One year ago the staff at Berlin Raceway in Michigan put forward a simple idea, stage a 150-lap Super Late Model race the Monday after the big NASCAR weekend at Michigan International Speedway, and put up lots of money to win. The track hit gold, with a stout field of drivers from the Midwest and beyond, wowing those in attendance and watching on Speed51.com.
Now Berlin is ready for round two, with backing from the ARCA/CRA Super Series, and even more star power. Jeff Choquette is one of the stars that is new for 2018, with he and the Jett Motorsports team making the trip from their home in Florida.
While the race is still days away, the impression that was left with Choquette while watching last year’s impressive turnout still remains.
“I remember even last year, sitting at home watching it on Speed51, they have definitely done their homework, and they treat people right. They always get a lot of people with good cars to show up, they go there for a good reason, besides going for all the money,” Choquette told Speed51.com.
On Thursday, Choquette and teammate Stephen Nasse got a first look at the flat-half mile, using the time to gain valuable track time and knowledge. We talked with Choquette after his initial run, with the Late Model ace appreciating the challenge that lies ahead.
“I’ve never seen it until today. We went out once, it’s a different joint for sure. The corners are all a little different. Like anywhere else it’s going to take some getting used to for sure. But I think we have as good a chance as anybody.”
Nowadays, Choquette tends to race close to home in the Deep South, but is up for a trip now and then, especially during the hot and wet Florida summer.
“It’s nice to take a road trip, get up here and the weather is nice and cool, rather than down in Florida where it’s hot and rains every day.”
Despite the challenge of a new track, Choquette is more than ready for the great field of cars that he will face, many of which he has faced in the South. He admits that he’d feel more confident at say Five Flags Speedway or New Smyrna Speedway against a group like this. But that an outing like this will make the No. 9 team stronger the next time they race at home.
“Anywhere you can go that you race a lot, you always feel more comfortable. But you’ve got to get out there every now and then, race different tracks. Whatever the team decides to do, I’ll be there.”
The Money in the Bank 150 rolls off this Monday night, June 11 at Berlin Raceway, and you can see all of the action live via our pay-per-view broadcast by clicking here.
-By: Connor Sullivan, Speed51.com Northeast Editor – Twitter: @Connor51CT
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