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September 23, 2008

Trackside: Tight point races bring out best, worst of times for drivers

TERRE HAUTE — With the 2008 racing season rapidly drawing to a close, newly-crowned track champions are starting to reap the rewards of a long summer of intense competition.

No matter what the level or form of racing it might be, the demands of chasing points can at times almost seem overwhelming for a driver and his crew.

Tight point races tend to bring out the best and worst of times in weekly short track racing.

Just ask a trio of area racers who carried off championship trophies this past weekend.

Chase Stockon of Sullivan, along with Terre Haute residents C.J. Bryan and Kenny Carmichael Jr., won track titles in their respective divisions Saturday night.

Stockon took the sprint crown at Paragon Speedway, with Bryan taking the Bomber championship at Lincoln Park Speedway and Carmichael Jr. the Super Stock title at LPS. Unlike Bryan and Carmichael who entered the final night of racing with safe point cushions, the same could not be said for Stockon.

He was in a tight chase with Chase Briscoe.

His title hopes took a serious hit in the early laps when he got caught up in muti-car tangle.

“I didn’t know what to think,” Stockon said of the early incident. “When I got into the guy it pushed the right side nerf bar into my right rear tire.”

“I spent 25 laps waiting for it to explode. My guys said the tire was smoking the whole race,” recalled Stockon. “I was going to pull in, but when I saw Chase running second I knew I had to stay out.”

Displaying the consistency that he had shown all year resulted in a ninth-place finish. Good enough for a 23-point margin over Briscoe, who ended up winning the main event.

The title was not the first for Stockon. He won the steel block Midwest Sprint Car Series championship in 2004.

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