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Rain Washes Out Qualifying at Berlin, Carson Hocevar Earns Pole

By Brian Eberly, Contributing Writer

MARNE, Mich. — Heading in to Saturday’s ARCA Racing Series activity at Berlin Raceway, the forecast was less than ideal with a high percentage for rain throughout the day. With overcast skies throughout the afternoon, teams were able to get on track for practice. But after 45 minutes of the scheduled 90-minute session, the skies opened up and rain halted on-track activity.

While the rain briefly subsided, it picked up again prior to qualifying and the field was set based upon practice speeds.

Fifteen-year-old Carson Hocevar, from nearby Portage, Michigan, was awarded the General Tire Pole Award based upon his practice lap of 16.636 seconds (94.782 mph) in the No. 35 KBR Development Chevrolet. It was the first pole award for Hocevar in just his second series start.

Current championship leader Sheldon Creed will start second in the No. 28 United Rentals Toyota.

Riley Herbst, Gus Dean, Chandler Smith, Christian Eckes, Zane Smith, Chase Purdy, Travis Braden, and Bret Holmes completed the top-ten.

The Primera Plastics 200 is scheduled to be televised live on MAVTV beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET. while ARCARacing.com will have live timing, scoring and track updates.

Weather will continue to be an issue throughout the evening as the latest radar shows the rain could stay around until near midnight. Due to local ordinances, racing activity is not allowed to take place at Berlin on Sundays. ARCA officials will do all they can to drop the green flag by 11:59 p.m., otherwise the plan is the series will have to return to Michigan later this season to run the Primera Plastics 200.

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