Stockon Hopes To Make History At Smackdown

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Chase Stockon is hoping to make a little USAC history this weekend during Sprint Car Smackdown VIII. (Dick Ayers Photo)
Chase Stockon is hoping to make a little USAC history this weekend during Sprint Car Smackdown VIII. (Dick Ayers Photo)

KOKOMO, Ind. – One of the ultimate ironman streaks is on the line for Chase Stockon as he prepares to equal the series’ most consecutive start streaks this week during Sprint Car Smackdown VIII Aug. 22-24 at Kokomo Speedway.

Stockon has made 281 consecutive USAC AMSOIL National Sprint Car feature starts since 2012.  If all goes according to plan and he qualifies for the feature on all three nights of Smackdown, he would tie the mark on Saturday of 284-straight starts in the series, set by five-time series champ Levi Jones between 2004 and 2012.

Stockon would then be in line to set the new standard of 285-straight feature starts with the series on Aug. 30, in the River Town Showdown at Tri-City Speedway in Granite City, Ill.

During Stockon’s streak, he’s accumulated 12 feature victories, which are tied with Eric Gordon for 45th all-time. Stockon’s 27 fast qualifying times during the streak rank 12th all-time, tied with Dave Steele.

To put Stockon’s consecutive starts streak into perspective, only eight times in the 64-year history of USAC has a driver put together 100 or more starts in a row.  Jones, of course, right now is tops with 284, followed by Stockon at 281.  Dave Darland has done it twice, putting together 204 consecutive starts between 2012-17 and 106 between 2004-2008.  Brady Bacon had 147 from 2013-17.  Damion Gardner had 126 between 2008 and 2012.  Tracy Hines made feature starts in 123-straight between 2009 and 2012.

Chris Windom is one of those eight occasions as well, accumulating 132-straight starts since the 2016 season to hold the second longest active streak of starts.  Justin Grant and Tyler Courtney stand at 98 starts in-a-row since the beginning of the 2017 season and would become the newest members of the exclusive 100-club if they compete in both Thursday and Friday night’s feature events at Kokomo.  Kevin Thomas Jr. stands at 96 and could hit the 100-straight start mark in Granite City at the end of August.

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