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Tracy Hines Ready for Indiana Midget Week

By Tracy Hines Racing PR

NEW CASTLE, Ind.– June 11, 2013– For short track open wheel drivers
that hail from Indiana, two weeks each year really stand out on their
calendars. One is the longstanding Indiana Sprint Week and the other
— Indiana Midget Week, which was born in 2005. Tracy Hines has
competed in both and won races in both, as well as claiming the
Indiana Midget Week title in 2008 and a co-championship in 2010. Up
first again this year is Indiana Midget Week, which takes to the
track this week at five speedways across the Hoosier State in five
successive nights.

The opener of the 2013 edition of Indiana Midget Week will takes
Hines and his fellow Honda USAC National Midget Series competitors to
Gas City I-69 Speedway on Wednesday, June 12. The mini-series then
heads to Lincoln Park Speedway in Putnamville on Thursday, June 13.
The third round will be on Friday, June 14 at Bloomington Speedway,
with Lawrenceburg Speedway hosting the penultimate round on Saturday,
June 15. Indiana Midget Week comes to a close on Sunday, June 16 at
Kokomo Speedway.

“Indiana Midget Week is one of the highlights of the midget schedule
each year,” said Hines. “It’s really taken off and the car counts
have been very, very solid the last few years and I would expect a
lot of drivers again this year. After racing three times last week
out east, to get to race five this week — it doesn’t get much better
than that for a driver.”

Hines finished second in the Indiana Midget Week standings last
season, finishing among the top-10 in all five races that were
contested. He has finished in the top-10 in each of the last 23
Indiana Midget Week events, dating back to 2008. Hines will pilot the
Parker Machinery/Powered by Toyota Spike this year in all five
rounds.

“We had a good run last year and just came up a few points short at
the end of the week,” he noted. “Looking at the stats, we have had a
pretty remarkable run the last handful of years during Midget Week.
We haven’t raced on the dirt outdoors yet this year in the midget due
to the weather, so hopefully we can get off to a strong start and go
from there.”

At Gas City I-69 Speedway last season during Indiana Midget Week,
Hines charged from the 14th starting spot to finish fourth. He has
raced once at Gas City this season with the USAC Amsoil National
Sprint Car Series, finishing eighth. Hines has a pair of USAC Sprint
Car wins at the track in his career as he chases his first Honda USAC
National Midget Series win at the venue. Hines finished eighth at
Lincoln Park Speedway last year during Indiana Midget Week.

The veteran driver made one midget start last year at Bloomington
Speedway, which was during Indiana Midget Week. He finished eighth in
that 30-lap main event. This season in a sprint car, Hines has raced
once at the high-banked, quarter-mile, coming home 12th with the USAC
Amsoil National Sprint Car Series.

Hines finished fourth at Lawrenceburg Speedway last year during
Indiana Midget Week. He has one win at the track during Indiana
Midget Week, with that coming in 2010, which to-date remains his lone
victory in the mini-series in his home state. Hines has raced at
Lawrenceburg once this year with the USAC Amsoil National Sprint Car
Series, finishing 12th.

The native of New Castle, Ind., will be making his first start of the
season at Kokomo Speedway, after the inaugural Kokomo Grand Prix in
April for the Honda USAC National Midget Series was rained out. He
finished third in the finale of Indiana Midget Week at the
quarter-mile last year and was victorious at the track in the fall
during the Kokomo Klash. Hines has one win with the Honda USAC
National Midget Series at Kokomo back in 2000.

Hines enters Indiana Midget Week fourth in the standings with the
Honda USAC National Midget Pavement Championship. He finished third
in his most recent midget start on May 25 in the Night Before the 500
at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis. Indiana Midget Week will serve
as the opener for the Honda USAC National Midget Dirt Championship
campaign.

“The Chili Bowl back in January was the last time I ran my own midget
on dirt, so it will be good to get a bunch of laps in this week,”
noted Hines. “After having a good run in the sprint car in
Pennsylvania, hopefully we can carry that momentum into Midget Week.
With the quality of cars that will be at each race, we are really
going to have to be on our game each time we hit the track.”

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