Kingsport Times-News: Ebeling holds off Potter for Super Cup Series win
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Ebeling holds off Potter for Super Cup Series win

By Jeff Birchfield • Jun 22, 2019 at 8:54 PM

KINGSPORT — Ben Ebeling won the first of Friday night’s two Super Cup Stock Car Series features at Kingsport Speedway before rain washed out the second race.

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

The 69-year-old Potter was running down the driver almost half his age when a late caution for Marc Jones’ blown motor bunched the field. With the tires on Ebeling’s Ford Fusion cooling down during a break that 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 of Long Island, New York, finished third in his Chevrolet after battling Potter for several laps for the runner-up position. Bill Ashton of Uniontown, Pennsylvania, was fourth in another Chevrolet.

Langdon used the strong finish to extend his lead in the national points standings over Kevin Kromer. Potter moved to third in the national standings and pulled away from Jones in the Southern Division standings.

The next Super Cup Series race is scheduled for July 13 at Jennerstown, Pennsylvania.

HELTON WORKS THE TRAFFIC

Kingsport’s Keith Helton successfully navigated traffic to pull away to the win the Pure 4 race that featured 24 cars.

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

Detwiler, Bruce Crumbley, Bucky Smith and William Hale completed the top five.

OTHER FEATURES

Castlewood’s Doug Austin 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 finish second after Tony Dockery made it a three-way battle for the win.

Dennis Arnold of Meadowview, Virginia, won his second straight Mod 4, followed by Chris Amburgey and Billy Duty rounding out the top three.

In Mod Street action, Trey Lane in his Dodge Challenger held off the Chevrolet Camaros of father and son Royce and Austin Peters to capture his third win of the season in the division.

NEXT UP

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

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