CLEARFIELD, Pa. — Audio, photo and recap by Race Chaser Online Associate Editor Kyle Magda —
Two Super Cup Stock Car Series races at CNB Raceway Park this season, two victories for Dan Bainey.
The Clearfield native took the lead on lap 38 and never looked back to score his second career Super Cup win Saturday evening. Bainey set the fastest time in qualifying for the second straight day and re-drew sixth to start the Window World 75.
“The car is fast,” Bainey said. “I put a lot of time in it over the winter, getting a suspension and all that kind of stuff. I guess I’ll take a little bit of the credit for it, but not all of it. My daughter, who missed the first win, she pulled us a number six. We started back there and watched the leaders there for a while and kind of saw where we were better at and where we could pick our lines and got around them.”
Bainey once again battled with Harvey Harrison like Friday night, but this was for the lead. Harrison led the first 37 laps before the No. 00 carprevailed on the outside lane to take the lead for good.
Brent Nelson ran down Harrison towards the half-way point and looked to find a way around the No. 51 machine to lead a lap. Nelson couldn’t make the pass and allowed Bainey to get around both drivers.
“It was very hard ,” Nelson said of trying to pass Harrison. “My car was loose. If I touched the throttle, the back end would want to skip out on me and I didn’t want to push up into him not that early in the race. He held me down. He did what he had to do in order to save positions.”
Nelson felt like he may have had something for Bainey in the end, but the laps ran out.
“I really think that if we got by Harvey a little bit sooner, we might have been able to run Dan down,” Nelson added. “He [Harvey] held me up a lot.”
The West Virginia driver led the most laps in the May event at CNB and hasn’t won in Super Cup since last May at Columbus Motor Speedway in Ohio.
With the No. 51 car fading in the closing laps, Harvey’s son, Brian, started to reel in his father and made the pass for third in his No. 15 machine and got a podium finish in Saturday’s race. This is the second straight day a Harrison driver scored a top-three finish, but this time was Brian coming home behind Bainey and Nelson.
“It was a real good day considering the weekend we’ve had,” the younger Harrison said. “We busted a hub last night and had a good car then and we come in here nervous, we might not even be able to go anywhere.”
Brian qualified second in time trials and drew the pole for the Window World 75, with dad Harvey starting right beside for an all-Harrison front row. The first lap was hairy when Brian took the lead,thene got a tap from behind from Tim McLaughlin on the front straightaway and nearly completing the opening circuit.
“I was just going to try to take my time and take it easy and actually was getting on it in the beginning of the race, but I had my mindset of taking it easy,” Brian said. “Once I cleared dad, I thought we were alright. I guess the No. 21 was underneath him too and he turned me right in the middle of the straightaway and I thought I was done.”
“Of course, I was a little mad when it happened, but I calmed down and they re-started the field and we got a third-place finish out of it. A lot of good racing.”
The troubles only continued for Tim McLaughlin after the first lap incident when his No. 21 car started to smoke and lost the power steering and held on for a while before losing control of the car and planting it into the inside grass off of Turn 2. It set up a 10-lap shootout for the win, as the race was slowed by three caution.
Caution laps don’t count in the Super Cup Stock Car Series, so the restart order reverts to the previous completed green-flag lap.
Kyle Kromer also competed in Saturday’s race after a sixth-place finish Friday night at Motordrome. The Walnutport, Pa. driver’s No. 52 car went up in smoke during practice before the elder of the two Kromers, Kevin, gave the wheel of his No. 77 car to his son to drive in the Window World 75. Kyle ran some laps until he brought the car into the pits for an issue and finished
Defending Super Cup series champion and former CNB Raceway Park winner JJ Pack didn’t make the trip to the 5/8 mile track Saturday.
With two races in two days in the books, Super Cup heads next to the quarter-mile Midvale Speedway in Ohio on Saturday, August 8 for its last of two trips to the Buckeye State.
Audio with race winner Dan Bainey
Audio with second-place finisher Brent Nelson
Audio with third-place finisher Brian Harrison
RESULTS: Super Cup Stock Car Series; Window World 75; CNB Raceway Park; July 18, 2015
- Dan Bainey
- Brent Nelson
- Brian Harrison
- Harvey Harrison
- Rob Hindt
- Josh Ebbert
- Tim McLaughlin
- Mike Potter
- Mike Forbes
- Kyle Kromer
- Lou Ansel
- Kevin Kromer