SPOTLIGHT ON SPEED: SHAUN STILL
Twenty-eight-year-old Topekan Shaun Still is quick, not only on the track, but in the pits. He has to be.
As soon as he completes his laps in the Hobby Stock division of the Saturday Super Showdown Stock Car Series, he jumps out and races over to his Factory Stock machine and returns to the track in that class.
Both cars have the same number -- 01 -- with a carbon-copy paint job and, of course, the same driver, who is in his first season of doubling up.
"The hardest part's just getting buckled in, with your helmet on and stuff, but it's a blast,'' Still said. "It's extra seat time and experience.''
Still didn't set out to drive in the two back-to-back classes, it just sort of happened.
"It was kind of an accident deal,'' he said. "My dad was supposed to drive -- he used to race and he's been there and seen it -- but he really kind of decided he didn't want to do it."
"I was like, "Well, I'll drive it, I'll try it out.'"
Now Still is glad he did.
"I figured I wouldn't like it, running it two classes, but I'm glad I did it,'' Still said.
Because he started the season at another track, Still is not in the hunt for the season championship in either the Factory Stock and Hobby Stock classes, but has been a force.
He is in the top 10 in Hobby Stock, top 15 in Factory Stock and won two weeks ago. He was second in Hobby Stock Saturday night and third in Factory Stock.
"Heck, we're just running,'' Still said. "We're going for the win.''