Berlin Raceway to host ARCA Racing Series in August, 2015

Berlin Raceway to host ARCA Racing Series in August, 2015

(TOLEDO, Ohio – November 19, 2014) – Berlin Raceway has hosted an ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards race every year since 1999 and 2015 will be no different.

Series and track officials announced this week that the ARCA Racing Series will return to Berlin Raceway on August 8, 2015 for the 28th race at the .4375-mile paved track.

The ARCA Racing Series is often regarded as the most versatile tour in America with its unique combinations of superspeedways, short tracks, road courses and even a couple of mile dirt tracks. Berlin Raceway presents its own challenge for drivers and in unique ways.

The track itself is more of a circle than oval, has no backstretch wall and requires drivers to make a 90-degree turn onto pit road, and a 180-degree turn to come off pit road. It all combines to make one of the most event-filled and exciting short track shows of the season.

“It’s a quirky little race track,” said 10-time series champion Frank Kimmel. “It’s not all about power, and it’s not about aerodynamics. None of that really plays into the outcome of the race at Berlin. It’s more about how to get your car handling in order to get enough power so you can get through and up off the turns.”

Kimmel has won three times at the track, bringing home the win in 1999, 2003 and 2004. Other former ARCA winners at Berlin include Nelson Stacy, Iggy Katona, Ramo Stott, Bob and Brian Keselowski, Tim Steele, Fred Campbell, Scott Speed and Joey Coulter, to name a few. Erik Jones, who recently signed to race full-time with Kyle Busch Motorsports in 2015 in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, won the ARCA race at Berlin in 2013.

“Going there for the first time, it can be overwhelming to try and adapt to the strange layout of the race track,” Jones said.

In 2014, Grant Enfinger won the race in a GMS Racing Chevrolet. Series champion Mason Mitchell, in a Roush-powered Ford, took home the Menards Pole Award, his second straight pole at the track.

“Berlin Raceway is unlike any of the short tracks we go to in terms of its unique layout and pit road,” said Ron Drager, president of ARCA. “It’s been a staple of the tour for a number of years, and it seems that everyone from local guys like 2002 winner Fred Campbell to multi-time champions like Frank Kimmel has a chance to be successful.”

The ARCA race at Berlin will follow ARCA’s second trip to Pocono Raceway of 2015 the weekend before.

The Automobile Racing Club of America (ARCA) is among the leading auto racing sanctioning bodies in the country. Founded in 1953 by John and Mildred Marcum, the organization administers more than 100 events each year in multiple racing series, including the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards, the ARCA/CRA Super Series, the ARCA Truck Series and the ARCA Midwest Tour, plus weekly racing at Toledo and Flat Rock Speedways.

 

The 63rd ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards season is now taking shape as several race dates have been announced, including the season opener at Daytona International Speedway February 14 and the closing race October 16 at Kansas Speedway. More race dates will be announced in the coming days.

2015 (ANNOUNCED) ARCA SCHEDULE

DATE

RACE

2.14.15

Daytona International Speedway

5.24.15

New Jersey Motorsports Park

6.6.15

Pocono Raceway

6.12.15

Michigan Int'l Speedway

7.17.15

Iowa Speedway

7.31.15

Pocono Raceway

8.8.15

Berlin Raceway

10.16.15

Kansas Speedway

 

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