of the Past between SCSCS Racing Friends; Pack and Kromer Split
September Jennerstown Twin 50s
Pennsylvania (September 15, 2019) – Saturday night’s Super
Cup Stock Car Series championship rounds three and four at
Jennerstown Speedway Complex featured a number of different players
in ultimately figuring out who would take home the pair of trophies.
In the end it came down to one driver who returned to victory
lane with a car he referred to as “Old Faithful” and a driver
who through hard work restored a car to winning form, all while
rekindling respectful spirited battles from the past between each
Qualifying in the
mid-afternoon was tight with 0.37 seconds separating the fastest
eight drivers. Ben
Ebeling, from Hickory, North Carolina, took the Pole Award honors
for the fifth time in 2019, navigating the 1/2-mile
oval in 20.50 seconds. Logan
Harrison redrew the first starting position for his grandfather,
Renick, West Virginia’s Harvey Harrison, a winner at Jennerstown
in September of last year.
Harrison broke out
into the early lead and aside from a few challenges from Ebeling,
maintained a decent advantage throughout most of the Bill’s Wood
Stoves 50 presented by National Appliance.
JJ Pack, making his first start since Shenandoah in early
June, was dead even with one of his former cars, driven by Northern
Division point leader Kevin Kromer, for multiple circuits before
Kromer prevailed. The
front eight cars were closely matched, often running nose to tail
with competitors searching for a way to find an advantage from the
standard middle grove most were utilizing through the corners.
The complexion of
the race would change though with a yellow flag in the late stages.
Racing through the first turn for third position, contact
ensued between Kromer and Bill Ashton, who turned in a best career
second fastest qualifying run earlier in the day.
Kromer went around and made contact with the outside wall.
The Walnutport, Pennsylvania driver was able to pull away and
with help from multiple crew members, including a few from his
championship adversary Ron Langdon, went back out and brought the
wounded ride to a salvageable seventh place finish.
the restart, Harrison’s No. 51 Southern Coal Corporation / John
3:16 / Harrison’s Motorsports Chevrolet was not the car it had
been the first 36 laps and slipped back in the order, eventually
retiring from the event one lap before the finish.
Outside of Harrison was Ebeling, who rocketed into the top
spot, but as the laps wound down it was Pack that began to show more
With four laps
remaining, Pack’s No. 61 IceBoxx Customs / Black Draft Distillery
/ JP Racing Chevrolet maneuvered around Ebeling for the lead and
went on for his sixth career victory.
“I saw everybody
else getting a little tight and we were tight too,” Pack, whose
soon-to-be five-month-old son Jason made his debut watching dad at
the track, indicated.
“I just started moving the car around, trying to find that
sweet spot. Once I
finally found it that seemed to do it.”
was driving the same chassis and engine combination that netted him
his most recent win in 2014, which was also at Jennerstown and
earned him the SCSCS championship that year.
“It was pretty
special because I have a love-hate relationship with this car,”
the Midland, Virginia driver continued.
“I honestly can’t stand it, but it always seems to
perform when I want it to. No
matter what you do to it, it just keeps wanting to go.
This thing was sitting in the weeds a couple weeks ago,
pulled it out, set it up, and to be honest I’m pretty happy with
the way it ran.”
second, his best result at the Pennsylvania track to date.
“There were a
couple times early in the race when I got underneath Harvey and if I
would have gassed up and tried to finish the pass, I was going to
take him out,” Ebeling mentioned, about the seemingly harder than
usual ability to pass in the early evening feature.
“We had that caution that played into our hands.
We got to start on the outside, which I felt like I was just
a little bit better out there, but just didn’t have enough there
at the end. JJ was
coming and he was really hungry for a win.
We got a little loose going into three and he just got past
Butler qualified seventh and was riding around that position for
much of the distance, but the No. 53 Edlin Automotive Services /
Roof Repair Experts / Night & Day Sealcoating / Hillsview
Landscaping / Ligonier Trucking / Pink Zebra / Motive Parts of
Homestead Chevrolet came alive in the last few laps and excelled to
a third place result.
“I was actually
not feeling so sure about it for the first half of the race,” the
West Mifflin, Pennsylvania racer in her first full season with the
series admitted between races. “We
were all just kind of tight-bunched up there and then the car came
to and people started making moves and the opportunity was there so
I took what the track gave me.”
Ashton continued on
to finish fourth in the first of two races in which his Hopwood,
Pennsylvania businesses were title sponsors.
Langdon dodged a bullet with Kromer’s misfortune, but could
only do fifth best in this one.
luck continued in advance of the Medved Transfer Co. 50 presented by
National Appliance, as he redrew the pole.
The start of the night’s concluding race turned riveting
from the moment the green flag fell.
Ashton did not get through the gears as quickly as Pack,
tightening up the field among frontrunners.
Jason Schue, who
recorded a lead lap ninth place outcome in his No. 3 Bobcat of
Frederick / Peckie's Auto Body / Larry's Lawn Mower Repair / 1st
Choice Computer Solutions / Littlestown Car Wash / Jason Schue
Racing Chevrolet earlier on, spun on his own in turn two.
Harrison would brush the wall in avoidance of the
Littlestown, Pennsylvania driver, but all would resume and the race
A lap later;
however, in the continued tight battle for the runner-up spot,
Ashton was sent around and backed hard into the outside wall between
turns one and two, collecting Ebeling and Langdon in the process.
The latter two had their repairs fixed before the red flag
period was lifted, but Ashton’s night would be done.
Getting on the
brakes hard and narrowly escaping a second incident of the night,
Kromer’s repaired No. 77 Lehigh Valley Cancer Institute / Mission
R.A.C.E.R. / Sal’s Pizza / Mahoning Valley Speedway / K2
Motorsports Toyota was the car on the move.
Six laps in he took the lead and despite Pack being close by
in his rear view was able to hold him off for the remainder of the
feature for a record-tying sixth checkered flag of the year.
was going to be tough, but I figured if I could get within striking
distance we had a good chance,” Kromer noted.
“When I got next to JJ I thought, man, here goes Midvale
(2014) all over again. I
just got a good run on him and got by him.
That’s all there was to it.
Almost suffered a bad point night and it turned out to be a
good point night with a twisted racecar.”
time from the conclusion of the first race to almost the start of
the second Twin 50, Kromer and team thrashed to fix damage, take
measurements to ensure the car would handle alright.
The track and series allowed two courtesy hot laps to make
sure everything was okay to take the green, and from that moment he
felt that the car was capable of being a frontrunner once again.
“We had to
straighten the front end out; it’s still a little crooked,”
Kromer described. “The
rear was over to the left and the toe was way out.
There’s still something not right.
I had sparks flying in the car from the left front.
We’ll check it out when we get home.”
second and echoed Kromer’s thoughts about an incredible fight for
the win they had five years back.
“I thought it was
Midvale all over again,” Pack repeated.
“Kevin’s a good driver and it’s good to see him in a
good piece now. I had a
lot of fun racing against him. I
just had nothing for him at the end.”
another third place finish, making her a perfect four for four when
it comes to podium finishes in 2019 at her home track in which she
is a former Street Stock division champion.
Based on preliminary calculations, she was able to overtake
Mike Potter for third in the overall standings by only 11.
“I think we were
definitely able to take back third place given what happened at
Midvale,” Butler, who suffered a motor issue a month back that
resulted in a brief setback in the points, stated.
“One more race to go and I think we’re going to finish
out our season in third and I’m totally happy with that for a
Pennsylvania’s Jerod Brougher quietly stayed out of trouble all
night, ending up finishing fourth in the No. 71 Make It Spark Ltd. /
Donegal Auto Body / TNT Embroidery and Screening / Gen-Mark /
Builders Unlimited / JKB Motorsports Chevrolet.
Ebeling recovered from the early incident to round out the
Although the No. 44
Startown Carpet and Flooring / SwannysAutoSales.net / Battery
Specialists / ShoTime Motorsports Ford was absent from victory lane
on this night, the respectable finishes and an uncharacteristically
average night from Johnson City, Tennessee’s Potter leaves Ebeling
simply having to start the next race to lock up the Southern
come to win races and improvements are good,” Ebeling added.
“Second race we needed a caution or something to play into
our hands. I’m still
not sure what happened at the beginning of that race.
(Ashton), (Brougher), me, and I’m not sure who was behind
me; just kind of bummed especially for those guys who got involved
too. After that, after
clearing some of the guys in the back we didn’t have enough time
to get back up there. There’s
something that I’m missing about the setup for this track, but I
feel like we’ve got a good handle at Dominion.”
Next up in three
weeks is the 2019 season finale being held Virginia’s Dominion
Raceway where the first twin race will decide the Northern and
Southern Division championship, while the second race will name the
Overall SCSCS champion.
Both the north and
overall are extremely tight between Kromer and Langdon, and might
very well come down to the driver who finishes better.
Kromer now leads both, with the margin in the north being 65
but the overall standings separation a mere four points.
“We’ve got a
pretty good setup for Dominion,” a confident Kromer remarked,
despite beginning the season at the same facility with motor issues
while in contention for the lead.
“As long as we don’t get caught up in anything and have
any mechanical failures, I think we’re going to be pretty strong
optimistic even though he lost a little ground in the championship
battle. The Freeport,
New York driver of the No. 17 National Appliance / Oval Speed
Unlimited / Langdon’s Automotive Chevrolet started his smoothly
consistent year at Dominion with a pair of third place finishes.
“I think we’re
going to have a lot of fun at Dominion.
One of us is going to come out the winner.
Which one? I
don’t know,” Langdon predicted.
Motorsports Television Productions crew was on hand to film both the
Bill’s Wood Stoves 50 and Medved Transfer Co. 50 presented by
National Appliance. The
first race is slated to premiere on MAVTV in mid-October.
The 2019 season premiere from Midvale Speedway will premiere
this coming Thursday, September 19 at 12:30 p.m.
The unknown outcome
that is the 2019 SCSCS championship commences on Saturday, October 5
at Dominion Raceway. More
information will be available leading up to the event at the
official series web site at www.supercupstockcarseries.com
as well as the Super Cup Stock Car Series Facebook,
Twitter, and Instagram.
61 JJ Pack
2 44 Ben Ebeling
3 53 Lauren Butler
4 35 Bill Ashton
5 17 Ron Langdon
6 71 Jerod Brougher
7 77 Kevin Kromer
8 14 Mike Potter
9 3 Jason Schue
10 51 Harvey Harrison
11 2 Quincy Sponseller
12 05 Rob Hindt
13 33 John Komarinski
14 41 Andrew Kostelnik
15 27 Hayden
16 80 Brent
Pole - 44
Laps Led -
51, 44, 61
Most Laps -
Halfway - 51
Twin 50 No. 2:
77 Kevin Kromer
2 61 JJ Pack
3 53 Lauren Butler
4 71 Jerod Brougher
5 44 Ben Ebeling
6 17 Ron Langdon
7 14 Mike Potter
8 33 John Komarinski
9 51 Harvey Harrison
10 3 Jason Schue
11 05 Rob Hindt
12 41 Andrew Kostelnik
13 2 Quincy Sponseller
14 35 Bill Ashton
15 80 Brent Nelson
16 27 Landon
Pole - N/A
Laps Led - 61, 77
Most Laps - 77
Halfway - 77
Hard Charger - 77