PARAGON --?Just call him "King Jon." Brownsburg's Jon Stanbrough retained the throne of the King of Indiana as he brought the curtain down on the 2008 King of Indiana Sprint Series season with a dominating victory at Paragon Speedway on Saturday. The win was Stanbrough's 14th in KISS series competition and secured his fourth championship, as he continues to write the KISS record book. Taking the lead on the third lap, Stanbrough took the checkers a half-straightaway ahead of Kyle Cummins, Hunter Schuerenberg, Hud Cone and Jesse Hockett.
"I was really good right off the bat," Stanbrough said of his Fox Brothers DRC. "I got a little bit loose right at the end and at that last red they snugged it up a little bit more. That helped us. We've been getting better and better on slick race tracks, so that was a good night for Brad and Steve and the whole team, because we hadn't won down here since we've been together."
Cone paced the first two circuits, until Stanbrough charged from fourth into the lead. Once out front, he quickly stretched his advantage to three seconds while Cummins raced from eighth into the top three. At ten laps, Stanbrough had a straightaway advantage and was quickly beginning to lap slower cars.
While Stanbrough used a clear track to rebuild a comfortable lead, the racing was tight from second back as Cummins, Cone, Jeff Bland Jr., Schuerenberg and Danny Holtsclaw contended for the top five slots. While Stanbrough showed that his line around the bottom was quick, Cummins, Bland and Schuerenberg worked the whole track, from the inside to the rim. Schuerenberg, who captured the previous KISS round at Kokomo Speedway, grabbed third just after a caution on lap 21, but Bland claimed the spot a lap later, only to be re-passed.
It was Stanbrough's first victory on the Paragon oval in several years, which added to the enjoyment of the ceremonies. "I'm sure that the flooding down here had a little bit to do with the track conditions down here tonight," he noted. "The race track was good, it wasn't rough and it had a little more moisture in it than normal. I'm sure that probably helped." The guys have been working real hard on the car to try to get it tighter and tighter on the slick race tracks. I think we had a good setup. We got a little loose at the end, but we were still good enough to hang on."
In his pit, Cummins pointed out where he had cut the front end off his car and welded a bar front end in it's place during the previous week. He and Schuerenberg had finished just a point apart in the final KISS standings, and he talked about their duel. "We tapped there a little bit. I laughed when it was over because he came by and just gave me a (wave) -- we knew what was going on. He's a clean racer, so I knew that there was no problem there. I was for sure that he was going to go to the top, and he left me just a tiny bit and I had to try it. I had been running second the whole time, I wasn't going to get passed the last four laps."
Heat races were won by Schuerenberg, Holtsclaw, Jon Sciscoe, Cummins and Stanbrough; Jesse Cramer captured the C-Main, and Eric Smith took the B-Main win.