'New' Will Be the Buzzword for the Second Edition of the Veterans Classic at Shenandoah Speedway
Thursday, June 3, 2021
Home state driver JJ Pack (61) and 2019 winners at Shenandoah Kevin Kromer (77) and Ben Ebeling (44) will once again be contenders in the second edition of the Veterans Classic
Statesville, North Carolina (June 3, 2021) – Saturday will mark the sixth ever trip for the Super Cup Stock Car Series to the picturesque Shenandoah Speedway in Virginia. Although there will be familiarity to some, driver and car combinations that have not been witnessed before plus certain competitors seeing the facility for the first time will be among this weekend’s buzz.
Early season point leader Bob Schacht has been to dozens upon dozens of tracks over his career, but the Myers Ford Veterans Classic, commemorating D-Day and raising funds for various charitable organizations, will be his first at the 3/8-mile compound-banked Shenandoah oval.
“I’ll talk to some of the guys that have been there and get a ballpark on what kind of gear and stuff like that and go from there,” the Mooresville, North Carolina resident indicated as his plan going in.
Joining Schacht as possible Shenandoah first-timers are Ohio’s Jan Markowski, Tennessee’s Dusty Silvers attempting to ready the car that Jon Kerley won with in 2019’s opening Twin 50 for his own entrance into the series, and West Virginia’s Larry Berg will make his first foray on the track surface despite 23 SCSCS starts and one career win.
Not only are new drivers expected, but many with experience are switching things up and taking the wheel of cars they have not piloted before there. The second of 2019’s Veterans Classic winners, Kevin Kromer, has been getting some testing time in with his “Back In Black” racecar, but has chosen the trusty championship-winning “Thunder Struck” for the first two events. That could change come Saturday.
“We’re hoping that we can run the new car at Shenandoah,” the Walnutport, Pennsylvania driver commented. “Couple little issues with it yet, but we hope to get it straightened out.”
Petersburg, West Virginia’s Brent Nelson, a five-time top five finisher at the speedway, acquired a car from the team in which the aforementioned Markowski drives for, ShoTime Motorsports, on Midvale race day a couple weeks ago and plans to debut it. Rob Hindt has been working day and night in his Elkton, Maryland garage to prepare a new ride outfitted with a CT525 motor in hopes for its first appearance.
Over in Fairfield, Pennsylvania, Quincy Sponseller and team have been converting over a former Gen-6 NASCAR Cup Series machine to be eligible for Super Cup Stock Car Series action.
For others it will be business as usual, improving upon or replicating prior results with their equipment. One of which swept the most recent weekend at Shenandoah’s victories in August 2019, Ben Ebeling.
“It’s a good fun racetrack with beautiful scenery and I look forward to going back,” the Hickory, North Carolina driver, who has already won twice in 2021 and now holds sole possession of the all-time wins mark, noted.
2016 series champion from Renick, West Virginia, Harvey Harrison, will make his first start of 2021, joining Ebeling and Kromer as a former Shenandoah winner on site. Pennsylvania’s Lauren Butler and North Carolina’s Larry Wilcox have each achieved top five results and look to secure one of the special powder-coated metal trophies customized by Dragonslayer Industries out of Texas.
Jason Kitzmiller and Samatha Rohrbaugh, each from neighboring West Virginia, as well as Pennsylvania’s Bill Ashton and home state driver JJ Pack have been impressive in past occurrences and will be back to potentially turn in a solid performance.
Grandstand gates open at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday with qualifying commencing shortly after. A meet and greet with the drivers and additional activities for fans will take place at 6:15 p.m. leading into opening ceremonies. The first of the SCSCS Twin 50-lap races will kick off feature racing entertainment at 6:45 p.m. Free admission will be offered for Veterans, Active Military, Wounded Warriors, and First Responders.
Race teams have the option to practice on Friday from 2:00 p.m. until dusk, preceding a pair of regularly scheduled practice sessions on race day slated to begin at 1:45 p.m.
More information can be found on the Super Cup Stock Car Series official web site supercupstockcarseries.com with interactive updates throughout race day available on Facebook (search Super Cup Stock Car Series), Twitter (@SCSCSRacing), and Instagram (SCSCS_Racing).