Michael Page began the 2017 season with some early success but saw his results waver as the year wore on. As a result, the Douglasville, GA driver decided to make a change.
“We’ve been up and down,” Page explained in an interview with InsideDirtRacing.com. “We won the Ice Bowl(Talladega Short Track) and some other good races but it hasn’t been consistent. We’ve been hit and miss.”
The 34-year-old racer decided to bring new car into his stable in an effort to find the feel he was looking for, and thus, more consistency. After receiving advice from some trusted friends in the racing business, Page turned to Knoxville, Tenn. chassis builder Chase King of Stinger Race Cars.
“We had to get a better car,” Page said of his decision to get into a Stinger. “It fits me. All the new stuff don’t fit me that good. Those cars just drive good and you have to keep them more straight. It’s pretty good when you keep it that way and just let the car do the work.”
Page met with King and his father, Mark, after deciding to give the Stinger a try to discuss what he wanted out of his new chassis.
“We kind of hit it off pretty good,” Page declared. “I didn’t meet them until I told them I wanted a car. We threw our ideas together, me and him and his dad. We changed up some stuff. He kind of reminds me of myself when I was younger, trying to do everything on my own. We worked together pretty good.”
To say the least, the alliance has indeed worked very well for the racer. In his first two starts in the new machine, Page has scored two victories. He says he owes that success to the way the car fits his driving style.
“They all have different little things about them,” Page described. “Some of them like to be drove different from others. Some of them like to be more straight, and with some of them, the more wild you drive them the faster they go. You’ve just got to figure out what each of them want.”
The driver says he prefers cars that perform best when driven straighter. He said he had never driven a Stinger prior to getting his own but had gotten advice from others. “I just asked them if it was good and took a chance.”
Page plans to take on the best racers the sport has to offer this coming weekend at Kentucky’s Florence Speedway then go on to Ohio in September for another crown jewel event.
“We’re going to go to the North-South 100 this weekend and then we’ll go to Eldora for the World 100. Besides that, that’s all that we know for sure we’re going to do.”