Stockon Chasing Milestone 300th USAC Sprint Start

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Stockon Chasing Milestone
Chase Stockon (32) is seeking his 300th straight USAC National Sprint Car Series start this weekend. (Don Figler photo)

PLYMOUTH, Ind. – In the annals of AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Car Series history, Chase Stockon has already scaled the mountain to become the ultimate ironman of his discipline.

Stockon accomplished that feat by setting a record last fall with his 285th consecutive series start, surpassing seven-time USAC national champion Levi Jones for the longest enduring streak.

This Friday night at Indiana’s Plymouth Speedway, Stockon has his sights set on reaching another milestone – his 300th straight career AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Car start.

That accounts for an appearance in every single feature box score rundown since the streak began in February of 2012 at Bubba Raceway Park in Ocala, Fla.

To put the number 300 into perspective, in the 64-year history of USAC National Sprint Car racing, only three drivers have even reached the 200 threshold in their careers: Stockon (299), Jones (284) and Dave Darland (204), and only 11 times has a driver even reached the 100 consecutive mark.

In terms of current, ongoing streaks, only Chris Windom is in Stockon’s ballpark at the moment, but he has just half of Stockon’s number, with 150 consecutive starts since 2016.

Four drivers right now have active streaks of 100 or more: Stockon (299), Windom (150), Justin Grant (116) and Kevin Thomas Jr. (114).

In the span since the beginning of the streak in 2012, Stockon’s won some of the marquee events on the schedule, including the Fall Nationals at Lawrenceburg (Ind.) Speedway, the Hall of Fame Classic at Arizona’s Canyon Speedway Park, the Jesse Hockett Classic at Grandview Speedway in Pennsylvania, the Spring Showdown at Indiana’s Tri-State Speedway and the Western World Championship at Arizona Speedway

He also won the “Big Three” at Terre Haute (Ind.) Action Track: the Don Smith Classic, the Jim Hurtubise Classic and the long-coveted rifle at the Tony Hulman Classic in May of 2019.

In each of the last three USAC sprint races at Plymouth, Stockon has led laps in all three.  He led two in May 2018 in finishing fourth.

In July of that same year, the 2019 Jason Leffler Memorial Award winner won his heat and led the first 15 laps before dropping back to seventh in the final rundown.

Stockon, who currently resides sixth in the AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Car standings, led the opening lap in 2019 and finished eighth.

In his first visit to Plymouth in 2017, Stockon set the fastest time during qualifying, won his heat race and took home a sixth-place finish in the feature.

He’ll return looking for a far-more historic moment than just winning a race this weekend.

Friday at Plymouth, the grandstands open at 4 p.m. ET, with hot laps set for 6 p.m. Along with the sprint cars, the event card also features 600cc non-wing micros and 4-Cylinders.

Tickets are available for the event exclusively on www.usactickets.com. Adult grandstand admission tickets are $25 for adults, $10 for children ages 6-12 and free for kids age 5 and under. Pit passes are $35 apiece.

The event at Plymouth will be held with the capacity capped at 50 percent. Fans must order tickets in advance from www.usactickets.com. Please bring any QR code receipts to be scanned at the gate. The receipt can be either printed or displayed on a phone.

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