to be Achieved during Operation: Johnson Kitty Friday Night Thunder
at Kingsport presented by Racing Radios
North Carolina (June 11, 2018) – Details
are all set for what should be a banner Friday night of thunder at
Kingsport Speedway. After
Tropical Storm Cindy swept through the first attempt to compete at
the Eastern Tennessee facility in 2017, the Super Cup Stock Car
Series drivers and teams have been anxiously awaiting to make some
noise on the “Concrete Jungle” racing surface.
Kitty, a non-profit organization based in nearby Johnson City, will
serve as the primary partner for the night’s activities.
The SCSCS looks forward to supporting their mission to
empower the community to advocate for every cat’s right to be
safe, healthy, and valued. Operation:
Johnson Kitty will be on hand at the track raising funds for spays,
neuters, and vaccinations for feral and community cats.
residing in Johnson City is a driver who will be making his third
appearance with the series, but is no stranger to racing competition
at near home and nationwide. In
fact, Brad Teague is celebrating a milestone of his own – 50 years
Although Teague has
not competed at the 3/8-mile oval since 1996, returning to a rather
large following at one of his local tracks is something that will
never get old.
“Anytime you get
to run close to home, you like it,” Teague, a veteran of 241
NASCAR Xfinity Series starts from 1982 to 2015 with a victory in
1987, remarked. “I am
looking forward to seeing local fans that I haven’t seen in a long
The veteran driver
has turned in a couple solid SCSCS performances within the past
year. In his series
debut at Virginia’s Lonesome Pine Raceway last August, Teague
qualified in the top six and redrew the pole position.
Unfortunately, he was sidelined mid-race with brake issues.
At the 2018 season
opening event held at another Virginia track, Dominion Raceway,
Teague started 12th but steadily moved through the pack to finish in
the sixth spot. It was
his first ever visit to the facility.
“It gives you
more confidence,” the driver of the No. 12 Potter Racing Chevrolet
commented. “I ran
pretty good at both places and was starting to catch a couple in the
front at Dominion before the race was over.
I was looking forward to the second race, but it got rained
knows that Kingsport will be an entirely different animal from the
smooth new surface that Dominion presented.
rougher than some of the tracks, and some may not be used to the
concrete,” Teague noted.
decades past will certainly be at the forefront, particularly a win
at Kingsport that came before many running on Friday began their
“We had a big
national championship race there,” Teague recalled.
“We had a flat tire and went three laps down, but had a
good enough car to come back and win it.”
the short tracks was a venture filled with accomplishments for
Teague, perhaps the biggest moment came where a majority of stock
car competitors strive to make it at least once in their lifetime.
wondered what it would be like to go to Daytona,” Teague, a
two-time starter in the Daytona 500, explained.
“When I did that and first pulled out, I couldn’t believe
it. Those cars were like
bullets and I thought that I better have my head screwed on
straight. I will never
Teague is paired up
with another frequent participant on the 2.5-mile high-banks as well
as on short tracks like Kingsport in his heyday.
In addition to Teague, Mike Potter will be fielding a car for
himself, two-time SCSCS race winner and 2017 Southern Division
champion Ben Ebeling, Hiddenite, North Carolina’s Jon Kerley, and
series newcomer Dale Schlobohm from Greeneville, Tennessee for a
total of a five car assault.
festivities will serve as the second and third rounds for the 2018
Southern Division title and races four and five for the overall
Carolina’s Bob Schacht set a series record last time out by
becoming the first driver to win three consecutive points races.
Meanwhile, a number of racers encountering their initial trip
to Kingsport will be seeking to embark upon achievements of their
own in victory lane.
Brent Nelson from
Petersburg, West Virginia currently sits second in points and has
made repairs to the battle-scarred No. 80 Airtek Inc. / Steam
Turbine Services / Precision Auto Collision / Atkinson Welding
Chevrolet from the last event at Ohio’s Midvale Speedway less than
two weeks ago. Walnutport,
Pennsylvania’s Kevin Kromer has been working on the same with his
No. 77 Lehigh Valley Cancer Institute / Mission R.A.C.E.R. / Warren
Pallet / K2 Motorsports Chevrolet.
Making his first
start of the year, Stephen Cox hopes returning to his winning ways
is an approachable goal with the No. 21 STA-BIL 360 Performance /
Impact Race Products / CR7 Motorsports Chevrolet.
Cox’s teammate and team owner Larry Berg will be searching
for a strong showing as well.
Ashton, Marc Jones, Mike Kurkowski, Jason Schue, Larry Wilcox, and
more will additionally be among those to look for come Friday.
SCSCS practice is
slated to begin at 2:00 p.m. with qualifying taking place at 7:30
p.m. The first of the
Operation: Johnson Kitty Friday Night Thunder at Kingsport presented
by Racing Radios twin 50-lap features will take the green flag
shortly after 8:00 p.m.
There will also be
an optional open practice session held from 3:30 to 8:00 p.m. on
Motorsports Television Productions crew will be on hand for the
first time in 2018 to film and produce the Super Cup Stock Car
purchased all new on-board camera systems and all new overhead
cameras for a clearer, superior image with fuller color for 2018. In
addition, a faster production turnaround for these taped programs
will allow for each show to air much sooner than prior years.
dates and times for televised broadcasts, once again in front of a
national audience on MAVTV, will be announced soon.
For a complete
weekend schedule and more information please visit the official web
site at www.supercupstockcarseries.com.
Interactive updates throughout race day will be available on
the Super Cup Stock Car Series Facebook
and Twitter as well as
the new Instagram