Career Super Cup Start is a Winning One for Larry Berg at Midvale
Ohio (August 9, 2015) – The Super Cup Stock Car Series has
always featured a family atmosphere.
In motorsports, there have been many instances in which
winners span multiple generations.
However, it’s almost unheard of when a grandfather wins his
first career race after his grandson did.
That happened on
Saturday night as Larry Berg, grandfather of 2014 series race winner
Codie Rohrbaugh, took the lead on the backstretch from Dan Bainey on
lap 26 and never looked back to win the Kuester Implement 75
presented by Comp-Cal at Midvale Speedway in Ohio.
County Mulch Inc. No. 7 Chevrolet was one of the fastest cars
immediately when taking to the 3/10-mile surface earlier in the day,
but when first to last were separated by slightly over .4 seconds in
practice it was certain that the race would be a competitive one.
would claim his first career pole award as well, but redrew sixth
putting second in 2015 points Harvey Harrison on the pole alongside
points leader Dan Bainey. Harrison
jumped out to the front early and led lap one before a bottleneck in
turns one and two caused a multi-car tangle that sent 2014 Midvale
winner Kevin Kromer and fourth in points Brian Harrison to the pit
area for the night.
When the green came
back out, Bainey was able to work on Harvey Harrison and muscle the
lead away from the Renick, West Virginia driver a few laps later.
Coming fast behind him though was Berg, a successful
motorcycle racer in his youth. The
Petersburg, West Virginia driver quickly advanced into second and
began to put pressure on the No. 00 DelGrosso Foods / Rock &
Ruthless Tattoo Parlor Ford.
When he was caught,
Bainey had his hands full and eventually could no longer hold the
“We battled as
hard as we could with him, but we started losing brakes,” Bainey
said. “I had to pump
them a bunch. It’s not
the best feeling in the world here because you have to use a lot of
Berg would still
have to contend with Harvey Harrison’s No. 51 Southern Coal
Corporation Chevrolet throughout the remaining laps that were slowed
by numerous yellow flags. On
restarts, Harrison’s preferred outside line would keep up with
Berg, but coming out of turn two Berg was able to power ahead on
was Berg’s first career win in his second ever start in a stock
car, the third first-time Super Cup Stock Car Series winner in 2015.
“We unloaded well
and it’s been a lot of fun all weekend,” Berg recapped.
“It was good racing. Harvey
and I, and everyone, raced hard but raced clean.
You’re going to beat around a little bit on a short track,
I assure you that.”
After taking the
checkered flag, 2014 Jennerstown Speedway race winner Codie
Rohrbaugh instructed his ‘pap’ to do a burnout, but amusingly
there will be some practice needed for the next time.
“I said ‘well
they’ve already got the cars parked so I can’t do a burnout’
so I started to a little bit--not going to work,” Berg said with a
In the closing
laps, the race was on for second.
Bainey and his ailing brakes had a late caution to cool off
and was able to move inside of Harvey Harrison to take the second
“I thought we had
a fifth place car,” admitted Bainey.
“A couple long green flag runs we didn’t have any brakes
and I was coasting, diving it into the corners and just catching it
up the track. We got a
couple cautions towards the end, and I was able to get some brakes
back. We had the eight
lap run at the end and gave it all we had and ended up second.”
Harvey was passed
by the only driver he trails for the championship, but remained
positive after another podium finish.
“We were having a
blast,” Harrison commented. “Those
guys are good racers, and a lot of slicing and dicing.
I really love that. A
lot of close racing, but my car got a little bit loose right there
at the end. I got in a
little bit hot, got up sideways, and it opened the door for Dan to
get up under me. Was
about out of time when all that happened.”
youngest son Brandon made his first start of 2015 and brought the
No. 5 Harrison's Welding Chevrolet home in fourth right behind his
father. After being
involved in a multitude of on track altercations, Indiana driver Tim
McLaughlin finished fifth in his battered No.21 Don Gnat Racing
before, Harvey Harrison showed that he had something for Berg on the
restarts. The veteran
driver has chosen the outside at several races throughout the
“On restarts, my
choice is always the outside,” Harrison said.
“It seemed like I was good up there, but the car would get
loose on me a couple times and when it got loose (Berg) could get
right back around me. If
I could’ve gotten it to hook up I would have really given him a
good run on the outside. Maybe
we’ll get them up at Jennerstown.”
As a result of the
late race pass, there was a 10 point swing with Bainey now leading
Harvey Harrison by 50 heading into the finale weekend in two weeks,
which will feature Twin 35 lap races at Jennerstown Speedway in
“It’s a good
feeling to go in there as the points leader,” Bainey said.
“Keep our head on there, get a good finish, and see if we
can win the championship.”
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