Saturday Evening Earns Brent Nelson the Veterans Classic Hardware;
Consistency Secures Harvey Harrison the Championship Trophy at
Virginia (September 11, 2023) – Despite a forecast filled with
threatening skies, the fourth running of the Veterans Classic was
completed in its entirety with a familiar face in Super Cup Stock
Car Series victory lane as well as a familiar champion crowned at
the conclusion of the evening.
Nelson needed to have as close to a perfect night as possible and
score maximum points in order to simply have a shot at the 2023
began it by accomplishing his second consecutive Pole Award with a
time of 16.631 seconds, already tying him with Brian Harrison for
third in the standings with the five bonus points earned.
a straight up starting order, Nelson jumped out to the lead right
away in the No. 80 Precision Auto Collision / Airtek Inc. / Atkinson
Welding / QH Design / JEBCO Chevrolet.
Nevertheless, it was not a cruise to victory all the way.
out of turn two on lap 20 of 30, the Petersburg, West Virginia
driver’s ride suddenly slowed and then immediately picked up the
pace once again, but in second position at this point.
JJ Pack, a winner at Dominion last month, was driving a ride
prepared by himself and owned by fellow racer Rob Hindt.
The No. 42 Drive 2 Thrive / Hindt Racing Pontiac accelerated
to the lead, but Nelson muscled the top spot back with seven laps
ignition cut off and thank goodness I’ve got two ignition boxes in
the car,” Nelson, who went on for his first Shenandoah Speedway
“Once I realized what was going on I flipped over to the
auxiliary and had to battle my way back around JJ.”
the fact he celebrated another anniversary of his 29th birthday the
day before or maybe some added luck on board contributed to or led
him to claiming the special trophy.
can ask my crew members; they’ve been picking on me pretty much
all season and tonight they brought the turtle out and put it in the
car and it’s got turtle power; turbo,” Nelson joked.
had a similar fate with a brief mechanical issue and was passed by
current point leader Harvey Harrison and Bill Ashton in the final
most impressive drive of the evening might have been by Jason Schue,
who started eighth but the Littlestown, Pennsylvania driver passed
competitors such as Howell, Michigan’s Richard Hauck in the No. 31
Hauck Enterprises Inc Dodge and Warrington, Pennsylvania’s Mike
Senica in the No. 57 ASAP Energy Drink / UpFlyte / Ashton Racing
Chevrolet on his way to match a best career fifth behind the wheel
and Hard Charger of the race honors.
would start his No. 3 Firehouse Grill / 1st Choice Computer
Solutions / Littlestown Car Wash / Peckie's Auto Body / Larry's Lawn
Mower Repair / Jason Schue Racing Chevrolet on the pole for the
second main event when the lead lap finishers were inverted and was
two turns away from leading his first lap in SCSCS competition.
was Ashton though breaking out to the early lead in the No. 35
Bill’s Wood Stoves – Hopwood, Pennsylvania / Ashton Racing Ford.
Once again Nelson was on the hunt and was in the runner-up
spot by the second lap.
By the fifth circuit he worked his way under the Uniontown,
Pennsylvania racer for the lead.
the race remained under green for the distance, Ashton kept Nelson
in sight, but it was not enough as the now five-time winner in 2023
swept the night.
Ashton held on for second, but with yet another podium result
in the end for Harvey Harrison it was 53 points too short of the
championship for Nelson.
bittersweet, coming here knowing that we were behind with one goal
getting as many points as we could get, and we did that,” Nelson
everything we could, but all in all we’ve had a great weekend.
We’ve had a great season if you look at the wins and second
Ashton came up shy of his first win since 2016 this year, there was
no disappointment felt.
finishing places are good, but they don’t really matter when it
comes to how much fun I had as I’ve ever had driving a racecar,
especially here,” the 2014 series rookie of the year commented.
“This has not typically been one of my best tracks, but now
it is. It
may become one of my favorites.
What is my favorite thing is the guys I’m racing with.
Brent, Harvey, JJ, all of them are just such good clean
a pleasure to drive with them.”
West Virginia’s Brian Harrison suffered a broken belt under the
hood of the No. 15 Harrison’s Welding / Swearingen Bat Company /
Kovach Drywall Services / Harrison’s Motorsports Chevrolet seven
laps into the first race, but quickly maneuvered his way to fourth
and challenged his father for third over the closing laps.
The result gained him both Hard Charger of the race as well
as ultimately the Hard Charger of the Year award.
made another late race rally and caught both the Harrisons as the
laps wound down.
The fifth-place performance was his fifth top five of 2023.
Elkton, Maryland’s Rob Hindt took over driving duties of
the No. 42 in his first start since 2021 and finished sixth, his
best result since a fifth at UMI Motorsports Park in 2015.
driver that showcased the most stability and steadiness this season
was Harvey Harrison, capturing his second career series
had a pretty consistent year as far as; I don’t think I finished
out of the top three,” the Renick, West Virginia driver of the No.
51 John 3:16 / Southern Coal Corporation Chevrolet said. “But
it’s been tough, a lot of times the car wasn’t quite where we
needed and tonight it really wasn’t either.
It all worked out here in the end.”
was a year that did not start with any concrete plans for the
Harrison’s Motorsports team.
been tough for a few years for us and we weren’t planning on
running all the races, but each time we would run we’d say okay,
we’ll do another one,” only the second repeat champion in series
history, his nephew Jody Harrison being the other, continued.
“We took it one race at a time and that’s kind of why I
didn’t want to talk about points because I have chased this points
championship back when we had a lot of different drivers and worked
real hard and come up short.
This year we kept points out of our mind, but it all worked
future release will go more into detail regarding the recipients of
the hardware and honors that were recognized as part of the
season-ending trophy presentation that took place at the end of
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