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STOCKON WINS IN A BATTLE TO THE FINISH LINE

Posted May 30, 2011

Haubstadt, IN - May 29.  Chase Stockon of Sullivan, IN, won the 30 lap Memorial Weekend Classic held for the Hoosier Tire Midwest Sprint Car Series Sunday night at Tri-State Speedway.  Stockon started on the outside in the first row of a race that would quickly turn into a dual between he and Braylon Fitzpatrick.  Fitzpatrick began to make strides in lapped traffic and took the lead on lap 23.  The race remained tight with the potential for lead changes at every lap.  Stockon made the last pass count with the two drivers racing off turn four towards starter Mo Will’s checkered flags.
     The victory was worth $3,000 to Chase Stockon and the XXXII Racing Team.  Primary sponsors for the Claxton powered DRC sprint are First Financial Bank, The Superior Tank & Trailer Co., and Bell Farms.  Sam Stockon Jr. serves as the crew chief.  
     The victory celebration at the finish line included interviews with both drivers.  Chase Stockon was both happy and relieved.  “What a Night!  I love coming here.  I have been so close to winning races down here and I finally got the job done.  I am glad to get a victory here and get the monkey off my back.  I will definitely be here next week.”
Tri-State Speedway will be holding it’s next MSCS race on Saturday June 4th with an increased purse now set to pay $3,000 to the winner.
     Fifteen year old Braylon Fitzpatrick was fast all night.  In his portion of the interview he noted: “Lapped cars helped me out a little bit in getting around Chase.”  The two worked the field putting 11 cars down a lap or more.  Critter Malone finished third with a rock steady performance.  Kyle Cummins and Levi Jones rounded out the top five.  Both were among the movers who started further back in the pack.  Levi became the MSCS Hard Charger of the Race based on a gain of 10 positions.
     The second five at the finish was composed of Chad Boespflug, Brady Short, Dakota Jackson, Mark Perry III, and Adam Nigg.  Ethan Barrow collected the Wilwood Tuff Brakes Award with an 11th place finish.
     Brady Short collected the most passing points during the heats with a run from sixth to first.  The redraw placed him sixth in the starting field for the feature.  But during the caution period after the seventh lap Short’s car had to be taken to the work area to have a flat front tire replaced.  He restarted at the tail and drove back up into the top ten.   
   Action abounded in the feature!  Danny Holtsclaw and Keaton Dobbs flipped in separate incidents.  Holtsclaw’s axel broke while he was running second.  Dobbs flipped on the front stretch during a restart.  Kyle Wissmiller was also involved in that crash.  Seth Parker slammed the wall in turn two.  Earlier heat race action sidelined Chris Babcock for the night when his car was involved in a three car pile-up and flipped.
     Those preliminary heats were won by Brady Short, Braylon Fitzpatrick, and Chase Stockon.  Adam Nigg of Jasper, IN, won the B-Main.  He battled Brandon Mattox wheel to wheel to earn the victory.  The last transfer spot for the feature to be earned in the B went to Chase Briscoe but he had to scratch for the A with motor problems.
     Drivers volunteered some time at intermission to pass through the stands with their helmets in hand to collect money to be donated to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief fund.  Sprint car driver Jonathan Vennard organized the effort which involved four tracks in Southern Indiana including the two MSCS shows over the weekend.

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