Skyland, North Carolina – The headline may lead to the thought that Bealeton, Virginia’s JJ Pack had a dominant path to a flag-to-flag win in Saturday night’s Cool Shirt Systems 75 presented by On Track Racing Experience; however, it was nothing of the sort.
Pack claimed his second straight pole award in convincing fashion, but after the redraw started on the outside of row one next to Brian Harrison who was returning after a two race absence. At a facility that had undergone significant rainfall in the last week it was unknown how the cars would react to going side by side from the get go. Nevertheless, Pack worked his way around on the outside for the lead before coming to the stripe to complete the first lap.
His next challenger was Larry Berg, a driver making his first series start in his grandson Codie Rohrbaugh’s Jennerstown winning Chevrolet. Berg used an unusually low line through the turns that was working and allowed him to close in on Pack. Unfortunately, smoke began to appear from the back of the 05 car and was sidelined during the first yellow flag of the evening with motor problems.
That caution was brought out due to some light contact between Kevin Kromer and Brian Harrison racing for third. Harrison went around in turn two and Kromer was sent to the back for the restart for initiating the contact.
For the first time in Super Cup Stock Car Series history, the restart would be in double-file formation, and this time Pack had to fight off Brent Nelson for many laps. Nelson would later run into a setback approaching the lapped car of Mike Senica ending up with right rear cosmetic damage and bringing out the second and final caution of the evening past halfway.
Prior to the yellow, Kevin Kromer was on a mission to remain in the championship hunt and moved past Nelson for second. For this restart, per the new double-file restart option procedure, Kromer would choose to line up behind Pack on the inside while Brian Harrison rolled the dice and chose to start on the outside front row. Kromer would easily get by Harrison for second and set his sights on Pack. He continued to get enormous runs going into turn three and for a short time looked like a rematch of the previous race at Midvale was beginning to set itself up.
Pack would prove to have the better car coming out of the corners and went on his way to his second victory of the season, both occurring at Clearfield, Pennsylvania’s CNB Bank Raceway Park.
“The whole time we had to try to manage our tires a little bit plus the track was weeping a little bit of water here and there,” said Pack. “Brent came on pretty hard and then Kromer came on pretty hard, so it was not as easy as it looks.”
Kevin Kromer did all he could to catch and pass Pack, but came up short and now faces a tall order going into the season finale at Jennerstown Speedway in three weeks.
“The restart where I got put to the back for the mishap I used pretty much of the car up, and that last restart hurt me,” said Kromer. “I had him run down and I think you would have seen a Midvale repeat if it would have stayed green, but that last restart I had nothing left anymore.”
Nelson recovered for a third place finish, while son and father Brian and Harvey Harrison finished fourth and fifth.
Much more will be available on www.supercupstockcarseries.com and the Facebook page (www.facebook.com/SCSCSRacing) leading up to the 2014 championship race, which will also serve as a big night for the Jennerstown Speedway facility. The Flight 93 National Memorial Night will feature the ARCA Truck Series, five local division finales, and numerous additional festivities in addition to the last race of the Super Cup Stock Car Series season.
– Super Cup Stock Car Series press release and submitted photo