The CRA Super Series next event will be this Saturday’s Keyser’s Port City Racing 125 at Berlin Raceway in Marne, Michigan. Saturday’s event will be the tenth series event at the famed .438-mile oval. 10-time Berlin Raceway Champion Fred Campbell is the all-time CRA Super Series winner at Berlin with three victories. His son Brian Campbell is second with two victories, including last seasons Rowdy Busch 125. Other CRA winners at Berlin include Scott Hantz, former Berlin Champions Ross Meeuwsen and Tom Thomas, who won last year’s series event held in October after it was rained out in August. Tim Curry also has a series win at Berlin.
Saturday’s race will be a chance for teams to get laps prior to the Tuesday, June 15th Rowdy’s Revenge 251 presented by Keyser’s Port City Racing at Berlin. That huge event will be sanctioned by the CRA Super Series and could pay the winner $25,000. NASCAR Superstar Kyle Busch will be competing in that event trying to better his fifth place finish in last years Rowdy Busch 125.
NASCAR competitor Johnny Benson Jr. will return to his former home track to compete in Saturday’s race, driving the Kyle Busch Motorsports entry to help get the car dialed in for Busch’s June 15th return. Benson Jr. finished fifth in this past Sunday’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event. This will be his first ever start in a CRA Super Series event.
16-year-old Ross Kenseth, the son of NASCAR competitor Matt Kenseth, will also make his CRA debut in Saturday’s event. Kenseth stormed on to the late model seen last year claiming the Big Eight Series Championship and qualified on the outside pole of the Snowball Derby were he got a 12th place finish. Kenseth will be racing full-time in the ASA Midwest Series in 2010, with selected starts with the CRA Super Series.
2009 CRA Super Series Champion John VanDoorn returns to his home track seeking his first series victory at Berlin. The Coopersville, Michigan native has ran well at the series events at Berlin in the past but has been unable to get a win, that is something he will be out to change on Saturday. The Kaos Motorsports team started out the 2010 CRA season with a victory at Anderson Speedway and comes in as the series point’s leader in their quest for a second straight series Championship.
Other top CRA Super Series competitors entered for Saturday’s event includes Kenny Tweedy, Jason Dietsch, Tommy St. John, Rick Turner, Jack Smith, Terry Fisher Jr., Jason Shively, and Adam Purdy. There is also a strong group of series rookies entered including Michigan native John Long and Ohio’s Nick Gullatta and Colin Nickolai.
As usual this event has attracted a strong group of local talent that has entered the event including several former Berlin Track Champions. Brain Campbell leads that list, but this season he is competing full-time with the CRA Super Series trying to win the Season Championship for Mike Bursley’s Perfect Circle Race Team. Other local racers entered include former winner Ross Meeuwsen driving the Port City Racecars entry, also Caleb Bisacky, Terry VanHaitsma, Alex Carl, Chris Anthony, Chris Koslek, Keith Herp and Jordan Dahlke as well as Jay Niewiek, Nick Bonstell and Justin Ryan who will attempt to make their first starts with the CRA Super Series.
15 year old Grand Rapid’s native Kelsey Steele will make her CRA Super Series debut Saturday driving the legendary red #16 for her dad, three time ARCA Series Champion Tim Steele. Kelsey Steele will be behind the wheel of the car that Tom Thomas drove to victory lane last October. Kelsey Steele was the 2009 Berlin Young Guns Champion and competed at New Smyrna Speedway during Speedweeks in February.
Former ASA Touring Series great Robbie Pyle is entered for Saturday’s event. Pyle has one career series win at Columbus Motor Speedway, but is always a threat to win whenever he shows up to race. Pyle has raced sparingly for the past several years as he grows his company ImageFX. Pyle will be driving for former Chicago area racer John Brolick on Saturday.
There will be an open practice on Friday, pits open at 3pm, and practice will go from 5 to 9pm. Pits open on Saturday at 12noon, practice will begin at 2pm with qualifying at 6pm. The race program will begin at 7pm and will include the Keyser’s Port City Racing 125 for the CRA Super Series along with racing action from Berlin’s Modifieds and 4 Cylinder divisions.
More information on Saturday’s event at Berlin Raceway is available at www.berlinraceway.com. More information on the CRA Super Series is available at www.craracing.net.