Brian Campbell has become synonymous with success in the Champion Racing Association (CRA) over the last decade and a half. As the Wyoming, Michigan driver prepares to make his second ARCA/CRA Super Series start of the year this Saturday at Toledo Speedway, he will be racing towards another mark in the CRA record book.
Along with becoming the winningest driver in JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour at Lucas Oil Raceway last September, Campbell has won 27 races in the ARCA/CRA Super Series. At that mark, he only trails three-time series champion Scott Hantz (31 wins) by four in the all-time win column.
Campbell made his first series start at Kalamazoo Speedway (MI) in 2002, finishing seventh in a race won by his father, Fred Campbell. Kalamazoo would also be the site of his first ARCA/CRA Super Series win in 2006. To this date, he has gone on to win 26 other times in the series, with the majority of said wins coming at Berlin Raceway (MI), Toledo Speedway (OH) and Lucas Oil Raceway (IN).
“It started out, I can’t remember which year was first, but it was just onesies, twosies for a long time,” Campbell told Speed51.com. “We would maybe hit a Berlin race or maybe like a Lucas Oil race or something like that maybe once or twice a year. Then somewhere around the 2010, 2011 era, we kind of started running maybe six or seven races a year. Basically when the ASA Late Model deal folded up, we started moving over to the CRA program a little bit more.”
Despite all the wins he has accumulated with the ARCA/CRA Super Series, Campbell is missing a series championship from his resume. He has only competed in a full season one time, finishing second in 2010.
“That’s really how it went. We’ve only chased the championship there one year, finished second. Ever since then, we’ve just kind of done our own thing I guess, it’s the best way to say it.”
During his time competing with the series, Campbell has amassed more wins than drivers like former USAR Hooters Pro Cup North series champion and Winchester 400 winner Brian Ross, Canadian short track racing legend Junior Hanley, and even his own father. As he racks up wins with the series, he feels honored to be able to do what he has done.
“Anytime you can put yourself in a category where you’re up against guys like Scott Hantz and my dad and Junior Hanley, guys that have been around the sport for years and years, and you can put yourself up somewhere with them, you’re doing something right,” Campbell said. “It would mean a lot. We try to get wins every time we go to the race track, so that would kind of cap off a nice little run we’ve had with CRA.”
As he looks for his 28th victory this weekend at Toledo Speedway, Campbell does not expect to put his name in the record book this season. However, he says his team heads into each event confident that they will finish the day in victory lane, and that it will eventually lead to him owning the record for most career wins in the ARCA/CRA Super Series.
“I don’t even know if we’re going to run that many races with CRA this year,” Campbell admitted. “I think we’re going to run maybe five or six, that’s what it’s looking like right now, maybe seven. It would be a pretty big undertaking to win pretty much every race we enter with them. It takes a lot of racing luck to get that done, so I don’t know. I think our confidence is always high when we race with them and when we go to the race track with them, we think we’re going to win the race. I guess everybody should think that.
“The underlying answer is yes, I think we’re going to break the record. But I know it’s going to take a hell of a lot of luck to get that done.”
-Story by Koty Geyer, Speed51.com State Editor (IN & MI)
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