Jon Stanbrough is hitting his stride at exactly the right time heading into the final two legs of Indiana Sprint Week.
Stanbrough dominated the field in Lawrenceburg, IN on Thursday night, leading all 30 laps of the feature in a race televised live on the SpeedChannel.
Afterwards, Stanbrough couldn't hold back the emotions as he praised car owner Paul Hazen. "He's been the best car owner I've ever had," commented Stanbrough. "The team tore the car apart earlier in the week, and we just kept moving up on (the competition) and moving up on them and finally got it tonight."
The Danville, IN resident took a huge advantage early in the feature, leading by nearly a straightaway just two laps into the race. He started lapping cars by lap 7 and had dropped a half-dozen cars a lap down just 20 green flag laps into the race.
However, the final 10 laps contained five cautions that helped bring USAC National Points leader and Indiana Sprint Week points leader J.J. Yeley to the front.
A restart on lap 20 wiped out Yeley's Tony Stewart Racing/Mopar teammate Cory Kruseman who collided with Jerry Coons Jr., locking bars.
The accident knocked both of them out and set up a dual between Stanbrough and Yeley over the final two laps.
Stanbrough got a great jump on the green flag, leading by two car lengths with two laps remaining. He would hold that margin, winning by nearly a second over Yeley, third place Dickie Gaines, Bud Kaeding who won Wednesday night at Kokomo and Eric Gordon.
The win moved Stanbrough into third place in the Sprint Week point standings with 317, just behind Drake's 343. Yeley leads with 390.
The next stop on the circuit, Friday night at Bloomington, should be another good one for Stanbrough considering he won the last show on the red clay July 4th weekend.
After Bloomington, Indiana Sprint Week will conclude with a Saturday night event at Terre Haute's Action Track.