Racers Ready for Return to Lonesome Pine
North Carolina (August 17, 2023) – Six years – that is how
long it has been since the most recent visit for the Super Cup Stock
Car Series to the southwest corner of Virginia.
Lonesome Pine Motorsports Park, acquired by Mark Ebert and
the same Rusty Wallace Racing Experience staff that has operated
Pulaski County Motorsports Park, is back on the schedule and drivers
are eager to return there this Saturday.
Perhaps the driver
that has patiently awaited another chance at going around the
3/8-mile oval the most is Ben Ebeling.
It holds a special place in the Hickory, North Carolina
resident’s heart, claiming the first of 25 victories in his
initial series start back in 2016.
The win took place in a car fielded by Mike Potter, who was a
favorite among the Coeburn, Virginia locals and unfortunately passed
away over the off-season. Ebeling
went on to win once again during the most recent visit in 2017, has
three wins in 2023 thus far, and has not been out of the driver seat
lately, last weekend taking part in a Champ Car Endurance Series
event at the Virginia International Raceway road course circuit.
series point leader Harvey Harrison from Renick, West Virginia is
another one excited for a comeback to Lonesome Pine.
His first career SCSCS triumph also took place there when
luck was on his side as the top two during that race in 2009 got
together and were parked for the remainder of the night.
He also earned a Pole Award in 2016, five bonus points that
contributed toward capturing the championship that season.
Virginia’s Brent Nelson was absent from the last race at Dominion
but will be in attendance on Saturday and has plentiful experience
at Lonesome Pine. The
three-time winner in 2023 has led laps in previous races there and
has a best finish of third. Rounding
out the Mountaineer State competitors to watch is Harvey
Harrison’s son Brian Harrison,
who has charged through the field in the past at this speedplant
and is searching for his first SCSCS victory and first top five
result at Lonesome Pine.
Bill Ashton from
Uniontown, Pennsylvania currently sits second in this year’s
standings and has also competed at Lonesome Pine before, also
looking to achieve his first top five outcome.
The track’s president Jeff Roark, from nearby Abingdon,
Virginia, will get another crack at wheeling the Ashton Racing No.
57 after coming out of the box quickest in practice at Pulaski
County last month.
Perhaps the one
with the most momentum is Littlestown, Pennsylvania’s Jason Schue,
a winning car owner last time out at Dominion.
The No. 3 is seeking its first top 10 at Lonesome Pine.
will open at 5:00 p.m. with a pit party at 6:00 p.m, featuring
legendary racer from the area Ronnie Thomas, and racing beginning at
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