First-Time Winners, Young and Experienced, Tackle Midvale Twin 50s

Larry Berg (7) leads Brent Nelson (80), Jim Crabtree Jr. (63), Trent Gossar (71), and Harvey Harrison (51) during an early restart in Twin 50 No. 1.
First-Time Winners, Young and Experienced, Tackle Midvale Twin 50s
Larry Berg (7) leads Brent Nelson (80), Jim Crabtree Jr. (63), Trent Gossar (71), and Harvey Harrison (51) during an early restart in Twin 50 No. 1.

Last Saturday’s Skipco Auto Auction Twin 50s, presented by United Tire & Service, made obvious the immense effort required to win a Super Cup Stock Car Series race.

On the action-packed day, Larry Berg received his third career pole award. Only five hundredths of a second separated the Petersburg, West Virginia driver from Jim Crabtree Jr. and Harvey Harrison. Crabtree claimed the early lead, followed by Trent Gossar, last year’s Rookie of the Year, using the outside line. By lap 10, Berg found his way under Crabtree once again, with Brent Nelson and Gossar close behind.

First-Time Winners, Young and Experienced, Tackle Midvale Twin 50s
Trent Gossar (71) and Jim Crabtree Jr. (63) battle for the lead in Twin 50 No. 1.

Nelson’s time in the spotlight was brief; drivetrain issues sidelined him for the rest of the night. Gossar accelerated back through the pack, where Berg, Crabtree, and defending SCSCS champion Harvey Harrison battled for the lead. Crabtree took point, but Gossar powered past him on a restart with 13 laps left. Though Crabtree put up a good fight, it was Gossar who took the checkered flag for the first time in his SCSCS career. Berg, Harrison, and JP Crabtree completed the top five in race No. 1.

First-Time Winners, Young and Experienced, Tackle Midvale Twin 50s
Trent Gossar wears the 10th Anniversary medallion and gets presented the Twin 50 No. 1 trophy from Dustin at race sponsor Skipco Auto Auction.

“It’s definitely a big goal and accomplishment, and hopefully there will be more to come,” Gossar said.

Though he only placed 10th in the first race, last year’s runner-up finisher Stephen Cox found an issue with the rear end and had to park his No. 21 STA-BIL 360 Performance / McGunegill Engine Performance / Impact Race Products Chevrolet. Fortunately for Cox, tired teammate Berg kindly opened up the seat of his No. 7 Grant County Mulch Chevrolet. Due to the driver change, he’d have to start from the back of the field for the second Twin 50.

After misfortune struck some of the frontrunners, Cox found himself in the top five and wound his way to second position before halfway. During the closing stages, Crabtree and Cox broke away from the remainder of the field and began a two-car battle for the win. With eight laps to go, Cox got nose under his opponent coming down the backstretch.

First-Time Winners, Young and Experienced, Tackle Midvale Twin 50s
Bob Schacht (75) and Kevin Kromer (77) carry the American flag around the 3/10-mile oval during the National Anthem.

Given his close brushes with victory multiple times in past SCSCS starts, Cox was very happy to seal the deal a year after returning to racing following a fiery accident in a road race the previous February.

“I feel like we’ve had this coming for a while,” Cox mentioned. “It is impossible to express how the planets aligned tonight. I came back after being hurt so bad in 2016. We had this real high and then a crushing disappointment and to come back and get my first Super Cup win after being denied a couple times when I really think we should have had it is just more than you can put into words.”

Cox also explained just how tall a task it is to make it from the back to the front in only 50 laps.

“It is so hard to go from last to first because no matter what series you’re in, the last five guys in front of you will kill or die to stay out front, and they’re really good,” Cox said. “Thomas Rohrbaugh, my spotter, came over the radio and said ‘Stephen, there’s 10 to go. Do what you do.’ I just flat-freaking stood on it and I was overdriving the car a little bit, but I think that Jimmie had to overdrive so much more to stay ahead of me and we just wore him down.”

First-Time Winners, Young and Experienced, Tackle Midvale Twin 50s
Twin 50 No. 2 winner Stephen Cox holds the checkered flag and trophy with Midvale Speedway’s Matthew Helms.

The next Super Cup Stock Car Series event will go on at Kingsport Speedway on Friday, June 23. This will mark the series’ first visit to the concrete 3/8-mile, and the first time competing in the state of Tennessee since 2008’s inaugural season. Gossar mentioned looking forward to this debut.

“I hear it’s the sister track to Lonesome Pine, and I did pretty good there last year, so hopefully we’ll be good there,” the driver explained.

The Skipco Auto Auction Twin 50s, presented by United Tire & Service, will air later on MAVTV and LucasOilRacing.TV.

For more information on SCSCS, visit the official web site at www.supercupstockcarseries.com, the Super Cup Stock Car Series Facebook or their Twitter.

 

Race No. 1 Finishing Order:
1. 71 Trent Gossar
2. 63 Jim Crabtree Jr.
3. 7 Larry Berg
4. 51 Harvey Harrison
5. 42 JP Crabtree
6. 77 Kevin Kromer
7. 5 Brandon Harrison
8. 14 Mike Potter
9. 35 Bill Ashton
10. 21 Stephen Cox
11. 2 Tim McLaughlin
12. 18 Jeff Zillweger
13. 3 Jason Schue
14. 15 Brian Harrison
15. 52 Kyle Kromer
16. 66 Larry Wilcox
17. 80 Brent Nelson
18. 72 Jerod Brougher
19. 75 Bob Schacht
20. 99 Jon Kerley

Race No. 2 Finishing Order:
1. 7 Stephen Cox
2. 63 Jim Crabtree Jr.
3. 42 JP Crabtree
4. 77 Kevin Kromer
5. 51 Harvey Harrison
6. 14 Mike Potter
7. 99 Jon Kerley
8. 3 Jason Schue
9. 66 Larry Wilcox
10. 2 Tim McLaughlin
11. 35 Bill Ashton
12. 15 Brian Harrison
13. 71 Trent Gossar
14. 5 Brandon Harrison
15. 72 Jerod Brougher

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