Racing Spirit, and Camaraderie the Main Takeaways from Annual SCSCS
Virginia (October 10, 2019) – The final top 10 in the Super
Cup Stock Car Series standings featured eight drivers who bettered
their previous best points result. All
10 members, including six for the first time, were in attendance and
recognized during the season-ending trophy presentation held in the
Championship Room at Dominion Raceway the morning after racing
festivities wrapped up.
prestigious piece of hardware given out that concluded the
ceremonies was for the overall champion across a season which saw
many records, one being the longest schedule in series history of 19
races across 10 events.
Kevin Kromer has
displayed steady perseverance for numerous years and from the get go
at Dominion in April had to capitalize whenever needed, not only to
escape with his first touring series championship by a narrow 33
points, but also capture the regional Northern Division title once
“The commitment I
made to the series; I don’t know what to say about it,” a still
speechless Kromer remarked the morning after officially capturing
the highest honor of on track performance.
“I won the Northern Division two years in a row, which is
hard to do and then win the overall all at one time, especially with
a few of the bad races we had.”
laps and being in contention for the win early on, the Walnutport,
Pennsylvania based team was left questioning their chances and
playing catch-up after a motor issue during the season-opening
event. Well outside the
top 10 in the standings, Kromer rebounded with a pair of victories
his first time seeing Southern National Motorsports Park in Kenly,
North Carolina, coming the day after a close call in optional
practice that sent the car around and barely missing the outside
netted another win, but right when it seemed like they were hitting
their stride, a dose of reality came back at Kingsport Speedway.
During qualifying on that first day of summer, the No. 77 car
began billowing smoke. The
problem was terminal and was not repairable for the remainder of the
night. Entering the
picture was Rookie of the Year contender Lauren Butler, who
graciously offered for him to take the wheel of her No. 53 and
salvage some points. The
same happened after a lap two crash in the first race at Midvale
Speedway when Jason Schue stepped aside from his No. 3 machine for
the second Twin 50. If
these developments had not happened, the outcome could have been
“A couple teams
stepped up and a lot of people were behind me in this deal,”
Kromer noted. “There’s
a whole lot more behind the working than just everyday racing.
I owe a lot to them. They
gave me the rides when I needed them.
There’s just a lot of people to thank.”
There were many in
the form of past series champions off the track that additionally
assisted in his quest to gain the top rung in the standings after a
decade of coming up short, only by small margins some years.
“JJ Pack and Bob
Schacht, they all had a doing in this in one way shape or form,”
the line I needed their advice or help or something to make it a
little better and they came through.
That’s the way the series is.
Everybody helps everybody.
We race more for the fun and the prestige of everything than
putting dollars and cents in the pocket.”
Pack and Schue
received special awards during the trophy presentation to be
delivered to them in their absence.
Pack was awarded Sportsman of the Year for his countless
efforts in assisting his fellow racers at and between races to help
further their knowledge and performance.
Schue was named Car Owner of the Year.
The Littlestown, Pennsylvania regular in previous seasons
only drove a partial schedule in 2019, but his car was still taking
the green flag on a majority of occasions, often keeping other
drivers in need in the points race.
Although the amount
of help was often short at the shop with crew member Francis, his
wife Kelly, and children Kyle and Aaron available to help at times
locally, the supporting cast at the track grew as the season carried
on. One deciding factor
occurred when damage was sustained during the first race of the
“Rick Wellek and
his family come from Pittsburgh and help at the racetrack,” Kromer
explained. “Then when
(weekly Modified competitor) Chris Brink got sidelined at
Jennerstown I said to Rick, hey do you think we could get Chris and
his brother Dan to come help because we’re right there ready to
win a championship and I need all the help I can get.
That first race at Jennerstown (in September) we got put in
the wall and they worked to get it back and they couldn’t believe
we won the second one.”
In addition to the
championship, some career and record marks were set.
Kromer’s seven wins broke a single-season record that stood
since 2009. A total of
11 races led was also a new record while 325 laps led in 2019 was a
series best and more than doubled his career sum from a year before.
Kromer was not the
only champion to be acknowledged on Sunday morning.
Ben Ebeling ran a partial season, but again was nearly
flawless when showing up at the track.
The Hickory, North Carolina driver’s limited starts were
enough to earn his third consecutive Southern Division title.
“Thanks to the
guys that have stuck with me and anybody that has helped us do that
for three years in a row,” Ebeling said.
“I really enjoy running with the series and competing with
these guys each week when we get to run.
Maybe one of these years we’ll get to put together a full
victory lane at the moment of his series debut in 2016 and doing so
each year since then, driving in 2019 for ShoTime Motorsports took
the performance to another level.
Not only did he win his first career Pole Award at Shenandoah
in June, but followed it up to claim those honors in every ensuing
event he entered, paired with a career high number of checkered
flags in one season.
“I think any of
us will tell you we go to the racetrack and we intend to win the
race, but to come away with five wins definitely wasn’t
expected,” Ebeling indicated.
“I’ve never been a great qualifier so to come away with
that is pretty cool. Very
pleased with that and couldn’t have anticipated that kind of
success, so I’m very blessed.”
The South title was
clinched even though he did not compete in the finale at Dominion,
an impressive record that Ebeling has been known for since setting
foot as a driver within the series. 2020
remains up in the air and likely with him searching for a ride.
“We’ll see what
happens there,” Ebeling added.
“Right now we’re a driver without a car so we’ll see
what comes around for next year.”
By far having the
most consistent accomplishments throughout 2019 was runner-up
overall and in the Northern Division, Ron Langdon.
Taking part in his first full season from start to finish,
every single one of the 990 laps of competition was successfully
completed by the driver whose previous best in the standings was
seventh a year back. His
active consecutive streak of top 10s dates back to late in the
previous season with the ability to extend what is now a series
record in that category into 2020.
The dedication and
camaraderie that Langdon and team bring with them to every race,
often making the longest haul of anyone from Long Island, New York,
the decision was made to honor them with the Racing Spirit Award.
The recipient of this particular custom plaque complete with
quote from the legendary Janet Guthrie “Racing is a matter of
spirit not strength” is hand-chosen by series Director of
Competition, Joe Schmaling, and is presented to those individuals
who exemplify the racing spirit in their daily lives both on and off
“I know what it
means to Joe, and I know what Joe means to the series, so it has a
special meaning for me too now,” Langdon commented, also
mentioning Schmaling’s signature hat that is illustrated on the
plaque as well. “Racing
has been my whole life. My
earliest memories I’ve always wanted to be involved in racing, so
it does mean a lot.”
It was only fitting
that his fellow crew members were part of the recognition.
“My team is what
gets me here,” Langdon, also a first-time SCSCS winner in 2019,
stated. “Without them,
I don’t get here. The
award is for them, more than it is for me.
They work so hard. It’s
all volunteer and they’ll work through the night just to make sure
my car is ready, looks pretty, and is well-prepared.
How much more can you ask for?”
While coming up
only a little short of two titles in 2019, Langdon added that they
plan to continue the same strategy that has reached them to this
moment, perhaps taking it up one little notch in 2020 with the goal
of earning more bonus points for qualifying and running up front
which turned out to be the main difference between first and second.
Third in the final
standings for the second straight season was stock car racing
veteran Mike Potter. The
Johnson City, Tennessee driver did improve in one category, placing
himself in the history books with a spot in the win column at
Midvale in August during a year with some highs and lows.
“We were really
happy after that,” Potter recapped.
“That was a big deal. It
was up and down, part of it was good and part of it wasn’t.”
for next year rides on whether funding can be gathered and how many
cars remain in his possession. All
of his rides are typically for sale on an ongoing basis, four of
which have been proven winners of SCSCS races in the past.
Capturing Rookie of
the Year was the fourth place finisher in points.
Lauren Butler came on the scene midway through 2018 and
completed her first full year in 2019 with some impressive results.
definitely been a success for our first rookie year,” Butler, a
top five finisher on 10 occasions include four times at her home
track Jennerstown, expressed. “This
season I knew was going to be tough, we have a lot of great drivers
here. I had a really
The West Mifflin,
Pennsylvania driver’s final outing of the year did not turn out as
expected, but the move to the earlier mentioned Schue’s ride and
gradually moving up through the order locked up the Hard Charger of
the Year award.
didn’t go as we planned considering as confident as we were Friday
night in practice,” Butler, who was also recognized as the
Northern Division’s Top Performing Rookie, explained.
“That car was screaming it was so fast.
Then the first practice (Saturday) it just kind of decided to
give up on us. We will
definitely be back next year because I have a few goals and some
good drivers I want to beat. I
wasn’t expecting all the awards.
I knew that I had rookie of the year for sure, but I didn’t
really know about the other two so that was pretty touching as
Pennsylvania active leader in consecutive SCSCS starts Bill Ashton
notched his third career top five points finish in fifth.
The second half of
the top 10 in overall standings was composed entirely of newcomers
to that stage. John
Miller scored a near perfect at track attendance and coupled with
six top 10 finishes earned sixth in standings as well as the
Southern Division Top Performing Rookie title.
Pennsylvania’s Jerod Brougher returned for a semi-regular schedule
that included a runner-up finish at Dominion in April and the most
laps led at Jennerstown in July.
The 2017 Top Performing Rookie also finished fourth in the
Northern Division standings.
dominance during his limited campaign surged him up to eighth
overall as well, remarkably making less starts as several
competitors he accumulated more points than.
Landon and Hayden
Brothers rounded out the top 10 in that order, both running the
majority of the races for the first time in their career.
The twin teenagers from York, Pennsylvania were additionally
announced as the recipients of the Most Improved Drivers of the
Patrick Miller, Graphic Designer Cheryl Fleming, and PR Coordinator
Aaron Creed were awarded for their outstanding service to the
series, while Schmaling was surprised with a birthday cake to
celebrate his 70th birthday coming up later in the month.
The Super Cup Stock
Car Series altogether featured some new marks to be set in future
years to come. Eight
different drivers went to victory lane, more than any other single
season, while nearly 90 percent of the record 38 drivers that made
an appearance at an event finished in the top 10.
Kromer will make a bid in 2020 at becoming the first repeat
champion since 2012.
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