and Ebeling Split Twin 60s at Dominion in SCSCS Return to Racing
Virginia (May 2, 2021) – The Super Cup Stock
Car Series stars knocked the dust off their cars for a successful
season-opening Twin 60s at Dominion Raceway with two past winners at
the 4/10-mile oval hoisting the trophies at night’s end.
Bob Schacht, a four-time Dominion race
winner leading into the day, paced qualifying with a time of 16.059
seconds, a couple tenths off his track record from 2018.
new series race director Eric Dobson giving the command to fire
engines, JJ Pack led the opening seven circuits from the pole after
a six-car redraw in his No. 61 David Lucash Racing Engines / IceBoxx
Customs / JP Racing Pontiac Grand Prix.
However, it was Schacht from the third starting position that
was accelerating toward the front and ultimately the lead.
The only yellow flag of the first
60-lap feature flew when contact occurred upon 2019 series champion
Kevin Kromer approaching the slower car of Samatha Rohrbaugh.
Both cars went around and would have to restart at the rear
of the field.
the race resumed, Hickory, North Carolina’s Ben Ebeling chose the
outside and powered to the top spot.
It was short-lived though, as his car picked up a tight
condition and Schacht went by to fairly easily lead the remainder of
“After 18 months since we were here
last time it’s great to go racing again and have fun,” the
driver of the No. 75 Engineered Components Co. / Bob Schacht
Motorsports Chevrolet said. “The
car was really good and it was a good race.”
While Ebeling maintained second, Pack
utilized lapped traffic to capitalize on Rookie of the Year
contender Jason Kitzmiller and navigate around the No. 97 A.L.L.
Construction / CR7 Motorsports
Garage Chevrolet for third place.
Kitzmiller’s teammate and Rohrbaugh’s grandfather, Larry
Berg, rounded out the top five in the No. 9 Chevrolet sponsored by
Grant County Mulch.
The second race, taking place under
the Thornburg, Virginia facility lights, was a similar story to the
first but with a slightly different result.
2019 Rookie of the Year Lauren Butler started from the first
position and fought in her attempt to lead her first lap in series
competition. It was
outside front row starter Schacht though who once again was out
front when the leaders crossed the start-finish line for the first
From there, the now five-time Dominion
winner and seven-time SCSCS checkered flag recipient overall jumped
out to an impressive margin with Pack advancing into the runner-up
Two yellows flew in this race, each
due to Rohrbaugh losing control on opposite ends of the racetrack.
The No. 7 Grant County Mulch / In Loving Memory
of Mark Huff / CR7 Motorsports Garage Chevrolet had developed issues
with the front brakes much of the evening.
Being coached by local Late Model driver Sergio Peña, who
coincidentally previously competed in the NASCAR East Series with
the same car now driven by Brent Nelson to seventh and ninth place
runs on this night, the younger sister of NASCAR Truck Series
regular Codie Rohrbaugh still managed a pair of top 10 performances.
Before the cautions came out, it was
evident that Ebeling seemed to be closing the gap upon passing Pack
for second on two separate occasions.
The final 38 laps showcased what the two North Carolina
residents could do as the remainder of the distance stayed under
green flag conditions.
With 12 laps left, the No. 44 Startown
Carpet & Floor Coverings / Swanny's Auto Sales / L & C Truck
Repair / Battery Specialist of Hickory / RE Suspension / Williams
Ebeling Enterprises, LLC Ford made its move as Schacht got loose
coming out of turn four.
race almost took a complete final turn in outcome as Bill Ashton’s
No. 35 Bill’s Wood Stoves - Hopwood, PA / Budget Blinds of Altoona
& State College / Ashton Racing Chevrolet backfired and
gradually lost power, but the green flag remained out and Ebeling
cruised to the victory.
“We made some changes from the first
race and somebody actually helped me with some of those with some
advice,” Ebeling noted, pointing at Schacht.
“I knew in order to beat him I was going to have to push
him as hard as I could. We
just sat there, rode with him and pushed him, he bobbled a little
bit, and I was able to be there when it happened.”
For a driver with such a storied
racing career like Schacht, second is almost never the optimal
result, but was somewhat acceptable in this instance.
“I think the racetrack pretty much
stayed the same, but the right front tire for whatever reason with
about 15 laps to go just started going away,” the past SCSCS
champion indicated. “Finally
I got spooked, if you want to call it that, because of the wreck I
had here in 2018 so I kind of backed off a little bit.
I couldn’t hold off Ben because he was running better
times. But losing to Ben
isn’t a big deal to me because he races me clean and we have fun
Finishing behind the two racers once
again was Pack, who was not entirely satisfied with the results
despite overcoming some mechanical-related adversity.
“I felt like we had a better car
than two thirds,” the local favorite from Midland, Virginia and
2014 SCSCS champion commented. “I’m
not unhappy but I definitely feel like I could have given it more.
With the spark plug wire (shorting out in the first race), it
actually made me have to drive the car a little harder so I had to
use up the tires a little more than I wanted to.
Second (race) I thought right at the beginning it was fine
and it was running great, but it just got tighter and tighter and
tighter. Just nothing I
Rounding out the top five in the
second Twin 60 were Walnutport, Pennsylvania’s Kromer in a nice
recovery from a scrape with the frontstretch wall in the first race
and Butler claiming her first Dominion top five finish in her No. 53
Edlin Automotive / Night & Day Sealcoating / HG Creations
(Custom Tumblers) / 3C Signs / Roof Repair Experts / Hillsview
Landscaping / Ligonier Trucking / Pink Zebra / Motive Parts of
Homestead / Cornwell Tools / Josh's Eggs Chevrolet.
Kitzmiller, a top five finisher in the
first race, was running as high as third again at one point but had
to pit under green to remedy a concern with both rear tires and
nonetheless salvaged a top 10 result.
Drivers receiving the new for 2021
“stimulus bonus” included Schacht for leading halfway in both
the first and second races, Petersburg, West Virginia’s Berg for
being the top finishing hard charger of the first race, and Kromer
for being the hard charger in the second race in his No. 77 High
Voltage AC/DC Tribute Band / Lehigh Valley Cancer Institute /
Mission R.A.C.E.R. / Versalift East / Leindecker Racing Engines / K2
Next up on the schedule will be
Ohio’s 3/10-mile Midvale Speedway in less than two weeks, a track
where Schacht has won twice but Ebeling has never been behind the
ending the night at Dominion with a win certainly has the outlook
and spirits remaining high going in.
“We intend to run all the races this
year so a second and a first is a pretty good way to start out the
season,” Ebeling concluded. “We’ll
take this momentum and move into the next race and see what we can
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