Kevin Thomas Jr. Conquers Williams Grove


Chase Stockon’s up-and-down season trended skyward once again Thursday night at Williams Grove as he broke Dave Darland’s 21-year-old USAC and Damion Gardner’s 15-year-old SCRA track records during ProSource Qualifying, then followed it up by running a season-best second-place in his 32 TBI Racing/Superior Tank & Trailer – Crescent Electric Supply/DRC/Fisher.

“They were slowing up on the top,” Stockon reflected. “I kept working the bottom, working the bottom the entire race. it almost seemed like the top was too far around. We just kept working it and was hoping the top would slow down and it gradually did. The bottom started to take rubber there and it kind of worked out to our advantage at the end. They were slowing up on the top. I may have shown him a nose too early. He did what every other driver would’ve done and tried to protect. But, he Just drove it in too hard because he’d been running the top the whole race. Luckily, we were able to get by him and bring home a second. We always want the ‘w,’ but with the runs we’ve been having here lately, we’ll definitely take that.”

Windom finished third.

“We were really good the first half of the race,” Windom said. “I think I burnt off my tire too much. It took rubber and really burned my tires off. We’re just a little too good too early and KT and Chase were better late. I wish I could’ve cleared KT when I got to him and took his line away. He made a good move and got back down to the bottom and pulled away from us there at the end. We’ll take these consistent podiums but I know (crew chief) Derek (Claxton) and I really want to win by the end of the week.”

USAC AMSOIL Sprint Car National Championship, Williams Grove Speedway, Mechanicsburg, Pa., June 15, 2017

Prosource Qualifying: 1. Chase Stockon, 32, 32 TBI-20.035 (New Track Record); 2. Brady Bacon, 63, Dooling/Hayward-20.042; 3. Thomas Meseraull, 27, Heffner-20.068; 4. Robert Ballou, 12, Ballou-20.074; 5. Tyler Courtney, 23c, TOPP-20.111; 6. Chris Windom, 5, Baldwin-20.196; 7. Justin Grant, 11, McGhee-20.238; 8. Jerry Coons, Jr., 39, Hogue-20.286; 9. Kevin Thomas, Jr., 44, Pace-20.287; 10. Jarett Andretti, 18, Andretti-20.377; 11. Kyle Robbins, 17R, Robbins-20.434; 12. Danny Dietrich, 13, Buch-20.485; 13. Chad Boespflug, 69, Dynamics-20.496; 14. Stevie Sussex, 17GP, Dutcher-20.498; 15. Shane Golobic, 3, Franckowiak-20.513; 16. Aaron Farney, 15F, DCT-20.538; 17. Trevor Kobylarz, 14, RT-20.557; 18. Matt Westfall, 54, Westfall-20.587; 19. Joey Biasi, B1, Biasi-20.609; 20. Kyle Moody, 99, Moody-20.664; 21. Mark Smith, 1M, L & M-20.673; 22. Carmen Perigo, 21, Stehman-20.690; 23. C.J. Leary, 30, Leary-20.776; 24. Alex Bright, 13K, Kaylor-20.850; 25. Dustin Smith, 77, Gagliardi-20.966; 26. Dave Darland, 71p, Phillips/Curb-Agajanian-21.028; 27. Tony DiMattia, 50, DiMattia-21.174; 28. Chad Wilson, 14x, Wilson-21.188; 29. Gary Rooke, 42AU, Rooke-21.233; 30. Michael Hamer, 47, Hamer-22.372; 31. Isaac Chapple, 52, LNR/Chapple-NT.

Simpson Race Products First Heat (8 laps): M. Smith, Boespflug, Kobylarz, Thomas, Courtney, Stockon, D. Smith, Rooke.

Competition Suspension Second Heat (8 laps): Bacon, Windom, Perigo, Andretti, Darland, Westfall, Sussex, Hamer.

Chalk Stix Third Heat (8 laps): Biasi, Leary, Golobic, Grant, Meseraull, Robbins, Chapple, DiMattia.

Indy Race Parts Fourth Heat (8 laps): Dietrich, Farney, Moody, Coons, Ballou, Brigh, Wilson.

Semi (12 laps): Meseraull, Ballou, Stockon, Robbins, Darland, Sussex, Bright, Wilson, D. Smith, Chapple, Rooke, Hamer, Westfall, Courtney, DiMattia.

Feature (30 laps): Thomas, Stockon, Windom, Grant, Bacon, Golobic, Meseraull, Andretti, Coons, Perigo, Farney, Moody, Dietrich Chapple, Boespflug, Biasi, Courtney, Smith Darland, Leary, Sussex, Kobylarz, Ballou, Robbins.