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SPOTLIGHT ON SPEED: Darron Fuqua

SPOTLIGHT ON SPEED: Darron Fuqua
Mayetta's Darron Fuqua has established himself as the dominant driver in Heartland Park Topeka's Saturday Showdown dirt track series, setting the track record for single-season Modified wins two years ago and adding a second straight track championship last season.
Still, the 28-year-old racer never expected his five-for-five start to the 2013 campaign.
After missing the first race of the season to compete in another racing event, Fuqua has rolled off five straight feature wins to move back into the top spot in the Modified standings.
"You're surprised and happy at the same time,'' said Fuqua, who will get the opportunity to run his streak to seven in this week's double-feature program Saturday night at HPT. "Everything's just working out. We've had a lot of luck on our side and we've got a good car, a good motor program, and everything's just clicking. That happens from time to time, and it goes the other way, too, so I'm hoping that it doesn't go back.''
Fuqua, who has also swept his five HPT heat races thus far, will take a 14-point lead over veteran Kerry Davis (Parkville, Mo.) into Saturday's races, with the success coming in a season where he wasn't even going to think about points.
"I didn't plan on points racing this year at all,'' Fuqua said. "I just wanted to be able to go travel if we felt the urge, but now we're kind of stuck again. I've won four points championships (two at Thunder Hill, two at HPT) and the racing for points thing can get old. It turns fun into work and puts a lot more pressure on you as a driver.
"You think about everything when you're racing (for points) and you don't take chances like you normally would, and stuff like that.''
But the quick start has Fuqua eyeing a third straight track championship and perhaps another track record.
Fuqua set a single-season win record in 2011 with 11 feature victories, eclipsing the previous record held by current NASCAR star Clint Bowyer.
With Fuqua almost halfway to that total already, the record could be in danger again this season.
"We've got 14 races left or something like that and it would be nice,'' Fuqua said with a smile. "But it meant a lot more to me to break Clint Bowyer's record than it would my own.''
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