SCSCS Duels at Dominion Kicks Off
2018 Season Saturday
North Carolina (April 24, 2018) – At least seven months of
hard work and determination in race shops up and down the eastern
portion of the country all will culminate on Saturday, April 28.
The Super Cup Stock Car Series 2018 season will begin at the
site of their most recent race, Dominion Raceway in Thornburg,
15 full-bodied stock cars invaded the
4/10-mile oval for a special event in September 2017.
Heading in with perhaps the most momentum is the driver who
took the checkered flag at the end of that 75-lap distance, Bob
liked it a lot, especially because I won, but it’s got good grip,
it’s super wide, and it’s really a nice facility,” the driver
of the No. 75 Engineered Components / Bob Schacht Motorsports
Schacht knows that the caliber of
competition will be even heavier this time around given that it will
set the stage for the championship battle in the 11th season of the
SCSCS. The veteran
driver whose home base is Mooresville, North Carolina will be going
full bore for the first time in his short tenure with the series.
“We’re going to run all the races
and see how we do, and see what happens toward the end of the
year,” Schacht continued.
As part of the preparation, Schacht
purchased a former NASCAR K&N Pro Series car from a few years
back in an attempt to step things up.
The car that won last time out at Dominion will not go by the
“My sponsor’s son A.J. Henriksen
is going to drive the car,” Schacht announced.
“I raced with him when he was younger at some of the ARCA
short tracks, so we’re going to let him run Dominion and see how
he runs there. He’s
got no excuses now since the car won, so we’ll see how he does
Joining Henriksen will be a number of
drivers scheduled to make their SCSCS debut.
Another racer with past stock car experience is Allen
Purkhiser from South Carolina. His
No. 68 was often seen near the front of the field in the Pro Cup
series earlier in the decade. Marc
Jones from Mocksville, North Carolina brings the first Dodge to
compete in the series in many years after testing the waters in
Samatha Rohrbaugh, younger sister of
six-time SCSCS winner Codie Rohrbaugh, will be seeking an positive
initial outing after a couple successful tests.
The Petersburg, West Virginia driver will be making the step
up from years spent in the karting ranks.
Home state racer Edward Adams III will drive for 2014 series
champion JJ Pack in the second of the Twin 50s on the schedule.
Pack will pilot his rebranded Toyota
in the first event, while another returning champion from 2013, Todd
Peck, will dust off his old Pontiac for another ride.
While Schacht may have been
victorious in September, a number of additional competitors
contended for the top spot throughout the course of the event.
One of them was Petersburg, West Virginia’s Brent Nelson.
The driver of the No. 80 Airtek Inc. / Precision Auto
Collision / Atkinson Welding Chevrolet has become increasingly
consistent in recent years and has not missed a race since early
hopes that his current series leading 44th consecutive start is the
beginning to his best season yet, and thinks that a runner-up finish
back in September will be a good baseline.
“I think it’ll help, knowing that
we had a really good car last year,” Nelson indicated.
“(In September) we had a really good car in practice on
Friday and it changed on Saturday.
We’ve made adjustments trying to make sure it doesn’t
change again and I think we’ll be better this time.”
While he has not finished outside the
top three in points over the last four seasons, there has always
been some kind of factor that has eluded Nelson from the
offseason preparations have been abundant to make sure an ideal
outcome on the track can be put forth.
“Everything suspension and
driveline wise has been freshened up and anything that was
questionable we went and replaced,” Nelson added.
“Hopefully the gremlins will be gone.”
Another one of the top five finishers
from September was Hickory, North Carolina’s Ben Ebeling.
A late start to the 2017 racing season did not stop the No.
44 Wrench Rags / Custom Graphics / Potter Racing Ford from entering
victory lane. Despite
that, some extra opportunity this time around to go through the
mechanical side of things and make sure everything is right has
already helped going into 2018.
“We really found some stuff when we
went in the fall that the car really responded well to,” Ebeling
that and the stuff we found in the offseason we’re really looking
forward to what we can do at Dominion and hopefully contend for the
pole and the win again.”
With his win at Lonesome Pine last
August, it propelled Ebeling to the inaugural Southern Division
being the first South-designated points event of 2018, Ebeling is
set to defend his crown and maybe more.
“We’re definitely going to
contend for the Southern championship again,” Ebeling said.
“We would like to be able to contend for the overall
championship, but we’ll just have to see how that works out.”
Ebeling’s car owner Mike Potter has
a new car prepared for himself as well.
Potter will also field his third place finishing car from
September for fellow Johnson City, Tennessee NASCAR veteran Brad
drivers that will be making their second appearance at Dominion will
include Pennsylvania’s Kevin Kromer, Jason Schue, and Bill Ashton,
New Yorker Ron Langdon, and North Carolina’s Tim Richardson and
driver bringing confidence into the new year but making his Dominion
debut will be J.P. Crabtree. The
Hoosier State native picked up his first career win in his most
recent start at Pennsylvania’s Jennerstown Speedway.
“I think I’m as prepared as I can
be from watching countless videos from just about every class that
has run Dominion to the point that I started taking screenshots of
entry in and out to try to do all the practicing I can from all the
way in Indiana,” last year’s runner-up in the standings
Going into 2018, the driver of the
No. 42 USA Tire / J.R.'s Landscaping / Stagger Pros / Support The
Troops / Don Gnat Racing Ford remains poised to maintain the
competitiveness he displayed in 2017.
“My goals have not changed from
last year,” Crabtree said. “I
still want to be as consistent as possible and top fives are what
I’m shooting for. Everything
else should fall right in place like last year.”
Other competitors who will see the
rather new facility for the first time on Saturday will be one-time
SCSCS winner Larry Berg and the entire Harrison family composed of
Harvey Harrison and his two sons Brian and Brandon.
The impressive assembly of teams for
the season opening Duels at Dominion is only the start to what
should be the most exciting SCSCS year to date.
“What (Director of Competition) Joe
(Schmaling)’s got going on here is really a good series for people
that want to come out and not spend a lot of money but have a lot of
fun,” Schacht commented.
For those looking forward to being at
the track on race day, first SCSCS practice begins at 1:00 p.m. with
qualifying taking place shortly after 4:30 p.m. after the local
divisions partake in their sessions.
A Meet and Greet with the drivers on the frontstretch will be
part of the pre-race festivities with the first of the Twin 50 races
set to go at 7:00 p.m.
An optional evening open practice
session will be offered to teams on Friday as well.
For a complete weekend schedule and
more information please visit the official web site at www.supercupstockcarseries.com.
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