Competitors Switching Things Up In
Preparation for 2018 SCSCS Season
North Carolina (March 20, 2018) – They say that sometimes a
change can be good. Many
teams getting ready for the 2018 Super Cup Stock Car Series are
putting that phrase into motion for various purposes.
Kevin Kromer has
been a fixture on the SCSCS circuit since nearly the beginning, but
continues pushing toward the objective of upping his game and giving
it another go to pursue the ultimate prize, series champion.
Pennsylvania driver underwent shoulder surgery during the winter
months, but will be prepared come the season opening event at
Dominion Raceway on Saturday, April 28. Due
to the limited time available over the off-season, Kromer elected to
switch to the car his son Kyle piloted over the last few years.
Kyle Kromer will scale back to a limited schedule in 2018 in
order to concentrate on his career after recently graduating from
“For some odd
reason that car works so good,” Kromer mentioned.
“It’s pretty much race ready, will have a new color, and
we’re working on lettering it now.”
The two occurrences
in which Kevin hopped behind the wheel of Kyle’s prior machine
netted some impressive outcomes.
He claimed his only career pole award in the Columbus Motor
Speedway swan song in 2016 and led laps in the most recent special
event at Dominion.
optimistic going back and found an interesting similarity related to
the speed carried at the 4/10-mile Virginia facility.
you’re off the throttle and right back on it, I compare it to
going from turn one to three at Pocono Raceway,” Kromer indicated.
Kromer, now more
than a year cancer free, will carry the Lehigh Valley Cancer
Institute on his No. 77 car once again as well as the non-profit,
Mission Racer, he and wife Kelly have started.
The K2 Motorsports group is actively searching for
opportunities to showcase the causes they are raising awareness for
as well as seeking additional financial backing for 2018 and beyond.
The Harrison family
collectively is making a switch to a different fleet of racecars for
2018. Coming off a
championship season, Harvey Harrison’s 2017 was not nearly as
solid when it came to luck and performance on the track.
The No. 51 was on three different cars throughout the season,
all of which turned in decent finishes, but left him searching for
more as he tries to become only the second ever repeat series
son Brian had one of his best seasons in recent time, but still
wants to find ongoing improvement in his and the team’s operation
on starting out with some new stuff, all three of us,” Brian
Harrison noted. “Dad
will have a different car with a new body and will go back to the
old paint scheme (from the championship-winning car).
Brandon (Brian’s younger brother) is pretty excited that he
will be switching things up too.”
While it will be
the Renick, West Virginia family’s first time visiting Dominion,
they have been working extremely hard at the shop and counting down
the days. Additionally,
they look forward to getting back to what has become their home
track, Ona Speedway, in August where Brian started his racing
Brian’s list is getting that still elusive first victory in the
series, a moment that he has come very close to on multiple
he remains realistic about the possibilities.
“I just have to
play my cards right,” Brian Harrison commented.
“Luck is just part of it.
You can have the fastest car and have something break, or you
can have a mediocre car, the leaders break, and you are in a
position to win.”
Others made a
switch based on sheer necessity.
Ron Langdon came on board with the SCSCS at Jennerstown in
July 2017 and out of the box scored a third place finish.
Following that event, there were a share of small struggles,
but part of the way through the last event at Dominion he hit on
“I had to learn
how to drive it,” Langdon indicated.
“I honestly think that car could have won. That
thing was fast.”
racing, things can come to a standstill rather quickly.
Rolling through turns one and two on a mid-race restart,
Langdon acquired the fifth position and was as fast if not faster
than the leaders. The
next time around, trouble struck.
His car got loose enough to veer head on into the turn four
wall. Later on, they
discovered it was a rear end locker that had stayed engaged.
Now it’s back to
the drawing board for the Freeport, New York veteran racer to tune a
recently purchased ride to perhaps perform even better than the last
“The other car
was way worse than we thought,” Langdon accepted.
“By the end of March we’ll have everything ready to go.
We’ll be good to go.”
optimism mixed with hopefulness has the team ready to tow over from
Long Island with their notable school bus and trailer.
Scrimping and scrounging away after last year’s setback,
Langdon is actively searching for additional support from a business
or individuals to continue on after Dominion.
“I don’t know
what it is, I absolutely love running this series,” Langdon, who
went on to speak about the Twin 50 lap feature format and simply the
fun and friends made in a short time, remarked.
“I wish I would have found it years ago.
I am thoroughly enjoying myself.”
changes as well have Langdon hopeful that fortune can turn around.
He will be switching to No. 17, a number he had always wanted
but was always taken from the start of his career.
The livery on the 2018 car will resemble his original paint
scheme on a car he built and had a good amount of success with more
than three decades ago - a car that is still racing locally today.
Larry Wilcox turned
in an eighth place result in the final 2017 standings with one top
five and five top 10 finishes, but will be looking to build upon
that performance. The
Denver, North Carolina racer is more than likely going to try out a
second car in his fleet, which has not competed since 2012, to see
how it will execute.
Although coming off
some strong momentum, 2017 Top Performing Rookie and Dominion
Non-Winners race champion Jerod Brougher has also decided to conduct
some tweaks after a rocky first full year in the series.
The Scottdale, Pennsylvania driver has a refreshed engine for
2018 and made custom removable front ends for their existing car.
“We will be
coming back this year with the same chassis but some Monte Carlo
bumpers,” Brougher added. “We
also picked up a new transmission off (former SCSCS competitor) Lou
Ansel. The motor came
from Patsy Mignogna when his son Jason ran in the Pro Cup series.
“We are just
hoping to be a little more competitive and consistent.”
Brougher is also
thrilled about getting back the No. 71 on the side and roof, a
number which he drove to a championship in a local Four Cylinder
Compacts class a few years ago along with wins in a Street Stock.
They have a long way before all is complete, but the family
team’s plan is to be at Dominion come late April.
As the commencement
of the new Super Cup Stock Car Series season gradually creeps
closer, more information regarding the opening event will be
available at www.supercupstockcarseries.com.
Be sure to stop by Facebook
and Twitter as well as
the new Instagram
page for continued and live updates and features.
coverage of 2018 races will be featured for the third season in a
row on MAVTV thanks to Sopwith Motorsports Productions and various
supporters. At least the
partial schedule is slated to be filmed with additional sponsorship
opportunities still available for the remaining races to be
parties are encouraged to contact SCSCS Director of Competition Joe
Schmaling at JoeSCSCS@gmail.com
as soon as possible.