2018 and Newly Named 2019 SCSCS Champions Conclude Season in a Big
Way at Dominion
Virginia (October 6, 2019) – Two seasoned racers knew going in
that there could be only one champion at the end of the night and
taking advantage of perhaps the smallest opportunity could be the
difference. With 16
additional competitors to face off with during Saturday’s Big
Mike’s Smokin’ BBQ & Grill presents the Night and Day
Sealcoating Twin 60s at Dominion Raceway, it was not going to be the
easiest task either.
The first chance to
grab five bonus points for contenders Kevin Kromer and Ron Langdon
was during qualifying. Both
would come up short as Petersburg, West Virginia’s Larry Berg, in
only his second start of the year, set fast time navigating the
4/10-mile oval in 16.155 seconds.
His first Pole Award since the beginning of 2017 was only
five one-thousandths of a second faster than Jennerstown winner
three weeks ago, nearby Midland, Virginia’s JJ Pack.
Langdon and Kromer qualified third and fifth, respectively.
The redraw became
Langdon’s lucky day as he was able to start from the first
starting position, but upon spinning the tires slightly on the
initial green flag, the Freeport, New York driver relinquished the
lead from Bob Schacht, the 2018 Super Cup Stock Car Series champion
making his first appearance of the year.
With the aid of a yellow on lap 13, Langdon was able to
recover on the restart and gain the top spot and five ever important
bonus points with a pass on the outside.
though was his championship rival, who had maneuvered into second as
the laps ticked toward halfway.
Langdon had hoped to hold on for another five points for
leading at halfway, but could not any longer as Kromer worked his
way by on lap 28 in the No. 77 High Voltage AC/DC Tribute Band /
Lehigh Valley Cancer Institute / Mission R.A.C.E.R. / Sal’s Pizza
/ Mahoning Valley Speedway / K2 Motorsports Toyota.
Kromer was able to
stay the course and earn a record-setting seventh win of 2019, the
Northern Division title, and a little more comfort when it came to
the point margin heading into the final race.
“It was all about
points tonight,” the Walnutport, Pennsylvania driver noted.
“(Langdon) started getting tight and I saw where he was
weak and I capitalized
on it, but it was still a hard run.
There were a couple cautions, I had Bob Schacht on my butt
and JJ Pack was right there, and I knew I had to just hold the line
and what was going to happen was going to happen.”
Schacht and Pack
each got by Langdon and the three drivers finished in that order
Virginia’s Samatha Rohrbaugh came back from two spins to achieve a
best career fifth place effort in her No. 7 Grant County Mulch / CR7
Motorsports Garage Chevrolet.
Rohrbaugh rode that
good fortune into the second 60-lap race, drawing the pole position
with veteran Schacht to her outside.
She was able to lead lap one, another career first, before
giving up the top spot to the Mooresville, North Carolina resident.
Behind them, Langdon and Kromer had some nail-biting moments
battling hard with Dominion first-timer Jason Kitzmiller, at one
time going three wide trying to get to the front.
checked out at times, the driver to watch that was advancing through
the pack was making his SCSCS debut but is no stranger to short
track racing success. Doug
George, who serves as crew chief for team principal Codie Rohrbaugh
in the NASCAR Truck Series, won a championship in the NASCAR West
Series in 1995 and Southwest Tour in 1990 back when he called
Atwater, California home.
Berg’s No. 9 Grant County Mulch / CR7 Motorsports Garage Chevrolet
from the first race, George utilized the outside in most instances
to pick up positions, getting by Langdon for the runner-up spot with
10 laps to go. He made
it to within a couple car lengths, but it was Schacht back in
victory lane, becoming the eighth different winner in 2019, another
should have won the first one, but Kevin was running for points so I
kind of left him alone,” Schacht, whose primary sponsor Engineered
Components also won the same day in a Trans Am race in Texas,
mentioned. “I didn’t
want to mess him up too bad. This
is an awesome track. The
people are nice here and the guy that owns the racetrack (Steve
Britt) is awesome. Good
racing up here.”
also did not want to forget to dedicate his win to a couple
gentlemen that were close to him.
“We had some
friends that passed away on us,” the driver of the No. 75
Sword, who worked with us all last year, and then Tom Reet, my best
friend for 50 years. All
my ARCA races and IRA championships I won with him, so we miss them
A bizarre melee
that occurred after the checkered flag involved contact between the
top two finishers. The
discussion became somewhat heated when George approached Schacht
immediately after the race, but cooled down and talked it out.
“The clutch was
slipping for a while so I would say if everything in the normal
world wouldn’t have been slipping and stuff I think I would have
had a chance at getting him,” George, competing behind the wheel
for the first time in 19 years, explained.
“Bob’s a good racer.
He’s super smooth. I
do have to say I apologize to him because I did run into the back of
him after the race was over. I
didn’t see the flagman and I figured he got loose and tried to get
underneath. I was just
happy that Larry (Berg) and Codie Rohrbaugh gave me a shot to
afterward and admitted a similar occurrence at another time in his
“It’s just part
of racing,” Schacht commented.
“I’ve done it running Springfield (Illinois) one year on
the dirt, the race was over and I ran all over Bob Strait because I
thought the race was still green.”
Langdon finished a spot ahead, Kromer’s fourth place finish was
good enough to secure his first overall Super Cup Stock Car Series
championship in his 11th year of trying.
It is an accomplish that only a short time ago he thought
simply an opportunity of having was in jeopardy upon being diagnosed
with esophageal cancer midway through 2016.
“What I went
through the past three years; three years ago at this time I
didn’t even know if I was going to drive a racecar again,”
Kromer indicated. “My
mind was made up to do it, but my body wasn’t letting me.
It means a lot and it was a long road.”
featured glimmers of winning likelihood, but a championship was not
to be in his first full-time run in the series from start to finish
as the No. 17 National Appliance / Oval Speed Unlimited /
Langdon’s Automotive Chevrolet began to tighten up as time went
on. He did have a
Hickory, North Carolina driver who was unable to compete on this
night but still locked up the Southern Division title to thank for
much of the improvement since April.
“I have to give a
lot of credit to Ben (Ebeling) for as well as the car ran,” a
still satisfied Langdon said. “He
helped me out a ton. He’s
a great guy to lean on. We
made some changes for the second race.
Freed it up a little too much for the first 10 laps and then
it actually started to run really well.
If things were a little different, who knows, but we gave it
everything we had and came up a little short.”
on to remark about the incredibly consistent year that many can only
“It’s not a bad
season when you can go out and run 10 events, 19 races, and your
worst finish is an eighth. I’m
a happy man and I’m really happy for Kevin after all these years,
that he got to win. I’m
in a great mood.”
A more detailed
release documenting the annual season-ending trophy presentation
that followed on Sunday morning and official final standings will be
available in the coming days.
stayed with the leaders to round out the top five in the No. 10
A.L.L. Construction / CR7 Motorsports Garage Chevrolet.
The Petersburg, West Virginia racer, competing in only his
second SCSCS weekend, then went on to race in a special 15-lap
First-Time Winners trophy dash for drivers who had yet to win in the
Pennsylvania’s Lauren Butler, driving in a borrowed ride normally
piloted by Jason Schue after her own No. 53 Edlin Automotive
Services / Roof Repair Experts / Night & Day Sealcoating /
Hillsview Landscaping / Ligonier Trucking / Pink Zebra / Motive
Parts of Homestead Chevrolet suffered mechanical gremlins, got to
the front on the opening lap before Amelia Courthouse, Virginia’s
Tim Richardson, driving Pack’s No. 61 IceBoxx Customs / Black
Draft Distillery / JP Racing Chevrolet made a pass for the lead.
The race from there
was between Richardson and Kitzmiller, in which at one point contact
was made and both drivers went around.
Each of them accelerated to the front once again with
Richardson getting first position initially.
With five laps remaining, Kitzmiller made a clean pass this
time and took home the final checkered flag of the year, proceeding
to celebrate with some donuts in turn one for the fans.
“I really enjoyed
it,” Kitzmiller, who made his series debut at Shenandoah in
August, stated. “It
was a good race with (Richardson) and we went at it for quite some
time. In turn one, I
thought I had cleared and I guess he didn’t think I did.
He came down and we got tangled up, but we restarted and I
set him up where I could get underneath of him off of four.”
the season is over, many have their sights set already on 2020.
That includes not only the newly named 2019 champion, but
also the 2018 champion who looks to come back for all the races
after a successful outcome at Dominion.
going to come back and defend my championship a year later or
something like that,” Schacht added.
“Pretty sure we’re going to come back and give Kevin a
run for his money.”
Multiple of the
2019 races, including both Night and Day Sealcoating Twin 60s
presented by Big Mike’s Smokin’ BBQ & Grill, were filmed by
the Sopwith Motorsports Television Productions crew and are actively
airing or will premiere in the future nationally on MAVTV.
Please visit mavtv.com for
full listings of upcoming televised coverage.
In addition, for
news and developments over the off-season heading into 2020 please
be sure to consult the official series web site at www.supercupstockcarseries.com
and Facebook, Twitter,
accounts for more information regarding all that is being planned.
77 Kevin Kromer
2 75 Bob Schacht
3 61 JJ Pack
4 17 Ron Langdon
5 7 Samatha Rohrbaugh
6 10 Jason Kitzmiller
7 71 Jerod Brougher
8 53 Lauren Butler
9 14 Mike Potter
10 6 Casey Meyer
11 9 Larry Berg
12 35 Bill Ashton
13 05 Rob Hindt
14 0 John
15 3 Jason
16 80 Brent
17 29 Landon
18 72 Mike
Pole - 9
Laps Led -
75, 17, 77
Most Laps -
Halfway - 77
- 10, 53
75 Bob Schacht
2 9 Doug George
3 17 Ron Langdon
4 77 Kevin Kromer
5 10 Jason Kitzmiller
6 71 Jerod Brougher
7 61 Tim Richardson
8 14 Mike Potter
9 35 Bill Ashton
10 6 Casey Meyer
11 53 Lauren Butler
12 7 Samatha Rohrbaugh
05 Rob Hindt
14 0 John
15 3 Jason
16 80 Brent
17 29 Hayden
18 72 Mike
Pole - N/A
Laps Led - 7,
Most Laps -
Halfway - 75
Charger - 35