The Battle at Berlin 251 for the ARCA/CRA Super Series has become one of the biggest Super Late Model races in the country in a short period of time. We here at Speed51.com powered by JEGS decided to take an in-depth look at the Battle at Berlin in this edition of By the Numbers.
1: Steve Dorer won the Redbud 300 a few years ago by leading only one lap, the last one. He’s run his last two races in the top 10 at Berlin in 2016 and looks to make a stronger run this weekend at the 251.
14: Carson Hocevar is just 14 years old and has been impressive on the JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour with two wins this season. Now he gets ready for the 251 lap test at Berlin and we think he’ll be one to keep an eye on.
26: Picking a driver with the number 26 might be the safest bet come Saturday in Michigan. Travis Braden has won his last three starts and looks to keep the wheels rolling. Braden is a former JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour winner at Berlin and was fifth in 2014. The other is from the south. That is Bubba Pollard who has seven wins to his credit this year.
66: Steve Wallace will be in Michigan looking to grab his third big win of the year. After getting the Redbud 300 and then taking the CARS Tour big money show at Orange County he’s due for another win. Wallace has had a fine season of running strong and logging laps.
147: Watch the 147 of Terry Senneker Jr. who normally is winning big in Outlaw Super Late Models. Senneker has not run a CRA race since 2015.
472: Johnny VanDoorn has won two of the last three races he’s run at the Battle at Berlin 251. In those races he’s led 472 laps which is over 100 each season. If he’s out front it could be over early for the rest of the folks racing.
15,000: The winner will get $15,000 for taking the checkered flag at Berlin this weekend.
Champion Power: Bubba Pollard is a former SSS Champion, Johnny VanDorn and Travis Braden have CRA championships and Raphael Lessard carries the CARS Tour title into the the Battle at Berlin 251.
Big Money Bubba: Berlin Raceway is quickly becoming a favorite track for Bubba Pollard. He has two JEGS/CRA All-Stars Tour wins and a Money in the Bank win at the Marne, Michigan track. In the 251 he’s second, second, third and 11th. He’s run all 1,004 laps in the last four seasons.
Setting up Camp: Brian Campbell has 14 touring series wins at Berlin across five different racing series. The weekly wins are just as impressive as he’s been a regular there at times for the last few years. Watch for Campbell to contend as he’s due after a best of eighth in the last four races.
History Lesson: The Battle at Berlin 251 is a spin off of the Rowdy 251 race that used to be run at Berlin around the week of the NASCAR Cup races. Busch won the race three out of four times before the track renamed the race. This season is the eighth year the track will host a 251-lap race and fifth since the name change.
Past 251 Winners at Berlin
2016 Erik Jones
2015 Erik Jones
2014 Johnny VanDoorn
2013 Johnny VanDoorn
Below are the Rowdy 251 Races
2012 Kyle Busch
2011 Kyle Busch
2010 Kyle Busch
2009 Brian Campbell*