David McCullough not giving up title shot

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David McCullough is hoping for a reversal of fortune.

A year ago, he won three early Ground Masters super stock races and was the frontrunner all season — until dropping the series title to youngster Branden Verhoeven by two measly points on championship night.

This season, he’s trying to track down teenager Jake Sheridan, who has six feature wins in 12 starts on the Delaware Speedway circuit heading into Friday’s race.

“We had a few struggles with a couple of flat tires this season that cost us some points,” said the driver of the No. 39 Oke’s Auto/Hardy Service outfit. “But we’re fairly happy with it so far. I just want to go there and have fun and win races. Usually, the points look after themselves.”

McCullough has racked up 10 top-five finishes.

But opportunities to move ahead of the pack have become more rare, in part to this year’s brand-new twin feature cards.

“I really liked the old format with heat races and longer features,” he said. “When you had those 35-lappers, it gives you more time to get to the front if you start at the back. Now, we’re at 25, and if you have a fast car, it’s really tough to catch (the leaders). Add another 10 laps, you’d have a better chance.

“Growing up, I just always enjoyed the longer races. The short ones, you’re going to be wrecking a lot of stuff and we’re all on a small budget.”

After the weekly series, they’ll be squishing a lot of metal — on purpose Saturday and Sunday during Monster Truck Throwdown at Delaware.

The featured trucks include Bigfoot, Avenger, Brutus, Overkill Evolution, Black Stallion and Bucking Bronc. An old London Transit city bus is set to be squashed by the competing teams.

Spectator gates open Saturday at 5 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m.

For more info, visit delawarespeedway.com

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