Defeats the Storms and Nelson Defeats the Competition at Pulaski
County Motorsports Park
Virginia (July 30, 2023) –
Mother Nature tried with all her might to rain on Saturday
evening’s party at Pulaski County Motorsports Park, but the short
track racing program featuring the Super Cup Stock Car Series
prevailed with a familiar face in victory lane when all was said and
festivities in the hot and humid environment it was someone new
hoisting the Pole Award plaque.
West Virginia’s Brian Harrison set fast time (17.387 seconds) for
the first time in his longstanding SCSCS career.
Unfortunately, this would be the highlight of the day for the
No. 15 Harrison’s Welding / Swearingen Bat Company / Kovach
Drywall Services / Harrison’s Motorsports Chevrolet.
Harrison would lead
the opening seven laps of the first of twin races as raindrops began
to increase. A yellow
was displayed at that point to evaluate whether track conditions
were favorable to continue. Heading
toward one lap to green, Harrison suddenly pulled off the track and
toward his pit stall. A
failure with the pinion in the rear end, the original rear end in
which his cars have utilized since joining the series in late 2008,
was the culprit and concluded his night.
a result, 16-time SCSCS winner Brent Nelson inherited the top spot
when the green flag waved. The
race resumed for only two more laps when at this point guest driver
in the No. 57 Ashton Racing Chevrolet, the facility’s General
Manager Jeff Roark, went for a spin in turn two.
The Abingdon, Virginia driver’s evening would also
ultimately be cut short with related issues to the car’s rear end.
During this second
caution period, the precipitation’s pace would pick up and the red
flag was displayed. Luckily,
only approximately 30 minutes of track drying was necessary, and
racers were quickly called back to their cars.
The remainder of
the night’s weather improved, although to keep the show moving
along it was decided the first main event would be shortened from 50
to 40 laps. Nelson
maintained a relatively comfortable advantage and went on for his
first win at the Fairlawn, Virginia facility.
the track was extremely slick and of course I’m screaming on the
radio ‘they need to red flag it’ and Brian’s leading and
wanting to go and I understand that,” the Petersburg, West
Virginia competitor indicated about the challenging conditions from
the first race. “I was
fortunate that he broke, but glad he got the pole and was looking
forward to running with him.”
father Harvey Harrison continued his season of consistency with a
runner-up finish, a recovery from a spin on his qualifying lap
earlier in the day. Followed
at the line was Uniontown, Pennsylvania’s Bill Ashton with Howell,
Michigan’s Richard Hauck bettering his result from Jennerstown
last month by one with a fourth-place finish.
Jason Schue from Littlestown, Pennsylvania matched a career
best fifth, his second top five run in 46 starts.
For the second
feature the top three finishers were inverted in the starting order
and, due to a few cars being unable to start, a race length of 30
laps was agreed upon.
Excitement was the
keyword at the start of this one, as Ashton and Harvey Harrison
dueled side by side for each of the first few laps.
Harrison’s No. 51 John 3:16 / Southern Coal Corporation /
Harrison’s Motorsports Chevrolet barely edged its way ahead on the
high side at the line for the top spot during the first two
circuits, while Ashton’s No. 35 Bill’s Wood Stoves – Hopwood,
Pennsylvania / Ashton Racing Ford led lap three by inches and then
became clear out front a couple laps later.
all this battling, Nelson was right there in the mix, overtaking
Harrison for second on lap seven.
The next time around, he passed under Ashton for the lead.
Harrison then found his way by for second.
Although Nelson had
track position, this event was far from over.
Harrison kept his car within a car length and started peeking
to the outside on a few occasions in the corners.
Nelson held on to sweep the night.
for us,” the driver of the No. 80 Precision Auto Collision /
Airtek Inc. / Atkinson Welding / QH Design / JEBCO Chevrolet
commented. “Coming off
a win at Jennerstown and then to come down here and get, not only
one but, two wins it finishes off a perfectly good weekend.”
Down the stretch
with the evening temperatures cooling, adapting to ever-changing
track conditions and handling of their cars certainly presented a
challenge for competitors.
“The second race
I didn’t free it up enough,” Nelson continued.
“The car was getting tight and fortunately Harvey was
getting tight pretty much in the same spot.
We both were washing up the track, but we were able to hold
onto it and bring it home. We’ll
get it fixed and go on to the next one.”
For Renick, West
Virginia’s Harvey Harrison, a pair of second place performances to
go with his three finishes of third so far this year was satisfying
for the most part.
“I’m okay with
it,” Harrison laughed. “I
feel like we needed a few more laps because Brent was using his
brakes pretty heavy, and I think it was going away from him.
There’s no guarantee but I believe we may have been able to
Ashton’s laps led
and pair of podium results were some of the most fun he’s had in
racing, despite losing some ground in the closing stages.
why I come to race,” Ashton stated.
“There’s nobody better to run side by side with than
Harvey. To finish third
to Brent and Harvey, I’ll take that any day of the week.
My car was fine, but I’ve got to talk to the driver because
I think he was slacking a little bit.”
“Me and Bill ran
side by side and we loved it,” Harrison added.
“We’ve done that several times, running door to door and
racing so close that you don’t touch.”
Hauck replicated a
fourth-place finish in the No. 31 Hauck Enterprises, Inc. Dodge
while Schue rounded out the top five again in the No. 3 Firehouse
Grill / 1st Choice Computer Solutions / Littlestown Car Wash /
Peckie's Auto Body / Larry's Lawn Mower Repair / Jason Schue Racing
While the points
race for the championship seems to be the furthest thing from the
minds of many right now, the scorecard and precise calculations
involved are extremely tight going into the next scheduled event
only one week away at Dominion Raceway in Thornburg, Virginia on
Saturday, August 5th.
Nelson holds a two-point margin on Harvey Harrison as the new leader
in the standings. Meanwhile,
Brian Harrison has an even slimmer one-point advantage over Ashton
for third, both only a little over 50 points back from the top two.
With the quick
turnarounds between events during this summer stretch, racers are
definitely attempting to not look too far ahead.
“Been taking it
one race at a time,” Harvey Harrison commented.
“I’ve tried so hard not to think about (points) because
it puts a lot of pressure on you and you actually race different.”
One thing is for
certain, every lap counts and each competitor is working in the
moment to achieve their best outcome possible when it comes to the
2023 Super Cup Stock Car Series season.
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