PARAGON, Ind. – With just one event remaining on the 2014 schedule, Shane Cottle maintains a precarious 16-point lead over Brady Short as the King of Indiana Sprint Series heads to Paragon Speedway for a Saturday night showdown.
Cottle opened this year’s KISS tour with back-to-back wins and Short, the defending champion, has been battling to close the gap. The two most recent events have been claimed by Jon Stanbrough and Jeff Bland Jr.
If Cottle is able to hold on, it will be the first KISS crown for both he and his car owner, Tony Epperson, while Short is racing for his third title.
At stake on Friday is a $2,500 payday to the race winner and a minimum of $250 to start the feature. The championship is worth $1,200, the KISS trophy, the Champion’s Helmet and bragging rights for the next year. Six-time champion Jon Stanbrough has won four of the last five KISS features at Paragon, and Cottle earned the other victory in 2011.