Harrison, Kromer, and Schacht Take Home Hardware during Jennerstown’s
Pennsylvania (September 16, 2018) – A bevy of winners, some expected and
one completely unexpected going into the weekend, were celebrated during the
third and final Super Cup Stock Car Series trip of the season to Jennerstown
The American Racer Night at
the Races presented by Performance Fiberglass Products started off where it
left off three weeks ago. Brent
Nelson captured his first Pole Award of 2018 with a best time of 20.22 seconds.
After the redraw, the No. 80 Royal Purple / Airtek Inc. / Steam Turbine
Services / Precision Auto Collision / Atkinson Welding Chevrolet accelerated
into the lead from the outside front row ahead of fellow championship contender
The first Twin 50-lap feature
went clean and green for a majority of the distance with Nelson leading through
halfway; however, picking up positions and lurking
behind him was Stephen Cox. The
Indianapolis, Indiana driver in his first Jennerstown appearance of the year
had to climb from the eighth starting position after spinning on his first
qualifying lap earlier in the afternoon.
Coming to 12 laps to go, Cox
dove the No. 21 STA-BIL 360 Performance / Impact Race Products / CR7
Motorsports Chevrolet into the corner and Nelson’s car went up the track. His
lead would not last long though. With
five circuits remaining, Cox’s car suddenly snapped and spun out of the top
spot in nearly the same part of turn two as in qualifying.
Nelson then held off some
fierce challenges but cruised to his third straight and eighth career SCSCS
“We really pushed on the
right rear pretty hard and I got loose, and I had to back off,” Nelson
explained regarding losing the momentum on the long green flag
run. “Once we went under caution
the tires cooled off and it was on rails at that point.”
Cox could only recover to a
ninth place finish and was left bewildered about what took him out of winning
“We don’t know what
happened in the race,” Cox commented. “I
was going slower because once my spotter told me I was 10 car lengths out front
I actually backed out of it, so that’s the scary thing.
We couldn’t find anything wrong with the car.”
An early contender for the
lead but a salvaged fourth place finish was good enough for Kevin Kromer to
lock up the 2018 Northern Division title. The
cancer survivor, who was left at the time of diagnosis not knowing whether he
would step back in a race car, worked a vast majority of the 48 hours leading
up to Saturday getting a newly prepared No. 77 Lehigh Valley Cancer Institute /
Mission R.A.C.E.R. / Warren Pallet / K2 Motorsports Toyota ready and battled a
transmission seal leak which caused the clutch to keep slipping during the
course of the night.
“It means quite a lot,
considering what I’ve been through the past two years and the season we’ve
had this year, repairing and rebuilding,” the Walnutport, Pennsylvania
driver, who emotionally thanked his family, crew, and the supportive
Jennerstown fanbase following the race, noted.
“It’s an accomplishment.”
Toby Grynewicz and Larry Berg
each achieved a top five result, but the biggest surprise was the driver who
SCSCS champion Harvey Harrison had been absent from competition throughout 2018
and was not pre-entered prior to the event.
The trailer containing the No. 51 John 3:16 / Southern Coal Corporation
/ Harrison’s Motorsports Chevrolet was the final one to arrive, unannounced,
a few minutes prior to opening practice.
Harrison started outside
Freeport, New York’s Ron Langdon on the front row for the second Twin 50.
Langdon jumped to an advantage for the first 20 laps in his No. 17
National Appliance / Langdon’s Automotive Chevrolet.
A yellow flag slowed the field
on lap 20 when Samatha Rohrbaugh, in her second career series start, went
around in turn three. Harrison used
his preference to restart on the outside and cleared Langdon and then multiple
challengers on ensuing restarts over the remainder of the distance.
His toughest match came from a
contender in the first race. Coming
to the white flag, Cox got his best run on Harrison while navigating lapped
traffic, but yet again turn two would be his kryptonite.
ran Harvey clean for probably a good 10 laps,” the eventual eighth place
finisher recapped. “Harvey runs
us clean everywhere. I’m not
going to bump him, I’m not going to mess with him, but I was faster than him
on the low side in the center of the corner and he was faster than me coming
off of two.
“Lap 49 they were saying
there’s traffic on the low side. Harvey
had to go around them and his momentum made him diamond the corner.
When he did, that left a gap and I didn’t come here to run second
again. He tried to close the gap
and came down on me, I pushed up into him, and it hit the front right of my car
and just spun me. I would do it
again. I come here to win.”
A green-white-checkered finish
set up one final duel between Harrison and Potter, who struggled with
overheating issues in the first race and had to start the second one from deep
in the field. The two veteran
drivers were nearly even at the line when the white flag was displayed.
Nevertheless, it was the
Renick, West Virginia driver, in his first outing of 2018,that was successful
for his fifth career SCSCS victory.
“We’re just tickled to
death to be back with a great series,” an elated Harrison said.
“We had a blast tonight. A
lot of side by side racing got pretty exciting.
A win always makes up for any kind of bad luck or anything you have.”
Harrison added his pleasure
with the numerous door to door battles he was a part of throughout the night.
you’ve got drivers that you can trust it’s like running down the
interstate,” Harrison mentioned. “I
know you’re all running as fast as you can and occasionally somebody gets a
little squirrelly and you rub a little bit, but a little bit of rubbing is
racing. I think that’s what is
great about Super Cup. It’s just
so exciting, I just don’t know what all to say.”
Potter admittedly thought the
white flag was actually the checkered and slightly backed off through turns one
and two, but managed to still finish third.
Langdon and Kromer rounded out the top five, but quietly creeping into
second was four-time winner in 2018, Bob Schacht.
By virtue of a sixth place
result in the first Twin 50, the Mooresville, North Carolina racer was only
required to take the green flag in the second race to win the overall SCSCS
championship. It was certainly a
season of ups and downs even for the driver who earned his first title since
the mid-1980s in the short-lived International Racing Association.
started off really good and had some issues near the end there, but it’s part
of it,” Schacht, who went on to thank his sponsors Engineered Components and
PODS as well as his wife Patty Simko-Schacht and daughter Priscilla for their
constant support, said. “I’ve
done this a long time, so you just have to let it roll off your back and keep
Schacht additionally expressed
gratitude for his crew members that played a big part in the effort to
efficiently get the No. 75 Bob Schacht Motorsports Chevrolet back into working
condition after suffering damage on multiple occasions.
“I’ve got three guys that
come from Ohio that come to every race we go to and they are just phenomenal at
the racetrack,” Schacht continued. “They’ll
do whatever it takes to do it, plus the guys that work in the shop and come
with me to the racetrack.”
Despite a rough start to the
season and potential motor issues in the second race of the night, Nelson wound
up the bridesmaid in the final standings for the second time in his career and
continued a streak of five straight years in the top three in points.
Kromer, and Bill Ashton rounded out the top five in the overall standings.
Special awards handed out in Sunday morning’s trophy presentation
included Top Performing Rookie and Most Improved (from beginning of the season
to present) to Marc Jones, season-long Hard Charger (for his rally from the
back to third most recently as well as obtaining the award in two other races)
and Car Owner of the Year (for his series support, notably bringing five cars
to the Kingsport Speedway event in June) to the aforementioned Potter, and
Sportsman of the Year went to Harvey Harrison for the camaraderie he constantly
displays even when having to be away from the track for much of 2018.
What is next for the 2018
Super Cup Stock Car Series champion? The
focus remains on the immediate future.
“We’ll go through Dominion
and get that done and see what we’ll do next year,” Schacht answered.
“We’ve got a car we have
to replace. We’re talking already
about being back next year.”
Dominion Raceway will host the
final Southern Division event on Saturday, September 29.
Schacht holds a slim five point advantage on Ben Ebeling.
An additional special feature is being planned with details to be
announced very soon.
Each of the American Racer
Night at the Races presented by Performance Fiberglass Products Twin 50s are
scheduled to premiere on MAVTV in the near future.
Stay tuned for an upcoming announcement regarding airdates, and please
visit the official web site at www.supercupstockcarseries.com
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Twin 50 No. 1
80 Brent Nelson
2 51 Harvey Harrison
3 40 Toby Grynewicz
4 77 Kevin Kromer
5 7 Larry Berg
6 75 Bob Schacht
7 17 Ron Langdon
8 35 Bill Ashton
9 21 Stephen Cox
10 33 John Komarinski
11 18 Jeff Zillweger
12 53 Lauren Butler
13 22 Marc Jones
14 3 Jason Schue
15 41 Andrew Kostelnik
16 14 Mike Potter
17 27 Hayden Brothers
Pole - 80
Laps Led - 80, 21
Halfway - 80
Most Laps - 80
Hard Charger - 51
Twin 50 No. 2:
51 Harvey Harrison
2 75 Bob Schacht
3 14 Mike Potter
4 17 Ron Langdon
5 77 Kevin Kromer
6 40 Toby Grynewicz
7 33 John Komarinski
8 21 Stephen Cox
9 35 Bill Ashton
10 22 Marc Jones
11 18 Jeff Zillweger
12 53 Lauren Butler
13 3 John Miller
14 7 Samatha Rohrbaugh
15 41 Andrew Kostelnik
80 Brent Nelson
17 27 Landon Brothers
Pole - N/A
Laps Led - 17, 51
Halfway - 51
Most Laps - 51
Hard Charger - 14
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