and Mohelski Split Thrilling Jennerstown Twin 50s
Pennsylvania (July 10, 2016) – In front of a standing room
only crowd on Saturday night at Pennsylvania’s Jennerstown
Speedway Complex, two drivers competing in their first Super Cup
Stock Car Series races of 2016 hoisted the American Racer Tire
“Night at the Races” presented by Patrick Miller Photography
Virginia’s Codie Rohrbaugh picked up where he left off last August
by slightly eclipsing his track record with a lap time of 20.118
seconds around the 1/2-mile track.
After the top six qualifiers redrew for their starting
positions, Rohrbaugh started outside the front row but secured the
top spot from Bill Ashton immediately heading into turn one.
series and Jennerstown winner would only have to contend with Dan
Bainey during the first 50-lap feature.
The 2015 SCSCS champion challenged
Rohrbaugh on the outside during restarts and would nip him at the
line to lead a lap early on.
pulled away in the closing laps as Bainey was pressured by Bob
Schacht, a multi-time ARCA winner making his series debut, for the
runner-up position. Bainey
was able to fend Schacht off for the remainder of the distance
followed by championship contenders Brent Nelson and Harvey Harrison
rounding out the top five.
“We always run
well here,” Rohrbaugh said. “We
have a good setup and had a good car.”
The top six
finishers in the first feature redrew for their starting positions
in the second Twin 50, putting Harrison and Schacht on the front
row. Rohrbaugh started
fifth, but maneuvered his way quickly to second before passing
Harrison for the lead nearing the completion of 10 laps.
The first 33
circuits were clean and green, but things completely changed as
nature would get involved. A
small rain shower began to fall causing the cars to come to a stop
on pit road. Although
the race had reached a distance that could be declared complete,
track and series officials made the decision to put every effort
into concluding the race for the fans.
a brief delay, the race resumed and it only took until turn three on
the restart lap for controversy to strike.
Contact was made between Bainey, who had advanced up to
second by that time, and Rohrbaugh.
Rohrbaugh was sent toward the wall and collected Nelson and
In a rivalry that
stemmed from last August when both were gunning for the victory at
the same track, Bainey gave his point of view at the end of the
night about what had occurred.
“I’m sure this
is going to be the question of the week here, but no, I did not
drill him on purpose,” Bainey explained.
“Yeah, he ran across the front of my car again.
Going into the corner, and Bob (Schacht) just came over and
said ‘hey, you know he locked up his brakes getting in there’
and I said ‘yeah, he did,’ I dove in to cross under him and when
it did, geez, I launched him. If
I was going to wreck him I wouldn’t wreck myself, and I really
feel bad for (Nelson) and (Brian Harrison) who got in it, and I
apologize to those guys.
That wasn’t the plan.”
declined to comment following the race regarding what had
When the smoke
cleared, Harvey Harrison was back in the lead with Schacht and Jeff
Zillweger in tow. Emerging
from seemingly nowhere though was Michael Mohelski Jr., making his
first SCSCS start since his rookie season in 2009 after regular
driver Mike Kurkowski turned the driving duties over following the
first Twin 50.
The Maryland racer,
driving the car that won with Kurkowski behind the wheel July of
last year at Motordrome Speedway, smoothly diced through the field
in the remaining laps. Coming
to two laps to go, Mohelski made his move under Harvey Harrison for
the lead and went on to win his second career SCSCS feature.
“A week ago I
would have never thought I would have been back behind the wheel of
a stock car,” an elated Mohelski noted.
“Even to think that we would have a shot to be in victory
lane it’s just an awesome feeling.
“With probably 10
to go, once that restart had finally panned out, I really started
realizing how good the car really was.
It was just holding up really nice and I could tell that some
of the leaders were starting to lose it a little bit.
I guess probably with five to go, I really thought I had a
shot to win this thing.”
Mohelski had shaken
down the car briefly in practice, but did not receive the indication
from car owner Kurkowski to suit up until between the features.
that Mike would even think of me to be able to come out here and
drive his racecar,” Mohelski continued.
“He’s got awesome equipment and is a great guy.
I really appreciate the opportunity.”
a front bumper, Bainey came back to finish fourth and was still in
good spirits despite coming up short of winning.
“It was good to
be back with the series and I said ‘hey, good job’ to Codie when
he won,” Bainey indicated. “Tore
the hood off, fought back up there, and raced clean with everybody
that was out there. I
passed (Zillweger) but just didn’t have enough laps to get up with
those others guys. All
in all, an honest-to-good night for me.”
the night with a pair of podium results, which was acceptable for
him in his first series starts.
“We had fun and
that’s what we wanted to do,” Schacht, whose car had noticeable
battle damage on both sides, remarked.
“For what went on tonight and the way the car was, I’m
happy with third place. We
didn’t have a good car in the second one, but we’ll be back and
we’ll make it better.”
Harrison held on for a second place finish despite narrowly avoiding
the wall coming out of the final turn toward the stripe.
The night’s results and Nelson’s bad luck inch him even
closer to the points lead.
“The car was so
loose (the first race) it was like I was on dirt,” Harvey Harrison
described. “If there
would have been a caution my car was awesome, but the longer I ran
the worse it got. It
would not stick, and got to where it was skating up off the corner.
I look forward to going to Lonesome Pine and we’re going to
have a blast.”
Even with the
misfortune, Nelson continues with an eight point advantage over
Harvey Harrison. Zillweger
picked up sixth and fifth place finishes at his home track and
remains only 35 points out from the lead going into the second half
of the 2016 season.
The Super Cup Stock
Car Series returns next to Lonesome Pine Raceway in Coeburn,
Virginia on Saturday, August 6, the first time back to the 3/8-mile
after a five year absence.
Both American Racer
Tire “Night at the Races” presented by Patrick Miller
Photography features will air at a future date on MAVTV and
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