Campbell Claims Bettenhausen Memorial
SCHERERVILLE, Ind. — Brian Campbell won the 52nd annual Tony Bettenhausen Memorial 100 presented by Schepel GMC Commercial Truck Division Saturday night at Illiana Motor Speedway.
Leading most of the way, the 34-year-old Campbell, a second generation driver whose dad, Fred, won his fair share of Midwest late model stock car races, guided his Ford Fusion to victory in the $3,000-to-win, 50-mile chase at the half-mile paved raceway.
Posting seventh fast time during time trials among a field of 36 competitors, Campbell grabbed the lead from Ricky Baker on lap nine and began to build a strong margin until the first of two yellow caution flags flew on lap 27. On the restart, Campbell got passed by Eddie Hoffman, Jeff Cannon and new qualifying rack record holder Boris Jurkovic.
Relinquishing the top spot for the moment, Campbell pushed his car into the outside groove and eventually drove by the threesome of Hoffman, Cannon and Jurkovic to regain the top spot. From there on, it was all Campbell, who lead the final 65 laps to the checkered flag.
Campbell scored the victory with solid lead over Jurkovic, who was trailed by Hoffman, Anthony Danta, Matt Kocourek and Cannon. Mike White, Brett Sontag, Larry Schuler and 2013 Illiana track champion Paul Shafer Jr. rounded out the top ten.
“A flat tire got me last year,” Campbell said. “I love this track and every year we come down here to test. It just seems that we don’t get down here enough (to race). This race has been on our calendar all year.”
Brian Campbell, Boris Jurkovic, Eddie Hoffman, Anthony Danta, Matt Kocourek, Jeff Cannon, Mike White, Brett Sontag, Larry Schuler, Paul Shafer Jr., D.J. Weltmeyer, Jack Kalwasinski, John Nutley, Chris Cooling, Len Nowosel, Dylan Harmon, Brandon Hill, Don Sabatino, Ricky Baker, Josh Wallace, Michael Martin Jr., Wes Griffith, Billy Knippenberg, Phil Splant, Bobby Gash, Paul Zolodz.