Racing is often a family affair, and 27-year-old Chase Stockon is no exception. The Elizabethtown, Ind., native started racing quarter midgets at only five years old. Today, you can find Stockon racing at dirt tracks across the country in the AMSOIL National Sprint Car series.
“I would like to describe my driving style as cautiously aggressive,” he said. “I really like being aggressive, but I don’t tend to take many risks when a tight situation arises.” Stockon’s consistent approach led to back-to-back second-place finishes in Florida to open the season. He currently owns second place in the season points standings.
Despite his relative youth, Stockon also owns his own racing team – something that brings benefits and challenges. “Making ends meet financially is obviously the toughest,” he said. “Second, always making the right decisions. I feel that it is beneficial to be in charge of my own destiny, so to speak. I am in a great position with the people who help me to have the successful team that I have.”
Probably the biggest challenge Stockon has faced, professionally and personally, was the loss of his mother to cancer a few years ago. “She was always a really big part of my racing career – always helping me to be the best I can be, on and off the track,” he said. “Losing my mother really changed my outlook on many things, racing included. In a way losing her made me a better driver due to looking at life in a different way.”
With the racing season just a few races old, Stockon is prepared to make a push throughout the summer for a season championship. “My crew chief, D.J. Ott, and I have worked together for about five years now and have had a lot of success over the years. 2012 was really our breakout year,” Stockon said. “We continue to push each other to each do our best…We have essentially run with that philosophy, and the results have shown. With some luck to aid the duration of the season, we believe we have a legitimate shot at the 2015 AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Car Title!”
The series resumes April 4 in Lawrenceburg, Ind.