ARCA/CRA: Campbell Cruises in Caution-Free ARCA/CRA Super Series Opener at Toledo

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TOLEDO, Ohio — Report by Race Chaser Online Midwest Correspondent Aaron Bearden — CRA Racing photo —

When the ARCA/CRA Super Series heads to Toledo Speedway, they always promise to put on a good show.

In the 2015 season opening 7-Up 100, the series made history.

Brian Campbell passed pole-sitter Cody Coughlin on lap 26 and never relinquished the lead to win the 7-Up 100 Presented by Royal Truck and Trailer Sales at Toledo Speedway. The win was the 15th in Campbell’s career, moving him to fifth all-time on the career wins list.

To pull off the win, Campbell had to hold off a stacked crowd. For the first time, the ARCA/CRA Super Series and ARCA Midwest Tour combined for the event, giving fans a stout 25-car field to watch battle for the win.

While Campbell drove his No. 47 Merritt Speedway/Enterprise Iron & Metal Ford to the victory, the field behind him raced furiously, yet somehow the race stayed caution-free for the entire 100 laps, the first time in the ARCA/CRA Super Series’ 19-year history that a race has avoided seeing a yellow flag.

“I was just waiting for something dumb to happen whether it was us or someone else,” said Campbell. “When the yellow flag never came out that was pretty awesome, and here we are back in victory lane at one of my favorite race tracks around, Toledo Speedway.”

“I’ve been coming here forever since my Dad (Fred Campbell) raced in the old Iceman Super Car Series and we’ve been fortunate to win a few times. I just really love to race here.”

Terry Senneker Jr. and Grant Quinlan fought through the field to secure an all-Michigan podium at the half-mile Toledo track. Travis Braden and fast-time setter Boris Jurkovic rounded out the top five.

Cody Coughlin and Eddie Hoffman led the field to green for the 100 lap feature after Jurkovic drew a five-position inversion. Coughlin beat Hoffman through the first two turns to take the early lead.

Coughlin would be the only one besides Campbell to lead, surrendering the top spot on lap 26. Coughlin would fade over the final 50 laps to finish in eighth.

Eddie Hoffman and Hunter Baize came home ahead of Coughlin in sixth and seventh after a hard-fought race. Wes Griffith Jr. and Joey Miller rounded out the top 10.

With Campbell’s torrid pace and the lack of cautions, only six cars managed to stay on the lead lap throughout Saturday’s event. Two of the 25 drivers failed to finish. Rick Turner retired on lap seven with rear-end issues, while Brandon Oakley pulled off-track after 56 laps with a broken fuel pump.

The ARCA/CRA Super Series will return to action on April 25 when they head to Anderson Speedway in Anderson, IN for a 125-lap feature.

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