State Family Heads Back to SCSCS for 2017
Joy, Pennsylvania (April 11, 2017) – The
state of Indiana has always had a presence since the inception of
the Super Cup Stock Car Series.
That will continue to increase during the 10th Anniversary
season with the return of the Crabtree family beginning with the
first race at Midvale Speedway (OH) in less than two months.
Crabtree Jr. is no stranger to short track racing and success in the
series with a win and third place finish in the standings during the
inaugural year back in 2008. Most
recently, the Muncie resident won twice and finished runner-up in
points in 2013 driving a car owned by Don Gnat.
year he will be in a Chevrolet entirely owned and prepared out of
his own shop. Despite
his past success, Crabtree could not give any single particular
reason that led to why he decided to come back.
don’t know; we came across a pretty good deal on some cars and
decided to give it another whirl,” Crabtree answered.
“I always had a good time running the series, and my
daughter and wife still like to travel.”
the 45-year-old driver looks for his third SCSCS tenure to be a
charm, he did point out the affordability of the series as why it
had continued to be a consideration.
what we spend, it’s cheaper than anything we have done,”
Crabtree said. “When
we won Shenandoah (in April 2013) after travel and expenses we still
had $300 leftover.”
process to prepare for 2017 started early in the winter for
Crabtree, with the No. 63 already nearly good to go following the
need to square the machine up and ready the setup.
completely went through the whole car and went through the motor and
brakes,” Crabtree mentioned. “There
were a few things found and had to take apart.
All I have left to do is take the rear end out and rebuild
the detroit locker.”
of the steepened competition since 2013, Crabtree remains
exceptionally confident given his past accomplishments as well as
the early and ongoing preparation.
expectations are to come out and win every race,” Crabtree added.
son J.P. also eyes a return to the series, and the roles have been
reversed for the racer who drove for his family last time out.
Gnat bought two cars and I worked out a deal with him to drive
one,” J.P. Crabtree explained.
“Preparing the car in-house and we have an engine for
2012 SCSCS Rookie of the Year as a teenager has a bit more work to
do on the car he will be driving compared to his father, but intends
to be set to race at the season opener.
Now 22 years old, J.P. provided why he looks forward to
coming back as well.
affordable and I actually prefer these over Late Models,” J.P.
Crabtree said. “Better
grip on these and they are easier to work on.
Two weeks and we’ll have it ready to go.”
addition to the overall championship, J.P. plans to run for points
in the South-designated races at
and Lonesome Pine. While
saying it would be neat to win the south and for his father to win
the north, he mentioned that a top three in the south points and top
five overall would certainly be realistic, certainly an attainable
goal given his past points finishes of fifth and fourth.
competition level has doubled so I will have to bring my ‘A’
game, that’s for sure,” J.P. Crabtree, who has only raced before
at one track currently on the series schedule, admitted.
“We’ll take it race by race and see where everything
falls. We’ll see how
the car reacts. It’s a
new car to me. I would
like to run consistent across the board and would definitely want to
get my first win.”
will look slightly different from his past seasons.
The paint scheme has not been decided yet, but instead of his
previous No. 83 it will be No. 42, a tribute to his car owner, a
former Street Stock competitor.
was Don’s number back in the day when he raced,” J.P. Crabtree
indicated. “I wanted
to show how thankful I am for the opportunity.”
from the usual racing action, J.P. has been working on a fun and
unique side project that involves a car that has a history with the
series. The machine in
which Jimmie competed and unfortunately was involved in a wreck with
in his last start at Motordrome Speedway in 2013 is being converted
for a much different use.
was just going to take it to a scrapyard, so I decided to play
around with it at a drift track,” J.P. Crabtree explained.
“I had an old parts car that was a V8 Lexus and the Super
Cup chassis. I took
basically everything out and put it into dad’s old car.”
continue to file in for what should be a stellar field on Saturday,
June 3 at Midvale Speedway for the running of the Skipco Auto
Auction Twin 50s presented by United Tire & Service.
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