2003 - All HammerDown! Team Member
Hunt laps up to fifth in dominant Irwindale USAC run – By Bobby Gerould – Baldwin Park, CA. – August 26, 2006 - …Calling Tony Hunt’s Saturday night performance at Irwindale Speedway a dominant drive is an understatement. Hunt, of Lincoln, CA, took the checkered flag a full eight seconds ahead of runner-up Kody Swanson, and Hunt lapped all but the top-five finishers in the USAC Western Sprint Car feature. The non-stop 40-lap event took all of eleven minutes to complete. It was Hunt’s sixth win in ten series races this season. (Read it all)
Hunt wins feature, Wease debuts with track record in Altamont USAC Western Sprint – By Bobby Gerould – Tracy, CA. July 29, 2006 – Tony Hunt won for the fourth time in ten USAC Western Sprint Car features this season Saturday evening at Altamont Motorsports Park. Driving the Alan Kaiser owned Eagle/Bailey #4, Hunt withheld the charges of USAC rookie Nick Green to claim the 50-lap headliner in mild weather on the ½-mile paved oval. “This is a great racetrack!” exclaimed Hunt, to infield announcer Jim Krum, moments after the feature finished. “I appreciate the support of the fans to the great group of racers in our series. Everyone out here was using their head and racing with courtesy and respect.” (More)
Hunt ‘batting .500’ in USAC Western Sprint Cars after Stockton clean sweep – By Bobby Gerould – Stockton, CA. July 8, 2006 …Tony Hunt, the leader in the USAC Western Sprint Car point standings, dominated the action in USAC’s final visit to blazing Stockton 99 Speedway Saturday evening. (The track is shutting its gates for good at the end of the 2006 season.) Driving the Alan Kaiser Construction Eagle/Bailey #4, Hunt set quick-time, won his heat from the last row, and then walked away with the 50-lap feature event in front of a large crowd that dealt with a 101 degree high temperature. “We are really focused on winning the championship”, stated Hunt in the winner’s circle following his third win in six 2006 USAC Western events. “The car was incredible all night. We have a lot of memories to take with us from this place. It’s a bummer that we won’t get to race here again after tonight.” (Read the whole deal)
Hunt sets track record - wins feature in masterful Altamont drive - By Bobby Gerould - June 17, 2006 - Tracy, CA. … "It's about driving to the ability of the car, and not driving over your head", explained Tony Hunt from the winner's circle Saturday night at Altamont Motorsports Park. Hunt had just won the 50-lap USAC Western Sprint Car feature event, on the paved half-mile, in thrilling fashion. He passed Mike Murgoitio on lap 48 on the back-chute to earn the win after methodically picking off car after car in a drive to the front from the eighth starting position. "All the credit goes to the crew. They don't go an hour of a day without thinking about making our car better", said Hunt. The winning mount was the Alan Kaiser owned #4 Eagle with Bailey Brothers horsepower. The win was Hunt's second of the 2006 season in the Western Sprint Car ranks. (Read it all)
Hunt sweeps USAC Western Midgets at Altamont – By Bobby Gerould – May 13, 2006 – Tracy, CA. …A clean sweep! It happens only a handful of times a year in any given region. The “clean sweep” is executed when a driver finishes first in every event they start. Saturday night at Altamont Motorsports Park Tony Hunt was the quickest qualifier, he won his heat race, and then romped to a 30-lap feature event win in Bob Rosen’s Mr. Espresso #4. Hunt’s clean sweep made him the fifth different winner in five 2006 USAC Western Midget events. Jerome Rodela, the defending USAC Western Midget champion, led the opening laps on the newly re-paved ½-mile. However, many eyes were viewing Bradley Galedrige – who shot into second position and began to ‘reel in’ the leader. Hunt moved into fourth spot on lap four with an outside pass of Ben Petter in turn two. Two laps later Hunt snatched third place from Evan Margeson at the end of the back chute. (Read it all)
Hunt handles Stockton USAC Western Sprints - By Bobby Gerould - April 22, 2006 - Stockton, CA. …Displaying the form that has netted him four career USAC driving championships, Tony Hunt won the 50-lap USAC Western / CASA sprint car feature event at Stockton 99 Speedway Saturday evening. Under rain threatening sky, Hunt drove a patient yet aggressive race in running his Alan Kaiser Eagle #4 from the eleventh starting position to the front. "This feels really good", said Hunt immediately following the event. "I am happy for Alan (Kaiser). The Thompson Toyota, MPD car was working where I could run high or low." Hunt then thanked the fans and declared his intention to pursue championship number five in 2006. "Our commitment to our sponsors is to try to reclaim the USAC Western Sprint Car title." Pole-sitter Greg Anderson rebounded from a heat race incident to lead the opening 36 laps despite front end damage to his Naake Shocks #2. Anderson fought a wicked 'push' in his racer to lead until lap 37 in turn two when the car jumped sideways on him. "Because of the rain threat, we didn't have time to get our front axle assembly changed between the heat race and the feature", said Anderson. "I couldn't believe I led the race that long because really I was fighting the car at each end." The Anderson spin handed the lead to Matt DeMartini. 1998 USAC Western Sprint champion Jeff Gardner was running second with Hunt behind him. Hunt passed Gardner low in turn three to grab the runner-up spot on lap 44. The winning pass came three laps later low in turn four as Hunt relegated DeMartini to runner-up. On lap 48 DeMartini - who had lost the power steering in his Ric Carr Racing #6, contacted Gardner's #51 sending Gardner around. The caution flag for the turn two spin sent Gardner to the rear. The final two laps were without incident as Hunt won followed by DeMartini, and Nick Rescino Jr.
Hunt to Host Third Celebrity Race Event - FAIR OAKS, CA. (December 23, 2004) - USAC driver Tony Hunt, who recently received awards for his driving championship in the 2004 Western Sprint Car Series, will host the third annual Tony Hunt Celebrity Race Event Jan. 16, 2005 to benefit the local chapter of the Make-a-Wish Foundation. The event to be held at Race Place Motorsports (RPM) indoor kart racing facility in Sacramento, CA, brings together some of the top West Coast racing stars to compete in a variety of charity raising events. Activities will begin with a car show at 1 p.m. followed by pre-race ceremonies starting at 3 p.m. (PT) "The original idea was to create continued exposure for the competitors during a fan and media friendly atmosphere", said Hunt. "It's proved to be a great way to start the new season while raising money for a good cause." Each celebrity driver will captain a team of four, made up of fans and friends. The event will include qualifying and feature races combined with a pit-stop competition to award the winning team. 100% of net proceeds will benefit the local chapter of the Make-a-Wish Foundation. Admission is free to the public. Registration entry forms can be received at the following locations: RPM Indoor Kart Racing 3130 Bradshaw Road . Sacramento, CA 95827 Hunt's Race World 7300 Winding Way Fair Oaks, CA 95628. For more information go to the following web-site: www.tonyhunt.com For media or event sponsorship inquiries contact Stacy Strickland at RPM Ph. # 916-368-7223
Quick time and feature to Hunt in USAC Western States Madera go - By Bobby Gerould - August 7, 2004 - Madera, CA. …"Billy Vukovich (III), and Davey Hamilton taught me a lot about Madera Speedway. The top is where the track is", stated winner Tony Hunt. Emerging from his Western Speed Racing Eagle/Wes-Mar sprinter after a 50-lap victory in the United States Auto Club Western States main event, Hunt continued, "Things were not going our way early in the race, and I had to control my emotions to get this result. Running races like the Little 500 really helps condition you to think of the race like a blackjack table. It will be hot and cold. Early, this race was cold, later it came to us, and became hot. It was a matter of sticking with it." (Read it all!)
Spring 2004: Tony Hunt is fast. I knew that. But Tony is so much more confident as a driver now than he was when I caught some of his first sprint car races. Championships, laps, wins, and strong runs at big shows like the Little 500 can do wonders for a driver. Confidence is up. Self doubt is low. Rides are better, crashes fewer. Tony Hunt is a pavement racer is his prime right now. He broke the Madera sprint car track record with a 13.52 on the banked third-mile.
Hunt Super Fast at Madera - By Dick Jordan - Madera, CA. 09/20/03 ...Tony Hunt of Fair Oaks, Calif. captured Saturday night's 50-lap USAC Western Sprint Car race at the Madera (Calif.) Speedway. The victory in the 32nd "Harvest Classic 150" event bolstered Hunt's second-place ranking, now trailing series point leader Michael Lewis by 96 points going into an October 4 race at Irwindale, Calif. (read more)
...A new USAC sprint division runs on Saturday night, May 10, at Rocky Mountain Raceway in Salt Lake City, Utah. The USAC/SLVRA race is the first of 12 comprising the new "Port-O-Call Rocky Mountain Sprint Car Series, seven of which will be contested at the 3/8-mile paved oval. USAC Regional Sprint Car Champion Tony Hunt of Fair Oaks, CA, is expected to compete. Hunt, who won USAC's Western Sprint Car title in 2001 and the Regional crown last year, is no stranger to Utah race fans, having won a USAC Western Sprint race at Salt Lake City in 1999. Tony is a very good friend and business associate of Jerry Nadeau. Nadeau suffered a serious crash in NASCAR practice last week.
Hunt and Walker Star in USAC Western Sprints - By Dick Jordan ...Tony Hunt of Fair Oaks, Calif. and Axel Walker of Olympia, Wash. scored feature victories in weekend action at Meridian Speedway in Boise, Idaho. Hunt led all 35 laps of Friday night's race for his second win of the season, while Walker's initial USAC triumph came in a wire-to-wire effort in Saturday night's 40-lapper.
Hunt, Nadeau Team with California Backer Thompson's Auto and Truck Centers SACRAMENTO, Calif. (April 29, 2002) -- NASCAR Winston Cup Series driver Jerry Nadeau and 2001 USAC Western Sprint Champion Tony Hunt have landed support for the 2002 racing season from Thompson's Auto and Truck Centers of Placerville, Calif. Thompson's, a growing Auto and Truck dealer and long-time auto racing supporter, will back Hunt's competition in the USAC Western States Sprint Car Series, as well as Hunt’s remaining pavement events in the USAC Weld Wheels Silver Crown Series.
The 2002 season sees Hunt driving the No. 1 Thompson’s Auto and Truck Centers / Bos Sheet Metal / Beast, owned by two-time series champions Ken and Sharon Pierson of Elk Grove, Calif., in the USAC Western States Sprint Car Series. Hunt and Pierson Racing began their relationship in 1998 when Hunt claimed Rookie-of-the-Year honors and three of his series-leading 11 career wins. Pierson Racing, the only two-time series car owner champions, also holds the record of the most series wins at 15.
The dynamic duo began their assault on the 2002 championship at Cajon Speedway, El Cajon, Calif., on March 30th and just scored back-to-back wins at Madera Speedway, Madera, Ca. and Champion Speedway, Carson City , NV.
Hunt currently stands second in the USAC Western Sprint Car Series and first in the USAC Western Regional Sprint Car Series standings USAC Weld Wheels Silver Crown team co-owner Nadeau and owner / driver Hunt along with the assistance of Pierson Racing will begin their anticipated partnership in USAC competition at the Pikes Peak International Raceway, Fountain, Colo., on June 16-17. The No. 28 Intrepid Financial Group / Thompson’s Auto and Truck Centers will also compete at the Indianapolis Raceway Park, Claremont, Ind., on Aug. 1. Hunt will also to drive the Bob Rosen-owned No. 4 Mr. Espresso / Beast in select USAC Western States Midget pavement events during the 2002 season. tonyhunt.com
05/13/02 ...Hunt is the new point leader in the Western Regional Sprint Car standings after his victory in Saturday night's feature race at the Champion Speedway in Carson City, Nev. Tony passed lady driver Shauna Hogg on the 12th lap and led the rest of the way until curfew forced a checkered flag after 28 of the scheduled 30 laps. Trailing Hunt's Thompson Toyota/Bos Sheet Metal Chevy/Beast to the checkered flag at Carson City were Scott Hansen, Hogg, Bryan Bullard and Doug Lippincott. Hunt was the fastest qualifier. The next Western Regional Sprint Car race is slated June 8 at Madera (Calif.) Speedway.
Tony Tony Tony! Hunt Dominates Madera - By Dick Jordan 05/03/02 - Madera, CA. ...Defending USAC Western Sprint Car Champion Tony Hunt of Fair Oaks, Calif. led all 40 laps to win Saturday night's feature event at the Madera (Calif.) Speedway. The race afforded points toward both the Western and Western Regional Sprint Car Championships and Hunt now ranks second in both standings after his victory. (summary)
USAC Western States Sprint Car Champ Tony Hunt is featured in the Sacramento Bee. You can read it here: TONY HUNT SACBEE.com ...