Wishing to Seize Winner’s Trophies Facing a New Challenge for 10th
SCSCS Visit to Midvale Speedway
North Carolina (May 12, 2021) – A vast majority of expected
entrants for Saturday’s Buckey Mowing / WTUZ 99.9 Radio Night at
the Races presented by Swearingen Bat Company are no stranger to the
Midvale Speedway premises. Be
that as it may, every Super Cup Stock Car Series driver and team
could be presented with a fresh puzzle to figure out ahead of and
during the twin 50-lap races.
one month ago, facility owner John Chapman and staff with the
dedicated help of their local partner Newton Asphalt laid down new
pavement in each set of corners on the 3/10-mile oval.
What that will mean for the five past Midvale winners as well
as other contenders in the 3,300-pound, 600 horsepower stock cars
remains to be seen.
Nevertheless, a few
of them were asked about their thoughts and expectations going in.
Kevin Kromer has two previous wins, including the inaugural
SCSCS event back in 2011, on the property officially located in New
“We’re going to
have bullring short track racing, but you’re probably going to get
a lot more grip off the corners now,” predicted the 2019 champion,
who is looking to rebound from a bad break at Midvale that year
as well as improve upon a best of fourth scored at the Dominion
Raceway season opener two weeks ago. “I’ll
have to get my car to turn a little better, but I’m looking
forward to Midvale. Maybe
we can win one there.”
Pennsylvania driver’s closest adversary on those winning occasions
was Midland, Virginia’s JJ Pack.
The 2014 series champion, whose vehicle’s Pontiac nose will
certainly grab the eyes of many fans, has previously recorded two
runner-ups and a pair of third place finishes, but is looking for
his first win at the always being improved upon facility grounds.
same short track racing,” Pack echoed.
“You know every time we’re at Midvale it’s just a
different environment. Repaving
it probably took the bumps out so it’s going to be a little
different when it comes to that.
I’m hoping for more grip with the new pavement, but I guess
we’ll see when we get there.”
While most may be
pleased with the renewal of the aged surface in the turns, some are
going to miss the character that it presented and their method
toward navigating and compensating for it.
Bob Schacht swept the
night during the 2018 SCSCS appearance
and was one that playfully
remarked about the prior homework
now being out the window. The
Mooresville, North Carolina driver continues to anticipate a return
to the track located only 30 miles south of the Pro Football Hall of
Fame in Canton.
“I’m going to
go back there with pretty much the same setup that I ran there the
last time even though the bumps are gone pretty much now,” Schacht
they paved the corners it could be a one-groove racetrack so we’re
just going to have to get it on the bottom the best we can.”
officials have taken matters into their own hands to begin the
season already by requiring competitors to run a higher line
throughout select practice sessions in order for another lane to
take some rubber. The
local classes have witnessed side by side racing during the opening
weeks, which should be an indicator that the faster or better
handling SCSCS cars will be able to muscle their way toward the
New York’s Ron Langdon was another that shared in Schacht’s
observations. His only
SCSCS win to-date came at the most recent Midvale event in August
2019 and will be eager to catch up during this year’s springtime
running after being unable to make it to the season opening Dominion
Joining Langdon as
drivers making their 2021 debut are father and son Harvey and Brian
Renick, West Virginia residents have won before at the site of what
will be the series’ 10th visit, both have come very close on
multiple occasions. Dusty
Silvers also will potentially make his long-awaited series debut
from Tennessee under tutelage from another 2019 winner at the track
Quite a few racers
will be making their Midvale SCSCS debut on Saturday, most notably
Ben Ebeling. Born and
raised in Ohio, he has not driven a racecar in the Buckeye State
since 1999 when he ran a Street Stock at Lorain County Speedway not
far from Cleveland. The
three-time Southern Division champion and winner of the second race
at Dominion a couple weeks back does have a base of knowledge upon
assisting as a crew member on previous occasions.
“We’re going to
have to figure it out,” said Ebeling, who shouldn’t be counted
out as he has historically won SCSCS races at three previous tracks
upon taking a green flag for the first time.
“I’ve helped Jon (Kerley)
up there and (Mike) Potter and Stephen (Cox) but I haven’t turned
a lap up there. We’ll
kind of do some studying and luckily we don’t have anything to fix
on the car and we can spend the time making it faster.”
Jan Markowski, a
home state driver from Seven Hills, is another driver who has some
information and memories to fall back on.
Although he is only making a second SCSCS appearance ever
behind the wheel, as part of his 50 years of racing experience has
been competition at Midvale dating back multiple decades and as
recent as 2020 in the CRS Truck Series.
West Virginians Samatha Rohrbaugh and Jason Kitzmiller can
receive feedback from their teammate Larry Berg, who was the 2015
series winner at the speedway.
Rounding out the
past racers who have tasted victory at Midvale, 2016 winner Brent
Nelson from Petersburg, West Virginia is looking for his first
trophy since 2018. West
Mifflin, Pennsylvania’s Lauren Butler finished fifth at the
facility, which competitors will see some additional enhancements in
the pit area as well, during her 2019 Rookie of the Year season and
will certainly be a challenger for the top spot.
Bill Ashton and Larry Wilcox each have achieved top 10
results in the past and will look to further improve on that.
addition to the traditionally unique trophies that the series hands
out, Swearingen Bat Company out of nearby Toronto, Ohio will be
presenting specially-finished premier baseball bats that will
ultimately have the race winner’s name engraved in each.
open at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday with qualifying occurring at 3:30 p.m.
An autograph session in the grandstands will take place
immediately following qualifying with racing, including the SCSCS
Twin 50-lap races, slated to begin at 5:30 p.m.
Race teams have the option to practice on Friday evening from
4 p.m. until 8 p.m., preceding the regular scheduled practice
sessions on race day commencing at 12:30 p.m.
can be found on the Super Cup Stock Car Series official web site supercupstockcarseries.com
with interactive updates throughout race day available on Facebook
(search Super Cup Stock Car Series), Twitter (@SCSCSRacing), and