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USAC star Hines to race in NASCAR Trucks’ dirt debut

Mar 31, 2013, 9:10 PM EDT

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The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series’ highly anticipated dirt-track race this summer at Ohio’s famous Eldora Speedway now features one of the best dirt racers in the sport.

Tracy Hines, a two-time USAC champion and winner of 85 dirt events across all three of USAC’s major divisions, will return to Truck racing for the special event in a Toyota Tundra fielded by ThorSport Racing. Hines competed in the NCWTS from 2003 to 2005, collecting two Top 5 and three Top 10 finishes over 52 starts (48 of which came with the ThorSport team).

“The realization that a major NASCAR series is going back to dirt is super exciting,” Hines said in a statement. “What is it going to be? I don’t think anybody knows, until we run under that checkered flag, what we’re actually going to see. So that’s definitely huge.”

Hines is also a master of Eldora’s half-mile track, winning there 12 times in his USAC career. One more victory at the Tony Stewart-owned facility would put him in a tie on its all-time wins list with Jack Miller.

With all of his knowledge of Eldora and dirt racing in general, ThorSport is banking on Hines to be a threat for the win come July 24.

“We’re excited to have a driver with Tracy’s ability in one of our trucks for a truly unique event that we feel will really highlight what he’s done at that venue as well as what he can do in the series’ first dirt race,” said team general manager David Pepper.

  1. fredbavre - Mar 31, 2013 at 9:52 PM

    I would love it if this blog did just this more often ; mentioned the great short track racing tradition in America! I love going to all types of racing events, but nothing is more exciting than seeing a World of Outlaws race at a track like Eldora or Knoxville. Kyle Larson, Tony Stewart, Kasey Kahne know what I mean!

  2. apexassassin - Apr 1, 2013 at 11:50 AM

    And if Fred gets more short track coverage I want GP2 coverage (and ALMS).

    I would love to keep tabs on Conor Daly and Jake Rosenzweig working their way up to F1.

    I can undertand not wanting to promote series being broadcast by other providers, but the fans want coverage.

    Same with the proposed DTM Americas and GP2 Americas, when and if they come to pass.

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