Salem, IN (November 30, 2004) -- Champion Racing Association officials, in conjunction with Berlin Raceway officials, have announced that the CRA Super Series, the former Sunoco Super Series, will have two events at Berlin Raceway during the 2005...
Salem, IN (November 30, 2004) -- Champion Racing Association officials, in conjunction with Berlin Raceway officials, have announced that the CRA Super Series, the former Sunoco Super Series, will have two events at Berlin Raceway during the 2005 season. The track, which is located in Marne, Michigan, about 8 miles west of Grand Rapids, 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 veteran Johnny Benson, who is also part owner of Berlin Raceway. The CRA Super Series will race at Berlin Raceway on Saturday, June 18th and will return for a second visit on Saturday, August 20th, 2005.
Last season's CRA Super Series event at Berlin Raceway was a memorable one as Fred Campbell and his son Brian put on a great race battling for the win. Brian Campbell had started on the pole after Corteco Fast Qualifier and new track record holder Chuck Barnes Jr. drew a five for the inverted start. 2003 series champion Bobby Parsley took the early lead at the drop of the green flag from his outside pole starting position. Parsley lead the first 29 laps before veteran series racer Junior Hanley powered by on lap 30. Fred Campbell stayed right on Hanley's back bumper with the two veteran drivers battling for several laps before Campbell powered past Hanley on the outside to take the lead on lap 64.
Brain Campbell then battled Hanley for several laps for second before Brian got by on the outside of Hanley also after some slight contact between the two racers. Brian stayed right on his fathers back bumper through out the rest of the event trying to get an opportunity to pass and get his first series win, but could never get around giving the win to Fred and second to Brian. Local racer Tom Thomas made the best move of the race. Thomas, driving for veteran car owner Bill Ponstein, started using the outside groove late in the event and it worked, as he was able to pass both Junior Hanley and Scott Hantz on the white flag lap to get third. Hantz finished fourth and Hanley fifth.
The past two seasons Berlin Raceway was the only CRA 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 2004 include ten time Berlin Raceway Late Model Champion Fred Campbell and his son Brian. Fred is from Battle Creek while Brian is from Wyoming. Tim Phillips, the 11th place finisher in 2004 series points, is from Otsego. Other Michigan drivers who participated with the CRA Super Series in 2004 include former ASA Racing Series Champion Mike Eddy from Midland, Dave Kuhlman from Howell, Tom Thomas from Grandville, Ross Meeuwsen from Zeeland, John Belott from Mt. Morris, Harold Fair Jr. from Canton, Aaron Hulings from Rockford, Ken Warner from Shelbyville, Marty Crawford from Kalamazoo, Tom Hernly Jr. from Lansing and Andy Ponstein from Hudsonville.
Additional information can be found on Berlin Raceway at www.berlinraceway.com. Additional information on the CRA Super Series can be found at www.sunocosuperseries.com.