Carries the Flag for the Veterans; Kromer Overcomes at Shenandoah
Virginia (June 4, 2019) – To say that
Saturday night’s Veterans Classic Twin 50s at Shenandoah Speedway featured
their share of action would be an understatement.
An outstanding field comprised
of 20 Super Cup Stock Car Series racers was on hand for what turned out to be
two wild 50-lap features. Earlier
in the day, Ben Ebeling, making his first appearance of 2019, set a fast time
of 16.686 seconds, his first career Pole Award.
Ebeling was far from home free
despite the strong qualifying run though as the ShoTime Motorsports team
discovered a brake line issue immediately following the session.
Luckily, the CR7 Motorsports team, on hand with driver Samatha Rohrbaugh,
lent them the necessary parts n order for the No. 44 Startown Carpet and
Flooring / SwannysAutoSales.net / Battery Specialists Ford to make it for the
Renick, West Virginia’s
Brian Harrison, making his first start since 2017 in the No. 15 Harrison’s
Motorsports Chevrolet, and Hiddenite, North Carolina driver Jon Kerley in the
No. 4 Monk’s Crappie / Potter Racing Chevrolet started the first Twin 50 from
the front row after a six car redraw. Kerley
jumped to a comfortable lead during much of the first 20 circuits.
Following an incredible battle
for second with nearby Midland, Virginia’s JJ Pack and after a couple
cautions that bunched the field, Southern National Motorsports
Park two-time winner from two weeks ago, Kevin Kromer, showed strength once
again and powered to the lead prior to halfway in his No. 77 Lehigh Valley
Cancer Institute / Mission R.A.C.E.R. / K2 Motorsports Toyota.
Kromer would not be able to
break too far ahead in this one both due to multiple ensuing yellow flags and
the competitive racers on his tail. While
Kerley and Pack each slipped back in the order, current SCSCS point leader Ron
Langdon attempted to use the outside line to challenge the Walnutport,
Pennsylvania racer. In addition,
Ebeling began to emerge as a contender running a lower line around the 3/8-mile
progressively banked speedway.
The pivotal moment came on lap
44 when they went three-wide and in making every effort to hold his line in the
middle, Kromer spun in turn three, collecting Ebeling below him.
Ebeling, while suffering damage to
the right front quarter panel, stayed out on the track but was sent to the rear
for attempting to make
the pass on the apron. A warning
was relayed to drivers and spotters ahead of time that only two tires could be
below the marked white line on the inside of the corners while in the act of
advancing a position. Kromer went
to the back as well for initiating the caution.
This gave Langdon sole
possession of the top spot with his No. 17 National Appliance / Oval Speed
Unlimited / Langdon’s Automotive Chevrolet for the next few circuits, but it
was the aggressive Kerley who made his car stick for the final lead change of
The Veterans Classic was the
first SCSCS checkered flag for Kerley, who served in the United States Marines,
and was his first trophy in 24 years since his successful Late Model Stock Car
“Coming down to get the
American flag and make a lap is something I always wanted to do,” Kerley
remarked, referring to the post-race victory lap.
“We didn’t have the best car; we just persevered and things rolled
our way. I’ve got to thank
Monk’s Crappie, (car owner and fellow Marine) Mike Potter, my dad, Mark Cash,
and my family for putting up with all the hours I’m not at home, working and
off doing this. At least I got one
Langdon achieved his third
straight runner-up finish while Kromer recovered for a podium result.
The returning Brent Nelson and Stahlstown, Pennsylvania’s
Jerod Brougher were fourth and fifth crossing the start-finish line,
Kerley redrew sixth for the
second feature, which put Petersburg, West Virginia’s Nelson in the No. 80
Precision Auto Collision / Airtek Inc. / Atkinson Welding
/ QH Design / Nelson Motorsports Chevrolet and Lauren Butler in her No. 53
Edlin Automotive Services / Cornwell Tools / 3C Signs / Night & Day
Sealcoating / Pink Zebra / Roof Repair Experts / Motive Parts of Homestead
Chevrolet on the front row.
Nelson broke out into the
early lead, but coming on strong yet again was Kromer, who took over first on
lap four. Following a pair of early
cautions, the longest green flag run of the night continued past halfway as
Kromer and others, including Nelson, Langdon, Rohrbaugh, Ebeling and more, had
to navigate lapped traffic.
During the latter portion of
this 50-lap feature, it seemed like the next yellow flag would set off one
after another. Kromer held the lead
with two primary challengers, Langdon and then Ebeling, to the outside of him
for every restart. The experienced
racer hit the marks he needed and went on for his third victory of 2019.
“It’s a pretty big deal
because there were a lot of good cars here tonight,” Kromer noted about the
deep field of talent. “The first
50 lapper you fought for every position. It
didn’t make a difference if you were leading or were second or third; you
second one, the last five laps, they went forever.
We just had restart after restart. I
told my spotter (Rick Wellek), I don’t think I have any good restarts left in
me anymore. It’s like Ben (Ebeling)
said (after the race), ‘you had one good one left, and that’s all you
needed’. It’s a big deal to
win, especially with winning two weeks ago and coming back and winning another
one, it’s tough to do in this series.”
It was also an exceptional
performance because Kromer felt effects of dehydration shortly following the
first 50 laps and was in need of medical aid in order to be primed for the
second green flag. He was
additionally presented, by event promoter Jeffrey Thielscher, with a custom
trophy courtesy of Dragonslayer Industries that went to the driver with the
best combined result.
Hickory, North Carolina’s
Ebeling was able to bounce back to finish second after a disappointing outcome
to the first race.
“Kevin did exactly what he
was supposed to do as the leader,” Ebeling commented.
“The restart before the last one I thought I got him and I thought we
were going to run him right to the checkered flag, but the caution came out
again. That last restart he got a
little better restart than I did, but congrats to him.
“I’m really proud of the
guys. First laps we put on this
thing was today. Really good effort
with everybody involved with this thing to get it out here. Thanks
Mike Kurkowski for giving me this opportunity with ShoTime and to my sponsors
and my dad and everybody.”
Langdon had a few shots at
career win number one, but it appeared that Kromer was able to get off the
second corner and accelerate onto the backstretch only slightly better.
He would settle for third, which remains his worst finish of 2019, in
“Little by little he creeped
away,” the Freeport, New York racer said.
“I tried. Car just
wasn’t good enough.”
The points tighten up after
six races with Langdon holding on to a mere three point advantage overall, but
the consistency so far has him feeling thrilled.
“If I could finish top three
every week I’d be pretty darn happy with that,” Langdon concluded.
“Try not to make mistakes. We’ll
get trophies one of these days. (Director
of Competition) Joe (Schmaling) said it’s just not my turn yet.”
Winner earlier in the night,
Kerley, went on to finish fourth despite a couple mishaps with other racers
during the closing laps. Nelson
held on for a fifth place finish in his first time out with the car he brought
The next pair of races will
take place on Friday, June 21 at “The Concrete Jungle”, Tennessee’s
Kingsport Speedway. Kromer has
inched ever so closer to Langdon in the standings, and while his results and
luck at the 3/8-mile were not the best a year ago, he had only a few short
words to say about the upcoming visit.
“We’ll be ready.”
Fans can go back and watch
every lap of Saturday night’s Veterans Classic action by accessing the
on-demand broadcast that aired live on Saturday night.
For details, visit PitRow.tv or LegendsNation.tv.
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updates throughout the season.
Race No. 1:
1 4 Jon Kerley
2 17 Ron Langdon
3 77 Kevin Kromer
4 80 Brent Nelson
5 71 Jerod
6 53 Lauren
7 00 Marc
8 44 Ben
9 14 Mike
10 15 Brian
11 0 John
Edward Adams III
13 2 Quincy
15 61 JJ
17 35 Bill
18 6 Larry
Pole - 44
Laps Led - 4, 77, 17
Most Laps - 4, 77
Halfway - 77
Hard Charger - 53
Race No. 2:
1 77 Kevin Kromer
2 44 Ben Ebeling
3 17 Ron Langdon
4 4 Jon Kerley
5 80 Brent
6 71 Jerod
7 6 Larry
8 35 Bill
9 15 Brian
Edward Adams III
11 00 Marc
12 0 John
14 2 Quincy
15 61 JJ
18 14 Mike
Pole - N/A
Laps Led - 80, 77
Most Laps - 77
Halfway - 77
Hard Charger - 6
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