Last weekend at the Battle at Berlin 251, Boris Jurkovic took the checkered flag after a late-race incident among the leaders which eliminated Travis Braden from contention. They will soon be on the same race track once again, with $10,000 on the line at the Speed51 Super Select at Lucas Oil Raceway (IN).
Jurkovic’s win earned him an invitation to the Super Late Model All-Star race, scheduled for September 7 in Indianapolis. Jurkovic discussed the invitation on “The Morning Bullring” Monday following his win at Berlin.
“I’m pretty excited about it,” Jurkovic said. “It’s going to be a great event. IRP has been a good track for me. We’ve had some bad luck there in the past, but we’ve always been pretty competitive. I’m looking forward to it.”
The race is a first-of-its-kind event, with drivers receiving invitations for the 75-lap feature from marquee wins throughout the racing season. First place will pay $10,000, but only the winner will take home any purse money from the no-holds-barred event.
“I can tell you it’s going to be interesting,” said Jurkovic. “I think the old guy’s got a few left in him. I’ve never witnessed anything like it. It’s going to be different, for sure.
“You’ve got the best cars in the country. It’s going to be 75 laps, it’s not going to be a long run. It’s going to be like a Saturday night race with all the best racers in the world.”
Braden’s invitation is a continuation from last year’s Super Select, which was canceled due to the effects of Tropical Storm Gordon. Fans have been itching in anticipation to see the event play out for the first time after last year’s postponement, but few people are more ready for the event than Braden.
“It’s a pretty cool event, a high-stakes, invite-only type of deal,” Braden told Speed51. “A lot of competition and a good track to do it on. It was really unfortunate not to get to do it last year, so the anticipation is higher than ever.”
While Braden’s time in a Super Late Model is limited thanks in part to a full-time schedule with the ARCA Menards Series, he likes being able to select important races throughout the year to enter. Thus, the Speed51 Super Select fits perfectly into his team’s plans.
“Our M.O. at this point as a team is to do the higher-profile shows and higher-paying shows,” said Braden. “Try to get some big wins. It will be quite the entry list.”
Numerous advertising routes exist for the inaugural Speed51 Super Select, including a Hard Charger Award, Best Appearing Car, Bold Move of the Race award and just about anything else someone can come up with.
A pair of features will be contested on September 7, one for the Super Late Models and a 100-lap race for the USAC Silver Crown Series. There will also be a 50-lap Super Late Model race that will be open to all drivers to compete in. That race will transfer more drivers into the Super Select field.
Entry forms for the event for both invited drivers and competitors looking to race their way in to the Super Select through “The Open” can be printed by clicking here.
A current entry list for the event will be released soon. An updated list of invitees is available below.
For more information on the event, visit www.trackenterprises.com and www.cra-racing.com.
Current Speed51 Super Select Invitees
Brian Bergakker – 2019 Level Pebble 200
Travis Braden – 2018 Speed51 Super Select Invitee
Josh Brock - 2019 North/South SLM Challenge
Giovanni Bromante - 2019 Rattler 250
Harrison Burton - 2018 Rattler 250
Kyle Busch - 2018 SRL Winter Showdown
Cole Butcher – Two Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Tour Wins
Brian Campbell - 2019 Money in the Bank 150
Jeff Choquette - 2018 Winchester 400
Cassius Clark - 2019 IWK 250
Matt Craig - SSS Rumble by the River 125
Kyle Crump – 2019 Kalamazoo Klash (SLM)
Jack Dossey, III – 2019 ARCA/CRA Super Series at Anderson
Noah Gragson - 2018 Snowball Derby
Derek Griffith – 2019 Orange Blossom 100/PASS Wins
Casey Johnson – Two ARCA Midwest Tour Wins
Boris Jurkovic – 2019 Battle at Berlin 251
Matt Kenseth - 2019 Slinger Nationals
Eddie MacDonald - 2019 PASS at New Hampshire
Ty Majeski - 2019 SRL Winter Showdown
Cole Moore – SRL Spears Southwest Tour Points Leader
Austin Nason - 2019 Father’s Day 100 at Milwaukee
Stephen Nasse - 2019 Short Track U.S. Nationals
Connor Okrzesik - 2019 CRA SpeedFest
Preston Peltier - 2019 Summer Showdown
Joey Polewarczyk, Jr. – 2019 Granite State Pro Stock Series at Hudson
Bubba Pollard - 2018 Oxford 250
Owen Riddle - 2019 Montana 200
Casey Roderick – 2019 Show Me the Money Winner
D.J. Shaw – Three PASS North Wins
Derek Thorn – 2019 SRL Wins at Las Vegas and Madera
Johnny VanDoorn - 2019 Redbud 400
Linny White – 2019 SRL at Kern County
Brett Yackey - 2018 Kulwicki Driver Development Program Champion
-Story by: Zach Evans, Speed51.com Southeast Editor – Twitter: @ztevans
-Photo credit: Speed51.com photo