Hines Wins, Larson Crashes
ROSSBURG, Ohio — Tracy Hines led all 30 laps of the USAC National Sprint Car Series feature during the second event of Saturday’s 4-Crown Nationals at Eldora Speedway.
Hines’ fifth career 4-Crown triumph also ended Kyle Larson’s four-race winning streak in the event after Larson hit the turn-two wall and flipped the Hoffman Brothers No. 69 down the backstretch where it was impacted by another sprint car and flipped a second time.
Larson was checked and released by medical personnel at the track, but elected to park his ride in the Silver Crown feature where he would have started on the pole.
Hines pulled away from the field for a straightaway lead 14 laps into the 30-lapper. Dave Darland had started closing in on Hines, when a caution flag incident with seven laps left bunched up the field and put him on the leader’s tail. The determined Darland tagged the wall on the backstretch off the restart, which concluded any chance of a turn-three slide job: allowing Hines to take the win.
“I knew Dave was behind me and I remember at the beginning of the year when I passed him on the last lap. I kind of expected a slide job,” Hines said. “I felt like I was really good through turns 3-4 and when he tried (the slide job) in turns 1-2 I said, ‘Thank you,’ because I knew what line I was going to run in the next corner.”
Chris Windom, Chase Stockon and Bryan Clauson completed the top five.