Anniversary SCSCS Championship a “Long Time Coming” for Jim
Pennsylvania (September 5, 2017) – After ending up close to
the ultimate trophy on multiple past occasions, 2017 went in Jim
Crabtree Jr.’s favor enough to call himself a Super Cup Stock Car
Series champion. The two
times previous runner-up and a number of top supporters were
recognized at the annual Awards Presentation the morning following
the final event of the regular season held at Jennerstown Speedway
“It took me a few
years, but we finally got one,” an elated Crabtree, whose 10th
Anniversary title was his first since 1994 when he competed on the
local racing circuit back home in Indiana, said.
“It’s been a long time coming.
Just happy it finally came.”
It was the Muncie
resident’s return to the series for the first time since 2013 and
preparation was the key in a year that saw one victory and no finish
worse than fourth in eight starts.
“I worked hard
all winter long from this time last year,” Crabtree noted.
“I wanted to make sure it was ready.
A lot of hard work and it paid off.”
also a recipient of the inaugural Northern Division championship
plaque, went on to thank the SCSCS Director of Competition Joe
Schmaling for making it possible for competitors to enjoy some
affordable stock car racing.
One of those
competitors was his son JP Crabtree, who turned in his best ever
effort including capping off Jennerstown in August with his first
career victory, earning him a custom race-winner Boschett Timepiece.
A one-two points finish is an incomparable accomplishment for
the family’s long line of success.
“That’s one of
those once in a lifetime things,” JP Crabtree mentioned.
“It’s so hard to win races and win championships and run
consistent. This is
The 2012 SCSCS
Rookie of the Year also contributed to one of the best seasons for
Don Gnat, who was awarded as Car Owner of the Year.
Gnat opened 2017 in winners circle as well with 2016’s
Rookie of the Year Trent Gossar at Midvale Speedway, his first as an
owner in the series since fielding a car for current champion Jim
Crabtree Jr. in 2013.
In addition to each
of the top 10 points finishers, many received special awards for
their performance throughout each of the SCSCS events.
Ben Ebeling, a winner for the second straight time at
Lonesome Pine Raceway, became the first Southern Division champion
and was recognized for his and the Potter Racing team’s efforts.
Performing Rookie honors went to Jerod Brougher, who finished a
season best ninth in the final race after an up-and-down initial
year. Ron Langdon, who
made the long tow from Long Island New York, additionally came a
long way during a couple of the Twin 50s earning him the season-long
Hard Charger Award. The
annual presentation is named in memory of former competitor Charlie
Canterbury and was the tightest in series history with no repeat
recipients at each checkered flag.
Jason Schue was
named Sportsman of the Year for the second straight occasion and
Most Improved Driver. Fellow
Pennsylvania driver Brian Kaltreider received welding equipment from
series partner Lincoln Electric.
2016 champion Harvey Harrison received the Racing Spirit
award for continuously spearheading the support of a three-car team
over multiple years and his gracious willingness to assist others in
the pit area with his wealth of expertise.
Last but not least,
PR Coordinator Aaron Creed and series photographers Patrick Miller
and Cheryl Fleming presented Joe Schmaling with a special framed
plaque for his 10 years of hard work and service.
The design contained numerous names that have contributed to
the series over the years and was signed by many in attendance
during Jennerstown weekend.
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As another regular
season concludes teams have decisions to make as the months lead up
“I don’t know
what next year holds,” JP Crabtree commented.
“We’ll think about it this off-season and figure out what
we’re going to do.”
One driver that has
his sights set on the immediate future is third place points
finisher Brent Nelson. Besides
a broken rear end sidelining him at Midvale, the Petersburg, West
Virginia driver won twice and never finished outside the top five in
the remaining events.
something we could fix to get out for the second race and it really
hurt us in the points,” Nelson remarked.
“Had we finished both races in the top five or better we
may champions today, but it is what it is and we’ll regroup and go
Next up for the
series is a special event at Dominion Raceway, a pristine facility
in Thornburg, Virginia that opened at the start of 2016, on
Saturday, September 23. Nelson
has been anxious to compete on the 3/8-mile surface for a while now
despite never seeing the track in person to date.
“We raced Grand
Stock and Late Models at Old Dominion for numerous years and now
we’ve got Dominion Raceway which has been relocated,” Nelson
said. “It’s a new
birth and looking forward to going there.”
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