Career Shenandoah Sweep for Ben Ebeling in Caution-Free Veterans
Classic Twin 50s
Virginia (June 7, 2021) – The
second edition of the Veterans Classic at Shenandoah Speedway
featured a familiar face in victory lane, but it by no means was a
walk in the park over the course of the pair of 50-lap Super Cup
Stock Car Series events.
Ben Ebeling claimed
his first Pole Award of 2021, a mere eight hundredths of a second
faster than Petersburg, West Virginia’s Brent Nelson and two-time
pole winner in 2021 Bob Schacht.
Lauren Butler matched Harvey Harrison, a past Shenandoah
winner from Renick, West Virginia’s fifth fastest qualifying time,
and was only four thousandths of a second quicker
than Jason Kitzmiller to put her No. 53 Edlin Automotive / Night
& Day Sealcoating / HG Creations / 3C Signs / Roof Repair
Experts / Hillsview Landscaping / Pink Zebra / Motive Parts /
Cornwell Tools Chevrolet within the redraw.
She then drew the first starting position for the first race.
The West Mifflin,
Pennsylvania racer fought hard to lead her first lap in SCSCS
competition; however, it was the outside front row starter Schacht
led at the conclusion of the opening circuit.
Lurking almost from the get go and making his way to second
remaining distance, the North Carolina drivers stayed within range
of each other. On
42, the single file
formation would change as Ebeling worked under Schacht.
Schacht led at the line the first time by in which they were
side by side; however,
it was then Ebeling who cleared his way to the lead onward toward
his third victory at Shenandoah and of 2021.
is very temperamental as far as overdriving, so it was just about
hitting my marks and being smooth, concentrating on running my line
and not trying to follow in his tire tracks,” the driver of the
No. 44 Startown Carpet & Floor Coverings / Swanny's Auto Sales /
Wrenn’s Lawn Service / L & C Truck Repair / Battery Specialist
of Hickory / RE Suspension / Williams Ebeling Enterprises, LLC Ford
said. “When we did
that we kind of came back to him slowly.
He had one little bobble there and we were able to capitalize
related the facility’s characteristics to Grundy County Speedway
where he grew up racing outside Chicago, survived for second while
home state driver JJ Pack finished third in his No. 61 David Lucash
Racing Engines / IceBoxx Customs / JP Racing Pontiac.
Early frontrunner Butler was fourth and taking Hard Charger
honors by advancing to fifth was Atwater, California’s Doug
George, a former NASCAR West Series champion and current NASCAR
Truck Series crew chief for Codie Rohrbaugh, who filled in with the
early driving duties in the No. 9 Grant County Mulch / CR7
Motorsports Garage Chevrolet.
The fortune for the
second feature of the night partially came down to family when
Ebeling’s youngest daughter Lilly drew the pole position for her
father. The Hickory
resident was able to clear outside starter Butler at the wave of the
Much like the first
race, track position was important as not a single yellow flag flew
the entire evening. Kitzmiller,
who finished sixth earlier in the No. 97 A.L.L. Construction / CR7
Motorsports Garage Chevrolet, took advantage of the initial start
from the inside of row two and immediately powered into the
Despite the series
rookie’s best efforts, Ebeling maintained the lead and went on for
his fourth win of 2021, sweeping the collection of custom-made
trophies courtesy of Dragonslayer Industries.
“My spotter was
telling me that we had somebody coming from behind and I didn’t
know who it was at the time,” Ebeling noted about Kitzmiller
staying within striking distance.
“Again, it was really about concentrating on being smooth
and making sure I didn’t burn my stuff up trying to stay out front
and that I had something if we needed it there.”
For Kitzmiller, it
was his best performance to date and it came at the track in which
he started his SCSCS career in August 2019.
“We caught him
once there early and then he kind of got away,” the Maysville,
West Virginia driver, who added that the team made some changes
including the track bar so he could get off the turn better than the
first race, remarked. “We
kind of burnt the front tires up a little bit and had to let them
cool down. We were
reeling him in the end, but he doesn’t make too many mistakes so
it’s tough to catch him when he gets six or eight car (lengths) on
you. But it’s a lot of
fun and that’s what we’re doing.”
Virginia’s Pack brought home another third place result, the
fourth occurrence in as many starts in 2021.
2019 champion Kevin Kromer switched cars between races after
running into overheating and ill-handling problems that sidelined
the other 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 midway through the first
feature. The Walnutport,
Pennsylvania driver recovered to a fourth place finish.
Virginia’s Larry Berg actually made a pass for fourth on the final
lap, but was relegated to fifth in the final order due to taking all
four tires under the white line that outlines the inside portion of
the 3/8-mile oval. It
was stated in the drivers meeting that only two tires could be below
when advancing position, a rule that has been in place since the
track opened approximately 15 years ago.
Climbing to sixth
and grabbing the Hard Charger award was Nelson.
The No. 80 Precision Auto Collision
/ Airtek Inc. / RAM Trucking / Snap-On Tools
/ Atkinson Welding / QH Design / Nelson Motorsports Chevrolet exited
early from the first race with a
transmission seal issue. Fellow
competitor Bill Ashton had the necessary spare part, which allowed
the eight-time series winner to take the second green flag near the
back of the field.
Schacht was not
running at the end of an event for the first time in 2021, slowing
from the top five and bringing the No. 75 Engineered Components Co.
/ Bob Schacht Motorsports Chevrolet to pit road early on in part
because of severe handling troubles.
This has allowed Ebeling to take a slim 21 point lead over
the Mooresville resident after the completion of six races.
very blessed this year so far just trying to put together wins, lead
laps, do what we can, and the rest will shake out where it may,”
Ebeling commented. There’s
still a whole lot of racing to do this year.”
In less than two
weeks, the Super Cup Stock Car Series holds their first Dual Weekend
of the year with the running of the Keystone 150.
On Friday, June 18th the cars and stars will run 75 laps at
UMI Motorsports Park in Clearfield, Pennsylvania followed by another
75-lap feature at Jennerstown Speedway Complex the next day.
None of the top two
finishers this past Saturday night have ever been to UMI and their
collective experience at Jennerstown is fairly limited as well.
been to Clearfield before so we’ll be in the same boat Bob was
where he had never been here before until today,” Ebeling
figure it out with those back-to-back races and we’ll have to be
good in both of them.”
Each event will
feature a unique format with a pair of brief qualifying races
contributing toward setting the field rather than the standard
single-car time trials.
been to either one of those tracks,” Kitzmiller added.
“It’ll be an experience I’m sure, but we’re looking
forward to it.”
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