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Brian Campbell back in the money at Berlin Raceway

Photo courtesy of Eli Kaminski
Brian Campbell (No. 47) battles Bubba Pollard during the Money in the Bank 150 at Berlin Raceway in Marne, Mi., on June 11, 2019. Campbell won the race and $20,000. (Photo courtesy of Eli Kaminski)

By Steve Kaminski
MARNE – Drivers from eight different states arrived at the Berlin Raceway for Monday night’s Money in the Bank 150 with the plan of driving off with the checkered flag and $20,000.
Brian Campbell of Wyoming made sure the money didn’t leave town. Campbell beat out West Virginia’s Travis Braden and Illinois’ Boris Jurkovic to claim the win in the CRA sanctioned Super Late Model race.
Campbell dominated the second half of the race, leading 86 of the final 87 laps, but it wasn’t easy. Caution waved with 11 laps to go, giving the field one more crack at Campbell. Campbell, however, drove away when the race went green and beat out Braden by 1.474 seconds.
“It was a good clean run, a good clean restart,” Campbell said. “Everybody did what they were supposed to do and we came out on top.”
This marked Campbell’s second consecutive Money in the Bank win, and he said this one was sweeter, pointing out that he had to work harder for the victory Monday.
Campbell ran two previous Super Late Model races at Berlin this season and did not win, which is unusual considering how dominant Campbell has been at the Marne half-mile over the years. Campbell regained his touch in time for Monday’s race. Campbell started sixth in his No. 47 Daily Deals/Gro America/Senneker Performance hotrod and moved to the front by lap 63.
“We’re back to normal,” Campbell said. “We are testing cars and testing different things and seeing what happens.”
Braden has found Victory Lane at Berlin in the past, including a win in a JEGS CRA All Star race in 2013. Braden didn’t have anything for Campbell down the stretch Monday.
“I felt like I did for a short run,” Braden said. “I knew from the previous restart it seemed like he needed about three laps to be better than me. But I also felt like I needed the outside. He was working the outside on the previous restarts so that seemed like it would be his preferred line, and he kind of struggled to get around us more than I thought he would.
“I was going to race him, but honestly, I anticipated it was going to be tough for 11 laps to pass him and if I do, hold him off. I was more or less racing to put myself in a good position if I needed to clear up into second. I needed the outside to protect.”
Jurkovic already has two wins this season at Berlin. He held off Georgia’s Bubba Pollard to grab third.
“We were just lacking some bend in the middle of the corner,” Jurkovic said. “We were tight. It caught me by surprise because it hadn’t been that way since we got the car.”

Monday’s program included a visit from the Main Event Outlaw Tour, and Phil Bozell grabbed the lead on lap 21 from his father, Andy Bozell, and he went on to beat him by 8.2 seconds. It was Bozell’s first career win at Berlin.
“I have run here quite a bit, and it seemed like every time I had a good run here, Terry Senneker would get me at the end,” Bozell said. “We made some changes before the green flag, from the green flag on, I knew this thing was point on and it was really good. This is a big deal for us.
“I have finished second five or six times here. To finally win here on my kid’s birthday, that’s pretty cool. Me and my kids were working on this this weekend, and we took the springs off this 17 times. We would work on springs and shocks, and I would go out and play catch with my little girl for a little bit. She would get tired, and I would go and work on my shocks again.”