2019 SCSCS

National Champion

Kevin Kromer

2019 SCSCS

Division Champions

Kevin Kromer - North

Ben Ebeling - South

2019 SCSCS

Rookie of the Year

Lauren Butler

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Charlie Canterbury

1953 to 2009

 

 

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After Trial Runs and Success in Latter Half of 2018, Younger Generation Drivers Ready for Increased 2019

 

Statesville, North Carolina (January 22, 2019) – Approximately midway through the 2018 season, an emergence of fresh faces tried their hand at the Super Cup Stock Car Series, achieving and at times exceeding some initial targets that were set.  For 2019, the bar gets raised a little higher, as each aspires to participate in an increased schedule.

 

Lauren Butler was already a fan favorite at Western Pennsylvania short tracks, accumulating multiple years of experience and success.  But did driving the heavier Street Stocks on a weekly basis translate easily upon climbing into a 3,300 pound, 600 horsepower SCSCS machine?

“At first, learning about the series and the more powerful cars was a little bit of an adjustment,” Butler answered, regarding the time spent studying the nuances within the series prior to making her debut.  “The first time out it was more like a glorified Street Stock, although the steering box was quicker to react.  The driving line was super smooth and it gave me confidence once I realized it was similar.”

 

Unfortunately, the Pittsburgh area former champion at Jennerstown Speedway Complex had her seat time reduced at her home track right from the get go.  A fuel pump failure meant having to watch their intended July debut from the sidelines.  Some overheating issues with their more than a decade seasoned 603 motor at the next outing on a very hot day at Virginia’s Dominion Raceway also resulted in an early exit.  Nevertheless, the Edlin Motorsports team pressed on.

 

In the late August appearance at Jennerstown, a grounding wire was the culprit that shortened their initial 50-lap race of the evening, but a rally back to an impressive fifth place finish concluded the night.

“I didn’t want to have unrealistic expectations going in, since we were out-motored,” Butler indicated.  “But to come back the next month and the car was a lot faster, I surprised myself.  It’s not all about motor and more about driving skill, and I think we proved that.”

 

After a solid conclusion to 2018, Butler and her team composed of her hardworking parents Eddie and Linda, spotter Justin Guy, detailing guru Dave Shultz, and Jennerstown weekly racer Dustin Gursky have high intentions when they get on the road for the 2019 season.

 

“We are going over the entire car, and found lots of bolts coming looser compared to the Street Stock,” Butler observed.  “We will definitely be competitive for sure with a new heartbeat, a refreshed motor acquired with help from Kevin Kromer.  We’re working on a new setup and looking to learn more about the adjustments needed.”

 

While excited to get to new tracks and continue to seek advice from series veterans like Kromer, Butler specified a particular goal that would be incredibly meaningful.

 

“It would be amazing to win at my home track,” Butler said.  “I would like to at least win one race and just be consistent.  We’re trying to run for Rookie of the Year and definitely want to run for the championship if we can.”

 

When analyzing the racing career path of another driver who made his debut at Jennerstown over this previous summer, there are numerous similarities to Butler.  Andrew Kostelnik spent multiple seasons as one of the top drivers in the Street Stock ranks at the same facilities and earned a track championship at Jennerstown as well.  The Braddock, Pennsylvania driver shared related thoughts about the adaptation to the SCSCS.

 

“It definitely felt like it wasn’t too bad of a transition, coming from cars that weighed 3,250 pounds,” Kostelnik commented.  “The front geometry is a little better, along with getting out of the gas and getting through the corners, but it definitely helped being in a big heavier car before, the tendencies of how hard you can push it with sliding around on the tires.”

 

The final stat sheet from his first four starts looks magnificent, but did not come without some adversity and a little luck.  Fuel pump issues much like Butler, as well as an intense moment where the No. 41 was facing the wrong way during a multi-car incident, resulted in the Minjock Racing crew consisting of Joel Minjock, Cody Little, older brother Adam Kostelnik, and team owner Al Minjock creatively thrashing away between practice sessions and races at times.

 

With that, Kostelnik remains humble yet confident and maintains a level head heading into the future.

“The three third-place finishes, I honestly did not see that coming at all,” Kostelnik said.  “We were in the right place at the right time, and I still felt like I had a lot to learn.  I’ve got about three or four more tenths to be a lot more in the ballpark and consistent.”

 

The team made gradual upgrades throughout their three appearances, including renewed shocks on the car and getting their Street Stock open motor freshened by area engine builder AJ Poljak.  Since the primary ride from 2018 did not need much work between seasons, they have lately turned focus to getting their second car prepared in case it is needed.

 

“We have an old Kimmel Racing ARCA car, steel body, and are putting a backup motor in it to where it will be ready and will also be a show car.”

 

The current plan is for Kostelnik to run every race and simply continue doing what they have been doing.

“I don’t expect the thirds to come easy, since I’ll be getting used to learning new tracks and the traveling part of it,” Kostelnik noted.  “If we consistently finish in the fifth to tenth range and finish top ten in points, I’ll be happy.”

 

One track Kostelnik is especially excited to visit is Indiana’s Salem Speedway, the reason tying once again in with his fellow Street Stock turned Super Cup competitor.  More than a decade ago, he traveled to the similarly high-banked Winchester Speedway to compete in Lauren Butler’s family-owned Street Stock.  In addition, he and team members visited Ohio’s Midvale Speedway on a couple occasions to observe in 2018 and remarked about the excellent racing they witnessed at the immaculate facility.

The next drivers made much more of a leap into the full-bodied stock cars and the duo are arranging to make another one for the new season.  Karting graduates Landon and Hayden Brothers recently purchased a ride that has a proven past.

 

“For 2019, we have one car that is faster and we’re going to get another car that is about equal to it,” Landon Brothers, who shared a ride with his twin brother last year, described regarding the machine Hayden will compete in and was previously driven to two wins by 2015 SCSCS champion Dan Bainey.

The teenage drivers first took the green flag behind the wheel last August at Dominion, but the knowledge they acquired came months prior to that via test sessions in order to get approved to participate in the series as well as attain a hands-on approach to gain an understanding of what it takes to prepare their own cars for future starts.

 

“We helped Jason Schue when he went to races and got to familiarize ourselves with all of the other racers,” Hayden Brothers mentioned.  “We tested in his car and we liked the feel of it and we decided to buy ourselves one of our own.  We practiced with it, got used to the car.”

 

Although the car they ran was more of a starter machine with less power under the hood, each stayed out of trouble and combined for four top 10 finishes.

 

“We went into it trying to gain all of the drivers’ respect and things like that, and coming out of it we did,” Landon Brothers said.

 

“We tried to gain as much knowledge from the other drivers so we could have more experience,” Hayden Brothers continued.

 

In addition, the team has upgraded from their open trailer to a hauler that will fit their entire two-car effort and increase their ability to keep the operation organized as both attempt to tackle the full schedule in 2019.

 

“A track I am looking to go to is Salem Speedway,” Hayden Brothers noted.  “Goals would be run every race, maybe get top five or top three finishes.”

 

“My goals are to finish the races and get top five or top threes, and my favorite track that I am looking forward to going to is probably Kingsport,” Landon Brothers stated, regarding the concrete-surfaced facility which the brothers assisted veteran Mike Kurkowski in 2018.

 

Landon and Hayden have been seeking marketing partners for their program, entertained the idea of utilizing their family business by owning multiple trucks as well as their initial racecar to potentially lease out.  They have actively engaged in contests throughout social media, and perhaps most uniquely own a simulator race car.

 

"We use it at events and businesses can rent it out for birthday parties, employee appreciation days,” Hayden Brothers explained.

 

“And we take it to car shows, trade shows, and stuff like that to get our name out there,” Landon Brothers added.  “We have spots available for different companies to advertise on the simulator.”

It remains to be seen what 2019 will have in store, but things are certainly looking up for these and many more competitors in the months to come.

 

Teams intending to participate in the Super Cup Stock Car Series are strongly encouraged to complete registration forms available at www.supercupstockcarseries.com and reserve car numbers for the season by the January 31st deadline.  Timely submission to Director of Competition Joe Schmaling by mail or email (JoeSCSCS@gmail.com) will also ensure inclusion in preseason marketing and promotional materials.

 

More information regarding the full schedule to be released soon will be available at the series website as well.  Be sure to stop by Facebook (search Super Cup Stock Car Series), Twitter (@SCSCSRacing), and Instagram (SCSCS_Racing) for additional updates and announcements that become available.

 

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2020 Race Schedule

Date

Location                        

5/2

*Dominion Raceway

Thornburg, VA

5/16

TBD

6/6

Shenandoah Speedway

6/20

PENDING

7/11

*Jennerstown Speedway

Jennerstown, PA

7/25

Salem Speedway

Salem, IN

8/8

Midvale Speedway

Midvale, OH

8/22

*Jennerstown Speedway

Jennerstown, PA

9/12

TBD

9/26

*Dominion Raceway

Thornburg, VA

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