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Home » EBELING HOLDS OFF POTTER FOR SUPER CUP STOCK CAR SERIES WIN; LANE, HELTON, ARNOLD, AUSTIN ALSO VISIT VICTORY LANE AT KINGSPORT SPEEDWAY

EBELING HOLDS OFF POTTER FOR SUPER CUP STOCK CAR SERIES WIN; LANE, HELTON, ARNOLD, AUSTIN ALSO VISIT VICTORY LANE AT KINGSPORT SPEEDWAY

By: JEFF BIRCHFIELD

KINGSPORT, Tenn. (June 22, 2019) – Ben Ebeling won the first of two Friday night’s Super Cup Stock Car Series features at Kingsport Speedway before rain washed out the second race.

The Hickory, N.C., driver, who swept Super Cup races at Kingsport in 2018, held off a furious charge by his former NASCAR Cup Series driver Mike Potter of Johnson City to win Friday’s 50-lap race.

Potter, 69, was running down the driver almost half his age when a late caution for Marc Jones’ blown motor bunched up the field. With the tires on Ebeling’s Ford Fusion cooling down during the break which included a red-flag stoppage, he got away from Potter’s No. 14 Chevrolet SS on the restart and drove away to the win.

Ebeling was a former driver for Potter, who still considers him a good friend. Nevertheless, Potter was disappointed to finish second, feeling he had the car and position to win if not for the late caution. 

“I could have gotten Ben if it had gone green all the way,” Potter said. “He was better on the short run, but I was better on the long run. We drove each other clean. He drove for me last year and I’d race Ben as clean as I’d race anybody in the world. He’s my friend and a good guy.”

Ron Langdon from Long Island, N.Y., finished third in his Chevrolet after battling Potter tough for several laps for the runner-up position. Bill Ashton from Uniontown, Pa., finished fourth in another Chevrolet.

With the strong finish, Langdon extended his lead in the national point standings over Kevin Kromer. Potter moved to third in the national standings and pulled away from Jones in the Southern Division standings. The next race in the Super Cup Series is scheduled for July 13 at Jennerstown, Pennsylvania.

HELTON WORKS THE TRAFFIC

Keith Helton of Kingsport successfully navigated traffic to pull away to the win the Pure 4 division race which featured 24 cars.

Helton was challenged most of the race by Brandon Sutherland, who pulled into the pits with five laps to go. Helton had built up a big lead by that point over Josh Detwiler in the 30-lap, caution-free race to win by a comfortable margin.

“It’s a lot of fun when we can go green like that and show how we can work the traffic,” Helton said after his seventh win of the season. “It’s sometimes who gets the lucky breaks or luck of the draw on how you end on those situations. The more cars you have, it brings out more who looks ahead and who drives more by the hood ornament. You have to set people up way before you get to them.”

Bruce Crumbley rounded out the top three, followed by Bucky Smith and William Hale.

OTHER FEATURES

Doug Austin of Castlewood, Va., and defending track champion Jay Swecker of Kingsport swapped the lead multiple times in the Pure Street feature before Austin emerged with his eighth win of the season. Swecker held on to second as Tony Dockery made it a three-way battle for the win.

Dennis Arnold of Meadowview, Va., won his second straight Mod 4 feature, with Chris Amburgey and Billy Duty rounding out the top three. Trey Lane in his Dodge Challenger held off the Chevrolet Camaros of father and son Royce and Austin Peters to capture his third Mod Street win of the season.

Kingsport Speedway will return to its normal racing program next Friday night, headlined by the Late Model Stock division for the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series.

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 FRIDAY, JUNE 21, 2019 – RACE RESULTS

SUPER CUP STOCK CAR SERIES (50 laps)

1. Ben Ebeling #44-Hickory, NC
2. Mike Potter #14-Johnson City, TN
3. Ron Langdon #17-Freeport, NY
4. Bill Ashton #35-Uniontown, PA
5. Larry Wilcox #6-Denver, NC
6. John Miller #0-Miami, FL
7. Nathan Archer #99-Jonesborough, TN
8. Landon Brothers #29-York, PA
9. Marc Jones #00-Mocksville, NC
10. Samatha Rohrbaugh #7-Petersburg, WV
11. Kevin Kromer #77-Walnutport, PA

Did Not Start: Larry Berg #47-Petersburg, WV … Hayden Brothers #27-York, PA … Lauren Butler #53-West Mifflin, PA

“SUPER TRANSMISSION” MODIFIED STREET (30 laps)

1. Trey Lane #9
2. Royce Peters #48
3. Austin Peters #40
4. Kevin Wolfe #17
5. Paul Shull #48
6. Colby Higgins #99
7. Zach Fritz #33
8. Bryan Young #13
9. Rusty Clendenin #27
10. Luke Fox #94

PURE 4 (30 laps)

1. Keith Helton #9
2. Josh Detwiler #38D
3. Bruce Crumbley #33
4. Bucky Smith #x99
5. William Hale #47
6. Josh Collins #77
7. Lance Pratt #51
8. Chris Stine #10
9. Justin Hartsock #6
10. Craig Phelps #00
11. Paul Stanley #40
12. Larry Stapleton #15
13. Brian Eggers #20
14. Josh Trinkle #68
15. Greg McCoy #4
16. Frank Peters #0
17. Jimmy Thomas #14
18. Trevor Lunsford #15
19. Billy Walters #4
20. Brandon Sutherland #48
21. Paul Akers #41
22. Joey Amburgey #17
23. David Trent #57
24. Chad Jeffers #38

MOD 4 (30 laps)

1. Dennis Arnold #71
2. Chris Amburgey #17
3. Billy Duty #2
4. Dalton Thomas #22
5. Jessie Amburgey #7
6. Hershell Robinette #17R
7. Randall Artrip #45

Did Not Start: Chris Coleman #20

PURE STREET (25 laps)

1. Doug Austin #18
2. Jay Swecker #77
3. Tony Dockery #05
4. Kevin Darnell #4
5. Mike Mays #30
6. Sam Ferguson #1
7. Tim Hensley #37
8. Brian Eggers #20
9. Jessica Spangler #07

Did Not Start: Jeremy Draughn #7

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Kingsport Speedway has provided race fans in the Tri-Cities, Tennessee and surrounding areas with exciting short track racing since 1965. The speedway has undergone four surface changes in its 50 plus years of existence. Founded as a dirt track in 1965, the facility transitioned to an asphalt track in 1969, back to dirt track in 1984, and then to its current concrete surface in 1996. In 1968, Kingsport Speedway hosted its first NASCAR event. Currently, Kingsport Speedway is part of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series (NWAAS), NASCAR’s grassroots series. The NWAAS sanctions nearly 60 racetracks throughout the United States and Canada in which drivers compete for national, state, and track titles. For more information on Kingsport Speedway, visit kingsportspeedway.com. Also follow Kingsport Speedway on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.