Harrison Gets ‘Last Laugh’ in SCSCS Columbus Closer
Ohio (June 19, 2016) – The Final Lap 71 at Columbus Motor
Speedway presented by Performance Fiberglass was decided by a final
lap game changer. When
the smoke cleared, Harvey Harrison became the last driver to etch
his name in the Super Cup Stock Car Series history books at the
Central Ohio facility.
It was a night and
day result compared to the Renick, West Virginia driver’s initial
appearance on the 1/3-mile in 2009.
“This place beat
me so hard the first time I ever came here,” Harvey Harrison, who
had never finished better than eighth at Columbus before, said.
“It was a bad crash with the throttle hanging wide open.
The thing is I didn’t feel like coming up here, but I’ve
always come back. The
place has always bit me, but tonight I feel like I got the last
laugh. The ol’ 51 John
3:16 / Southern Coal Chevrolet Monte Carlo done good tonight.”
Kromer won his first career SCSCS pole award earlier in the
afternoon, a series track record of 15.151 seconds that will stand
forever. Kromer passed
Brent Nelson for the lead early on in the No. 52 his son Kyle
normally drives, but unfortunately was sidelined 20 laps in when the
engine started skipping. It
turned out to be an issue with the rocker arms on the opposite heads
from what caused the machine to fall out of the previous race at
“We had the field
covered tonight,” a disappointed Kromer commented.
From there, an
incredible battle for the top spot was displayed for nearly each of
the next 50 laps of the 71-lap distance.
Harrison continuously fought on the outside and
would not let Midvale winner Nelson get away on the inside.
As the two veteran racers waged on, Columbus first-timer
Larry Berg entered the fray.
Harrison’s tires beginning to show their wear, Berg would pass him
for second in the closing laps and set his sights on fellow
Petersburg, West Virginia resident Nelson.
Upon taking the white flag, Nelson and Berg were side by
side, but did not make it through turn one unscathed after contact
between the two.
damage to his car, but maintained his speed when the caution was
displayed to inherit the lead. He
would hold off all challenges behind him in a restart that involved
his sons Brian and Brandon in a wreck, and went on for his first
Super Cup Stock Car Series victory since 2012 during the following
It turned out that
despite the front end being banged up; the late yellow flag was
exactly what Harvey Harrison had wanted in order to have a shot for
“I needed that to
cool the tires down,” Harvey Harrison noted.
“I went on the high side so long that I felt like I was
cooking the right rear tire plum off of it.
It got so loose that it was like skating on ice, but that
little bit of a cool down that caution was exactly what I needed.
I just had a blast tonight.
The car was working good.”
The conclusion, on
the other hand, left others like Nelson and Berg more on the
“Going into three
my spotter told me Larry’s coming and he’s on your bumper,”
Nelson, who recovered to finish in fourth, explained.
“When I crossed the start-finish line and took the white
flag I didn’t know he dove under me.
I did not have a clue that he was inside.
If I cut down on him then I cut down on him.
I certainly didn’t mean to.
If I knew he was there I would have went high and we would
have fought it out going down the backstretch, but gosh that was a
hard one to lose.”
Berg finished the
night in eighth place and did not take the blame for the contact.
“I went under
him, he came down, we hit quarter panels, and spun out,
basically,” Berg said. “It’s
the way it is. I hated
it, but I wasn’t at fault.”
some led to opportunity for others as the race came to an end.
Indiana teammates Tim McLaughlin and rookie driver Trent
Gossar capitalized with their best career performances to round out
the podium in that order.
McLaughlin, driver of the No. 21 Don Gnat Racing Chevrolet, said.
“I’m a little old for this, but it felt good.”
Gossar moved to the
heavy steel-bodied stock cars late in 2015 after mainly running in
four-cylinder compact cars most of his young career.
It was a team effort that allowed the No. 71 Gossar’s
Towing Chevrolet to make it through the final two altercations.
“My spotter kept
saying hit the brakes and go low, and I just saw a hole, got in the
gas, and made it through there,” Gossar mentioned.
“I don’t even know what to say about it.
It’s a big difference coming from what I’ve been in
coming into this, and being able to run up front with these guys,
this is a lot of hard competition and it means a lot.”
Nelson recovered to
a fourth place finish and holds onto the early season point lead.
Despite an unfavorable result, the driver of the No. 80
Airtek Inc. / Precision Auto Collision Chevrolet will be looking
forward to the next one perhaps a little more than usual.
“It’s one of
the things where we’re going to go home and do what we always
do,” Nelson said. “We’re
going to go through the car to see if we got any damage.
We’re going to fix it and we’re going to come back harder
than ever to win Jennerstown.”
rounded out the top five and sits third in points behind Nelson and
Harvey Harrison thanks to a consistent first two races to start off
features at Pensylvania’s Jennerstown Speedway will give drivers
two chances at scoring points and victories on Saturday, July 9.
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