Will Register and his 1997 Chevrolet Cavalier did it again.
Register, formerly of Sedalia, repeated as the hobby stock points champion Saturday night at Double-X Speedway near California, Mo.
“Really all in all, it was a pretty smooth season,” Register said. “I got (eight) wins out there. If I wasn’t leading, I was always up front battling for it. I had no real car problems.”
While Register, a 2008 Sacred Heart School graduate, won by a comfortable margin of 260 points ahead of second-place Rudy Wirts, of California, he didn’t start pulling away until about a month into the season.
“I was trading the lead back and forth (with Seth Jacobs) the first month,” Register said. “We were within 25 and 50 points of each other. He crashed his car at another track and couldn’t get it together again. After that, I began pulling away.”
Jacobs wound up seventh despite having the second-most wins in the series (two).
Register also races at LA Raceway, where he finished fifth this season. He said he missed a couple of races at the rural La Monte track that cost him some points.
Register, who works for a lawn care company in Jefferson City, does all the upkeep on his car himself.
His family was a big reason why he become involved in racing.
“My grandfather (William Register) owned Capital (Speedway near) Jefferson City,” Register said. “I worked out at (Missouri State Fair Speedway) when they were running. ... Four years ago, my cousin (Andrew Turley) bought a sprint car. I worked with him for two years.”
With help from his family, Register bought his car during the 2000 racing season and began racing.
“I bought it from a guy I knew — Jay Prevete,” Register said. “He always ran well in it. I just fell in love with it. I’ve never had major problems with the car.”
Register said that he couldn’t race without the help of his three sponsors: Tool Time Racing, of California; C & J Signs, of Lee’s Summit; and Bryant Motors of Sedalia.
Like Register, Tyler Blank, of California, had already clinched the 360 winged sprints championship entering the final night of racing.
Jonathan Cornell, of Sedalia, finished second with 370 points. Cornell led the division with six feature wins. Blank only won four.
Derek Henson, of Russellville, wrapped up the street stocks title, beating second-place Dale Berry, of Tuscumbia, by 118 points.
Henson didn’t win the feature race Sunday night. Tim Cressley, of Tipton, finished the season with two straight wins, but finished seventh, 538 points behind Henson.