As Usual for Trio of Perennial SCSCS Title Contenders
North Carolina (April 11, 2019) – The Super Cup Stock Car Series has the
pleasure of showcasing some committed lifelong racers who have become mainstays
near the top of the running order, knocking on the door for their first overall
championship. With years of
experience attained, the off-season process serves as nothing deviating too far
Mike Potter achieved a
breakthrough season in 2018. The
Johnson City, Tennessee based former Daytona 500 competitor captured his first
Pole Award, locked down third in the final standings with six top five
finishes, won the Hard Charger of the Year Award for advancing the most
positions from green to checkered on multiple occasions, led more than 50 laps
altogether, and nearly earned his first career SCSCS victory during a couple
To continue and better the
performance from the most recent and past years, the strategy is pretty much
“We’re just trying to get
our car better,” Potter stated. “We’ll
start out the first of the year, see how it goes, and run the best that we
While there was one time last
year where he made the 800-mile round trip for an event at Midvale Speedway
entirely on his own, Potter has been grateful for the support he actively
receives at many other tracks on the schedule and back home in the shop.
Former Pro Cup champion Caleb Holman often helps dial in the No. 14
behind-the-scenes, including the installation of a modernized front nose during
the winter months. Dale Schlobohm,
Mike and David Blevins, and Nathan Archer are among the cast that assists when
they can as well.
Potter has a few notable
places pinned that gained his interest on this year’s calendar, including a
couple that the veteran gets to add to the long list of venues visited over a
storied five decades of racing.
“I’ve never been to Salem
or Shenandoah so I’m anxious to go there,” Potter remarked.
“Jennerstown is one of the tracks I like to drive on the best.”
The closest track to home was
the site of one of his biggest SCSCS accomplishments to date, in front of a
local turnout of cheering spectators and family.
“I didn’t really expect to
get the pole, but I tried hard and we’ll try to do it again this year,”
Potter mentioned regarding the Kingsport Speedway event last June and returning
at the start of summer 2019.
“The Concrete Jungle” also
played into the Car Owner of The Year Award in which he was recognized for at
the conclusion of the season. The
Potter Racing team prepared five cars for the nearby event, sweeping the
appearances in winners circle with driver Ben Ebeling.
Kevin Kromer has come up short in the overall crowning achievement, he is one
of the select few who can call himself a division champion after a steady
effort a year ago.
That feat is only one of the
factors that has the Walnutport, Pennsylvania driver carrying momentum into the
“I hope we can get off to a
good start and be consistent like before,” Kromer noted.
“Our goal is another championship, whether it’s in the north or
Entering his 11th full season
of SCSCS competition, Kromer has seen cars come and go from his stable,
analyzing different strategies in order to improve and often preparing day and
night all the way up to
the opening event. This off-season
has been slightly different, as the K2
Motorsports team acquired a new car mid-season, which is already set up most of
the way following a solid result in the final races of 2018 at Dominion Raceway
back in September.
“That’s the best thing,”
Kromer said. “We had to go
through it to make sure everything is all right, but there hasn’t been as
much time spent on it.”
With the help of his crew
members, such as his wife Kelly Kromer, his friend ‘Puda’, and father and
son Rick and Rob Wellek who travel from the western part of Pennsylvania, they
are optimistic to start off the year with a positive outcome and know what it
“The biggest thing is you
have to keep the tires on the car,” Kromer indicated about the American Racer
compound the series runs on the 4/10-mile oval and all season long.
“We cut a right rear tire the first race (in September) and had to
replace it with one that probably had close to 300 laps on it, and we were
right there. It goes to show the
abuse these tires will take, but you still have to manage them.”
Kromer will once again be
partnering with the Lehigh Valley Cancer Institute and his Mission R.A.C.E.R.
foundation on the No. 77 throughout 2019.
Brent Nelson has built upon
the successful statistics he has recorded year after year ever since joining
the SCSCS midway through 2010. But
2018 turned out to be another season of being the bridesmaid in the final
standings despite a career high three wins which moves him to second all-time.
It is business as usual for
the resident of Petersburg, West Virginia who has firmly believed time and time
again that races are won at the shop.
“There is literally not a
nut or bolt that hasn’t been touched,” Nelson explained.
“Every part has been checked front to back on the car.
A roller cam I feel like cost us a championship a few years ago, so you
have to go through it all every chance you get.”
Upon finding some odds and
ends that were not quite right or in need of fixing over the offseason, the No.
80 Precision Auto Collision / Airtek Inc. / Atkinson Welding Chevrolet also
received a needed rebuilding and freshening of the engine after a rocker arm
issue sidelined him in a race late in the season.
Additionally, Nelson took a close look at the valve train and will be
packing the wheel bearings in advance of arriving at the racetrack for the
first time in 2019
“We’re looking to pick up
where we left off last year,” Nelson, who led laps and learned a great deal
from the Thornburg, Virginia facility races in 2018, declared.
“We’re gunning for a win at Dominion.
We really had them covered in August until we ran over something with
only a few laps left.”
Nelson’s wife Wendy, his
brother Rocky, and Rocky’s wife Patsy will join in once again for the
small-budgeted and family endeavors at the race track.
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