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September 15, 2009

TRACKSIDE: Action Track finalé sends fans home buzzing

TERRE HAUTE — It may not have been the Hut Hundred with its traditional 33-car field of midgets, but the final USAC program of the season at the Action Track didn’t disappoint those in attendance Saturday night.

The sprint car card offered all the classic factors needed for an entertaining night at the races.

Under near perfect weather conditions, the show offered a strong field of cars, some excellent wheel-to-wheel racing with a finish that sent a nice fan turnout home buzzing.

Not to mention some bumping and shoving among frustrated competitors and a tinge of controversy that may have added to the lore of USAC racing at the Action Track.

By evening’s end tempers were flaring and the action off the track was at times as heated as that on the half-mile dirt oval.

Jon Stanbrough found a way to make it to victory lane with a late race charge, notching his ninth feature win at the Wabash Valley Fairgrounds.

Toss in the inspired ride of Sullivan County driver Chase Stockon, the controversial run of current points leader Levi Jones, and all too long 30-lap main event made for an evening fans are sure to savor during the lengthy off season.

Those close to the Wabash Valley racing scene are well aware of the trails the Stockon family has gone through this summer.

If they needed an emotional boost Chase certainly provided a run that lifted the spirits of the family rich in racing tradition.

The final results list Stockon with a 15th-place finish in the 30-lap feature, but those in attendance will attest that the young Sullivan County racer displayed all evening that he has the determination and talent to run with the best USAC has to offer.

The Sullivan-based race team used the Action Track show as a test and tune session for their upcoming attack on the USAC Four Crown Nationals to be run at Eldora Speedway in two weeks.

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Tribune-Star/Jim Avelis Records: Near perfect weather contributed to record attendance at racetracks around the state, including the Action Track, seen here.

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