Harrison Wins Season Finale and Championship for Third Straight Year
“Hurricane” struck again, but this year was slightly different
from the past two. Unlike 2010 and 2011, Renick, West Virginia’s Jody Harrison did not come into the final race of the 2012
season with the point lead.
15 car field was present for a rainy-but-clearing final race of the
Super Cup Stock Car Series season at Motordrome Speedway in Smithton,
Pennsylvania, part of the track’s annual Piney Lasky Memorial season
concluding event. The race for the championship was a close
one with the top four competitors separated by only 23 points, and
was guaranteed to come down to the wire since each of those drivers
had never finished outside the top five in their career SCSCS
Harrison paced the qualifying session early on with a time of 19.96
seconds, but it was the consistent point leader coming into the
race, Muncie, Indiana’s Jimmie Crabtree Jr., who eclipsed that time with a 19.49 second
lap earning the Boschett Timepieces Pole Award and the first five
bonus points of the night. However, in the qualifying redraw
Crabtree drew a six and would have his work cut out for him for the
50 lap race. Another championship contender, Ona Speedway
winner Harvey Harrison, drew the pole and would lead the first two
family members to green.
didn’t take long for the excitement to pick up, as before the
first lap was even completed there were cars around in turn four.
Involved were Jimmie Crabtree Jr., J.P. Crabtree and Brian Harrison.
Harvey Harrison pulled into the lead after the complete restart and
gained those all-important five bonus points for leading a lap.
It was Jimmie Crabtree Jr. though that was the car to watch as he
had already climbed up to sixth place by lap five, despite some
damage to the rear of his #63.
second caution of the evening flew on lap six when
spun around heading into turn two, nearly collecting championship
contenders Jimmie Crabtree Jr. and Kevin Kromer. Once the
green flag flew again it was Jody Harrison who was applying pressure
on his uncle, and made the pass for the lead on lap nine of the
race. 2011 Motordrome winner Todd Peck was making his first
series start of the season and was steadily moving through the field
after starting from the rear, but the Stopain sponsored #96’s
night was cut short when the car struck a piece of debris which
caused problems with the car internally.
Harrison began checking out on the field, but his night was far from
over. By lap 12, Jimmie Crabtree Jr. had moved into the second
spot and was chasing down the two-time defending champion.
would maintain the lead through the halfway point before an anxious
moment occurred during the second half of the race. Jody’s
#75 was caught behind the lapped cars of Jeff Zillweger and J.P.
Crabtree, allowing the #63 to catch up. It was Jody that would
dive low and lap them both coming out of turn four, briefly making
it three wide on the frontstretch. The leaders continued to
set a blistering pace over the closing laps, with Jody lapping the
fifth place car of Brandon Harrison with ten to go.
Harrison would hold off any remaining attempts from Jimmie Crabtree
Jr. to grab the win, and the five bonus points for being the halfway
leader and leading the most laps each were enough for him to claim
his third championship in a row. June Motordrome flag-to-flag
winner Kevin Kromer passed Harvey Harrison for third place on the
last lap of the race, making it that all four championship
contenders finished the race in the top four positions.
the race, the festivities moved to New Stanton, Pennsylvania for the
annual post-season banquet. The top ten drivers in the final
standings were awarded with various trophies and plaques thanks to
Xtreme Trophies. Some special season awards were handed out
including Rookie of the Year J.P. Crabtree, Sportsman of the Year
and Hard Charger Award in memory of former series competitor Charlie
Canterbury to Brent Nelson. The series’ Director of
Competition Joe Schmaling also thanked longtime series officials and
all around helpers Tom and
and his wife Susan for Ansel’s Tire Outlet’s support and Keith
Boschetti for Boschett Timepieces support and the custom made Super
Cup Stock Car Series race winner watches awarded to the five series
winners in attendance.
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