Stockon Wins, Stanbrough Is Champ
HAUBSTADT, Ind. — Chase Stockon celebrated the final Hoosier Tire Midwest Sprint Car Series event of 2013 with a convincing victory in Tri-State Speedway’s Harvest Cup.
And although he fell out of the feature event early, Jon Stanbrough narrowly edged Brady Short to earn the MSCS championship.
Wheeling the No. 32 Ovarian Cancer Awareness DRC, Stockon claimed a heat race victory before capturing his first MSCS victory of the year.
Afterward, he allowed, “We just can’t seem to get everything to go perfect, and then tonight everything went perfect for us and we found ourselves in victory lane.”
Stanbrough went into the final night with a 12-point lead over Short, and added another point to his margin by winning his heat race. The two started on the front row for the 30-lap feature and ran side-by-side until Stanbrough edged ahead off the outside of turn four.
Stockon took second from Short on the second lap, just before a red flag as Dave Darland somersaulted down the front straightaway. Darland later said that another car did a wheel-stand coming off turn four and ran down across his right front, breaking the radius rod and collapsing the front wheel.
With Stockon on his tail and Short holding Blake Fitzpatrick in fourth, Stanbrough led the first 11 circuits. Then he caught an infield marker tire going into turn three and spun. When he spun again after be pushed off, they found that the sway bar had come off and he was towed back to the pits.
Once out front, Stockon was able to extend to a full straightaway length lead, while the six cars behind him battled for position.
“The first part of the race we found ourselves behind Stanbrough and the track really wasn’t building a cushion. I was kind of free in the middle, a lot freer than I wanted to be, so I thought I was going to be out to lunch. As the race went on, the track started building a bigger cushion and that benefited us for sure,” he said.
After battling Short for much of the race, Blake Fitzpatrick was able to take second on a restart with just three laps remaining. Stockon had a dozen car-lengths on Fitzpatrick at the checkers as Short finished third. Ballou took fourth, with Kyle Cummins racing to fifth after flipping in his heat race.
Both Short and Fitzpatrick challenged for the lead on the restarts, but Stockon was able to quickly pull away each time.
“I knew earlier in the race when I tried to get underneath Stanbrough, I’d lose everything I’d gain getting in, coming off,” he said. “So I knew that as long as I stayed nice and smooth on the cushion and didn’t make any mistakes, that I’d be able to beat him off the corner. I just kind of stuck to that and it paid off.”
With Stanbrough scored 15th and Short finishing third, MSCS officials calculated that Stanbrough still held a one point lead and had earned his second consecutive title. Bradley Sterrett received the series’ Rookie of the Year title.