Racing and Heated Emotions in Jennerstown Twin 35s Conclude 2015
Super Cup Season
Pennsylvania (August 23, 2015) – The Super Cup Stock Car
Series ended 2015 in a big way Saturday with its first stop at
Jennerstown Speedway (PA) for the year.
With a series record amount of cars on the grounds for the
Martella’s Pharmacy Night at the Races Twin 35s presented by
Mignogna Collision Center, the championship was far from decided at
the start of the day.
Points leader Dan
Bainey was one-hundredth of a second slower than the pole time, but
it was only good enough for third fastest.
July 2014 Jennerstown winner Codie Rohrbaugh grabbed the pole
award in a dead heat with Brent Nelson with a new series track
record of 20.15 seconds. 2014
and last year’s September Jennerstown finale winner JJ Pack gained
the pole starting spot after the redraw in his return to competition
after a two race absence.
Although there were
three leaders in the first 35 lap feature, Rohrbaugh’s No. 7 Grant
County Mulch Inc. Chevrolet was noticeably strong from the fifth
starting position. On
lap 21, he took the top spot from Bainey, who gained important
points toward the championship by taking the lead from Pack 10 laps
held off a charging Harvey Harrison for the second position followed
by Nelson and Brian Harrison. Brian
Harrison’s night would unfortunately be cut short due to his No.
15 CoalFacts.org Chevrolet dropping a valve in the closing laps of
the first twin race.
top six finishers redrew for their starting position in the second
35 lapper. Nelson and
Mike Potter, who took over for teammate Jon Kerley after a sixth
place finish in the first race, started from the front row.
Nelson jumped out to the early lead, but it was Rohrbaugh
again who would
quickly advance from fifth up to second after a couple circuits.
lap four, the yellow flag flew and would shake up the events to come
in this race. Rohrbaugh
was forced to pit twice under the caution due to issues with the
left front causing the tire to go down.
picked up where he left off, but with Bainey, Harvey Harrison, and
Pack closely in tow. On
lap 13, the leaders approached a slower car allowing Harrison to
find a hole and dive under both Bainey and Nelson to take the lead
with Pack following him. Three
laps later, Pack took the top spot for the first time in this race
in his No. 16 IceBoxx Customs / JP Racecars Chevrolet.
final stretch is where things would get even more exciting than they
already were. Bainey had
past Harrison for second and set his sights on Pack.
A caution for the smoking Lou Ansel car bunched the field up
and the front two were even for a couple laps before Bainey took the
lead for the first time on lap 22.
looked to be on his way to both the victory and championship, but
with eight laps remaining Pack would suddenly slow and brought out
the final caution of the night.
Bainey had clinched the 2015 championship by virtue of Pack
falling out of the race, but the task at hand was not finished yet.
Rohrbaugh was up to
second on the final restart and was even with Bainey for a lap.
Bainey’s No. 00 DelGrosso Foods / Rock & Ruthless
Tattoo Parlor Ford pulled ahead, but Rohrbaugh’s bid for the win
was not done. With two
laps remaining, Rohrbaugh went under Bainey and contact was made in
turns one and two. Bainey
had to make a maneuver to save his car from spinning and Rohrbaugh
pulled ahead for his second victory of the night.
first race was pretty smooth,” said Rohrbaugh, who was driving the
winning car from 2014 that was rebuilt over the last few months.
“It was a lot of fun to drive, but the second race we blew
two left front tires and I came on the radio and said ‘I guess
this is what I get paid the big bucks for is coming from the rear,
not making it easy’.”
After the race
there was a difference of opinions between the top two teams and
“We were racing
hard and it came down to two laps (to go),” Rohrbaugh remarked.
“I would expect him to do the same thing going for a win so
that’s just racing, in my opinion.”
championship was his, it was pretty clear that Bainey was not
entirely satisfied with second place in the race.
“I think we kind
of got moved a couple times,” Bainey mentioned.”
“It is what it is. I
know he’s here to race and he won earlier today, but I think my
side was I got turned, saved it, turned, saved it, turned.
I talked to Harvey and he said ‘I thought we were done and
we were going to collect both of us in the wall’.
I kind of didn’t expect that from the 7, but you learn from
that kind of stuff. Still
an awesome year.”
For the second time
in the evening, Harvey Harrison brought his No. 51 Southern Coal
Corporation Chevrolet home in third.
The West Virginia driver put on a show for fans with a couple
bold moves up front, including the notable one in the second twin
“Those guys were
all out of shape, and when I pushed the gas that time my car hooked
up,” Harrison explained. “Then
after we got all stretched back out, my car started getting loose
again and it seemed like they ran me back down.
We’ve had trouble with the car being loose all year, but
we’ll tighten it up. Just
a little bit of a chassis adjustment.
We’ll get it. I’m
just glad to be here and we had a blast.”
Another strong run
netted Harrison second in points, matching his accomplishment in
2009. Finishing fourth
in the race was Nelson, who ended the season third in points in his
No. 80 Berg Construction / Atkinson Welding Chevrolet.
2014 co-rookie of
the year Bill Ashton nosed by Potter in a side by side battle during
the closing laps to match his best career finish of fifth.
Both drivers needed strong runs to advance within the top 10
in the final standings.
A summary of the
post-season trophy presentation that followed the Twin 35 races will
be recapped on www.supercupstockcarseries.com
in the coming
days. Further updates
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