It was a familiar scene Saturday afternoon at Baer Field Motorsports Park (IN) as Brian Campbell scored his third ARCA/CRA Super Series victory of the 2018 season. Campbell took the lead from his eighth starting spot on lap 22 and went on to win the Summit City 100.
The win on Saturday was the 27th career ARCA/CRA Super Series victory for Campbell, putting him just four wins behind three-time champion Scott Hantz on the all-time wins list.
Although he led most of the 100-lap race, the win didn’t come easy for the Wyoming, Michigan native. Campbell had Kyle Crump on his rear bumper the entire second half of the race matching him move for move through lapped traffic. Ultimately, Campbell made a daring three-wide move between two lapped cars with two laps to go to seal the win.
“It unloaded fast yesterday and qualified really well,” Campbell told Speed51.com. “We got to the lead quick; quicker than I thought. The yellow fell right for us and we just had to fight Kyle (Crump) for the rest of the race. He was coming on strong, just one or two car lengths back. If I messed up he would get to my bumper, then if he messed up, I would pull away by one or two car lengths. We were definitely checked out on the field, so it was a fun race and I’m glad to race Kyle.
“He was strong,” Campbell said of his battle with Crump. “He could definitely roll the middle better than I could; I could drive off faster. That three-wide action there with a couple to go probably saved us the race. If I would’ve picked the wrong lane he would’ve stuck his nose in there and passed me. I don’t like going three wide and being in the middle like that, but it had to be done and that probably won the race for us.”
Crump, who call Brighton, Michigan his hometown, made it hard on Campbell throughout the race, but ultimately settled for a runner-up finish, tying his career-best he set two races ago at Toledo.
“It was very fun, I knew Campbell was fast and he was going to be the one to beat,” Crump said. “He got away from me early and I didn’t know if I was going to catch him. We ran like the last 80 laps nose to tail. I was doing everything I could to get to bumper and try to make a move on him. It was just not enough; we were driving the heck out of those cars.”
For Campbell, it was his second win at the Fort Wayne half-mile in a month, as he also won the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour stop there at the end of June. But this one was even more special for him. He added his name to the Summit City 100 trophy.
Another name on that trophy is his father, the legendary Freddy Campbell, as he won the first running of the Summit City 100 back in 1998.
“It’s never bad to be able to follow my dad in anything,” Campbell said of his father. “He’s my hero. As far as I’m concerned he’s the best Late Model driver in history. I grew up watching him, working with him, and then racing with him, and then now he gets to work with me. It’s definitely a good family team effort. I’m very proud of that.”
Austin Kunert finished third, just two weeks after suffering a concussion at the Redbud 400 at Anderson. Hunter Jack and series points leader Josh Brock rounded out the top five.
Saturday’s Summit City 100 was the final race of the ARCA/CRA Super Series regular season. The first race for the Chase for the ARCA/CRA Super Series championship will be at Kalamazoo Speedway as part of the Kalamazoo Klash on Wednesday, August 8.
Race fans can watch Saturday’s Summit City 100 via an on-demand broadcast on Speed51.com by clicking here.
-Story by Koty Geyer, Speed51.com State Editor (IN & MI)
-Photo credit: Speed51.com
Summit City 100 Unofficial Results:
1 47 Brian Campbell
2 131 Kyle Crump
3 29 Austin Kunert
4 41 Hunter Jack
5 17 Josh Brock
6 5 Eric Lee
7 6 Logan Runyon
8 01 James Kreuger
9 35 Greg Van Alst
10 1 Jon Beach
11 81 Terry Fisher Jr
12 99 Jason Shively
13 63 Cassten Everidge
14 41J Tanner Jack
15 45 Derek Bischak
16 56 Jerry Andrews