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August 22, 2006

Trackside: Big racing leagues not the only ones chasing points

TERRE HAUTE — Chasing points can draw out the best and worst of times in racing. Love them or hate them remain as much as an intergal part of racing these days as the green and checkered flag.

With the season rapidly drawing to a close the chase for points can be as heated as a late summer sun.

While the bulk of the attention surrounding points battle focus on the sports biggest series Formula One, NASCAR Nextel Cup and Indy car, many of the weekly short tracks that dot the American racing scene also have their own heated point battles.

No where are the battles tighter than at nearby Lincoln Park Speedway where all four of the track divisions titles are still up for grabs.

Much like a year ago, Terre Haute drivers have made their presence felt in a big way at the dirt oval.

Especially in the sprint division, where three local drivers still have the opportunity to win the crown. Adding to the suspense of the chase is that the trio contains a rare father-son duel.

The Carmichaels – Kenny and Kenny Jr. – have battled fellow Terre Haute racer Shawn Krockenberger throughout the summer for the sprint title.

At one point, the trio were separated by a scant two points. Although the senior Carmichael has opened up a slim 23-point advantage, the veteran racer says the race is far from over.

All three combatants, all of whom at one time have led the points, know full well how the complexion of the chase can change on any given night.

“There’s nothing guaranteed. All it takes is one bad night and you can lose any advantage you might have,” warns Carmichael, a seven-time track champion..

Like Carmichael, Krockenberger is a past champion, Krockenbeger in go-karts, Carmicheal in sprints and stocks. Experience from past championship runs can prove a valuable tool when the points battle get tight.

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