Last Regular Season Event Prior to the Champion Chase Beginning
Salem, IN. (August 7, 2018) – The JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour Presented by Chevrolet Performance will return to action this Saturday at Berlin Raceway located in Marne, MI. The series has competed at Berlin Raceway every year since its inaugural 2011 season, when local racer Terry VanHaitsma went to victory lane. Other series winners at Berlin include Mike Bursley in 2012, Travis Braden in 2013, Bubba Pollard in 2014 and 2016 and Brian Campbell in 2015 and again last season.
The series opened its 2018 season at Birch Run Speedway on April 29th were Michigan veteran Brian Campbell picked up the victory. The series second event was the Short Track U.S. Nationals at Bristol Motor Speedway on May 18th were Josh Reeves came away with the victory. Bubba Pollard won the series third event of the season, the Masters of the Pro’s 200 on June 8th at Birch Run Speedway. Cole Williams was victorious in the series event on June 16th at Salem Speedway. Campbell returned to victory lane in the series event on June 30th at Baer Field Motorsports Park. 2017 series Rookie of the Year Carson Hocevar got his first series win of the season last Saturday at Auto City Speedway.
2017 series Champion Jack Dossey III is the series Championship point’s leader heading into Saturday night. DGR-CROSLEY Rookie of the Year point’s leader Mason Keller is in second place, he is only two points behind Dossey. Mandy Chick is in third place in series points, she is 74 points behind Keller. Michael Clancy Jr. is in fourth place in series points, with two time 2018 series feature winner Brian Campbell in fifth place. The entire top five in points are entered for Saturday night’s event.
Other top CRA drivers entered include three time ARCA/CRA Super Series Champion Johnny VanDoorn who is seeking his first ever JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour win, Hocevar, Rookie Tyler Hufford, Trever McCoy, Anthony Danta, Florida native Steve Dorer, Garrett Schwartz and Vore’s Welding CRA Late Model Sportsman regular Zachary Tinkle.
Several local competitors who compete with the Berlin Super Late Models and part-time with CRA are also entered including Chris Koslek, Nate Walton, Ben Welch, Jordan Dahlke, Ken Wobma, Lauren Bush-Sokoloski and 15 year old Evan Shotko, who won his first ever Super Late Model feature at Berlin last Saturday night.
The Berlin Raceway event will be the fourth event of the JAS Expedited Trucking Michigan Cup, which will include a mini point series with the five races scheduled in Michigan for the JEGS/CRA All-Star Tour. The program involved the season opening Dixie 100 at Birch Run Speedway, the Masters of the Pro’s at Birch Run and last Saturday’s Auto City event. The JAS Expedited Trucking Michigan Cup Championship event will be at Owosso Speedway on August 25th.
The driver earning the most points in the JAS Expedited Trucking Michigan Cup will be crowned the JAS Expedited Trucking Michigan Cup Champion and receive a $2,000 cash bonus and trophy at the 2018 CRA Awards Banquet. Hocevar is the current point’s leader in the JAS Expedited Trucking Michigan Cup standings. Campbell is in second place, 15 points behind Hocevar. The winner of the Berlin Raceway event will receive a $500 cash bonus from JAS Expedited Trucking.
A new Chase format to determine a series champion was first successfully used in all CRA divisions in 2017 and is being used again for the 2018 season. Similar to the top levels of racing now and all major sports, CRA will utilize a regular season of events to determine those who are eligible to compete in the post season Chase for a championship. Saturday’s Hall of Fame 100 is the last regular season event before the final four Chase events to determine the 2018 series Champion.
Prior to the start of the final four races, the top eight teams in wins (then points) that have attended 70% of the ARCA/CRA Super Series events are eligible for the Chase. The series events at Owosso Speedway on August 25th, Winchester Speedway on September 2nd and Lucas Oil Raceway on September 30th will determine the final four teams that will race in the October 12th series event for the 2018 series Championship on Winchester 400 Weekend. Prior to the October 12th event the top four Chase Teams in wins (the points) during the three Chase events prior will be the final four to compete for the Championship.
Campbell with his victories and participation is already locked into the top eight teams to start the Chase. Right now Dossey III, Keller, Chick, Clancy Jr., Hufford, Wes Griffith Jr., McCoy and Eric Lee, and car owner Jeff Miller are also currently eligible for the Chase by points.
There is an open practice scheduled for Friday, pit gates open at 4pm, practice will run from 5pm until 8pm. Pit gates open on Saturday at 12noon, with a one hour practice session for the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour starting at 2:30pm. Lisa Thomas Salon qualifying for the Hall of Fame 100 will start at 5:30pm. The race program will begin at 6:30 pm, also racing that night will be the Berlin Raceway Sportsman, Super Stocks, 4 Cylinders, Mini Wedges and VROA.
More information on Berlin Raceway is available at www.berlinraceway.com.
More information on the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour Presented by Chevrolet Performance is available at www.cra-racing.com.