Scores Debut SCSCS Victory in Car Owner’s Backyard
Virginia (August 7, 2016) – A new face to the Super Cup Stock
Car Series paired up with a familiar name to the region, and it
turned out to be a winning combination in the return to Lonesome
Pine Raceway after a six-year absence.
regular Harvey Harrison cut into Brent Nelson’s point lead right
away by capturing the fastest time of 17.498 seconds around the
3/8-mile. The West
Virginia veteran of the No. 51 Southern Coal Corporation Chevrolet,
who came into the Saturday night as the only former SCSCS winner at
“The Pine”, dedicated the pole award to Charlie Canterbury, a
racer who lost his life following the conclusion of the SCSCS race
there in August 2009.
one-hundredth of a second back from Harrison was a SCSCS newcomer
and past winner in the Carolinas in Late Models and Street Stocks,
redrew to start from the pole with Brandon Harrison outside, but
Harvey Harrison quickly found his way to the top spot six laps in.
Ebeling followed into second with Stephen Cox frequently
challenging for the runner-up position throughout a lengthy green
flag run that would last until 48 circuits into the Performance
Fiberglass Products 75 presented by Extreme Awards and
rode around in the top five, running as high as second, during the
entire first half of the event.
The Midvale fast qualifier believed he had a car capable of
winning at that time, but a chance at victory would later come to an
end. The car went away
on the bottom as the laps continued and the No. 33 McGunegill
Engines / Boschett Timepieces Chevrolet was forced to pit under
green flag conditions after cutting down a right rear tire when
trying a different line.
the long runs, Ebeling was noticeably using a higher groove than his
fellow competitors, and it would ultimately work in his favor on an
ensuing restart. He and
Harvey Harrison battled hard but cleanly before Ebeling took the
lead for good on lap 54.
was showered with bottles of water and cheers in victory lane from
friends and family, a home win for the Mike Potter-owned No. 14
Kingsport Iron and Metal Chevrolet that made their first SCSCS
appearance of 2016.
good Lord blessed us for sure,” Ebeling said following the SCSCS
victory in his debut start. “I
was just happy with the opportunity to come race.
Mike Potter and Jon Kerley gave me the opportunity to come
out and race this car. It’s
tremendous to be able to do that, so to come out here with all these
guys that race week in and week out and have experience here and to
qualify second and win; it’s unbelievable.
I don’t think you could write it any better.”
a 10th place finisher in the 2015 SCSCS points and former NASCAR
Sprint Cup Series competitor, was not feeling up for driving after
recently getting hurt, and his alternate driver Jon Kerley was up in
Watkins Glen, New York driving one of the Joe Gibbs Racing NASCAR
XFINITY Series haulers. Ebeling
was called upon and Potter was proud of the 35-year-old’s
a good boy,” Potter, who coincidentally drove a No. 14 to victory
the first time out multiple decades ago at the Coeburn, Virginia
track when it had reopened, remarked.
“He kept his cool, didn’t let the pressure get to him,
and did an excellent job. Ben’s
helped us out over the years and we just let him drive it.
I feel about as good as I did if I would have won the
clearing Harrison late in the going, Ebeling was not home free yet.
Series rookie Trent Gossar maneuvered from the 11th starting
position into the top five early and set his sights on Ebeling after
getting by Harrison. The
two racers, whose residences are separated by more than 500 miles,
converged to put on a show for those in the stands to conclude the
remainder of the race.
Kerley) said the outside is going to work later on and sure enough
it worked,” Ebeling noted. “The
only way we win that race was going to the outside.
Those guys could dive up underneath me, and thanks to all of
those guys for running me as clean as they did.
I don’t think we hardly put a scratch on the car, so
that’s good racing amongst good guys that have respect for each
countless attempts to pass Ebeling, Gossar would have to settle for
a best career second place finish on this night.
his car wouldn’t work on the bottom and he had a bad push in the
center,” the No. 71 Gossar’s Towing Chevrolet driver, who
continues in his pursuit for the goal of winning the season-ending
rookie of the year award, said.
“I used that to my advantage and tried to go in high and
hug the bottom. Everything
I tried he had a little bit more grip coming out of the corner.
He could drive it just a little bit further on the high side
and I had to let out of it a little bit earlier running the
for Ebeling, the next time fans will see him in a Super Cup car is
to be determined.
“That’s up to the car
owner,” Ebeling laughed. “I’m
just thankful again to have this opportunity.”
Harrison soldiered on for a third place finish.
His youngest son Brandon Harrison finished a season best
fourth, while Larry Wilcox rounded out the top five in his first
start as a driver since 2009.
car started going away from me and the tires started getting hot,”
Harvey Harrison recapped. “We
haven’t pinned down exactly what’s doing it, but it seems like
the longer number of green flag laps I run the harder it gets to
control. We got some
good data tonight as far as setup and everything, and I think
we’ll be better at Jennerstown.”
suffered some misfortune under the hood, developing a miss in the
first half and had to bring the car pit side late in the going.
Harrison capitalized by leading the most laps including at
the halfway mark, and now holds nearly a 50 point lead on Nelson
going into the finale weekend, which will feature twin 50-lap races
at Jennerstown Speedway to determine the 2016 champion.
Zillweger somehow managed to salvage a sixth place finish at
Lonesome Pine despite the right side sheet metal getting torn off,
and remains with a shot at the title as well.
morning after the Saturday, August 27 finale event at the
Jennerstown 1/2-mile, there will be a regular season-ending trophy
and awards presentation in nearby Somerset, Pennsylvania.
Drivers and teams are encouraged to contact director of
competition Joe Schmaling as soon as possible with an estimate on
how many people they expect to attend in order to communicate an
approximate head count with the breakfast organizers ahead of time.
Performance Fiberglass 75 presented by Extreme Awards and
Personalization will air at a future date on MAVTV and
visit the official web site at www.supercupstockcarseries.com,
Super Cup Stock Car Series Facebook at www.facebook.com/SCSCSRacing,
or Twitter @SCSCSRacing
for upcoming announcement of dates and times as well as additional
and marketing opportunities remain available for the 2016 season.
Organizations interested in learning more information should