Jones, and Langdon Emerging as SCSCS Names to Watch in 2019
North Carolina (March 21, 2019) – While the Super Cup Stock Car Series
consists of a mix between drivers with storied pasts and some with aspirations
of seeing what they can do out there in the great beyond, many find themselves
completely content living in the moment in a 3,300 pound, 600 horsepower ride
of the their life.
Bill Ashton joined the series
in 2014, notching his first top five finish in his third career start and
claiming co-Rookie of the Year honors. The
Uniontown, Pennsylvania driver then captured a checkered flag that was a crowd
favorite at his home track at Jennerstown Speedway Complex in 2016.
Despite alluding to a possible
retirement in victory lane that particular summer evening, Ashton has now
started 30 consecutive SCSCS points races and looks to keep that going
throughout this year.
“It’s a habit that I
can’t shake,” the veteran racer, who competed for numerous years in Street
Stocks on both a local weekly and regional touring basis, stated.
“I have met and consider myself friends with some of the best people
on earth through Super Cup.”
friendships gained can make any day at the track a good one, the goal remains
to better themselves and one another as time progresses and green flags fly.
Ashton is no different and following what was an up and down 2018, a
fifth place points result was secured.
“I’m 65 years old and
still learning,” Ashton remarked. “I
should have spent enough time preparing the car, but we will be ready for 2019.
I changed my (CT)525 (engine) from a wet sump to dry sump so we have
better ground clearance and can dive the car down where it needs to without
scraping the oil pan.”
Jones entered his first season in the Super Cup Stock Car Series with a host of
experience at the race track, but from a slightly different perspective.
The former pit crew member for various major NASCAR teams adjusted well
in the driver seat, taking Top Performing Rookie honors with a season best
fifth place finish and was recognized as Most Improved Driver for his
advancement from the beginning to end of 2018.
“For just stepping in to it,
it was actually pretty good,” Jones evaluated.
“The car is ready for 2019 and we’re looking for sponsors.”
The Mocksville, North Carolina
resident has primarily been a one-man band both at the shop and on race day,
and has been working on some enhancements leading into the season opener at
“I will have a new chassis
that is more like the top runners’ cars,” Jones noted.
“Hopefully I can compete up front with the fast guys instead of
fighting the car.”
What has Jones coming back to
the short tracks after years spent on pit road and in the garage at major
speedway facilities in the past? Affordability
is one major factor, but there is another that money cannot buy as well.
“For one, the love to
race,” Jones said. “For what
they spend on a pit crew for a race, we can run a whole season, as long as
there are no breakdowns or wrecks.”
Ron Langdon came on the scene
as an interested party early in 2016 and made his SCSCS debut midway through
2017. After having to take a brief
break during the month of August last year, the Freeport, New York driver
rallied back with a modernized nose and fenders on the car and some of his best
performances to date.
“We ran Jennerstown and
Dominion and had two good finishes,” Langdon explained.
“We’re very close to where we need to be and trying to get it all
figured out. (Director of
Competition) Joe (Schmaling) has put together a package that people respect and
keeps everything as fair as possible.”
With the September races as a
baseline, Langdon put an objective in place for further improvement and perhaps
a win or two in 2019.
“We have a new shock package
and a few small adjustments that we made to be right there with the fast
guys,” Langdon detailed. “That’s
the goal at least.”
While having over 30 years of
success racing locally did not directly translate to this current challenge and
resulted in more adjustments than anticipated, Langdon has kept a positive and
energetic outlook regarding the opportunity he currently has.
“At first it was a little
disappointing; we all go out to win,” Langdon commented.
“But you take what you’ve got and have fun with it.
“I get to do something I
dreamed about as a kid. It reminds
me of when I first started. When I
have a bad night I’m still in a good mood, and I just enjoy the people and I
love to race.”
On more than a couple
occasions, the journey off Long Island to the various SCSCS venues and back can
be a lengthy one. Langdon expressed
his thankfulness for the supporting cast that encourage him and are often right
there by his side when making these trips.
“I’m so blessed to have
the people I have with me,” Langdon emphasized.
“Those guys stay the entire night in the shop and have the car back in
the trailer before I get to work in the morning.
I would not be racing if it was not for them.”
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