Kitzmiller and CR7 Motorsports Keep a Streak of Unique SCSCS
Champions Alive in 2022
North Carolina (November 7, 2022) – Immediately following an
entertaining evening of racing for the final time in 2022, the Super
Cup Stock Car Series held its annual season-ending trophy
presentation thanks to the hospitality of the Tri-County Speedway
Virginia’s Jason Kitzmiller was formally recognized as the
champion, one year after earning Rookie of the Year honors.
“We set out as a
goal last year in the last couple races that we want to try to win
this this year, so it is really very fulfilling,” Kitzmiller,
whose No. 97 A.L.L. Construction, Inc. / Grant County Mulch / A
& J Excavating / CR7 Motorsports Chevrolet started off the
season in victory lane at Dominion Raceway, the first two of six
wins in 2022, said. “A
lot of effort went into where we were at tonight.
We really had a good year.”
only did Kitzmiller’s title keep a streak alive in which there
have been no repeat SCSCS driver champions since 2012, but the same
can be said when it comes to the team a driver races for, as he
earned the first of such for CR7 Motorsports.
Codie Rohrbaugh, also a past Rookie of the Year in the series
and a six-time race winner as a driver himself, was given the Car
Owner of the Year award.
cool,” Kitzmiller remarked. “I
never thought about it (being their first championship), but a lot
of effort went into it so it’s really where we wanted to be and
good to accomplish a goal. If
it wasn’t for Codie and the CR7 crew, I work (outside of
motorsports) a lot and often, so they provide me a good car and I
tell them that works or no that won’t work, but all the credit
goes to them. It’s not
too hard to drive a car when they give you a good one.”
records of his own, finishing in the top five on 25 consecutive
occasions dating back to early in the 2021 season.
An engine failure abruptly brought that to a close at
Dominion in October, but a string of 30 straight top 10s continues
“We’re going to
start again, so we’ll see what happens,” Kitzmiller alluded to
the streak. “We
actually talked about it in the hauler.
We’re going to try and sit down here in the next couple
weeks and try to get a plan for ’23.”
For the third time
in his career, Brent Nelson secured the runner-up position in the
standings on the strength of three wins and 14 top five finishes.
everything we could to try and get a championship, but one year
we’re going to make it,” the Petersburg, West Virginia driver,
who sits tied atop the record books in most top fives all-time as
well as sole possession of categories such as number of races led,
hard charger awards, and consecutive seasons with at least one lap
led, mentioned. “Sooner
or later we’re going to get that number one spot.”
Although Nelson and
Kitzmiller had a couple on-track run-ins during the year, the two
Mountaineer State campaigners often shook hands and shared laughs in
the pit area before and afterward.
“That comes with
racing,” the driver of the No. 80 Precision Auto Collision /
Airtek Inc. / Atkinson Welding / QH Design / JEBCO Chevrolet
expressed. “Jason has
really improved tremendously. He’s
a very hard competitor now, and he was before, but he has really
picked it up this year.”
As for 2023, Nelson
is methodically going to take one step at a time, much like his
family team normally does, while reflecting on a successful year.
“We’re going to
go back and dismantle the car because we’ve still got damage from
early in the season at Dominion that occurred in a practice
session,” Nelson indicated. “We’re
going to completely redo the front end and really find out what
other damage that the car and the chassis may have.
We’re just ecstatic that we’re here and we’re able to
run the Super Cup Stock Car Series and be competitive.
I’d like to think we’re a threat pretty much every
weekend that we show up.”
in points in a one-two-three sweep for the state of West Virginia
for the first time in series history was Kitzmiller’s teammate,
Larry Berg, who was also recognized as the Patrick Miller Sportsman
of the Year, named in memory of the SCSCS photographer from 2015
until his passing in 2021. Berg,
a first-time top 10 finisher in the standings after partial
schedules since 2014, and Grant County Mulch have contributed a
great amount to the series as a whole, in which the CR7 Motorsports
group is often seen lending a hand at the racetrack with parts and
advice to competitors in need as well.
champion Ben Ebeling was fourth in 2022 and in the process also
received one of the divisional plaques that have been handed out
since 2017. The Hickory,
North Carolina driver has been the lone recipient of the Southern
Division title over the years, while Jason Kitzmiller and New
York-turned-Pennsylvania resident Ron Langdon earned the
Mid-Atlantic and Northern Division honors, respectively, for the
Pennsylvania’s Hayden Brothers achieved his first ever top five
points finish in fifth in a season that saw him accomplish a best
career second place finish at Motor Mile Speedway among his first
four career top five results. Brothers’
twin brother, Landon Brothers, was sidelined much of the latter part
of the season due to mechanical woes and ended up ninth in the final
tally; however, his efforts early on were enough to take the 2022
Charlie Canterbury Hard Charger of the Year Award.
Langdon started off the second half of the final top 10 with
Warrington, Pennsylvania’s Mike Senica in seventh with three top
five finishes. Senica’s
team owner Bill Ashton earned the Racing Spirit award for his
exemplification of the racing spirit in his daily life both on and
off the track. Ashton
fielded his ride out of the Uniontown, Pennsylvania shop for
multiple competitors, including himself, in addition to efforts
helping manage the American Racer tire supply throughout the year
among many responsibilities the 2014 series top performing rookie
has taken on without question in assisting the series.
Zillweger came on strong toward the end of the year, climbing to
eighth in the final standings, while the most recent SCSCS champion
from West Virginia in 2016 Harvey Harrison rounded out the top 10.
certainly not least, series photographer for the 2022 season, Ashley
Hope Photography, and Robert Wellek were recognized for stepping
up in their work helping out behind-the-scenes.
Although 2022 had
its share of hurdles for many, the Super Cup Stock Car Series staff
and officials would like to thank each and every competitor and crew
member for their support and look forward to welcoming them again
when the 2023 season begins.
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