Verse but Same as the First; Schacht and Ebeling Leave Midvale with
the Winning Hardware
Ohio (May 16, 2021) – The Buckey Mowing / WTUZ 99.9 Radio
“Night at the Races” presented by Swearingen Bat Company on
Saturday at Midvale Speedway had an identical result as the opening
event two weeks ago on paper, but the circumstances that unfolded
throughout among the Super Cup Stock Car Series competitors
certainly entertained the fans in attendance.
Bob Schacht set a new track record in
qualifying, navigating the straightaways and new pavement in the
corners of the 3/10-mile oval in 14.416 seconds, besting his
previous record from 2018. If
that was not spectacular enough, the luck of the draw landed the
Mooresville, North Carolina resident on the pole for the first of
twin 50-lap feature races.
stayed out front for the first 31 circuits that were run under
green, but it was by no means a walk in the park.
2019 series champion and two-time Midvale winner Kevin Kromer
was glued to his back bumper for a vast majority of the distance.
When Petersburg, West Virginia’s
Brent Nelson spun his No. 80 Precision Auto Collision / Airtek Inc.
/ RAM Trucking / Snap-On Tools / Atkinson Welding / QH Design /
Nelson Motorsports Chevrolet in turn three due to rear end fluid
laid down by the No. 15 Harrison’s Welding / Swearingen Bat
Company / Harrison’s Motorsports Chevrolet driven by 2021
first-timer Brian Harrison out of Renick, West Virginia, this
allowed the field to bunch back up and the initial chance in which
competitors had the choice to restart on the inside or outside line.
With the track surface interestingly
lacking grip on a comfortable spring evening, there weren’t many
takers for the outer groove. In
fact, not once over the course of the entire night did the second
place driver elect to restart on the front row with the leader,
including one instance in which it was not until Bill Ashton, who
was running sixth at the time, accelerated his No. 35 Bill’s Wood
Stoves - Hopwood, PA / Budget Blinds of Altoona & State College
/ Ashton Racing Chevrolet to the top before fading in the order
later in the going.
Nevertheless, Kromer would continue
to find himself in second position and peek a fender below Schacht
on a couple different occasions.
A spin late in the going by Jan
Markowski in the No. 54 Moonlite Tavern / Tradesman Tavern / ShoTime
Motorsports Chevrolet set up a green-white-checkered duel, but it
would be Schacht fending off another challenge from Kromer for his
second win of 2021 and third overall at Midvale.
were pretty good in the first race,” the pilot of the No. 75
Engineered Components Co. / Bob Schacht Motorsports Chevrolet
recapped. “Just like
any place else, you get out front and kind of set the pace and I
could roll the corner pretty good.
Anytime you can win is good because the competition is
getting better and better all the time.”
Following Kromer to the line was an
intense battle during the final laps with Ron Langdon, making his
first start of 2021, getting a nose under and passing Ben Ebeling, a
newcomer at Midvale behind the wheel, for third.
West Mifflin, Pennsylvania’s Lauren Butler rounded out the
top five for her best performance at the track to date.
Other notables included Samatha
Rohrbaugh achieving Hard Charger award honors in the No. 7 Grant
County Mulch / In Loving Memory of Mark Huff / CR7 Motorsports
Garage Chevrolet, climbing from 13th starting spot to sixth.
The aforementioned Markowski finished a career best seventh
in front of his home state crowd.
Maysville, West Virginia’s Jason Kitzmiller ran as high as
third before succumbing to potential oil pump issues with the No. 97
A.L.L. Construction / CR7 Motorsports Garage Chevrolet.
drew the pole for the second Twin 50 of the night, which would be a
similar story to the first. Passing
was at a premium, but a couple yellow flags spread out over the
distance led to some hard racing.
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 along with
Kromer and Schacht recorded nearly identical lap times on multiple
occurrences as they ran nose to tail trying to find an opening.
In a repeat of Dominion Raceway,
Ebeling split the night’s victories with Schacht and now holds
sole possession of the record for most SCSCS points race wins with
“I watched (Schacht) and (Kromer)
in the first race and I knew that I had to get a little bit
better,” the Hickory, North Carolina resident explained.
“We made some adjustments from that first race, got lucky
on the draw, and that’s pretty much what helped us the most.
We were able to set the pace and were able to make everybody
else try to do something to get around us.”
and raised in Ohio, the win in his first green flag in the Buckeye
State since 1999 had some special significance.
“One of my buddies that helped me
when I first started circle track racing in high school came out to
watch, so it was pretty cool to get that win with him there,”
Ebeling indicated. “My
mom was here too and she doesn’t get to make it to a lot of races
because she’s from up this way.”
The No. 77 High Voltage AC/DC Tribute
Band / Lehigh Valley Cancer Institute / Mission R.A.C.E.R. /
Versalift East / Leindecker Racing Engines / K2 Motorsports Toyota
made one last-ditch effort as the white flag flew, getting a run on
Ebeling out of turn four and then diving into turn one perhaps a
little too much, displaying a brief shower of sparks that were a
sight for those in the stands to see.
The Walnutport, Pennsylvania driver managed to quickly
regroup for another runner-up finish.
got under Ben off of four and I got alongside of him, but there
wasn’t enough room for the both of us to enter the corner,”
Kromer summarized. “Instead
of bumping him and turning him and maybe having a wreck, I chose to
roll off the gas and cut left and got up on the ripples. That
was my own decision not to wreck him and just come home with second.
“There was just not a very good
outside lane tonight, so Bob knew to keep it down low and so did
Ben. (In the first Twin
50) I got under Bob twice and there wasn’t enough time to get by
him. I’m pretty
pleased with it considering the last time here I went home on the
Schacht watched the show that was
going on in front of him and settled for third in this race.
Multiple car lengths behind the leaders, Freeport, New
York’s Langdon was on a mission from an early spin but the No. 17
National Appliance / Oval Speed Unlimited / Langdon’s Automotive
Chevrolet had to fight off numerous challenges from the No. 53 Edlin
Automotive / Night & Day Sealcoating / HG Creations / 3C Signs /
Roof Repair Experts / Hillsview Landscaping / Pink Zebra / Motive
Parts of Homestead / Cornwell Tools Chevrolet of Lauren Butler for
fourth. They finished in
that order to round out the top five.
With the pole and slightly better
combined result, Schacht’s points advantage opens up to a still
slim lead of 35 points with Kromer, Butler, and Larry Berg not far
behind. Berg was the
hard charger in the second Twin 50, advancing his No. 9 Grant County
Mulch / CR7 Motorsports Garage Chevrolet to seventh place in the
In addition to the traditional
trophies that were handed out, Schacht and Ebeling will each receive
a specially-finished premier baseball bat with their name engraved,
recognizing them as a Midvale race winner, courtesy of Swearingen
The Super Cup Stock Car Series
competitors have an extra week in between this time to prepare for
the next event, the second running of the Veterans Classic at
Shenandoah Speedway nestled within the mountains of Virginia on
Saturday, June 5.
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