Crump Holds Off all Challengers to Win the Battle at Berlin 150 Presented by Sip ShineZach Hiser
Salem, Indiana (August 22, 2021): Brighton, Michigan racer Kyle Crump made it two signature Template Super Late Model event victories in a row Saturday night by winning the Battle at Berlin 150 Presented by Sip Shine at Berlin Raceway, after winning the Redbud 400 at Anderson Speedway on July 12th. The $10,000 to win event was a combined points event for the ARCA/CRA Super Series Powered by JEGS, the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour Presented by Chevrolet Performance and the Berlin Raceway Budweiser Super Late Models
“Wow, I can’t believe we won this race, especially beating Brian Campbell, who is always tough to beat at this track,” remarked Crump in victory lane. “I have to thank Johnny VanDoorn and VanDoorn Racing Development for giving me a great piece tonight. I have to thank my car owners Stan and Judi Rosen for this great opportunity they have given me. I also want to thank my entire crew and my parents for their help and support!”
Crump led a dominating 123 laps of the 150-lap event but had to battle all night with Campbell early and then late in the event, and with Evan Shotko who led 23 laps after passing Crump on the outside on a lap 93 restart, but his car coasted to a halt under yellow following a caution on lap 116 and would not restart, handing the lead back to Crump for the final time. Crump had to fight off the challenges of Campbell and Shotko on multiple restarts with the 11 caution flags that flew during the event.
With the win Crump is guaranteed to be one of the four drivers to race for the ARCA/CRA Super Series Chase for the Championship final event at the 50th Annual Lucas Oil Winchester 400 on October 17th, as long as he competes in the two Chase events leading up to the Championship race. This will be Crump’s and his car owners first opportunity to race for the Championship with the series, with their two straight wins they would be the favorite to win at this point in the Chase.
Crump added, “ To win the Redbud 400 was just unbelievable, and then to win this race just gives me and the team so much confidence going into these late season races, we feel like we have a great chance to get more wins and the Championship! Hopefully we can keep this momentum going and win the King of the Highbanks 150 at Winchester Speedway on Labor Day Weekend!”
Campbell would finish in second by a few feet over a hard charging Andrew Scheid. Campbell was the highest finishing JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour car to give him that series victory over Scheid. It was Campbell’s first CRA victory of the season and his 11th all-time JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour win, increasing his lead in the series all-time wins to three over Travis Barden and Daniel Hemric.
Scheid would get an impressive third place finish in the event, racing hard all night inside the top five. Scheid picked up his second straight Senneker Performance Rookie of the Race Award and his team earned the PitBoxes.com Pit Crew of the Race Award for giving Scheid a great car for the race and the highest finishing JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour Chase competitor.
Veteran Berlin Raceway competitor Joe Bush would come from his 11th place starting position to finish in fourth place, earning a Hoosier Racing Tire Performance Award.
Steve Dorer would race his way to a fifth-place finish after racing his way through the field multiple times after several pit stops and racing hard for position with Bubba Pollard in the closing laps. For his efforts Dorer was awarded the Sweet Manufacturing Sweet Move of the Race Award.
Pollard would finish in sixth place. Chase Burda would finish in seventh after starting 22nd. Local racer Scott Thomas would finish in eighth after starting 20th. JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour rookie Tanner Jack would finish in ninth after starting 18th. Tyler Roahrig fought his way from his 32nd place starting position to finish in 10th place, earning a Hoosier Racing Tire Performance Award and the Progressive Racing Engines Hardcharger Award.
Eric White was the events Hamke Racecars Fast Qualifier, earning a $2,000 bonus from Berlin Raceway and a $200 bonus from Hamke Racecars. Shotko was the top qualifying JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour car, earning a $100 award from Jerico Performance Parts.
It was announced during the Battle at Berlin 150 Presented by Sip Shine drivers meeting on Saturday that Berlin Raceway would host the Battle at Berlin event again in 2022, with the same format of the three series and welcome any outsiders to compete for the announced $30,000 to win first place payout in 2022.
The next event for the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour will be at Winchester Speedway on Saturday, September 4th, the second Chase for the Championship event for that series. The next ARCA/CRA Super Series event will be the $10,000 to win King of the Highbanks 150 Presented by JEGS on Sunday, September 5th at Winchester Speedway, the second Chase for the Championship event for that series. More information on all the CRA Series is available at on the CRA web site at www.cra-racing.com.
Photo – Jim DenHamer