Tuesday night’s Battle at Berlin 251 is one of the marquee Super Late Model shows being contested this summer and Speed51.com is happy to partner with Berlin Raceway (MI) and the Champion Racing Association (CRA) powered by JEGS and present Trackside Now coverage for the event.
Before jumping in to the race tomorrow, here are 10 key numbers to know that will influence who’ll win tomorrow night’s race.
0 – The number of Super Late Model victories Bubba Pollard has north of the Mason-Dixon line in his entire prestigious career. He won a JEGS/CRA race last year at Berlin to finally break the snide on the Pro Late Model side. But after crossing a number of things off his short track bucket list the last few months – the Snowflake 100, SRL Kern County Open, and New Smyrna’s Red Eye – you’d better believe Pollard is eager to finally stamp in a major SLM victory in the Midwest.
0.438 – Berlin Raceway’s size in miles. It’s definitely a bit unusual in a region filled with half-mile and quarter-mile tracks. That’s because Berlin is a rather uniquely designed oval. The turn four exit has a little kink that means drivers must wait a bit longer than normal to punch the gas leaving the corners. Meanwhile the backstretch is more like a bow than a straightaway and that gives drivers a number of different grooves to take going into turn three.
4.42 – Chase Elliott’s average finish in extra-distance Super Late Model events since the start of the 2011 season. Wins during that stretch include the Snowball Derby, All American 400, SpeedFest, and World Crown. One place he has yet to win at is Berlin. Four starts, with three top-fives and an average finish of 4th.
10 – Number of tires that may be used during the race (including four that drivers start the race on). That means at least two chances to come down pit road and get fresh rubber on your car, which will come in handy late in the race. Berlin is an older racetrack with those unique turns mentioned earlier, meaning that a lot of pressure gets placed on the rear tires trying to rotate off the corner. Tire wear, while not extreme at Berlin, will be noticeable and whoever wins the race could be the person who put the freshest tires on at the last opportunity.
12 – Wins for Brian Campbell has at Berlin Raceway in touring Late Model series events. Over 600 laps led. If that doesn’t convince you that Brian Campbell is pretty good at Berlin, here’s one more Campbell statistic. Kyle Busch went to Berlin four times to compete in this race when it was called the “Rowdy 251”. He won three times. Who was the only person to best him? You guessed it – Mr. Campbell.
13 – Number of victories represented in Late Model’s big four races – Winchester 400, Snowball Derby, World Crown, and All American 400 – among entrants to Tuesday’s race. With the World Crown on haitus due to Gresham Motorsports Park’s closure and big numbers entering the Berlin 251, it’s entirely possible to see this race take an even bigger step up in prestige in the years to come.
16 – By starting in Tuesday’s race, Christopher Bell will have raced in his 16th state in the last 5 months, including two states in Australia. No Asphalt Super Late Model driver in the country has a schedule quite like Bell’s. He’ll compete in his first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Iowa Speedway Saturday night. Then he’ll be in Ohio for five straight nights of Sprint car racing. Then he’ll “rest” for a whole week before appearing in the inaugural PASS event at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
302 – Number of feature laps to be run at Berlin on Tuesday night. In addition to the 251 laps for the ARCA/CRA Super Series, the Top Speed Fabrication Modified Tour also goes 51 laps. Tickets are just $20 for adults and $10 for kids (kids under 7 get in free), making this one of the best deals for Midwest fans all year.
$10,000 – The amount of money to win the Battle at Berlin 251. If you want to host one of the biggest and best Super Late Model events in the country, you put your money where your mouth is. And Berlin Raceway has definitely stepped up and done so yet again this June. The race is also $2000 to start.
$100,000 – The amount of money to sweep the JEGS Triple Crown. Take what we just said about a $10,000 purse and multiply it ten times over and that’s what the folks from JEGS are putting on the line this summer. If any driver manages to win the Redbud 300, Battle at Berlin 251, and Winchester 400 this summer, they will get one cool check from JEGS in the amount of $100,000. Even if you only win two of the Triple Crown races, a $10,000 bonus check still comes in the mail.
-By Tim Quievryn, 51’s Third Turn (thethirdturn.com) – Twitter: @thethirdturn
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