Saturday’s Battle at Berlin 251 features a first-of-its-kind format with the ARCA/CRA Super Series and the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour joining forces with the weekly Berlin Raceway Budweiser Super Late Model class for a tri-sanctioned event. The CRA crown jewel will also serve as the first race of their version of the “Chase” for both the Super Series and All-Stars Tour.
Seven drivers are set to compete for the ARCA/CRA Super Series title starting Saturday night. Including the Battle at Berlin 251, drivers will also have the World Stock Car Festival at Winchester Speedway and the Template Late Model portion of the Glass City 200 at Toledo Speedway to lock their spots into the finale at the Winchester 400.
The ARCA/CRA Super Series “Chase” has three former series champions vying to add another title to their trophy mantles. Michigan’s Johnny VanDoorn will go after a record fourth series title.
The two most recent ARCA/CRA Super Series champions are also eligible. Defending series champion Josh Brock has wins at Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville in the North/South Super Late Model Challenge, as well as at Baer Field Motorsports Park at the end of July, while 2017 champion Logan Runyon is coming off two straight top-five finishes at Baer Field and Kalamazoo Speedway.
Two-time defending JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour champion Jack Dossey, III is set to go after the ARCA/CRA Super Series championship, having locked his spot after winning the season opener at Anderson Speedway in April. The ARCA/CRA Super Series “Chase” field is rounded out by former CRA Late Model Sportsman champion Greg Van Alst, former Super Series winner Austin Kunert, and 2019 All-Stars Tour Anderson winner Hunter Jack.
The JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour will have Berlin, the World Stock Car Festival at Winchester, and the Fall Brawl at Lucas Oil Raceway to decide who races for a championship at Winchester during Winchester 400 weekend. All six drivers have yet to win in the All-Stars Tour this season, meaning his or her first win of 2019 would be huge, as it would guarantee them a shot at the championship in October.
Former series champion Dan Leeck leads the field of drivers going after the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour championship after ending the regular season on top of the board. Defending Tour Rookie of the Year Mason Keller joins the field for a second straight year, having won at Winchester one year ago to lock his spot into the championship battle at the season finale.
Mandy Chick will make the long haul from Kansas to compete for the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour championship for the second straight year. Trever McCoy joins the “Chase” field for the first time, while Indiana’s Jaden Cretacci and Ontario’s Tyler MacKenzie will also compete for Rookie of the Year as well as the All-Stars Tour championship.
Both divisions will see four drivers compete for the championship during Winchester 400 weekend, with the highest finisher of the four being crowned champion. Prior to the Winchester 400, the season-long points leader and the top three teams in the Chase - starting with winners, followed by points earners - who attended all three Chase races will race for the season’s championship, with the highest finishing team in that event declared the season’s champion.
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-Story by: Koty Geyer, Speed51.com State Editor (IN/MI) - Twitter: @kgeyer3
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