Battle at Berlin 251 , Featuring NASCAR Star Kasey Kahne up next for CRA
Salem, IN (June 11, 2013) – Champion Racing Association Powered by JEGS will head to Berlin Raceway, located in Marne, Michigan for the 1st Annual Battle at Berlin 251 Weekend this Friday and Saturday. For the past four years the event was known as the Rowdy 251 and had been held the Tuesday after the June Michigan NASCAR event. This year the event will move to the same weekend as the NASCAR Michigan event and will be a huge weekend of racing with the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour Presented by Chevrolet Performance in the Berlin 100 Presented by JEGS.com and Boyne Machine on Friday night and the ARCA/CRA Super Series Powered by JEGS in the Battle at Berlin 251 on Saturday night along with NASCAR star Kasey Kahne who will be at the track on Saturday to visit with fans.
The Battle at Berlin 251 has grown into one of the top Template Super Late Model Events in the country. Berlin Raceway officials have made a significant increase in the purse for this year’s event, the payout could be close to $100,000 total for the event, with the potential purse payout and bonuses put up by Berlin Raceway. The event will pay $15,000 to win, $10,000 for second, down to $1500 to start for a 30 car field. There will also be $20 per lap in lap leader bonus money, which adds another $5020 to the purse payout.
Saturday’s Battle at Berlin 251 is the first leg in the JEGS/CRA $100,000 Super Late Model Triple Crown. The other events include the Stoops Freightliner Redbud 300 on July 20 at Anderson Speedway and the Winchester 400 on October 13th at Winchester Speedway. If a single driver can win all three events, they will receive a $100,000 cash bonus from JEGS. If there is a driver that just wins two of the events, they will receive a $10,000 cash bonus. If there is a different winner for all three events, the driver with the best overall finishes between the three events will receive a $5000 bonus.
The Battle at Berlin 251 has attracted some of the top late model drivers from all over the country including, Illinois native Ross Kenseth, son of NASCAR Champion Matt Kenseth, also Georgia Hot Shoes Bubba Pollard and TJ Reaid, winner of the series last event on May 4th at Anderson Speedway. Also entered are North Carolina’s Jeff Fultz, Texas racers Trey Mitchell and Zak Hausler, who is driving for Brad Kesolowski Racing along with teammate Austin Therault, who comes from Fort Kent, Maine.
Also topping the list of entries for Saturday’s event is local sensation Brian Campbell, who has competed on and off with the ARCA/CRA Super Series the last four years. Campbell, from nearby Wyoming, Michigan, has now topped his father Fred with the most ARCA/CRA Super Series victories at Berlin with four after his victory in last season’s May event. Fred Campbell is in second with three series wins at Berlin.
Top CRA regulars who are entered include Kenny Tweedy, Travis Braden, Rick Turner, Joe Beaver, Jay Niewiek, Nick Gullatta, Kyle Jones, Brandon Hermiller, Tyler Roahrig, Chad Finley and three time series Champion Johnny VanDoorn, winner of the series 2013 season opener at Toledo Speedway. Also three time series Champion Scott Hantz is entered to make his 2013 series debut. All the top Boyne Machine Rookie of the Year candidates are entered including Ali Kern and 15 year old Anderson Bowen, who are tied for the series rookie points lead after two events, also fellow rookie Brandon Oakley is entered.
Several top local drivers are entered including former Berlin CRA event winners Ross Meeuwsen, and Terry Van Haitsma. Also entered are Tim DeVos, Chris Anthony, Seth Moody, Lauren Bush, Caleb Bisacky, Dave Lake, Josh Hobson and former ASA Racing Series competitor Dave Sensiba in a team car to Niewiek.
Cody Coughlin tops the list of entries for Friday’s JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour Berlin 100 Presented by JEGS.com and Boyne Machine. Coughlin got his first ever series win Friday night at Dixie Motor Speedway and in the process took over the series points lead. Other top series regulars entered include Landon Cling, Jerrod Foley, Dan Leeck, Brent Downey, Wes Griffith Jr., Tom Woodin and Jimmy Novak.
A huge contention of Howie Lettow Rookie of the Year Presented by Howe Racing candidates are entered including Jake Griffin, the Howe Racing Rookie of the Race Year points leader heading into Friday’s event after being the top rookie finisher in last Friday night’s event. Other registered rookies entered include, Dominque Van Wieringen, Corey Dueser, Hunter Baize, Kody Evans, Mark Jacobs, Kyle Crump, Jaxson Jacobs and Cole Glasson.
Several local drivers have also entered Friday night’s event including Chris Koslek, Justin Ryan, Andrew Nylaan, and Brian Bergakker. Birch Run, Michigan native Robbie Johnson will make his 2013 series debut Friday night.
Berlin Raceway Officials put up a very enticing $5000 bonus if a driver can win Friday night’s JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour event and the Battle at Berlin 251. This bonus has attracted the attention of several drivers, who will now do double duty trying to win both events including ARCA/CRA Super Series regulars Travis Braden and Brandon Hermiller as well as JEGS Tour regulars Landon Cling and Brent Downey, plus locals Josh Hobson, Seth Moody and Lauren Bush. Canadian racer Jordan Sims is also entered in both events.
As in the past, the order of paid entries received for the Battle at Berlin 251 by CRA will be the qualifying order for the event from last to first, i.e. the first driver entering will be the last driver to qualify. For the first time the event is a points race for the ARCA/CRA Super Series. Berlin Raceway officials have added some different procedures for this event then in the past, the field will start straight up from qualifying and the event will be a ten tire max event with all live pit stops. Per CRA rules teams can only change a max of two tires per caution period.
There will be an open practice on Thursday for both divisions. On Friday the Berlin Raceway Outlaw Late Models and Super Stocks will also be in action. On Saturday the Berlin Raceway Sportsman will also be in action.
NASCAR Super Star Kasey Kahne will be on hand as the official Grand Marshall and quite possibly the biggest announcement in Berlin Raceway history will be made during this event.
Tickets for Friday are $15 for adults 18+, $9 for students 12-17, $5 for kids 8-11 and children 7 and under are free. Tickets for Saturday are $25 for adults 18+, $15 for students 12-17, $5 for kids 8-11 and children 7 and under are free. Two-day packages are also available for the Battle at Berlin. Racing begins at 7:00 p.m. on both nights.
Pit passes for this weekends Battle at Berlin 251 are as follows: Thursday: $20, Friday: $35, Saturday: $45, 3-Day (Thurs-Fri): $85, 2-Day (Fri-Sat): $75
Camping is available on site all season long as well as the Battle at Berlin race weekend. There are limited spaces for electrical and water so act fast as camping spots are first come, first served.
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