Work, Consistency, and Focus On One Race at a Time Pays off for
Harvey Harrison and Team’s Second Championship
North Carolina (September 21, 2023) – Entering the 2023 Super
Cup Stock Car Series season, the strategy for the Harrison’s
Motorsports team was simply racing at one of their home tracks that
was first on the schedule.
One consistent result after another and 2016 champion Harvey
Harrison was in the driver seat for claiming another title when
Veterans Classic weekend arrived at Shenandoah Speedway in
feels more like it does now than it did before,” the Renick, West
Virginia driver replied when asked if the accomplishment has sunk
started out this season not really knowing, what for sure, whether
we were going after a championship.
All the cards seemed to fall in place for us.
Top three finishes (every race) is I guess how we did it and
pulled it off.
I’ve got a pretty good crew that worked hard.
Sometimes hard work pays off, and that’s where we’re
all, Harrison was short of completing only one lap of competition
the entire season and it was the first time in his 15-year span with
the series in which he went to victory lane more than once in a
season, twice during the mid-August weekend at Lonesome Pine
takes a lot of work to do this, and we’ve got a lot of good cars
and good drivers that could’ve won the championship,” Harvey,
who joins his nephew Jody Harrison as the only multiple-time
champion in the SCSCS, continued.
“I guess people say it takes a lot of luck, and you’ve
got to be pretty good to do it, too.
Everything just worked out really well.
It’s been a good year.”
was also one of three recipients for the annual Division titles that
are handed out to drivers from respective regions for their top
Joining the overall champion as the best in the South was
second place points finisher and Mid-Atlantic Division winner for
the second time, Brent Nelson.
had a stellar year,” Nelson, who finished runner-up in the
standings for the fourth time in his SCSCS career, said.
"We were able to run really well this year with five
wins and two in second place.”
the Petersburg, West Virginia veteran competitor led the series in
wins and laps led with a total 149 times out front at the stripe,
the difference potentially was a slight setback at the start of the
did have misfortune the first race of the season when we grenaded
the motor,” Nelson indicated.
“But what else can you ask for.
All in all, the way the season turned out, we’re just happy
being able to finish where we did.”
like previous years, the now 20-time winner in the series gave a
usual itinerary for the months ahead.
going to go back and completely tear everything apart, disassemble
and see if there’s any damage to anything,” Nelson added.
“I’m certainly hoping there’s not, but we’ll freshen
everything up and be ready for next year.”
North Division champion, Uniontown, Pennsylvania’s Bill Ashton,
was next in the overall points.
had a couple bad races at the beginning of the year but came back
from that and ended up in third which is still the best finish
I’ve had since I started in Super Cup,” Ashton, whose career
high 10 top five finishes was six more than ever before in a single
season since being crowned Rookie of the Year in 2014, commented.
of Ashton’s success, returning to a full schedule after only
driving in a select few races in 2022, was thanks to advice and
assistance from the 2021 series champion.
(Ebeling), real good guy, has helped me out a bunch, especially with
this new car and getting it set up,” Ashton noted regarding the
No. 35 that he debuted at Franklin County Speedway in early June.
in the standings additionally received a special award, one of which
his father and brother each earned previously.
really neat,” Brian Harrison mentioned about the Hard Charger of
the Year Award named in memory of one of the early SCSCS racers
“He was a good friend of ours.”
Harrison kicked off the year matching his best career effort with
two runner-up finishes and was in position as a threat for the
Unfortunately, some not as great destiny followed.
was really good, but we had some bad luck at Jennerstown and that
kind of just spiraled,” Brian Harrison, who did capture his first
Pole Award ever at Pulaski County Motorsports Park, explained.
“Of course we broke (at Pulaski County), then we went to
Dominion and were terrible.
There was some stuff wrong with the car and rear end still,
and then we were in the same position at Lonesome Pine.
we had it fixed and the car was back like it was.
We just broke the belt in the first race when we felt like we
had at least a second-place car (which set up a rally to receiving
Hard Charger in the second race).”
though, a return to full-time competition and his first top five in
points since 2017 provides positive momentum for next year.
in all, it was really satisfying,” Brian Harrison noted.
“Satisfied to have the car kind of back in the hunt, as
they say, and had fun racing with dad (Harvey Harrison). It
was coming down to points (for him) and that was very enjoyable.
Can’t wait (for 2024).”
out the top five was a participant in the series since 2016 that had
a banner year both as a driver and car owner.
really have to thank JJ Pack for setting up the car for me,” Jason
Schue, who turned over the driving duties for a race to the 2014
champion which netted him a first career victory as a team owner at
Dominion Raceway, remarked.
“It was a new car and we started from scratch this year.
Definitely drives better than my old one.”
Littlestown, Pennsylvania resident claimed five fifth place finishes
behind the wheel himself in 2023, a feat he had only accomplished
once before in all the prior years.
For his efforts in bringing the car to the track to compete
and working with others throughout the pit area, Schue was awarded
both Car Owner of the Year to go with his 2019 honors and Sportsman
of the Year named in memory of past series photographer Patrick
means a lot to me,” Schue, now a three-time Sportsman of the Year
“He was a really good guy.
I miss Patrick.”
may leave the driver seat following two strong performances at
Shenandoah Speedway but will be back in at least some capacity next
think about it, but I think I’m going to let JJ drive it,” Schue
repeated from what he hinted at Dominion in early August.
“I always wanted (a win) whether I was driving or being car
off the second half of the top 10 was the first of three drivers
being recognized during the season-ending trophy presentation, held
immediately following Veterans Classic festivities earlier in the
month, for the first time.
Richard Hauck made the tow from Howell, Michigan for several
events in 2023, finishing a career best inside the top five on three
occasions which was good enough for sixth in points.
Gloucester, Virginia’s Jeff Thomas had an assortment of
gremlins sideline him early from multiple races but still ended up
eighth in the standings.
Rounding out the top 10 was guest driver on a couple of
occasions, Jeff Roark, who has intentions to remain involved with
the series both with serving as track president for Lonesome Pine
and possibly fielding a car.
in the standings, despite being absent from several races, was the
aforementioned Ebeling from Hickory, North Carolina on the strength
of three victories.
Warrington, Pennsylvania’s Mike Senica was one of four
drivers who piloted cars for third place points finisher Ashton and
concluded the year in ninth, his second consecutive top 10 points
to Harvey Harrison, his appreciation as reigning champion will move
right into the upcoming season.
love it and we’ll be wherever we go first.
Looking forward to it.”
will be announced regarding 2024 as they are confirmed.
The theme for next year will align with the annual event that
is held at Shenandoah, the Super Cup “Classic” championship.
With lessons learned regarding scheduling and the
availability of a majority of racers this past season, the intention
is to hold events in the late spring and early fall with only a rain
date or two, if needed, scheduled during the heart of summer.
information can be found on the Super Cup Stock Car Series official
on Facebook (search Super Cup Stock Car Series), Twitter (@SCSCSRacing),
and Instagram (SCSCS_Racing).