Sweeps Ferocity-Filled SCSCS Night at Midvale
Ohio (May 15, 2022) – A
threat of inclement weather thankfully did not materialize, but, for
the superstitious, Saturday night falling between Friday the 13th
and Sunday’s Blood Moon lunar eclipse perhaps contributed in
paving the way for the escalated Super Cup Stock Car Series events
at Midvale Speedway that occurred in which many will be reviewing
the drama for quite some time.
procedural changes were introduced at the outset of the afternoon,
both in attempt to keep the show smoothly moving along as well as
address the ongoing tire supply situation being faced by most in the
motorsports community. Practice
and qualifying sessions were combined in which Hickory, North
Carolina’s Ben Ebeling set a new track record, navigating the
3/10-mile oval in 14.533 seconds.
first Quaker Drive Thru main event presented by Swearingen Bat
Company was shortened to 25 laps, partly for the aforementioned
purposes described, and the field was lined up for the green in the
order in which they qualified.
but the final three circuits were relatively quiet, with Ebeling
leading the way and the race being slowed
by only one yellow up until that point for the
spun car of Petersburg, West Virginia’s Larry Berg.
Another caution flew on lap 22 when an unfortunate collision
ended the night for Landon Brothers in the No. 29 EHB Logistics, LLC
/ Manchester Barbershop / Mt. Wolf VFW / Wago Club Chevrolet and
Lauren Butler in the No. 53 Edlin Automotive / McGunegill Engine
Performance / HG Creations / Motive Parts of Homestead / 3C Signs /
Hillsview Landscaping / Low Teams Motorsports Chevrolet.
final three restarts that ensued turned wild.
Two-time winner at Dominion Raceway two weeks back, Jason
Kitzmiller had a slight advantage on the outside of Ebeling going
into turn one. The cars
got together with Ebeling’s very briefly catching air and the
contact resulting in Kitzmiller being sent around.
two most recent winners in the series offered differing viewpoints
regarding this incident.
time we restart, he was spinning tires, and he openly admitted
that,” Kitzmiller indicated. “We
would have half a car going into one and two, and he would come in
too hard and the car would push up.
That’s when he got into the door.
And it was battle back and forth.
His perspective, he got off better.
If we could get to that bottom line, I felt like we were
better. We were better
off the start. From his
perspective, and I talked to him, he said we were jumping the
knew Jason was going to run me hard and I’m all for that,”
Ebeling explained. “I
feel like he jumped the restart a little bit, which
if they call it green I’m fine with that.
Where I had a problem was he didn’t give me a lane going
into turn one. At that
point after, (Kitzmiller) and I got together and I went airborne.
My thoughts and my opinion on that, mentality-wise, was
let’s salvage a second place or third place or whatever we can get
here and bring home what’s left of it in one piece.”
damage sustained did not end there for Ebeling and a couple other
Midvale winner Kevin Kromer inherited the lead following the
previous incident. Coming
to one lap remaining and into turn two, Ebeling dove low and another
circumstance resulted. Kromer’s
No. 77 High Voltage AC/DC Tribute Band / Mission R.A.C.E.R. /
Versalift East LLC / Leindecker Racing Engines / Mahoning Valley
Speedway Toyota went around on the backstretch, ending with
extensive front end damage.
noticeably agitated driver from Walnutport, Pennsylvania declined
comment on the record before conclusion of the night.
Ebeling shared his own side.
go down in the corner, Kevin pushes up, gets crossed up, I turned
down in the apron to get underneath him, never touched him, and he
spun,” the defending series champion in 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 / Good Frames,
LLC Ford commented. “I
don’t know where his anger comes from and he’s entitled to that,
but I would encourage him to watch the video.”
final green-white-checkered restart saw the mangled No. 97 A.L.L.
Construction, Inc. / Grant County Mulch / CR7 Motorsports Chevrolet
of Kitzmiller back out front, but again, more contact took place on
the backstretch, upsetting Kitzmiller’s car and allowing Ebeling
to get by for the eventual victory.
(the prior incident), it was crazy, and to have the opportunity to
win that race was unexpected at that point with everything we had
been through, but grateful that it happened that way,” Ebeling
additionally recounted what he felt happened during the race toward
the checkered flag.
felt, in my opinion, that when we had two to go and he had the
incident with Kromer, we were leading and we went down and got
through one and two and I was fine.
I was coming down the backstretch, I saw him in my mirror and
I was in the lane and I thought to myself, he’s either going to
run us or we’re going to get through three and four because I
purposely did not overdrive the car.
I didn’t want to rush myself, push up, and let him have the
underside lane. From my
perspective, he made contact with us and shoved us up out and
consequently he won the race. I
want to see the video, everybody’s perspective is different, but
that’s the way I remember it.
There’s always two sides to every story.”
teammate Berg snuck by for second, his best result since a win at
the same facility in 2015. Behind
Kitzmiller in third, Mike Senica kept his nose clean and recorded
consistently competitive lap times en route to the Warrington,
Pennsylvania racer’s best career finish of fourth in the No. 57
Shoe Crazy Wine / Seattle Gummy Company / SlapShot Beef Jerky /
Jersey Girl Hot Sauce / Brownzzz.com / Ashton Racing Chevrolet.
to the carnage from the first main event, the second race of the
night was abbreviated to a 10-lap dash.
With an invert, Kitzmiller started on the pole and led the
first four laps before Ebeling slipped by to take the spot and sweep
the race ran caution-free, some remarks were overheard afterward and
further conversations were had regarding an overall disagreement.
my perspective, and in Ben’s post-race interview he mentioned some
bonehead moves so I’m sure he’s talking about me and I’m not
going to dignify that with a response,” Kitzmiller, who leaves
Midvale unofficially with a 37 point lead over Ebeling, said.
“End of the day, we survived the night.
Second race our tires were shot; he was much better than us.
Half our car was torn off, the rear clip is bent, so we had
no downforce in the back. We
tried to stay down on the bottom with the car pushing up.
He got around us and we tried to swing back in underneath him
and once he was gone he was gone.”
despite being satisfied with the win, objected and took issue with
an altercation that occurred late in the going.
knew we were in trouble when the crew guys said that he had our
number and our name on his car like he was coming to get us, so I
knew what his intentions were going into that race,” Ebeling, now
a three-time Midvale winner and recipient of the customized
Swearingen Bat Company baseball bat trophy that was awarded,
mentioned. “I did
everything I can, and did, to stay clean of him and he pushed up.
is a mind-game and I watched him overdrive the corner, watched him
push up, I turned underneath him, and beat him off the corner.
He proceeded to turn left into my right rear quarter panel by
trying to kill me and turn me head on into the wall.
I have a problem with people trying to weaponize a racecar
and that’s what he did.”
rounded out the podium behind Kitzmiller with hardly a scratch on
the No. 9 Grant County Mulch / CR7 Motorsports Chevrolet and
provided a short summary and point of view of his own.
people being too aggressive, basically and, you know, we all get
that way sometimes,” Berg stated.
“But overall it was a good night for us, finishing the
ultimate success was potentially in doubt before the Midvale event
walk away with two wins was definitely good,” Ebeling, who
increased his SCSCS win total to 20, noted.
“I love the different kind of trophies that Swearingen Bat
Company provides. That
part was great, especially after the trouble getting here.
One of our crew members had an accident on the way up here
and then we lost power at the shop when we were trying to finish up
and load the car, had trouble getting home from Dominion after the
last race, and the replaced transmission on the car after
much-needed couple weekends off, from racing on the track at least,
will allow for teams to make necessary repairs before the third
running of the Shenandoah Speedway Veterans Classic commences in
Virginia on Saturday, June 4th.
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