Takes Two in Jennerstown; Acquires SCSCS Point Lead
Pennsylvania (July 14, 2019) – A picture perfect evening had a similar
final result to a couple earlier events in the 2019 Super Cup Stock Car Series,
but the journey toward that outcome thrilled the packed Jennerstown Speedway
Complex audience with intense side by side racing throughout the field.
Late Saturday afternoon, Kevin
Kromer picked up his second Pole Award of the year with a strong second
qualifying lap, 0.120 seconds faster than his main opponent in the season-long
championship, Ron Langdon.
It was clear sailing for the
Walnutport, Pennsylvania driver in the first of the Twin 50-lap races at
Jennerstown presented by Racing Radios, as on the opening lap he accelerated
ahead of Mike Potter, who claimed the first starting position during the
Despite numerous participating
racers that called Jennerstown home in the past on a weekly basis also in
attendance, Kromer’s win was a favorable one in front of the Keystone State
fans. Cheering him on from the
first series appearance in 2014, through his cancer diagnosis in 2016, and in
the recent years following his recovery has been something very meaningful for
the K2 Motorsports team and family.
a big deal,” the driver of the No. 77 Lehigh Valley Cancer Institute /
Mission R.A.C.E.R. Toyota who also accomplished victory in 2012 at nearby
Motordrome Speedway noted. “They’ve
been waiting for me to win, I assume. Winning
in the home state is always good. It
goes to show the fan support the drivers in this area have in this division and
the fan support I have. I don’t
live here and I don’t race here every weekend, but the fan support they give
me here is just astronomical.”
Behind Kromer, the SCSCS stars
entertained the thousands in attendance. The
outside groove came into play and worked like a dream for many, including local
favorite Lauren Butler. The West
Mifflin, Pennsylvania former Jennerstown Street Stock champion’s No. 53 Edlin
Automotive Services / Cornwell Tools / 3C Signs / Night & Day Sealcoating /
Pink Zebra / Roof Repair Experts / Motive Parts of Homestead Chevrolet came to
life from ninth starting position and passed numerous cars with more than
double the series experience using the longer way around.
end result would be a best career runner-up finish with Harvey Harrison
returning to competition for third. Point
leader entering Saturday, Langdon, held on for fourth with another driver from
nearby, Jerod Brougher, rounding out the top five after a side by side fight
with fellow Street Stock graduate Andrew Kostelnik up until the final turns.
The first race may have been a
somewhat easy ride toward the sunset for Kromer, but the second 50 lapper was a
far different story. After
redrawing a six, he could not as easily find his way to the front.
Harrison led early in hopes of
repeating a winning performance from last September at the 1/2-mile oval, but
the car to watch was Brougher’s No. 71 Make It Spark Ltd. / Donegal Auto Body
/ TNT Embroidery and Screening / Gen-Mark / Builders Unlimited / JKB
Motorsports Chevrolet. Much like
Butler in the first race, he used the high line to his advantage and took the
lead for a brief moment on lap 13 and then cleared the Renick, West Virginia
veteran for good 20 laps in following a thrilling duel with Harrison.
A yellow flag prior to halfway
allowed Kromer to come down pit road for an adjustment.
From the restart to the checkered flag, it was a four car battle for the
victory, often nose-to-tail with drivers powering inside and outside on almost
protected his position out front, but it was noticeable that the car was not as
strong as earlier. Kromer had
advanced to second in the meantime and peeked his way under the Stahlstown,
Pennsylvania driver with five circuits remaining.
The evening sweep would bring
Kromer’s total to five wins this season and possession of first in both the
Overall and Northern Division standings.
“Somebody changed their car
around and didn’t think about it ahead of time,” Kromer quipped about the
adjustments he made between races that made him loose off the corners.
“That’s why I came in and pitted.
I had to undo what I did. Harvey
set a good pace and I figured I would just follow for a while, but next thing
you know (Brougher) and (Butler) go by us, so now you’ve got to pick the pace
up. The car started coming to me
but the other guys ran their tires off and I was still good.”
is always part of the strategy on SCSCS race day, with teams having to run the
same set of American Racer rubber across final practice, qualifying, and both
races. In the end, Kromer played
the game right.
“These tires, when they heat
and they cycle, the second race they work good but not as well and you’ve got
to know how to save them a little bit and that’s what I was trying to do, but
Jerod and Lauren had other ideas. So
when they come by you and pick the pace up, me and Harvey had no choice but to
pick it up. Then next thing you
know we’re running side by side for the lead and it ended up in my favor for
Brougher still held on to
second right up until the final corner of the final lap, when his machine
snapped around on him. Diving
underneath to avoid him was Butler, who achieved another second place finish at
“This is huge,” Butler
remarked following an enthusiastic applause from the crowd.
“I was not expecting any of this.
Obviously a win would be perfect, but this is just as great now for
In her first year running the
full schedule, much of it has been about gaining knowledge for the team,
including her father Eddie Butler who puts in a majority of the work at the
shop during the week, but the series rookie has proved that the hands-on
lessons she has been receiving are paying off.
“A lot of these guys are so
brand new to me, but I know they’ve been around for a while, so they’ve all
taught me a lot,” Butler continued. “It’s
all about setting up, watching what they do out there while I’m falling
behind, and setting them up to either pass or just to follow and wait and try
to be patient. I have so much
respect for these guys. It was
amazing racing with them, door to door, racing clean.
This is unlike anything I’ve ever experienced.
This was so much fun on so many levels.”
Harrison backed off to avoid
Brougher in the final corner and settled for his second consecutive third.
“I trusted the drivers I was
running with,” the former series champion in the No. 51 Southern Coal
Corporation / John 3:16 / Harrison’s Motorsports Chevrolet commented.
“Lauren, Jerod, and Kevin – they’re good drivers.
We had a blast running side by side.
I was giving it all I possibly had, but the harder I ran the looser it
got. One time I got into the
marbles, into the loose rubber, and boy, you’re talking about a ride.
All in all, it was a good night.”
Brougher recovered to finish
fourth, but it definitely was a few spots off from the stellar performance he
showed much of the race.
“We made some adjustments
for that second feature and it dialed it right in,” Brougher explained.
“It was perfect. We
didn’t have the best car, but we acted like we did for 20 laps or so.
We were able to hold off those guys behind us, but not for the last five
laps. It was a battle to keep that
thing down low and whenever Kromer got inside of me I figured, I’m going for
it on the outside and if it holds, it holds, and I might get a chance at the
win. If it doesn’t hold, I spin
out and take out the whole field. So
I went to the outside and tried for it.
“I pushed the whole way into
the corner and whenever I got back in the throttle to try and straighten it up
it spun me out. I wiped out on my
own. It was just because I was
gunning for the win on the outside.”
Not only was it a positive run
at his home track, but also keeps Brougher within striking distance in the
Northern Division title battle. He
is currently 65 back from Kromer within a top five that is separated by less
than 150 points.
“We’re right there and
we’re just happy to be there,” a humbled Brougher said.
“This really shouldn’t be happening.
I shouldn’t be leading these races.
We’re happy about it and I’m proud of my whole team – my dad for
taking care of the car and helping getting it ready and everything and my wife
Tina for putting up with it. It’s
Potter rounded out the top
five and keeps himself within having a shot in the overall points race,
currently in third.
Langdon entered Jennerstown
without a finish worse than third, but this particular night would not go in
his favor. He actually started the
second Twin 50 out front, but inexplicably spun in front of the field in turn
two of the opening lap. In
addition, the No. 17 National Appliance / Oval Speed Unlimited / Langdon’s
Automotive Chevrolet was swept up in the aftermath of an altercation that
involved contact between lead lap frontrunner John Komarinski’s No. 33
Hands-On Concepts / Marsula Electric Inc. / Wire Stik / Advance Auto Parts /
Auto Dynamic Specialities / Komarinski Racing Chevrolet and the freshly painted
and decaled car of Landon Brothers.
The Freeport, New York driver
still salvaged a result of eighth and trails Kromer in the standings by 45
points overall and only 25 in the north.
Many teams will now head to
uncharted territory, Indiana’s Salem Speedway for the inaugural Super Cup
Stock Car Series appearance on Saturday, July 27.
Multiple drivers from the Midwest with numerous laps around the
high-banked facility are expected to join the series for the first time.
Visit the official web site www.supercupstockcarseries.com
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information and continued updates throughout the season.
Twin 50 No. 1:
1 77 Kevin Kromer
2 53 Lauren Butler
3 51 Harvey Harrison
4 17 Ron Langdon
5 71 Jerod Brougher
6 14 Mike Potter
7 35 Bill Ashton
8 33 John Komarinski
9 41 Andrew Kostelnik
10 16 Edward Adams III
11 27 Hayden Brothers
12 0 John Miller
13 2 Quincy Sponseller
14 80 Brent Nelson
Pole - 77
Laps Led - 77
Most Laps - 77
Halfway - 77
Hard Charger - 53
Twin 50 No. 2:
1 77 Kevin Kromer
2 53 Lauren Butler
3 51 Harvey Harrison
4 71 Jerod Brougher
5 14 Mike Potter
6 35 Bill Ashton
7 33 John Komarinski
8 17 Ron Langdon
9 29 Landon Brothers
10 0 John Miller
11 41 Andrew Kostelnik
12 16 Edward Adams III
13 2 Quincy Sponseller
14 80 Brent Nelson
Pole - N/A
Lap Led - 51, 71, 77
Most Laps - 71
Halfway - 71
Hard Charger - 35, 33, 0
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