Super Cup Stock Car Series: 2013 season to date recap

Former Super Cup Stock Car Series winners pose with their unique award courtesy of Keith Boschetti of Boschett Timepieces. (From left: Kevin Kromer, Jody Harrison, Todd Peck, Harvey Harrison and Jim Crabtree Jr.) - Aaron Creed

The Super Cup Stock Car Series, a touring division created in 2007 as an affordable alternative to existing full-bodied stock car tours, gets an extra week off before making their annual trip to Midvale Speedway in Ohio.

The Super Cup Stock Car Series is known as "Racin' The Way It Used To Be" with its exclusively short track bullring schedule, stock car bodies from previous generation Pro Cup Series and even NASCAR days, and family and small team atmosphere.

Super Cup was created when rising costs from various series pushed competitors to the sideline with obsolete equipment. An auxiliary board composed of select members from active teams supports Director of Competition Joe Schmaling in making decisions regarding the direction of the series. No national sponsor deals, no full-fledged crews making live pit stops, no huge paychecks; just racing.

The drivers and the tracks located mostly in the eastern I-70 corridor of the country may not necessarily be household names, but the cream rises to the top during the 50-100 lap races as the competitors get a handle on their cars while racing on used tires that the series utilizes.

Coming into the penultimate event in the seven race season with the points lead is Todd Peck. Peck has a long history in the sport as his Uncle Tom formerly competed in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. Peck aspires to race in the top levels of NASCAR and will be making his second Camping World Truck Series start of the season at Pocono Raceway. He and the Keith Wolfe led Peck Motorsports team have only contended for the Super Cup championship once before in 2010, but inherited the points lead after his fifth career win at the series' first ever stop at CNB Bank Raceway Park in his home state of Pennsylvania, which was the second leg of a weekend doubleheader in June.

Jim Crabtree Jr. has been through an up and down season, starting off with a win at Shenandoah Speedway in Virginia followed by a wrecked race car at Columbus Motor Speedway in Ohio. However, the Muncie, Indiana veteran comes into the next race with momentum off a win last time out at Ona Speedway in West Virginia. Crabtree came up ten points short of the championship in 2012, and once again sits in the runner up spot in the standings. The Crabtree family has been involved in racing for several years, with Jim competing and winning in the CRA Super Series in the past. Now his son J.P., who claimed series rookie of the year honors in 2012, races alongside Jim and sits fifth in the 2013 standings with four straight top five finishes.

Kevin Kromer has been the most consistent competitor among the Super Cup regulars with top five finishes in all five starts, but has yet to break through for his first win of the season. The Walnutport, Pennsylvania-based team has competed regularly since 2009, and Kromer claimed his first series victory at Midvale in 2011. Kromer's son Kyle is a rookie in the series this year and currently sits tenth in the standings steadily improving race after race.

Jody Harrison is the driver many have been chasing as the three-time defending series champion. The son of another former NASCAR Nationwide Series competitor, Joe Harrison Jr., holds a series leading nine wins to his credit, the latest coming at the rain-shortened Columbus event in June. Jody did not finish the last race after an early on track altercation and looks to rebound from his current fourth place points position. It is always a family affair for the Harrisons from Renick, West Virginia. Jody's uncle Harvey and Harvey's two sons Brian and Brandon race in the series for Harrison's Motorsports, owned by Harvey's daughter Summer.

A unique award for the series comes thanks to sponsor Boschett Timepieces. The current top four in points as well as series regular Harvey Harrison were presented with a custom made Super Cup Stock Car Series race winner timepiece following the season finale in 2012. Although the drivers may not be seen wearing their watches on race day, it remains an additional incentive to be recognized as a race winner at season's end and the former winners can be easily identified at the track with a Boschett Timepieces decal across the top of their windshield.

It remains to be seen who combines for the most work off the track and best luck on the track once the season finale at Motordrome Speedway outside of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania is complete, but the first five races have set up quite the battle to the finish. Currently, the top five are separated by 84 points. With bonuses for winning the pole, leading laps and passing the most cars it is possible for a driver to attain as many as 180 points in a given race.

Video highlights of each event can be viewed at www.youtube.com/SCSCSRacing and more information regarding the series can be seen at www.supercupstockcarseries.com and www.facebook.com/SCSCSRacing.

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