HEATING UP: Local racers looking to finish the season strong


With just more than 12 events remaining at Brownstown Speedway, several local racers have found themselves atop the points standings in their respected divisions.

North Vernon’s Alan Magner currently leads the standings in the E-Z Lift Super Late Model division ahead of Matt Bex, Steve Godsey, Karlie Holt and Devin Gilpin.

Consistency has paid off for Magner, a two-time Super Stock track champion at the speedway, as he holds a 20-point lead over Bex without scoring any wins thus far on the season.

Bex also is a two-time track champion at Brownstown, scoring back-to-back titles in 2000 and 2001 in the Bomber division.

Brayton Laster currently leads the Rookie of the Year standings.

The father-son duo of Matt and Dennis Boknecht sit atop the standings in the A&K Excavating Modified division. Matt currently leads his father Dennis by 132 points.

Both drivers are Brownstown Speedway Hall of Fame members and multi-time track champions in various divisions throughout the years.

Dennis picked up his only track title back in 1979 in the Super Late Model division, while Matt has seven titles in the Modified division.

Jeremy Owens, Ryan Thomas and Jeremy Hines round out the top five in the standings.

Brayden Watson currently leads the Rookie of the Year standings.

Tyler Cain of Seymour leads the Print Worx Indiana Late Model Series Pro Late Model Series standings over Tyler Neal, Raymond Humphrey, Zack Burton and Justin Bowling.

Cain picked up three Super Stock track championships before making the transition to the popular crate late model series.

Cain has one win on the season, while Neal currently has two wins.

Edinburgh’s Chad Stapleton has three wins on the season but has not attended all of the events.

Bowling, from Salem, currently leads the Rookie of the Year standings after making the transition from truck pulling to circle track competition.

Brownstown’s Jason Hehman tops the Woolston Automotive Super Stock standings, eying his first championship. He currently leads Colton Sullivan by 94 points. Aubrey Eagan, Tim Schumpe and J.T. Huffman round out the top five in the standings.

Zach Sasser currently leads the Rookie of the Year standings.

Fifty points is the spread in the Pewter Hall Pure Stock division with Derek Clegg leading over Keaton Streeval, Houston Roark, Donnie Wilson and Zachary Stalker.

Dusten Carr is the only repeat winner in the division thus far, but he currently sits 15th in the standings due to missing several events.

Streeval currently leads the Rookie of the Year standings.

Bill Grant sits atop the standings in the Hornet division over Bubby Gedling, Buzzy Jurek, Christopher Wade and Shannon Walp.

Grant’s lead is a mere 10 points over Gedling, who only holds a 15-point margin over Jurek.

Jurek currently leads the Rookie of the Year standings.

The MARS DIRTcar Series will make its first appearance at the speedway Saturday for the fourth annual Born Free 40, paying $5,000 to the winner.

Columbus’s Devin Gilpin is a two-time and defending winner of the event, which saw Dustin Linvile winning the inaugural event in 2015.

Gilpin, a Brownstown Speedway Hall of Fame driver, is among the favorites expected to be in competition for the holiday week event.

Indiana Pro Late Models, Modifieds, Super Stocks and Pure Stocks are on the undercard.