SPEEDWAY, Ind. – Chase Stockon will occupy a new ride for the remainder of the USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car season beginning with this weekend’s Bill Gardner Sprintacular on July 3-4 at Lincoln Park Speedway.
The iconic 32 TBI Racing No. 32 that the Fort Branch, Ind., driver used in all 301 of his series starts has been shelved as the 12-time USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car feature winner takes over the wheel of the KO Motorsports No. 5s
Last year Stockon drove for KO Motorsports solely in Midwest Sprint Car Series competition, making 14 starts and earning a best finish of second last August at Tri-State Speedway in Haubstadt, Ind. At the same track in mid-June of this year, Stockon drove the car to a sixth-place feature finish with the World of Outlaws NOS Energy Drink Sprint Car Series.
Brian Davis of KO Motorsports recently approached Stockon to do more races for the team, and Stockon felt the timing was right to do something different, albeit with a team he has a familiar rapport with in recent times.
“It’s somewhat of a merger of teams, to a degree,” Stockon explained. “But on the same token, it’s a different deal. We run different cars and we won’t be running DRC’s anymore which will be a little different. We have a long-standing relationship with Joe (Devin of DRC Chassis), and it will be the first time I’ve raced anything different in years.
“The Velocity chassis is a little different than what we’re used to,” Stockon continued. “I got a chance to run it like three times last year. The car is basically similar to Kent Schmidt’s car that C.J. Leary ran in Iowa and Missouri (in early June) and it’s proven to be a good car. This is a really nice operation and I think the transition will be pretty seamless.”
Stockon’s transition to KO Motorsports will retain the same personnel with D.J. Ott serving as the crew chief. All his sponsors are coming along with him as well aboard the Fisher Chevy-powered ride – Ravens Manufacturing, AMSOIL, Dewig Meats and Tom Burkey of Superior Tank & Trailer along with Hutson John Deere.