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Hoosier State Family Heads Back to SCSCS for 2017

Mount Joy, Pennsylvania (April 10, 2017) – The state of Indiana has always had a presence since the inception of the Super Cup Stock Car Series. That will continue to increase during the 10th Anniversary season with the return of the Crabtree family beginning with the first race at Midvale Speedway (OH) in less than two months.

Jim Crabtree Jr. is no stranger to short track racing and success in the series with a win and third place finish in the standings during the inaugural year back in 2008. Most recently, the Muncie resident won twice and finished runner-up in points in 2013 driving a car owned by Don Gnat.

This year he will be in a Chevrolet entirely owned and prepared out of his own shop. Despite his past success, Crabtree could not give any single particular reason that led to why he decided to come back.

“I don’t know; we came across a pretty good deal on some cars and decided to give it another whirl,” Crabtree answered. “I always had a good time running the series, and my daughter and wife still like to travel.”
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Between ‘The Rock’ and a Hard Place – 2016 SCSCS Schedule Set

Mount Joy, Pennsylvania (April 4, 2016) – After a rather active few months away from the race track, the Super Cup Stock Car Series has secured the dates and locations for its ninth full season of racing. The 2016 schedule will consist of eight points races at five tracks in three states, kicking off at some tricky venues featuring tight racing and concluding with a special event at a historic facility.

Midvale Speedway hosts the season opener on Saturday, May 14 as part of Frontier Tool and Equipment Rental night. This will mark the fifth straight year the series has visited the 3/10-mile facility, but the first to take place in the spring. If recent races have been any indication coupled with the event’s move from its traditional mid-summer date, the eastern Ohio track will present a match for the ultimate survival to the checkered flag.

Starting with Midvale, SCSCS drivers and teams will be showcased in front of a national audience on several occasions. Production of races as part of a renewed partnership with Sopwith Motorsports will air at a later date on MAVTV and for the first time.
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SCSCS to Decide 2016 Champion as Part of Motordome Fall Classic Weekend

Mount Joy, Pennsylvania (December 28, 2015) – For the third time in Super Cup Stock Car Series history, the final points race of the season will take place at Motordrome Speedway. The 2016 event is scheduled to be a part of the ½-mile’s third annual Fall Classic on Saturday, September 17th, which will conclude the Smithton, Pennsylvania facility’s season of weekly racing as well.

“The SCSCS was one of the most exciting and competitive events that we had in 2015 and we are thrilled to be able to add to the excitement of the season ending Fall Classic and provide our fans with a great way to end the race season,” Todd Melfi, owner and president of Motordrome Speedway, said.

The most recent time that the series ended their regular season at the track, less than an hour southeast of Pittsburgh, was in 2013. Series regular Brent Nelson won his first career race and Todd Peck, a current competitor in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, took home the championship.
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K&N East Stat Advance: Motordrome

Analyzing The UPMC Health Plan 150

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East heads to Pennsylvania for the its inaugural race at Motordrome Speedway in Smithton on Saturday. Below is a statistical look at the series and drivers.

UPMC Health Plan 150:

  • Saturday’s night event will mark the series’ first visit to Motordrome Speedway.
  • William Byron continues to lead the standings, but Scott Heckert trails by only 14 points.
  • The race will air on NBCSN on Thursday, August 20th at 7 p.m. ET.

Motordrome Speedway:


  • Has been a NASCAR sanctioned track since 1990.
  • Charlie Cragan, Steve Peles, Glenn Gault, Jeff Dunmyer and Richard Mitchell all won NASCAR Northeast Region championships the inaugural year.
  • It opened as a half-mile dirt track in 1972 and was paved in 1989.
  • It is now a half-mile paved oval.

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K&N East News & Notes: Motordrome

Competition Tightens At The Top

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – NASCAR K&N Pro Series East points leader is starting to feel the pressure from his HScott teammate Scott Heckert. After his win at New York’s Watkins Glen International, Heckert is only 14 points behind the Sunoco Rookie of the Year contender.

This could be the 17-year-old’s weekend to drive away from the field and solidify his lead in the standings.

The UPMC Health Plan 150 is the K&N East’s inaugural race at Pennsylvania’s Motordrome Speedway. The .4-mile semi-banked oval is similar, but not identical, to Florida’s New Smyrna Speedway and South Carolina’s Greenville Pickens Speedway.
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Kurkowski, Bainey Split Thrilling Super Cup Pennsylvania Doubleheader Weekend

Skyland, North Carolina (July 19, 2015) – For only the second time in 2015 the weather cooperated and allowed for some intense short track racing at a couple of Pennsylvania’s finest asphalt facilities. The end result was a first-time Super Cup Stock Car Series winner and a rookie competitor setting the precedent as the driver to beat heading into the final races of the season.

Dan Bainey picked up where he left off two months ago at CNB Bank Raceway Park by claiming a new series track record of 19.092 seconds in qualifying at Motordrome Speedway on Friday night. He would draw the outside pole with CNB May runner up Harvey Harrison starting from the inside. Harrison would lead the first few circuits before Bainey would get by and set the pace for the first half of the 75 lap race.

Things would change on lap 41 when the No. 00 DelGrosso Foods / Rock & Ruthless Tattoo Parlor Ford of Bainey became noticeably ill-handling, allowing Harvey Harrison to get by for the lead. Harrison would have a new challenger very quickly as Denver, North Carolina’s Mike Kurkowski and the Renick, West Virginia veteran would duel for the lead over the closing laps.
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Super Cup Competitors More Than Ready for Two Races This Weekend

Skyland, North Carolina (July 13, 2015) – It has been an immensely tough battle with Mother Nature when it comes to the 2015 Super Cup Stock Car Series. Nevertheless, up to 20 drivers and teams look to put the precipitation in the past and have their sights set ahead for two nights of grassroots short track racing.

The first stop will be on Friday when the series makes its return to the ½-mile Motordrome Speedway in Smithton, Pennsylvania. During the last visit, which concluded the 2013 season, Brent Nelson held off several challenges late in the race to conquer the first victory of his career. Ever since, the Petersburg, West Viriginia driver has emerged as a championship contender and is poised for a repeat result at the end of the evening.

On that same night that fall evening, Todd Peck was crowned the series champion. The Glenville, Pennsyvlania racer makes his return after some starts in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Kevin Kromer and JJ Pack join Peck and Nelson as former winners at the facility, but one thing will be different in this running.
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NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Coming to Motordrome

See the Stars of Tomorrow In Action

Smithton, PA (December 5, 2014) – Kevin Harvick and Chase Elliott capped historic seasons with championships in NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Series and Nationwide Series respectively. Darrell Wallace, Jr. grabbed four race wins and finished the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season in third place.

What do these three racing superstars have in common? All are veterans of NASCAR’s K&N Pro Series, the top rung on stock car racing’s developmental ladder.

And racing fans in Southwest Pennsylvania will have a special opportunity to see the next generation of rising stars in 2015 when the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East makes its inaugural visit to Motordrome Speedway on Saturday, August 15.

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Super Cup Stock Car Series Sets Presence in West Central Pennsylvania; Releases 2015 Schedule

Skyland, North Carolina (October 20, 2014) – The Super Cup Stock Car Series has reached a long-term agreement with CNB Bank Raceway Park for 2015 and beyond, which will include three visits to the Clearfield, Pennsylvania facility during the new season.

“The series promotes itself as ‘racing the way it used to be’ which is exactly what people need,” said CNB Bank Raceway Park president Tim Bainey Jr.  “It is an affordable way to have fun, in a great atmosphere, with good competition, and set up in a way that resembles what NASCAR racing was a few years ago when it was so popular. The series really has it all and that is why I am making a personal commitment to helping bring this series to our region.”

The season will begin at the 5/8-mile asphalt oval on Saturday, May 2, 2015 and additional appearances will take place in June and August.  Tim’s brother Dan Bainey made his Super Cup debut with a fourth place finish at Jennerstown Speedway in September, another track in the region along with a return to Motordrome Speedway that are expected to commit to the 2015 schedule as well. 

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PIT STOP: Stock Cars in the Madhouse

Weekend Info – Touring & Weekly Schedules, Links & Notes


• The NASCAR K&N Pro Series East heads to historic Bowman Gray Stadium in Winston-Salem, N.C., on Saturday, May 31. The NASCAR Hall of Fame 150 will be the fourth series event at “The Stadium,” which hosted 29 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races from 1958-71. NASCAR Next drivers and alumni won the first three visits to the .25-mile asphalt oval, a trend that is likely to continue with six members of the current class and three alumni entered in Saturday’s event.

• The NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour will make its second attempt at the TSI Harley-Davidson 125 at Stafford (Conn.) Motor Speedway when it heads to the half-mile asphalt oval on Friday, May 30. Rain washed out the tour’s first attempt last Friday, but not before Bobby Santos captured the pole award in qualifying, his fourth in the last six qualifying attempts at Stafford. The veteran driver won this race during his 2010 championship season. Friday night’s event will be the second of four at Stafford this season, and the first of two under the lights.

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New Era for Motordrome

Melfi Leads Track Into 25th NASCAR Season

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — New owners will open Motordrome Speedway’s 25th season of NASCAR Whelen All-American Series affiliation on May 2.

The half-mile paved oval in Smithton, Pa., was purchased this month by Todd and Melissa Melfi. It will be operated by their corporate entity, Turn 4 Entertainment Inc. The track is located 20 minutes south of Pittsburgh within the city’s metropolitan area population of 2.3 million.

“We are excited to partner with Todd and Melissa as they begin a new era at Motordrome Speedway,” said Bob Duvall, NASCAR senior director, business development. “They’ve planned a careful course to build a great future for participants and fans.”

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Whelen All-American Changes Announced

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – NASCAR announced several new initiatives for the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Thursday at the annual Track Operators Meeting.

The competition changes, which go into effect in 2014, are designed to spotlight the sport’s young stars and reward the achievements of drivers at every level of the series. They were announced at the meeting, which was held in conjunction with the touring and weekly series awards ceremonies in Charlotte, N.C.

Starting next season, a national champion will be crowned in all five divisions of the series. In recent seasons, the Finalist Program honored top competitors in Div. II-V.

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