Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Fast Facts: Tony Raines

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Sam Greenwood
NASCAR driver Tony Raines has competed in all three of NASCAR’s top series, and even has a few wins for his efforts in the Camping World Truck Series. Learn more about Raines’ career through the years in this week’s Fast Facts.
  • Floyd Anthony Raines was born April 14, 1964 in La Porte, Indiana. In 1988, Raines competed in five American Speed Association (ASA) races, racing full-time in the series in 1989. After a season in the NASCAR All Pro Series, where he won Rookie of the Year and finished fourth in points in 1990, Raines returned to the ASA.
  • Following his ASA championship in 1996, Raines made the jump to NASCAR’s Truck Series in 1997, winning his first race at I-70 Speedway in Missouri and finishing 15th in points. He returned to victory lane at I-70 Speedway in 1998, adding two more wins at Louisville Motor Speedway in Kentucky and Ft. Worth’s Texas Motor Speedway on his way to a fifth-place finish in points.
  • A sponsorship loss in the Truck Series moved Raines up to the Busch Series (now Nationwide) in 1999. He raced the unsponsored No. 74 for BACE Motorsports, finishing 12th in points with a best finish of fourth on his way to Busch Series Rookie of the Year honors. Raines remained with BACE Motorsports for the next several years, including a stint in the Cup Series in 2003; in 2001, he finished sixth in Busch Series points with BACE.
  • Raines has driven for numerous teams over the years in all three top NASCAR series, including Phoenix Racing, Haas CNC Racing, Kevin Harvick Inc., Bill Davis Racing and Front Row Motorsports. In 2006, Raines split driving duties with Terry Labonte at Hall of Fame Racing, where he also spent the 2007 season.
  • Raines currently competes part-time in both the Nationwide and Sprint Cup Series. In the Nationwide Series, he races the No. 70 for NEMCO-Jay Robinson Racing when ML Motorsports isn’t scheduled to compete, and in the Cup Series, he drives the No. 33 for Circle Sport on a part-time basis.
  • Raines’ four wins in the Truck Series are his only NASCAR wins to date; he also earned a pole in the Truck Series, and has a Nationwide Series pole as well.


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