With several formidable USAC outsiders in the pit area, the SCRA cars traveling to Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, Kansas would not have been terribly surprised to see a visitor take the $10,000 check for the finale of the Non-Wing World ...
With several formidable USAC outsiders in the pit area, the SCRA cars traveling to Lakeside Speedway in Kansas City, Kansas would not have been terribly surprised to see a visitor take the $10,000 check for the finale of the Non-Wing World Championship. But, very few expected to see Warsaw, Missouri native Jesse Hockett take the win in just his fourth career non-wing start.
Hockett started his evening by setting second quick time behind Indiana's Boston Reid and followed that up with a fourth place run in the heat race and an eighth place finish in trophy dash. Throughout the feature race, Hockett held his own in the third spot as non-wing veterans Cory Kruseman and Richard Griffin battled for the top spot. With just three laps remaining, the leaders tangled and Hockett inherited the lead with the event's defending champion Bud Kaeding lined up behind. Hockett, however, held off Kaeding and took the $10,000 prize.
"This is unbelievable. I think my biggest payday before this was $1,500 for starting a big 360 race," Hockett said. "It's a dream come true to even be out here running with these guys, let alone win. My crew chief Daniel McMillin and I are both 19 years old and really didn't know what we were doing. Billy Vielhauer and Wayne Johnson helped me get a good setup for this non-wing deal. I can't thank those guys enough."
Hockett also had high praise for Maxim Chassis and Wesmar Racing Engines. "I can't say enough about the guys at Wesmar. They are always helping us and their motors are awesome. Maxim Chassis builds a great car and it is fast with or without a wing. The cars is so good that it made it easier to adapt to running without the wing."
Hockett is in his first full season of racing a 410 sprint car with the VKCC Motorsports team and the win at Lakeside was his 12th of the season overall. "I want to thank my car owners, Tom and Asta Vankeirsbilck, for giving me this opportunity and the equipment to go run with the best."
Next week, Hockett will put the wings back on and head to the season finale for 410 sprints at Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa on Saturday night, where he recently finished in the B-main of the Knoxville Nationals in his first attempt.
For more information on Jesse Hockett and the VKCC Motorsports team, log on to www.jessehockett.com or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.