CRA: Berlin Raceway to host 2004 event

Salem, IN (November 23, 2003) -- The Sunoco Super Series will make a return visit to Berlin Raceway for a 150-lap event on Saturday, June 19, 2004. The track, which is located in Marne, Michigan, about 8 miles west of Grand Rapids, Michigan has...

Salem, IN (November 23, 2003) -- The Sunoco Super Series will make a return visit to Berlin Raceway for a 150-lap event on Saturday, June 19, 2004. The track, which is located in Marne, Michigan, about 8 miles west of Grand Rapids, Michigan has had one of the top short track programs in the Mid-west for several years. The challenging 7/16-mile oval has been the proving grounds for several great racers including former ASA Racing Series Champion and NASCAR Winston Cup veteran Johnny Benson, who is also part owner of Berlin Raceway.

Last season Berlin Raceway was the only Sunoco Super Series event in Michigan, yet the series has continued to attract numerous participants from that state. Michigan natives who competed with the series in 2003 include three-time series winner in 2003 and ten time Berlin Raceway Late Model Champion Fred Campbell and his son Brian who are both from Battle Creek. 2002 Hubler Automotive Group/Blake Carburetion Rookie Of The Year and first time series winner in 2003 Andy Ponstein from Hudsonville and 2002-rookie runner-up Tim Phillips, who is from Kalamazoo. 2003 Rookie Of The Year runner-up Tom Hernly Jr. from Lansing, and 13th place finisher in season points in 2003 and winner of the Lefthander Challenge Bobby Murany, who is from Mt. Morris.

Other Michigan drivers who participated with the Sunoco Super Series in 2003 include Dave Kuhlman from Howell, Greg Taylor from Brooklyn, Ross Meeuwsen from Zeeland, John Greg from Fruitport, John Belott from Mt. Morris, Harold Fair Jr. from Canton, Aaron Hulings from Rockford, Doug True from Dowagiac, Chris Orr from Martin, and Billy Shotko from West Olive.

Last season's Sunoco Super Series event at Berlin Raceway was a memorable one as Fred Campbell and Scott Hantz put on an exciting battle for the win, one of the best the series has ever seen. Tom Hernly Jr. took advantage of his pole starting position to lead the first 20 laps before track veteran Fred Campbell, the events fast qualifier, came from his 6th place inverted starting position to grab the lead on lap 21. Campbell kept the lead until former series champion and rookie of the year Scott Hantz, in a brand new Finishline Fabricating Chassis, got around Campbell to take the lead on lap 63. Campbell wasn't going to give up the battle yet. Campbell took advantage of lap traffic to get back around Hantz on lap 94. Campbell kept the lead until lap 113, when a hard charging Hantz showed he wasn't going to settle for second at the first time visit for the Sunoco Super Series at Berlin Raceway.

Hantz went on to take the win over Campbell. A late run by Dave Kuhlman got him a third place finish. Ross Meeuwsen, 2003 Super Stock Champion at Berlin Raceway, took his rented Andy Ponstein machine to a fourth place finish. Veteran asphalt and dirt late model driver John Grega got fifth in the Port City Racecars house car.

Additional information can be found on Berlin Raceway at www.berlinraceway.com. Additional information on the Sunoco Super Series can be found at www.sunocosuperseries.com.

<pre> The 2004 Sunoco Super Series tentative scheduled events released to date: April 17 Anderson Speedway 150 Laps Anderson, IN May 22 Shady Bowl Speedway 151 Laps DeGraff, OH June 12 Mansfield Speedway 100 Laps Mansfield, OH June 19 Berlin Raceway 150 Laps Marne, MI July 16 & 17 Anderson Speedway 400 Laps Anderson, IN July 31 Shady Bowl Speedway 150 Laps DeGraff, OH September 18 Anderson Speedway 150 Laps Anderson, IN

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Series Stock car
Drivers Johnny Benson , Andy Ponstein