Usually six wins and two top five finishes in eight races would be enough for a points championship in racing, but Jonathan Cornell finds himself in second place with one race remaining at Double-X Speedway.
Ricky Stangl leads the standings by 19 points over Cornell. Stangl has one win but consistently finishes in the top five. The season finale is Sunday.
Cornell said he wasn’t sure what the scenario was for him to pass Stangl and win the title.
“It’ll be tough,” he said. “He’d have to finish sixth, seventh, eighth or something or worse.”
The chance of Cornell catching up Sunday is slim, but the points title hasn’t been on his mind. On Friday, he didn’t even know how many points he trailed the leader.
“We weren’t really dedicating ourselves to any kind of points this year,” Cornell said. “We just wanted to race wherever we got a chance to. Obviously it feels good to win the points. It’s something we’d be remembered for a long time but for us to finish second even for missing a race, it’s pretty incredible.”
Cornell trails Stangl even with the six wins because he missed one of the races at Double-X. He got the opportunity to race in the state of California, so he took it.
“There was a gentleman we knew who owned the car and he needed a driver for some select events and he called us up,” Cornell said. “Our schedule was pretty much free. I wasn’t racing for points around here really. Plus with all of the rainouts we had at the beginning of the season we only raced maybe two times before we went out there. We were kind of itching to race.”
Double-X isn’t the only points standings Cornell is competing in. He leads the ASCS Warrior Region standings by 104 points.
The Warrior Region season goes until Sept. 26 and includes races in Memphis, Mo, Moberly, Cameron and Wheatland.
“It just kind of worked out that way,” Cornell said. “…Since we’re leading that now we’ll probably try to finish out the year and win a championship.”
The next scheduled race is the High Roller Classic at Missouri State Fair Speedway on Aug. 23.
“That’s an event that we’re really looking forward to,” Cornell said. “It’s been a while since we’ve raced out there.”
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