Veteran Campbell Shows The Way In The Boyne Machine 125 At Berlin Raceway
Fred... Not Brian This Time... Takes The Checkers In Big-Money Show
Battle Creek, Michigan veteran late model racer Fred Campbell used his years of experience at Berlin Raceway to capture Saturday nights CRA Super Series Boyne Machine 125 Presented By Centennial Wireless and Spray Power. The ten-time track champion at the tricky oval let 19 year old John VanDoorn lead the first 104 laps, then used his better tires to reel in VanDoorn and pass for the lead on lap 105 and then cruised to a six second victory to claim the $7500 first place prize.
Fred Campbell climbs out after winning $7,500 in the CRA race at Berlin Raceway. (Ron Harner Photos)
Campbell races to the outside of Ricky Turner (#26).
Another local competitor Keith Herp was the winner in Friday night’s Paragon Lanes 10 Lap Shoot out for the eight fastest CRA Super Series qualifiers. Herp received a $1000 payout for his win, his highest payday ever at Berlin Raceway. Herp had another strong run on Saturday finishing in seventh place. CRA Super Series points leader Chris Gabehart battled back to get an eighth place finish to continue his streak of finishing in the top ten of every series event so far this season. VanDoorn gained some points on Gabehart, but Gabehart maintains a 62 point lead with only two series points events left in the 2007 season.
VanDoorn was the RV Performance Rookie Of The Race Award winner, it was the tenth straight series event that he has been the highest finishing rookie. VanDoorn has also clinched the Team Full Throttle Driver Development Services Rookie Of The Year Award, with two series events left in the season. VanDoorn was also the RaceTrailerSales.com Halfway Leader and was the VDL Fuel Systems Hot Lap Award winner, turning the fastest lap of the event on lap two.
Alec Carll was the Lane Automotive/ISKY Racing Cams Hardcharger Award winner coming from his 16th place starting position to finish in fourth. Carl also received a Hoosier Performance Award along with Scott Hantz. Fred Campbell received the Sweet Manufacturing Sweet Move Of The Race Award for his pass of VanDoorn to get the win. Scott Baker was the Leaf Racewear Hard Luck Award winner.
The next CRA Super Series event will be the $10,000 to win “The 100” this Saturday September 22nd at O’Reilly Raceway Park as part of the Inaugural Circle Track Nationals. More information is available at www.craracing.net.
"We had the best car tonight, and I just hung back saving the car until the end," remarked Campbell in victory lane. “It’s great to get this win for my car owner Michael Blackmer, who’s company Boyne Machine, is sponsoring tonight’s races.”
It looked like Fred’s son Brian would be the car to beat Saturday night, as he was at the top of the speed charts during most of the practices and lead a group of 13 drivers who broke the series track record in Appleton Rack & Pinion qualifying. The younger Campbell drew a five for the events invert putting leading CRA Super Series rookie John VanDoorn from nearby Coopersville, Michigan on the pole. VanDoorn, a former full time competitor at Berlin, used his past experience to take the lead at the drop of the green flag, leading by as much as ten seconds at one point early in the race.
Fred Campbell slowly worked his way from his eighth place starting position through the field finally working his way to second when a late caution bunched the field back up for a restart. Campbell stayed with VanDoorn on the restart, and then put his car on the bottom of the track to move under VanDoorn to make the pass. The victory was Campbell’s seventh with the series and his third series victory at Berlin Raceway.
VanDoorn, who is currently second in series Championship points, held on to finish in second with Chris Anthony in third, Alec Carl in fourth and Brian Campbell in fifth. The entire top five were all local competitors, having competed at Berlin Raceway in regular Saturday night racing, showing how much experience matters in competing there. Scott Hantz finished in sixth, the highest finishing non-Michigan native in the event.