Florida Super Late Model hot shoe Nick Neri doesn’t get the chance to race often. In fact, it’s been months since the last time he got the chance to strap into his family owned No. 17 machine and go racing. So, when the opportunity came for him and his team to make the long haul to this weekend’s Battle at Berlin 251 at Berlin Raceway, he pounced on it.
“All of us have been so busy working and everything else,” Neri said. “This was just one race that kind of fit into everyone’s schedule.”
The 23-year-old, multi-time karting champion from Palmetto, Florida works full time as a driver coach on the national karting circuit, and with few weekends away from his obligations, his team circled this race as a prime opportunity to show he’s still got what it takes behind the wheel.
“It’s summer in Florida, so there’s not much Super Late Model racing going on,” Neri stated. “Besides this, the only other race we knew we were going to run this year was the 100-lap, $10,000 to win race at Citrus County Speedway. So, we were looking for something to run before then and this just kind of fit in.”
The long drive up to Michigan doesn’t phase Neri and his crew. Having just drove down from a karting event in Indiana this week to put the final touches on his car, load up, and head out, he’s familiar with many of the stops he’ll need to make on the way up.
What he’s not familiar with is Berlin Raceway.
“I’ve never personally been to Berlin,” Neri said. “But from everyone I’ve talked to say it’s not really similar to any track we have down here. So, we’re going to roll up with our best guess and go from there.”
Neri isn’t fazed by what is unknown. He’s a successful racer with eight Super Late Model victories to his name, and he hopes to come out of Berlin with a solid finish.
“I just want to have a shot at it. To be competitive,” Neri stated. “Going up to that track for the first time, I think a top five would be great.”
Those unable to make it to Marne, Michigan Saturday night will be able to watch a live pay-per-view broadcast of the Battle at Berlin 251 live on Speed51.com. Live video tickets can be purchased today by clicking here.
A short track racing fantasy sports contest for the Battle at Berlin 251 will also be held on the new Dirt Dirt mobile app this Saturday. Sign up today and draft your team of five drivers by clicking here.
-Story by: Allick Jorgensen, Speed51.com National Correspondent – Twitter: @AJorgensen24
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