Tracy Hines

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Tracy Hines
Tracy Hines 2012 USAC Midget Podium Angell Park Speedway.jpg
Hines in 2012
Born (1972-05-01) May 1, 1972 (age 44)
New Castle, Indiana
Achievements 2000 USAC Silver Crown Series Champion
2002 USAC National Sprint Car Series Champion
Awards 2001 National Midget Driver of the Year
NASCAR Xfinity Series career
17 races run over 3 years
Best finish 74th (2004)
First race 2004 O'Reilly 300 (Texas)
Last race 2006 New England 200 (New Hampshire)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 0 0
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series career
53 races run over 4 years
2013 position 56th
Best finish 18th (2004)
First race 2003 Power Stroke Diesel 200 (IRP)
Last race 2013 Mudsummer Classic (Eldora)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 3 0
Statistics current as of July 24, 2013.

Tracy Lee Hines (born May 1, 1972) is an American professional auto racing driver. He was the 2000 USAC Silver Crown Champion and 2002 USAC National Sprint Car Champion. He currently does not have a full-time ride in NASCAR as he competes for Tony Stewart Racing in three USAC series.


Hines made his first attempt at a Busch race in 2000, when he attempted to qualify for the Cheez-It 200 in a car owned by Jimmy Spencer. He did not make the field.[1]


Hines broke into NASCAR career in 2003, when he and NASCAR Craftsman Truck owner Jimb came to an agreement with Hines to run 5 truck races for him in the later portions of 2003.

His career started at Indianapolis Raceway Park (IRP). Hines qualified 30th in the No. 27 Dodge Motorsports Dodge Ram and had just made it into the top-10 when he wrecked and crashed into the wall, finishing 32nd. At the next race at Texas Motor Speedway, he qualified 4th, and ran in the top-15 all day, coming home with an eleventh-place finish. Hines ran his last two races that season at Martinsville Speedway and Phoenix International Raceway. At both races, Hines qualified the No. 7 in 22nd place, and finished 13th.


In 2004, Tommy Baldwin signed Hines to drive three races for the Hungry Drivers program, a Busch Series competition to see who would drive his No. 6 Ragú Dodge Intrepid that season. In his debut at Texas, he started 14th and finished 20th despite a late spin. After a 25th at Talladega Superspeedway, Hines had his best finish of the year, a 17th at Michigan International Speedway.

Hines continued to run in the Truck Series, replacing Matt Crafton in the No. 88 Menards Chevrolet Silverado for ThorSport Racing, competing for NASCAR Rookie of the Year. He finished 20th, 16th and 29th in the first three races, before posting a 5th-place finish at Mansfield Motorsports Speedway. Starting at Texas, Tracy Hines had a streak of 8 straight top-17 finishes, capped off by a 9th at IRP. He also led 2 laps at Gateway. Hines finished off the 2004 season, with a pair of 13ths and earned an 18th-place points finish.


In 2005, the No. 88 had gone back to Crafton, and Paul Wolfe was in the No. 6 Hellmann's Dodge for 2005. Despite a lack of sponsorship, ThorSport fielded a second truck for Hines, the No. 13. In 23 races he finished in the top-20 only 7 times. He was released with two races to go in the season after two wildly disappointing years in good equipment.

Hines drove one race in 2005 the No. 43 Channellock Dodge for The Curb Agajanian Performance Group at California, where he started 26th and finishing 36th after a late crash. After Wolfe was released from the No. 6, Evernham Motorsports, who now owned the car, hired Hines to drive at The Milwaukee Mile, where he started ninth and finished nineteenth. He also ran at IRP in the No. 6, starting fifth and finishing 24th. Later in the season at Texas, he attempted a Busch race for Glynn Motorsports, however the No. 92 Ultra Comp Trailers Dodge crashed in practice and withdrew.


Tracy Hines was to have signed to drive the No. 92 Glynn Motorsports Dodge in the Busch series, but the team dissolved. Instead, he signed to drive the No. 14 Dodge Charger for FitzBradshaw Racing, with sponsorship from TakeMeOn Vacation, Bluegrass, and JaniKing. Hines was teamed with fellow hoosier Joel Kauffman. After an aborted attempt at Rookie of the Year, Hines resigned from Fitz Bradshaw Racing. Hines plans to spend the rest of this season racing sprint cars.

Return to open-wheel[edit]


Hines raced USAC sprint, midget, and Silver Crown cars for Tony Stewart Racing. He sustained a fractured pelvis and left femur, and dislocated right knee in an off-road motorcycle wreck on April 30, 2007.[2]


2008 Sprint Car

Hines recorded the fastest ever midget car lap on an asphalt quarter mile at Slinger Super Speedway when he ran a 10.845 second qualifying lap on May 17, 2008.[2]


Hines continued his career in the USAC ranks for several years before returning to NASCAR competition in 2013, driving in the Camping World Truck Series for ThorSport Racing in the inaugural Mudsummer Classic on the dirt at Eldora Speedway.[3] Hines finished 13th in the event after starting in 16th.[4]

Motorsports career results[edit]


(key) (Bold – Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics – Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)

Busch Series[edit]

Camping World Truck Series[edit]

* Season still in progress
1 Ineligible for series points


  1. ^ "New Castle man fails to qualify for Busch race". The Star Press. Muncie, IN. March 25, 2000. p. C1. Retrieved 2013-09-20. 
  2. ^ a b Auto racing: World midget speed record set at Slinger; May 18, 2008; Capital Times; Retrieved May 18, 2008
  3. ^ "Hines Gets ThorSport Deal for Eldora". Motor Racing Network. March 29, 2013. Retrieved 2013-07-18. 
  4. ^ "2013 Inaugural Mudsummer Classic Results". ESPN. Retrieved 2013-07-25. 

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