“Petersburg Posse” Reigns Supreme in Final Jennerstown Visit of
Pennsylvania (August 23, 2021) – Jennerstown
Speedway Complex may have to rename themselves to Petersburg after
Saturday’s dominance of the Super Cup Stock Car Series Twin 50s by
residents of Grant County, West Virginia.
For the first time in numerous years
of competition, qualifying was canceled due to a brief passing
shower and to allow for the fans in the Laurel Highlands region to
enjoy the complete program of feature racing.
Lineup was set by points going into the event with the top
six redrawing for their starting position.
Local favorite Lauren Butler started
from the pole in her No. 53 Edlin Automotive / Night & Day
Sealcoating / HG Creations / 3C Signs / Roof Repair Experts /
Hillsview Landscaping / Pink Zebra / Motive Parts / Cornwell Tools
Pennsylvania’s Kevin Kromer took the green flag along the outside
and powered into the early lead for the 2019 champion’s first laps
led of 2021.
them were two of the fastest cars on track, Bob Schacht and Brent
Nelson, both past winners at Jennerstown.
The first to the front was the No. 75 Engineered Components
Co. / Bob Schacht Motorsports Chevrolet on lap three.
But then it was Nelson that was able to get inside of the
Mooresville, North Carolina driver 15 circuits later and lead the
rest of the way over the caution-free distance.
“The first race we were really
hooked up,” the driver of the No. 80 Precision Auto Collision /
Airtek Inc. / RAM Trucking / Snap-On Tools / Atkinson Welding / QH
Design / JEBCO / Nelson Motorsports Chevrolet remarked.
“Again, I don’t know what it is about Jennerstown, but
we’ve fallen in love with this place.
We just have a really good setup here.”
Schacht slowed and came to pit road
shortly after halfway, allowing for a podium sweep at the checkered
flag for the “Petersburg Posse” composed of drivers Nelson,
Jason Kitzmiller who resides in Maysville just outside of the town,
and Samatha Rohrbaugh picking up hard charger honors in the No. 7
Grant County Mulch / In Loving Memory of Mark Huff / CR7 Motorsports
Garage Chevrolet in third.
Kromer and Butler rounded out the top
five in the first Twin 50 while point leader Ben Ebeling struggled
to an uncharacteristic result of sixth.
Ebeling’s No. 44 Startown Carpet
& Floor Coverings / Swanny's Auto Sales / Wrenn’s Lawn Service
/ L & C Truck Repair / Battery Specialist of Hickory / RE
Suspension Ford started along the outside front row for the second
Twin 50, but it was pole starter Kitzmiller that would get to the
top spot and the No. 97 A.L.L. Construction / CR7 Motorsports Garage
Chevrolet appeared to be the car to beat.
A yellow flag with 15 laps remaining
set up a thrilling restart though.
Schacht, who had rectified his problems from the earlier
race, had worked his way from 13th starting position by Ebeling for
third prior to the caution, but the one challenging the most once
again was Nelson.
“Going into three (Kitzmiller)
swung it a little wide, trying to get a better angle into the corner
and I figured, you know what, this is the only chance I’m going to
get,” Nelson, already a three-time winner at Jennerstown in 2021
going into this race, explained.
dove it in and drove it in really deep and the car hooked and we
came out on the other side in front of him.”
The remainder of the distance was no
cakewalk either, with both Kitzmiller and Schacht staying within
striking distance. Kitzmiller
made a couple last bids to no avail, his car gaining ground entering
the corners but Nelson’s appearing to drive off the corners
It was Nelson’s 12th career SCSCS
victory, his ninth at the facility in which he clearly has figured
“Had to really work hard at it, and
I’ll be honest and I told Jason, if that caution had not come out
I don’t think I would’ve had anything for you,” Nelson said. “He
was running a good line and I kept waiting for him to make a
mistake, and it didn’t happen.”
The series veteran, who has taken a
slim one point advantage over Kitzmiller for third in the overall
standings, was not sure he would even be making the trip to defend
his wins from June and July until the week of the race.
“The way things were when we were a
little damaged there at Motor Mile and honestly we didn’t get it
fixed until last night about 10:00 when we were able to load up,”
Nelson added. “I guess
we had done a pretty good job on it because we pulled two of them
Kitzmiller achieved his fourth
consecutive runner-up result.
“It was a little rough since we
didn’t need that caution,” the series rookie noted.
“Brent made a really good move so hats off to him.
I honestly didn’t see him coming as I went into three.
Just one of those things.”
A win is something that’s certainly
at the top of Kitzmiller’s list before the season concludes
with as much as his results have been impressive and the
closer he nears to that goal.
“It helps the confidence, but
raises the aggravation levels,” the driver, who had competed the
previous day in an ARCA race at Michigan International Speedway,
admitted. “But the
guys have done such a good job preparing this car.”
Schacht, Ebeling, and Kromer’s 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 completed the top five in the running order.
Ebeling’s point lead now stands at 73 points over Schacht
heading into the next event in three weeks, Kentuckiana Dual Weekend
at Salem Speedway and Kentucky Motor Speedway.
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