Anniversary SCSCS Season Kicks Off with Twin Features at Midvale
Joy, Pennsylvania (May 30, 2017) – For the second straight
year, Eastern Ohio’s Midvale Speedway will launch the Super Cup
Stock Car Series summertime campaign.
This year’s festivities will be headlined with some new
distinct formats for fans to enjoy at the facility which has hosted
the stars in their full-bodied stock cars since 2011.
The Skipco Auto
Auction Twin 50s presented by United Tire & Service will put
teams to the test with two features, each counting toward the
season-long championship. The
first 50-lap race will be run before the sun goes down while the
second will take place under cooler track conditions at night.
In addition, teams will have to compete on the same tires
they qualify on earlier in the day throughout the evening, putting
equipment conservation at a premium.
If the twin races
format that will be utilized during the entire season is not enough
of a challenge, 2017 will also see two mini-series within the
competition for the title. It
was announced during the off-season that northern and southern
division champions will be named in addition to the driver who
accumulates the most overall points.
Midvale is designated as a northern division event in which
drivers that opted to run in the north are eligible to score points
toward that award as well.
running for south points, Harvey Harrison leads the pack into the
2017 season and will be the first driver since 2013 that returns to
defend his name as the SCSCS champion.
basically doing what we’ve done before,” the Renick, West
Virginia veteran explained regarding maintenance over the months
away from the track. “I’ve
always just taken it one race at a time and roll with the flow.”
While it was an
incredible run toward a first career championship in the 3,300
pound, 600 horsepower machines, the season did not start off on the
best foot for Harrison. Nevertheless,
three previous top five finishes at the track and a front-running
car last year have him optimistic for this year’s running.
“Last year we got
caught up in a wreck, but thought I had a car that could win,”
Harrison said. “It’s
going to be tough. It’s
important to start out without having a lot of bad luck so we’ll
see how it goes.”
With a steepened
field of contenders expected on an already difficult track layout,
Harrison knows Saturday will not be an easy assignment.
competition,” the driver of the No. 51 Southern Coal Corporation
Chevrolet admitted. “Midvale’s
a little different track and it makes it a challenge.
It’s so small that the trick is to rotate in the corner
well. I know (Jimmie)
Crabtree was always good at that, and he’ll be running up
Crabtree as well as
his son J.P. are among the drivers returning to the series after a
few years away. It will
be the first experience for both at the twin feature format.
“The main thing
in that first race is to finish,” Harrison suggested.
“There’s not a lot of room for error.
You have to go in with a different mindset and have a car for
the second race.”
has had a lot going on between assisting his sons prepare to be race
ready and working at the Harrison’s Motorsports headquarters.
Brandon and especially Brian had their share of misfortune in
2016 and hope to turn it around.
“The workload in
the shop has been busy,” Harrison noted.
“It’s a task to keep three cars going.
I hope Brian gets the monkey off his back.
I’ve been preaching to the boys to be patient.”
the aforementioned competitors will be Stephen Cox, who set a new
track record and led the most laps in 2016’s 75-lap event.
Unfortunately, at race’s end he was one spot short of the
“The tough part
about the 2016 Midvale race is that we had a perfect car--not a good
car, but a perfect car,” the Indianapolis driver commented. “The
kind of car you might get once every two or three years if you're
While leading, Cox
found himself facing the wrong way after contact from the car
“You can't afford
to have a car that good and not win, because nailing the perfect
setup is more art than science,” Cox continued. “You
may not have another truly perfect car again for years. It's
like getting to the Super Bowl and losing. It's
so hard to get there that when the opportunity comes, you can't
afford to lose it. We
had the race won twice but still managed to lose.”
Cox now looks
strictly ahead to 2017 where he will be searching to start off at a
track he feels there is some unfinished business.
However, he is aware that success a season ago may not
directly translate into a winning effort this year.
Adjustments may be necessary.
going back this year with a new car and of course we'll use the same
setup,” the driver of the No. 21 McGunegill Engine Performance /
Impact Race Products Chevrolet for Rohrbaugh Racing said.
“But track conditions and weather are so fickle that
there's no guarantee that you're going to have a great car again.”
The big picture for
Cox is the rare opportunity to run for the championship, something
that due to scheduling conflicts with his full-time work was not
possible in 2016. In
fact, for Midvale weekend the co-host of the Mecum Auctions
television broadcasts will be flying in overnight Friday from a show
in Las Vegas.
“This is only the
second time in my 30 year racing career that I've had a chance to
run for a championship,” Cox indicated.
“The first time was in 2004 and we won the GT Challenge
Series road racing title and the rookie championship. I'd
like to go two for two by winning a championship this year. Midvale
owes me, but it's the season title I'm really after.”
Larry Berg, who found himself in victory lane at Midvale in 2015,
will be among the stellar list of racers back for another go.
Defending event winner Brent Nelson and two-time trophy
recipient at the track Kevin Kromer will be mixing it up with
perennial series regulars Jeff Zillweger, Bill Ashton, Trent Gossar,
Jason Schue, Tim McLaughlin, Kyle Kromer, and more.
Mike Potter, Brent
Cross, Larry Wilcox, and Bob Schacht bring a host of stock car
racing experience, but will be making their first starts on the
3/10-mile oval. In all,
drivers from seven different states will converge on Saturday.
Motorsports Television Productions crew will be on hand for the
second straight year filming the full Super Cup Stock Car Series
season and producing nationally televised broadcasts scheduled to be
shown on MAVTV at a later date to be announced.
For those looking
forward to being at the track on race day, SCSCS practice begins at
3:30 p.m. with
qualifying taking place at 5:00 p.m. after the local divisions
partake in their sessions. An
on-track autograph session will follow qualifying with the first of
the Skipco Auto Auction Twin 50s presented by United Tire &
Service set to go shortly after racing begins at 6:30 p.m.
A four hour
optional open practice session will be offered to teams early Friday
evening as well.
information please visit the official web site at www.supercupstockcarseries.com.
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