Machines in the Super Cup Stock Car Series Bring Storied Pasts
North Carolina (September 30, 2014) – The
Super Cup Stock Car Series features steel-bodied stock cars, a heavy
machine that is not widely used in the racing community as much as
it had been after several went away from traditional specifications.
Despite that, this style of car remains in existence all over
the country with many carrying quite the history.
The purchased or inherited machines active in Super Cup today
are no different, and many have been associated with some names that
have accomplished a good amount of success.
Harrison’s Motorsports team led by driver Harvey Harrison has used
their welding and fabrication knowledge and some networking through
years of experience within the industry to their advantage.
They have purchased some cars over the years that had met
some unfortunate circumstances for a relatively affordable price and
have brought them back to life.
The first Super Cup car in which Harvey won on more than one
occasion with was an old Brett Bodine Cup car that had been wrecked
at Rockingham and was restored in their fab shop in West Virginia.
Harvey’s son Brian wheeled a former Michael Waltrip Racing
car to a second place finish last time out at Jennerstown Speedway.
That particular car used to be fielded in the Pro Cup series
for Ken Butler III and Brett Butler, sons of the now-retired
operator of longtime racing sponsor Aaron’s Sales and Lease.
car that took the hardest hit during the 2014 Super Cup season was
originally piloted by the current driver of the Aaron’s Toyota in
the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Brian
Vickers was the 2000 Pro Cup Rookie of the Year and won four times
in his two full seasons with the series in this Leavitt chassis
before moving on to a NASCAR Nationwide Series championship.
After changing hands between a couple other drivers, Rob
Morris acquired the car and especially in 2014 started turning some
heads before his season came to a screeching halt at Midvale
Speedway when the throttle stuck going into the turn.
Nelson’s car may not have an association with a current Cup
driver, but the team it once belonged to now competes at that level.
His Chevrolet is a former Randy Humphrey Racing machine, a
team that has fielded cars for Dave Blaney, Nelson Piquet Jr., and
Corey LaJoie this season. Additional
drivers like two-time Nationwide winner Johnny Rumley drove the car
in one of its past instances when it belonged to and was wrenched by
Mark Huff, who has also worked with veteran driver Mark McFarland
and now actively assists July Jennerstown winner Codie Rohrbaugh’s
of the most well known and top performing machines in its days was
last raced by Rohrbaugh in his 2013 Super Cup rookie season.
This particular car was the first that was purpose-built for
Pro Cup more than a decade ago, and had various drivers such as
Mario Gosselin, Mart Nesbitt, Michelle Theriault, and 2008 Super Cup
rookie of the year Megan Reitenour claim very favorable results.
others that were within the Pro Cup realm have interesting stories.
Jeff Zillweger drives a car that was formerly owned and
operated by current Race of Champions Asphalt Modified Tour
competitor Sam Fullone. In
fact, over the winter Zillweger brought the car to Fullone’s
upstate New York shop and they re-did the setup ultimately playing a
part in contributing to Most Improved Driver/Team accolades when the
2014 season was complete.
Crabtree Jr. enjoyed his share of success in Super Cup before his
Don Gnat-owned Pontiac was involved in an altercation during the
2013 season finale. This
particular car was personally built by Laughlin Performance for
young up-and-comer Shelby Howard to drive for infamous racer Tony
Stewart. The pair
resulted in three Pro Cup wins about a decade ago.
Crabtree then bought the car only later to sell it to a
gentleman from Minnesota who had ideas of bringing the car to a
special race in South Africa, but it ended up mainly used as a show
car. When Indiana-based
Super Cup team owner Gnat worked out a deal with Crabtree, they
bought the car back and resulted in two wins in 2013 and two second
place points finishes.
has even been some wheeling and dealing within the Super Cup
community as well. Kevin
Kromer’s current 2002 Ronnie Hopkins chassis was bought from
Lonnie Rush, who fielded cars for the 2008 and 2009 series
champions, and Kyle Kromer’s car was bought from eventual 2014
champion JJ Pack.
this season’s champ looks to expand on the variety in the series
for 2015 as he along with car owner Cal Richardson will build cars
specifically for Super Cup for the first time.
actually going to put the (championship winning) car in the corner
and we are going to build two brand new ones,” said Pack.
“Two Predator chassis that (Cal) actually has right now so
we’re going to bring Timmy, his son, back next year and we’re
going to be able to put a two car team together.”
cars eligible to compete on the short tracks in the Super Cup Stock
Car Series are certainly a throwback to what stock car racing once
was. Bodies with
backgrounds synonymous with such past series names as Hooters Pro
Cup, Winston Cup, Busch, Busch North, and ARCA are still sitting
around garages and can easily become legal to compete in the series.
The official technical rules and regulations, classifieds of
what is available to purchase around the country, and contact
information for Director of Competition Joe Schmaling can all be
found on the series official site www.supercupstockcarseries.com.