Saturday's Race ARCA's 25th at Quirky Berlin
(TOLEDO, Ohio - August 7, 2012) - From a 2.5-mile triangular superspeedway in Long Pond, Pa. to the quirky, less-than-a-half-mile Berlin Raceway short track oval, the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards is on a late-summer shove down the road of diversity.
With Pocono Raceway on the calendar just days ago, ARCA Racing Series teams and drivers are switching gears to take on Berlin Raceway Saturday in the Berlin ARCA 200 presented by Hantz Group, marking the 25th appearance of the world's most versatile tour since debuting on the Berlin Fairgrounds dirt track oval in 1958.
The present-day 0.4375-mile paved configuration is more circle than oval, features no backstretch wall, and requires drivers to make a 90-degree turn onto and a 180-degree turn off of pit road. Each characteristic figures to factor into an exciting Berlin ARCA 200, the 15th race of 20 in the 2012 ARCA Racing Series season.
"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 and CEO 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 Racing Series is often regarded as the most versatile tour in America with its unique combinations of superspeedways, short tracks, road courses, and even two mile dirt tracks. The unique layout of the Berlin oval only adds to the abundant flavor throughout the ARCA schedule in 2012.
The Berlin ARCA 200 presented by Hantz Group will start at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, August 11, with live timing and scoring and live audio coverage available at ARCARacing.com.
Practice for the 200-lap race will take place that afternoon from 2-2:45 and 3:15-4, with Menards Pole Qualifying presented by Ansell following at 5 p.m. ARCA Racing Series drivers will participate in an autograph session - open to all fans - at 6:15. The race will be the 15th of 20 this season.
Frank Kimmel is the leading winner at the track, with three victories (1999, 2003, 2004).
"I really enjoy Berlin," said Kimmel, who also holds nine ARCA Racing Series championships. "We have had a lot of success there and won a few races there. It's a quirky little race track. 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."