Springfield, IL (Aug 11, 2013) 2006 Tony Bettenhausen 100 winner Tracy Hines would like nothing better than to become a two-time winner of this national championship dirt track classic at the Illinois State Fair on Saturday, August 17. Crossing the finish line first could extend his Traxxas USAC Silver Crown point lead and give Hines the boost he needs to secure his second USAC Silver crown title. Hines was the 2000 USAC champion and he is in a dogfight with defending champion Bobby East for the 2013 crown.
Playing in East’s favor could be the fact that his Tony Stewart owned team holds the record for most USAC Silver Crown wins for any car owner since the series inception in 1971.
Defending race winner A.J. Fike of Galesburg an a strong contingent of former winners may have something to say about who pulls into victory lane at Springfield on Saturday. Fike became the first central Illinois driver since Don Branson in 1966 and the first Illini native since Gary Bettenhausen in 1983 to finish the 100-mile national championship race at the fair in the first position. Fike returns with the same car and team he won with in 2012.
Practice begins Saturday a 9 a.m. with USAC qualifying at 10:25 and the 52nd Bettenhausen 100 at 2. Also on the card will be the heat races for Sunday’s Sportsman Nationals.