Tuesday June 16th – The Battle at Berlin 251 presented by Primera Plastics featuring Chase Elliott and Erik Jones with a guaranteed $100,000 purse! This is the big one! 251 Laps with the best drivers and teams around for a special mid-week show that has been won previously by Kyle Busch and Johnny Vandoorn. There will also be a special meet and greet with Chase Elliott. Things kick off Monday, June 15 with the 2nd annual Battle at Berlin Warmup .251 Go-Kart race at Craig’s Cruisers in Wyoming at 6PM. More info on the meet and greet and the Craig’s Cruisers event can be found here.
The 251 lap event will pay out over $100,000 in purse and cash bonuses, for one of the largest total payouts Template Super Late Models will race for all season. $10,000 to win, $8000 for second, $6500 for third, down to an astounding $2000 to start for a 30 car starting field.
There are 36 cars entered to date for Tuesday’s event, a list that is full of talent and experience. Topping the list is 2014 NASCAR Xfinity Series Champion Chase Elliott, who earlier this year was named as the driver to replace the legendary Jeff Gordon in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series famous #24 for car owner Rick Hendrick in 2016. Elliott is no stranger to CRA fans with 10 total victories with CRA including wins in the Winchester 400, the Mercy Masters of the Pros 144, and multiple wins at SpeedFest.
Another familiar NASCAR young gun entered is Erik Jones, the 2011 inaugural JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour Champion. Jones is competing full-time for Kyle Busch Motorsports in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series while also making appearances in the NASCAR Xfinity Series for Joe Gibbs Racing, where he picked up his first series win earlier this season at Texas Motor Speedway and substituted for injured Kyle Busch for one race in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series for Gibbs.
Other racers entered with NASCAR ties include John Hunter Nemechek, son of NASCAR competitor Joe Nemechek, who competes in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and was the winner of the 2014 Snowball Derby, also NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver Mason Mingus, a former regular with CRA. NASCAR K&N Pro Series drivers Dalton Sargeant and William Byron have also entered. Ross Kenseth, son of NASCAR Champion Matt Kenseth, is entered. Kenseth, winner of Friday’s ARCA Racing Series event at Michigan International Speedway, will make his NASCAR Xfininty Series debut next Saturday at Chicagoland Speedway. Kenseth finished second in ARCA/CRA Super Series points in 2014 and is a former winner of the Winchester 400 and Redbud 300.
Several top local drivers are entered including Brian Campbell, who already won the first ARCA/CRA event at Berlin in May. Terrry Van Haitsma, who is a former CRA winner at Berlin, also Terry Senneker, a former track Champion and multi-time winner at Berlin in Outlaw Late Models, along with Chris Koslek, Jay Niewiek, Barry Hartwell, Andrew Nylaan and Lauren Bush.
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-Berlin Raceway Press Release. Photo credit: Speed51.com