JENNERSTOWN, Pa. – Audio, photo and recap by Race Chaser Online Correspondent Kyle Magda — JJ Pack couldn’t be stopped after dominating the Super Cup Stock Car Series Flight 93 Memorial race at Jennerstown Speedway; the Virginia driver also claimed the 2014 Super Cup championship Saturday night.
Pack fought off challenges from behind, but the win put the icing on the cake for the championship.
“We kept having a little bit of tire issues all day with the cord in the tires a little bit,” Pack said. “Once the race come in, it was trying to learn patience and keep patience. We knew we were gonna have to pace ourselves.”
He fell short to Codie Rohrbaugh in the first trip to Jennerstown in July and Saturday night’s win meant a lot to Pack.
“I’ve been wanting to win at Jennerstown ever since I raced Pro Cup,” he said. “We’ve always had some good runs here, so I’ve always wanted to win that race.”
Brian Harrison was Pack’s main challenger on the night and looked for his first career Super Cup win. Harrison finished runner-up after leading some laps and has been the bridesmaid a few times before in the series.
“It feels good, I’ve done this before,” Harrison said of coming close to victory Saturday night. “It’s really hard. This is probably one of the closer races, being in contention of winning. The other races I finished second in, they had a pretty good lead on me.”
Brian’s finish was the only bright spot for the Harrison family, as his father, Harvey, didn’t start the race after the car didn’t fire and younger brother Brandon, making his 2014 Super Cup debut, was caught up in an early accident.
A driver who was making their Super Cup debut was Dan Bainey, who served as crew chief for brother Tim Bainey, Jr. during the Pro Cup days. Dan wheeled his No. 00 machine to a fourth-place finish at Jennerstown Saturday night.
Bainey had to battle with Brent Nelson for third place towards the end, but Nelson prevailed.
“The car was tight in the center,” Nelson said of his No. 80 Chevrolet. “The car would wash up on us, and then we‘d finally get the car to settle down and I can turn left and get a good drive off the corner. I give them all I had and we finished the night with third.”
Speaking of thirds, Nelson took home third in the final points standings and scored a win in the season opener at Columbus (OH) Motor Speedway in May.
“It was great,” Nelson said of his season. “Other than the heartbreak that we had, hopefully I would have been able to finish second, have we not broke at the last race we had at Jennerstown, but that’s racing.”
After the conclusion of the season finale, most of the teams headed to a local restaurant for their season-ending banquet. No driver won the Rookie of the Year, since the eligibility requires a rookie to run every race in the Super Cup season, so Bill Ashton and Chris Wenzel were honored as the 2014 Rookie Contenders of the Year.
Ashton also won the Hard Charger Award, with the No. 69 team of Wenzel coming home with the Car Owner of the Year Award. Jeff Zillweger came home with the Most Improved Driver/Team honors, as second-place points driver and Midvale winner Kevin Kromer won the Sportsman of the Year Award.
All of the top 10 drivers in points were also honored at the post-season banquet. The 2015 Super Cup season plans to kick off at the Dominion Raceway in Virginia and remains uncertain as it’s still being built.
Audio with race winner and champion JJ Pack:
Audio with runner-up Brian Harrison:
Audio with 3rd-place Brent Nelson:
RESULTS: Super Cup Stock Car Series Flight 93 Memorial Race
- #16 JJ Pack
- #15 Brian Harrison
- #80 Brent Nelson
- #00 Dan Bainey
- #77 Kevin Kromer
- #18 Jeff Zillweger
- #9 Lou Ansel
- #35 Bill Ashton
- #05 Codie Rohrbaugh
- #69 Chris Wenzel
- #5 Brandon Harrison
- #51 Harvey Harrison
Final Points Standings Top 10
- #16 JJ Pack 1161 points
- #77 Kevin Kromer -150
- #80 Brent Nelson -180
- #51 Harvey Harrison -326
- #9 Lou Ansel -333
- #18 Jeff Zillweger -353
- #35 Bill Ashton -400
- #69 Chris Wenzel -435
- #15 Brian Harrison -445
- #05 Codie Rohrbaugh -557