Salem, IN – The ARCA/CRA Super Series Powered by JEGS will begin its Championship Chase with Saturday’s Battle at Berlin 251 Presented by Primera Plastics, which will take place at Berlin Raceway located in Marne, Michigan. The event will be a huge one day show on Saturday with two hours of practice, qualifying and the Battle at Berlin 251 Presented by Primera Plastics as part of The Chet Championship Weekend at Berlin with racing both Friday and Saturday night.
The 251 lap event will pay $15,000 to win and $1,200 to start. The race will be a 10 tire event and will count caution laps. The event will have a 5 minute break at lap 100 and a 5 minute break at lap 200. During those breaks teams will be able to change tires, add fuel and make adjustments. The top ten drivers at the break at lap 100 will redraw for their starting position when racing resumes on lap 101. The top five drivers at the break at lap 200 will redraw for their starting positions when racing resumes on lap 201.
The Battle at Berlin 251 is the second event of the JEGS/CRA $100,000 Super Late Model Triple Crown, which would have paid a driver $100,000 bonus if the same driver won the Redbud 400 at Anderson Speedway, the Battle at Berlin 251 and the 46th Annual Winchester 400 at Winchester Speedway. Steve Wallace won the Redbud 400 on June 24th, but he is not eligible for the $100,000 and $10,000 bonuses, because he raced full-time for several seasons in NASCAR’s Xfinity Series, so there will be no $100,000 bonus paid out in 2017.
The $10,000 bonus is still available if a driver that meets the bonus programs guidelines can win two of the remaining Triple Crown events. If no driver wins two of the Triple Crown events, the driver who accumulates the most points during those three events will receive a $5,000 bonus and the title of Champion of the JEGS/CRA $100,000 Super Late Model Triple Crown.
The Battle at Berlin 251 will be the first race of the four race ARCA/CRA Super Series Champion Chase playoff to crown its 2017 Champion. The five drivers in the Chase includes three time series Champion and two time 2017 series winner Johnny VanDoorn, current series point’s leader heading into the Chase Logan Runyon, current Senneker Performance Rookie of the Year points leader Hunter Jack, 2015 JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour Drivers Champion Dalton Armstrong and Wes Griffith Jr. All five are entered for Saturday’s race.
Berlin Raceway will crown their 2017 ZFS Super Late Model Champion Saturday night, they used a similar playoff program to crown their Champion. The four drivers battling for the Berlin Raceway Championship and entered for Saturday’s race include Carson Hocevar, the current JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour points leader, Joe Bush, Terry Van Haitsma and Jordan Dahlke. The highest finisher of those four in the Battle at Berlin 251will be the Berlin Raceway 2017 ZFS Super Late Model Champion.
Those nine drivers will have plenty of competition on Saturday including Bubba Pollard one of the hottest late model drivers in the country and winner of the $20,000 Money in the Bank 150 on June 19th at Berlin Raceway, Steve Wallace, winner of the Redbud 400 and David Gilliland Racing Development Drivers Rapheal Lessard and Chase Purdy.
Berlin Raceway and CRA ace Brian Campbell is entered, he is now second on the all-time ARCA/CRA Super Series wins list with his two series wins so far this season, including the series last event on August 12th at Flat Rock Speedway. Also entered is two time ARCA/CRA Super Series Champion Travis Braden, who got on a hot streak with three straight series wins in the last four series events, including a win at Kalamazoo Speedway the night of the Klash.
Long time Michigan veteran racer Harold Fair Jr. will make his second series start of the season, after finishing second in the series last event at Flat Rock, which was his first series race in 17 years. Veteran Michigan Outlaw Late Model competitor and car builder Terry Senneker Jr. will be behind the wheel of a team car to Campbell Saturday night.
Other top CRA drivers entered include Florida native and former Redbud 300 winner Steve Dorer, former Winchester 400 winner Boris Jurkovic, impressive series rookie Kyle Crump and JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour Chase competitor Trever McCoy.
Other top local drivers entered, who also compete part-time with CRA, include Berlin feature winner Chris Koslek, Nate Walton, Ken Wobma and Evan Shotko.
Pit gates open on Saturday at 10am. The first of two one hour practice sessions for the ARCA/CRA Super Series will begin at 1pm. EDCO Welding qualifying for the Battle at Berlin 251 will begin at 5pm, with an on track autograph session with all the drivers at 5:30pm. The race program will begin at 6:30pm. Also racing on Saturday night will be the Berlin Raceway Sportsman and the Berlin Raceway Outlaw Late Models in their season Championship features.
There will be some famous guest at Berlin Raceway on Saturday night, Phil and Kay Robertson, the patriarchs of the Duck Dynasty clan will be on hand along with their son Alan and his wife Lisa. Their will also be a fireworks show after the conclusion of the Battle at Berlin 251.
For those fans who cannot attend, a live pay-per-view broadcast of all the Battle at Berlin 251 events will be available on Speed 51 TV. Order your pay-per-view ticket today by visiting Speed51.com.
More event and track information on the Battle at Berlin 251 Presented by Primera Plastics is available at www.berlinraceway.com.
More information on the ARCA/CRA Super Series is available at www.cra-racing.com.
-CRA Press Release. Photo credit: Speed51.com