First-Time Top 10 Points Finishers Utilizing Extra Time to Up Their
Game for 2020
North Carolina (May 31, 2020) – At the conclusion of 2019, a
half dozen drivers were celebrated for their inaugural entrance into
the final top 10 in the Super Cup Stock Car Series standings.
Five of them have already committed to the season-opening
event at Jennerstown Speedway Complex and Campground on Saturday,
July 11 and will for certain be set to improve upon those marks in
Lauren Butler not only captured
Rookie of the Year honors last year, but also claimed fourth in the
overall standings, a mere nine points shy of third.
Adapting quickly to venues and the traits they offer was a
regular occurrence in 2019 aside from the aforementioned in which
she is a former weekly champion
and had a pair of career best runner-up results.
Her past knowledge from driving and winning in Street Stocks
is a style that has evolved into a rather seamless transition to a
600 horsepower, 3,300 pound machine.
like that it takes a lot of skill,” the West Mifflin, Pennsylvania
driver remarked. “You
can have a fast car all you want, but this division truly allows the
drivers to shine in what they do
and allow them to hone in on their driving skills and that’s
really what I enjoy.”
Nevertheless, the challenging
continuation of exploring facilities she has never raced will now
occur later in the new season as part of the Indy Revolution event
at Lucas Oil Raceway on Saturday, October 24.
“If going to pick up our
transmission counts, we did get to actually see the track once but
that’s about it,” Butler recently shared about the 0.686-mile
oval. “It looks fast,
we’ve heard it is fast, and one of the gentlemen that works up
there kind of gave us some pointers here and there.”
The Edlin Motorsports team has spent
the couple months of unexpected downtime cleaning up their shop and
going over the car as far as they can, with the installation of a
“heartbeat” under the hood the final step in the process.
In regard to the health sector in everyday life, Butler also
accomplished an exciting goal of being a Surgical Technologist.
“I’ve waited two years to finally
graduate college and get into my actual career that I’d like to be
doing,” Butler explained. “Everything
I’ve been learning so far in orientation, I love everything about.
I really like to help people and help their quality of
As for her expectations on the track
for 2020, they are some pretty high ones to set for her second full
season in the SCSCS.
goals for this year are definitely to win at least two races,”
Butler indicated. “One
of those wins I would definitely like to be at Jennerstown Speedway,
my home track. I also
would like to tackle the Northern (Division) championship.”
Jerod Brougher was the Top Performing
Rookie in 2017, but his steadiest season to date came last year with
a seventh place points outcome.
Finishing outside the top 10 not once and being a
front-running contender during almost outing was a humbling feat for
a family effort that works on their car only when the time allows
“It felt good for our team,”
Brougher reflected. “If
you look at what we started out with, it is a show of what our
potential is. I’m
thankful to the series for us to have a place to race and my family
for giving me the chance.”
Brougher, also a former feature
winner at Jennerstown in a Street Stock, performed at his best at
the track closest to his Stahlstown, Pennsylvania home.
Despite leading 26 laps and three of his four top five
finishes in 2019 coming there plus two runner-up finishes in his
SCSCS career, he was quick to point out his practical approach.
“I have to give a straight out
no,” Brougher answered in response to the possibility of earning a
first points victory. “There
are too many good drivers, so I’d say I’m not looking for a win
this season. We’re
blessed and fortunate that we can even do this.”
The JKB Motorsports team will
certainly be looking to do the best they can still.
They were pleased to receive the extra time to get ready for
2020 in regard to picking up parts and putting the car back
“We did more work this offseason
than previous years,” Brougher, who will run a limited schedule
this year which will include both Jennerstown events and perhaps a
couple other races, explained. “We
went over bushings, ball joints, and other pieces that wear.
We’ll go from there on what needs to be done.
Some of it is up in the air but we take it day by day.”
Ebeling has been handling multiple tasks in North Carolina in the
meantime while his children are home from school and his wife and
spotter on many race weekends, Michelle, handles essential tasks as
a hospital lab worker.
“It’s a way different atmosphere
for me at the shop right now, trying to get things done and have
three kids around,” The Hickory resident commented. “It’s
difficult to do both well, we’ll say.”
Ebeling had his best SCSCS year to
date with his first career Pole Award, five of them altogether, and
five victories. Despite
earning three consecutive Southern
Division titles, he has yet to make a run at the overall
championship. That could
change in 2020.
“We weren’t really sure what we
were going to be doing this coming year,” Ebeling detailed
regarding the offseason. “Had
some things happen at the end of the year that we didn’t get to
quite finish out like we wanted to, but got a new situation.
Trying to put together the rest of the pieces right now to
make a competitive package so we can try and run a full season.
This extra time definitely won’t hurt us at all.”
Ebeling came on the SCSCS scene in
2016, winning his first time out at Lonesome Pine Raceway driving
for veteran racer Mike Potter. Ever
since then, the general concept of what the series is all about has
kept him coming back for more.
“I really like what (Director of
Competition) Joe (Schmaling) has done with the tires and what he’s
got as far as rules with the cars,” Ebeling mentioned.
“I feel like he has put it in the driver’s hands more
than some of the other series that are out there.
To me, it’s a lot more about driving the cars and being
smart and I enjoy that part of it.”
the tail end of the top 10 were twin brothers who started off with a
$100 go kart a few years back and completed their first full season
in a stock car. Landon
Brothers achieved six top 10 finishes on his way to ninth in the
final standings. Although
sometimes having to share one car, splitting the ride over twin
races, the Brothers Brothers Racing Team was in attendance at every
event during the 2019 campaign.
The goals have advanced slightly further into 2020.
“We want to try and make it to
every race, but then we want to finish the races because last year
we had a lot of problems with the cars, engines blowing up and
losing the brakes one time, and all that stuff,” Landon Brothers
noted. “So we want to
try and finish the races.”
preparation, the team has made a couple trips south from their York,
Pennsylvania home in order to upgrade their effort.
“We went down to North Carolina and
bought two engines and the one is ready to be put in the car so we
should be good,” Hayden Brothers, who had four top 10s and was
10th in points, said.
After soaking in advice from fellow
drivers, most at least twice their age, both Landon and Hayden
collected Most Improved Driver of the Year honors at the conclusion
of 2019 and have become among the fan favorites at each track.
They have also been active off the track, performing school
work from home and organizing a golf tournament, which unfortunately
had to be rescheduled from April to October 2020.
“So that was supposed to be in
memory of Matt Clancy,” Hayden Brothers began to describe
regarding the proceeds they are raising.
“He was a first responder and committed suicide, so it’s
for PTSD awareness.”
Interested competitors are urged to
respond to Joe Schmaling at JoeSCSCS@gmail.com or call (828)
768-3589) as soon as possible with intentions to participate, tire
needs, or any questions involving the season-opening event in
Further updates will be forthcoming
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