Regulars Taking Varied Approaches toward Inaugural “Super Cup 100” at Salem
North Carolina (July 23, 2019) – Months of anticipation have culminated
into this upcoming weekend, the first ever appearance of the Super Cup Stock
Car Series on the 33-degree banked corners of Indiana’s Salem Speedway.
Being dubbed the Inaugural Super Cup 100, the Eddie Gilstrap Motors 50
and Ford Dealers 50 will feature the traditional Twin 50-lap format for the
series with each race counting toward the Overall, North, and South
With the incredibly storied
facility being a new one for a majority of the series competitors, the wildcard
aspect has some with mixed emotions and goals leading into Saturday, especially
among those who are amidst a season-long points battle.
Kevin Kromer is having the most successful season of his SCSCS career that
spans more than a decade, winning already on five
occasions and launching him to a tie for second all-time in career victories.
Kromer is entering the Hoosier State with confidence but also has
“We’re going to go out
there with a mindset to run well,” Kromer mentioned following a sweep of the
most recent event at Jennerstown Speedway.
“It’s been a long time since I’ve seen that racetrack.
I just want to survive, come home in one piece, and move on to the
Long Island, New York’s Ron
Langdon has been consistent all of 2019, completing one hundred percent of the
laps to be completed so far. He
remains second in the overall and north standings, and was rather short and to
the point about his game plan going into uncharted territory.
“I’m expecting the
unexpected,” Langdon answered, additionally remarking that he continues to
study what setup the team will be putting in the car.
“There are going to be a bunch of people there that haven’t run with
us and some that have. We’re just
going to go and give it our best shot.”
The new SCSCS competitors that
Langdon alluded to include home state residents Will Kimmel and Josh Clemons as
well as neighboring Illinois drivers Dale Shearer and Joe Cooksey (A
Touch of Midwest Flavor
Adds to SCSCS Tradition for Inaugural Salem Visit).
Each bring a good amount of knowledge regarding the 0.555-mile oval and
have been providing advice and baseline information in advance for those making
their debut at Salem.
Series rookie Lauren Butler
most recently impressed many at her home track of Jennerstown with a pair of
runner-up results, but will be taking to the Salem track surface for the first
“I’m optimistic,” Butler
remarked. “Obviously we always
want to finish in one piece, but I’m going to go big this time so a top five
would be ideal. I hear really great
things about (Salem) so I’m super excited.”
Despite this being her first
Salem start, the Pennsylvania-based Edlin Motorsports team has actually
competed once before in a Street Stock on the similarly high-banked Winchester
Speedway with another name behind the wheel that is also expected to compete.
Andrew Kostelnik was the driver on that day and pilots the Minjock
Racing machine in hopes of translating some of that prior experience toward a
top five series driver that has a past SCSCS win has multiple prior starts at
Salem. Bill Ashton had this date
circled on his calendar since it was announced.
“I am certainly looking
forward to Salem because I’ve raced my Street Stock there several times and I
also raced at Winchester in Indiana and several times at Bristol, so I have a
little bit of experience on the high banks,” the Uniontown, Pennsylvania
racer confidently noted, all the while admitting it can be a tough time to
muster up enough nerve to get around the track properly.
“I think I’m going to have a good day even with the little (CT 525)
Throwing their hats into the
ring are two additional winners on the 2019 SCSCS campaign.
Allen Purkhiser came out on a mission to begin the year, taking home a
pair of trophies at Dominion Raceway in April.
Nevertheless, the Simpsonville, South Carolina driver has been away from
the racetrack ever since, but returns to a facility in which he finished second
on one occasion in the Pro Cup Series in 2008.
Kingsport Speedway winner Ben
Ebeling returns to gain some points in an effort for his third consecutive
south title. The North Carolina
driver trails Mike Potter by a large margin, but has yet to complete the six
race minimum to make himself eligible until now.
Potter has raced on dozens of tracks in the decades he has been
competing, but the Tennessee native will be visiting Salem for the first time.
Teenage Pennsylvanians Hayden
and Landon Brothers will additionally be Salem newcomers and will be
celebrating their birthdays on race day. In
all, at least eight different states will be represented with a couple more
The Super Cup Stock Car Series
will be joined by the local and entertaining Great American Stock Cars, a
street rod and classic car “Cruise-In,” music, and a burnout competition.
Saturday, July 27 will also offer dollar beers and dollar hot dogs.
Spectator gates will open at
3:30 p.m. with practice slated to begin at 4:00 p.m. and qualifying at 6:00
p.m. The first race is scheduled to
take the green flag shortly after 7:00 p.m.
Advance general admission tickets for adults and teens are available at www.salemspeedway.com/tickets.html
and are only $15. Ages 7-12 are just $3. Kids, ages 6 and under, are admitted
free with a paying adult.
For more information about the
Super Cup Stock Car Series please visit the official web site at www.supercupstockcarseries.com.
Interactive updates throughout race day will be available on the Super
Cup Stock Car Series Facebook
as well as Twitter and Instagram.
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