Originally posted on Frontstretch  |  Last updated 11/13/11
Tony Stewart Racing Driver Now a Seven-Time USAC Champion HANFORD, Calif. (Nov. 13, 2011) – Levi Jones can still remember the first time he strapped into a Sprint Car – a type of open-wheel racecar with an extremely high power-to-weight ratio. It was June 1998 and Jones was 16 years old, and on that day at Red Hill (Ill.) Speedway he simply wanted to be competitive enough to come back the next week. The Olney, Ill., native did just that, and now, at age 29, Jones is the first five-time Sprint Car champion in United States Auto Club (USAC) history. On Saturday night, the Tony Stewart Racing (TSR) driver piloted his No. 20 Chevrolet/GM Performance Parts/Maxim to a flag-to-flag victory in the 30-lap season finale at Giant Chevrolet Kings Speedway in Hanford, Calif., ending the 2011 AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Car season with a 99-point advantage over runner-up Chris Windom. The championship was Jones’ seventh USAC National title, tying him with legends Mel Kenyon and the late Rich Vogl...
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