and Pack Duel for Victory and Split the Night in Absolute Thriller
at Dominion Raceway
Virginia (August 6, 2023) – Saturday night at Dominion Raceway
turned out to be one to remember for quite a few racers and those in
the 3/8-mile oval’s audience.
With a tight schedule consisting of 10 feature races,
including the twin main events for the Super Cup Stock Car Series,
some adjustments were made to ensure that everyone’s time invested
would pay off.
The second SCSCS
practice session doubled as qualifying, and it was Ben Ebeling
becoming the first repeat Pole Award winner of 2023 with a time of
16.153 seconds. Surprisingly
recording the second fastest time was another former series champion
JJ Pack. The driver who
resides 45 minutes up the road in Midland, Virginia was shaking down
Jason Schue’s No. 3 to provide feedback.
However, the decision was made for the Littlestown,
Pennsylvania driver to take the first green flag, thus relegating
Schue to the rear of the starting order.
Richard Hauck from
Howell, Michigan started second following a fifth place qualifying
run and ensuing redraw and kept the No. 31 Hauck Enterprises Inc
Dodge in that spot for the first couple laps, but it was Ebeling out
front and appearing to have the car to beat.
Nevertheless, his car owner Bill Ashton moved up to second
and the decided upon 30-lap distance was far from a walk in the park
for the 2021 series champion.
within a car length of Ebeling numerous times but was not able to
mount a successful bid for the lead.
three of my kids are my good luck charm, but Lilly pulled the
‘1’ pill so that helped us out a bunch,” the flag-to-flag
winner said. “It was
fun racing with Bill, having the car owner right behind you.”
It was the sixth
win at Dominion and third of 2023 for the No. 44 Startown Carpet
& Floor Coverings / Swanny’s Auto Sales / Wrenn's Lawn Service
/ L & C Truck Repair / Battery Specialist of Hickory / Good
Frames, LLC / Williams Ebeling Enterprises Ford, but certainly could
have been a different outcome if there was a single misstep.
threatening me to put that red bumper to the back of our car a few
times,” the Hickory, North Carolina driver laughed.
“He was pushing it for everything it was worth.
Trying to help Bill and trying to get him on the line.
He was asking me questions earlier, so a lot of times if
you’ve got a rabbit to chase it helps out.”
Pennsylvania’s Ashton, it was his best performance since his
victory in 2016 at Jennerstown Speedway.
“It was really
exciting to be able to run with (Ebeling) and I thought about
rattling his cage a little bit, but then I thought better of it,”
the driver of the No. 35 Bill’s Wood Stoves – Hopwood,
Pennsylvania / Ashton Racing Ford remarked.
“I could catch him, but I couldn’t pass him.
He’s just that good.”
Brian Harrison, and Schue unofficially finished third, fourth, and
fifth in that order. Warrington,
Pennsylvania’s Mike Senica had a top five run going with the No.
57 ASAP Energy Drink / Ashton Racing Chevrolet but unfortunately
spun on the front straightaway, bringing out the only caution of the
evening coming to the white flag.
In a unique format
to keep the evening’s program moving along, cars came down pit
road for a very quick service, lead lap finishers from the first
race were inverted, and returned back onto the track to immediately
take the next green flag.
Brian Harrison from
Renick, West Virginia led from the get-go.
On lap five, Ebeling found his way to second and a lap later
worked under the No. 15 Harrison’s Welding / Swearingen Bat
Company / Kovach Drywall Services / Harrison’s Motorsports
Chevrolet for the lead.
though was another car in which the earlier mentioned practice
provided some foreshadowing. During
the approximately five-minute break between races, a driver change
took place with Pack climbing onboard the No. 3 Firehouse Grill /
1st Choice Computer Solutions / Littlestown Car Wash / Peckie's Auto
Body / Larry's Lawn Mower Repair / Jason Schue Racing Chevrolet in
place of Schue.
from the back, Pack was up to second the next time by after Ebeling
took the top spot and was hounding the winner of the first race lap
after lap. Closing in on
10 circuits left, Pack drove to the outside as they encountered
early leader Brian Harrison and successfully made the pass.
Slower traffic made for an additional obstacle over the final
set of laps, but Pack was successful in holding off Ebeling for the
“Honestly, I was
questioning if I still had it because it’s been so long,” Pack,
who was making his first SCSCS start since August 2021, stated.
“I love racing with Ben and I saw an opportunity there and
took advantage of it and just came out on top.
It was great racing. I
was hoping we would go side by side for a while there because for a
moment I thought it was going to happen.”
It was the seventh
victory of Pack’s SCSCS career, the first at his home track to go
with a win that was his first in the series in 2011 at the former
Old Dominion Speedway in Manassas, Virginia that closed at the end
of 2012. All of it could
not have been possible without the opportunity to compete in a car
that he helped bring to life for a fellow racer that has also been a
staple of the series for quite a few years now.
“If it wasn’t
for Jason (Schue) letting me drive it and set it up for him I would
have never gotten the win for him tonight,” Pack indicated.
“I saw Ben was riding it out and I said ‘as soon as he
sees it’s me he’s going to step it up’ and that’s exactly
what he did.”
was Pack’s second win in a GM Goodwrench decorated No. 3,
previously driving a car for team owner Cal Richardson at Motordome
Speedway in 2013. Ebeling
echoed being somewhat caught by surprise, given the latest No. 3 not
normally coming through the field at the pace it did.
“I have to admit
I wasn’t sure what that white nose was sticking on the outside
quarter, but I learned really quick what it was,” Ebeling, who
crossed the line in second, noted.
“(My spotter and wife) Michelle came on the radio and she
said, ‘JJ’s on your outside quarter’ and I’m like oh, yeah,
it’s time to go.
“I honestly had
more fun in the second race than I did in the first race.
That’s what we got into this for and what we live for,
racing side by side and having that competition.
When you’ve got good guys you’re racing against like JJ
and know they are going to give you the respect and whatnot, man,
that’s it. That’s
what we’re out here doing. It’s
a ton of fun to come out here and get that adrenaline rush.
We were close but just not quite enough.”
Virginia’s Harvey Harrison continued his string of second and
third place results, this particular night being the first time the
No. 51 John 3:16 / Southern Coal Corporation / Harrison’s
Motorsports Chevrolet was running at the end of a race at Dominion.
Ashton and Brian Harrison closed out the top five.
consistency regained first in the standings for Harvey Harrison with
an unofficial 30-point lead over Ashton and Brian Harrison only 13
back from second. Three-time
winner in 2023 Brent Nelson was absent due to a planned family
vacation, but with two races being able to be dropped factored in
still remains less than 100 points out in fourth.
On the strength of
three best career fifth place finishes behind the wheel in 2023,
Schue is fifth in the standings.
Now being able to call himself a Super Cup Stock Car Series
race-winning team owner, the typically mild-mannered racer was
perhaps the most elated at the end of Dominion Raceway’s Saturday
night festivities and hinted toward what the future could look like.
“It was a fun
race to watch,” Schue commented.
“It was a good one. Once
(Pack) got the lead with that pick over (in turn 2) I figured we had
it then. We talked about
it over the winter. I
was going to run the first race and let him run the second race.
I think next year I’m going to let him run full time.”
Motorsports Park in Coeburn, Virginia is next on the schedule on
Saturday, August 19th. It
will mark the first visit for the series to the 3/8-mile oval since
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