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HINES DOMINATES 69TH “NIGHT BEFORE THE 500” - USAC Racing
Runnerup Kyle O'Gara and third-place Derek Bischak flank "Night Before the 500" winner Tracy Hines. Photo by Phil Rider



HINES DOMINATES 69TH “NIGHT BEFORE THE 500”
Brownsburg, IN……..Tracy Hines of New Castle, Ind. scored his second victory in the prestigious 69th Visit Hendricks County “Night Before the 500” Honda USAC Pavement Midget Classic at Lucas Oil Raceway Saturday night. Hines started on the pole and trailed Kyle O’Gara for the first three laps, then led the final 47 laps in his Parker Machinery/Turbines, Inc. Spike/Stanton Toyota. O’Gara took second at the checkered flag ahead of Derek Bischak, Nick Hamilton and Michael Fanelli.
HONDA USAC PAVEMENT MIDGET RACE RESULTS: May 24, 2014 – Brownsburg, Indiana – Lucas Oil Raceway @ Indianapolis – 69th Annual Visit Hendricks County “Night Before the 500”
QUALIFICATIONS: 1. Tracy Hines, 24, Parker-21.127; 2. Kody Swanson, 3, RFMS-21.211; 3. Kyle O’Gara, 27, RW/Curb-Agajanian-21.595;4. Austin Prock, 41, Prock-21.818; 5. Derek Bischak, 31, Bischak-22.076; 6. Nick Hamilton, 32, Hamilton-22.242; 7. Bryan Nuckles, 59, Nuckles-22.253; 8. Bret Sanderson, 66, Sanderson-22.442; 9. Michael Fanelli, 38, McGerigle-22.885; 10. KevinStudley, 57, Studley-22.923; 11. Mario Clouser, 17, RW/Curb-Agajanian-NT.
FEATURE: (50 laps) 1. Tracy Hines, 2. Kyle O’Gara, 3. Derek Bischak, 4. Nick Hamilton, 5. Michael Fanelli, 6. Bret Sanderson, 7. Kody Swanson, 8. Austin Prock, 9. Bryan Nuckles, 10. Kevin Studley. NT
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FEATURE LAP LEADERS: Laps 1-3 O’Gara, Laps 4-50 Hines.
NEW HONDA USAC PAVEMENT MIDGET POINTS: 1-Hines-66, 2-O,Gara-61, 3-Bischak-56, 4-Hamilton-52, 5-Fanelli-48, 6-Swanson-47, 7-Sanderson-45, 8-Prock-42, 9-Nuckles-36, 10-Studley-33.
NEXT HONDA USAC PAVEMENT MIDGET RACE: July 24 – Brownsburg, IN – Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis
 

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This race sucked and is on the verge of being dead. Watching Pro Mazda drone around for 75 laps, then USF 2000 cars drone around for 90 laps wasn't very exciting. Once again, USAC has apparently screwed the pooch. They claim 11 cars made the midget field. Only 10 started the feature with no heat races since there were so few cars. A lady sitting behind me looked like a "regular" so I asked her if she knew anything about the low car count. Turns out, she is Kody Swanson's mom (Kody, winner of Hoosier 100) She told me USAC has combined the dirt and asphalt points so it's not worth it for many teams to show up with the added tire expense, among others, at an asphalt track. Looks like we will travel to Anderson next year for the "Little 500". The bad thing, the midgets had more exciting racing in their first 10 laps than the other two series had all night. Hines ran away from everybody after there was only about 5 cars left running at half way of a 50 lap race, The stands pretty much emptied with 20 laps to go....I've never seen anything like that there...what a disappointment.
 

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@tf330fan Between Little 500 and PowrI with 22 and many former USAC Midgets in attendance. Too many shows competing for the dollar on one day again. Sad.

If it were me and I saw 11 Midget knowing that is what I went for I would of walked and wanted a refund. Pathetic. USAC sure isn't what it use to be. USAC is taking it in the shorts out on the West Coast as well. Actually they are laughing stock.
 

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@tf330fan Between Little 500 and PowrI with 22 and many former USAC Midgets in attendance. Too many shows competing for the dollar on one day again. Sad.

If it were me and I saw 11 Midget knowing that is what I went for I would of walked and wanted a refund. Pathetic. USAC sure isn't what it use to be. USAC is taking it in the shorts out on the West Coast as well. Actually they are laughing stock.
A refund from a race track...what a concept. I wish it were that easy. Not too many years ago, even with the "Little 500", we would have 35-45 midgets show up.
 

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I know the year I went to the 500 in 09 I drove right past IRP (Was living in Brownsburg that year) and went down to party on Georgetown. I believe that was the year Smoke had a meltdown on USAC officals. I was a rookie (to Indiana) and wasn't up to date with where all the other races where. The Little 500 at Anderson sure seems like the place to be.
 
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