STATESVILLE, N.C. – After multiple weeks of observation as a result of originally unforeseen circumstances, the Super Cup Stock Car Series has come to a decision regarding the upcoming series schedule.
In a previous bulletin posted on the series site and social media channels, competitors were already informed that it became evident the season opening event at Dominion Raceway on May 2 would have to be canceled in accordance with CDC guidelines and travel-related recommendations in place and will not be rescheduled. A wait-and-see approach was agreed upon at that time as it relates to the remainder of upcoming scheduled events.
At this stage series officials have arrived at a conclusion for the near future. The Super Cup portion of the action at Kingsport Speedway on May 15 has been postponed with the potential to reschedule it for a date later in the year.
In addition, the second annual Veterans Classic at Shenandoah Speedway has been placed on hold indefinitely due to the Virginia commonwealth’s stay-at-home order expiring after the scheduled race date of June 6.
“We need three to four weeks to get our little series up and running,” SCSCS Director of Competition Joe Schmaling indicated. “It would be hard to make events like Kingsport work from here even if they were to open now.”
The focus shifts to a full slate of remaining events on the schedule. On three prior occasions in series history, competitors had to wait until the month of June to go racing. In each of those instances a record turnout of Super Cup cars at the track they visited was witnessed.
The inaugural Indy Summer Nationals is scheduled to be the first event of the season. As of now the first series appearance at Lucas Oil Raceway outside Indianapolis is all systems go, with the ongoing potential of having to set particular precautions as needed. Teams are urged to utilize the month of May to consider forthcoming communications that will be made and to announce their commitment including tire needs to series officials in advance so that various details can be prearranged.
Currently planned for the Father’s Day weekend are festivities at the drag strip adjacent from the .686-mile oval, a car show, swap meet, plus added entertainment for an extravaganza that is sure to thrill any automotive enthusiast. All of the short track action on Saturday, June 20, will be streamed live on SPEED SPORT TV, with further details to follow.
The first of two visits to the always popular Jennerstown Speedway in Western Pennsylvania on July 11 and a return to Southern Indiana’s Salem Speedway for a second straight season closing out that month stay the same as both venues actively evaluate their operations on a week-to-week basis at the moment.
A special anniversary will be happening on Saturday, Aug. 8 in Eastern Ohio. It will mark the 10th consecutive year the Super Cup tour has made the trip to Midvale Speedway three-tenths-mile oval, the longest tenured track on the schedule. The facility’s management and officials have already been executing safety updates and enhancements in response to the pandemic.
The remaining two events will once again take place at a pair of premier partner tracks. Jennerstown will move back to its prior standard late August date with the first race on that day in the Laurel Highlands region celebrating a milestone 25th green flag the series has taken on the half-mile.
Dominion, for the third consecutive year, is tentatively the site that will name the Super Cup champion during the final weekend of September. The Thornburg, Va., entertainment complex is right off interstate 95 and features a bar and grill, road course, and drag strip among the amenities in addition to the four-tenths-mile oval. Twin 60-lap features are planned for this date in which drivers and spectators are sure to be eager for since the opening date will no longer happen.
A twin feature format remains intact for each race day, in which teams will often be facing the challenges that come with competing once in daylight and once following sunset, all the while managing one set of American Racer tires through qualifying and both features.
A placeholder remains open on the weekend of Sept. 12 for any pending changes or additions as it relates to rescheduling of events. Altogether, the schedule continues to be flexible and subject to change based on the current evolving situation, weather, or any other unexpected conditions.
As a result, no specific format has strictly been determined at this time regarding separate titles for divisions based on driver’s geography that has been in place for the last three years or a Championship Series structure that was implemented in 2019. That said, since the lineup of drivers and teams has grown to represent four different areas of the country, the series will be looking to recognize each of their efforts and influence potential additional regional awards.