Lincoln’s Hunt has strong weekend on the track

By: Steven Blakesley Special to Gold Country News Service
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Five-time USAC champion Tony Hunt had one of the best weekends of his prestigious racing career recently. Hunt, of Lincoln, placed third in the “Little 500” at Anderson Speedway in Indiana on May 29 and then earned his 49th career USAC feature win on May 31 at Rocky Mountain Raceways in Utah. Hunt qualified his #56 Metal Works, Schwanke spec engine-powered car fifth out of 45 entrants for the 62nd annual “Little 500” at Anderson Speedway. The field was comprised of primarily USAC National 410 Sprint Cars, but Hunt’s previous experience in this event proved to be a huge benefit. Hunt made it through the opening laps around the quarter-mile asphalt oval cleanly and was tenth at lap 80. At the halfway point, Hunt was still outside the top-five but running a smooth and steady race. With 50 laps to go in the marathon event, Hunt was fourth before finally moving into third at the finish. Hunt completed 497 of 500 laps and finished ahead of USAC National Sprint Car champion Levi Jones. Hunt and his team then left Indiana and headed west for the USAC Amsoil Western Sprint Car Series event. Thirteen cars were in the pits for the Memorial Day special with Hunt timing in as the fourth quickest on the board. The race proved to be a duel between local Jimmy Wysong and Hunt. Wysong took over the lead on lap seven. Hunt took his time working the field, moving past Audra Sasselli on lap seven, Mel Andrus on lap 13, and winning a battle against Kody Swanson for second on lap 27. After a hotly contested battle, Hunt took the lead from Wysong on lap 36.  Hunt held off Wysong on restarts on laps 44 and 47 to win by .111 seconds at the finish of the 50-lap contest. Hunt leads USAC Amsoil Western Sprint Car Series points standings by 63 points over Luis Ramos. His next race will be at the quarter-mile Orange Show Speedway on Saturday.