Readies for Debut of Friday Night Heat at the Concrete Jungle
Joy, Pennsylvania (June 19, 2017) – From the familiar
surroundings of Ohio’s Midvale Speedway the Super Cup Stock Car
Series drivers and teams head south into previously uncharted
territory for the Friday Night Heat Twin 50s presented by United
Tire at Kingsport Speedway in Tennessee.
Only a handful of
competitors entered for the event have prior knowledge of the
characteristics that the 3/8-mile oval has to offer.
Mike Potter’s experience dates back to the 1970s when he
won races weekly and also scored top 10 finishes in the NASCAR Late
Model Sportsman National Championship which preceded the NASCAR
Busch/Xfinity Series. The
Johnson City, Tennessee resident most recently competed in Late
Models at the track only a few short years ago.
only will his No. 14 Ford that recorded two top 10 finishes at
Midvale be in attendance, but the Potter Racing team plans to field
a four-car effort at their home track.
No. 99 Jon Kerley rebounded from an issue in the first race
earlier in the month to challenge for the lead from the back before
fading to a seventh place finish.
No doubt the Hiddenite, North Carolina driver will have the
same Chevrolet in which Ben Ebeling drove to the win at nearby
Lonesome Pine Raceway last August dialed in.
Ebeling will join
Potter and Kerley in a new car No. 44 in his initial appearance at
the speedway. Rounding
out the fleet is another driver that is not a stranger to Kingsport.
Brad Teague, a veteran of 241 career NASCAR Xfinity Series
starts from 1982 to 2015 with a victory in 1987, will come out of
retirement to give one of his home tracks another run in the No. 12
Chevrolet. Also from
Johnson City, Teague won a NASCAR Late Model Sportsman event at the
facility back in 1980.
In addition to the
track being a debut appearance for the remaining drivers entered, it
will also be a first for many to navigate a concrete surface in a
full-bodied stock car. The
tight corners with 11 degree banking will also have teams swiftly
thinking through the best setup to be a contender for the win.
count out any of these racers though, such as Jim Crabtree Jr. who
enters Friday with the early season points lead in the No. 63 Jim's
Automotive / Judy's Apartments Chevrolet. The
Muncie, Indiana native was victorious during the only previous year
in which the SCSCS competed in the Volunteer State at Newport
Speedway in 2008. Larry
Wilcox from Denver, North Carolina joins Crabtree as the only other
driver scheduled to be at Kingsport who previously competed in a
SCSCS race in Tennessee as he tries to better a third place run in
that same event Crabtree won.
driver Trent Gossar has adapted quickly to tracks new to him,
including a runner-up finish at Lonesome Pine last year.
The driver of the No. 71 Gossar’s Towing / Don Gnat Racing
Chevrolet carries momentum after grabbing his first career victory
earlier this month. J.P.
Crabtree III may also be from Indiana, but turned in the best
combined results last time out among drivers eligible for the
southern division title, which begins its campaign at the
competitors will be looking to put a stop to the Hoosier State sweep
so far this year, including Harvey Harrison and sons Brian and
Brandon who have the opportunity to race closer to their West
Virginia home. Pennsylvania’s
Kevin Kromer is off to good start to 2017 and searches for more
success, while West Virginia’s Brent Nelson and North Carolina’s
Bob Schacht look to turn their slow start to the season around after
mechanical issues sidelined them at Midvale.
SCSCS practice is
slated to begin at 5:30 p.m. with qualifying taking place at 7:30
p.m. The first of the
Friday Night Heat Twin 50s presented by United Tire will take the
green flag shortly after 8:00 p.m.
There will also be
an optional early practice session held for all divisions competing
on Friday from 2:00 to 4:30 p.m.
Motorsports Television Productions crew will be on hand once again
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.
information please visit the official web site at www.supercupstockcarseries.com.
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