Every new year presents some fresh faces to the Super Cup Stock Car Series, and 2016 will be no different.
A few competitors got a head start during the final race of this past season at Jennerstown Speedway. One of those was Jason Schue. The Littlestown, Pennsylvania racer was carefully planning his entrance into the series for several months with help from a former championship winning team and driver.
“I would like to thank Todd (Peck), Keith (Wolfe), and the rest of the guys (from Peck Motorsports) for all their help putting the car together,” Schue said. “I talked to Keith (2013 champion crew chief and spotter) the other day, looked at his notes to see what gear to run for Midvale and other advice.”
Schue, a two-time champion in the karting ranks, made the step up to chase a dream of racing stock cars with a commendable 10th place result in his first start. The preparations have continued over the offseason.
“We’re pretty much ready,” Schue noted. “A lot of work on the car moving the oil tank from the front to the back, running all the oil lines, repainted and redecaled the car. We’ll find out how it goes when we get to the track.”
Schue looks forward to joining on a full time basis for a run at rookie of the year with a goal of finishing in the top 10 in points, and has been eagerly displaying his No. 3 Larry’s Lawn Mower Repair / 1st Choice Computer Solutions Chevrolet on a couple occasions getting fans in his region interested as well.
In addition to Schue, a couple more drivers that made their debut at Jennerstown are expected to return starting with the season opener at Midvale Speedway on Saturday, May 14. Brian Kaltreider, a Pennsylvania veteran of ARCA racing, plans to come back with his eyes on achievement. Trent Gossar scored two top 10 finishes to end the 2015 season and returns with the Indiana-based Don Gnat racing team.
Ron Langdon has made a name for himself on Long Island building cars for the notorious Blunderbust class at the ¼-mile Riverhead Raceway. After noticeable dominance over the last couple decades with his cars winning countless features, the Wantagh, New York driver looks to do some more traveling as he shoots for Super Cup Stock Car Series success.
“I really want to run these bigger tracks and was looking for something affordable,” Langdon, who has been racing since he was 14 years old, indicated. “I also think I would do better in longer distance races.”
Langdon, who also previously raced at Freeport and Islip Speedways until they ceased operation in the early 1980s, comes in with rather high expectations but is aware that wins may not be immediate.
“Everywhere I’ve gone to race I’ve been a top three car,” Langdon mentioned. “Sure, there will be a learning curve, but I’ve been building cars and suspensions for close to 40 years.”
A past competitor in Street Stocks when the Race of Champions was held at Pocono Raceway, Langdon acquired his SCSCS car in an interesting way.
“I traded a pickup for a racecar,” Langdon said. “Got my hands on it in the process, and have been getting all the parts and pieces I need.”
The car is a Ronnie Hopkins chassis and was the first ever Dodge ordered from Ray Evernham for Bill Elliott to drive back in 2001. Langdon looks forward to getting back to having some more fun while trying to achieve his goals.
“It’s all about racing hard and enjoying yourself, and that’s what I like to do,” Langdon said.
John Komarinski is already a familiar face in the Western Pennsylvania asphalt short track racing circle. In 2016, the driver from Greensburg will celebrate a milestone season since he began racing Late Models and Street Stocks by adding something new to the mix.
“I talked to (series regular) Lou Ansel and he said I might want to try this,” Komarinski explained. “I tossed it around, looked at parts and engines, and I always liked that kind of a heavy car. With it being my 30th year I thought it would be a cool thing to do.”
Komarinski is also pushing to make it for opening day, and additionally has found use for the built engines he has sitting around that he is no longer able to utilize with the equipment he runs locally. Despite his experience and a track championship in a similar heavier Pro Stock in 1997, he knows that it will not be an easy feat.
“It will be a change for me,” Komarinski said. “There are a lot more adjustments in these cars than the Late Model, such as the front suspension.”
Komarinski’s machine also brings some history with it. It was the car in which Carl Edwards won his first NASCAR Xfinity Series race with back in 2005.
This year’s crop of newcomers will bring years of experience in other cars and divisions, and with their overall racing expertise will no doubt become contenders throughout the 2016 season.
Additional updates and information leading up to the first event for the ninth year of Super Cup Stock Car Series racing are available atwww.supercupstockcarseries.com as well as the official Facebook page (www.facebook.com/SCSCSRacing) and on Twitter @SCSCSRacing.
-Super Cup Stock Car Series Press Release & Photo