By Tim Church
The Stephens name has been in racing for many years. Charlie Stephens raced sprint cars at Sandusky Speedway and other local tracks. Terry Stephens once raced sprint cars and also ran his own late model team. Trent has raced supermodifieds and has won many features and series championships. Talon is entering his third season of supermodified racing and already has five feature wins and a series championship.
At the age of five, Talon raced in the quarter midgets until the age of thirteen. He won the 2002 National Grands race in quarter midgets. He spent a year travelling with the 600cc micro sprints before going to the 305 sprints with his brother Trent until 2011. “I took a few years off to regroup before buying the supermodified I currently have.” With that super he has won the 2016 MSA championship and rookie of the year. In 2017 he was runner up in the MSA points and was also the ISMA rookie of the year.
The supermodified is a Muldoon chassis that he bought after the 2015 season. Talon said the car finished third in the Oswego points in either the 2013 or 2014 season. “We made some changes to the suspension following the 2016 season which was done by Acme Racing, Steve and Rich Stout. They again, like all racers made changes to the car after the 2017 season. “The changes we made for the 2018 season consist of a new body, brakes, and the shedding of quite a few pounds to be more competitive with the weight rule.”
What are the plans for the number 30 supermodified? To run and support the MSS schedule and if his schedule permits, support some ISMA shows. The goals for the 2018 are simple, “to win as many races as possible with MSS. If I can win races and be successful, then the points battle will take care of itself. He would also like to be more competitive in ISMA and produce top ten finishes consistently.”
I asked Talon, who is more competitive you or Trent? “That’s a tough one, I’d say me , but I know he’d say the same thing. I think we are more competitive with different things. Right now in my career I want wins, not that he doesn’t but he’s on to the ISMA championship hunt and I just want to be competitive with them. With that being said, I’ve always had the mentality, if I can’t win then I want him to.
Talon would like to thank sponsors Domino’s Pizza, Stephens Lift Truck, Lang’s Auto Body, and Acme Racing for continuing their support for the 2018 season.