and Nelson Outrun the Rain in SCSCS Championship Series Rounds 1
& 2 at Jennerstown
Pennsylvania (September 11, 2022) – Weather
loomed from mid-afternoon on, but the Jennerstown Speedway Complex
staff tirelessly worked to successfully complete the evening’s
festivities, which included the Super Cup Stock Car Series
Championship Series Rounds One and Two, for the fans and competitors
A passing shower
cut practice short by 15 minutes and adjustments were made from
with a five-lap scuff session and the initial main event was lined
up by point standings. That
put current leader Jason Kitzmiller out front for the first of two
races that were shortened to 30 laps in order to keep the show
moving due to the ongoing threat of rain.
driver of the No. 97 A.L.L. Construction, Inc. / Grant County Mulch
/ A & J Excavating / CR7 Motorsports Chevrolet led flag-to-flag
for his sixth victory of the season and third at Jennerstown.
“In the hot laps
we had a good car, but when you start first you can get out and get
going, so that worked out real good,” Kitzmiller noted.
The Maysville, West
Virginia driver did have one main challenger from the drop of the
green flag and on a late restart when the No. 27 EHB Logistics, LLC
/ Manchester Barbershop / Mt. Wolf VFW / Wago Club Chevrolet driven
by York, Pennsylvania’s Hayden Brothers came to rest with a flat
tire to bring out the yellow. Nine-time
Jennerstown winner Brent Nelson lined up to the outside, which meant
Kitzmiller had to be on his game at least in the short-term.
“We got bit on
the restarts before, so we were pretty careful,” Kitzmiller
got us here one time last year, so that was in the back of my mind.
We tried to run a low line so he couldn’t get underneath
us. After two or three
laps we could get out front, but it was still a little stressful.”
Nelson did all he
could, but for the second time in 2022 came up one position short in
the first race.
longer we ran, I got tight in the center and then I was getting
loose coming off the corner,” the Petersburg, West Virginia racer
explained. “I pretty
much had to ride it out. I
didn’t have a thing for Jason.
He ran a good race and I couldn’t get to him, but I knew
what we had to do for the second race.”
completed a West Virginia podium in the No. 9 Grant County Mulch /
CR7 Motorsports Chevrolet. Freeport,
New York’s Ron Langdon had Berg for a couple circuits on the final
restart, but had to settle for fourth.
A trifecta of
drivers earned hard charger honors in the opening 30 lapper of the
personalities John Komarinski, making his first start of the year in
the No. 33 Auto Dynamic Specialties / Marsula Electric / Hands-On
Concepts / Gulisek Construction Chevrolet, and Jeff Zillweger in the
No. 18 Jeff Zillweger Landscaping / Wagner’s Service / St. Jude
Children’s Research Hospital Chevrolet each moved up a couple
positions for respectable performances, while 2016 series champion
Harvey Harrison completed the top five.
Perhaps the most
elated was Gloucester, Virginia’s Jeff Thomas, who after a
multitude of mechanical gremlins over the last year brought his No.
15 Charles Parks Photography / B.A.D.G.E. / Camp Cardinal at
Gloucester Point / Thomas Racing Team Chevrolet across the stripe to
the checkered flag for the first time with a ninth place finish.
Thomas, originally from the Jennerstown vicinity, had
assistance from the Edlin Motorsports team and spotter Lauren
Butler, a crowd favorite who was unfortunately sidelined with
grandson Logan drew the number one starting spot for the second
feature and from there it was on for the next 30-lap distance.
Moving up fast was Nelson’s No. 80 Precision Auto Collision
/ Airtek Inc. / Atkinson Welding / QH Design / JEBCO Chevrolet from
the fourth position, and by lap six powered under Harrison down the
backstretch to take the lead.
stayed within a few car lengths, but Nelson was not to be denied in
this particular event.
“I knew what
adjustments we needed to make and, man, did this thing come to
life,” Nelson said following his first checkered flag of 2022.
“Harvey’s a real hard competitor.
He and I have run several hundred, maybe thousand, laps
together side by side. Once
I was able to get by him, my spotter which is my brother (Rocky
Nelson) is in my ear hollering and fibbing to me a little bit that
they’re coming. I just
kept pushing it as hard as I could and we were able to fortunately
bring the win home.”
The 10th win at
Jennerstown alone and 13th of his SCSCS career was the highlight of
the season for the veteran competitor.
struggled this year,” Nelson commented.
“I thought I would have had a win earlier in the season,
but you better cherish every one of these because you never know
when you’re next one is going to be.”
Harrison held on
for a second place run, his best result in a few years.
springs and changed two or three things,” the Renick, West
Virginia driver mentioned.
setup I came up here with was the setup that I won here with in
2018. I came up here,
shot out of a cannon, finished
good in one race, and couldn’t be beat in the next race.
I tried a strategy of saving the tires and wind them down for
the last four or five laps until it’s time to go, but once
you’ve already heated everything up, there was nothing there.
I could get to him a little bit, but I couldn’t win it like
It turned out to be
a first, second, third, and fourth place finish for the Mountaineer
State with Berg and Kitzmiller behind them.
This is the only time that has happened in series history, a
silver lining for fans after their college football team’s
overtime loss earlier in the day.
“We had a lot of
fun; I trust the guys behind me and trust the guys in front of me,
so I was using the whole track,” the driver of the No. 51 John
3:16 / Southern Coal Corporation / Harrison’s Motorsports
Chevrolet continued. “We
were in kind of a slump because of wrecks so this really made the
team feel better. We
love Super Cup. We’d
like to come to all of them , but just haven’t been able to.
A lot of good competitors and a lot of good people.”
National Appliance / Oval Speed Unlimited / Langdon’s Automotive
Chevrolet rounded out the top five after starting on the outside of
the front row.
Nelson moves up to
the second slot in the standings after defending series champion Ben
Ebeling was absent from competition, but still has some ground to
make up on Kitzmiller with a 125 point gap.
A return to Thornburg, Virginia’s Dominion Raceway is next
on the schedule Saturday, October 1st, a track Nelson has yet to
achieve victory but Kitzmiller claimed both trophies back in April.
forward to that,” Kitzmiller specified.
“We’ve got a big thing where we’re putting some guests
up in the hospitality suites, so we want to put on a good show for
them. That’s a big
deal for us.”
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