Hines Is Finally A Winner At Belleville
BELLEVILLE, Kan. — Tracy Hines won the 50-lap “Hustle at the High Banks” USAC TRAXXAS Silver Crown Series event Friday night at the Belleville High Banks. It marked the first appearance for the series at the track.
Polesitter Hines jumped into the lead at the followed by Bobby East and Robert Ballou. The caution appeared on lap five for a stalled car. Ballou moved into second place on the restart. The caution again appeared five laps later when Tim Barber spun.
Hines again pulled away on the restart and began lapping the tail of the field on lap 18. Sixth-place running Shane Hollingsworth flipped exiting turn four on lap 24, escaping injury.
On the restart, East passed Ballou for second place. Hines led East, Ballou, Jerry Coons Jr., and Chris Windom at the halfway point. Hines encountered lapped traffic on lap 32 and maintained his advantage over East.
Hines ran the remainder of the race on the high side, and finished 1.84 seconds ahead of East driving the Lighfoot Racing owned Beast/Mopar No. 16. Ballou, Jerry Coons Jr., and Chris Windom completed the top five.
“It’s great to finally win a race at this track, we’ve been close many times in the midget,” said Hines on his first victory at the track. Hines now holds a one-point lead over East heading into the next series event Aug. 17 at the Illinois State Fairgrounds (Springfield, Ill.).
Dustin Vannontwick and Will Polelka won the 15-lap cruisers feature.