There is no substitute for seat time. Racing experience is calculated by the number of laps driven, and events competed in. For Fair Oaks, California driver Tony Hunt, a milestone was reached this past Saturday at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The 2001 USAC Western Sprint Car Champion suited up for his 100th career race and promptly established a new track record at the paved Vegas Bullring.
Hunt broke Tony Stewart’s track record by turning the 3/8’s mile oval in 13.985 seconds. The third generation racer now owns six fast qualifying awards on the 2004 season. “It is gratifying to break any track record but to earn one that belonged to Tony Stewart is really cool”, said Hunt who also earned his 25th career Indy Racing League sponsored fast-time award. “We’ve had a good year so far in the sprint car and midget and the goal now is to wrap up a championship for the Western Speed Racing team.”
Hunt leads the point standings with two races remaining in 2004. Tony also has successfully campaigned a midget when his schedule allows. In five midget starts he has recorded one win and three second place finishes.
When he isn’t winning weekend races, Hunt is serving as the “professional driver on a closed course” that you may see in many television commercials. “That part of my career is going well”, he said. “We recently participated in a Kentucky Fried Chicken TV commercial with Dale Earnhardt Jr., and also did a shoot for Chevy Trucks with football star Howie Long.”
Hunt is the all-time leader in career feature event wins in the USAC Western Sprint Car Series. November 20th at Tucson Raceway Park in Arizona, and November 25th (Thanksgiving) at Irwindale Speedway in Southern California mark the next two races on Hunt’s schedule.