Sweeps Duels and Claims Southern Title; Langdon Earns Custom Trophy in 2018
SCSCS Finale at Dominion
Virginia (September 30, 2018) – It was shaping up to be a Super Cup Stock
Car Series battle for the ages, but in the end, there was a new face to
Dominion Raceway’s victory lane that was celebrating and a familiar winner on
Bob Schacht, coming in undefeated at the
4/10-mile facility, set a new series track record for the Duels at Dominion
presented by Racing Radios with a best lap time of 15.801 seconds.
The five bonus points that came with the Pole Award extended the
Mooresville, North Carolina driver’s advantage in the race for the Southern
Division championship to 10 over Ben Ebeling.
Ebeling; however, was poised throughout the afternoon to stay right with
or, in many cases, ahead of Schacht, leading both practice sessions and
qualifying closely behind in second.
Ebeling redrew to start in the second row along
with main challenger Schacht, but was moved up in the order to start alongside
Kevin Kromer, who redrew the pole position for the 60-lap event, when outside front
row starter Mike Potter pitted during pace laps due to an issue with his radio
The advance of position for the green flag
allowed Ebeling to accelerate ahead, not without a brief challenge from Kromer,
to gain five points back for leading in the early going.
Schacht was on a mission though and passed Kromer and 2014 SCSCS
champion JJ Pack to move into the runner-up spot before the race was a quarter
Schacht continued reeling in on Ebeling,
consistently running faster lap times. Ebeling
was trying with all his might to hang on. The
Hickory, North Carolina driver stayed ahead at halfway and the next lap after,
acquiring 10 more bonus points for leading at lap 30 and clinching being out
front for the most laps. The point
advantage was his, if he could stay in the lead.
No. 75 Engineered Components / PODS / Bob Schacht Motorsports Chevrolet was
right on the back bumper of the No. 44 Startown Carpet and Flooring /
SwannysAutoSales.net / Battery Specialists / Potter Racing Ford the entire way
around the speedway. Then, suddenly
coming out of turn two, Schacht’s car diverted right and harshly made contact
with the outside backstretch wall. It
was an abrupt end to a successful season for the 2018 SCSCS overall champion.
Ebeling went unchallenged the rest of the way to
grab his first win at Dominion and Southern
Division honors for the second straight year.
“It feels really good, but first and foremost,
we never want to win races or titles like that,” Ebeling mentioned.
“Praise God that Bob walked away from that.
I knew he was coming and I knew that was going to be the battle, between
us and the 75. I wanted to lead as
many laps as I could but I wanted to save as much as I could when he got to me,
and I felt like we were going to have a good race there at the end.”
For Schacht, it was a tough pill to swallow for
concluding the year in such a way, but he was in decent spirits after climbing
out of his second destroyed
racecar of the season under his own power.
“I’m betting I ran over something because it
just happened so quick,” Schacht evaluated following the first race of the
night. “It didn’t give me any
notice at all like it was going down or getting soft or anything like that.
I was coming off of two and it just popped.
I’ve been super careful with my camber and stuff like that so I must
have run over something. That’s
the only thing I can think of.
“Congratulations to Ben.
He deserved it and hopefully he’ll win the next one too.”
Although the standings had been settled for
2018, remaining drivers were given one more chance to take home some hardware
before the night was over. A second
60-lap feature for bragging rights and one other special accolade saw top five
finishers from the first race, Brent Nelson and Stephen Cox, start from the
Pack rallied from two spins in the earlier race
to finish runner-up, but a failing truck arm resulted in the Midland, Virginia
driver electing to start from the rear and pulled his No. 90 IceBoxx Customs /
JP Racing Chevrolet to the pits only a few laps in.
Nelson, a three-time winner in 2018, ran all
night on the same four American Racer tires he competed with two weeks prior at
Jennerstown Speedway on his No. 80 Royal Purple / Airtek
Inc. / Steam Turbine Services / Precision Auto Collision / Atkinson Welding
Chevrolet and jumped out to an impressive advantage in the early going.
Approaching steadily once more was Ebeling, who
finally found his way by for the lead coming out of turn four to complete lap
25. The only caution of the race
for a spin by series relative newcomer, Hayden Brothers, gave Kromer’s No. 77
Lehigh Valley Cancer Institute / Mission R.A.C.E.R. / Warren Pallet / K2
Motorsports Toyota one more shot.
ran right on Ebeling’s tail for several circuits, at times peeking his nose
underneath entering the corners, but Ebeling prevailed in the end to sweep
the night. A part-time but
incredible season, filled with four victories and not one finish worse than
third, was a testament to the hard work that takes place at the shop before the
team is even on their way to the track.
“Trying to get the car ready and get
everything up here, there’s a lot of preparation that goes into it,”
Ebeling noted. “To be able to do
that with this group of competitors it’s phenomenal.
Brent was running real good at the beginning of the race and when we
finally got past Brent the brake rotors were
glowing. The next restart I saw
Kevin next to me and next thing I know he’s putting the pressure on the back
bumper lap after lap all the way to the end.
We definitely had to run it for everything it was worth to stay in
Kromer’s second place result was his best
effort of the year in a car that the team
purchased just prior to the September Jennerstown event.
him everything I had,” the Walnutport, Pennsylvania driver summarized.
“I figured if I could run with him on the straightaway and get to him
I’d have a chance to beat him, but the cards just didn’t play out that way.
The lapped traffic benefited him on some runs and it benefited me on
some runs, but it was a good race and I’m glad he won it.
It was a clean race; we didn’t bump or turn anybody around so we’re
in good shape.”
A vast majority of competitors wound up in one
piece as they look ahead to 2019, in which a couple return trips to Dominion
are expected. Ebeling additionally
remarked his hopes for chasing the overall championship if sufficient support
can be found, and Nelson registered a pair of podium finishes leading into what
is sure to be another full-time run for the title that has annually eluded him.
was one final piece of hardware that had to be handed
out before the night came to an end. Extreme
Awards and Personalization produced a custom trophy to recognize the top
finishing driver who has not previously won a SCSCS event.
The recognition appeared to be in the bag for
Freeport, New York’s Ron Langdon after running solidly within the top five
throughout the entire distance. Nevertheless,
coming on strong late in the going was veteran Mike Potter.
The Johnson City, Tennessee driver maneuvered within a car length
of the No. 17 National Appliance / Langdon’s Automotive Chevrolet, but it was
not quite enough by the time the final checkered flag of the year fell.
It was a stellar boost received going into 2019,
almost exactly a year after making major impact with the turn four wall at the
Thornburg, Virginia track.
“It’s awesome,” Langdon expressed.
“I get to play on a big stage, so to speak.
It’s something that I’ve dreamed about.
Actually, I didn’t know (Potter) was coming until they told me it was
two to go. They said the 14 is a
couple car lengths back and I’m like, he may get to my bumper but he’s not
going to pass me.”
2018 Super Cup Stock Car Series season
witnessed a number of marks that were set, showcasing the level and variety of
competition that was displayed. Although
the five different winners throughout the year was not a series high, the
representation included drivers born in four different decades.
Among the most total drivers to ever appear in at least one race in one
season, more than 90 percent finished in the top 10 at least once.
Perhaps the most significant record broken was
the number of different top five finishers.
23 drivers accomplished the feat, a dozen of them for the first time in
their SCSCS career, beating the previous high of 17 set in 2016.
Multiple of the 2018 races, including both Duels
at Dominion presented by Racing Radios were filmed by the Sopwith Motorsports
Television Productions crew to be aired nationally on MAVTV.
Please visit mavtv.com for full
listings of upcoming televised coverage.
In addition, for news and developments over the
off-season heading into 2019 please be sure to consult the official series web
site at www.supercupstockcarseries.com
and Facebook or Twitter
accounts for more information regarding all that is being planned.
60 No. 1:
44 Ben Ebeling
90 JJ Pack
80 Brent Nelson
21 Stephen Cox
5 77 Kevin Kromer
6 17 Ron Langdon
7 6 Larry Wilcox
8 53 Lauren Butler
9 27 Landon Brothers
10 75 Bob Schacht
11 14 Mike Potter
Led - 44
Laps - 44
Charger - 21
60 No. 2:
44 Ben Ebeling
77 Kevin Kromer
80 Brent Nelson
17 Ron Langdon
5 14 Mike Potter
6 21 Stephen Cox
7 53 Lauren Butler
8 6 Larry Wilcox
9 27 Hayden Brothers
90 JJ Pack
75 Bob Schacht
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