Fresh off his first career Super Late Model win with the Southern Super Series, Georgia’s Anderson Bowen headed in to Berlin Raceway proud to be representing the South and a slew of out of state competitors at the 7/16 mile Michigan oval in a Late Model doubleheader.
With deep roots locally, over the years, Berlin has proven tough for outsiders to compete with the local talent. Bowen opened up the weekend with a strong sixth place qualifying effort for the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour on Friday night. When the dust settled at the end of 100 laps, Bowen and fellow Georgia racer Bubba Pollard bested the hometown heroes. Bowen followed his fellow Peach Stater Bubba Pollard across the stripe.
“This is a challenging track for sure," Bowen said after Friday's JEGS Tour 100-lapper. "It’s a local’s track, but us Georgia boys came up here finishing one-two."
Hoping to carry over some setup notes from Friday to the Super Late Model on Saturday for the Battle at Berlin 251, Bowen and his Copper Creek Hardware No. 29 crew had high hopes for the ARCA/CRA Super Series portion of the weekend.
“We had a pretty good car, but we were just a little free so we thought we could fix some things on the Super and make it a little bit better, like we had the crate car, but things just didn’t work out for us.”
Bowen battled a tight condition from the drop of the green in the 251-lap Super Late Model race, but managed to stay out of trouble and on the lead lap for the majority of the 251 laps.
“I felt like we were doing the best we could just to stay on the lead lap, and do everything we could.”
After doing his part in the car, Bowen’s night ended prematurely with a visibly frustrated driver.
“I was trying to stay out of trouble as much as I could until a late race caution with the 7 car," added Bowen. "He didn’t really turn and drove us off of the track and ended our night.”
After settling for a 20th place finish in the weekend finale, Bowen felt overall confidence with his team’s performance over the course of the weekend.
“The guys did a phenomenal job this weekend giving me some good cars to work with.”
“We’ll head to the next one next week at Pensacola-Mobile and see what happens there.”
The next event on the schedule for Bowen will be a return to the series where he will be going for two in a row. It will be the third of four scheduled Gulf Coast swings for the Southern Super Series, visiting Pensacola, Florida’s Five Flags Speedway on Friday night July 25th before making the 60 mile journey west to Mobile International Speedway on Saturday night.