jon Stanbrough (6 positions)
Feb. 22: Bubba Raceway Park – C.J. Leary (10 positions)
Feb. 26: East Bay Raceway Park – Chad Boespflug (13 positions)
Feb. 27: East Bay Raceway Park – Carson Short (5 positions)
April 4: Lawrenceburg Speedway – C.J. Leary (15 positions)
April 17: Bloomington Speedway – Chase Stockon (8 positions)
April 18: Tri-State Speedway – Carson Short (11 positions)
April 24: Eagle Raceway – Jarett Andretti (9 positions)
April 26: Lakeside Speedway – Danny Thoman (6 positions)
May 8: Eldora Speedway – Daron Clayton (7 positions)
May 9: Eldora Speedway – Brady Bacon (8 positions)
May 15: Gas City I-69 Speedway – C.J. Leary (11 positions)
June 4: New Egypt Speedway – Jarett Andretti (9 positions)
June 6: Port Royal Speedway – C.J. Leary (7 positions)
June 7: Susquehanna Speedway Park – Jarett Andretti (7 positions)
July 4: Lincoln Park Speedway – Jon Stanbrough (12 positions)
July 10: Gas City I-69 Speedway – Brady Bacon (10 positions)
July 12: Lawrenceburg Speedway – Dave Darland (7 positions)
July 15: Terre Haute Action Track – Shane Cottle (11 positions)
July 16: Lincoln Park Speedway – Brady Short (17 positions)
July 18: Tri-State Speedway – Kyle Cummins (9 positions)
Aug. 7: AMSOIL Speedway – Bill Balog (12 positions)
Aug. 8: Cedar Lake Speedway – Bill Balog (10 positions)
Aug. 9: Angell Park Speedway – Robert Ballou (8 positions)
Aug. 26: Kokomo Speedway – Robert Ballou (12 positions)
Aug. 27: Kokomo Speedway – Chris Windom (10 positions)

Windom Ends Drough with Postponed Kokomo Feature

August 29th, 2015

Kokomo, Indiana…It had been since September of 2013 since Chris Windom had won on the AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship tour, but the Canton, Illinois driver ended that slump as he held off Dave Darland for victory in Wednesday night’s 30-lap Feature event postponed from the July 11th “Indiana Sprint Week” event. The race precedes “Sprint Car Smackdown IV” weekend at Kokomo Speedway, with three more nights ahead culminating with Saturday’s $10,000-to-win main event.

Windom took the lead from outside the front-row as polesitter Darland kept pace and set up a race-long battle for the lead. A lap-three yellow prefaced a long green-flag that put the leaders in traffic just before halfway. Darland finally darted inside Windom on lap 16 through turns three and four as Windom was stuck behind cars racing two-wide. As they came to the stripe, Darland moved low and crossed just .067 seconds behind Windom at the line.

A big move to the inside netted Darland the lead on lap 17, but as they came around to complete the lap, Kevin Thomas, Jr. spun around after colliding with Brady Bacon in a battle for third. With the race reverting back to lap 16, Windom reinherited the lead.

Darland wasted no time going at Windom, using the low-side of turn-one to draw underneath him, but Windom’s momentum on the high side kept the lead. Behind them, 15th-starting Chase Stockon and 17th-starting Robert Ballou were the two cars on the move, as Stockon powered inside the top-five on lap nineteen, while Ballou was up to eighth at the same time.

With less than ten to go, another yellow gave Darland a restart to attack Windom, and he again drove to the bottom of turn-one, sliding all the way up just as Windom rocketed by on the cushion. Stockon moved past Scotty Weir for fourth and Ballou took seventh with five laps to go.

The final caution of the night appeared with three laps to go as sixth-running Max McGhee slowed off turn-four. This time, Windom nailed the restart, completing the final three laps without issue to post a .848-second victory in the Rick Pollock – Bates Commodities #21x Maxim/Advanced. It was his tenth-career National Sprint Car win, tying him with Tony Stewart for 44th all-time.

“This is definitely one of my favorite tracks in the world, and to hold off Dave Darland here is a tall task. I thought on the restarts we’d be okay, but he was good at trying to get past me through one and two. He threw everything at us, and we just had to work hard to hold him off. Rick Pollock basically built a brand new car for this event and has worked hard for this week, so hopefully we can keep it going and make a run at it Saturday night,” Windom said. Darland crossed second in the Phillips/Curb-Agajanian Motorsports – Trench Shoring #71P DRC/Foxco.

“It seems like I’ve gotten screwed by the yellows right as I take the lead, and it’s starting to make me mad. It’s definitely getting old. Chris was fast, and we just about had him there before the yellow and on the restarts, but we weren’t quite good enough toward the end to have something for him. The O’Connors did a great job with the track tonight, and it’ll be even better the rest of the weekend,” Darland said. Bacon held off Stockon for fourth in the Hoffman Auto Racing – Mean Green #69 Triple X/Williams Mopar.

“The track is obviously a little wetter than normal for the feature, but we made the most of it to get to third. I thought we might have something when we got into traffic, but the yellow stopped that, and those guys are just too fast out front to get them without a major mistake. Chase was coming good on the bottom at the end, but held him off through the last restart, and hopefully we can keep this thing on the podium all weekend,” Bacon said.

Stockon’s fine run netted eleven positions as he wound up fourth in the Superior Tank & Trailer – Crescent Electric Supply #32 DRC/Fisher, and Ballou came forward twelve spots to retain his series point lead in the Blakesley Auto – TwisterX #12 Maxim/Ott.

Justin Grant set ProSource “Fast Time” back on July 11th before being involved in a heat-race incident, ending his run for the program.

Kokomo Race again Postponed, to Resume Wednesday August 26th

July 14th, 2015

Tonight’s resumption of the Kokomo Speedway Indiana Sprint Week AMSOIL USAC Sprint race has again been postponed by rain and will now be completed on Wednesday night, August 26 as the opening event of this year’s “Sprint Car Smackdown” at the Kokomo track. Rains forced the initial postponement at Kokomo last Saturday night during the semi feature. The August event will include the semi and the feature to complete that program.

The August 26 race will not be part of the Indiana Sprint Week activities. Indiana Sprint Week is scheduled to conclude this Saturday night, July 18 at Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, Ind.

This week’s Indiana Sprint Week now resumes Wednesday night with the “Don Smith Classic” at the Terre Haute Action Track, followed by Thursday night’s race at Lincoln Park Speedway in Putnamville, Friday night’s race at Bloomington Speedway and Saturday night’s finale at Haubstadt.

Tracy Hines Earns a Pair of Top-Five Finishes in Kokomo Grand Prix

April 17th, 2014

NEW CASTLE, Ind.-Tracy Hines knew the field for the inaugural Kokomo Grand Prix at Kokomo (Ind.) Speedway would be one of the largest and strongest that the Honda USAC National Midget Series and Lucas Oil POWRi National Midget Series would face all season and he was certainly on his game to match the added competition. The veteran driver earned a pair of top-five finishes at the quarter-mile in his home state of Indiana, coming home fourth in the finale at Kokomo, while he was fifth in the opener.

Hines started fourth in the 40-lap main event on the second night, April 12, and finished in that same position aboard the Parker
Machinery/Powered by Toyota Spike. The race was slowed by six yellow flags and one red flag period. Hines ran as high as third at a couple different junctures of the race, before crossing the line fourth to earn his second straight top-five finish to open the Honda USAC National Midget Series Dirt Championship.

“All in all, it was a good weekend for us,” said Hines. “We were a little off on Saturday night, but were able to run among the
top-five. The track was fast and heavy during the heats, so to come from sixth to third to earn the transfer was an accomplishment in
itself. For the first pair of outdoor midget races on the dirt this year, we were pretty close and know a few things now to work on for the next race.”

The native of New Castle, Ind., stopped the clocks fourth-fastest of the 45 drivers that took qualifying laps on Saturday night. He
charged from the outside of the third row to finish third in the fourth heat race, punching his ticket to the 40-lap main event.

In the opener on Friday, April 11, Hines took to the grid 11th for the A-Feature. He fell back a couple spots in the early going, which saw two caution flags in the first three laps. By lap-10, Hines had moved into the top-10. He ran eighth for a large part of the second half race, before a couple of strong late race restarts propelled him to fifth at the checkered flag.

“We had a good car on Friday night,” said Hines. “We just needed a little bit side-bite and that’s what we worked on for Saturday night. It’s good having two nights at the same track and you can try a few things and always learn something that helps on the second night.”

Hines timed in 16th-fastest of the 46 entries on the first night of the Kokomo Grand Prix. He lined up third in the fourth heat race and finished third to earn a spot in the 30-lap main event.

Following the Kokomo Grand Prix, Hines is third in points with the Honda USAC National Midget Series Dirt Championship, just 11 markers out of second and 25 out of the lead. The next race for the series is the Hut Hundred at Tri-City (Ill.) Speedway on May 9.

Hines returns to action on Saturday, April 19, with the Amsoil USAC National Sprint Car Series at the famed Eldora Speedway in Ohio, and the running of the Don Branson/Jud Larson Classic, which he won in 2012. The event was rained out last year.

Tracy Hines Racing would like to thank: Parker Machinery, Powered by Toyota, Turbines, Inc., Afco Racing Shocks, Schoenfeld, Stanton
Racing Engines, Daum Motorsport, Indiana Underground, Hoosier, Bell and Drivin Racing Oil.

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Tracy Hines Set for Inaugural Kokomo Grand Prix

April 13th, 2014

NEW CASTLE, Ind.- Kokomo Speedway in Indiana already hosts one of the biggest Amsoil USAC National Sprint Car Series events of the year, in the form of the Sprint Car Smackdown, and now the Midwest oval will add to its ever-growing national reputation of being one of the raciest tracks in the country, by hosting the inaugural Kokomo Grand Prix for the Honda USAC National Midget Series. The event was scheduled for the first time last year, but was rained out. Tracy Hines has competed in each of the first two editions of the Sprint Car Smackdown and will be in attendance for the first Kokomo Grand Prix for the midgets this weekend aboard the Parker Machinery/Powered by Toyota Spike.

The Kokomo Grand Prix, which is co-sanctioned by the Honda USAC National Midget Series and Lucas Oil POWRi National Midget Series, is
set for Friday, April 11, and Saturday, April 12. A full racing program will commence each night. The Kokomo Grand Prix will serve as
the season opening event for the Honda USAC National Midget Series Championship, which will again be contest separately from the
Pavement Championship in 2014.

“It’s always good to have a new ‘big event’ on the schedule,” said Hines. “There is going to be a very strong field of cars on hand and it’s going to be good, hard racing each night. Kokomo is a great track for midgets and has plenty of racing room. The fan support at Kokomo is always solid and with this being their opening race of the year, I would expect a fantastic turnout.”

Hines made five starts at Kokomo Speedway last season, with four of those coming with the Amsoil USAC National Sprint Car Series and the fifth with the Honda USAC National Midget Series during Indiana Midget Week. He earned a pair of top-10 finishes in the sprint car at Kokomo.

The native of New Castle, Ind., was victorious in a midget at Kokomo Speedway most recently during the 2012 Kokomo Klash, which marked the second straight year he has won during that late season event, as he was also victorious in 2011. Hines has finished on the podium in four of his last five midget starts at Kokomo over the last three seasons.

“Last year, I only raced a midget once at Kokomo, so it will be good this year to run a few more times up there,” said Hines. “We had some bad luck during Indiana Midget Week last year after starting near the front of the field, so hopefully we can make up for that. We usually have a good set-up for Kokomo in the midget. With the field that will be there, you’ll have to be on hit every time you hit the track.”

Hines began 2014 by competing in the Chili Bowl Midget Nationals in Tulsa, Okla., in January. He finished fifth in the 20-lap Race of
Champions on the opening night of the five-day event. Hines ran sixth on his qualifying night and wound up 12th in the 55-lap finale. A field of over 275 cars gathered for the annual indoor event.

Last season with the Honda USAC National Midget Series Dirt Championship, Hines recorded 13 top-10 finishes en route to finishing
third in points. He earned a season-best second-place finish at Gas City I-69 Speedway during Indiana Midget Week. Hines matched that
result on the preliminary night of the Belleville (Kan.) Midget Nationals in early August.

Hines kicked off the Traxxas USAC Silver Crow Series season last weekend, finishing second at the Terre Haute Action Track in his home
state of Indiana. He opened the event by turning the fastest lap in time trials and is currently second in points, just three markers out of the lead as he chases his second Silver Crown title.

Tracy Hines Racing would like to thank: Parker Machinery, Powered by Toyota, Turbines, Inc., Afco Racing Shocks, Schoenfeld, Stanton
Racing Engines, Daum Motorsport, Indiana Underground, Hoosier, Bell and Drivin Racing Oil.

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