2021 Winner and Champion: Ben Ebeling in Command of SCSCS Final Night of Festivities at Dominion
Monday, October 4, 2021
Jerod Brougher (71) and Bob Schacht (75) battle for the top spot early on in the second Twin 60
Thornburg, Virginia (October 3, 2021) – All Ben Ebeling needed to do was finish in the top five to cap off a season of ultimate consistency and claim the championship. The accomplishments went a step further with Saturday’s Super Cup Stock Car Series Championship Night at Dominion Raceway.
The afternoon started off with the Hickory, North Carolina driver setting a new track record of 15.768 seconds, a mere 15 thousandths of a second quicker than the only other remaining title contender Bob Schacht. In addition to that, Ebeling’s son Landon drew him the first starting position as part of the six-car redraw.
Two yellow flags slowed the competition in the first 60-lap main event, but it was Ebeling’s No. 44 Startown Carpet & Floor Coverings / Swanny's Auto Sales / Wrenn’s Lawn Service / L & C Truck Repair / Battery Specialist of Hickory / RE Suspension Ford that established itself as the car to beat on the restarts and ensuing green flag runs.
Time in the shop was the key to a flag-to-flag victory, Ebeling’s eighth of the year, and what sealed the deal for the championship before the field even took the green flag for the second race.
“We unloaded good,” Ebeling answered. “These guys and I, we all did our homework back at the shop and made sure everything was as good as it’s been all year. We went over everything. Fixed the brakes from Motor Mile, fixed a spark plug wire, did a bunch of stuff and just went over every bolt and nut on this car just to make sure it was as good as it could be. Without these guys and stuff like that it wouldn’t be possible to have these successes.”
Twice a race winner last time out at Motor Mile Speedway, Jason Kitzmiller was able to advance to the runner-up position shortly after halfway, while Mooresville, North Carolina’s Schacht held on for third. Jerod Brougher, making only his third start of 2021, would overcome from a broken axle during the optional practice the evening before to capture fourth in the No. 71 Backup Power / Donegal Auto Body / TNT Embroidery and Screening / Gen-Mark / Builders Unlimited Chevrolet. Hard Charger honors went to Dusty Silvers, the Elizabethton, Tennessee driver claiming his first career top five performance.
The regional titles were also decided based on the outcome of the first race. With the win, Ebeling additionally took top accolades in the South, a division in which he remains undefeated since the opportunity was introduced in 2017. Kevin Kromer suffered mechanical issues in practice that kept the Walnutport, Pennsylvania driver from starting the feature, but last place points was more than enough to clinch the North. One of the cautions occurred when Petersburg, West Virginia’s Brent Nelson, having a solid third place run going, blew an engine without warning. Despite being sidelined, he was able to lock up the Mid-Atlantic title.
For the second main event it was the latter part of the top five from the initial 60 lapper, Stahlstown, Pennsylvania’s Brougher and Silvers in the No. 99 Boneyard Truck Parts / Silvers Family Racing Chevrolet on the front row. Silvers shuffled back a few spots at the wave of the green flag, but Brougher led his first laps of the season from the get go.
By circuit number three Brougher had the nose-to-tail Schacht, Kitzmiller, and Ebeling pressuring behind him. Contact ensued which sent the leader around. Some additional activity under the yellow flag period resulted in both Brougher and Schacht being parked for the remainder of the distance.
This opened the door for Kitzmiller to lead on the restart, but a few laps later once again it was Ebeling that found a way around. The race was far from over though as the Maysville, West Virginia driver chased down the pacesetter on a few occasions.
Nonetheless, it was a sweep of the night and record ninth win of the 2021 season for Ebeling.
“Jason definitely had something for us in that second race,” the now 18-time career SCSCS winner indicated. “But I couldn’t have written this. Bob (Schacht) is very fast here. We always want to come to win and expect to win, but I expected to contend with him as well and he was tough. I wasn’t thinking of getting the pole and both wins. Very blessed to have that happen.”
Kitzmiller admitted having only the second best car in the first race, but recounted the next race and the pass that occurred shortly after the early restart.
“The second race we were tit for tat,” the driver of the No. 97 A.L.L. Construction / CR7 Motorsports Garage Chevrolet explained. “I got in a bad push coming off of four; he got a good run on me and got under me in one and two. It was a good move. We got to him three different times, but I just got impatient is the absolute truth. The car got tighter and tighter and had to use the right front up more than I wanted to getting to him and then when I got to him there would be a lapped car or something like that.
“It just wasn’t meant to be, but Ben ran a good race and he ran his car hard. We both did. We were sideways jumping off the corners several times, but it was a good race.”
Coming home with an even better result from the first race was Silvers. A best career third also netted him the First-Time Winners plaque as the highest finishing driver who has not previously won a SCSCS race. This all came in a car that they had brought out for the first time, a former winning ride with Jon Kerley behind the wheel in 2019, and is something to certainly build the momentum upon entering next year.
“Unexpected but feels pretty good,” the series rookie remarked. “It’s our setup and we worked on it all week to get here and I’m just thrilled with it. Don’t think I could have done any better tonight. We’ll be back (in 2022) for sure.”
Uniontown, Pennsylvania’s Bill Ashton achieved a season best fourth in the No. 35 Bill’s Wood Stoves - Hopwood, PA / Budget Blinds of Altoona & State College / Ashton Racing Chevrolet while a late entry for the weekend, Littlestown, Pennsylvania’s Jason Schue, powered through to round out the top five in the No. 3 Firehouse Grill / 1st Choice Computer Solutions / Littlestown Car Wash / Peckie's Auto Body / Larry's Lawn Mower Repair / Jason Schue Racing Toyota, the best of his career.
Jeff Thomas from nearby Gloucester, Virginia earned Hard Charger honors and a best career sixth place result despite battling intermittent power steering issues with the No. 15 Charles Parks Photography / B.A.D.G.E. / Thomas Racing Team Chevrolet.
A future story will recap the season-ending awards presentation that took place the morning after at the Dominion Raceway facility.
Multiple of the 2021 races, including both SCSCS Championship Night Twin 60s, were filmed by the Pit Row TV crew and will premiere in the future nationally on MAVTV Motorsports Network. Please visit mavtv.com for full listings of upcoming televised coverage and stay tuned to the official series web site at supercupstockcarseries.com and Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram accounts for an announcement regarding the aforementioned as well as any news and developments over the off-season heading into 2022.
SCSCS Championship Night at Dominion Twin 60 No. 1 Results:
1.44 Ben Ebeling
2. 97 Jason Kitzmiller
3. 75 Bob Schacht
4. 71 Jerod Brougher
5. 99 Dusty Silvers
6. 27 Hayden Brothers
7. 35 Bill Ashton
8. 3 Jason Schue
9. 51 Harvey Harrison
10. 29 Landon Brothers
11. 15 Jeff Thomas
12. 80 Brent Nelson
13. 77 Kevin Kromer
SCSCS Championship Night at Dominion Twin 60 No. 2 Results:
1. 44 Ben Ebeling
2. 97 Jason Kitzmiller
3. 99 Dusty Silvers
4. 35 Bill Ashton
5. 3 Jason Schue
6. 15 Jeff Thomas
7. 71 Jerod Brougher
8. 75 Bob Schacht
9 .29 Landon Brothers
10. 27 Hayden Brothers
DNS: Harvey Harrison, Brent Nelson, Kevin Kromer